I don't know if this boxed set of five DVDs is still available, but it's worth seeking out. 'Magische Momente' is docu-drama with historic footage mixed in. The actor who portrays Neubauer is excellent.
I had the good fortune to see Goldenrod when it was exhibited at the UK Hot Rod Nationals at Knebworth in 2002. It was accompanied by Bill Summers and it was great to speak with one of my heroes.
Looking at the cockpit I would not have wanted to sit in it even when stationary, let alone at 400 mph - claustrophibic or what! The steering wheel bolts on so it is impossible to get out without a spanner and some time.
The record they set is one of the longest unbroken in ANY sport. Bob Summers, the driver, lived on for many years until dying from natural causes.
I always had a fascination with the tiddlers of the smaller capacity classes where seemingly impossible speeds were extracted from small engines. Here are a couple of classics.
The Pumpkin Seed
and Wee Wee Eel
I agree that it's a pity we can't really use these cars as slot models in their proper environment as it would be a totally new challenge for all of us to see just how quick we could make them go. There would certainly be some spectacular pile ups in the process.
As I recall there was an LSR proxy a few years ago that ran in a gym or warehouse or something like that.
You could probably make a segmented routed track pretty easily if you really wanted to do it. Set up and tear down would be interesting, but drag strips are widely built in the US.
I think that unless it was about 100 metres long, it would still be a dragstrip. The cars would have to reach their genuine maximum speed. I would relish the challenge though. Anyone with a very long shed (disused factory perhaps) that can be used?
1962. 'Twas 60 years ago. Most will remember it as the year of the Cuban Missiles' Crisis, Marilyn Monroe's passing and Stirling's crash at Goodwood. At the time Stirling's shunt was unexplained, and largely still is.
One plausible reason was Stirling's frightful temper, for which he was known. It was of a type prevalent among kids with parents who rarely exercise common sense by using the word: "No." Moss had had a row in the pits and was possibly overdriving the car in temper when he went off.
Whatever the reason, it ended his driving career apart from the Audi foray during the 1970s.
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