Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas came early again!

We had a special delivery today, looks like we won't be getting bored over the holiday period, with some excellent reading to keep us occupied :-)

The Monte-Carlo Rally is the oldest and most famous rally in history, it should not be confused with "The Sunday driver Rallies" It takes place in the winter through some of the most mountainous treacherous conditions possible.
Over the years many teams have taken the challenge, known and unknown, anonymous and famous, amateurs and professionals, they have overcome countless obstacles to follow their dreams and participate in a Rally which is without equal, one who's very name reaches into the heart of every driver, navigator, mechanic, journalist, spectator and race steward.
All the greats have taken part and tried to win the Monte, Huschke von Hanstein, Petermax Müller and Vic Elford to name just a few.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Car of the Year

Congratulations to Prototyp Museum for winning The Car of the Year at the International Historic Motoring awards,with their Typ 60k10.
This really is a beautiful car, the ultimate Oldspeed race car and where it all began......

Friday, November 11, 2011


Public Holiday today, so back in the workshop thinking about one of next year's projects........

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ready for Winter Sports

Winter is just around the corner and we should all be preparing our cars for some fun, back in the 50's they had the right idea....
No prizes for guessing who the winner was :-)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Holy Grail!

If you were lucky enough to attend the Porsche Race Car Classic, you would have seen two "guest stars".
For the ones that couldn't make it, here are a few pictures to enlighten you....

To some, they are the original Oldspeed race car, to other's the car that showed the way forward in the early 50's, but to most they are the "Holy Grail" of VW powered cars.
The cars in question if you didn't know is the Denzel, built by Wolfgang Denzel in Vienna, Austria.
Although their engines are highly modified the starting point was a 30hp VW  case.

Denzel was a competitor to Porsche in the early 50's and with their lightness and nimble handling they achieved worldwide recognition with their stunning win in the 1954 Alpine rally.

These hand built cars were manufactured over a ten year period, from 1949 - 1959, the prototype was built in 1948 and ran a Kübel chassis, in 1960 Denzel was convinced to make one more example before they closed their doors.
There was a total of only 75 cars produced, so as you can image they are as rare as hens teeth!

Here you see Tom & Mark's cars, the restoration of Tom's car only just finished at the eleventh hour in time to make it to the show..........

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hiding away

No sight or sound has been seen of "The Bachelor" of late, he has been locking himself away in the garage and we started to wonder why.
Recently acquiring some spy shots, we now know what he's been working on.
Looking good "B" hope it will be finished in time to make an appearance at Le Mans Classic next year, with the rest of us ;-)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

What a mess......

The Pepco motor was opened yesterday to look inside and see what had occurred.
But as you can see it wasn't a pretty sight!
The crank snapped and started to move inside the case, subsiquently the pulley has eaten into the front of the case and destroyed it. On closer inspection of the case, we believe we know why and how the problem occurred.....

As we have good "standard mains" 30hp cases lying around The Professor will use one of these as a starting point to work his alchemy and rebuild the Pepco motor ready for Le Mans next year, producing more hp and reliability ;-)

We will keep you posted.......