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“Just another neat run” (Update: new edwardian record for 1905 V8 Darracq)

vscc-record-holder-1The fastest ever run by a pre-war car at the VSCC's Prescott Speed Hill Climb (held on August 7-8) was made by James Baxter. Driving his 3500cc 1934 Frazer Nash single seater he made a superb climb up the VSCC course (which omits the Orchard loop) in 40.81 seconds, smashing the previous 1989 pre-war record of 41.11 seconds that was set by Anthony Mayman, driving an ERA R4D. James had already broken the record on his Sunday morning run with a time of 40.92 seconds, but said he was “just going to aim for another neat run” in the afternoon session. Which he did, shaving a further eleven hundreds of a second off his earlier time.

(photo John Hancock)
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Weird Wednesday: Heavy! (Update IV:more history)

dornier-1The DoX Dornier was a legendary flying boat made in 1929. However, what we see here is not the actual airplane, it’s a replica in scale 1:10! The original Do X was constructed as a high-wing monoplane flying boat with twelve radial piston engines, which were mounted in tandem on the wing. The aircraft was designed for 159 passengers and 10 crew members with the cockpit located in a deck above the passenger cabin. This model has a wingspan of five meters and weighs seventy (70!) kilogrammes. The builder invested eight years of construction and detailing in the model. But what’s more… it’s airworthy! Although after its maiden flight the owner has not dared to launch the model again and kept it on the ground.

(photos courtesy Car Classics Berlin)
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

2010 Pebble Beach Winner: 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster

delage-pebble-beach-2010-1Without doubt Pebble Beach is the most prestigious Concours d’Elegance. To win there means you’re the best and when you achieve the title ‘Best of Show’ you’re the top! ‘Best of Show’ is chosen from among ‘First in Class’ winners through a simple tally of independent and secret ballots cast by the judges. This process is two-fold: Class Judges focus primarily on originality and authenticity, while Honorary Judges direct their attention to design, styling and elegance. From the more than 250 cars and motorcycles this year’s‘Best of Show’ went to the 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster owned by The Patterson Collection in Louisville, Kentucky (click main pic for larger version). According to Concours Chairman Sandra Button this Delage has a short wheelbase that makes it look more rakish, but still retains a long and elegant look. It did 110 miles-per-hour in its day; it could race and was stunningly beautiful. This car could do it all; it embodied style, speed and comfort
UPDATE: see the Pebble Beach Concours also at 

(photo copyright Kimball Studios/Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.)

Monday, 16 August 2010 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

Roadrider soon back on the Road

lancaster-guy-1Some time ago Guy Muller from England send us some pictures of the 1938 Lanchester LA14-2 'Roadrider' DeLuxe Saloon he is restoring. Built by Daimler, and featuring fluid-flywheel drive and a pre-select gearbox, these high quality, 6-cylinder OHV cars are very rare, according to the Daimler & Lanchester Owners Club probably less than twenty roadworthy LA14-2's are known to have survived worldwide. When Guy purchased his Lancaster it had a superb -if somewhat dirty- original interior, with the exception of the roof-lining. He has fully restored the woodwork, cleaned and restored the original red leather seats and door trims and had new red Axminster carpets made (edged in red leather) and will shortly be having a new 'West of England Cloth' roof-lining fitted. Guy’s Lancaster has been off the road since 1967 but is slowly coming together now. With a little luck, she'll be on the road again soon!
Sunday, 15 August 2010 Attention: open in a new window. Print E-mail

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