Silodrome http://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:00:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Car Race At Brooklands – 1928http://silodrome.com/brooklands-race-track/ http://silodrome.com/brooklands-race-track/#comments Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:00:19 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=37301 Brooklands was the first purpose-built race track in the world, it was characterised by its broad 30 metre width and 9 metre high banked corners. Many of the world’s speed records were set at the circuit until it was shut down in 1939 – as the gloom of World War II descended over Europe. This...

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Brooklands was the first purpose-built race track in the world, it was characterised by its broad 30 metre width and 9 metre high banked corners. Many of the world’s speed records were set at the circuit until it was shut down in 1939 – as the gloom of World War II descended over Europe.

This film is a highlight reel of a race on the hallowed circuit, it starts with the drivers running across the track to their cars (as was the tradition for race starts at the time) and lifting the convertible tops into position – possibly to assist with aerodynamics.

It’s a silent film but at just 5 minutes 35 seconds long it’s worth watching, as it’s a window into the past of one of the world’s most important race tracks.

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BMW 2002 Turbohttp://silodrome.com/bmw-turbo-2002/ http://silodrome.com/bmw-turbo-2002/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:30:22 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=37277 The BMW 2002 Turbo was the first European production car to be fitted with a turbo, paving the way for cars like the Porsche 930 in the years shortly thereafter. The 2002 model series is one of BMW’s most famous, the story of how it came to be is too good not to share –...

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The BMW 2002 Turbo was the first European production car to be fitted with a turbo, paving the way for cars like the Porsche 930 in the years shortly thereafter. The 2002 model series is one of BMW’s most famous, the story of how it came to be is too good not to share – and it gives important insight into the formative years of the newly revived BMW.

At some point in 1967 both Helmut Werner Bönsch (BMW’s director of product planning) and Alex von Falkenhausen (the designer of the M10 engine) had the 2.0 litre engine installed in their respective BMW 1602s. Neither man knew of the other’s modification, until a twist of fate one afternoon saw them meet when getting their cars serviced at a local garage.

The men were incredulous that they’d independently created the same car, and Helmut Werner Bönsch was well aware that American car importer Max Hoffman had been requesting just such a sporting coupe for sale in the United States. A hasty proposal was created by the two men and presented to the BMW board of directors, it was quickly approved and by 1968 the new car was on the production line – dubbed the 2002.

Compared to the average motor car in 1968, the BMW 2002 was a major step forward. It weighed in at a light 2070lbs (940kgs) and was fitted with independent suspension on all four corners, depending on configuration the 2.0 litre engine produced either 100hp or 130hp and the handling was sublime. The 2002 sold well across Europe and the United States over the next few years and by 1974 BMW decided to take the model up a notch by fitting a KKK turbocharger – boosting power to 170hp and creating the ultimate iteration of the freshly minted icon.

The 2002 Turbo you see here is an all-original USA delivered car, only 1,672 were built and it’s getting harder and harder to track down unmolested examples like this. Looking over the car it could do with a very light tidy and perhaps a respray in its original colour, but other than that it’s a great example of a car that only the genuinely well-read car guys will appreciate.

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Divide Wallet by JBird Collectivehttp://silodrome.com/leather-fold-wallet/ http://silodrome.com/leather-fold-wallet/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:00:24 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=37165 The Divide Wallet by JBird Collective is made from a single piece of leather that’s been folded to create two internal pockets and one external credit card pocket. Each wallet is made from vegetable tanned leather and is saddle-stitched, and each one includes a OHTO Petit-B travel Pen. Buy Here

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The Divide Wallet by JBird Collective is made from a single piece of leather that’s been folded to create two internal pockets and one external credit card pocket.

Each wallet is made from vegetable tanned leather and is saddle-stitched, and each one includes a OHTO Petit-B travel Pen.

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Harley-Davidson American Scramblerhttp://silodrome.com/harley-davidson-scrambler/ http://silodrome.com/harley-davidson-scrambler/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:15:44 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=37235 Harley-Davidson is not a motorcycle manufacturer that many will associate with off-road adventuring, the company has carved out a significant niche as the world’s foremost asphalt cruiser marque but as soon as the bitumen fades into gravel – you’d be better off on foot. Until now. This is the American Scrambler – a Harley-Davidson designed...

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Harley-Davidson is not a motorcycle manufacturer that many will associate with off-road adventuring, the company has carved out a significant niche as the world’s foremost asphalt cruiser marque but as soon as the bitumen fades into gravel – you’d be better off on foot. Until now.

This is the American Scrambler – a Harley-Davidson designed to be capable of handling itself on the 99.98% of the planet that isn’t paved. It’s the work of Benjie Flipprboi, a man who is one of the most respected custom motorcycle builders operating in the world today, and a man who prides himself on hand-fabricating almost every part used on his bikes.

Benjie’s workshop is overflowing with vintage motorcycles of every description and for many years, off tucked in a corner, was an 1999 Harley-Davidson Sportster. It had been customised by an amateur at some point in its past and it was looking much worse for wear.

There had been many debates in the garage about what would become of the dusty Sportster.

Benjie wasn’t sure if it should be rebuilt into a cafe racer, a scrambler, a tracker or a bobber. In the end he decided to make it into a function-first scrambler designed to enhance the best elements of the model whilst fixing or tweaking some of the drawbacks.

As with all of his builds, this one started with a full teardown and rebuild – including an engine rebuild that most custom motorcycle garages try to quietly avoid. The front end from a Suzuki GSX-R1000 was fitted with a custom triple tree and no small amount of custom machine work needed to make it all fit – and to keep the twin discs.

To bring the rear up a set of new longer shocks were fitted and the mounts were moved up by an inch, a set of Borrani rims were fitted front and back with a set of meaty dual sport tires.

The next or of business was a seat, fenders and fuel tank – all built by hand, and a new high-exit scrambler exhaust to keep the pipes out of the drink. The completed bike is one of our favourite Harleys in recent memory – we’re just waiting for a video to surface of it being properly flogged off-road.

See more from Benjie here.

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Vic Elford Prototipo Chronograph by Autodromohttp://silodrome.com/chronograph-autodromo/ http://silodrome.com/chronograph-autodromo/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:00:52 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=37228 The Vic Elford Prototipo Chronograph is a limited edition release from Autodromo, developed to commemorate the extraordinary victory by Elford at the 1968 Targa Florio where he famously turned a an 18 minute deficit into a 3 minute 42 second margin of victory. 224 units were made in this series, that specific number was chosen...

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The Vic Elford Prototipo Chronograph is a limited edition release from Autodromo, developed to commemorate the extraordinary victory by Elford at the 1968 Targa Florio where he famously turned a an 18 minute deficit into a 3 minute 42 second margin of victory.

224 units were made in this series, that specific number was chosen as it’s Vic Elford’s race number. Each has a Seiko VK63 Chronograph Hybrid Meca-Quartz movement, a stainless steel case, a sapphire crystal face, an Italian leather strap and it’s water-resistant down to 50 metres.

100% of the proceeds generated by the sale of this watch will be donated to Micah’s Place, a non-profit, certified domestic violence center serving the communities of Amelia Island and Nassau County in Florida. Click here to see the official listing.

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The Lady Racing Drivers of Brooklandshttp://silodrome.com/lady-racing-drivers-brooklands/ http://silodrome.com/lady-racing-drivers-brooklands/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 06:00:59 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=37308 The significant influence had by women on motor racing, especially in the formative years of the sport, has been largely forgotten and even swept under the rug in some instances. It seems like a shame to let this history disappear into the ether, especially when you consider the enormous odds that these ladies had to...

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The significant influence had by women on motor racing, especially in the formative years of the sport, has been largely forgotten and even swept under the rug in some instances. It seems like a shame to let this history disappear into the ether, especially when you consider the enormous odds that these ladies had to overcome to even be allowed into a car in the first place – let alone permitted to race shoulder-to-shoulder with men.

This collection of images was provided by the Brooklands Museum, along with a small amount of information of who is in the images and when they were taken. Some of these ladies have a traceable history and some don’t – but we’ve provided as much information as we could gather with each photograph.

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⇞ This is American-born driver Kay Petre, she was born Kathleen Coad Defries in 1903 and moved to England with her husband Henry Petre in 1930. Kay took an interest in motor racing after being events held at Brooklands, a circuit that also had an airfield where her husband would often fly.

Henry bought Kay her first car for her birthday – a Wolseley Hornet Daytona Special that she landed on the podium in her first two races. By 1933 she was ready for something more and upgraded to a far more capable 2 litre Bugatti.

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⇞ The image above is the most famous photograph of Kay, it also features the monstrous 1924 Delage – a 10.5 litre V12-engined Land Speed Record car she had been racing against the menfolk. Due to her relatively demure stature, Kay needed large wooden blocks strapped to the pedals to allow her to operate them. In 1935 she took the Ladies Land Speed Record at 134.75mph in the Delage.

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⇞ This photograph shows Kay Petre when she was recuperating after she had been seriously injured by an out of control car in 1937. She was clipped from behind and lost control at high speed, leaving her pinned under the car and suffering injuries that were very nearly fatal. She didn’t let this stop her however, and she was still racing across Europe in events like the Alpine Rally and the Monte Carlo Rally. After retiring from racing Kay became a motoring journalist and a designer – she created the fabric patterns used on the first Minis.

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⇞ These 3 MGs were all piloted by women at Le Mans in 1935, the team was dubbed “The Dancing Daughters” after a popular variety act and the drivers were: Margaret Allen & Coleen Eaton, Doreen Evans & Barbara Skinner, Joan Richmond & Joan Simpson.

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⇞ This is Violet Cordery in 1930. She won multiple races in her humble little 2.5 litre Invicta and she had to be talked out of racing the 4.5 litre version of the car in reverse around Brooklands – just to see if she could. A year earlier in 1929 Invicta hired Violet and her sister to drive a total distance of 30,000 miles around the track at an average speed of 61.57mph – to prove that the car was reliable.

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⇞ The no-nonsense pairing of Mrs Elsie “Bill” Wisdom and Miss Joan Richmond – taken in July 1932.

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⇞ Doreen Evans having a sip of tea at Brooklands in July of 1936, she was one of the leading female racing drivers of the 1930s and she came from a family of dedicated racers who owned the Bellevue Garage in Wandsworth. She was also one of “The Dancing Daughters” to race for MG at Le Mans in 1935.

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⇞ Mrs Gordon Simpson and her young protege Joan Richmond, sitting in Joan’s 3 litre GP Ballot racer in July 1934, enjoying a pre-race cigarette.

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⇞ Elsie Wisdom in 1930 at Brooklands, Elsie was most famous for mastering the exceptionally difficult to drive 7.2 litre Leyland-Thomas. She won Britain’s first 1000 mile race partnered with Joan Richmond, at an average speed of 84.41mph.

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⇞ Miss J Alwyne – a respected mechanic working on a battered racer at Brooklands in 1931.

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⇞ Kitty Brunell, a renowned driver and mechanic working on her AC Ace Sports engine. Kitty was the only woman to ever win the British RAC Rally, she used Brooklands to tune her car’s engine and suspension for the demanding rally stages.

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⇞ Paddy Naismith pushing her car to to the track for a race at Brooklands – June the 5th 1933.

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⇞ Gwenda Stewart took the Ladies Outer Circuit lap record in 1935 at an average speed of 135.95mph.

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⇞ A Brooklands’ mechanic helps Dorothy Turner fasten her helmet in July 1937.

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⇞ Left to Right: Gwenda Stewart, Doreen Evans, Kay Petre and Elsie Wisdom. Taken in September 1935.

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⇞ Fay Taylour at Brooklands in 1930. She was known as “Flying Fay” and started out as a speedway motorcycle racer, she switched to cars full time in 1930 and she was still racing during the 1950s against drivers like Stirling Moss and Peter Collins.

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⇞ Eileen Ellison racing a Bugatti during the Mountain Race at Brooklands in 1934.

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⇞ Mrs Aclace signals the drivers from the pit lane during the JCC 200 mile race at Brooklands in August 1938.

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⇞ Miss Patten, Baroness Dorndorf, leans on her Peugeot in May 1939.

Information via the Brooklands Museum, FlashbakMotorSport and The Selvedge Yard.

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Supercharged MG ND Magnette Racerhttp://silodrome.com/mg-nd-magnette/ http://silodrome.com/mg-nd-magnette/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:00:31 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=37175 Only 24 MG ND Magnettes were built, all were made in 1934 and all were characterised by their MG K2 bodies installed on the then new N-Type chassis. The N-Type chassis was a significant step up for MG, it was a brand new design that had a wider rear and brought the centre of gravity...

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Only 24 MG ND Magnettes were built, all were made in 1934 and all were characterised by their MG K2 bodies installed on the then new N-Type chassis.

The N-Type chassis was a significant step up for MG, it was a brand new design that had a wider rear and brought the centre of gravity down slightly over previous ladder-type chassis. Bodies were now installed on Silentbloc rubber bushes, this had an immediately positive effect on ride quality for passengers and for the first time, MG used a manual (not a pre-selector) transmission.

The engine used in the ND MGs was a six-cylinder 1271cc unit with a single overhead camshaft driven through a vertical dynamo. Fuel and air arrived via a single SU carburettor, after being passed through the Marshall supercharger.

Whereas the standard MG N-type produced 56bhp, the supercharged ND version was pushing out close to 80bhp – making it a force to be reckoned with on the European circuits of the era.

Perhaps most famously the MGs dominated the Tourist Trophy races – often defeating much larger engined Bentleys thanks to handicaps relating to engine capacity.

The MG ND you see here is one of the original 24, it’s been campaigned actively throughout its life and has seen a number of upgrades that have pushing the power output up to an estimated 100hp. It’s been raced against Bentleys, Bugattis, Maseratis and much more over the course of its life – often with either wins or podium positions including an impressive first in class and second overall at the Elkart Lake Vintage Festival at Road America.

Despite its heritage and on-track capabilities, it’s estimated to be worth between $125,000 and $150,000 USD – a bargain when you look at the prices its on-track competition have been garnering over the past few years. If you’d like to bid on it or read more you can click here to visit Bonhams.

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Ducati Monster by Deus Ex Machinahttp://silodrome.com/ducati-monster-custom/ http://silodrome.com/ducati-monster-custom/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:10:42 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=37210 The Ducati Monster is a motorcycle we’ve seen customised six ways from Sunday, so whenever we find one that looks genuinely unique, it always grabs our interest. Dubbed “The Dreamliner”, this Ducati is the work of Michael Woolaway – he’s the Design Director at Deus Ex Machina’s American garage and a former professional motorcycle racer....

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The Ducati Monster is a motorcycle we’ve seen customised six ways from Sunday, so whenever we find one that looks genuinely unique, it always grabs our interest.

Dubbed “The Dreamliner”, this Ducati is the work of Michael Woolaway – he’s the Design Director at Deus Ex Machina’s American garage and a former professional motorcycle racer. Over the past few years, Woolie (as he’s affectionately known) has built customs for Orlando Bloom, Ryan Reynolds, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen – not to mention a slew of others who are a little less famous.

One of the signatures of Woolie’s work is fastidious attention to detail, he’s also well-known for building custom motorcycles that handle exceedingly well – largely thanks to his years of racing professionally and learning the fundamentals the hard way.

This Monster is Woolie’s latest creation, he did away with the bike’s original Trellis frame in favour of a lighter chromium-molybdenum structure that uses the same mounting points as the factory chassis – allowing the engine to be used as a stressed member.

The 750cc L-twin has been paired with a set of Cone Engineering pipes and the fuel-air mix is provided by a pair of Keihin FCR racing carburettors with K&N air filters. A pair of matching Michelin Pilot tires sit on spoked rims with full-floating rotors by Kosman Specialties and Brembo brakes are fitted front and back. Suspension is provided by re-valved Öhlins forks (by Ed Sorbo at Lindemann Engineering) and adjusted to fit the owner’s specific weight, the rear mono-shock was built by Jim Wood at RaceTech.

That beautiful tank, fender, and seat cowl are each handmade from aluminium and saddled with a waterproof Kushitani leather upholstered seat.

Woolie says that the geometry of this bike is similar to the Ducati 916RS with 24% head angle, 56″ wheel base, and fully adjustable swing arm angles resulting in tight handing and assertive responsiveness to input. Interestingly, this is also the first ground-up Deus Custom from Woolie’s Workshop to use an Italian engine.

If you’d like to see more from Michael “Woolie” Woolaway you can click here to visit Deus Ex Machina.

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Opel Super 6 Headlight Lamphttp://silodrome.com/vintage-lamp/ http://silodrome.com/vintage-lamp/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 09:00:41 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=37197 SpotVintage is a small German workshop run by custom motorcycle builder Christoph Köhler, he stumbled across the idea a few years ago after a headlight he’d bought wouldn’t fit the bike he had intended it for. He couldn’t bring himself to sell it, so he crafted legs for it and modernised the electrics. After demand...

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SpotVintage is a small German workshop run by custom motorcycle builder Christoph Köhler, he stumbled across the idea a few years ago after a headlight he’d bought wouldn’t fit the bike he had intended it for. He couldn’t bring himself to sell it, so he crafted legs for it and modernised the electrics.

After demand for the lamps far surpassed his expectations he began producing them to order, and now produces them for sale via his online store. Each lamp is unique, this one is built using an Opel Super 6 headlight that’s been painted to emulate the sky at twilight.

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Ferrari BB 512http://silodrome.com/ferrari-bb-512/ http://silodrome.com/ferrari-bb-512/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:30:37 +0000 http://silodrome.com/?p=37142 Ferrari produced the Berlinetta Boxer series between 1973 and 1984, they were all powered by mid-mounted flat-12 engines and many of the styling cues introduced on the BB series can still be seen in Ferrari’s current model range. The Ferrari BB 512 was the middle child in the series, it was also the most powerful...

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Ferrari produced the Berlinetta Boxer series between 1973 and 1984, they were all powered by mid-mounted flat-12 engines and many of the styling cues introduced on the BB series can still be seen in Ferrari’s current model range.

The Ferrari BB 512 was the middle child in the series, it was also the most powerful and depending on who you talk to it was the quickest by a notable margin.

The BB in the name referred to Berlinetta Boxer and the 512 referenced its 5 litre, 12 cylinder engine capable of 360hp at the rear wheels.

The designer of the BB 512 was Leonardo Fioravanti, a man who is lauded as royalty in automotive design circles. He designed the Ferrari Dino, the Ferrari Daytona, the Ferrari F40, the Ferrari 308 GTB and Ferrari 288 GTO. Fioravanti was the Managing Director and General Manager of Pininfarina’s research arm before taking on the position of deputy General Manager at Ferrari.

Enzo Ferrari had been hesitant to sell a road car with a mid-mounted large-displacement engine, his engineers had been trying to convince him for years but it wasn’t until he saw his competition begin trouncing his own cars on the track with their mid-mounted engines that his views would begin to change.

Enzo was also a little stubborn about the idea of conforming to American environmental and safety concerns, so the Ferrari BB 512 wasn’t designed to comply with American laws – as a result it was never officially sold in the USA although a number were converted and brought in as grey imports.

The exceptionally well-cared for 512 you see here has been with the same owner since 1980, it currently wears the appealing red exterior with gold wheels and a black leather interior. It’s estimated to be worth between $275,000 and $350,000, but we’ll find out on the 28th of March 2015 when it’s auctioned by American Auctions at their Fort Lauderdale event.

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