Thursday, April 28, 2011

Adam’s Brothers Probe 16


Back in the late 1960’s car designers were all about extreme styling and pushing the boundaries, one such example is the Probe 16 built by the Adam’s brothers (the same people behind the Marcos Mantis XP) which was exhibited at the London Motor Show in 1969. Extreme styling is all over this car from its minute 34” high roof line (that’s 6” lower that the Ford GT40!!!!!!) to its electric sliding roof to gain entry and mid mounted tuned Austin 1.8ltr engine. Don’t you just love the external roof mounted rear view mirror.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lamborghini Miura Jota

The Jota started life as a P400 chassis for a Miura in 1970 No.5084, it was refitted and modified conform to the FIA's Appendix J racing regulations by Bob Wallace at Lamborghini in his spare time.

The revised look of the car and new technologies created an interest and demand around the car. With its additional air vents to cool the brakes and engine, the fixed headlights, single front window wiper, completely changed interior, spare wheel moved the the back to aid weight distribution and to make room for the revised suspension to accommodate the wider wheels, the list goes on. Only 1 was built and during Lamborghini’s troubled past was sold to private hands as an asset in 1972. Unfortunately this car was involved in an accident and the ensuing fire completely destroyed it.

Monday, April 18, 2011

St Asapth Classic Car Show, North Wales

I had been looking forward to this show since I found out about it last year, so me and the family drove the hour or so over to North Wales. With no real signs on the major routes just a little one at the entrance to a golf course I’ll admit I was a little dubious. Especially when we parked up at 11:30 and there were more cars in the show than the car park!!. But the show was absolutely fantastic, from the relaxed atmosphere to the Hospital Radio providing cheesy music, shout outs to all the clubs that were in attendance and visitor information. It was really nice to visit a low key show where the cars are the attraction rather than the autojumble or traders.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mosler Consulier GTP

Any car that comes with a challenge has to be something special, the challenge was for any other production to beat it round a track and $25,000 would be yours, when the more powerful version was built this increased to £100,000. From what I gather the prize was never collected. The premise behind this track/road car was simple, take an average engine (Chrysler’s turbo’d 2.2 litre four-cylinder) found in many American minivans etc and bolt it into the middle of a light body and chassis.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The lost motoring generation

I may be showing my age or has car ownership has started to change, back in the early motoring days a car was a privilege for the wealthy. Then as time goes by and things get cheaper the general population gets to have a go, then a these cars age they drop down to the “new driver”, who no doubt tries to improve on how it left the factory. This is long tradition with certain cars held in more regard than others usually due to rally/ race connections or reputation.

Back in the mid 90’s when I got my licence it’s wasn’t uncommon for it to be your 17th birthday present from your parents. After all as a minimum all you needed to do was 10 lessons, so £200 and your license was yours.

Friday, April 8, 2011

BMW Z1

It was an episode of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson was testing the latest BMW coupe, the Z1. In his then more restrained style he went though the usual characteristics and numbers but the part I remember most was the doors. No standard, suicide or gullwing ones here, no they sank down into the sill, awesome.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Badsey Bullet

This performance 3 wheeler was first created in 1980 by Bill Badsey in California, powered by a Yamaha Venture 1200cc water-cooled V4 motorcycle engine which would take the fibreglass covered vehicle all the way up to 150mph. Only 8 were sold making it very rare. The prototype below was actually fitted with a Suzuki GS 1100 GLZ and had 2 gear boxes fitted totalling 20 forward gears and 5 reverse gears!!!!! With its lifting doors that encase the driver and passenger inside it certainly has presence.