Gittreville

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

TIETON BARN FINDS

Tieton is a bit out of the norm for Gittreville. After an earlier, wonderful event at the nearby Wilridge Winery, a handful of us started racing on Tieton’s streets in 2013. In subsequent years, we opened the event up to all those interested in coming and — cars came from as far away as New Zealand. The event grew into a three day bacchanal with the original city street racing

PEUGEOT QUADRILETTE

The Gittreville story begins with the Peugeot Quadrilette. Her build began in 2008 when the Bush recession left her builder with extra time on his hands. With initial inspiration from the Stevensons, the Mighty Peugeot, as she has become known, took a slightly different tack from the Stevensons with much of that driven by the brutal conditions on her future playground at Gittreville. The Peugeot eschewed the plywood monocoque/foam/fiberglas Stevenson