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January 25th 2014

Can You Name That Car?

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Gary Kiernan came up with last week's mystery car. Robert Carlile was a close second. It is a 1956 Rover T3 gas turbine car. Steve Favill and Bill Robertson, from our Facebook Group, correctly identified the Rover.

Back at the outbreak of WWII Rover was commissioned to develop a gas turbine engine based on Power Jets Ltd. designs. Even though Rover engineers were unfamiliar with the turbine to begin with, they did come up to speed and improve on the designs supplied. Eventually they were given the ball to run with and creating the Rover turbine cars.

This car was the first designed around a jet turbine engine. It may not have all the flash and glitz of a Chrysler, but I am guessing it was built with a budget similar to the Chrysler's chrome by itself.

This was the third or fourth car in Rover's Turbine line (I am not sure if there were two Jet 1s or not), but not the last. In 1961 it was followed by the T4, which looked like an early styling exercise for the Rover 2000. The first iteration of the Rover-BRM was driven at LeMans. If it were an official competitor it would have made 8th overall.

This car now resides at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon. For a thumbnail guide to Rover Turbine cars check out Rover Org NZ. The cars may not have made it as a consumer product, but the engine has. Read more at gasturbine.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk.

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MG-Rover.Org

Now to our new guess that car! Gary came up with the correct answer first, so he got to choose our next car. Some will recognize this right off the bat, but I am betting this will be tough for the rest of you.

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Our Mystery Car

E-mail me your answers to bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com

Cheers!

DW


Sittin' On the Dock Of the Bay

Peter Blunn, Manchester A Pictorial and Film History (Facebook)

For Export at Canada and the U.S
Awaiting loading at Manchester Docks
circa 1958


CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK - JUNE 27,28 & 29, 2014
http://glorydayscelebrationofspeed.com/
GLORY DAYS Celebration Of Speed
Motorsport Extravaganza

January 23, 2014
Little Britain, Ontario

For Immediate Release:

Introducing the all-new, all-inclusive motorsport and motoring extravaganza set to take place over three days from June 27 to 29 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park just north of Bowmanville, Ontario.

GLORY DAYS Celebration of Speed

The GLORY DAYS Event will be presented in the spirit and style of the phenomenally successful Goodwood Festival of Speed which was first launched in 1995 and has become so popular that it is now the world's largest automotive event with over 180,000 attending in 2013.

Bob DeShane, organizer for GLORY DAYS said this: "Back in the fifties, sixties and seventies it was much easier to enjoy the full experience of driving and riding. The roads were less crowded and it was easier to take the steps necessary to get involved in clubs and competition, get on track, if you wanted to. But, over the years things have just gotten so expensive, so regulated, so structured that today, many enthusiasts and potential enthusiasts find it terribly difficult to get involved or even stay interested.

We have designed GLORY DAYS Celebration of Speed to bring back the freedom and the excitement that has been lost. We aim to re-engage people and re-store the connection between them and their passion in a fashion and style that could only be possible at one of the world's truly great racing facilities, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. There will be something for everyone at GLORY DAYS Celebration of Speed. Activities will include a Hillclimb for cars and bikes, Featured Drivers and Cars, Full Course Lapping, Car and Motorcycle Shows and Club Corrals, Car and bike Auction, Children's' Amusements, Soap Box Races, a Party and more!

GLORY DAYS Celebration of Speed is unique in North America and it holds something both pleasing and thrilling for every motoring, riding and racing enthusiast.

Be captured, be thrilled, BE THERE!

For more information and regular updates, please log on to the website: http://glorydayscelebrationofspeed.com/ or call Bob DeShane at 705-878-5422.


50 Years Ago



Paddy Hopkirk & Henry Liddon 1964 Monte Carlo Rally Winners


South Pacific Seat Count

14 Seats Sold, 20 available

Sunday June 8th at the Huron Country Playhouse
Grand Bend ON
Contact Tony Hughes at xj-sv121989@rogers.com

Check out:
Heritage Motor Centre
Rover Org NZ
gasturbine.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
http://glorydayscelebrationofspeed.com/





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David E. Wood
bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com
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