The Tipo was designed by the I.DE.A Institute (Institute of Development in Automotive Engineering), not surprisingly based in Turin near Fiat's headquarters. Also based in Turin was Fiat's famous Ligotto factory.
This was not especially famous for the assembly line starting on the ground floor and ending on the top level, but instead for what then followed - the cars were taken for a test run around the roof top test track. Spiralling ramps inside the building then allowed the cars to be driven back down and into showrooms.
However the track was probably most famous for it's link to
That Rolls Royce is sporting what looks to be US spec sealed beams, something you had to have as late as 1983! When the rest of the world had pretty much switched to Halogen lights, the US still lumbered along with sealed beam headlights which althought a reasonable enough technology, had limitations compared to the new lighting technology. This led to some very strange front ends with headlights modified to suit. This legislation was a problem for American car designers who of course wanted to create more modern designs but were hampered by the technology they were forced to use.
The 1965 Imperial is said to have almost fallen foul of this legislation because of the glass cover over its headlights.
The Citroen DS also fell foul of the headlight rules, and for more reasons than the smooth cover. In fact, there's lots of weird headlight things that happened to cars because of the bizarre federal law, but I'll let other people explore those avenues.
"The SCCA’s Showroom Stock racing series provided the perfect venue for racing the C4 Corvette. In 1984, racers John Greenwood, Dave Heinz, and Rod Millen entered a BF Goodrich-sponsored 1984 Corvette in the premiere Showroom Stock race: the Longest Day at Nelson Ledges, Ohio, sweeping the field until mechanical gremlins put it out after nine hours."
The link here mainly being that the above Corvette is a car that competed at Nelson Ledges, the track that the SVO Mustang was developed on, and a racing venue that is still going today, 60 years after it began as a dirt track on an Ohio potato farm. I'm really glad you posted the SVO Mustang info, otherwise I don't think I'd have discovered that.
Post by The Rascal King on Jun 22, 2018 13:33:39 GMT
Fairly natural to go from one race-developed Corvette to another, although this one didn't really achieve all it was capable of due to GM's retreat from corporate-sponsored racing in the 60's. The Grand Sport program was the brainchild of Zora Arkus-Duntov, whose name is synonymous with the Corvette's transition from a pretty but underpowered coupe to a performance icon. Interestingly enough, He was hired at GM after seeing the concept car at the New York Motorama in 1953. Apparently he was impressed with the look, but found the platform underwhelming, and wrote a letter to Chevrolet's chief engineer including a technical paper on calculating a vehicle's top speed. The engineering department was so impressed they hired him, and shortly after moving to Detroit Zora sent a memo to his bosses titled "Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders, and Chevrolet" that set the strategy for the performance parts program they're still using today.
Specifically about the Grand Sport, with which Arkus-Duntov was specifically targeting the Cobra, Carroll Shelby is quoted as saying that they only achieved about 25% of what they could have, and that the Cobra's dominance was to a great extent due to Chevrolet's lack of corporate support for them.
Post by surprisingskoda on Jun 23, 2018 9:09:37 GMT
I love it. When every new post tells you a piece of information you didn't already know - fantastic. Thanks to those who've caught the idea!
I see we've ended up at Aston Martin/Lagonda again, but I've been there in my last post, so I went for a different tangent.
Almost 73 years later to the day, the next time Bentley won LeMans was in 2003, with Speed 8 GT cars coming 1-2 in the end. (Now it would be too easy to just post that.) In 2001 and 2002 they had finished behind the Audi R8 so for 03 they decided the car needed tested more and took to the 12hrs of Sebring in Florida beforehand, which enabled them to better prepare and ultimately win LeMans.
The record for the most number of wins at Sebring, however, which Tom Kristensen nearly equalled with 6 in the Audi, still stands at 7, and belongs to:
Ted Gushue was excited to meet/interview Tom Kristensen at Goodwood the other day is a massive understatement.
Ted Gushue: What was the first car you remember driving?
Tom Kristensen: An Austin Marina. It was right-hand drive, which was quite unusual to have in Denmark. It was at my Dad’s gas station. It didn’t go well. I actually smacked it right into one of the Shell petrol posts. The car was a total write-off. My Dad was less than impressed.
I jumped into it when I was eleven years old, when my Dad and Mom had gone away for the weekend I think, and I still regret that today. I was born and raised at the gas station, in Hobro, Denmark. My Dad was a racing driver when he wasn’t working, so I was always being dragged along to various racing circuits in Denmark, gravel circuits, dirt, and of course asphalt. I have a younger brother who ended up in racing as well.
Post by The Rascal King on Jun 23, 2018 12:14:27 GMT
The Marina was designed by Roy Haynes, who came to BL in 1967 from Ford, where he was responsible for the Mark II Cortina. Jeff Uren of Race Proved Ltd took that car and created the "Savage" by dropping the 3.0 Essex V6 in and having Weslake Engineering tune it.
Aha! At last I see a way to bring this round to Goodwood AND Datsuns - two of my favouritest motoring-related things (o: The car above is related to ...
...the Datsun 160J SSS.
The St. Mary's Trophy race at the 2016 Goodwood Revival Meeting had a line up consisting entirely of Austin A30 and A35s, driven by the likes of Tom Kristensen (mentioned above recently), Rowan Atkinson (mentioned above a while back) and Rauno Aaltonen. My image shows Rauno driving the Datsun towards victory in the 1977 Southern Cross Rally, with co-driver Jeff Beaumont.
That there is a Toyota (sometimes written Toyoda, depends on the source) Model AA. Japanese manufacturers built many things under license, taking existing western technology and improving on it. Datsun did this with the A-Series and their own version of the SU carburettor seen on the same. The Toyoda Model AA followed the same tradition with an engine copied from Chevrolet, while chassis and electrics are based on those from Ford. If the styling of it puts you in mind of a Chrysler Airflow, that's not surprising, because they copied that too. All this in 1936 from a country with practically no motoring heritage to draw on.