Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mitsubishi Debonair V 3000 Royal AMG

When you think AMG you instantly think high performance, high horse power and high cost Mercedes but in 1986 Mitsubishi teamed up with them on a production project of their executive car the Debonair. AMG took the 3ltr, 200bhp, V6 front wheel drive barge and did nothing with the engine not a single thing. That’s right its bone stock just like the car it’s based on.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Renault Vel Sartis

We don’t normally do more modern cars on here usually because most manufacturers know what they’re doing and make cars deliberately to attractive to the masses which usually means slightly dull!!!! The same was true of Renaults line up of Megans and Lagunas 15 years ago. It then decided to break its self-inflicted mould and create a brand new executive hatch back to replace its already discontinued executive car the Safrane. To be fair a few manufacturer’s where at it including Vauxhall with the Signum. In both counts the public wasn’t really ready for the concept, unlike today with the masses of fastback Audi’s and BMW’s.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

St Asaph Car Show

It’s been a while since I’ve headed over to North Wales for this show, in fact the last time was in 2012, and with the Bank Holiday promising good weather I was looking forward to it. Most of the car shows that get featured on here are usually model or classic/retro orientated, this show though was purely a “car and bike” show which meant an attendance of more modern machinery.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nissan K10 March Super Turbo

The turbo supercharged engine is nothing new these days with most manufacturers, particularly VW, fitting them to their new cars to keep emissions down. Back in 1989 though when the turbo ruled at the top of the hot hatch performance tree, strapping on a supercharger was very different. So why was such a car built? Racing.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mazda MX5 Roadster Coupe

It’s widely acknowledged that the MX5 brought back the 2 seater sports car market with its simple concept of make the car fun to drive. The only potential issue would have been if you wanted the fantastic handling drivers car bit with a roof then you were going to have to go elsewhere. That is unless you lived in Japan, in 2003/04 it was possible to buy, direct from Mazda, a Coupe version possibly creating one of the ultimate road cars.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bitter Baltic

After mainstream can production by German manufacturer Bitter ended in 1989 they had plans to produce a low volume sports car. Several concepts were built and show to the public this was presented at the 1991 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Random Video- 1966 Earls Court London Motor Show

"The Big Drive helping get Britain out of the red" this was how the car industry was seen in 1966, how times have changes and how many manufacturers are no longer about.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

PK Jimp

I first saw this at last year’s Classic Car Show at Tatton Park, looking like a shrunken Land Rover my first impression was it was a kit car of some sort. To an extent I was right it was offered in kit form, however it was also sold as a complete vehicle by PK Manufacturing Ltd out of Sandbach.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tractor Cycle

“Superior to an ordinary motorcycle in its ability to climb steep and rough grades” was the claim of J. Lehaitre the French inventor of this tracked motorcycle. Built in 1938 is had a top speed of about 25mph on flat ground. Steering was via conventional handlebars that controlled the sideways motion of the drive belt, well that what I’ve read but can’t see how it works without dual belts.