31 October 2014

Ontario 4 Hours, Camel GT Challenge, Ontario Motor Speedway, 19th May 1974

Photo by Mike Parris

Here the George Cheyne/Dave Bean no. 88 Pinto dukes it out with the likes of Porsche, Corvette, and BMW on the road course. This car was a serious competitor; sponsored by Galpin Ford rentals, it sported racing improvements courtesy of Shankle Engineering and LeGrand Race Cars, two well respected race car teams at the time.
It finished 10th in the GTU class (ahead of some 911S DNFs) and 29th overall, 45 laps off the lead of Peter Gregg in the no. 59 Brumos Porsche Carrera. 

29 October 2014

Digging In The Crates - Escort Van Shootout

In this visit to the steel-lined vault in the basement of Amazo Tower; two period examples of custom Escort vans. Ah, the custom van, an idea that was once the staple of the UK modified car scene, then died a horrible death in the 1990's as 'the scene' moved on to newer (but not necessarily better) styles. The custom van has made a small renaissance in recent years, but its fair to say the genre remains an arcane discipline at best.
Which is a shame, as some of the best examples of the breed are also some of the best examples of customising I've seen: the 'Invader' and 'Blu By You' Bedford CFs, the KVX Transit, the CBS Supervan are instantly recognisable icons among British custom car fans. But I've overlooked the small van, which was just as much an object of the customiser's attention; while these two examples below aren't the most well-known, they really are great examples of their breed. Both are Escort vans, both are powered by Ford 'Essex' V6 powered, both have Jag IRS rear axles. But their execution couldn't be more different; one could have escaped your glance if you weren't paying full attention, the other walks straight up to, pulls you by your lapels close to them and plants a sloppy one right on the ol' kisser. But they're both cracking looking vans.
As always, the full page scans are at the end of the post. Enjoy.

- Amazosan

Fuel filler behind a rear light - nice

Button operates a solenoid to open the door, as handles are shaved

Commercial Break: Rapport Metrosport, 1981 (UK)

27 October 2014

Autoclásica Show 2014, Part 1

Words: Amazosan
Photos: FJSigma

A gem of show that I had no knowledge of before now, but thanks to the efforts of the mysterious FJSigma of the Argentochrysler website, we get a glimpse of the Argentinian classic scene.
Argentina has quite the car industry, with the likes of Ford, GM PSA, Fiat, Renault, Volkswagen, Honda and Mercedes-Benz having factories in Argentina. They also have a rich motrosport pedigree all their own; Juan Manuel Fangio, Carlos Reutemann and a certain Alejandro de Tomaso come to mind. Judging by these pictures, they love their classics as much as we British do to. To do justice to this fantastic cache of photos, I've split this post into two parts; part two will be on Friday.

- Amazosan

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Special bodied Fiat Zero, known also as the Fiat 12/15 hp:

I wish I could tell you exactly what this is, but myself and Team Amazo are still scanning the web for info:

Rambler Classic. The model had three designations, going from the lowest 550 (essentially fleet cars), 660, to highest 770 trims. Industrias Kaiser Argentina (IKA) produced Rambler Classics in Córdoba, Argentina from 1962 to 1971:

Peugeot 403, also locally produced:

Jag V12 in a Model T. Nice:

Another racing beauty, another one still to research:

But I'm pretty sure we all know what this is:

A brace of Vauxhall 30/98s:

Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato:

Lincoln L-Series Phaeton, bodied by the Brunn Company of Buffalo, New York:

1927 Bentley 4&1/2 litre with Tourer bodywork:

1937 Bentley  4&1/4 litre, Sedanca Coupe body by Gurney Nutting:

1937 Morgan Sports 2 Seater Barrelback with V-Twin Matchless engine:

While this Super Sports has the JAP V-Twin:

135 Bugatti Type 57 Tourer with Cabriolet Coachwork by British coachbuilder Bertelli:

Cord 810 on the right, supercharged 812 on the left:

Early Fiat 500, distinguishable by the sidelights and the vents under the headlights. To my knowledge, these were never produced in Argentina, as Fiat decided to produce the 600 there instead:

Speaking of which, the 600 lived a long life in Argentina; it was built as the Fiat 600R by Sevel in Argentina from 1960 to 1982:

1935 Ford; 1938 Studebaker Commander:

Two Cadillac Series 62s; a 1949 Convertible...

...and and a 1941 version:

Jaguar MKVIII:

There must be an interesting history as to how this pre-war Leyland ended up in Argentina; does anyone shed any light on it?

Post-war Jaguar 3½ Litre Drophead Coupé; BMW 327:

Bugatti Type 57 cabriolet; one of Figoni's more demure efforts:

Rolls-Royce 20/25, 1932 Lincoln:

Lotus XI:

A trio of Maseratis: A6GCM, ex-Fangio:

... 250F:

...and A6GCS/53:

The Maserati love-in continues with this gorgeous 3500:

...and this 3500GT:

...and this one:

Er, another:

While a Sebring and a Khamsim gatecrash the party:

The Bora. Not to be confused with the similar looking Merak which it predates, the Bora has the legendary V8 instead of the Merak's V6, along with a different rear end treatment. A BMW M1 lurks in the background:

The Horvat-Martinez Ford Falcon racer:

The IKA (Industrias Kaiser Argentina) Torino, later Renault Torino, made under agreement with AMC from 1966 to 1982. It's essentially a hybrid of AMC's 1964-65 Rambler American and Classic with bespoke front and rear bodywork and interior. It came in both four-door saloon and two-door hardtop variants, including this rare Torino Comahue version. I want one:

Early Land Rover S1. I wonder if the weird headlight placement means anything?

Jeep Grand Wagoneer:

End of part one.