Vintage Drag Racers

Vintage Drag Racers

These early drag racers popped into our email inbox last week with a request to find more information on them. It’s thought that the photograph was taken in Sanford, Maine by friends of 1960s top fuel racer Bruce Wheeler – whose collection they originally came from. The cars in the image are just about as…

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1963 Lola Mk6 GT

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The Lola Mk6 GT is a car that may look vaguely familiar – it was the result of a collaboration between Ford and Lola, and it would eventually become the basis of the iconic and hugely successful Ford GT40. Similar to the GT40, the Lola Mk6 GT had a mid-mounted Ford V8, a space-frame chassis,…

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Nigel Mansell’s Steering Wheel

Nigel Mansell steering wheel

This is Nigel Mansell’s Momo steering wheel from the 1982 Brazilian Grand Prix, it was originally fitted to his John Player Special Lotus 91, it’s the wheel he used to steer himself to the 3rd place step on the podium and it’s now been mounted on a stack of gearbox cogs. The JPS Lotus heritage…

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1955 Ford Thunderbird

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The 1955 Ford Thunderbird was the first generation of the European-inspired sports car from Ford that overwhelmingly outsold the Chevrolet Corvette, 23 Thunderbirds were sold for each Corvette in 1955 – a total of 16,155 Thunderbirds rolled off Ford dealer showroom floors compared to just 700 Corvettes. It’s interesting to look at the direction that…

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1958 AC Ace Roadster

AC Ace Roadster

Those unfamiliar with AC Cars might look at the AC Ace and immediately see a strong resemblance to both the Ferrari Barchetta and the AC Cobra. The truth is that the AC Ace is widely believed to have been inspired by the design of the Ferrari, whilst also being the original platform of the AC…

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Soviet Rocket Engine by Alexei M. Isayev

V-750VN type surface-to-air missile second stage engine designed by Alexei M Isayev

Aleksei Mikhailovich Isaev was an icon within the Russian half of the Space Race, he was the man responsible for designing the first non-modular liquid-fuelled rocket engine, between 1957 and 1967 his engines powered the rockets carrying the first manmade satellites, the first man in space and the first unmanned probes to the Moon and…

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Mystery Board Tracker

board track racer

The image above features a motorcycle I’ve never seen before, I’m tempted to guess that it’s a one-off design due to the less-than-polished look of the engineering. The size of the V-twin is impressive, in fact it’s one of the largest I’ve ever seen installed in a pre-WWII motorcycle, with the possible exception of the pacer…

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Duesenberg Model A Speedster

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The Duesenberg Model A was the first motor car produced by Fred and August Duesenberg under the company that bore their surname, although both men were blisteringly clever self-taught engineers they were appalling businessmen and company administrators, as a result of this they both ended up working as the engineers/designers of their company after it…

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1000 Lakes Rally

1000 lakes rally

The 1000 Lakes Rally was an event held in Finland that was so difficult it became known at the “Grand Prix” of the world rally circuit – It was so difficult that it was only ever won by non-Scandinavians on 5 occasions, the course was hilly, wide and usually dirt or gravel. Spectators would turn…

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