Post by Chris Wright on Jul 27, 2015 19:07:51 GMT -5
To retain the integrity of the THE FORMULA-ONE-THIRTY-TWO SCRATCHBUILD FORUM I have started a new sister forum just for Sports Cars. Those beauties up to and including the Can-Am monsters, scratch built of course.
The first insertion will be an unsung here from the 50's, The Lotus Eleven, over 300 were made, powered by miniscule 1 to 1.5 litre engines, but they were so light and streamlined that many could hit 130+ MPH.
The sight has just begun construction, but if you've interesting sports cars you have built, please post, I've only got two that I've built, we have to fill up space.
Down many decades motoring folk have made several attempts to define a sports car. There was a time when the VSCC wouldn't accept anything with a hardtop, and Rolls-Royces were frowned upon because of that company's dearth of racing history. In 1923, the Le Mans 24 Hours started in a quest to improve the reliability of sporting cars - lighting and electrical systems in particular - but it's doubtful if Charles Faroux ever envisaged today's complex prototypes whistling around La Sarthe.
Two-seaters and four-seaters, blown, unblown, coupes, soft-tops, open-tops and many other guises have all arrived at Le Mans, Spa, Monza, Daytona, Nurburgring and the rest bearing the appellation of 'sports' or sports-racing car.
Of all attempts I've read to define a sports car - once and for all - the splendid dicta of the late 'Sam' Clutton cannot, in my submission, be improved upon. He said: "A sports car is any motoring conveyance through which a gentleman can walk while wearing a top hat."
Difficult to disagree with that unless anyone has other ideas...