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#1 Magoo

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 19:49

Here's the latest incredible cutaway feature by Tony Matthews, the 1984 Lotus 95T. Many of the famed F1 constructor's innermost secrets are for the first time revealed, including what the gold leaf really was and the true identity of the Beast of Ketteringham.



Tony Matthews Cutaway: the Lotus 95T | Mac's Motor City Garage.com


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#2 Tony Matthews

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 21:03

Just in case anyone finds the tale of 'The Beast of Ketteringham' a bit far-fetched, I am posting the relevant negatives. The film started out as a complete, 36-odd strip, and the photographs in question were adjacent, it was only later that the film was chopped into handleable lengths - so you have to imagine me working my way along the film, my eye only an inch or so from the frames. This made the sudden, double appearance of 'The Beast' even more alarming.

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#3 John Brundage

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 22:02

Have you tried starting a new thread on the Nostalgia forum, Help IDing this Beast?
I am always amazed at how someone can usually ID just about anything submitted.
The dark spot on the right cheek may provide a clue. :)
As usual the detail in your work is absolutely beautiful! Please keep it coming.

#4 Tony Matthews

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 22:04

The dark spot might have been the transit of Venus, John. Thank you for your kind comments.

#5 Magoo

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:31

Here's the latest incredible cutaway feature by Tony Matthews, the 1984 Lotus 95T. Many of the famed F1 constructor's innermost secrets are for the first time revealed, including what the gold leaf really was and the true identity of the Beast of Ketteringham.



Tony Matthews Cutaway: the Lotus 95T | Mac's Motor City Garage.com


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In spotlighting the Beast of Ketteringham, I may have done a disservice to the rest of Tony's essay. There's also a very interesting description of the composite tub construction.


#6 mariner

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 13:58

If you are on this forum you probbaly know this anyway but:-

The formula used to work out how much to remove out of honeycomb panel using the Lotus 95 " cut and fold " technique is 2.pi.t.x/360. where t is the panel thickness and x is the required bending angle ( courtesy "successful composite deisgn" by peter noakes p92).

Before anybody starts cutting I think I've typed the formula correctly using only one line!



#7 Tony Matthews

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 15:47

And here is the diagram I did for Peter Wright's 'F1 Technology', still selling, albeit slowly now. I should have checked this before I wrote the T95 piece, then I would have got the core material right!

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#8 Magoo

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:52

Just in case anyone finds the tale of 'The Beast of Ketteringham' a bit far-fetched, I am posting the relevant negatives. The film started out as a complete, 36-odd strip, and the photographs in question were adjacent, it was only later that the film was chopped into handleable lengths - so you have to imagine me working my way along the film, my eye only an inch or so from the frames. This made the sudden, double appearance of 'The Beast' even more alarming.

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Honestly, who would ever doubt you for a second?


#9 Tony Matthews

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:37

Honestly, who would ever doubt you for a second?

Women.

#10 Magoo

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 15:55

Women.


Sure, but not about this.


#11 Magoo

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 00:17

For your convenience, all the Tony Matthews cutaway stories featured at Mac's Motor City Garage.com so far, as a collection:


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And here are links to all the cutaway features individually:


Maserati 250F

Williams FW07

Honda Accord BTCC

Ilmor Chevrolet 265A Indy engine

Williams FW14

Auburn 851 Speedster

Buick Ilmor Indy V8 Never-Was

1994 Penske PC23


Chevy Ilmor 265B Indy engine

Penske 8760 Series damper

Lotus 95T Renault


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#12 kento11

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:06

now there's a racing car

#13 mariner

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 16:14

Tony Matthews - you have a PM

#14 Tony Matthews

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 16:18

mariner - so have you. What a coincidence!