1 month ago
This Old Timer was given to be by my father over 25 years ago. It was old even then. It's definitely seen better days but this is what I consider my first real knife. It also was the first liner lock I had ever encountered. With this knife i taught myself how to sharpen, how to not cut myself, and how important carrying a knife actually is. It is beat to hell and probably worthless in monetary value but to me more valuable than any other that I have. It is in fact the most important knife i own and most sentimental object I own.
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1 month ago
Continuing my series on the heroes of the Group B era, and tying in with a reader request, comes this car. The MG Metro 6R4, British Leyland’s Group B monster.
In 1980, British Leyland Motorsport retired their famous TR7 V8 from competition, just as Audi were entering the field with the four-wheel drive quattro model for the following season. Rear-wheel drive wouldn’t be a viable option anymore, and so BL had to go back to the drawing board to stay competitive. John Davenport approached Williams GP Engineering, and together they drew up plans for a car that combined the four-wheel drive benefit of the Audi and the mid-engined balance of the Renault 5 Turbo. Despite partially resembling the ordinary Metro, the 6R4 was entirely bespoke, with aggressive GRP aerodynamics, a wider track and a completely different chassis – it was a homologation special. The obvious engine choice seemed the ‘ol faithful Rover V8, but it wouldn’t fit, so a decision was made to literally cut out two cylinders and weld the block back together! With a few upgrades, it made 250 bhp.
The 6R4 (standing for six-cylinder, rear-engine, four-wheel drive) appeared in competition at the 1984 York National Rally, taking fastest times on eight stages, before retiring. Development continued, but all they needed was the engine to replace the ‘bodge-job’ they created. Not wanting it to be turbocharged, ex-Cosworth engineer David Wood developed a DOHC V6 with four valves per cylinder, that produced 250 bhp in ‘Clubman’ form (the kind sold as production cars), and between around 400 bhp in ‘International’ tune. Its true debut was at the 1985 Lombard RAC Rally, where it finished 3rd at the hands of Tony Pond, but this would not last. A lot of 6R4s retired from races, and the FIA’s ban on Group B midway through the 1986 season would kill its chances of seeing success - 6R4s were successful in smaller rallies and rallycross events, however. Austin Rover withdrew from rallying after this, and the following year the parts and engines were sold to TWR (read my post on the Jaguar XJ220 for more), with only around 205 examples built. 📷: @_moto_fox_
1 month ago
Citroen Traction Avant 1934–1957
1025–1170 kg 130 km/h
1,3–2,9 Liter 46-78PS (34-57kW)
Traction Avant (deutsch „Vorderradantrieb“) ist die geläufige Bezeichnung für die ersten vorderradangetriebenen Citroen-Serienmodelle.
Der TA gehört zu den ersten Wagen mit selbsttragenden Karosserien. Dadurch waren sie leichter und hatten einen tiefer liegenden Schwerpunkt als die Konkurrenten. Durch den Einbau des Motors hinter und dem Getriebe vor der Vorderachse wurde eine gute Lastverteilung erreicht. Die Höchstgeschwindigkeit des Fahrzeuges betrug 130 km/h.
Er wurde auch als „Gangsterlimousine“ bekannt, was an seiner hervorragenden Straßenlage lag, denn damit eignete er sich der Legende nach zum idealen Fluchtfahrzeug seiner Zeit.
Nachfolgemodell Citroën DS
Citroen Traction Avant 1934-1957
1025-1170 kg 130 km/h
1.3-2.9 liters 46-78hp (34-57kW)
Traction Avant (German "front-wheel drive") is the common name for the first front-wheel drive Citroen production models.
The TA is one of the first cars with self-supporting bodies. As a result, they were lighter and had a lower center of gravity than the competitors. By installing the engine behind and the gearbox in front of the front axle, a good load distribution was achieved. The maximum speed of the vehicle was 130 km/h.
He was also known as a "gangster sedan", which was due to its excellent road holding, because he was, according to legend, the ideal escape vehicle of his time.
Successor Citroen DS
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1 month ago
Happy Birthday you hammock loving coffee drinking man! #oldtimer
1 month ago
Badge engineering. As small British carmakers got subsumed into larger companies, there was a reluctance to get rid of old familiar marques. Instead, conglomerates like Rootes and BMC made one model, but gave it different badges, often with a different grille and trim. The brand chaos was almost insurmountable. It multiplied logistics, marketing and production costs for virtually identical cars. Even the dealerships were separate. This car, ADO16, was marketed under six different brands. Badge engineering sort of made sense in a conservative British market familiar with obscure marques; but such an eccentric strategy did not stand a chance on the export market. The attempt to create a British General Motors with British Leyland in 1968 made things worse: almost 100 companies and 40 factories produced different marques and components. Rover competed with Jaguar, and Triumph with MG. Internal relations were so bad that brands would try to sabotage each other’s projects. BL did try to rationalise things, but slowly and haphazardly. This would have been a tall order at the best of times, but in the fractious and violent British seventies, with inflation, strikes, fuel shortages and even rationed electricity, it was almost impossible. All this led to BL going bankrupt in 1975. Now that car conglomerates are back in fashion, I wonder if BL was ahead of its time in some way. Under different circumstances and with much better management and industrial relations, perhaps the BL story could have been different.