Sunday, 28 April 2013
Welcome to GALPOT Weekley #17/13 a review of the last seven posts at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres". The week started on Pick Up Monday with a look at this '59 Chevrolet Apache 31 Fleetside that featured new for '59 Jet Pods heralding the arrival of the rocket powered 'Space Age'. Tuesday's potted 4 part Morris history continued with this Morris 1800 (ADO 17) that has been upgraded to recreate a marathon rally car of the type that competed in the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon and 1970 World Cup Rally. Wednesdays posts featured a review of 'Petrol In My Blood', by marathon driver Peter Jackson who set amongst many, world records for driving from London to Cape Town and driving around the world. Americana Thursday's blog featured this '84 Lincoln Town Car which if I have understood fb commentator Joe's rap, "ultimate tuna boat", correctly indicates that back in the day this was a vehicle that lured plenty of attractive young females within. The driving rosta for this Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa 59/60 which was featured on Ferrari Friday includes Dan Gurney, Jean Behra, Phil Hill, Cliff Alison, Oliver Gendebien and Paul Frére the last two of which won the 1960 Le Mans 24 Hours. Yesterday's post featured three Lotus Elise Series I's, which derived their model name from Lotus chairman Romano Artioli's grand daughter Elisa. Today's post concludes a four part look at McLaren and features this McLaren F1 GTR which was the first of the second series of F1 GTR racers built in 1996 that had but one outing at the 1996 Le Mans Test Weekend but appears never to have been raced in anger. Thanks for joining me on this 'GALPOT Weekley #17/13' edition of "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" I hope you have enjoyed catching up using the links in the text and that you will join me daily during the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #16/13 a review of the last seven posts at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres". The week started with Pick Up Monday which featured this '58 half ton Chevrolet Apache 31 with jet age detail trim. The 5 part potted history of Morris continued on Tuesday with a look at this '55 Morris Oxford II was fitted with a B Series motor thanks to the merger between Austin and Morris in 1954, this Oxford came fitted with a column shift for the manual gearbox, 9 inch hydraulic brakes and an interior heater. On Wednesday GALPOT visited the Six Hours of Silverstone where several teams second entries beat their number one siblings including the #2 Audi e-tron quattro of Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval and Alan McNish which beat the #1 Audi driven by reigning world sports car drivers champions Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fässler for overall honours and the Tourist Trophy. Americana Thursday's post featured this Lincoln Continental Mark III which once belonged to an acquaintance Loory Munro. The Mark III allegedly came about when Ford President Lee Iacocca instructed Ford Design Vice President Gene Bordinat to "put a Rolls Royce grill on a Thunderbird" in September 1965. This 1956 Feerari 290MM chassis #0606 was featured in Ferrari Friday's post the car won the Swedish Grand Prix in the hands of Phil Hill and Maurice Trintignant before ending up in Brazil where it was involved in an accident that killed Fernando Mafra Moriera who raced under the name of Rio Negro. Yesterday's post featured this DeLorean DMC-12 a car that was heavily re engineered by Lotus to make it production worthy. Photo Courtesy Jerry Entin and IMS Archive Thanks to US Racer Jerry Entin I have been able to put right a few error's to a blog about the McLaren M15 I wrote a couple of years ago. Today's McLaren M15 post includes some photo's from the International Motor Speedway Archive such as the one above showing Bruce McLaren talking to Denny Hulme sitting in the car that Denny's 1970 Indy 500 challenge was to end in. Thanks for joining me on this GALPOT Weekly #16/13 edition of "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres". I hope you have enjoyed catching up with the last seven posts using the links provided. Thanks also to every one who has left comments, liked either and or the individual blogs or "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" facebook page. Looking forward to the next seven posts for which I hope you will join me daily. Don't forget to come back now !
Sunday, 14 April 2013
Welcome to "GALPOT Weekly #15/13" a review of the last seven blogs posted at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres". The week started with a look at this pre '53 split screen Chevrolet Advanced Design Pickup operated in UK drag racing by Squadron Racing. The 1948 Morris 8 Series E featured on Tuesday was a pre WW2 design, a fore runner of the Morris Monor this particular car is known as Katie. The life of the late Howard Strawford, who saved Castle Combe from closure in the 1970's, was celebrated on Easter Monday at the Howards Day meeting which provided plenty of action from the eleven race schedule. Above Elliot Stafford lifts a wheel going into Tower Corner in the first of the two Super Mighty Mini races on his way to becoming the second two time winner of the day. Geoffrey Horton kindly sent the photo's of the Continental Mark II that was the subject of Americana Thursday's post. Ferrari Friday's post revisited the 1956 Ferrari 860 Monza #0604M, which I first looked at two years ago, with some fresh photographs taken at recent Goodwood Revivals. Yesterday's post featured one of 55 Lotus Esprit Sport 350's built, one of only two painted white, that it's owner Rob has tweaked to give 500 hp. Today's post features Bruce McLarens first Formula One car the McLaren Ford M2B, Bruce opted to modify a Ford Indy motor to compete in the 1966 championship, but when this proved too heavy and underpowered he tried a lighter and equally underpowered Serenissima. By the end of the '66 season the Ford motor was back as seen in the car above. Thanks for joining me on this "GALPOT Weekly #15/13" edition of "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" and thanks to all those who have spread the word by sharing by blogs on fb, Ryan ;-), and pressed the "Like" button when the blogs have appeared on the "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" facebook page. I hope you have enjoyed catching up using the links and that you will join me daily during the week ahead, don't forget to come back now !
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #14/13 a review of the seven blogs posted at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" from April 1st to April 7th. . Monday's post featured this Chevrolet AK Pickup, sans the anti rattle tailgate fastening that was mentioned in the Sales literature. 2013 marks the centenary of Morris car production so on Tuesdays this month I'll be celebrating with a look at some Morris Models which began with this 1925 Morris Oxford. On Easter Monday I visited the Thruxton Circuit for the first time in way too many years for their Easter Revival Meeting, Bristol Veterinarian Nelson Rowe, seen above driving the #87 1971 Crosslé 20F in second place was a two time winner on the day winning the Formula Ford 1600 and Formula Ford 2000 events. If your a fan of silky smooth engines you'll probably want to be driving a V12, the 1936 Lincoln Zephyr V12 featured on Thursday has some interesting options. Two wins were recorded by the Ferrari 750 Monza chassis #0504, featured on Ferrari Friday, the first was by Mike Sparken on on the cars debut in the gadir Grand Prix for sport cars and the second was in the hands of Marsten Gregory who won a race at the Portuguese track Monsanto in 1955. There were five Lotus Esprit X180R's built between 1990 and 1991 the one featured on Saturday is fitted with 1991 bodywork of the type that Doc Bundy used to win the IMSA Bridgestone Super Car Championship in 1992. This month's Sunday posts will feature four McLaren's, the manufacturer is celebrating it's fiftieth anniversary this year and is now the second oldest, behind Ferrari on the Formula One grid. The first car McLaren built was an upgrade on Roger Penske's Zerex Special sports car featuring a new chassis that was last seen in Venezuela. Bruce followed that up with another sports car the McLaren M1A which was produced in limited numbers by Trojan's subsidiary Elva who built the chassis I looked at on Sunday. Thanks for joining me on this "GALPOT Weekly #14/13" edition of "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" and thanks to all those who have spread the word by sharing by blogs on fb, Ryan ;-), and pressed the "Like" button when the blogs have appeared on the "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" facebook page. I hope you have enjoyed catching up using the links and that you will join me daily during the week ahead, don't forget to come back now !
Welcome to GALPOT Weekley 13/13 a review of the seven blogs posted at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" from March 25th to March 31st. First up on the Monday was this cool metallic blue '51 Bonus Built Facelift Ford F1 Pickup. The Singer B37 Sports, as featured on Tuesday, was a victim of a change in corporate strategy in 1937 which meant only 12 of these 6 cylinder cars got built. I can pretend otherwise I froze my backside off marshaling at The Great Western Sprint, Wednesdays post tells what else happened. If you'd asked me before last year I'd never have guessed that the Cadillac Catera was built in Germany quite simply because I had never heard of much less seen one before. Ferrari Friday's blog featured this 250 GTO chassis #4153GT which was driven to victory in the 1964 Tour de France by Lucian Bianchi and Georges Berger. Saturday's post featured this Peter Stevens styled '88 Lotus Esprit fitted with a post '93 Julian Thompson styled bumper/spoiler. Jackie Stewart drove this Tyrrell #006, featured on Sunday to victory in the 1973 South African GP after crashing his own car and taking it over from his team mate Francois Cevert. Thanks for joining me on this "GALPOT Weekly #13/13" edition of "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" and thanks to all those who have spread the word by sharing by blogs on fb, Ryan ;-), and pressed the "Like" button when the blogs have appeared on the "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" facebook page. I hope you will join me daily during the week ahead, don't forget to come back now !
Sunday, 24 March 2013
Welcome to GALPOT Weekly 12/13 a review of the last seven posts at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres". The week started with a look at a 1949 "Bonus Built" Ford F1 1/2 ton pickup, the first Fords to be built on dedicated pick up chassis rather than hitherto modified car chassis. Tuesday's post featured this 1935 Singer 9 Special Speed that was used to compete on the 1936 Exeter Trial when it was only a few weeks old. I recently spoke to a friend from Spain who confessed he had no idea that the Spain once produced the Worlds Most Expensive Car in the form of the Pegaso Z-102B like the one seen on Wednesday's continental curiosity post. Americana Thursdays post featured this 1985 "Car of Tomorrow" Cadillac Sedan de Ville which to my mind bears a striking similarity to the marginally older Volvo 760 from just about any angle. North Carolina heiress Mamie Spears Reynolds was just 20 years old when she bought this Ferrari 250 GTO in 1963 as you can read on Ferrari Friday's post on the trip to New York to buy the car she found more than she bargained for. You could order a 176mph Vauxhall Lotus Carlton, like the one featured in yesterday's post, any colour you liked so long as it was Imperial Green. After a dip in the 1972 World Championship for Manufacturers rankings Gordon Murray's Brabham Ford BT42, like the one featured today, restored the team to a forth place in the final manufacturers rankings in 1973. Thanks for joining me on this GALPOT Weekly #12/13 edition of "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" I hope you will join me daily in the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !
Sunday, 17 March 2013
Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #11/13 a review of the last seven posts at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres". Monday's post featured this 1941 Prow Front Ford F1 1/2 ton Pickup styled by Ford's chief designer E.T. "Bob" Gregorie. This 1928 Singer 8 Junior Sport was the subject of Tuesday's blog, one just like it was observed by the Royal Automobile Club to have climbed the 1:4 Porlock Hill in Devon 100 times in 15 hours. Land locked Switzerland is better known for skiing in it's alpine mountains than manufacturing motor vehicles or the presence of any sharks but that did not stop Swiss Peter Monteverdi building four Dodge V8 powered super cars, one of which I looked at on Wednesday and giving them the Monteverdi Hai (Shark) model name. On Americana Thursday I looked at the history of the Cadillac Coupé de Ville and on the Cannonball Run. The Ferrari 250 GTO, above, that I looked at on Ferrari Friday had been raced on three continents before being purchased by the current owners family in 1974. Satoru Nakajima parted with Team Lotus after three relatively unremarkable years with a forth place finish and fastest lap at the 1989 Australian Grand Prix driving a Lotus Judd 101 similar to the one above that featured in yesterday's blog. The 1973 BRM P160 E which features today was shared 50 50 by Clay Regazzoni and Jean Pierre Beltoise it's best finish was in it's first race at the non Championship International Trophy at Silverstone where Clay scored a third place finish from an eighth place start. Thanks for joining me on this "GALPOT Weekly #11/13" edition of "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres", I hope you have enjoyed catching up with the last seven posts using the links provided and that you will join me again daily during the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !