|Unusual Class 2 car
If Class 1 was almost entirely dominated by eastern Bloc competitors then Class 2 showed a much wider range of cars and competitors. Most cars were of a similar design, but occasionally someone came up with something a bit different. Alexander Weiner was one such, machining his pans from bar stock with a flat bottom and square sides. The all enveloping bodywork gave it a unique appearance although the flat bottom would cause what the Americans call a 'blowover' if too much wind got underneath. Weiner won the European Championship in 1993 resulting in the sale of a few of these unusual cars, but unfortunately we understand that he died in an accident just a few years later, so that these are very rare indeed.
Gianni Mattea has three that he still runs and there are a couple in
Sweden including Weiner's own car. The car illustrated was owned and
run very successfully by Wilfrid Sott from Germany in the late 90s
and into the next decade and features something seldom seen on a
2.5cc car, an exhaust valve. It is still registered to Sott, the
Swedish decoration is a spurious addition.
If anyone can provide any further information about Weiner it would be
very much appreciated.
It is widely believed that the Olivers based their first engine, the Battleaxe, on the Swiss Dyno. This could well be one of their very earliest, as the bottom half is definitely Oliver, but the cylinder and fins look very much like original Dyno, particularly the restricted movement of the compression screw within the machined sector on the head. Production Battleaxes seem to have used a pin to restrict the screw, much easier to fit after setting up the motor. In addition, this motor has just one, tiny exhaust port on the left hand side, whereas twin ports as on the Dyno seemed to become standard. A very rare engine indeed and probably fills in a gap in the early history of the Oliver concern? Thanks to Miles Patience for this item and photos. November 2022
This, lovely 1930s hydro, has been in the same
family for many years up in Scotland. As yet it has not been
possible to identify who built it, but the four stroke motor shows
elements of design and engineering that put it a cut above the more
usual commercial engines of the period. The current owner has
completed an extensive renovation of the hull and motor and has had
the engine running on the bench after a great deal of work. He has
also produced a very detailed diary and photo record of the work but
has not been tempted to run the boat free on a loch as it did on its
last outing, many years ago. His record of the renovation now forms the basis of an
|Jim Dean's 1956 5cc car
For 1956, Jim Dean built two 5cc cars, a
Moore/ZN spur drive in GRP that remains something of a mystery and this Dooling
powered bevel car from a ZN pan. Several of Jim's cars featured this
trailing link suspension system as well as his own take on the cut
off, which was mounted between the motor and the tank and came out
in unit with the engine. Although photographed and described, the
car had remained, unidentified in a private collection for many
Unfortunately, it was not until the research was done into
Jim's cars and racing early in 2022 that it
was realised how significant this car was, but by then it had been
sold and has again vanished without trace. Full details of this and
Jim's other cars are in May 1956 Model Maker.
|Another 'Moore Special'
Until the arrival of the
commercial ZN spur and bevel drive 5cc cars the class was dominated
by Ivy Moore with her original Moore Special
and any number of similar cars built by individuals, as the pans all
had to be formed by hand. The Dooling 29 was the motor of choice, as
in this example, but what is different here is that the body is a GRP
moulding, rather than hand beaten aluminium. There is a possibility
that this may have been another car from Jim Dean's stable as it
matches the description of a car he was working on before adopting
the ZN bevel drive pans.
|Roger Haydock's Planet 61
This 10cc car was built entirely by Roger Haydock of the Blackpool Club. The motor is unusual for the period
in having a tail shaft for an ignition system, although there is
provision for a conventional timer on the front of the engine. The
system was inside a built up unit so no idea could be gleaned of how
it worked. The engine does not follow any existing design of the
period, and again how the induction system worked can only be
guessed at. Eight head screws again unusual, either then or now.
Ivan Prior IVY
Ivan Prior was notable for the live steam locos
he produced, but in the late 80s and into the 90s he started
producing replica Oliver tethered car kits, engines and parts. The
shortage of twinshaft engines led to him offering this motor based
on PAW components priced at £130 as an alternative to a replica of
the Oliver Jaguar at £240. Although Ivan passed on all his tethered car
interests to the Retro Racing Club in the mid 90s, production of
the IVY and Jaguar ceased at that point. The invoice is dated March
1994 when it was sold to a member of the Retro Club.
|Super Tigre G60 car ME feature in 1978||Bill Bennett car, Yellow Jacket power||Bill Bennett's cars at Mote Park|
|Tony Higgins' cars
Amongst the huge collection of cars that the
late Tony Higgins acquired were the, as yet unidentified G60 car and
Bill Bennett's number 7 car. Bill was one of a small group of
enthusiasts in the UK that carried on running cars, following the
collapse of official racing at the end of the 1950s. Racing
continued at Mote Park Maidstone for many years where the #7 car was
credited with a new absolute record of 167mph. This was clearly a
lap scoring and timekeeping error as the true speed of the car would
have been a more realistic 133mph. Both cars were sold on ebay
in the US in March 2021.
This is the medal awarded to the MPBA by NAVIGA for organising the 1975 European Model Power Boat Championships. Until the 1980s, every NAVIGA class shared the same event, which put a huge burden on the organising country.
Unfortunately, and for the second time in forty years, all the MPBA archive material was destroyed, so this is all that remains of the week in August 1975 when the very best modellers in Europe congregated at Welwyn Garden City.
Thanks to Peter Hill for this item March 2022
A 'real' Yellow Jacket
Edvard Stelling and other members of his
family used to make regular trips from Lithuania to race in
Sweden and it appears that cars used to get 'left behind'? This
could be why there is never a builders name attributed to the
cars in the entry and results lists? Oblique lighting revealed the racing number that led us to Bjorn Larsson who
raced the car in the 80s. The car is from Stelling with an AFA
1.5cc motor and is now just on forty years old but apart from
not having damped suspension it could pass for a current car.
Unraced since around 1985 it has been meticulously restored but
not registered again.