Monaco Historic GP + Frazer Nash + Camera = fabulous footage

Written by Kurt | Sunday, 24 June 2012 14:37

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Just take a moment to appreciate this wonderful cacophony of noise brought to you by the six cylinders of this Frazer Nash Le Mans Rep's Bristol engine. Slithering through the narrow streets of Monte Carlo at this year's Monaco Historic GP is its driver Patrick Blakeney-Edwards, desperately trying to keep up with race leader Alex Buncombe in a Jaguar C-Type. As the laps go by the Jag disappears out of view bit by bit, there was a good excuse for that; the Frazer Nash had to retire due to a suspension problem. Nevertheless take in the few minutes of fantastic onboard video while the car was going around the track in a spectacular manner. As you can see from the images this is a pretty hairy machine to drive, oversteering on practically every corner, skinny tyres don't help much of course nor do suspension problems but I guess this is very much the character of cars of that age. Now turn up the volume of your speakers, put the youtube video on 720p and enjoy..

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Question: Is the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth the coolest police car ever?

Written by Kurt | Wednesday, 20 June 2012 15:06

Always being under the impression that the Dutch national police squad (to be precise the KLPD) only ever used Porsches (like this one here) as their motorway stormer I was surprised to bump into a few pictures of a Fiat 124 Spider Abarth kitted out as a proper police car. Story goes that the dutch police bought two of these Spiders in 1974 for a trial to see if they would be suitable as a fast car for motorway patrols and so on. In the end the police decided to go for the Porsche option (which was faster and in their eyes more practical and less susceptible to depreciation). The Fiats patrolled the Dutch roads up to 1977 after which they were pensioned off. According to sources the two cars were on the Dutch Fiat 124 Spider register for years but have since vanished without a trace. Photos are also rare, apparently the ones in this post are one of the few ones left. Click read more to see some more.

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The Marketplace: Jaguar E-Type S2

Written by Kurt | Friday, 15 June 2012 12:53

This time a car for those that want to go very quickly indeed while at the same time looking like an enormous tit; it's one of the two original Jaguar E-Type Series 2 used in the 'Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me' Bond parody film starring Mike Myers. It of course features the Union Jack paint scheme on the outside with matching red and blue interior on the inside. It doesn't look that bad actually to those who suffer from Anglophilia I guess, but as I basically despise Mike Myers and his obnoxious little film I for one wouldn't want to be seen dead in it. Perhaps it's more suitable for some mad Gumball 3000 entrant, it comes with a hefty price tag of €89.000 (for a Series 2 in this state?!) so it is more than likely that only some mad rappers would want to afford something like this. Someone who has an ironic 'sense of humour'. You would make quite an impression though at the Gumball 3000, accompanied by some big-boobed blondes it might actually mean people will look over the problem of the driver looking like a tit whilst driving it. The car currently has a Belgium title (and is left-hand drive!) and comes with a letter from the film's production company certifying its originality. Looking at the photos the mechanicals don't look very promising, at this price anyway. See it here at E & R Classic Cars.

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Question: Ling-Po or a Golf?

Written by Kurt | Saturday, 09 June 2012 15:33

This time the answer to the question is easy; both! All the way back in the 80s Volkswagen advertised their leasing scheme in Germany with advert you see above. It tells the story of Herr Kröger who was faced with either buying an exotic woman or a new VW Golf, but thanks to the 'great' VW leasing scheme he was able to afford both, or as the ad puts it: 'Golf geleast. Frau gekauft.' Obviously, this sounds pretty cringeworthy nowadays with emancipation having progressed enormously and political correctness being the prominent force of reason. Could you imagine VW advertising like this these days? Impossible of course, this kind of tong-in-cheek gimmickry would be a step too far, putting finance for a car on the same level as a woman. This comes even more apparent when you read on, and see what Herr Kröger has to tell us: 'With the money that I saved, I could afford Ling-Po [the exquisite piece of exotica you see in the background]. Since then home time is double the fun.' I guess you can see there is an issue with this ad, though brilliantly thought up, not transferable to 2012. Shame really, wouldn't it be interesting to be able to put out something like this these days and stir things up a little (and receive huge brand awareness in the process) without being branded female-unfriendly by something like the International Alliance for Women? Whichever way you look at it it couldn't be used anyway, as it has been done already, but we should comfort ourselves with the fact that this is a classic ad, an ad that reflected an era in which finance started to make everything possible. From buying cars, to cheap flights and buying women from the other side of the planet..

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Photography: 1000km Nürburgring 1964

Written by Kurt | Wednesday, 23 May 2012 12:20

Back into time, to 1964; the USA launches its first attack on North Vietnam, Soviet leader Khrushchev was removed from power, the Beatles had numerous hits in a single year and Sean Connory (and the Aston DB5) shined again as Bond in 'Goldfinger', significant events that happened while everything was still green and idyllic at the Nürburgring's Nordschleife. Up to the point when the new brand-new Ford GT40 arrived at the 'Ring for the 1000km race. Its mighty V8 bellow reverberating of the surrounding hills and trees on a sunny day in May, probably making as much an impression as the American tanks that wheeled into Germany just 20 years before. Seeing this spectacle was quite something of course, but sadly didn't last very long, the #140 GT40 of Phil Hill and Bruce McLaren had to retire on the 15th lap due to a suspension failure. Starting second on the grid it had proven its speed though and already provided a decent stab into the back of Enzo Ferrari (who refused to sell Ferrari to Ford). But while the Ford failed to finish the Ferrari cars present (and there were a lot of them!) took the Nordschleife by storm, with two factory entered cars finishing first and second. Pictured on the photo further down this post is the winning car of Ludovico Scarfiotti and Nino Vaccarella.

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