Ride in a 1906 Grand Prix Darracq
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    Default Ride in a 1906 Grand Prix Darracq

    I have had one of the ultimate rides today. The riding mechanic's seat of a 1906 Darrcaq Grand Prix car. This is the only know survivor from the the first ever Grand Prix, which was held in the Sarthe (Le Mans) region of France in 1906.

    4 cyl 14.25l !!! Not many revs - I think max. around 1500 rpm, but in it's second incarnation as Malcolm Campbell's first Bluebird it was timed at 117 MPH ( that is around 180 km/h) at Brooklands just before WW1.

    As the race weas on w eight formula, and the engine is a fairly substantal piece of ironwork, such nicities as bonnet, body work, and even a bulkhead between crew and engine were dispensed with. Basically all it is is a big Vee radiator, engine, two bucket seats, fuel tank and spare wheel at the rear.

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    My only hope is that one day (hopefully soonish) I might get a drive of it. If I die then, I die happy.
    95 MI16
    71 404 U10 ute
    66 404 coupe
    55 203C (gently warmed) gone... sold...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi 03
    I have had one of the ultimate rides today. The riding mechanic's seat of a 1906 Darrcaq Grand Prix car. This is the only know survivor from the the first ever Grand Prix, which was held in the Sarthe (Le Mans) region of France in 1906.

    4 cyl 14.25l !!! Not many revs - I think max. around 1500 rpm, but in it's second incarnation as Malcolm Campbell's first Bluebird it was timed at 117 MPH ( that is around 180 km/h) at Brooklands just before WW1.

    As the race weas on w eight formula, and the engine is a fairly substantal piece of ironwork, such nicities as bonnet, body work, and even a bulkhead between crew and engine were dispensed with. Basically all it is is a big Vee radiator, engine, two bucket seats, fuel tank and spare wheel at the rear.

    My only hope is that one day (hopefully soonish) I might get a drive of it. If I die then, I die happy.
    How? Where? Photos??

    I've seen a GP Itala in anger but a few years younger.

    More please......
    JohnW

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    Wow, what a unique experience, that must have been incredible

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW
    How? Where? Photos??

    I've seen a GP Itala in anger but a few years younger.

    More please......

    Friends car on it's way to Hamilton for a rally. It then stays in Christchurch for the Southern Festival of Speed historic races in Feb. Will try to add a photo.
    95 MI16
    71 404 U10 ute
    66 404 coupe
    55 203C (gently warmed) gone... sold...

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    Hi Tony, very envious of the ride in the darracq,

    Did you buy the De Dion you were looking at last year ? And have you sold the cabrio ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by petermelb
    Hi Tony, very envious of the ride in the darracq,

    Did you buy the De Dion you were looking at last year ? And have you sold the cabrio ?

    The guy decided not to sell it. I will keep working on him, and I think I will win eventually.

    Still have the 404 coupe.
    95 MI16
    71 404 U10 ute
    66 404 coupe
    55 203C (gently warmed) gone... sold...

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