Thursday, March 31, 2011

1957 St. Simons Cup

Not sure exactly where this one came from, but there is a small trophy that's been collecting dust in my office for the past few years.

On the bottom of its plastic (or maybe it's Bakelite) base is the name of the maker -- "Trophies for Champions, by F.N. Noble & Company, Chicago, No. 62".

But, the more interesting information is on the small brass plaque. It is inscribed, "1957 St. Simons Cup, Second H Modified".

Can anyone out there tell me where this race was run?

Better yet...tell me who came in second.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The "Big" DKW

The DKW 3=6 is often described as the big DKW. (Der grosse DKW) It claims room for six, with space for luggage -- all powered by a 2-stroke, 3-cylinder, 891cc engine. (A straight three.)

The car, manufactured from 1953 to 1959 went by many names. It was the DKW 3=6, the DKW Sonderklasse, the DKW F91, and the DKW 900.

One would assume the 3=6 is in reference to the 3-cylinder car with seating for six. But, according to the Audi history site, "Three equals six! This simple mathematical equation greatly impressed the public. A three-cylinder two-stroke engine, since it has twice as many working strokes as a four-stroke engine, therefore benefits from a power flow as smooth as a six-cylinder four stroke."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Auto Union 1000 Sp Rally Car

Some artistic license was probably taken on this image -- making the "baby Thunderbird" look much faster than the 87mph top speed it was credited with.

Introduced in 1958, the sports version of the 4-seater Auto Union 1000 -- it boasted a 3-cylinder 981cc 2-stroke engine with a 4-speed gearbox. About 5,000 of the fixed-head coupe sports cars were manufactured between 1958 and 1965.

MINUTIA compared the 1000 Sp with the Ford Thunderbird back in March 2009.

Friday, March 18, 2011

New Morgan Trike: And Who Wouldn't Want One of These Little Beasts?

The new Morgan 3 Wheeler was introduced on March 1st at the Geneva Motorshow. Apparently the company has received more than 300 advance orders for the car. (It's amazing how much it looks like the original -- unlike the retro Mustang, Camaro or Challenger that Detroit has put out recently.)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Racing smart Cars...How Cool Would That Be?

It's a unclear how much these little cars "caught on" here in the States -- but the idea of a racing series with smart cars sounds like a great idea. (They are kind of built like a big crash helmet anyway. So...why not?)

I ran across this ad in the March 3rd issue of AUTOSPORT magazine. It really makes you wish you were in the UK. They have lots of fun with little cars over there.

Check out the 4two cup action.