Sunday, 24 June 2012

GALPOT Weekly #36

Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #36 a review of the past weeks blogs at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres"

Crossley 10, Mercedes Benz C63 AMG EDITION 125, Avenue Drivers Club, Queens Square, Bristol

The week started with a look at the contrasting and eclectic collection of vehicles, as personified by the Crossley 10 and Mercedes Benz C63 AMG Edition 125 above, which attended the Avenue Drivers Club meeting at Queens Square in Bristol a couple of weeks ago.

MG 18/80 Six Salonette MkI, Bristol Classic Car Show

The MG 18/80 Six Saloonette Mk I above was the subject of Tuesday's post capable of 80 mph it is still used for trips to 'The Continent'.

Messerschmitt KR200, Bristol Classic Car Show

Fritz Fends design for a utilitarian vehicle the Messerschmitt KR200, featured on Wednesday's Continental Curiosity blog, is a wonderful example of post '39 - '45 war innovation with limited resources.

Dodge Coronet Super Bee, Shakespeare County Raceway

Senior Designer Harvey J Winn is credited with coming up with the name and Super Bee logo which was also turned into a diecast medallion which identified Dodge's performance model, the Dodge Coronet Super Bee which featured on Thursday's Americana Blog.

Ferrari 166/206, Silverstone Classic

There was only one Ferrari 166/P built chassis #0834, seen above at Silverstone, you can find out about it's development from 1600 cc 97.2 super car to 1965 Hillclimb Championship winner and beyond on this Dino Evolution link.

Lotus Esprit Roll Out

Colin Chapman learned a lesson in anger management before lending his support to Richard Jenvey's Lotus Esprit Group 5 project, seen above on it's 'official roll out' in 1979, which was built by an enthusiastic group of amateurs find out more about 'The Jumping Coffee Cup' here.

Rolls Royce, Handlye Special, Brooklands, Double Twelve

Robin Beech got my nomination for the unofficial "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" Award at Brooklands last Sunday, for a flavour of the "Double Twelve" event click on the link to today's post.

Thanks for joining me on "GALPOT Weekly #36", I hope you have enjoyed catching up with the last weeks activity on "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" and that, floods not withstanding, you will join me again during the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !

Sunday, 17 June 2012

GALPOT Weekly #35

Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #35 where I am reviewing the last seven posts to appear on the "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres blog".

FIAT, Eurocargo, Ford, Racing, Trucks, Aldershot, Raceway

The week started with reviews of two events run over the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend, first, as seen above, a Banger and Demolition Derby event at Aldershot Raceway which introduced me to the delights of 7.5 tonne Truck 'racing'

Spectrum 011b, Steven Jensen, Jubilee Race Day, Castle Combe

and second the Jubilee Raceday held at Castle Combe which saw Steven Jensen, seen above driving his Spectrum 011b winning the Formula Ford race and the Driver Of The Day award.

CD Panhard 3, Goodwood FoS

On Continental Wednesday the 1964 CD 3 Le Mans car, seen above, was featured, a car which although ultimately unsuccessful anticipated some revolutionary aerodynamic developments that were first seen in Formula One in 1978.

Ford GT, Goodwood Revival

 Americana Thursday's post featured a 1964 Prototype Ford GT which was built on the Slough Trading Estate in the UK by Ford Advanced Vehicles, after Eric Boradley of who was originally contracted to build the cars fell out with Ford in a disagreement over the materials from which the car should be built.

Ferrari 250 LM, Goodwood FoS

For Ferrari Friday the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, above,  was featured which played a minor role, along with the rest of 1964 Le Mans grid, in the French film Un Homme et Une Femme.

Lotus Elan, Ark Racing, Silverstone

Yesterday's post featured the Ark Racing Lotus Elan Group 5 World Endurance Championship race car seen above it's penultimate 'period' race at Silverstone in 1982, a privateer effort that added welcome variety to the Group 5 silhouette scene.

Aston Martin DB5, Goldfinger, Bond In Motion, Beaulieu

Today's post looks at 007 of the 50 exhibits on display at the 'Bond in Motion' exhibition currently showing at Beaulieu National Motor Museum. The original Aston Martin DB5, similar to the one seen above, borrowed for the production  of Goldfinger, was converted back to road spec use when it was returned to the manufacturer and sold as a used car, such was the dire financial position of Aston Martin at the time.

Thanks for joining me on this GALPOT Weekly #35 edition, I hope you have enjoyed catching up with the last weeks posts with the links provided and that you will join me at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres' again tomorrow when I'll be revisiting the Avenue Drivers Club at Queens Square in Bristol. Don't forget to come back now !

Sunday, 10 June 2012

GALPOT Weekly #34

Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #34 a review of the weeks blogs at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres'.

Middle Barton Garage

Last week started with a look at some of the vehicles that turned up at the 25th Anniversary Party of Middle Barton Garage, which included a magnificent Bentley, the fearsome Tornado FIAT 600D GT Lotus TC that once belonged to David Render.

Austin A40 Somerset, Malta Classic Car Museum

Diamond Jubilee celebrations were marked on Tuesday with a look at an oddly named Austin A40 Somerset Coupé that is said to have been driven by HRH Queen Elizabeth II while on a trip to Malta in 1952.

Citroën 2CV, Goodwood Festival of Speed

Of all the cars I have owned the minimalist cheap and rugged Citroën 2CV's were easily the most fun, the 1954 Citroën 2CV I looked at on Wednesday is considerably more utilitarian than any of those I have owned.

Ford V8 30 Saloon, Bristol Classic Car Show

Americana Thursday's featured car was the UK assembled 1938 Ford V8 30 Saloon, seen above, which apart from the Right Hand Drive was identical to the US 1938 Ford de Luxe Sedan.

Ferrari 330 GT, Marin Sanoma C D'E

Ferrari Friday's blog was all about the nature of what is perceived when looking at vehicles like the Ferrari 330 GT above.

Lotus Mark 6, Bristol Classic Car Show

Yesterday I looked at this cute little Lotus Mark 6 which was restored over a period of 30 years.

Camaro, Shakespeare County Raceway

Today's post looks at some of the action and vehicles that were present at the Yanks and Gary's 34th Picnic held at Shakespeare County Raceway a couple of weeks ago.

Thanks for joining me for this "GALPOT Weekly #34" I hope you have enjoyed catching up with the blog using the links provided and that you will join me in the week ahead at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" which starts with a Bangers and Smash edition from Aldershot Raceway and ends with a 007 @ Beaulieu edition next Sunday. Don't forget to come back now !

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

GALPOT Weekly #33

Welcome to GALPOT Weekly #33 a brief review of the last seven days blogs at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres".

Bloody Mary, NMM Bealieu

The week started with a visit to The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu which as one might expect houses an interesting collection of vehicles some of which are well known and others less so, in the latter category in journalist John Bolsters special Bloody Mary seen above.

MG 18/80 Mk II Prototype, Bristol Classic Car Show

On Tuesday I looked at an MG 18/80 of which nothing remains from the original body and not much from the original interior except the unique silver plated steering wheel boss.

Techno DAF, Goodwood Festival Of Speed

The Tecno DAF open wheeler, that I looked at on Wednesday, features DAF's variomatic transmission, which did not prove a significant unfair advantage except in the rain. It was however effective enough to win a few Formula 3 races and advances made in belt drive technology were enough for the system to be specifically banned from Formula One in the mid 1990's after variomatic transmission had been tried in just a single test session in the back of a Williams.

Chevrolet Master 85 Coupé, Goodwood Revival

Juan Manuel Fangio averaged 53.5 mph driving this Chevrolet Master 85 Coupé, featured on Americana Thursday, in a 5900 mile race across Argentina and Peru and in 1940, one of many victories that earned him a state sponsored trip to Europe that led to him becoming motor racing's first five time World Champion.

Ferrari 458 Italia, Simply Italian Beaulieu

On Ferrari Friday I got up close to one of the most attractive Ferrari's since the 288 GTO namely the 200 mph Ferrari 458 Italia which is powered by the worlds most powerful per litre / cui normally aspirated production engine.

Lotus Ford 78, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu

The Lotus Ford 78 which I looked at yesterday was a championship contender for Mario Andretti in 1977, save for the unreliability of it's motors Mario might well have won the first of two championships that year, find out why the Lotus 78 was so special on this link.

Delahaye Type 165 Cabriolet, Marin Sanoma C d'E

The 1939 Delahaye Type 165 Cabriolet with body work by Figoni et Falaschi, above, was judged to require all adjectives to define exquisite at the recent Marin Sanoma Concours d'Elegance. Find out what the other contenders were in today's blog linked here.

Thanks for joining me on this "GALPOT #33" edition of "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" I hope you enjoyed following the links to catch up with the past weeks blogs, and that you will join me again at "Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres" in the week ahead which starts tomorrow with a Silver Jubilee celebration. Don't forget to come back now !