Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Gordon Keeble

I saw this car recently at a classic car show in Lancashire I was taken by its simple lines and toggle switches. It’s obviously been built primarily as a sports/GT car. I also knew the Keeble name was rare, I didn’t appreciate how rare, this is one of only 99 built by the factory between 1963-66, although one more was built out of spare parts. Over its short life this car had a troubled one, with strikes affecting parts supply therefore stopping production, both Jim Keeble and John Gordon resigning, the company going to the brink of bankruptcy/ changing hands a few times and being built in 2 factories it’s amazing to think so many were actually built.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lancashire Classic Car and Bike Show, Houghton Tower, Preston

Arriving at the very long and impressive drive up to Houghton Tower I didn’t know what to expect. After parking up I followed the simple sign down a rough track, at the end a you at the top end of a big filed that overlooks the whole car show with the cars lined up in single rows for ease of viewing. This is how all show should start. Money paid the next few hours were spent wandering around a round a variety of cars.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Colani Sea Ranger

So you’re the outdoors that like fishing type that needs a vehicle that can do it all, well the Sea Ranger is for you. Part camper van part boat this has to be one of the most unusual amphibious vehicles. Styled and built by Luigi Colani to his Biodesign design methodology, I believe it’s was a one off concept in 1979. Based on Unimog running gear, but with this body added and of cause it’s amphibious. Looking at it at the time it would have looked a little old fashioned, the styling seems more 70’s sci-fi than brash 80’s hardlines that were being developed at the time.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Krauser Domani

More trike than bike plus sidecar, its chassis incorporated both allowing for a more stable and stronger package. It also allows the engine components to be located in better positions such as the radiator in the “sidecar” to aid cooling. It was also true rear wheel drive with power being transferred to both. Built around a BMW 1200cc engine with 150bhp encased in a one piece glass fibre body its certainly different.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Yamaha OX99-11

Commissioned by the Yamaha Sports division rather than the bike one this supercar was based around Yamaha’s V12 F1 engine that was sat in the current Brabham at the time, granted detuned to only 400bhp. An engine that had yet to produce a win! The original development had started around 1990 but unhappy with the conventional supercar design that the first design company came up with Yamaha turned to IAD on the south coast of England. Within a year they had built this, a tandem 2 seater that had a definite F1 car look about it.

Monday, June 13, 2011

De Tomaso Deauville

The De Tomosa name is sin ominous with the Panthra, (a car I’ll get round too) but it also produces 240 four door saloons, the Deuville. Aimed at the luxury market it came fully loaded with all 1972 could muster including rear air conditioning and the usual all round power assistance from steering to windows. Powered by a 5.7ltr Ford V8 with 300bhp it was no slouch, reaching 60mph in 6.4sec’s and continued up to 146mph. Production stopped in 1984 after 3 series. At a time when all the supercar makers are looking at producing high performance saloons its nice to see one was at it nearly 40 years ago.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lazareth Wazuma V12

This has to be one of the most extreme road legal vehicles ever built and technically it was a production bike, in very limited numbers. Lets get straight to it, this quad bike is basically a 500bhp Supercharged BMW V12 with 4 wheels and a handlebar fitted around it. The driver/rider just lies over this immense engine more usually found in the large exec and old 8 series. The price tag over $250,000, that’s right $1/4m!!!!. it has to be the most expensive boys toy, but what a toy. Built by custom vehicle manufacturer Lazareth in Paris this is by no means the most extreme thing they have built and I’ll be looking at their back catalogue soon.