Thursday, January 5, 2017

I Can Get Away With a Lot, But Not This


Original caption:
1966 – Vintage Car In The Gidding’s Drawing Room: For three months Mrs. Christine Giddings has had the bits and pieces of a vintage motor car cluttering up her best drawing room.  Her car enthusiast husband, Peter, is assembling a car in which he hopes to race, and the only suitable place he had to be it as drawing room.  Scheduled to be finished in April, the car will have to be taken down again to get it out of the Giddings Old Portslade, Sussex, home.  The chassis is built from vintage Frazer–Nash parts and the engine is pure Atlanta–Gough [sic]*.  When It’s finished, the car will have cost Mr. Giddings over £250—not counting the hours of labour he has put into it himself—but he hopes that it will do a maximum speed of 120 mph when it’s on the road.  Christine gets on with her knitting in an arm–chair in the drawing room—while Peter gets on with the car.

From Peter Giddings Racing:
In 1959 Peter began his racing adventures in a 1928 Frazer Nash.  This car cost around U.S. $500, and gave a great account of itself at circuits and hillclimbs such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Goodwood, Crystal Palace, Oulton Park, Firle, Bodiam, and Wiscombe.  The Frazer Nash developed 115 bhp, weighed 1100 pounds, had no differential, and provided neck snapping performance.  It was driven to events in all kinds of weather, as the Frazer Nash was his only form of transportation at that time.

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