Sunday, 25 November 2012
Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #58 a review of the last seven posts at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres". This week started at The Classic Motor Show held at Birmingham's National Exhibition Center where over 1500 treasured vehicles were on display, of which this 1977 Austin Allegro HL was amongst my favorites simply because the owner took part in the Rat Rod Rally2Romania with it, an act of supreme bravery in my humble opinion. Tuesday's post was the first of three Tuesday posts featuring Hot Rovers badged as MG's the one above is the Rover 25 based MG ZR 105. On Wednesday I went for a rare test drive in this Volkswagen Sharan and quite enjoyed the experience of driving a modern MPV which despite not coming with shovels and rakes or implements of destruction could easily serve as a command centre from which to run a war. Featured on Americana Thursday was this Chrysler Viper Phase II RT/10 a European spec better known in it's country of origin as a Dodge model. Ferrari Fridays post featured a 1953 Pininfarina bodied Ferrari 250MM which served as Limo for Italian movie stars in 1953 and is thought not to have seen a race track until 1984. Yesterday's post featured the first of two projects given numbered Type 81 namely the Lotus Ford 81 Formula One car built for the 1980 Grand Prix season. Today's post features the unique Huispano Suiza H6C Xenia commissioned in Andre Dubonnet in 1938 and named after his wife. Thanks for joining me on this "GALPOT Weekly #58" edition, I hope you have enjoyed catching up with last weeks blogs using the links provided. Join me daily at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" during the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Welcome to GALPOT Weekley #57 a review of the last seven posts at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres". The week started with a meeting of the Avenue Drivers Club at Queen Square in Bristol, where this 1959 Lancia Appia was my car of the day. On Tuesday I looked at this MG Maestro 1600 which took part in a thrilling race for pro drivers event at the end of the 1983 season driven by rally ace Tony Pond who came home third with the front passenger door hanging off. Wednesdays post featured the last all new rear engined design from Volkswagen the Type 2 (T3)s which were manufactured between 1979 and 2003. This Plum Crazy Dodge Challenger R/T was the feature of Americana Thursdays post, probably my all time favorite Muscle Car. Ferrari Friday featured a Ferrari F60 Formula One car of the type that Kimi Räikkönen used to win the 2009 Belgian Grand Prix his last before winning the recent Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the Genii team's Lotus branded challenger. Yesterday's post featured the Lotus Ford 80 probably one of the most visually sensual Formula One cars never to win a Grand Prix. Thanks to Geoffrey Horton today's featured car is a Huispano Suiza K6 convertible with body work designed by former dentist Georges Paulin who worked for Carrosserie Pourtout. Thanks for joining me on this "GALPOT Weekly #57" edition of "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" I hope you have enjoyed catching up with the last seven posts on "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" using the links and that you will join me daily during the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now.
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #56 a review of the last seven posts at "Gettin'a li'l psycho on tyres". The week started at Brooklands where I had a look at an unusual FIAT Coupé that was converted into a Pick Up by FCSS (Fiat Coupe Service Specialist). On Tuesday the blog popped over the the Silverstone Classic to have a look at an MG badged ADO16 known as a MG 1300 Mk II. Wednesdays European curiosity was the Type 2 (T2) the last versions of which are being built in Brazil until next year. From the Good Guys in White Hats came the 1968 Dodge Charger which I looked at on Thursday. For Ferrari Friday GALPOT revisted the Danville Concours d'Elegance with Geoffry Horton for a look at a Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Series I Cabriolet. Yesterday I had a look at Mario Andretti's 1978 World Championship Winning Lotus Ford 79 with which he and Ronnie Peterson walked away with 5 1-2 finishes in what proved to be another winning if tragic season for the Team Lotus. Today's blog looks at some of the legends surrounding Huispano Suiza and the H6 seen above. Thanks for joining me on this 'GALPOT Weekly #56' edtion 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 in the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #55 a review of the last seven posts at "Gettin'a li'l psycho on tyres". The week started, thanks to Barry Boor, with a visit to the `Mtahleb Hillclimb and Mdina Grand Prix' held in Malta where numerous 'replica' Bugatti's were inevidence. The MG TD featuring 12 volt electrics and steel wheels as standard was the subject of Tuesdays post. Ben Pons the Dutch Volkswagen importer was responsible for suggesting the Type 2 (T1) Transporter / Kombi / Bus, which I looked at on Wednesday, in 1947. Two years later the first models which were built on Beetle platforms with similar running gear started to roll off the assembley lines. Launched with the strap line "First of the economy action cars" the 1962 Dodge Dart, which I looked at on Thursday, was unusually only in production for one year before the body was completely replaced. Ferrari Friday featured one of 12 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spyders, this one was raced in the Netherlands by at three different drivers each of whom scored at least one class win. Yesterday's post featured a Lotus Type 75 Elite first seen in 1974 of which less than 100 are thought to still be on the road in the United Kingdom. Todays post features some of the vehicles that participated in last weekends The Sunlight Textile Services Pegasus Sprint including Ian Halls Darian T98 GTR which easily won fastest time of the day. Thanks for joining me on this 'GALPOT Weekly #55' edtion 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 in the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !