Thursday, 15 May 2014

Wiscombe Hill Climb 2014

"Miss BACFire"

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Miss BACFire a Shelsley inspired special was built using the combination of two vehicles. The first a pacing motorcycle, which is where the BAC in backfire comes from. BAC engines were used in French cycle pacers, this particular one is dated 1925 and is engine number 6. The Engine is 1.9 litres and is quite a beast! The fuel and oil tanks also came from the pacing motorcycle but the rest is mostly Austin Seven parts. The builder had a lot of Austin bits that he described as "no longer good enough for spare parts". These were then used to build the remainder of the car with as many vintage bits being used as possible. The car has been running for 2 years now and it's just getting there.  I'm so happy that people are still (let's say) enthusiastic enough to build such great specials. 

Emeryson Formula 3

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A rare beast indeed (number 009) this Emeryson single seater runs a JAP speedway engine up front rather than the usual position for a 500 which is behind the driver. There is a reason for this as it is front wheel drive, couple that with no differential and according to the owner it's a bit of a fight to drive.

1931 Ulster Frazer Nash

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This is one of a kind as it began it's life as a genuine Grand Prix car at the Nurenburg Grand Prix in 1932. The car belonged to various people after it's racing career and it's bodywork was donated to the war effort to help build Spitfire bodies. The remains of the car sat around as a very slow project until the current owner took it on and has finished it off. The shape and style of this car really is something else, and the engine is a sight to behold as it is a twin OHC Anzani. It's also great to see the car being used competitively, and so using it for it's intended purpose.

"Little Red Rooster" Austin Seven Special

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