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Microcar News / Re: Fairthorpes
« Last Post by Big Al on March 23, 2017, 07:20:38 AM »
It seems from what has been written that only a few 250cc versions were made, The 350cc bombed. The factory ones morphed into something else. The 322 Anzani was used by the works, but it is not known what happened to it.. Otherwise I think the reality is they were 650cc, which is edging out of Microcar territory. But as 650cc the thing had to be modified to take the power, in the doing the project then turned into the Atomata as better vehicle, which actually had different dimensions. From there you get rge Atomata Major, with the 650cc being replaced by a Standard 10 engine. When there is a restored Alomata we can revisit what it was like to drive. bUt I agree. I think Don was wildly optimistic with the original Atom.

As to Steve's question, I am not sure I know enough to answer it. Fairthorpe naturally took an interest in motorsport. It was a way of proving, and selling cars. Also being petrol heads, the key factory workers enjoyed it. However they were looking to make a economic sports car, not a racing car. Something an owner would likely use for club events. As it turned out the Electron was a competitive chassis looking for the right power. There was a sort of unofficial factory team. The factory supplied some Climax engined cars, which permed very well. So even now Fairthorpe appear in grids of minor racing series and clock up good results for their humble origins. But there are no Le Mans cars, or anything like that. The film appearance is strictly the first 5 minutes of the film.

Beyond Fairthorpe, John Green, the guy who really created the car, is alleged to have found Don unyielding to then build on the Electron success, with a more modern design. He left and begat the Daren series of cars, which are racing cars. In a way the first of those could have been a Fairthorpe. For Fairthorpe, they seemed to get stuck trying to reinvent the Electron beyond its sell by date, until Torix produced his vision of what a sports car should be. These are fascinating cars too, and rare. 

So Fairthorpe did not bring much to the mix, in the way most Microcars did not bring much to the mix. In much the same way it tripped over success, got sidetracked into ideas that really were not going to work, and missed the opportunity to invest in improvement to remain in the market, with a successful car. It is for the taste and intelligence of the Classic Enthusiast, to recognise the potential winning design out of a lot of false starts, and ego trips; dip, and pick out a cracker at a fraction the cost of machines the mainstream hold up as beacons of quality. If your that way inclined, of course. Some will never see it, as fashion, or parroted ignorance, fills their closed mind. But to produce one of these forgotten machines, in prime sand kicking order, is a challenge I have always relished. And so often where the inquisitive enthusiast venture first, the mainstream arrives late on, co opts the gems, and polishes the history so that only a fool would not want to own one. Really? 

I will leave you with a question. Which one, Austin Healey Sprite Mk1, or Fairthorpe Electron Minor? Your answer tells a lot about the kind of Classic Car Enthusiast you are.
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Microcar News / Re: Fairthorpes
« Last Post by richard on March 22, 2017, 06:35:14 PM »
BSA C15 is 250 like the C11 and C12 all 4 strokes ,don't think they would have performed very well Al . They didn't do a lot on two wheels ! Had C 12 and C 15's 
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Microcar News / Re: Fairthorpes
« Last Post by steven mandell on March 22, 2017, 12:20:54 PM »
Watched the movie.
Best of era race cars, beautiful women, and great racing sights and sounds.  What not to like?
Typifies the best of the bygone era of the gentleman playboy racer.
However I couldn't say exactly which cars were racing other than the obvious Mercedes , Porsche, and Ferraris.  I guess that there would have to be a Maserati or two.

What exactly did Fairthorpe add to the mix?
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RUMCar News / Re: Rumcar News 132
« Last Post by Chris Thomas on March 20, 2017, 08:18:24 PM »
Dear Richard

I can confirm all that Jean has said plus I sent an email reminder to you and others on 12 Feb 2017. It may have ended up in your spam file. Have a look.

It is never too late to subscribe.

Chris Thomas
Rumcar News
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RUMCar News / Re: Rumcar News 132
« Last Post by Jean on March 20, 2017, 06:31:50 PM »
Yes Richard, I think you must have forgotten your renewal because I cannot see it on my list.  Chris is away for a few days but send the subscription to him as per the reminder on page 7 of the Winter edition of RUMCAR NEWS  and I am sure it will be in the post as soon as he returns.   You are missing a good read, and information about lots new and exciting changes afoot! Jean
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RUMCar News / Re: Rumcar News 132
« Last Post by richard on March 19, 2017, 06:00:07 PM »
No sign of mine yet , have I lapsed I wonder ?
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: POWERDRIVE
« Last Post by powerdrive on March 16, 2017, 08:57:19 PM »
A few photos
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Unusual Microcar Discussion / Re: The Most Complete Microcar Visual Guide?
« Last Post by richard on March 16, 2017, 07:40:47 AM »
Thanks Malcolm , I wish I'd been warned   Probs due to iPhone I imagine ? Anyway nothing seen yet and have had 5 nasty little nuisance emails in a few hours so wish I hadn't been there
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It's probably you Richard! Here's a pic of some of what you're missing, but you should be able to see at least a couple of the photos without registering and all of them once you have registered. Assuming you have registered, try clicking the link at the top of this page again. Without wishing to diminish the value of the board and it's contents, I think pinterest is a really nasty site and I'd avoid it like the plague, anything that expects you to register to see content that it doesn't own and which is otherwise freely available on the web is off to a bad start, and then when it makes it deliberately difficult to identify the source of the content by redirecting you back to itself, it just becomes a pain. There are ways to access its contents without registering assuming you can be bothered to look for them, but I'd just use a different photo-sharing website.
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Microcar Events / Re: Microcar Rally in Belgium 21 - 23 April 2017
« Last Post by chavattov on March 15, 2017, 09:02:07 PM »
i will be there too!! take the frisky
Pierrick
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