One & the Same

Successful art forgers, dishonest though they may be, are incredibly skilled. If you can fool people who make a living dealing in multimillion dollar paintings you’re doing something right. To take new materials, create art, and then sell it as the real thing using artificial aging takes talent and audacity. Minus artificial aging and deception, this is what Broadley Automotive does with their T76 and other cars once built by Lola. Just as Guy Hain forged the sculptures of Auguste Rodin by using the original molds, Broadley uses all of the original tooling and body molds that Lola used to build the iconic T70. The 1960s racing cars that roll out of the Cambridgeshire factory today are so indistinguishable from the originals that the FIA grants them Historic Technical Passports, letting them race alongside original Ferraris, Porsches and GT40s.

Lola’s version, the T70, was designed in 1965 and featured a British chassis powered by American V8s (one was disastrously equipped with an Aston Martin V8). Chevy-powered T70s won 5 out of 6 Can-Am races in the 1966 season, but performed less well in European races because the big American engines didn’t like the lower quality of European fuel. Engine reliability was a problem and the T70s did their best work in shorter sprint races while in Europe. The pace of development was fast, and by 1967 the M6 McLaren was untouchable in Can-Am racing. Penske racing did, however, win the coveted Daytona 24 Hours with a T70 in 1969.

With Lola sadly going the way of too many other British car builders, Broadley Automotive stepped in and bought up the tooling, body molds, drawings, and everything else required to build “big banger sports racers”. The production process is identical to the one Eric Broadley (father of Broadley boss Andrew) set out in the ‘60s. The cars are produced from aircraft-grade aluminium with brand-new period correct engines, switchgear and Daytona-conquering noise. In the interest of safety there are a couple of updates, like a stronger transmission casing and modern pistons in the brakes. Imagine caning one of these sports car wonders without worrying about anything breaking and putting you into a tree! Delivery to your door happens within 16 weeks of you picking up the phone to order one. Of course, all this history and craftsmanship comes at an eye-watering price, but that’s not really the point, is it?
Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram, Wednesday Dec 7th 2016.

One & the Same

Winged Warriors

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Like all of humanity’s best creations, the Dodge Charger Daytona was born out of a lust for going faster. These ‘Aero Warriors’ as they were known, came out of Ford and Chrysler battling for NASCAR supremacy in the late 1960s. First came the ‘69 Ford Torino Talladega, a fastback with a slightly smoothed and rounded nose for better aerodynamic performance. Mopar’s retaliation shot was the ‘69 Charger Daytona, equipped with a fully closed nose cone and a massive wing over the rear axle. The body was smoothed to be as slippery as possible and covers were added over recessed windows and the a-pillars to make them flush with the rest of the bodywork.

At the heart of the Daytona’s aerodynamic bodywork sat a 440 cubic inch Magnum V8, motivating it to become the very first NASCAR competitor to crack 200 mph, achieved at Talladega Superspeedway. For the 1970 championship year the design returned as the Plymouth Road Runner Superbird, complete with a horn that went ‘meep meep’. The fun couldn’t last though. The Aero Warriors were too fast, and NASCAR changed the rules to outlaw the design for the 1971 season.

Posted @Whippstagram on Instagram Wednesday June 22nd.

Winged Warriors