Racing, Sports, Drags or Speed, let's have the unusual.
Note on the JAGUAR D Type :-
When I started to build my Jaguar
D type several friends gave me the benefit of their very limited experience
with snippets of totally unsubstantiated knowledge such as :-”I suppose
you know that this model becomes aerodynamically unstable at 167 MPH” (as if I
cared !) and ” The fin makes it seriously affected by side winds! “ (makes for
spirited driving!) And finally “If you ever roll, there is no way to get out and you could fry because the
fuel filler cap is only 3” behind your head (Hmmm! Maybe I should take up a less dangerous hobby).
Anyway, after driving on a few race tracks and blasting up and down the
autobahn ( I was living in Deutschland
at the time) I started to feel
quite safe, competent and completely at ease in the car at high speed.
I was late for a meeting early one Sunday morning and was hurrying down
the autobahn through a heavily wooded valley when suddenly the road opened out
onto an elevated section over a ravine; the car swerved rapidly across several
lanes and would not respond to steering input.
A strong gust of wind had lifted the front and the car was airborne!
I had often noticed the wind socks at the side of the autobahns and paid
them no heed, simply to assume that I was passing an aviation site, but
apparently they are sited to warn high sided commercial vehicles of impending
danger from high winds, I shall pay attention in future.
After a series of very violent gyrations across all lanes of the
autobahn I finally came to a halt on the hard shoulder without colliding with
anything, taking time to collect my wits and reflect on the consequences of
hitting the Armco and tipping over, it was a long way down and I would have
been able to do a couple of roll-overs to take in the fine scenery, while
wishing I had fitted a parachute to the safety equipment.
So there is a lesson for would be super-car drivers, @ keep an eye open
for old wind-socks they could save your life!
The interior of this Jaguar D Type was particularly comfortable except when driving in heavy rain on the autobahn at relatively slow speeds if a heavy truck happens to want to overtake you ,they always seem able to deposit a ton of water right onto the drivers lap while going by and totally obliterate visability for the next section of road by heavy waterspray.
I experienced considersble difficulties attempting to get this Jaguar Dtype through the Deutchland TUV . Everytime I rectified a problem they would invent another new obstackle to overcome , this went on and on for ages and was costing a fortune in expenses , fees and wasted time. eventually it was obvious that I was being taken for a "chump". The officials at inspection were deliberately being unco-operative so I gave up and drove it on trade -plates forever. They would not allow the wind deflector screen over the drivers door to be fitted for many spurious reasons, consequently when driving in the rain the driver got soaked from spray so it became a fair weather car.
How about some action to help erase this diabolical previous SPAM. Come guys ! post some photos to submerge this TROLL into obliveon
Did you notice in the background all Ambulance, Fire appliance , Breakdown trucks and rescue vehicles lined up ready to attend the incident ? what do you think was about to occure ? maybe the driver would flap the doors and fly down the road to become Germanys first flying OPEL :-
As with most things practice makes perfect and a little while later in the season it was possible to complete the whole 1/4 mile in aviators mode.
Help !! I am disoriantated . this photo system really sucks !! how do you preview the comments before submiting ?
How about a little "off-road " to lighten up your quite Sunday afternoon ?
Very good ! A little success at last with the photo insertion. I was nearly at the point of giving up on this system.