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 !
Welcome to GALPOT Weekly 10/13 a review of the seven blogs at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" posted between March 4th and 11th. The week started with a look at this 1939 Ford One Ton Pick Up the first Blue Oval pick up to be fitted with hydraulic brakes. Tuesday's post featured this li'l 1928 Singer 8 Saloon powered by a 16.5 hp motor who's crankshaft runs in just two bearings. Thanks to Geoffrey Horton Wednesday's post featured some California sunshine as seen at the Palm Springs Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance where this 1931 Chrysler Imperial was one of the stars of the show. Cadillac's 1941 Series 62 Coupé which quadrupled was the subject of Thursday's blog. Annie Soisbault drove this 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, which was the subject of Ferrari Friday's blog, to a win in the 1965 Grand Prix of Paris. Thanks to US$ 35 million of funding from General Motors Lotus developed the Lotus M100 Elan which was launched in 1989, the 1991 Elan Turbo SE version seen here was the subject of Saturdays blog. The final post of the week featured two 1973 Surtees Ford TS14 Formula One cars which were hampered by their Firestone Tyres thanks to the suppliers imminent withdrawal from the sport and consequent lack of development. Thanks for joining me on this "GALPOT Weekly #10/13" 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 in the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !
Monday, 4 March 2013
Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #09/13 a review of the last seven posts at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres". The week started with a look at a 2009 Dodge Pace Truck seen above at Talledega where it performed in the Spring Aaron's 499. Tuesday's post, the last in the present series of Tuesday MG posts, featured a Celebrity MG Metro Turbo that was raced by invited drivers in the 1989 ESSO Metro Challenge, the car is seen above at Oulton Park with British Touring Car racer Jerry Mahoney at the wheel. Among the may fascinating vehicles on display at this years Race Retro which was reviewed on Wednesday was this recreation of a steam powered 1905 White Sprint Car that is scheduled to appear at the Sywell Classic Pistons and Props event at the end of September. Thursdays blog returned to North Carolina where this Buick Regal Short Track Cup car was built by the legendary Banjo Matthews for Bobby Allison to drive in his 1983 Cup winning season. Ferrari Friday returned to Goodwood for a look at the car that was reputedly sold privately last year for more than twice as much as any car ever sold at auction, namely the US$ 35 million Ferrari 250 GTO chassis #3505 that won two Austrian GT championships for actor actor Gunther Philipp in 1963 and 1964. Yesterdays post looked at the Lotus Honda 99T of the type that Ayrton Senna drove to the last two Lotus Grand Prix victories in 1987 which helped Ayrton and Lotus third in the World Drivers and World Constructors championships respectively. Today's post feature another Formula One contender the Ensign Ford N173 with which designer Mo Nunn and driver Rikky von Opel made their Formula One debut at the 1973 French Grand Prix. Thanks for joining me on this GALPOT Weekly #09/13 edition, I hope you have enjoyed catching up with the links provided and that you will join me again daily at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" during the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !
Saturday, 2 March 2013
Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #08/13 a review of the seven posts that appeared on "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" from February 18th to February 24th. The week started with a look at this 2000 Dodge Dakota R/T seen at last years Yanks Picnic at Shakespeare County Raceway. Tuesday's blog featured a couple of MG Metro 6R4's including Tony Ponds example seen above on the 1985 RAC Rally in which Pond and Rob Arthur finished 3rd on the cars World Championship debut. On Wednesday GALPOT visited the February Avenue Drivers Club meeting where this 1952 Aston Martin DB2 was one of the stars. Deal of Asheville North Carolina supplied this 6 window Buick Electra 225 Riviera, featured on Thursday, new to a lucky customer in 1962. Ferrari Friday featured the 83rd Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta built, it was sold new to Ettore Buzzi in 1962 and the steel bodied car remained with him for at least 32 years before it passed into new ownership. Saturday's post featured a Lotus Renault 98T formula one car, which at 5.5 bar boost could produce an estimated 1300hp, of the type that Ayrton Senna drove to victories in 1986. Sunday's post featured a fiber glass bodied car built on a 1949 Ford Anglia chassis called a Shirley Mk II. Thanks for joining me on this "GALPOT Weekly #08/13 edition of 'Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres' I hope you have enjoyed catching up with the links provided and that you will join me daily during the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !
Welcome to Galpot Weekly #07/13 a review of blogs posted at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" during week 7 11th February to 18th February. The week started with a look at this 1995 Dodge Ram 1500 Extended Cab with the 'Big Rig Look' credited to Philip E Payne that took Dodge to the top of the US pickup sales league from 1996 to 1999. Tuesday's post featured an MG Midget 1500 that Trevor Kirk ended up restoring twice in twenty years, second time round it was voted best car in the International Midget 50 celebration at Burghley House in 2011. A couple of weeks ago GALPOT ran a feature on Johnny Martinez '29 Ford Pickup, Johnny's adventures in the Grand National Roadster Show at Panoma with his neighbour Gary L Wales, who's 1919 American La France based La Bestioni V is seen above, were the subject of Wednesday's blog. This Red Hot 1958 Buick Special Convertible featured on the Valentines Day Blog. In 2008 US $ 4,000,000,000 would have bought you this 1963 steel shelled Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta that featured on Friday. Unsurprisingly after the death of founder Colin Chapman Team Lotus struggled in 1983, but hiring Frenchman Gerard Ducarouge midway through the season resulted in a dramatic upswing in the teams fortunes thanks to the Lotus Renault 94T which was designed and built in 42 days. The Berkeley SE338 Deluxe featured on Sunday was powered by an 18 hp twin carburetor Excelsior motor cycle which gave the cute li'l critter a top speed of 70 mph and a 50 mpg fuel consumption. Thanks for joining me on this "GALPOT Weekly #07/13" edition of "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" I you have enjoyed catching up with the last seven posts using the links and that you will join me daily during the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !