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Heck Motor – Mercedes Benz 130 H Cabriolet

After designing the first Nesselsdorfer-Wagenbau, later Tata, Präesident in 1897, patenting the first rear swing axles in in 1903 while working for Adler and designing the first motor with a built in gearbox Austrian Edmund Rumpler founded the first German aircraft manufacturer Rumpler Flugzeugwerke GmbH with August Euler in 1908 which in 1909 gave birth to the Rumpler Luft Verkehr department.

Following the 1914-18 war Rumpler Luft Verkehr was reconfigured as an airline that in 1926 became part of Deutsche Luft Hansa AG.

Mercedes Benz 130 H Cabriolet, Dana Point Concours d'Elegance

Meanwhile Edmund turned his attention to the design and manufacture of automobiles again and well over a decade before the streamlined Tata T77 and Chrylser Airflow went into production in 1934 and designed the sensation of the 1921 Berlin Auto Show known as the Rumpler Tropfen, droplet, Wagen.

It is believed that around 100 of these 5 seat vehicles; with a 36 hp W6 motor mounted ahead of the rear axle, capable of 70 mph, who’s body design was inspired by aerodynamic principles of the day were built. Many served as taxi’s and were immortalised as such in Fritz Lang’s 1927 epic expressionist master peace Metropolis.

Mercedes Benz 130 H Cabriolet, Dana Point Concours d'Elegance

Chief Benz engineer Hans Nibel was so impressed with the chassis design of the Rumpler he convinced Benz to use a virtually unchanged Rumpler chassis to construct their own single seat Grand Prix racing car which was powered by an 80hp 2 litre 122 cui double overhead cam straight six in 1923.

The Benz Tropfenwagen was not a great success and was abandoned after the merger of Daimler with Benz in 1926, Auto Union under the direction of Dr Ferdinand Porsche would be the next team to progress the concept of the mid engined racing car.

Mercedes Benz 130 H Cabriolet, Dana Point Concours d'Elegance

In 1931 Hans Nibel set to work designing a small 4 seat two door car which again was inspired by the Rumpler, but this time he put the 25 hp 1.3 litre / 79 cui 4 cylinder side valve motor behind the rear axle in the heck, hither to boot / trunk with the 4 speed synchromesh transmission in front of both the engine and rear axle.

From 1934 to 1936 130 H (Heck) was sold as a two door hard top saloon/sedan, soft top as seen here or convertible with out the side windows, while the ride was considered good for the passengers the handling was only adequate for contemporary conditions and described as awkward for the driver.

Mercedes Benz 130 H Cabriolet, Dana Point Concours d'Elegance

Nibel had Daimler’s Max Wagner design a new chassis for the more powerful 55hp, but similarly laid out, 150 H 2 seat roadster which had the petrol tank moved from the back as in the 130 H to the front meaning the new model had virtually no storage space, this second model was only offered and sold in limited numbers in 1936.

My thanks to Geoffrey Horton for sharing these photographs of the Mercedes Benz 130 H taken at Dana Point Concours d’Elegance a few years ago.

Thanks for joining me on this “Heck Motor” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be revisiting this years Monterey Rolex Reunion. Don’t forget to come back now !


The Right One – Chevrolet Corvette

A couple of months ago I was at a testing session at Mallory Park when I stumbled accross this Chevrolet C5 Corvette being prepared for the then forthcoming V de V Sports 4 hour race at Paul Ricard in September.

Chevrolet Corvette, Mallory Park

The car is owned by the father and son team of Richard and Benton Bryan who entered the car for Benton and Nigel Greensall to drive under the John H.Daniel name.

Chevrolet Corvette, Mallory Park

The GTV 1 spec racer is powered by a Katech C6 R motor.

Chevrolet Corvette, Mallory Park

At Mallory Nigel was trying out a new paddle shift in preparation for the race.

Chevrolet Corvette, Mallory Park

If your interested to know what it’s like sitting inside a GTV 1 Corvette
at speed Nigel can be seen on this link bettering the class lap record at Paul Ricard last year.

Chevrolet Corvette, Mallory Park

At the Paul Ricard 4H race the C5 qualified 11th, out of 40 but appears not to have completed a lap.

Chevrolet Corvette, Mallory Park

By all accounts the father and son Bryan team got started in racing when Mrs Bryan bought her husband an entry into the 1983 Walter Mitty Challenge for which Richard traded in his road going Ferrari 512 for a Le Mans version.

Chevrolet Corvette, Mallory Park

The Bryans stable of vehicles includes a 1986 Mustang GTP, 1988 Argo Chevrolet JM19 GTP and a brace of Group C Martini Lancia Ferrari LC2’s

Chevrolet Corvette, Mallory Park

… the latter may have influenced the choice of colours used on the body of this Corvette.

This post is dedicated to long time Corvette fan Sebastian Brochheuser who on will be tying the knot with his partner Julia on Saturday, I hope you will join me in wishing them well.

Thanks for joining me on this ‘Right One’ edition of ‘Gettin’ a lil psycho on tyres’ and that you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !

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“Kahuna” Ed Arnaudin 1928 – 2011

01 Ed 1958

It was with great sadness last Monday that I heard of the peaceful passing on April 3rd of Ed Arnaudin who’s photographs, taken at sports car races spanning 1957 – 1959, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to research and share on this blog over the last six months.

Ed showed signs of a passion for engineering in childhood with an interest in midget racing and by building powered model planes, he went on to graduate as an Engineer from Columbia University.

While serving as an Officer with the United States Marine Corps in Korea Ed married his high school sweetheart Dorothy for whom he provided well in life and in death.

Ed’s interest in racing continued from his childhood in to the late fifties when he attended sports car races where he took many of the photographs that have appeared in this blog.

In professional life Ed headed teams that were granted six US Patents from 1965 to 1975 relating to the production, coating, insulation and shielding of electric copper cables.


During the 1960’s and 1970’s Ed shared his passion for racing with his sons Rick and Steve at Indianapolis, photographs from this period will appear here in future blogs.

As a manager Ed became vice president of the Copperweld Corporation in which role he mentored younger executives who referred to him as “Kahuna” possibly a reference to the 1959 film Gidget in which the leader of a group of surfers is called ‘The Big Kahuna’.

Ed was an active member of his church where he took leading roles in Sunday School and Bible Study.

A keen golfer until his health prevented him enjoying playing further Ed continued to enjoy the game from the 19th hole.

After surviving throat cancer, in retirement Ed returned to his love of model flying becoming an award winning model glider builder.

With racing interests that also included NASCAR and Formula 1 it was surprising to learn that Ed was of the opinion that the World of Outlaws sprint cars is the superior form of motor sport, perhaps a reflection of his life long consummate ‘hard ass’ exterior personality.

Ed is survived by his wife these past 60 years Dorothy, sons Rick and Steve, the latter who kindly sent me his Dad’s photo’s to share, five grand children and brother Robert, to all of whom I hope you will join me in extending sincerest condolences.

A service of witness to the resurrection and celebration of the life of Edwin H. Arnaudin ,Jr will be held tomorrow. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to The Brandermill Church, 4500 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian, VA 23112 and Bon Secours Hospice Foundation, 5875 Bremo Rd. Suite 710, Richmond, VA 23226.

My thanks to Steve for sharing the details of his Dad’s life.

Please join me again tomorrow when I shall be sharing the latest from the Italian Auto Moto Festival held here in Bristol City Centre. Don’t forget to come back now !