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The Cropduster – Stanton Special

In 1953 New Zealand’s Stanton Brothers built today’s featured Stanton Special for hill climbing and circuit racing competitions.

Stanton Special, Goodwood Festival of Speed,

Well before it became a convention for open wheel cars the Stanton Brothers mounted the supercharged 197hp 4 cylinder 6.1 litre / 372 cui de Havilland Gypsy Major engine, taken and inverted from a de Havilland Gypsy Moth crop dusting aeroplane, longitudinally behind the driver.

Stanton Special, Goodwood Festival of Speed,

MF Stanton drove the Stanton Special to the Outright New Zealand Standing Start Quarter Mile Sprint record of 12.42 secs, 72.4637 mph on October 4th 1958, a record that might possibly stand for all time since New Zealand completed it’s metrication programme on 14th December 1976.

Thanks for joining me on this “The Cropduster” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be visiting the first World Endurance Championship race of the season which proved to be a cracker from start to finish.. Don’t forget to come back now !