Saturday, 23 October 2010

The Ultimate Laxative - Napier Bentley

This year marked the first time I have witnessed a hill climb event in fact I liked it so much the first time I went to two the first at Prescott and the second at Loton Park. Both were VSCC run meetings and highly entertaining despite the fact that no over taking is guaranteed.

The reason I enjoy these events is because of the breath taking variety of vehicles many by manufacturers long since disappeared and probably most models are completely unknown to me. Falling into the category vehicles unknown to me is this beautiful Napier Bentley driven by Christopher Williams which races in the Pre 1941 Racing Cars over 3000cc 183 cui class.

The car easily qualifies for the big engined class as it is powered by a Napier Lion Marine engine rescued from a WW2 Motor Torpedo boat. The 550hp engine is a 24,000 cc / 1464.5 cui, Arrow 12 with 3 banks of 4 cylinders that was originally developed in 1917 for aircraft applications being used in over 160 different aircraft types, the engine was also used to power Sir Malcom Cambell to over 250 mph in 1932, and John Cobb to 394 mph in 1947.

This car was originally built by David Llewellyn in 1968 with a Sunbeam chassis but after an accident the Sunbeam chassis was replaced by a 1929 chassis from an 8 litre Bentley. Chris Williams , see the man in the bowler hat, has been looking after it since 1999.

It would appear a sense of humour is essential to drive such a fearsome beast...

....easily capable of spinning its wheels in any gear.

Just noticed that Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres has somehow made it through it's first month and has just had it's 1,000 th page view ! Thanks to everyone who has popped by and especially all those who have contributed to making this so much fun, looking forward to tomorrow's instalment of Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres already, don't forget to come back now !


  1. What a huge and wonderful milestone, Art! Keep up the great work and those numbers will grow exponentially! Cheers!!

  2. Holy Craaaaaaaaaaaaap! Look ooooooooooooooout! Vroooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom!!!!!

  3. @ Chief thanks for helping to light the touch paper :-)

    @ Racer I'm thinking front engine 1484.5 cui would be a great way for Indycar to go, I wonder if it would ever catch on ? :-)

  4. Your doin' great job Art,your numbers will grow as the chief said. Thanks for the exposure "across the pond as we say"! keep at it and check your email I sent you today.