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:
1921 Mercedes/Benz
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!!


Jim said...

Never, never ever seen it? Its one of the best movies. I remember seeing it at the drive-in and getting the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang book with pictures from the movie and even a floppy 45 record of the song. Great pics, brings back all of those memories.

Small City Scenes said...

Good movie. It is amazing a car that old could go that fast---well I mean back then. I see your son. MB
BTW i have an award for you on my blog.

Halcyon said...

I think I saw it when I was a kid on the Wonderful World of Disney or something. I don't remember the story though.

Guess I will have to put it on my nextflix!

Kelly said...

I love the movie! I was surprised to find the story was written by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame. Great shots! I am sure your boys loved these!