Silodrome https://silodrome.com Gasoline Culture Sun, 24 Jun 2018 06:59:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 18077751 Short Film: Murray Walker Meets Enzo Ferrari – 1987 https://silodrome.com/murray-walker-meets-enzo-ferrari/ Sun, 24 Jun 2018 04:01:22 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78368 Short Film: Murray Walker Meets Enzo Ferrari – 1987

This short film was shot in 1987 as part of the British sports television show “Grandstand”, it could very well have been lost to history but fortunately it’s been uploaded from an old VHS tape to YouTube. The clip includes Murray visiting the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello to speak personally with Enzo Ferrari about his...

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Short Film: Murray Walker Meets Enzo Ferrari – 1987

This short film was shot in 1987 as part of the British sports television show “Grandstand”, it could very well have been lost to history but fortunately it’s been uploaded from an old VHS tape to YouTube.

The clip includes Murray visiting the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello to speak personally with Enzo Ferrari about his past and present, Enzo would pass away a year after this was filmed, and it remains one of the last on camera interviews he gave.

Later in the short film Murray goes to visit John Barnard in Guildford, England, where he had set up Ferrari’s Guildford Technical Office – so named as its initials were “GTO”, the same as Ferrari’s most famous creation.

Barnard is one of the most important car designers to ever work in Formula 1, and perhaps even motorsport in general. He pioneered the now ubiquitous carbon fiber composite chassis first seen in 1981 in the McLaren MP4/1, and he introduced the now universally used semi-automatic gearbox with Ferrari in 1989.

This film, albeit short, offers an interesting glimpse into the personalities of the two men, at a pivotal time in Formula 1 history.

The interviews are conducted by Murray Walker – a man who needs no introduction. He was the voice of Formula 1 for generations, providing live commentary for UK and international audiences from 1976 till 2001.

Murray Walker Formula 1

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The Tepui Baja Series Ayer Mesh Car Rooftop Tent https://silodrome.com/tepui-baja-series-ayer-mesh-car-rooftop-tent/ Sat, 23 Jun 2018 05:00:18 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78738 The Tepui Baja Series Ayer Mesh Car Rooftop Tent

The Tepui Baja Series Ayer Mesh Rooftop Tent is one of the very few rooftop tents that cost under $1,000. Many retail for between $3,000 and $4,000+, and they don’t necessarily offer a whole lot more in the way of features. Tepui are known for producing a line of top-notch automotive camping gear, with the...

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The Tepui Baja Series Ayer Mesh Car Rooftop Tent

The Tepui Baja Series Ayer Mesh Rooftop Tent is one of the very few rooftop tents that cost under $1,000. Many retail for between $3,000 and $4,000+, and they don’t necessarily offer a whole lot more in the way of features.

Tepui are known for producing a line of top-notch automotive camping gear, with the Baja Ayer being their most popular (and affordable) model. The reason for this is largely due to the fact that it’s designed for 3 season use as opposed to 4 season use (though winter use is possible depending on local climate).

The Baja Mesh Ayer tent has a renovable waterproof fly, once removed it exposes an open ceiling made from no-see-um mesh, this allows camping in summer as the tent won’t turn into a hotbox, it also has the added benefit of allowing you to sleep under the stars instead of under the nylon.

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Inside the tent you’ll find a high density 2 1/2 inch foam mattress with a breathable cotton cover, the tent folds open quickly and easily thanks to a 5/8″ aluminum tube frame. The base construction is welded aluminum tube with insulation and aluminum cap sheet, and the aluminum telescoping ladder can be adjusted from 8 feet to under 3 feet.

Each Baja Mesh Ayer rooftop tent includes universal mounting brackets that allow easy mounting to most roof racks or after-market roof bars, and each tent comes with a 1000g heavy duty PVC cover to protect it when you’re on the road.

The total size of the tent when closed up is 48 inches by 42 inches by 11 inches, when opened it measures in at 48 inches by 84 inches by 39 inches, with a total weight of 95 lbs (43 kgs).

Setting the tent up is a simple matter of parking somewhere with a nice view, removing the PVC cover, then unfolding the tent almost like a pop-up book, then extending the ladder to the ground. It’s an order of magnitude easier than regular tent set ups, and there are no guy ropes or tent pegs. It has the added benefit of getting you up off the ground away from snakes and the creepy crawlies.

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Original Prototype – Ferrari 308 GTB Group B Michelotto https://silodrome.com/ferrari-308-gtb-group-b-michelotto/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:30:25 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=79165 Original Prototype – Ferrari 308 GTB Group B Michelotto

This is the original prototype of the Ferrari 308 GTB Group B Michelotto – it was the first one built and was a proof of concept that would prove remarkably successful in competition in its own right. Anyone familiar with either Ferrari or Group B rally is likely to raise an eyebrow when confronted with...

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Original Prototype – Ferrari 308 GTB Group B Michelotto

This is the original prototype of the Ferrari 308 GTB Group B Michelotto – it was the first one built and was a proof of concept that would prove remarkably successful in competition in its own right.

Anyone familiar with either Ferrari or Group B rally is likely to raise an eyebrow when confronted with a Ferrari built to Group B specification. Ferraris are famous for their speed but also for their frangible nature and Group B was the wildest, toughest, and one of the most deadly forms of motorsport in the world in the 1980s – so much so it was banned in 1986 after just 4 seasons and a slew of driver and spectator deaths.

Ferrari 308 GTB

The Ferrari 308 GTB Group B Michelotto

The Ferrari 308 GTB Group B Michelotto exists largely thanks to one man – Antonio Zanini, a 7-time national champion Spanish rally driver who recognized that the 308 GTB could be a Group B weapon with the correct upgrades. The Barcelona Ferrari agent agreed to supply him with a car, which he then took to factory-authorised performance tuner Michelotto.

Michelotto was a wise and perhaps obvious choice for Zanini, as the company had already modified a number of 308 GTBs for Group 4 racing.

For Group B the cars were fitted with rose-jointed suspension and up-rated Brembo brakes all round, Canonica wheels and Pirelli tyres as standard, Bosch K-Jetronic electronic fuel injection, a competition ‘quick change’ gearbox, lightened wishbones, stronger anti-roll bars, a quick-ratio steering rack, a competition clutch, and adjustable dampers on all four corners.

This switch to fuel injection combined with modified engine internals saw the horsepower of the 3 liter V8 go from 252 to 288 with the latter four-valve cars reaching 310.

The car shown here, chassis 18869, was the first of four cars built by Michelotto, from a total of 15 Group B and Group 4 cars that they built in-period. It’s the only one of the Michelotto Group B cars fitted with the original and proven”‘two-valve” engine, as opposed to the latter more complex Quattrovalvole unit that was used in the three cars that followed.

Ferrari 308 GTB Group B Michelotto

Chassis 18869

The competitive life of chassis 18869 was genuinely significant. It began competing in 1983 and immediately took a win at the Imperia Rally, followed by wins in four other races, followed by 1st in the 1983 Sicilian Rally Championship.

In 1984 Antonio Zanini drove the 308 GTB to a 3rd in the Targa Florio, followed by a win in the Critérium de Guilleres, as well as the Sierra Morena, the Luis de Baviera, the San Augustin Rally, the Vasco Navarro Rally, a second in the Oviedo Rally – winning the Spanish Rally Championship outright.

The car has been kept in private hands since it retired from motorsport, since 2014 it’s won five of the seven rallies it’s entered – proving to be no less competitive or successful than it was back in the 1980s. Due to its championship wining history, rarity, and historical significance there are very few vintage motorsport events that wouldn’t welcome chassis 18869 with open arms.

It’s due to roll across the auction block with Artcurial on the 7th of July with an estimated value of €800,000 to €1,000,000, and you can click here if you’d like to read more about it or register to bid.

Ferrari 308 GTB Switches

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All images © Christian Martin courtesy of Artcurial

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Vintage Ural Motorcycle Table Lamp by The Modern Weld https://silodrome.com/motorcycle-lamp-modern-weld/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:00:49 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78749 Vintage Ural Motorcycle Table Lamp by The Modern Weld

The Modern Weld is a small company based in Columbus, Ohio who’ve made a name for themselves creating a beautiful series of table, desk, and floor lamps that utilize genuine vintage motorcycle and scooter headlights. This lamp is made using an original, vintage Ural headlight. Ural motorcycles (typically fitted with sidecars) are famous for their...

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Vintage Ural Motorcycle Table Lamp by The Modern Weld

The Modern Weld is a small company based in Columbus, Ohio who’ve made a name for themselves creating a beautiful series of table, desk, and floor lamps that utilize genuine vintage motorcycle and scooter headlights.

This lamp is made using an original, vintage Ural headlight. Ural motorcycles (typically fitted with sidecars) are famous for their long history and their WWII BMW heritage, and the company has made quite a comeback in recent years, now selling modern versions of their classic motorcycles in the USA, Europe, and further afield.

This headlight has been freshly painted black, it has a modern LED bulb for power savings, and a red cloth covered cord. The original ignition key now turns the lamp on and off, and the lamp has heavy duty wooden legs, with chrome fittings, and an adjustable neck.

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The Bol d’Or by Walt Siegl Motorcycles – A Featherlight MV Agusta F3 https://silodrome.com/mv-agusta-bol-d-or-walt-siegl-motorcycles/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:01:05 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=79034 The Bol d’Or by Walt Siegl Motorcycles – A Featherlight MV Agusta F3

Walt Siegl is deservedly known as one of the finest custom motorcycle builders in the world, but we’ve always associated him more with Ducatis than any other marque. The Bol d’Or is a step away from Ducati, but not a step away from Italy – it’s a comprehensively modified MV Agusta F3, and it’s no show...

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The Bol d’Or by Walt Siegl Motorcycles – A Featherlight MV Agusta F3

Walt Siegl is deservedly known as one of the finest custom motorcycle builders in the world, but we’ve always associated him more with Ducatis than any other marque. The Bol d’Or is a step away from Ducati, but not a step away from Italy – it’s a comprehensively modified MV Agusta F3, and it’s no show pony.

This is a bike designed specifically for the race track, and in its first outing at Barber Motorsports Park it took on a field of 47 modern superbikes and finished in the top 7 in each of the 4 races.

The Bol d’Or by Walt Siegl Motorcycles

The build for each of the MV Agusta-Based Bol d’Or customs has started the same way – with a strict eye for weight loss in search of every ounce that can be shaved for a performance gain.

Walt is an experienced motorcycle frame builder, he often creates lightweight chromoly frames for his Leggero series of custom Ducatis – so when he explains than the MV Agusta F3 frame is damn near perfect and shouldn’t be modified, I’m inclined to believe him.

MV Agusta Bol D-Or Walt Siegl Motorcycles

The MV Agusta F3 was released in 2012 as a triple-cylinder sibling to the F4, the inline-3 cylinder engine is better balanced than a single or parallel twin, but it’s also narrower and lighter than an inline-4, making it an increasingly popular choice for manufacturers.

Once he’d decided to keep the frame in place, Walt set about figuring out where he could shed the most weight. He has a similar philosophy to Colin Chapman, that “adding lightness” is the single best performance modification one can make, as it not only improves acceleration and top speed, but also cornering speeds, braking performance, and it reduces loads on tires and suspension.

The original fairing, fuel tank, subframe, seat, rear cowl, exhaust, and fenders were all removed. Walt created a new lightweight subframe, and he began the painstaking process of shaving foam sections to map out the new bodywork. Once the basic shape was achieved he added automotive modeling clay to get the final curves and details precise to the millimeter.

Once the shape is complete they’re turned over to John Harvey at FuelCel who turns them into ultra-lightweight Kevlar composite panels. Once complete and sent back to Walt’s New England workshop, the final process of painting and fitment can begin. Final weight loss is somewhere in the order of 80 lbs (36 kgs) over the factory bike – a motorcycle that’s already one of the lightest in its class.

MV Agusta Bol D-Or Walt Siegl Motorcycles

Walt’s attention now turned to the engine, he had integrated a pair of ram-air intakes into his new fairing, he chose to limit his modifications of the already beautifully designed engine to a new lightweight exhaust, ram-air intakes, and a new tunable performance program loaded into the ECU.

Once complete, the bike was placed into the hands of the man who had painted it, Robbie Nigl, who’s also a competitive motorcycle racer. He placed 7th in each of the 4 races he competed in, against contemporary superbikes being ridden by by people of no small talent.

Once testing was complete the Bol d’Or was handed over to Roman Graure, a personal friend of Walt’s a previous client who owns a Walt Siegl Leggero. It was decided to swap out the Paulo Rosas-designed race fairings for a more subtle (and also Paulo Rosas-designed) street fairing – Roman now has the race fairing displayed in his office as a modern art piece.

If you’d like to see more of Walt Siegl’s work or commission him to build you your own bike, you can click here to visit his official website, or you can follow him on social media below.

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Abel Brown Mada Motorcycle Gloves – Touchscreen Friendly https://silodrome.com/abel-brown-mada-motorcycle-gloves/ Thu, 21 Jun 2018 05:00:30 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78560 Abel Brown Mada Motorcycle Gloves – Touchscreen Friendly

Abel Brown is an American motorcycle gear company based in Fort Collins, Colorado. They pride themselves on very close attention to detail and only using the best materials, to create gear that’ll last for decades. Just like it did back in the old days before the race to the lowest price-point began. Each pair of...

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Abel Brown Mada Motorcycle Gloves – Touchscreen Friendly

Abel Brown is an American motorcycle gear company based in Fort Collins, Colorado. They pride themselves on very close attention to detail and only using the best materials, to create gear that’ll last for decades. Just like it did back in the old days before the race to the lowest price-point began.

Each pair of Abel Brown Mada motorcycle gloves is made from carefully selected premium Italian cowhide, they have a stretch English suiting wool lining for all-day comfort, a tempered foam palm padding, and a brass snap closure.

Importantly, the index finger of each glove has a touchscreen-friendly section so you can make use of your GPS unit, smartphone, or music player without having to take your gloves off.

Each of the fingers as well as the thumb and wrist have an accordion stretch section for additional comfort and a better fit. The heel of the palm also has an additional leather panel for abrasion resistance and a foam pad on the outside of the hand.

The fingers are all stitched with external seams to eliminate a very common chaffing point, and you can order a pair in black, brown, or oxblood, with sizing from S through to XL.

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The Nissan Fairlady 240ZG – A Superlative JDM Unicorn https://silodrome.com/nissan-fairlady-240zg/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:01:45 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78505 The Nissan Fairlady 240ZG – A Superlative JDM Unicorn

The Nissan Fairlady 240ZG The Nissan Fairlady 240ZG was was released in Japan in October 1971 for one reason and one reason alone – to homologate the 240Z for Group 4 racing. A series of changes were made to the 240ZG with the race track in mind, including an extended fiberglass “aero-dyna” nose for improved top...

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The Nissan Fairlady 240ZG – A Superlative JDM Unicorn

The Nissan Fairlady 240ZG

The Nissan Fairlady 240ZG was was released in Japan in October 1971 for one reason and one reason alone – to homologate the 240Z for Group 4 racing.

A series of changes were made to the 240ZG with the race track in mind, including an extended fiberglass “aero-dyna” nose for improved top speed and aerodynamics, riveted fender flares to allow the running of wider wheels and tires, a rear spoiler to reduce lift at higher speeds, aerodynamic headlight covers, and fender-mounted rear-view mirrors.

Nissan only offered the car in three colors to simplify the production process – Grande Prix Red, Grande Prix White, and Grande Prix Maroon. The “G” in “240ZG” stands for “Grande”, an indication perhaps of the grand tourer role the company hoped the model would fill.

Nissan Fairlady 240ZG

A number of features on the Nissan Fairlady 240ZG would become synonymous with the JDM scene, including the fender flares, headlight covers, and blacked-out RS Watanabe magnesium wheels. Although the 240ZG wasn’t the first to introduce any of these items, it did go a long way towards popularizing them in Japan.

The Nissan Fairlady 240ZG was never offered for sale outside Japan, though the aerodynamic nose kit was offered as a dealer option on the 240Z, this allowed it to be homologated for use in SCCA racing in the USA.

It was in 1972 that the 240ZG established its place in history, by winning the 1972 Fuji Grand Champion Series. The Datsun 240Z, Fairlady Z432, and 240ZG would go on to win a slew of races, furthering the work the Datsun 510 (also known as the Datsun 1600) had done establishing the marque as a builder of serious race cars.

Nissan Fairlady 240ZG Side

The 1972 Nissan Fairlady 240ZG Shown Here

The car you see here is an all-original example that’s well-known among Japanese car collectors, it was originally delivered to a customer in the Shinagawa ward of Tokyo. In more recent years it’s had a thorough refurbishment including a respray in its original color – Grande Prix Maroon.

The interior of the car retains its original black vinyl upholstery, with a Datsun racing steering wheel in pride of place, and there’s a period-correct Nissan AM radio fitted. The fender rear vision mirrors, fender flares, rear spoiler, fiberglass “aero-dyna” nose, and headlight covers are all factory-correct.

The L24 inline-6 cylinder under the hood has a cast iron block and an alloy head, it’s a single overhead cam engine with two-valves per cylinder, a seven-bearing crankshaft, and a 9.0:1 compression ratio. The engine is fed by twin-SU-type carburetors and produces 151 hp at 5600 rpm with 146 ft-lbs of torque at 4400 rpm.

Both front and rear suspension is independent, with MacPherson struts, lower transverse and drag links, coil springs, telescopic dampers, and an anti-roll bar up front and Chapman struts, lower wishbones, coil springs, and telescopic dampers in the rear.

A factory-stock 240Z can do the 0-60 mph dash in 8.0 seconds, the top speed is 125 mph, and the fuel economy is ~21 mpg US (combined).

If you’d like to read more about this car or register to bid you can click here to visit the listing on RM Sotheby’s. It’s due to be auctioned at the Monterey Auction which will be held on the 24th and 25th of August.

Nissan Fairlady 240ZG Wheels

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Nissan Fairlady 240Z Engine Bay

Nissan Fairlady 240ZG Wheel

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Nissan Fairlady 240Z Engine

Nissan Fairlady 240ZG Front

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Nissan Fairlady 240ZG Interior

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Images: Erik Fuller ©2018 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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The Porsche 953 INK Print – 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally Winner https://silodrome.com/porsche-953/ Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:00:20 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78425 The Porsche 953 INK Print – 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally Winner

The Porsche 953 The Porsche 953, sometimes referred to as the Porsche 911 Rally or the Porsche 911 4×4, is one of the most famous skunkworks 911s to ever depart the Stuttgart factory. The car started life as a regular 911 SC before undergoing a comprehensive rebuild in the hands of Porsche’s best and brightest....

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The Porsche 953 INK Print – 1984 Paris-Dakar Rally Winner

The Porsche 953

The Porsche 953, sometimes referred to as the Porsche 911 Rally or the Porsche 911 4×4, is one of the most famous skunkworks 911s to ever depart the Stuttgart factory.

The car started life as a regular 911 SC before undergoing a comprehensive rebuild in the hands of Porsche’s best and brightest.

The unibody shell was reinforced throughout to handle the brutal forces generated when racing in the desert, a new manually controlled four-wheel drive system was fitted, and bespoke suspension was developed and installed – giving the car its characteristic high ground clearance.

The Rothmans-liveried Porsche 953 took overall victory in the 1984 Paris–Dakar Rally driven by René Metge and co-driver Dominique Lemoyne, with Jacky Ickx finishing 6th, taking 9 stage victories along the way. A Range Rover V8 would take second, followed by a Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution.

Today we remember the 953 as the testbed for the legendary Porsche 959, it would be the 959 that would race in the Paris-Dakar in 1985, and a year later it would take a 1-2 finish.

The Porsche 953 INK Print

The 953 you see here has been painstaking recreated with no livery – to showcase the car itself. It’s the work of INK, an award-winning creative studio based in England, and they’ve created a series of prints called the “Plain Bodies” series.

Each poster measures in at A2 size and there’s a series of three in total, showing the 953 from the front quarter angle, the side, and the rear quarter.

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Porsche 911 Rally Side

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Porsche 911 Rally Side Detail

Porsche 911 Rally Rear Detail

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Spitfire MK IX TD314 – A Merlin 70-Powered High Level Fighter (HFIXE) https://silodrome.com/spitfire-plane/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:01:16 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78479 Spitfire MK IX TD314 – A Merlin 70-Powered High Level Fighter (HFIXE)

The Supermarine Spitfire The Spitfire is not only one of the most consequential aircraft of the Second World War, it’s also one of the most famous aircraft of the 20th century. Originally developed in the mid-1930s, the Spitfire was designed by Supermarine to fill Air Ministry specification F7/30, calling for a modern fighter capable of...

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Spitfire MK IX TD314 – A Merlin 70-Powered High Level Fighter (HFIXE)

The Supermarine Spitfire

The Spitfire is not only one of the most consequential aircraft of the Second World War, it’s also one of the most famous aircraft of the 20th century.

Originally developed in the mid-1930s, the Spitfire was designed by Supermarine to fill Air Ministry specification F7/30, calling for a modern fighter capable of flying at 250 mph. Although this isn’t all that fast by modern standards, it was like a lightning bolt compared to the biplane fighters that had been used in the preceding World War.

As a result of the sheer volume of engineering and production difficulties that had to be overcome, the aircraft that would become the Spitfire underwent a series of re-designs and name changes, before receiving approval to develop a flying prototype using the Type 300 design.

Over the course of its 1938 to 1948 production run, over 20,000 Spitfires were built in a wide variety of configurations. Most were powered by the iconic Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, a 27 liter V12 aero engine that saw broad use in a multitude of aircraft during and after WWII, including a Packard-built variant that powered the North American P-51 Mustang.

During the war, the Supermarine Spitfire became famous among the people on both sides of the conflict, and the sight of an airborne Spitfire on an intercept course would make the blood of any Luftwaffe pilot run cold.

Spitfire Cockpit Controls

Spitfire MK IX TD314

TD314 was built at Castle Bromwich in late 1944 and fitted with a Merlin 70 as a High Level Fighter (HFIXE). She was one of the last high back Spitfires built as the production line switched to low back aircraft in February of 1945. She was delivered to 33 MU at Lyneham on 30th March 1945, transferring later that month to 30 MU before a further move to 6 MU where she was prepared for service with 183 (Gold Coast) Squadron at Chilbolton on the 24th June 1945.

183 squadron only kept its Spitfires for a short time before re-equipping with Tempests.
TD314 moved to 234 (Madras Presidency) Squadron at Bentwaters on 26th July 1945, it is in this squadrons colours that she is currently finished with the squadron codes of FX-P. Whilst with 234 squadron it is possible that TD314 took part in the 1945 Battle of Britain flypast over London. When 234 squadron converted to Meteors TD314 was transferred to 29 MU at High Ercall for disposal on the 27th February 1946.

Spitfire

In early 1948 TD314 was selected as one of the 136 Spitfire IXs to be sold to the South African Air Force and she was sent to 47 MU RAF Sealand where she was packed for shipment, leaving Birkenhead on the SS Clan Chattan 23rd April and arriving at Cape Town on the 12th May 1948. Details of her use with the SAAF are not known but she was sold for scrapping to the South African Metal & Machinery CO, Salt River, Cape Town, sometime during 1954. She remained in the scrap yard until recovered by Larry Barnett of Johannesburg in 1969. From there she passed through the hands of several owners before arriving in the UK via Canada in 2009.

Acquired by Aero Legends in 2011, restoration commenced at Biggin Hill culminating in a first flight on the 7th December 2013. TD314 is heavily featured in the new Haynes manual on Spitfire restoration having its picture pride of place on the front cover. TD314 has been named “St. George” which is prominently displayed on the fuselage

Perhaps the best thing about this particular Spitfire is that you can fly alongside it, and experience the same sights and sounds as the original WWII combat pilots. Aero Legends operates a small fleet of aircraft out of the Sywell Aerodrome including two, two-seater Spitfires.

The Fly in a Spitfire experience will see you suited up and strapped into a Spitfire, or the Fly with a Spitfire experience will see you onboard a de Havilland Devon with friends and family while Spitfires fly around you, displaying their acrobatic capabilities.

If you’d like to see more or book your flight, you can click here to visit Aero Legends.

Spitfire Flight Formation

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An Original Concorde Attitude Display Indicator https://silodrome.com/original-concorde-attitude-display-indicator/ Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:00:07 +0000 https://silodrome.com/?p=78777 An Original Concorde Attitude Display Indicator

This is an original Concorde attitude display indicator, oftentimes referred to as an artificial horizon. As with many aircraft, the attitude display indicator on the Concorde was positioned front and center for both the captain and co-pilot – directly above the horizontal situation indicator, to the right of the air speed indicator, and to the...

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An Original Concorde Attitude Display Indicator

This is an original Concorde attitude display indicator, oftentimes referred to as an artificial horizon.

As with many aircraft, the attitude display indicator on the Concorde was positioned front and center for both the captain and co-pilot – directly above the horizontal situation indicator, to the right of the air speed indicator, and to the left of the vertical speed indicator.

Concorde is an aircraft that needs no introduction, its maximum speed was over twice the speed of sound at Mach 2.04, that’s 1,354 mph, and it could do the London to New York crossing in just 3 hours and 30 mins.

This artificial horizon it measures in at 13 x 13 x 26 cm, or 5 x 5 x 10 1/4 in the old scale. It’s due to be sold by Artcurial on the 19th of June in Paris with an estimated hammer price of €5,000 to €8,000. If you’d like to read more about it or register to bid you can click the red button below to visit the listing.

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Concorde Cockpit

Concorde Attitude Indicator Back

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