Gittreville

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

BLOODY MARY

“This is the story of Bloody Mary. She was built in 1929 by two schoolboys who wanted to amuse themselves by dashing round a field, and what fun they had!” The opening lines of ‘Bloody Mary’, pamphlet #75 in the Classic Cars in Profile series. The story was written by acclaimed journalist, racer and co-builder of the car, John Bolster. Bloody Mary is without doubt the most famous “special” ever

BRDC

BRITISH RACING DRIVERS CLUB A distinguishing feature of Cyclekarts is community. This is especially true of Gittreville. We organize events not simply races. The BRDC was established by royal hatter Reginald Molehusband. Reg has always maintained that a proper cocktail requires as much planning and study as a fine racing machine. It is certainly more important. The BRDC was intended as a comfortable place to meet and mingle with colleagues.

AUSTIN SEVEN BOULOGNE

In 1923 Austin sent a team of three cars to contest the Voiturette Race in Boulogne, France. The Austin Seven Boulogne was part of The Great Austin Seven Build Off with fellow Austin Seven inspired cars: the BMW 35/15 PS-DA3 Wartburg, the Rosengart LR2 and Bruce McLaren’s Austin Seven racer. I have a lot of these profiles to personally compile having built ten cars either alone or as a team