Post by David Lawson on Dec 10, 2012 15:41:05 GMT -5
I love the Brookland Giants that raced on the outer circuit at "The Track" as Bill Boddy described it.
The "brave men and their great cars", to quote Boddy again are a fascinating part of the history of motor racing when these monsters raced at colossal speeds on the steep, bumpy concrete banked curves with primitive brakes during the early part of the 20th century.
Having carved and built John Cobb's Napier Railton about six years ago I thought it was time to build the 27 litre aero-engined Thomas Special, also known as "BABS" which Parry Thomas raced and also used for Land Speed Record attempts.
I carved the body out of balsa wood and made up the various detail parts from Evergreen plastic sheet, rod and tubing.
The chassis is brass and piano wire with Scaleauto motor, Penelope Pitlane wheels with Ortmann tyres and Slot it axles, gears and guide.