Monday, July 28, 2008
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Here is a famous car that some of you might recognize! Who has seen this movie? I regretfully admit that I never have, but it's now on my list of 'must see' movies.
From the placard:
Model: 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang II'
Body Style: Tourer
Chassis: circa 1910 Mercedes
Body by: Bligh Brothers
Engine: circa 1915 18,882 ccd (1152.25cid!) Benz BZ-IV aero in-line 6 - 230 hp
Vehicle Conceptualized and Built by: Count Louis Zborowski of Higham, England
This is the only remaining one of 3 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' cars built by Count Louis Zborowdki from 1921 to 1924. This car raced at Brooklands and was clocked at 108.27 mph! Count Zborowski and his creations were immortalized by the children's book and subsequent movie entitled 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'.
We even got to hear it run! You might recognize my son in the crowd. He has his hands over his ears - it was pretty loud! He was thrilled though!!