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Post Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:04 pm
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Nostalgia, as you get older, becomes a greater pleasure, partly because there has been a lot of water passed under the bridge to filter, but also you can't do many of the things you used to, so just remember when.
And, new fangled things start to overwhelm and be a bit alien.
It is also nice to share some of the old times with youngsters.

So, I thought I would highlight a few motors that from yesteryear have a place in my heart; some are from my regular trips in the sixties to the Le Mans 24 hour race, or UK events, especially for historic cars.
I have seen most quite close up in the days when the Racing Car Show was at Westminster or Olympia; and on other occasions, but not so close.
Some of the below I have seen when marshalling at events, including vintage Bentleys.
I was at Le Mans to see the GT40 1-2-3, and snuck into prohibited areas to see them doing well over 200mph down the Mulsanne Straight (no chicanes those days).
I have even raced in a club event (mixed classes) with a GT40 and slip-streamed it at over 150 mph.

Please share your memories of motors that make you smile.

I'll start the ball rolling with a few stunning (in my opinion) oldies, not that I think they all show their age:
Bentley 4 1/2 litre 1928: Le Mans winner; pride of Britain.
BRM V16 F1 1950/55: the sound of this car was unforgettable.
Mercedes Benz 300SL 1955: top engineering.
Jaguar D Type 1954/57: Le Mans winner.
Aston Martin DBR1 1959: Le Mans winner.
Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato 1960: a beauty.
Ferguson P99 F1 4WD 1961: the daddy of four wheel drive.
Rover BRM gas turbine 1963/66: pioneering power.
Ferrari P3/4 1966/7: one of the most stylish racers of all time.
Ford GT40 1964/69: Le Mans 1966 1-2-3; formidable.

All unobtainable for all but the filthy rich and then possibly cosseted away like a museum piece or art treasure, but in their day a pleasure for all.
Although some brave owners let them loose on the track; god bless them!

I have put photo's of them all here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7ysme8y5lmly ... eqWEa?dl=0

I make no apologies for including the below links for the V16 BRM, said by many, and me, to be the greatest sounding car of all time.
I heard it at a Goodwood race meeting in the sixties where it did demo laps; awesome!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZMPDCNyQxE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtpYg8eeDOU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmbG2d2r2-M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRNoRlLlsD8
when ducks in a row, will buy an RCZ


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