Saturday, 31 July 2010

Green on Red

99% of my pans were properly framed - this one was perfect, except I didn't have the whole car. So I got arty!

Friday, 30 July 2010

More Red Racing

The 2.5 litre straight six in the legendary Maserati 250F GP car. Twin cams, two plugs per cylinder, 280 bhp at 8000 rpm.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Red Racer

Ann liked the simple colour.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Les Camions les plus vites du Monde

I can't think what the French were talking about vis-a-vis the Bentleys when their Berliet cars looked like this. Nowadays, of course, they make only lorries. This restored chassis has an 8.25 litre aero engine. Note the exposed valve gear, and the exposed camshaft (just above the exhaust valves) - everything would have been covered in castor oil.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Italian Style

Maserati at speed.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Blower Bentley

Images of an icon from the Classic Car Races at Silverstone this weekend. The supercharged Bentley won Le Mans five times, and the French called it the "fastest lorry in the world". Are they sore losers or are they sore losers?

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Southern Martlet

Built at Shoreham in Sussex.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Miss Kenya

One of only three de Havilland 51s built. Two went to Kenya, and this one came back. V8 engine, four-bladed prop - looks and sounds magnificent.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Hawker Line-up

Demon in the foreground, Hind in the background. Where was one of the Nimrods?

Sunday, 18 July 2010


As dusk falls over Old Warden, the Bristol Boxkite has landed, while the Avro Triplane is on short finals, steady as a rock in the hands of a frightfully keen chap.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Tutor 7

Fast and folding are OK, but beauty is something else.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Spartan Executive

This aircraft was an executive express made in the mid-Thirties. It has a 300 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior engine, and is fast. It looks and sounds like a T-6 (same inward-folding undercart) and handles well.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Cloudster engine

Having said that Rearwin aircraft were powered by Ken-Royce engines, closer inspection of G-EVLE's motor reveals that it is a Warner Scarab, a 125 bhp aero-engine of comparable vintage to the Cloudster.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

View from the Bridge

The Americans call their aircraft ships. This is Sally B's bridge, taken on a small compact camera.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Sally B

What are the chances of all four props being at the same point at the same time?

Monday, 12 July 2010

Bird Dog

The Cessna O-1 was a spotter aircraft used in Vietnam. Here it is slow flying, with the barn door flaps being compensated for by high engine power, hence the rudder deflection.

Saturday, 10 July 2010


Barton Pits this morning. 400mm lens, 1/2000 @ f/8, manual exposure, manual focus.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Rearwin 8125 Cloudster

Rearwin Aircraft was founded in 1928 by Ray Rearwin; his sons Ken and Royce built the engines. This model had 125bhp, cruised at 125mph for 625 miles (7 gph), had a ceiling of 17,000 feet and landed at 48 mph. Impressive stats, but not the most beautiful aircraft ever seen.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Super Cub

Its tundra tyres make it look like a model aeroplane.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010


Actually, the Lysander was peeling off from echelon starboard ...

Monday, 5 July 2010

Tutor 6

As well as the Americans, my favourite aircraft was flying!

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Independence Day

Americans at Old Warden. Nice to see 'Sally B' back in the air.

Saturday, 3 July 2010

Cortina Twin Cam

The first high-revving sports car for the masses, with a Lotus twin cam head mated to a 1500cc Ford block.