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Here is Aurora's G4

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The Can-Am series really caught my imagination as a boy and remains an era I never tire of
 

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Hard to beat the decade from 1965 to 1975. Amazing cars and racing.

Note the field above.....absent the innovative Chapparals, the front half of the field is T70s or M1B/Cs. The backmarkers are a different lot...Genies, the Chinook, other sundries.
 

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The Bequet Delage photo is one of those action shots where you can feel the speed. The rear wheel looks to be distorting under the load and the front one is almost lifting from the ground. I wonder how many spokes broke on that run!

These days, I don't think its realised quite how much "give" there is in a wire wheel and just how it affects a car's handling. Colin Chapman was one of the first (and of course, Ferrari the last) to realise the benefits of stiff wheels with the Lotus wobblies, so that the contact patch position and spring rates were as per the suspension designers intent. It removed a variable from the design process.

Thanks for the thought provoking photo.
 

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If you look at the 24-litre Napier-Bentley in post 693 of this thread, you'll see plenty of rubber smoke. I recall that car lap after lap, year after year, spinning its rear wheels all the way from Woodcote on the old Silverstone Club Circuit to the Motor bridge two-thirds of the way down the old pit straight before Copse.
 

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A pic below of the North Curve of the AVUS circuit near Berlin. It was banked at an angle of 43 degrees.

In 1937, Bernd Rosemeyer lapped the circuit at an average speed of 171.6mph in the C-Type Auto-Union.
Ah yes, a familiar viewpoint for me. That pic was taken from the observation platform of the Funkturm radio tower just by the circuit. You're not supposed to stay up there for more than 30 mins. but the guy in charge gave up trying to move me on after I'd re-appeared three times on the trot while watching a club meeting at the Avus in 1978.
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Sadly the 'new' North Curve is/was a mere shadow of the 1937 version as it was somewhat less banked. But it was still fast!
 

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Thanks for that marvellous picture above, Kit. A wonderful shot that takes me back to so many happy times mooching around Germany years ago. All that important motor racing history, yet today the German GP seems to be constantly in doubt. Makes no sense to me.
 
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