Archive for the ‘Compound curvature’ Category

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Felipe Massa blasts his Ferrari F138 through the Monaco streets oblivious to chassis’ above as exquisitively proportioned as Maranello’s latest…

’twasn’t a great 2013 race for the Brazilian, he had an accident on lap 28 at Ste Devote mirroring one he had on Saturday morning, locking a brake over a bump and boofing the barrier hard on the outside of the circuit.

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Felipe Massa Ferrari F138 on Saturday before his accident, Monaco 2013 (Ercole Colombo)

Nico Rosberg won in a Mercedes F1 W04 emulating father Keke’s 1983 win in a Williams FW08C Ford. Seb Vettel and Mark Webber were 2nd and 3rd in their Red Bull RB9 Renault’s.

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Nico Rosberg in the oh so complex 2013 Mercedes F1 W04, Monaco 2013. Carbon fibre chassis, 2.4 litre V8 & KERS energy storage system, 7 speed semi-automatic gearbox et al (unattributed)

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30 years earlier in 1983 Keke wins Monaco in the oh so simple Williams FW08C. 3 litre Ford Cosworth V8 powered, 6 speed manual Hewland gearbox #27 is Patrick Tambay’s slightly more complex 1.5 litre V6 twin turbo-charged Ferrari 126C3 (unattributed)

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Keke, Monaco ’83 (The Cahier Archive)

Photo Credits…

Getty Images, Ercole Colombo, The Cahier Archive

Don’t listen to him! Trust me girls, we can get 142 bhp @ 7,600 rpm out of this V8 ’60’ Flattie on methanol!…

The chief mechanic trying to reassure her team she can take on Doug Whiteford’s Ford V8 Special ‘Black Bess’ post-war with a combination of Edelbrock manifold, two Stromberg 2-barrel carbs, Offy heads, Jahns pistons to suit the .030 overbore, a Claysmith crank and Isky cam. Not to forget the hand fabricated extractors.

The first shot was taken during World War 2 at Ford’s Geelong factory in Victoria, Australia. The ladies of the Womens Emergency League, VAD Transport Services and Red Cross are learning how to maintain a Ford V8.

I am interested to know exactly which variant of the venerable Ford Flathead V8 this is, and the car to which it is fitted!

Henry Ford and his ‘flathead’ V8 creation in 1932 (FoMoCo)

Credit…

State Libraries of Victoria/South Australia, FoMoCo

Tailpiece: Doug Whiteford’s ‘Black Bess’ leads the ‘Woodside Handicap’ at Woodside, South Australia on 10 October 1949…

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Click here for an article about Doug Whiteford’s 1950 Australian Grand Prix winning Ford V8 Spl ‘Black Bess’;

https://primotipo.com/2015/05/05/doug-whiteford-black-bess-woodside-south-australia-1949/

Finito…

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Glenda Foreman focusses on the Heuers whilst Pedro Rodriguez runs up-front at Le Mans 1970…

Pedro’s girlfriends powers of concentration were not tested, the Mexican’s John Wyer Porsche 917K was out of the race on lap 22 with engine failure, he and Leo Kinnunen started from grid 5. Another 917K, the Hans Hermann, Richard Attwood car won the race.

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Rodriguez/Kinnunen JW Porsche 917K Le Mans 1970 (Schlegelmilch)

Credits…

Rainer Schlegelmilch

Tailpiece: Leo, Pedro, Brian and Jo. Kinnunen, Rodriguez, Redman and Siffert, the 1970 JW Automotive drivers before the off…

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It’s a Formula Junior with a cutie at the wheel during the 1960 Geneva Motor Show…

VW Beetle front suspension, independent at the rear, any ideas as to make and model anyone?

Credit…

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Donna Mae Mims…

Posted: June 18, 2017 in Compound curvature, Fotos
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Donna Mims prepares for the off in her MGB December 1964, no details of circuit unfortunately…

She was a prominent driver and character in the US and was the first woman to win an SCCA title in 1963 in an Austin Healey Sprite. Click here for a short article on the lady;

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/10/14/donna-mae-mims-first-female-scca-winner-and-cannonball-run-vet/

Credit…

Bill Ray

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Racers in 1966- Anita (sister of F1 driver Trevor) Taylor, Donna Mae Mims and future Indy 500 competitor Janet Guthrie. Mims, Guthrie and Suzy Dietrich drove the #80 Sunbeam Alpine to 32nd in the Daytona 24 Hours (speedqueens)

Finito…

Compound curvature comprises curves made up of two or more circular arcs of successively shorter or longer radii, joined tangentially without reversal of curvature. The foregoing is illustrated with definitive precision by Helmut Newton’s portrait of perfection above.

The Pirelli calendar is a wonderful institution albeit now somewhat diluted by the dull, shit-boring political correctness which pervades our times! It’s nowhere near as risqué as it once was, always tastefully so in my view.

The image is from the 1985 season, originally published in the ’86 calendar and features a young lady whose specifications more than match the 750bhp, twin-turbo, 1.5 litre Renault EF4B V6 powered Ligier JS25. I’m not sure of the driver but the helmet of Andrea De Cesaris is closer to a color match than those of teammates Jacques Laffitte and Philippe Streiff.

In any event the photo is hardly about the car or driver, what compound curvature, arcs of changing radii and perfect purity of line…

Credits…

Pirelli, Helmut Newton, Merriam Webster Dictionary

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I always figured this is what Ferrari ownership is all about. Having rather attractive young ladies throwing themselves at you?!…

Clearly this little minx is keen on Pininfarina’s stunning coachwork if not the size of the drivers wallet. What is it my ‘little sabre-toothed tigress’ tells me, ‘even you ugly blokes look good standing on your wallets’.

Australian social documentary photographer Rennie Ellis captured a 1974 Toorak Road, South Yarra, Melbourne ritual that is still played out pretty much the same way 40 years on…

Photo Credit…Rennie Ellis