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The Railton Special sans body work. Powered by two supercharged Napier Lion W12 engines. It was the first ground vehicle to break 400 mph in a measured test. On 16 September 1947 John Cobb averaged 394.19 mph (385.6mph & 403.1mph) over the measured mile in both directions to take the world land speed record.

Getting ready...

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Nearly there...

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Go...!

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http://claspgarage.blogspot.com/2013/09/railton-mobil-special.html

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On 20/02/2021 at 12:51, JeeExEll said:

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Check out the rusty sill.

Chickenwire + glassfibre + brushed on black underseal = sorted m8.

Just don't pull too hard on the seatbelt if you want to wear it.

Late registration too, one of the last on a K-plate.  What a cool old thing, I'd lose the roof air-horn though.

As a child I remember our local butcher having one.

Chicken wire in the sills? Luxury. My 16 was newspaper plus fibreglass and underseal, before they *had* to be replaced.

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See also: Mk. II Cortina, Mk. IV Zephyr/Zodiac...

As a kid I remember seeing someone's car - I don't think it was a Ford (BICBW) at a junction visible from my bedroom window and it had indeed come to a halt with the suspension tops peering up at the sky, much to the owner's embarrassment...

24 Cranbourn Street is the address of https://www.spaghettihouse.co.uk/restaurants/cranbourn-street

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14 hours ago, R1152 said:

Wonder where that is exactly? The pre-74 R16 would appear to have Paris plates on it...

The van is Dutch registered and looking at the wording in McD's that appears to be in Dutch as well.  Given the bicycles and trams in the distance Amsterdam ?

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Who’s in control here? Jawa produced a dual-control trainer motorcycle in 1949, and was probably the only manufacturer to build such a machine. Because, who wants to learn to ride with a passenger hung way out past the rear axle? But Jawa claimed a newbie could learn to ride in 30 minutes. Instructor Bill Hynes demonstrates to Vivian Kennedy. Needs some air in the front tyre.

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Micklefield Estate, High Wycombe, 1983.

Compare and contrast.

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32 minutes ago, martc said:

Who’s in control here? Jawa produced a dual-control trainer motorcycle in 1949, and was probably the only manufacturer to build such a machine.

I saw a few dual control trainer bikes in Paris years ago, never seen them anywhere else - are they still a thing?  IIRC the rear bars on those were not connected to the steering though.

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Going very fast indeed is always cool but it was at its best when collars, ties and sensible footwear was involved. Sure we can all love the new stuff but you just wish they would ditch the branded polo shirts and go back to stout brogues.

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Easily the best looking wheels ever fitted to an LSR car.

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Crikey, it was big.

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And just because I didn't know much about this car, here is an effort from the Germans. Note the rather stout transmission. Thunderbolt's gearbox was something again but decent pictures of it are hard to come by.

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16 hours ago, Mr Pastry said:

I saw a few dual control trainer bikes in Paris years ago, never seen them anywhere else - are they still a thing?  IIRC the rear bars on those were not connected to the steering though.

Can't find anything on the Parisan dual control bikes, but the crazy Czechs are still at it - soz not B&W - https://www.johns-blog.com/?p=591

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To appease the B&W gods, here's another pic of the Jawa

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