Shed or Minter: Audi 60

Written by Kurt | Tuesday, 28 August 2012 22:10

Audi 60 for sale on ebayOutside or inside of Germany, it doesn't matter, you won't see many of these Audi 60s on the streets today. The question here should be; why? Problematic to maintain perhaps? Not very pretty perhaps? Or don't they have enough snob value compared to ubiquitous Mercedes-Benz cars of the era? These Audi / Auto Union cars certainly weren't badly built though, when you do see one come along the bodies are most of the time in great shape. Built in both 2-door and 4-door versions the Audi 60 was the successor to the DKW F102 and marked a new era for the Auto Union factory, while the DKW still had a 2-stroke engine, the Audi powered into modernity with a brand-new 4-stroke engine (with 4 cylinders). Its boxy yet somehow curvaceous body was an instant hit (or at least a bigger hit than the DKW F102 which was a commercial disaster), especially the Coupes looked and look just right. Instead of finding one for sale, we found two of these little stormers for sale, in Germany, look here. Both of them need a LOT of work though but with a starting price of €700 this still looks like a good deal. But it's obvious buyers will need some guidance, so read with us and find out more about these classy German cars.

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Preview: The Goodwood Revival - Flying A Racing

Written by Kurt | Friday, 24 August 2012 19:03

Austin A35 Goodwood Revival 2012 2010 Martin Brundle Rae DavisAs it's less than a month until the Goodwood Revival 2012 (14-16 September) takes place, I thought it would be a good moment to introduce you to some of the teams and the stuff one can expect at the Revival. It might give you that little push to go and plan a trip to what is probably the greatest classic car event in the world (I'm still biting my nails here whether I will be granted press accreditation!). In this post we dive a bit deeper into one of the teams partaking in the St. Mary's Trophy for saloon cars from 1950-1959. Flying A Racing will be present with some Austins, we concentrate in this post on the A35 which will, in the celebrity race on the Saturday, be driven by Martin Brundle. While an A40 of the same team will be driven by touring car ace Rob Huff. The owner of the A35 kindly sent us some pics of the car in preparation. Now, this particular A35 is no stranger to the Revival, it took part 3 times before and is in fact a bit of a giant killer. At the 2010 Revival it was running strong in the hands of Martin Brundle until Brundle managed to bang it into another Austin driven by Tom Kristensen. This year though the A35 is raring to go and in tip-top condition as the photos underneath illustrate.

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Art: Hanns Lohrer & Porsche

Written by Kurt | Sunday, 19 August 2012 12:03

porsche catalogue 356a, hanns lohrer, glove, woman, poodleThe 1950s and 1960s were the years that the foundations for the Porsche legend were built. As with all brands it is not only about the products when creating a brand, it is also about communicating a story and desires. This was no different to Porsche, only Ferry Porsche wasn't very keen on advertising. According to Dieter Landenberger, head of the Porsche archive, Ferry put more value "on personal contact with customers and the common word-of-mouth communication in the sports car scene". But when Ferry saw Hanns Lohrer's work he changed his mind. Hanns Lohrer, was the graphic artist and painter from Stuttgart who basically created the 'world around the cars' that appealed to Porsche buyers. He was soon doing more than making posters depicting trophies of the many race wins the Porsche cars were accumulating all over the world in the middle of the fifties. Examples of his work are a series of ads from 1961 where the Porsche 356 was depicted in the context of sports like golf, hunting or horse riding. In the golf ad for example the car didn't even take centre stage, the main vocal point was a set of golf clubs! Effectively showing what else you could go and do with a Porsche beside driving. The Porsche Museum now recognises Lohrer's work and has set up an exciting exhibition at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart to celebrate the early years of advertising Porsche.

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Oldtimer Grand Prix 2012

Written by Kurt Schleier | Friday, 17 August 2012 12:28

oldtimer GP 2012, maserati, MG, birdcageNormally the weather in the eifel mountain range can drastically change within a few minutes, but last weekend the Nürburgring was treated to a bout of enduring sunshine. It turned out be the perfect weekend to go and look at some old cars. Well, old cars, rather classic cars and many of them hugely valuable classic race cars. The Oldtimer Grand Prix was the right event to enjoy these cars in their natural habitat. Arriving on Friday I catched some of the action on the Nordschleife (that's the proper 20.8 kilometre Nürburgring). I was pleasantly surprised with a combined field of three race series, albeit all with the same kind of cars; GTs and touring cars. The highlight was surely the 210 minute AvD Historic Marathon, which, traditionally opens the Oldtimer GP weekend. For some the race wasn't a highlight though, walking along the track through the woods I suddenly heard someone with an english accent uttering the words "You ....... idiot". The issue here was clear, the pretty TVR Grantura of the McInerney family had crashed and one of the McInerney's wasn't at all happy with how the car was towed away, he probably had a point as I heard a German marshall with a strong Rhinish accent bellowing more of the same from across the track: "Sag mal, bist du bescheuert oder wie?". The range of cars that didn't crash was eclectic though, read on and I'll guide you through some of the highlights.

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Commemorating Felix Wankel

Written by Kurt | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 18:11

felixwankelYesterday, on what would have been his birthday, 13 August, Felix Wankel would have been 110 years old, if he were still alive of course. This post is a little tribute to the man that gave us the Wankel engine. The what? Well, there is of course the 'normal' piston engine, the 'Otto engine' that can be found in just about any car these days. Felix Wankel though, thought he had a better idea and in 1954 introduced his Wankel engine which featured a very simple tri-angular rotor encapsulated within an oval-shaped housing. Not surprisingly Felix Wankel was German, and from the Baden-Württemberg area at that, where most brilliant inventions towards the motor car were thought up (think Karl Benz, Wilhelm Maybach, some of the Porsche boys etcetera, they were all Swabians). The result of his design was a brilliantly simple, yet highly effective engine. It had some teething problems though, high fuel consumption and unreliability mostly. But that didn't deter many manufacturers picking up his engine design and introducing and developing it in their cars, perhaps best known is the use of this type of engine in a variety of Mazdas (to this year) and the advanced NSU Ro 80. Sadly, it never became 'mainstream', but nowadays much-loved by enthusiasts for its power potential and tuneability (think boy-racers) and great soundtrack. An example of which can be seen in the video below, showing a mental Mazda RX-3 powered by one of the Wankel-inspired Mazda rotary engines. Felix Wankel then, he sadly never saw much of his legacy, like the 24 Hours of Le Mans win in 1991 of the Mazda 878B featuring a rotary engine. The only win of a pistonless engine at Le Mans to be precise. That, despite his shady past during World War Two (to put it mildly) makes him one of the greats, one of those few people, that made us move better, faster and, in his case, differently.

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