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Here's a long-forgotten car. Made at Brooklands the Multi-Union was the idea of test pilot, Chris Staniland, and built as a special around mainly Alfa Tipo B parts. I saw it arrive in the paddock on a few occasions at VSCC events, but it rarely got much further.

I'm told it was rebuilt as a Tipo B a few years ago because, as a pre War Alfa, it's worth lots more money. A pity. Another bit of British history down the pan.
 

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A pic below of an old chum, Ted Widgery, taken on the VSCC's Welsh Trial some 20 years ago. He was competing with Hamish Moffatt in the latter's Brescia Bugatti during dreadful weather.

Car and occupants were plastered in thick mud for two days, so I delighted in telling Widge and Moffatt they they looked like a pair of idiots but of course, everything's relative. Two days later Widgery arrived at my house wearing a gas mask. I've still no idea what he had to say because he left without having removed it.
 

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From The Autocar, 1960, a fairly early example of Sir Christopher Cockerell's hovercraft - referred to as a Cushioncraft. Cockerell's first successful outing with this exciting new invention came a year earlier with a flight across the English Channel exactly 50 years after Bleriot made the first successful attempt by aircraft.
 

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Thanks for the vid, Keith. I used to cross the Channel on hovercraft a lot at one time. Fabulous way to travel but, alas, their fuel consumption was their undoing, and they were shelved.
 

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I can remember when they were going to be the saviour of everyone, farmers would use them for getting over muddy fields, they'd be used for quick travel over snow and the army landing craft of the future going straight up the beach. I even had a working model/toy hovercraft.
 

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I crossed the Channel three times on the hovercraft service. Uncomfortable seating and as noisy as a helicopter. Quick though, so best way to cross at the time. That was confirmed on one return journey when we arrived early at the French port and were offered a switch to the new catamaran. It was quite luxurious but was essentially a boat so docking and embarking included all the related seaman paraphernalia with ropes and by the time we were able to drive off, the hovercraft cars were at Canterbury!

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I did some work on the SeaSpeed SRN4s in the 70s, as well as riding aboard them, SRN5s and 6s, and on the singular SRN 2 once.

Riding back and forth across the Channel while taking hydraulic oil samples in a windowless APU bay right next to a 300 hp turbine APU wasn't the most comfortable job I ever did.......
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No indeed Kit. Channel hovercraft were noisy and seeing through the scratched windows was virtually impossible due to spray, but I loved them. Just 35-40 mins to cross and just a little time longer before being decanted onto the beach.

Most important, they provided the right crowd without crowding. Drunken, noisy yobs that sometimes feature on ferry ships were always absent on hovercraft.
 

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I have their Pantera both as a road car and a group 5 racer, the road car is one of my favourite cars, it looks fast in the box.

Fingers crossed ScaleAuto also do the Mangusta,its a great looking car.
 

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3DP, of course, Chappyman, is the answer. I keep forgetting that this new technology is providing so many solutions to difficult problems. Now, and in the future, I suppose it will be possible to print a model of just about anything.

As an oldie I still marvel at the tech that enables all of us to communicate, instantaneously, with each other on this Forum, and feel very lucky to be living through this extraordinary age of such enormous discovery.

It is truly another golden epoch.
 

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As it's F1 weekend....

Two flying Scots

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and a quote from a team mate of both

Despite the hype surrounding the race, in his position as title favourite Hill wrote of the camaraderie among the drivers on the day before the grand prix.

"I have known and raced against Jim Clark and John Surtees for five years," he wrote in the Daily Express. "Although we may give the appearance of being deadly enemies once the flag has dropped, we are in fact good friends.

"There is a very high sporting code in grand prix racing. We, all of us, at some time or another, put our lives in the other chap's hands: In any tight situation our life will depend on the other man's skill and this knowledge means there has to be a rigid code of chivalry among us."

That said, Hill admitted that: "The world championship is worth far more than money: to win it is the ambition of every grand prix driver."
 

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