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About Puzzle #143 1966/67 Brabham/BMW Formula 2

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This proved to be a really tough one! Only one guess in the right direction. And one really good answer. Simon Thomas was correct in recognising the Brabham wheels. It was in 1966 that BMW bought a Brabham BT7 Formula 1 in order to apply the  M10 16 valve engine conversion developed by Apfelbeck. After a short failure in the 2 litre F1 format the car was entered in the Formula 2 in 1600 CC form (many photos if you scroll down at . 
We like to think this was a prelude of the later BMW Formula I  1500 cc turbo, also based on the 1961 M10 engine!  This weeks winner is Bernard Corrège:
"Brabham BT7 (ex formule 1 1500) à moteur 1600 BMW. Culasse à chambre radiale à admissions et échappements des deux cotés, dessinée par Ludwig Apfelbeck , réalisée pour la F2 en 1966/1967. Principe plus ou moins repris sur la Lancia Delta S4 gr B."
Not sure if you can fully understand his French, yet he ads an interesting line that the engine principle was reintroduced on the Lancia Delta S4 Group B. Apparently this car had also radial combustion chambers with inlet from two sides. And outlet from two sides. Next week another tough to crack racing car! 

Saturday, 01 October 2016

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The Corporation of the Town of Gawler Centenary Celebrations 1-7-1957 Delma Baker, Gwen Helps and Mrs Mavis Curnow and Mrs Goodger standing behind.   Gawler,  a bit north of Adelaide

When Premier Playford came to Gawler by train to meet and dine with the Council to turn on the new lights along Murray street, transport was provided by Holden owners and arranged by Jack Curnow of Aero Motors,and after the event, dignatories were taken by these cars to the railway station.

Bruce Eastick 10/5/2012 says and Betty Curnow corrected, that..

In photo is from lhs - Miss Delma Baker [staff Aero Motors], Miss Gwen Helps [staff Aero Motors], Mrs Mavis Curnow [wife of Jack Curnow] with Mrs Goodger standing behind her.

Photo courtesy Gawler History

Friday, 30 September 2016

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Gentleman's Express: 1951 Bentley R-type Continental

Gentlemans Express
With its upright radiator grille, winged 'B' mascot and wood and leather interior, you could be forgiven for labelling the Bentley R-Type Continental as 'traditional'. Back in 1951, however, this was a state-of-the-art motor car and a huge leap forward for the British marque. In fact, so radical was the Continental that the management nearly didn't give the go-ahead to production at all. Fortunately, they saw sense and over the next four years some 800 examples of the ravishing Continental were built.

The initial template for a 'Continental' model was born before WW2, the experimental 'Embiricos' and Corniche cars being the first steps towards a car designed and built for high-speed cruising on the new and growing road network of Europe. Postwar, the idea was revived and talented team including Ivan Evernden, John Blatchley and Roy Robotham pooled their resources to design what would become the most exciting and beautiful postwar Bentley ever built.

Lauded in period for its superb speed (almost 120mph at a time when most cars struggled to do half that), excellent aerodynamics and superlative styling, the Continental is now, quite rightly, one of the most collectible cars of all time. In the latest issue of The Automobile magazine you can read about the history behind the car's creation, an appraisal of its visual appeal and an account of what it is like to live with this most radical of 'traditional' motor cars.

Photographs by Nick Clements

Thursday, 29 September 2016

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Rough midnight cruiser

Midnight cruiser
Last week we spotted this Cadillac DeVille Coupe just around the corner. It was a nice evening, the moon was bright and the atmosphere relaxed. Perfect circumstances to roll down your windows and cruise with an arm hanging out downtown or along a neon lit boulevard in American Graffiti style.
The Caddy was nicely patined, no real rust so it may be possible that this is no rolling restoration someone created this comfortable rat-rod for the fun of it. It may be sort of trendy to drive a car with bad paint, superficial rust etc. And no matter what you think of that there is a huge advantage: you can leave your car wherever you want without worrying about the occasional scratch or dent. 1474540042_resized_image

My question: what is your favorite midnight cruiser? Which car would you like to use to drive into the night?

Photos and text Laurens Klein

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

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