From the archives: Sachsenring 1955
This photo was taken at the Sachsenring all the way back in 1955 (14 August). There is pretty conclusive evidence that this is a certain East-German racer called 'Rudolf Stumpf' driving his #45 'Eigenbau' sports car which was equipped with a VW or Porsche flat-4 engine. This amateur photo is not particularly sharp but nonetheless gives a good idea of the car's shape. Which was a rather bulbous beauty, heavily influenced by the Porsche 550 it seems. Notice the antitank obstacles in the background, which, for some reason, are still holding up ten years after the war.
Photography: Andrew Bush's 66 Drives
Just today I bumped into a newspaper article about a photography exhibition of drivers and their cars in Amsterdam. Looking at the pictures I was sure I had seen them before, and indeed they are the work of Californian photographer Andrew Bush who shot the set of photos from 1990-1997 while driving about on Californian streets and highways. Mounting a photo camera to the passenger seat of his own car and using a remote shutter cable, Bush frames his victims from the side whilst driving or at traffic lights and captures the extraordinary characters behind the wheels of their vehicles. Nothing staged, just spontaneous shots. It is a great showcase of car culture in California, where a car seems a life necessity, you need it, for everything. Considering it features mostly old cars a perfect subject for this site to cover, so here we are, just take in some of the photos featured in this thread. These photos show reality but there are, if you look closely, some very amusing little touches. There's a car with bullet holes, a badly disguised airport car and so on. On top of that it is a very nice 'guess-the-car game', as not the whole car is photographed, read on and have guess in the comments!Add a comment
The Marketplace: Bristol FS double decker motorhome
I think this is the first bus I ever featured on here, because normally I hate buses. They stink (inside and out), they cause serious pollution with their huge diesel engines (especially when no-one except the driver is in it, which is most of the time), they regularly manage to scare me while I'm biking around in the low countries, they are slow, they run late and when you're in one chances are that once you get out of one you might have caught some horrible disease and die in the process. Now, don't let this deter you from liking the bus featured here, as this isn't really a bus anymore but a bus converted into a motorhome. Which got me thinking; with the Goodwood Revival weekend fast approaching every motoring maniac should think about what kind of retro transport to arrive in on the Goodwood grounds. Wouldn't this make a huge impression while at the same time being very useful as well? Just imagine, you can stay for the whole weekend on the grounds and you do not have to book a hotel. It does come at a price though, it is for sale for about € 35.000 which is probably quite a bit more then 3 nights in a country hotel. For sale here in Switzerland, but read on after the jump for more on its history.Add a comment
The TVR Tamora and its German counterparts
Now, looking through some old magazines it stunned me that cars that were build in the early 2000s are already retroish cars. Take for example the TVR Tamora, being produced from 2002 it epitomises much of the situation the world was in. An aggressive over the top monster of a car (that looks like a mouse in my opinion) in bold colours and with an interior which is very much late 90s / early 00s with lots of curves and odd switchgear. I like to compare the interior to the mad shapes of the Apple ibooks and imacs of those days (see here and here). It was much the same story with its competitors. Take for example the Porsche Boxster, its interior is executed in hideous plastics shaped into ugly asymmetric shapes which really looks dated nowadays (just look at this center console, and then see the imac again). Or take the BMW Z3 Roadster, it has the same foibles; plasticky interior and fluid body shapes that together just do not really look very coherent or good. The plasticky interiors were of course there in the name for cost reduction to return bigger profits, it was, whichever way you look at it, the decade of raking in money in huge quantities whatever the cost may be. That said the decade produced some very, technically interesting sports cars, like the Tamora, Z3 and the Boxster in the video underneath. Not many manufacturers bothered about emissions or semi-automatic gearboxes nor had they much interest in putting expensive ESP systems in their cars (TVR certainly didn't, but then again they probably didn't have the money anyway). But, which one of these still uncomplicated and reliable contenders you should choose as a fast runabout nowadays? For me it's simple, the Tamora, it's the only car that hasn't dated much. Let Tiff Needell remind you why it was as good as it could be today..Add a comment
The anorak: Ferrari 250 GTO #3589GT
Now, normally I try to steer clear of the subject 'chassis numbers' and historic cars, as it can come over as mindbogglingly boring to normal people while at the same time being a futile attempt to sound interesting, when you are really not anything like that. But, for this post I make an exception as it is about a car with a very intriguing story. I mean, it is not often that you hear of a Ferrari 250 GTO that used to languish in a field for 15 years. Even though is a well-known story outside of the ferrarichat.com circle, it really is worth making a trip down memory lane to revisit chassis #3589GT in the various parts of its life. And what a life it was (is)! Just read on after the jump all will be explained.Add a comment
Question: what's the best car to pose in front of?
Universally liked, a 911 might be a very good candidate to answer the question, as is the case with this photo taken outside of the Zandvoort circuit along the dutch coastline in the summer of 1974. Especially so because the guy in the photo called 'Roland', poses with a Carrera 2.7 RS. I'm pretty sure this Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS is the real deal, considering it is highly unlikely that someone with a brand-new and expensive run-of-the-mill 911 would go through all the trouble to widen its arches and so on, while Porsche still produced the 2.7 RS for a good price in 1974. Questionable is, though, the taste of the original owner, red wheels on a green body? And what's with the red stripes on the hatch, roof and the rear duck-tail? Must've been a special order vehicle through Porsche's personalisation division (surely they had that already in 1974), I can't imagine Porsche would've put this on the option list. In a way though, it makes it unique, special, which must be the main arguement for being the best car to pose in front of. It certainly was in 1974, when the only thing more impressive to pose in front of would be some Ferraris or Lamborghinis, but then again those would make you look a bit of a tit. Those were poster cars for children, Porsches are for the real world, for normal guys, like Roland.Add a comment