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Thanksgiving 2017: take a service man home for dinner

Thanksgiving 2017: take a serviceman home
We do not know much about this photograph other then that the lady seen here supposedly is Judy Garland. But since it's Thanksgiving today, we found it quite appropriate. 'Take a service man home for Thanksgiving dinner', reads the sign on the Chrysler New Yorker's windscreen (Year? Exact model? Come in, experts!).

We found another shot of the same scene, too, with the men now in the car, too. Do you know more about it? Please let us know. And have a happy Thanksgiving, with or without service men!

Thursday, 23 November 2017

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For the love of caravans


More lovely film footage from British Pathe. We showed you a Land Rover club meeting they filmed in the 1960s (here), but how about this one? What we see is images from the sixth Road Rally of the British Caravan Club, shot in 1960. Now, we are no big caravan enthusiasts ourselves, but seeing this should make every classic car adept love them. Oh, and then the tow cars! Humber Sceptre, Ford Consul, Rover P4, Wolseley 6/90, a Hillman, Jaguars and Minis.

Caravanning was certainly taken serious. With hill-climbing tests; parking tests, braking tests, fast towing tests, all on the Oulton Park course no less. And there's a Concours d'elegance too, "In which points were awarded for design, workmanship, condition, and even the practicality of the outfit" Note that there are several caravans in matching colours to the tow cars! What a difference to the all-white horrids of today.

(Words editor, film footage British Pathe)


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

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For sale: Lola’s legendary wind tunnel

For sale: Lola’s legendary wind tunnel
It’s the end of an era when Lola is selling its wind tunnel. But it’s happening now. Months after Lola instigator Eric Broadley passed away, Lola Technical Centre is going to the highest bidder.

We doubt if this particular wind tunnel facility was there when Lola developed their own Mk6 and the GT40 for Ford, but fact is that their wind tunnel saw a large chunk of British racing history come by. After the GT40 the use for wind tunnel testing became even more and more the rigeur, as that car had famously been ‘somewhat unstable above 180mph’. After wind testing and some adjustments 200 mph was easily attainable, which must have helped to famously win that title at Le Mans in 1966.

Current Lola-boss Martin Birrane has decided that the continued development of the facility would be best ‘taken forward by those within the automotive or motorsport industry.’ Many of the current Formula One grid have developed cars in the Lola wind tunnel over the years, and of course Lola itself used the tunnel in the development of its all cars including the Le Mans prototypes and the A1 Grand Prix series cars. Birrane: “I am extremely pleased with the state-of-the-art Wind Tunnel facility and the contribution it has made to some of the most technologically advanced organisations in the world – in motorsport, aerospace, defence and automotive. It’s a successful and sustainable business in its own right and will be a valuable acquisition for any prospective buyer. It’s the start of an exciting new chapter, but I want to try and ensure it continues in ‘the right hands.” More info here.

(Words editor, picture Ford PR - note: not at Lola's facilities)

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

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Back to back: Charger or Porker?

Back to back: Charger or Porker?
No comparison? Perhaps. Just look at those backs! But Dodge’s sportiest of sports cars and Porsche’s laziest of GTs may have more in common. These V8-powered, front engined, rear wheel driven bulldogs both were prestige projects for their manufacturers. Oh, and Brightwells is selling both of them on the 29th of November at Leominster.

The Charger seen here spent it’s early days in Los Angeles with a five litre engine under that vast bonnet. But it moved up north to Canada where it was restored, before being imported to the UK in 2016. Meanwhile, a 7.2-litre was fitted and it was repainted, too. But the Deep Burnt Orange metallic paint is still the original colour for this car. Option-wise it comes with remotely-operated mirror, 3-speed wipers, bucket seats, fender-mounted turn signals, AM Music master radio and Dodge’s ‘Tic Toc Tach’ – a rev-counter which incorporates a clock in its centre... From the seller’s blurb: “Post-restoration it is still very smart internally, externally and under the hood and our vendor has cared for it, using it for evening and weekend cruises. How he resisted taking it down the strip we do not know. Estimate? £30- to £35,000.

Over to the 928. The one seen here is a Series 1 car with manual gearbox that’s only had one owner since new. It was ordered in Oak Green metallic paint with a lovely basic specification: single door mirror, manual seats with half-leather trim and a sunroof. Oh furthermore there were headlight washers, electrically powered door mirror, powered windows, air-conditioning, cruise control, and a stereo. The auctioneer: “The car has been regularly serviced throughout its life as evidenced by the extensively stamped service history books and invoices. This, and the 25 MoT certificates, also confirm that the mileage of just over 100,000 miles is genuine (and nicely run-in; these engines last forever if properly used and correctly maintained).” Recently, it was fully recommissioned with a new windscreen, sound deadening material, window seals, discs, tyres and much more. Surely a top example of the species and not so badly estimates either at 19- to 22,000 GBP?

PS: We, ourselves, are no advocates for terms such as Porker, Roller and Beemer, but in combination with the Dodge model we couldn’t resist it here. Please forgive us.

(Words editor, pictures Brightwells)

Monday, 20 November 2017

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