Frankel's miscellany of motor automobiles

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Get into the Christmas spirit with a festive Frankel factfile, and take a look at your data with some obscure automotive trivia

Have you ever ever puzzled what lurks inside the 12-cylinder mind of Autocar alumnus Andrew Frankel? Properly surprise no extra. ‘Tis the season, so we gave the veteran of many a street take a look at free rein to spill his data right here.

The ensuing info, figures and trivia ought to impress even probably the most ardent autophile. Assume you understand higher? There are a number of tough quiz questions to provide your mind a exercise, too.

Random racing info

1 Pole place for the 1952 Indianapolis 500 was achieved by a automotive with a diesel engine.

2 Captain Woolf Barnato drove at Le Mans thrice, and gained all three, a feat unrivalled to this present day.

three In qualifying for the 1977 British Grand Prix, David Purley crashed his Lec, going from 108mph to relaxation in 66cm, surviving deceleration of 170g.

four There have been 4 drivers entered for the 1959 British Grand Prix referred to as Taylor, and one referred to as Naylor.

5 Enzo Ferrari got here second within the 1920 Targa Florio.

6 Dan Gurney took maiden grand prix wins for Porsche, Brabham and Eagle.

7 Lewis Hamilton’s ‘44’ quantity is the UK’s cellphone dialling code.

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eight 1970 was the one yr F1 had 13 races, and the one one to have a posthumous world champion.

9 ‘The System One racing driver Narain Karthikeyan’ is an anagram of ‘Hold on, Ferrari overtaken. I’m a relatively fortunate Indian.

10 The one F1 automotive to win on the the one lap of the one race it ever led? The Honda RA300, piloted by John Surtees on the 1967 Italian Grand Prix. 

Match the fabric

The next supplies have been used not directly to construct the 9 automobiles listed beside them – however which matches with which? Solutions on the backside of the web page.

Quickest manufacturing street automobiles down the many years

Tough tyre manufacturers

Half of the names beneath are real tyre manufacturers – the opposite half are artful fakes we’ve made up. Are you able to guess which of them are actual? Solutions on the backside of the web page.

Speedy-fire Le Mans info

Producers that gained Le Mans on the primary try: Chenard et Walcker (1923, the primary Le Mans), McLaren (1995), Ferrari (1949)

 

Particular person automobiles to have gained Le Mans twice: Bentley Pace Six (1929, 1930), Ferrari 275P (1963, 1964) Ford GT40 (1968, 1969) Porsche 956 (1984, 1985) Porsche WCS 95 (1996, 1997)

Discover the manu-f-acturers

Ferrari, Fiat and Ford is likely to be three of the most important motoring manufacturers starting with F – however what number of extra are you able to identify from previous and current? Solutions on the backside of the web page.

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QUIZ ANSWERS

Match the fabric – the matching pairs have been: Aluminium – Lotus Elise (brake discs), Beryllium – Porsche 909 (Bergspyder brake disks), Carbotanium – Pagani Zonda (bodywork), Cotton – Trabant (bodywork), Glassfibre – Lotus Elite (monocoque), Gold – McLaren F1 (engine bay lining), Inconel – Ferrari 488 Pista (Exhaust), Plywood – Marcos 1800GT (chassis), Stainless-steel – Delorean (bodywork)

Tough tyre manufacturers – the 10 actual rubber producers have been: Apollo, Blockley, Double Coin, Englebert, Hoosier, Mizzle, Radar, Semperit, Warrior

Discover the manu-f-acturers – you would have had: F.L.A.G., Facel Vega, FAP, Faraday, Farus, FAS, FCM, Felber, Ferguson, Ferris, Fisker, Fitch, Flint, Flyer, FNM, FNSS, Pressure, Foton, Foy-Steele, FPV, Frazer, Freightliner, Frisky, Frontenac, FSC, FSO, FSR, Fuldamobil

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