In our award winning (ok, it has not won any awards…yet) series Before Bonneville we have been showing you in still photos what the world of high performance cars looked like 100-110 years ago. It was about huge engines, huge guts, chain drives, and a general ignorance of the actual forces at work when automobiles are traveling 100+ miles per hour. That was on the speed record side, but what about the bendy, curvy side?
As it turns out, those guys were about huge engines, huge guts, and a general ignorance of the actual forces at work when cars are cornering and accelerating. We say that with all respect because these people were the true pioneers of the racing world and this video gives you an accurate portrayal of what a legitimate Grand Prix car from early in the 1900s looked and performed like. This one happens to be powered by an aircraft engine.
That aircraft engine is a Curtiss OX5 which we talked about in this story from about a month ago and while the 500ci engine makes about 100hp, it produces modo torque and it is all routed through a very favorable gear/chain drive to the skinny as hell rear tires. It is amazing to watch driver Duncan Pittaway drive this thing the way that early racing heroes would have driven it.
As I have said many times before, one of the reasons I love old trucks and tractors is because they offer a genuine, near time travel experience to the operator that is the same thing a person 50 or 100 years ago would have had. I think there is something very awesome in that. Outside of his enclosed helmet, Duncan Pittaway is driving the same way men 100 years ago drove and that is epic in our book…especially when he smolders the tire out of the corner.
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