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About 20 years ago a magazine, can't remember which mag, carried an article (full page, I think) on a chap who had converted his Truimph Stag and replaced the Rover engine with a... wait for it... a Rolls Royce 'Merlin' engine. All I can remember about the article was he hadn't any idea of the top speed because the chances are it would've either broken up in pieces or taken off.

I know this is a BIG ask, but if anyone does remember or has a copy I would appreciate any info.

Many thanks, pp.

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The only person of any note with a V12 aero engined special via either autocar or even Motor that i recal was a guy called John Dodd, he had a device called 'the Beast', which Auto Car/Motor tested to ascertain if his claims for 200MPH+ were justified. They barely got 140 out of it-the thing which was rather akin in looks to a Funny Car Top Fuel Dragster, It also appeared more recently on TG's Telly prog and ran, badly( also at various drag racing venues , much to the dirision of folk running anything from door slammers & gassers thru 2 fuelies, the first Beast apparantly set fire to itself and in a second guise broke down for effect in Fleet Street, outside The Express's HQ. This a less capri like rear end(someone fitted an actual merlin into a Capri too)a Scimitar like estate rear end, & using a similar 'Merlin'-which was in a effect a non secondary supercharged RR, that had certainly never seen any air action, as it would have found a more ready home pensioned off @ Bovingdon in a Centurion tank, from whence it came

So in effect Mr Dodd who was, maybe still is, a Rolls Royce Transmission engineer(albeit he lost a case in the high court to sport the RR Grill and Sprit of ecstacy mascot and currently advertises in Classic American Mag.also(with what looks like a third 'The Beast')and is no doubt bragging to anyone willing to listen, in the ether of the afterlife as it his son taken over i believe, if that is the case, maybe that it has a P38 Packard built Griffin V12-pushing 3000horse, at the brake, as laterly the drop tank long range versions were reputed to,as in the 40s with atomised *magneticaly* enhanced av gas inducement, remener those c*ap petrol saver devices muted to be miraculously using that technology(and causing valve guide wear be assured on unleaded,running through its veins-and hopefully not a salvaged one from the initial batch that suffered fuel starvation in the rarified atmospheres, mainly over the English Channel in the latter years of WW1-well Packard tollerances werent all they were cracked up to be, but more possibly with that old 450 BHP net(supposedly 700 gross) Tank power unit and a very volatile 140 MPH on any Autobahn or Strada the thing may have have made it to? On unleaded???*

To be fair Mr Dodd was a great self publicist and the car obviously did a lot of his talking for him as in a way it did kinda become legendary, but also did deliver transmissions and auto jerky boxes to and for the bequest of Rolls Bentley Clients all over Europe, back in the day when they still had GM modded units-perhaps that is why he is now fostering the American connection...He moved he and car to operate out of the Costas after the courts banned the car being used on the road, so maybe Mk3 was akin to an Andaluscian stallion.

I very much doubt without extending the structure to any degree that any V12 aero unit could be made to fit into the bay of a Stag-but then stranger things have been known to happen so just hope if they did, they bedded down that wayward trailing arm system(with concrete blocks) . Interesting to find out 4 sure?

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GBt wrote:
The only person of any note with a V12 aero engined special via either autocar or even Motor that i recal was a guy called John Dodd, he had a device called 'the Beast', which Auto Car/Motor tested to ascertain if his claims for 200MPH+ were justified. They barely got 140 out of it-the thing which was rather akin in looks to a Funny Car Top Fuel Dragster, It also appeared more recently on TG's Telly prog and ran, badly( also at various drag racing venues , much to the dirision of folk running anything from door slammers & gassers thru 2 fuelies, the first Beast apparantly set fire to itself and in a second guise broke down for effect in Fleet Street, outside The Express's HQ. This a less capri like rear end(someone fitted an actual merlin into a Capri too)a Scimitar like estate rear end, & using a similar 'Merlin'-which was in a effect a non secondary supercharged RR, that had certainly never seen any air action, as it would have found a more ready home pensioned off @ Bovingdon in a Centurion tank, from whence it came

So in effect Mr Dodd who was, maybe still is, a Rolls Royce Transmission engineer(albeit he lost a case in the high court to sport the RR Grill and Sprit of ecstacy mascot and currently advertises in Classic American Mag.also(with what looks like a third 'The Beast')and is no doubt bragging to anyone willing to listen, in the ether of the afterlife as it his son taken over i believe, if that is the case, maybe that it has a P38 Packard built Griffin V12-pushing 3000horse, at the brake, as laterly the drop tank long range versions were reputed to,as in the 40s with atomised *magneticaly* enhanced av gas inducement, remener those c*ap petrol saver devices muted to be miraculously using that technology(and causing valve guide wear be assured on unleaded,running through its veins-and hopefully not a salvaged one from the initial batch that suffered fuel starvation in the rarified atmospheres, mainly over the English Channel in the latter years of WW1-well Packard tollerances werent all they were cracked up to be, but more possibly with that old 450 BHP net(supposedly 700 gross) Tank power unit and a very volatile 140 MPH on any Autobahn or Strada the thing may have have made it to? On unleaded???*

To be fair Mr Dodd was a great self publicist and the car obviously did a lot of his talking for him as in a way it did kinda become legendary, but also did deliver transmissions and auto jerky boxes to and for the bequest of Rolls Bentley Clients all over Europe, back in the day when they still had GM modded units-perhaps that is why he is now fostering the American connection...He moved he and car to operate out of the Costas after the courts banned the car being used on the road, so maybe Mk3 was akin to an Andaluscian stallion.

I very much doubt without extending the structure to any degree that any V12 aero unit could be made to fit into the bay of a Stag-but then stranger things have been known to happen so just hope if they did, they bedded down that wayward trailing arm system(with concrete blocks) . Interesting to find out 4 sure?

Cheers, GBt. I remember seeing it in a mag a long time ago and it only stuck in my thoughts because I admire Triumphs so much. Nope, I wasn't drunk.... difficult for someone who's teetotal.