Articles tagged Martin Overington

Page 78 of September 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 78, September 2014

Go with the Blow

In 1930 Sir Henry ‘Tim’ Birkin defied Bentley by supercharging its beloved 4½. Eighty-four years on, we take an unforgettable ride as the Blower blasts back to the track where its legend was written Writer Rob Widdows We thunder through the night; I cannot feel the top of my head, so fierce is the wind buffeting from the bonnet. I try to snuggle down into the warm footwell but to no avail. On we...

Page 113 of August 2010 archive issue thumbnail Page 113, August 2010

Double Twelve gathers pace

Brooklands track echoed once more to competition engines in June when the museum and the VSCC hosted the third Double Twelve festival. Large crowds watched Chris Jaques tackle a series of driving tests in his Type 35 Bugatti and then shine in the concours to collect the Double Twelve award from Prince Michael of Kent, narrowly beating Motor Sport’s Simon Taylor in his 4¼-litre Bentley Sedanca,...

Page 49 of October 1990 archive issue thumbnail Page 49, October 1990

The Ricardo Group

Until about 25 years ago, powertrain design had advanced little since the time of Nicholas Otto or Rudolf Diesel. Engines were designed and built on the basis of imitation, trial and error, accumulated experience, or the occasional flash of inventive genius. The pencil and drawing board were the main tools of the trade, occasionally supplemented by nothing more sophisticated than a slide rule or...

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