The MK3 and later TVR Grantura’s, first seen in 1962, featured a new chassis designed by John Thurner to primarily accept either 1622 cc / 98.9 cui or 1798 cc / 109.7 cui four cylinder MG motors.
It would appear that while enquiries about racing a TVR in Australia Peter Owen inadvertently was appointed TVR’s Australian Agent. In 1964 today’s featured car chassis #9/686 fitted with the larger MG motor became the first TVR to be imported to Australia where Peter registered it for the road and took it to the Sydney Motor Show.
During 1964 Peter also clocked up a couple of wins at Oran Park and Warwick Farm before employing a rising star, Kevin Bartlett, to drive the car.
After being campaigned down under until the 1970’s #9/686 was bought by French Journalist Christophe Wilmart just over ten years ago who brought it back to Europe and had it prepared for historic racing.
Current owners Colin and Helen Elstrop bought the car, seen here in the paddock at Oulton Park last weekend, to the UK in 2007 and have raced it regularly since.
Thanks for joining me on this “First Australian” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres”, I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I be returning to Redhill Village Hall for Breakfast. Don’t for get to come back now !
The 2.5 tonne steel bodied Rolls Royce Ghost V12 is a smaller 150lbs lighter “more realistic, more measured” car that the aluminium bodied range topping Rolls Royce Phantom.
At it’s heart lies a 6.6 litre / 402 cui twin turbo charged V12 BMW N74 motor that produces 540hp and 500 lbs/ft torque, which is transmitted through an 8 speed automatic gearbox, sufficient to propel the Ghost V12 from rest to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds with top speed is limited to 155 mph.
Designed by Andreas Thurner and engineered by Helmut Riedl the Ghost V12 sits on a modified 7 Series platform.
20% of the Ghost V12’s parts are said to be common to the BMW 7 Series,
including the iDrive user interface which is used to control climate, radio/CD, navigation and communication systems.
The Ghost V12 is fitted with an active four corner air suspension with Active Roll Stabilisation and Variable Damping Control operating the air springs.
Since its’s launch in 2009 a number of special editions have been built still today available are the Mansory White with led daytime running lights, Extended Wheel Base, China Edition with red interior gold coach lines and gold mascot, Two Tone and Art Deco which features an illuminated mascot.
Thanks for joining me on this “Measured & Realistic” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !