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Old 10-27-2009, 09:01 AM   #1
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I don't know how many of you are familiar with Octane magazine out of the UK, but its a very high end, glossy monthly with great photos and articles, mainly on classic European racing and sports cars. I caught this fantastic article in the October is...

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Old 10-27-2009, 09:06 AM   #2
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It's amazing what a bit of ingenuity will create when a few guys decide to go racing.

I see a lot of things on that car that a lot of guys think of as being relatively recent idea and yet they were used on a car that is now 80 years old.

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Old 10-27-2009, 09:09 AM   #3
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Yeah, Octane magazine is a good read. I was even fortunate enough to have my own car featured in it. Some interesting, and different cars in there! That Bloody Mary car is too cool!

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Old 10-27-2009, 09:13 AM   #4
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"By crikey" sounds like these two fellows were a couple of right propper rascals eh?
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:40 AM   #5
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The car was at Shelsley Walsh earlier this year doing some 'demonstration' runs up the hill

car was taken out of 'hibernation' for the event,

turns out that the crankcase on one of the engines is in about a dozen or so pieces and had been temporarily tacked together to get it running

I understand that 'funds permitting' it may be restored to a more useable condition.


still great to see the car at a real historic venue.



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Old 10-27-2009, 09:44 AM   #6
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There's a couple of vids on youtube of the car at Prescott:

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Old 10-27-2009, 10:10 AM   #7
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Ooh. John Bolster's car. It was as important in the history of the Special as cars like the Duane Spencer roadster were in the history of the hot rod.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:51 AM   #8
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Ooh. John Bolster's car. It was as important in the history of the Special as cars like the Duane Spencer roadster were in the history of the hot rod.
Erm, Doane.

That thing sounds like a squadron of angry wasps.
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:54 AM   #9
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Hardcore. Pure and simple.
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:02 AM   #10
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Sounds nasty!
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Old 10-27-2009, 11:14 AM   #11
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JAP V twins were THE pre-war V twin motors in England and Europe. Brough-Superior used them until around 1936.Lots of record attempts were done using them.
Morgan used wooden frames for a long time.Actually stronger and more flexible than steel ( don't try to Z it though).
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:27 PM   #12
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The earliest Fords had wood frames as well. Including Henry's race car the 999. I love these real oldies. Is this the next level of rat rod? Wood frame, maybe even air cooled roadsters. You notice that the only fender on the Bloody Mary car is the one next to the driver, asymetricly stripped down roadster is very cool.

I've seen the 999 several times at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. It set a landspeed record on Lake St. Clair in 1904. 91 mph. How Cool is that?
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:39 PM   #13
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Awesome
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Old 10-27-2009, 12:55 PM   #14
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Bloody Mary lost her engines temporarily - they lived here briefly...

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Old 10-27-2009, 01:46 PM   #15
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"the corners are no problem, it's those tricky straight bits in between"
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Old 10-27-2009, 01:48 PM   #16
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Us Brits can do something RIGHT!

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Old 10-27-2009, 03:51 PM   #17
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Diggin it a lot. Like the extra frame rail straight up the middle.
Well guys, there's a set of plans there....
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Old 10-27-2009, 04:12 PM   #18
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Awesome car. Always had a "thing" for cycle cars...
Thanks for the article, Jive Bomber.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:35 PM   #19
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Bloody Mary has always intrigued me. Glad to see it on the HAMB. Low buck, low tech, high ingenuity, and high results, isn't that what hot rodding is all about? Can you imagine a conversation between John Bolster and Bob Rufi?
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:48 PM   #20
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I've had an interest since I read the Profile Publication booklet on 'Bloody Mary' about 35 years ago in the local library.

Two big motorcycle V-twin engines and as I recall only about 800 pounds... must need nerves of steel to drive that thing... Or maybe as the British say you need to be 'a little daft'... maybe both.

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Question for today. I recall Bloody Mary being listed as 7 cwt plus a few pounds. Why are there a 110 pounds in a British 'hundred weight' (cwt)???
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