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February 1st 2014

Can You Name That Car?

It is a Fairthorpe Atomata. These were built from 1958 to 1960 by Fairthorpe Ltd., a company started by Air Vice Marshall Donald Bennet. It and its predecessor the Atom were, by and large, forgotten by history. Andrew Mace and Alan Brand nailed it within minutes of posting. Robert Carlile nabbed it from the web.

For those of you who may not understand Britain immediately post war, heavy taxes were levied on cars with gas rationing not lifted until some time in the 50s. For personal transportation loopholes were left to reduce or eliminate taxes based on the rated engine power, and number of road wheels. This is where micro cars come in. The Atomata was powered by a 650cc BSA motor, through a 4spd transmission (by one report a Standard 4spd), to a Standard live axle.

The Atomata, and its predecessor, the Atom, were a blip on Fairthorpe's history as Fairthorpe built more substantial and popular cars, the Electron, Zeta, Rockette and TX models. There are some examples of this car still around, but I'll be damned if I can find many pictures. The pictures below are from a none standard Atomata, presently in the US undergoing a restoration.

Fairthorpe.blogspot.ca

Fairthorpe.blogspot.ca

Now to our new guess that car! Andrew Mace had to come up with two cars this week as his first choice was posted by another Facebook member. Here we leave the land of micro cars with his car.

click to enlarge Peter Barker (imagetaker) Flickr

Our Mystery Car

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

Cheers!

DW


The Big Fix!

Road Side Repairs to a Jowett Javelin

Most of us had to fix our car, or a friend's car at the side of the road. Mechanical breakdown, or accident damage, we just need a little time and a few parts and we are on the road again.

Don Wray, Exposure Alaska

Busted DC3

Here we have a Basler BT-67, an up rated Douglas DC3, operated by ALCI in Antarctica. This particular plane, Lidia, hit a bit of hard ice just below the runway surface at the Holtanna Glacier (S71 55.3, E008 17.9). It sustained landing gear damage, structural damage and two damaged engines. My first thought was that it should have become one of those shrines to technology that Antarctica chews and spits out. A hulk scavenged for every valuable part. But no, this plane was to fly again.

Don Wray, Exposure Alaska

Camp

At the bottom of the world is found the most inhospitable conditions for people. The wreck laid over the Antarctic winter surviving pretty well until the reconstruction team from Kenn Borek Air arrived. Camp for the trades needed for the 42 day rebuild was set up. It also blew down.

Don Wray, Exposure Alaska

Carefully Trimming An Aluminum Spar

Kenn Borek's shop in Calgary can handle just about every type of build and repair needed. Many parts were fabricated for this repair and brought down, just needing a bit of fitting

Don Wray, Exposure Alaska

Take This Broken Wing

New aluminum structure rebuilding a wing. The chain saw is needed for the snow, not aluminum

Don Wray, Exposure Alaska

Fitting In A New Turbo Engine

Included in all of the structural parts were two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67R turboprop engines. These were fitted in after the wing and engine mounts were rebuilt

Don Wray, Exposure Alaska

New Nose

The entire nose section of the aircraft was bent and crumpled requiring an entirely new nose section. An upper and a lower section first has to be fitted onto the plane then all of the avionics have to be installed.

Don Wray, Exposure Alaska

Time To Dig Out the Plane

The plane was gradually dug out as the structure was rebuilt. After the last of this was accomplished Lidia needed to be dug out so she could get to the landing strip. This was done under her own power. (you will need to be on Facebook for this one.)

Don Wray, Exposure Alaska

Well Autographed

Don Wray, Exposure Alaska

Ready To Fly Out

Seems everybody took pictures of this thing on the ground. I cannot find a picture of this plane in the air (believe me, I tried). As I write this, Friday evening, Jan 31, Lidia landed this afternoon in Calgary.

I'll keep working on a picture.


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:
none standard Atomata
Basler BT-67
ALCI
Holtanna Glacier
S71 55.3, E008 17.9

Kenn Borek Air
Lidia powering out of the hole Facebook



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David E. Wood
bsccocwebguy@hotmail.com
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