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ferrari 1948

The artistry of some folks never ceases to amaze, Yoshiro Inomoto is one of the best of the ‘cutaway artists’, this is his Ferrari 166S…

Three cars were built using a 2 litre version of the Colombo 60 degree V12 giving circa 150bhp@7000rpm.

The first two were bodied by Carozzeria Allemano and were successful; the cars won both the 1948 Targa Florio, Troubetzoy/Biondetti in a 166S and Mille Miglia, Biondetti/Navone in a 166 Coupe. Both race winners were destroyed, of the 3 cars only the ‘goggle-eyed’ one drawn by Inomoto survives.

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The winning Ferrari 166S of Troubetzoy/Biondetti leads the 16th placed Lancia Aprilia of Piccinini/Marzotto (unattributed)


Yoshihiro Inomoto, Klemantaski Collection


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Alberto Ascari on the way to winning the production sports car race at the ‘International Daily Express Trophy’ Meeting 26 August 1950. Factory Ferrari 166MM Barchetta (Klemantaski Collection)

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There is just no chance Damon Hill wasn’t going to be a racing driver?…

There are so many childhood shots of him with his dad in practice for an event somewhere round the globe. This one is close to home, Graham’s Lotus 33 BRM is being fettled for the ‘XIX BRDC International Trophy’ at Silverstone on 29 April 1967.

GH rejoined Team Lotus from BRM so was well familiar with the 2 litre P56 engine which powered his Lotus. He won plenty of races with this engine in both 1.5 litre F1 and 2 litre ‘Tasman’ spec in the BRM P261 chassis.

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Damon @ 15 aboard his Bultaco 1975 (Chris Ware)

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Hill started racing bikes in 1981, here aboard a Kawasaki 500 at Donington Park. His early racing was all self-funded, the Hill family fortune diminished by claims of victims families after the light aircraft crash which killed GH and most of his team in 1975 (unattributed)

There were 2 ‘interim’ 2 litre V8 33’s in 1967; this chassis ‘R11’ and Jim Clark’s Coventry Climax powered ‘R14’ in which he had just won the Tasman Series.

Things were about to change though; the 3 litre Ford Cosworth DFV powered Lotus 49 was already being tested by Hill and famously won upon its Dutch Grand Prix debut in Clarks hands on 4 June.

Parkes won at Silverstone in his Ferrari 312 from Jack’s Brabham BT20 Repco and Siffert’s Cooper T81 Maserati with Graham fourth in ‘R11’. The car was kind to Graham, he was second in the Monaco GP on 7 May, the last championship round in which these cars were raced by Team Lotus.

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Formula Ford Festival Mayhem! 1985 Brands Hatch. Damon Hills #37 Van Dieman RF85 leads the pack, interested to know who the other drivers and cars are FF fans!? The ’85 festival was won by Johnny Herbert’s Quest with Jonathon Bancroft 2nd, Hill 3rd and Mark Blundell 4th all in VD RF85’s. DH career progression; F3 in 1986, F3000 in 1989, a critical testing contract with Williams in 1992 and Brabham F1 drive in the same year. He was no star in his early years, he ‘got there’ by displaying the same grit, determination and persistence as his father. He also has his fathers ‘class’ and is a fine ambassador for his country and sport (Phil Rainford)

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Damon Hill on his way to 6th in the 1992 Hungarian GP. Brabham BT60B Judd 3.5 V10. Q25, a good drive in difficult conditions, Senna won the race in a McLaren MP4 Honda V12. First GP season. Also proved his speed and feedback as a test driver for Williams that year. World Champ for Williams Renault in 1996 (unattributed)


Getty Images, Victor Blackman, Chris Ware, Phil Rainford

Tailpiece: ‘Better still, i get to steer’!…


Silverstone Intl Trophy paddock 29 April 1967. Lotus 33 BRM (unattributed)



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Venetia Day adorns the Matra MS120 at London’s Racing Car Show at Olympia on January 6 1971…

She is quite the most beautiful young lady with all of the ‘bibs n bobs’ we fellas tend to like. With the compound curvature of a Maserati 250F she is hard to beat.

I get a lot of metrics as part of this WordPress website, it always amuses me that the seventh most popular article i have done is the MS120 Matra piece i wrote a while back featuring Venetia’s ‘rear suspension’. Here to complete the set is her ‘front suspension’ which is as firmly set and finely proportioned as the rear…

Its certainly not the best piece i have written, so i guess it has something else going for it, page one or two of a Matra MS120 Google search !

All very politically incorrect these days of course, but political correctness is so ‘ferkin boring!

Here’s the original article if you’ve not read it;


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(J Wilds)

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(Automobile Year #10)

‘One of the most classic racing engines of all time-and unquestionably the most widely copied-was the 1913 3 Litre 4 cylinder Peugeot conceived jointly by Georges Boillot, Jules Goux and Paolo Zuccarelli whose ideas were interpreted by the brilliant draftsman Ernest Henry’ ; Harry Mundy in Automobile Year #10…

The team first expounded the advantages of twin overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and compact combustion chambers.


Jules Goux 4th and Robert Peugeot at the 1914 French GP. Goux winner at Indy in 1913  in a Peugeot L56. Mercedes Christian Lautenschlager won the race, Boillot was well in the lead before a spate of Dunlop tyre problems. 4 July 1914, less than a week after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the imminent start of WW1  (unattributed)

‘The Three Charlatans’; driver/technicians Goux, Boillot and Zuccarelli, the latter the most important in terms of his conceptual ideas, as they became known within Peugeot HQ, put a proposal to M Robert Peugeot to develop, outside the factory a team of cars for the 1912 French GP. The race was being revived that year, and two 3 litre cars for the Coup l’Auto at a cost of 4000 pounds for each car.

The 1912 GP engine of 7602cc was estimated to develop 140bhp@2200rpm, the car very successful as covered in the contemporary magazine articles included at the end of this piece.

‘Overhead camshafts had been used earlier by Mercedes and Clement-Bayard…The technical contribution of the Peugeot engine was in the use of the hemispherical combustion chamber, four valves per cylinder operated directly by twin overhead camshafts and a central sparking plug. In other words, Zuccarelli, from whom this conception emanated, appreciated the virtues of a compact combustion chamber, large effective valve area and low valve stresses’.

‘A stirrup-type valve tappet guided top and bottom ad having its own return spring was used and the entire mechanism was fully enclosed and lubricated; the valves and springs were exposed to assist cooling…The one piece cylinder block and head was bolted to a two piece crankcase split on the horizontal centre line of the five main bearings’ said Mundy.

Boillot won the 1912 French GP at Dieppe by 13 minutes from the closest Fiat at an average speed of 68.5 mph. The Fiats, to demonstrate the efficiency of the Peugeot engine were of 14,143cc.

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Georges Boillot, Peugeot L3, Coup l’Auto 1913 (Getty Images)

The 3 litre Peugeot engine produced for the 1913 Coupe de l’Auto race run concurrently with the French GP, was the more important in its technical influence as its efficiency and light chassis was more than a match for the 1912/13 GP cars built for an unlimited formula and having in some cases twice the capacity.

Many features of the 3 litre were common with its bigger brother but other key elements copiously copied were;

.A train of spur gears contained in a separate and easily detachable casing which replaced the former bevel gear and shaft drive to the camshafts

.The heavy stirrup type of valve tappet was discarded in favour of a finger interposed between the cam and valve stem

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Boillot on the way to Peugeot L3 victory on the Amiens 31.6 Km road course used only once for the French GP, in 1913. Zuccarelli was killed when he hit a cart before the race, 5 fatalities at the place in 2 months (unattributed)

.A novel construction was introduced for the crankcase and the 3 main bearing crank. The latter was made in two halves and bolted at the centre, at which point a double row ball bearing was used; a single row roller bearing was used for the front and rear mains. This type of construction permitted the use of a  one-piece crankcase casting, the two end bearings for the crankshaft being contained in a separate housing.


Ernest Henry at his drawing board, year unknown. Hiss exact contribution to the design of the Peugeot’s and the engine still the subject of debate after 100 years; a key member of the team whichever way you cut it (unattributed)

.It was also the first engine to use dry-sump lubrication; better cooling with full pressurisation to all bearings and also allowing engines to be placed lower in the chassis.

The influence of the engine was also profound in the sense that it lead to the adoption of a capacity limitation from 1914, a principle adopted for most subsequent formulae. From 1914 onwards there was no effective alternative to the overhead camshaft as stroke to bore ratios were reduced and rotational speeds increased, two basic requirements of increased performance…


‘The Three Charlatans’ circa 1912; Paolo Zuccarelli, Jules Goux and Georges Boillot (TNF)

Contemporary ‘The Automobile’ articles on the 1912/1913 Peugeots…

1912 L76 7.6 Litre.

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1913 L3 3 Litre.

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Bibliography and Credits…

Autonobile Year #10 artice by Harry Mundy on Grand Prix engines, ‘The Automobile’ 26 September 1912 and February 1914 articles via, The Nostalgia Forum Peugeot GP thread, Jacques Henri-Lartigue

Tailpiece: Boillot, winner on Peugeot L3. French GP, Amiens 12 July 1913…

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(Jacques-Henri Lartigue)



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The first BMW Art Car was proposed by the French racer/auctioneer Herve Poulain who wanted to invite an artist to create a canvas on a car…

In 1975, Poulain commissioned his American artist friend Alexander Calder to paint a BMW 3.0 CSL which Poulain raced partnered by pro’s Sam Posey and Jean Guichet in the 1975 Le Mans classic.

The car ran in the ‘Touring’ class, failing to finish with a CV joint failure on lap 73.

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‘Art Car’ BMW 3.0CSL, Le Mans 1975 (unattributed)

BMW won the class, a little 2002Ti completed 252 laps, Derek Bell and Jacky Ickx won the race in a Gulf GR8 Ford DFL, the first Le Mans win for Bell and for the long distance variant of the great Ford Cosworth DFV V8.

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Derek Bell in the victorious Gulf GR8 Ford DFL he shared with Ickx. Behind is the 2nd placed Ligier JS2 Ford DFL of Lafosse/Chasseuil (unattributed)

Since Calder’s work many other renowned artists have created BMW Art Cars including David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. 17 Art Cars based on both racing and production vehicles have been created.

The most recent car is Jeff Coon’s 2010 model M3 GT2. The 4 litre V8 engined car competed in the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours driven by Andy Priaulx/Dirk Muller/Dirk Werner but did not finish.

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BMW’s Thomas Girst says the purpose of the project has changed over time: ‘In the beginning the cars were raced. There wasn’t much public relations around them…Since then some of the Art Cars have been used in advertisements to show that BMW is a player in the arts…Part of what we are doing now is raising awareness of alternative and renewable energy sources’.


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Tailpiece: 2010 BMW M3 GT2…

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David Coulthard’s Red Bull Renault RB’4WD’ trys to avoid being lassooed y’all, Johnson City, Texas 19 August 2011…

There was no American GP from 2008 to 2011 this Red Bull promotion was of Coulthard driving the ‘Circuit of The Americas’ then under construction outside Austin, Texas.

YouTube footage thereof…


DC Red Bull Renault, ‘Circuit of The Americas’ first ‘race laps’, August 2011 (Getty Images)

Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images


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British privateer, Horace Gould’s ‘crew’ time his Maserati 250F, he finished eighth in the race won by Moss’ similar car…i love this unattributed shot, it somehow captures the waiting game of a drivers lover in those very dangerous days…

Gould was a Bristol motor trader who competed in sixteen Grands’ Prix, his best result in this car , an ex-works 1954 250F ‘2514’, in the 1956 British Grand Prix, finishing fifth and earning two championship points.

He raced Jack Brabhams’ similar Cooper Bristol on an ‘Australasian Tour’, at Mount Druitt, New South Wales, in 1953 beaten by Jack, and in the 1954 New Zealand Grand Prix, the race won by Stan Jones’ Maybach 2.

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Horace Gould in his Cooper T23 Bristol at Mt Druitt, he ‘was left for dead off the line, Jacks car with its lightweight flywheel, Harley clutch and Stromberg carbs’. (

Gould was the quintessential passionate privateer, eking out an existence on start and finish money in events throughout Europe in the late 1950’s, he stopped racing around 1959 and died of a heart attack in 1968, aged 47.