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#1 David Beard

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 20:01

There haven't been too many front wheel drive racing cars, have there?
Two for starters........

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Any more for any more?

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#2 Doug Nye

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 20:05

Nice pix David - there's also a well-known Swedish marque - pioneering monocoque chassis construction in single-seater racing cars...

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#3 byrkus

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 20:20

Saab, maybe?

#4 Gerr

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 20:28

Lots of Millers, Moore's Blue Crowns, the first Novi's, DB Panhards, Walter Christie's cars.

#5 David McKinney

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 20:48

...1920s Alvises....

#6 Ray Bell

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 20:57

Construction commenced by Bill Buckle, completed by Don Wright...

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Amazing what you can do with a Light 15...

Yet this predated it by nearly twenty years....

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#7 David Beard

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 21:27

Nice site for Bond info...

http://web.ukonline......cing cars.htm

#8 David Beard

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 21:31

Originally posted by Ray Bell
Construction commenced by Bill Buckle, completed by Don Wright...

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Amazing what you can do with a Light 15...


Was Ron Tauranac involved? ( ref. letter from Bill Buckle in recent Classic & Sportscar)

#9 Ray Bell

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 21:57

Originally posted by David Beard
Was Ron Tauranac involved? ( ref. letter from Bill Buckle in recent Classic & Sportscar)


No... vide the story about this car in MRA Jan/Feb 2002...

Charlie Buck welded up the chassis on this one. Buck was later involved with Buckle in building the Buckle coupes, which were powered by Zephyr engines.

Ron Tauranac was involved in that project.

#10 Rainer Nyberg

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 22:27

The large engine capacity FWD Christie discussed in an earlier thread...

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#11 VAR1016

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 22:48

Originally posted by David McKinney
...1920s Alvises....


Does anyone have pictures of the 1926/7 straight-eight FWD twin-cam Alvis?

I have seen one photo which shows a bizarre car with a flat front carrying a large ALVIS badge.

Another of the undoubtedly talented Smith-Clarke's eccentricities?

It is worth remembering however, that Alvis was the first with a series-production front-wheel drive car, pre-dating Citroen by three or four years. (First with an all-synchro gearbox too).

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#12 Vitesse2

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Posted 11 September 2002 - 23:30

Originally posted by VAR1016


Does anyone have pictures of the 1926/7 straight-eight FWD twin-cam Alvis?

I have seen one photo which shows a bizarre car with a flat front carrying a large ALVIS badge.

Another of the undoubtedly talented Smith-Clarke's eccentricities?

It is worth remembering however, that Alvis was the first with a series-production front-wheel drive car, pre-dating Citroen by three or four years. (First with an all-synchro gearbox too).

PdeRL :smoking:


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#13 dbw

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Posted 12 September 2002 - 05:39

the alvis front end seems very miller like[ double tube de dion.. quad leading quarter eliptic leaf springs]..as i recall, the factory four and eight cyl supercharged alvis's had double transverse leaf springs in front...could this special have used the remains of gwenda stewarts miller front drive 91?? the late bob sutherland sent me some photos of a miller front drive front and rear axle assembly he had found in the UK..very much no longer attached to the miller for quite a long time...any connection?.....oh, don't forget the miller-fords.....


uhhhh.....how 'bout REAL mini coopers!!!!! :wave:

#14 Henri Greuter

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Posted 12 September 2002 - 06:23

Don't forget the late 30's Adler's at Le Mans.
No F1, I know but still....

Same category, Was the mid sixties Mini Marcos at Le Mans also FWD?


At Indy there were two more FWD cars entered in the late 40's and 1950 besides the Blue Crown and the Novi. After being fired from the Blue Crown team in '49, Mauri Rose drove one such car, entered by Howard Keck as te Pennzoil Spcl to third place, behind his former well beloved teammate Bill Holland..... Have forgotten who built those two cars and who ran the other one.


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Posted 12 September 2002 - 09:37

Don't forget Tracta. They managed to score some Le Mans top 10 finishes, IIRC.