Sunday, 25 March 2012

GALPOT Weekly #23

Welcome to the 23rd edition of GALPOT weekly where you will be able to catch up on all that has been happening at 'Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres'.

Halford, Brooklands

The GALPOT Week started seeped in history with a brief overview of the exhibits at Brooklands Museum hard to pic a favorite exhibit when like the Halford motor above, that was first turbocharged in 1925 and when that didn't work it was supercharged, so many of the exhibits have so many stories to tell.


MGB GT's like the example I looked at above on Tuesday were slightly slower to accelerate than the MG B Roadster I looked at last week, but conversely they also had a 5 mph higher top speed than their roadster siblings.

Ford Sierra Sapphire Cosworth RS, Brands Hatch

Mark Hales shared the #13 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth, seen above at Brands Hatch, with former ABBA drummer Slim Borgudd to win the Willhire 25 hour race at Snetterton in 1989. On Wednesday I discovered that the Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth was built in Genk Belgium.

Hupmobile Speedster, Desert Classic, C d'E

Geoffrey Horton's photograph above show's the only known survivor of just three Hupmobile Speedsters thought to have been built in 1932. Amongst the many fascinating things that I learned for Thursdays Americana blog was that the vehicles 103 hp 8 cylinder motor was marketed as having 'Big Bertha Power'.

Ferrari 246, Race Retro

It would be absolutely unthinkable at today's values for some one to turn a car with as much history as this Ferrari 246, last front engined Grand Prix winning chassis, which I looked at on Friday, into a two seat runaround road car. Yet back in 1965 New Zealander Pat Hoare did exactly that, turning this car into a replica Ferrari GTO, when this car became obsolete and he retired from racing.

Lotus 38, Goodwood Revival

Over the two years since I first posted the photo of the 1965 Indy Winning Lotus 38, which I re examined on Saturday, at I was surprised to learn that Jim Clark demonstrated the forth of of the eight Lotus 38's, fitted with symmetrical suspension on a couple of Swiss Hillclimbs.

Mercedes Benz 250 SE

Today's 'Gettin' a li'l psycho on tyres' post is about the forerunner of the Mercedes Benz S Class the W108 chassis above was known as the Fintail without Fintails and marketed as the Mercedes Benz 250 SE.

Coming up next week an overview of a Classic Car Museum in Malta, a look at an MG racing Series from the 1980's and on Wednesday I'll be looking at the final Sierra RS Cosworth incarnation.

Thanks for joining me on GALPOT Weekly #23 I hope you'll have fun following the links above and that you will join me again at 'GALPOT' during the week ahead. Don't forget to come back now !