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"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

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and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

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"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Oh. My. G-d!

Top Gear did a 1949 race between a Jaguar, a Vincent Black Shadow and the Tornado steam locomotive.

Part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4.

Except that in 1949, the train would have had had more of an advantage in three ways: Railroads had track pans, the speed limit for trains would have been higher and an express passenger train would have had top priority.


Eck! said...

All those things aside the differential was not that great. But, they had a race and it was interesting, a bit romantic, and also showed the hardships and some practical stuff too. Like the hard to start Vincent, fuel stops for everyone, the effects of weather.

I watched it twice. Steam is..


Tim said...

Funny I just discovered these guys. I love this show. Love the video too.
Anything with a jag and a train in it is for me. Back in the day I had a Jag. A 1970 red XKE convertible. I didn't go that fast as the roads didn't allow for it. Top speed I did was 130. I did get laid a lot though.

Phil said...

OMG, my dads cousin had a black shadow sitting in his garage. I tried like hell to talk him out of it but no go. He gave it to his kid and they got it running and on the first run he got a ticket, for expired tags. The thing hadn't been licensed in twenty years. Asshole cop.