Top 11 Features of 2011

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We’ve decided to combine the top 11 features of 2011 onto a single page, partially because we have many readers now that we didn’t have at the start of the year, partially because 2011 has an 11 at the end of it, but mostly because we all love the film This Is Spinal Tap.

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1925 Auto Races – Laurel, Maryland

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Imagine a 1⅛-mile NASCAR track made entirely from wooden planks. It sounds insane but it’s how motor racing got started in the US. This July 11, 1925 photograph titled “Auto races at Laurel, Maryland.” shows the 1⅛-mile wooden oval at Laurel Speedway. These tracks took months to build and thousands of tonnes of lumber, crashes…

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Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé (W196)

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The iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR was based on the 1954-1955 Formula 1 Mercedes-Benz W196 race car, it used an advanced space-frame chassis and magnesium-alloy bodywork, giving it an ultra light dry weight of just 880kgs (1,950lbs). The engine used was the same naturally aspirated straight-8 2,496.87cc power-plant from the Formula 1 racer, capable of a (highly impressive…

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D-Type Jaguar – Official Drawings

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Sadly I don’t have any backstory on these drawings, it wasn’t until seeing the overhead shot of the D-Type that I realised how A-symetrical they are. British automotive design at its best, hell I think this looks better than the infamous Jaguar E-Type (Click either image for a full resolution version in a new window.)

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