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Maluch – FIAT 126 ELX

Based on the little FIAT 500, Cinquecento, floor plan with the same 23hp 594 cc engine the otherwise all new FIAT 126 was launched at the Turin Show in October 1972.

FIAT 126, Bristol,

Five years later a larger capacity 652cc engine was introduced that offered more torque, pulling power, though there was no increase in horse power.

FIAT 126, Bristol,

As if to confirm the growing maturity of the car market in western Europe the FIAT 126 was never as popular as the FIAT 500 had been, but in emergent Eastern European market the model easily out sold those sold in the West.

FIAT 126, Bristol,

Production of the 126 in Poland, where the model was also manufactured with the 126p model name and production did not cease until 2000, in particular outnumbered the production of the 126 in Italy, where production ended in 1980, by nearly three to one, 2,069 126’s were manufactured in Austria by Fiat-Steyr and an unknown number of Zastava 126’s were built in the former Yugoslavia, now Serbia.

FIAT 126, Bristol,

The 126 was continuously upgraded while in production in Poland, culminating in 1997 with the ELX that featured a catalytic converter and the adoption of the Polish nick name Malusch meaning “toddler” or “small one”.

FIAT 126, Bristol,

The 1999 left hand drive Malusch seen in these photograph’s in Bristol was first registered in the UK on the 1st of September 2015.

Thanks for joining me on this “Malusch” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at another the last in the current series of 500 F3 cars.

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Formula One Ferraris – Goodwood Festival Of Speed

In the final look at Ferarri’s at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed today I’ll be looking at the Formula One cars which covered the 15 year period between 1975 and 1990.

Ferrari 641, Goodwood Festival Of Speed,

In reverse order, Ferrari managed to lure Alan Prost away from McLaren to join Nigel Mansell and drove the Enrique Scalabroni and Steve nichols designed 641 to five victories, to Nigels one, and second place in the World Drivers and Manufacturers Championship after an alleged rival settled the outcome of the drivers championship by deliberately punting Alain into a gravel trap in the first corner on the opening lap of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Ferrari 126 CK, Goodwood Festival Of Speed,

Gilles Villeneuve drove the Ferrari 126 CK chassis #052 seen above to two of the most memorable consecutive Grand Prix victories I have ever seen at the 1981 Monaco and Spanish Grand Prix.

Ferrari 312 T5, Goodwood Festival Of Speed,

A year earlier Gilles and team mate reigning champion Jody Scheckter struggled with the normally aspirated Ferrari 312 T5, Gilles drove chassis #048 seen above to a sixth place finish in the German Grand Prix which was one of just five points scoring finishes for the team in 1980…

Ferrari 312 T5, Rick Hall, Goodwood Festival Of Speed,

… while chassis #042, seen with Rick Hall at the wheel above, was raced twice by Jody and once by Gilles during 1980 and failed to finish on each occasion.

Renault RS10, Ferrari T4, Goodwood Festival Of Speed,

One of the highlights of the 1979 season was Gilles epic dice with René Arnoux for 2nd place in the closing stages of the French Grand Prix, Gilles drove the 312 T4 chassis #041 and René the Renault RS10 chassis #RS10/03 both of which are seen above.

Ferrari 312 T, Rob Hall, Goodwood Festival Of Speed

Finally in forty years ago Niki Lauda finally delivered the World Drivers and Manufacturers championships, for the first time since 1964, ably backed up by Clay Regazzoni driving the Ferrari 312 T, chassis #024 seen above being driven by Rob Hallwas driven to victory by Clay Regazzoni in the 1975 Italian Grand Prix and on it’s final appearance at the 1976 US Grand Prix West.

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Losing Momentum – Ferrari 126C3 #066

Entering the final two races of the 1983 World Championshp season Alain Prost driving for Renault had 51 points, René Arnoux seen here in the #28 Ferrari had 49 points and Nelson Piquet driving for Brabham had 47 points. Of the three René had all the momentum with him coming off a four race streak which included 2 wins in Germany and Holland driving chassis #066 seen here and 2nd places in Austria and Italy.

Ferrari 126 C3, European Grand Prix, Brands Hatch

At the European Grand Prix held at Brands Hatch Piquet qualified 4th, Arnoux, seen during qualifying above and below, 5th and Prost 8th. The race was won by Piquet now with 56 points, Prost came home 2nd bringing his total to 57 points while René failed to score with a 9th place finish. At the final race of the season Piquet secured his second championship with a third place finish while Prost and Arnoux both lost all momentum and recorded retirements.

Ferrari 126 C3, European Grand Prix, Brands Hatch

Ferrari easily won the constructors championship thanks largely to the woe full finishing record the 2nd drivers employed by Renault and Brabham who both scored more retirements than finishes through the course of the season while Ferrari’s nominal number 1 driver Patrick Tambay managed to win one race and secure 8 points paying finishes.

My memory of this event was that I started the week sunning myself by the Tyrrhenian Sea south of Naples in Italy and hitched hiked back to the UK via Wolfsburg in Northern Germany. I caught a train for the last part of the journey to Belgium which broke down meaning I missed my pre booked ferry and had to borrow the ferry fare from an incredibly cute girl from Nottingham. The ferry we caught was then trapped in a storm and instead of crossing the English channel it anchored off the Belgium coast until the storm blew itself out.

I made it back to the UK just in time to catch a nights rest before spending 6 hours in a 20 mile traffic jam trying to get into Brands Hatch, missing morning practice completely but just catching the last half hour of the final practice session when I took today’s photographs.

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Just What the Doctor Ordered – Ferrari 126 C2 #061 & #060

Ferrari’s first attempt at designing a turbo powered Grand Prix car was described by lead driver Gilles Villeneuve in 1981 as handling like ‘a big red Cadillac‘.

Ferrari 126 C2, Brands Hatch

For the 1982 Ferrari hired Dr Harvey Poslethwaite, who had designed Grand Prix winning cars for both Hesketh and Wolf, to design the 126 C2 which would prove to be the class of the field or as Mario Andretti described it ‘the bomb’.

Ferrari 126 C2, Brands Hatch

Despite a lack luster start to the 1982 season for round 4 the San Remo Grand Prix Ferrari had got their act together and cruised to a comfortable One Two victory except for team leader Gilles Villeneuve there was a problem, he had been out fumbled by his team mate Didier Pironi which so enraged the Canadian he promised never to speak to Pironi again.

Ferrari 126 C2, Brands Hatch

Two weeks later at the Belgium Grand Prix Gilles met his death after a practice accident, seemingly leaving Pironi seen in the #28 chassis #060 at Brands Hatch above, to win the 1982 Championship but then three weeks after these photographs were taken Didier Pironi was seriously injured an accident during practice for the German Grand Prix in chassis #060. Didier although eventually recovering never entered a Grand Prix car again and died in power boat racing accident in 1986.

Ferrari 126 C2, Brands Hatch

Patrick Tambay, seen in the #27 chassis 061 at Brands Hatch at the top of this post, took the place of Gilles for the remainder of the 1982 season wining the 1982 German Grand Prix. While Mario Andretti replaced Didier Pironi scoring a pole position and and third place first time out at Monza and ended his Grand Prix career at Caesers Palace with a retirement driving the chassis #061 seen in Tambay’s hands above.

Ferrari with three wins won the constructors championship from McLaren who had 4 wins but appalling reliability in between. The World Drivers Championship was won by Keke Rosberg driving a non turbocharged Williams Cosworth against all expectations with just a single win and a string of podium (top three) finishes.

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