Sunday, October 14, 2018

Pipes galore.

Talking, below, about all those cylinders etc., what do you make of this engine from Repco?

A while ago now.

Paul Halstead was building this 16 cylinder supercar.
I wonder how that's going.

Great photo!

Pat and the Mk.3 (Elgaram) at Rob Roy.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Getting comfortable in a Willaston carport.

The ex-Allan Davison drag car has settled in nicely and looks the goods on its original wheels picked up in Canberra as it awaits its LONG TERM restoration.
It will be due to have a 302 Windsor as it used to race and possibly dispense with that horrible scoop that it never raced with.

This is how it used to look in its VooDoo and Challenger liveries.
Now that Dave has sold it to Greg it may give him some time to  get stuck into one of his 3 Buchanans.

An interesting course of events.

To me there is no doubt that the car really is the Gp.4 chassis number 2263 resurrected as  a road car at a later date. Similarly the Alan Hanns, Steve Webb or Ranald Maclurkin race Nagaris are still B8/57, B8/07 and B8/38 despite now being turned into road cars. We have also seen pranged Nagaris and the odd Mk.7 re-emerge with the Fibrecar touch but that's a long time ago now. Where it gets really naughty is something like the knobbly Lister that popped up in Australia and representing itself as one that already exists in the UK.

OK all you drag racing historians!

A recent request from a lady on our facebook page:-

Hi I've recently come to own a Buchanan body and I'm hoping you may be able to point me in the right direction for more info on it?
What type of info?

Anything. Type of chasiss Running gear. How to identify exactly what it is and was
We were told it used to race as Tantrum

PLease help.

Favourite 3-wheelers No. 37

The Goliath Pioneer by Borgward.

Making a fabric body.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Virtual? Does this mean the car doesn't really exist?

Holden showcases radical Bathurst time attack concept

From Tom Howard via
GM Holden has designed a radical time attack concept race car to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the marque’s first Bathurst win in 1968.
Conceived by GM Holden’s design team, the car was developed entirely virtually, using sophisticated simulation technology and driven by the world-class expertise within its Melbourne design studio.
Holden has focussed the design around achieving pure one lap pace with the company claiming the concept could theoretically lap Mount Panorama in 1:29.30s, more than 30 seconds faster than the current outright lap record, and reach speeds of 480km/h.
The entirely carbon fibre chassis is powered by four 254kW electric motors which could produce 1340 horsepower.
It was developed with technical input from GM Holden’s engineering team and the final design was validated with a digitally-printed 3D model.
“The technology we employ today has transformed the way we design cars,” said GM Holden’s Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo.
“We have the ability to simulate a car’s appearance, technology and dynamics in convincing animations, which enables us to deliver better designs in a shorter time.
“A large part of our work is Advanced Design and we use this technology to develop concept designs for our parent company, General Motors.
“This concept is a digital advertisement for the advanced skills, capability and technology of the GM Holden team.”
Fans will get to see a virtual lap being completed by the car during Saturday’s broadcast from the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
This weekend’s race sees Holden celebrate a maiden Bathurst victory delivered by Bruce McPhee and Barry Mulholland in an HK Monaro back in 1968.
Holden Concept Technical Specifications
900 kilograms (without driver)
Simulated Mount Panorama Lap Time: 1:29.30
0-100km/h: 1.25 sec
Top Speed: 480km/h
Maximum Lateral G-Force: 6.5G
Maximum Braking G-Force: 6G
250kW Axial Flux Permanent Magnet Electric Motor Drives x 4 (Inboard mounted)
Total output – 1000kW (1Megawatt) / 1340HP
3240Nm Total Motor Torque
5000RPM Maximum Revolutions
Enables full programmable Torque Vectoring Traction Control at each corner
3-Speed Planetary Automatic Shift Gearboxes x 4
Ratios 1st 2.97:1, 2nd 1.7:1, 3rd 1:1
First gear ratio enables 9620Nm total axle torque at launch
Gearbox casing integrated into Chassis structure
Power Source:
Reconfigurable Graphene Hybrid Power Pack
1MW power output, 90MJ Usable Charge Capacity
Fast Recharge: Fully recharged in 90 seconds (1000kW, 800V, 1250A)
Motor Cooling:
Longitudinal Heat Exchangers x 2
Liquid-to-Gas Phase Change Cooling, low drag, full pass-through
Carbon/Carbon Hydraulic Discs x 4
Electrical Heating of pad and rotor in pits and on out-lap to conserve energy
Full Regenerative capability on all axles, can provide up to 2.0G braking force
Carbon Fibre composite with cellulose Honeycomb Core
Full Integrated safety cell and crash structure, utilising stressed powertrain components
Carbon Fibre Double Wishbone all-round, aerodynamically engineered profiles
Titanium CNC’d Uprights with bushed underbody mounts
Pushrod / bellcrank activated Hydraulic Active Suspension Actuators. Computer controlled programmable ride height adjustment, anti-dive, anti-squat, anti-roll
Electric Power Steering
Carbon-Fibre/Kevlar Composite panels with Polycarbonate Graphene Coated Upper
Full Carbon Fibre / Kevlar Composite quad-venturi underbody, with flexible co-moulded membranes at Body and Chassis junctions
Underbody is structurally mounted to Suspension uprights at all 4 corners, enabling full aero load to be applied directly to each wheel
Torsional twist capability enables underbody to maintain consistent relationship to ground even with extreme road camber change
310/700 R18 Slick tires all round
Carbon Fibre Composite Rims
Active Wheel Fairings support low drag or brake cooling positions
Wheel Fairing supported by a Kevlar/Elastane woven skin enabling consistent low drag performance whilst supporting full wheel steering and suspension movement
Low Frontal Area with all powertrain components on centre-line in Driver’s frontal area ‘shadow’
Full Active Downforce Generation via Ground Effects technology
Ultra-high Downforce levels achieved via electrically powered Cyclo-gyro fans
Rubber Skirts control air-bleed and enhance Ground Effect
4 Individually controllable Fans accelerate airflow through 4 venturi tunnels to enhance downforce at lower speeds
Fans enable programmable and constantly tuneable centre-of-pressure
Cyclo-gyro fans with actuated blades enabling variable thrust direction and force
Fans powered by 4 Switch Reluctance Motors (SRM), each up to 50kW, 50,000rpm, 92% efficient
Hydraulically actuated variable-position rear wing with air-braking capability
Lift-drag Ratio of underbody aero components in excess of 90:1
Front Lighting:
Active Matrix Laser Units with yellow ‘Endurance’ Tint
Rear Lighting:
LED Matrix display – programmable pixels
Driver Assistance:
Augmented Reality Helmet: 3D graphics projected onto helmet visor to enable graphics overlay in real-time. Essential technical information provided in addition to racing line and braking zone benchmarks.
Integrated full steering wheel inputs to control all mechanical and aerodynamic systems via presets.
Six Point safety harness.
Telemetry and Camera mast to enable constant uplink and data transmission and in-car filming

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Not to be missed.

Celebration of an Australian icon - 50th Anniversary of the Bolwell Nagari at VHRR Phillip Island Classic March 8-10 2019.

We are in a great time for Bolwells, the first Bolwell Car Club was established in 1968 and we are celebrating 50 years of the club, plus, next year we will be celebrating 50 years of the Bolwell Nagari. It has become a focus for all things Bolwell - not only the Nagari. So we are keen to hear from anyone that has an interest, owns a car, been a past owner, or maybe had a friend or family member own one, maybe they worked on them, maybe you know where one is.

Why highlight this event early? Well, we understand in these busy times that people may need some time to organise - potentially a car has been in the garage for a few years too long - well now is a great time to look at getting the car out and join what will be one of the largest contingent of Bolwells ever assembled!!! It's a celebration, not a fashion contest, so bring your car so that you and others can enjoy it. We have cars already coming from all over Australia to the event. The location - Phillip Island Historics, March 8-10 2019 and Bolwell will be one of the "Marques of the Meeting". As such there will be "once in a lifetime activities" available for the Bolwells present to participate in (Premier display areas, display laps on the track, photographs on the track, chance to meet Campbell and Graham Bolwell, there may even be a new model Bolwell on display, cheaper entry, etc. etc.). So dust off your car, your memories, your old photos and lets really enjoy the event together. If you are interested or thinking about attending please email . Remember it's not only owners that will enjoy the event but all those that have experiences to share. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the event.  

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Extreme Eureka.

The last one has a bit of beach buggy thrown into the mix.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Nagari Cleveland style original headers.

is anyone in need of a replacement set of extractors like the "original style"? I am aware 
of a couple of people that want sets. If there is interest there may be options to make a 
small run and hopefully get the costs down. If so please confirm what cylinder heads 
are being used and let me know without delay.
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Original headers would very well be more than 45 years old now.