Gittreville

DELAGE

Some Ramblings About The Delage The Delage CycleKart never started out to be that…It was a continuation of an experiment, and as experimenters know, you never quite know what you’ll discover!  In 1994 we were sort of between projects: We’d wrapped up the Electric Vehicle stuff around then (we started with a 36′ sailing catamaran with solar-electric motors for moving about when not sailing, which led to a series of

CLASSIC CYCLEKARTS IN PROFILE

The keystone of the Gittreville GP website will be a growing series of profiles featuring participating (and like minded) cyclekarts and indirectly, their builders. Never missing a chance, we stress here, as we so often do, we are expressing our little group’s — not entirely homogenous — take on things and nothing more. We are neither inclusive or exclusive. We are simply our own damn thing and sharing it. Gittreville’s

MISS BACFIRE

Lil’ Miss Bacfire The story of this car comes from many miles down the road from Gittreville.  Near 1000 actually, and further from the roots of the famed originals. She’s the creation of Kelly Wood. Kelly refers to her lovingly as “spinning death;” there are very real rotating reasons for that.  We’ll elaborate in detail later on. Searches on the interwebs will find this car. It’s found in post after

AUSTRO-DAIMLER “SASCHA”

A few notes for his many fans, from the châlet desk of M. Guy Gadbois: My fellow drivers of the racing cars, fanciers of the racing cars, and the drivers who drive in them, the life of the racing car driver is not a simple one.  We face the danger every day, and sometimes in the nighttime.  The twists and turns of the racing track are as treacherous as the

FRASER NASH

The story of the Frazer Nash build starts with Tuco calling myself and Pedro over to his shop to lend an extra hand as he built a “cyclekart”. We had never heard of them before, and once we saw what he was building, we were hooked.  For a first time build, Pedro and I decided to keep it simple. The Frazer Nash Super Sports fit the bill. The variations of

CHRYSLER IMPERIAL

1932 Chrysler Imperial The 1932 Chrysler Imperial was chosen for its long bonnet, shrouding the impressive straight eight.  The design goal was to accommodate a driver over 6’ in height while deemphasizing the Muppet effect.   The steel channel frame was crafted using 1/8” steel plate for the for the flange and 1/16” plate for the web.  While duplicating the strength of a conventional cyclekart steel tube frame the channel

MORGAN F2

BRITISH RACING GREEN The Morgan project was built by two high school students who had “grown up” with cyclekarts but had scant practical fabrication experience when they began. Plenty when they finished! Their Morgan was Gittreville’s first electric. The builders, both experienced racers, wanted to emphasize responsibility and pursue absolute efficiency with their build. The Morgan initially had an 800W motor and a 36V lead-acid (AGM) battery pack. In its

GP MERCEDES FLAT PACK

The 1914 French Grand Prix is reputed to be one of the greatest races of the twentieth century. After a Hiatus of 5 years Mercedes returned to the GP scene in 1914. Engines were now restricted to 4.5 litre for the first time so Mercedes drew on their Aero engine division to come up with a new high revving engine. A team of 5 Mercedes 18/100 turned up to what

LAGONDA V-12

The British race car with the Italian sounding name. The LAGONDA car company was founded in 1906 in Staines, England, by Wilbur Gunn, with the moniker chosen for the Shawnee name of his native Springfield, Ohio. In 1935 Lagonda shrewdly wooed W.O. Bentley away from prestigious Rolls Royce to design his now infamous V-12 which was launched in 1937.  Later in 1939 the simply dubbed ‘V12’ was one of two

LE CAMION

Firstly, there was the car. The glorious green giants thundering along England’s country lanes; Sir Henry ‘Tim” Birkin was one of the famed “Bentley Boys”, and campaigned a privateer Bentley Four and a half liter monoposto. Over fourteen feet long, and weighing nearly two tons, the car was huge. There is a reason why Bugatti’s reported description of the Bentleys of the day as being “the world’s fastest trucks” has