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‘Shiny bums’ a hazard.


nippy little Lotus for the narrow roads and tight bends, plus we had never driven one. Shorts on we headed off for a joyous, uninterrupted, reliable but challenging three- hour spin over the hills back to the other side of the island. Our own little ‘Mille Mallorca’, she had a Kenlowe fan fitted which was needed crawling up those steep mountain passes, trying to overtake hundreds of racing cyclists out doing their training. That was the only element of the trip that was frustrating. I love cycling but they were pretty dangerous in groups and hard to overtake on corners, even with the Lotus making a glorious noise through its throttle bodies as we swept passed the shiny bums. The barriers round the mountain bends didn’t bear too close attention, at times they were inches from my face and I realised they were wooden in places not metal!


All in all the price for the three days we had the car was probably double a modern car but worth every euro.


Neil West, via e-mail Provenance and rarity


Dear Diana, On receipt of the Bulletin I always look for news on the Hurricane restoration. I visit and have expressed my interest to persons on-site who have said they do not understand the lack of information. Do you think this matter could be addressed and information such as the running of the engine and general progress could be given.


Regards, Ian Glen, via e-mail


Maserati Quattroporte by the Clubhouse at Auto Italia (Gareth Tarr).


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The Museum Curatorial Team replies: We are al- ways happy to provide information if anyone wants a status report on any of the restorations that are currently taking place. As far as the Hurricane is


Diana, Visitors to Auto Italia might well have spotted a large, dark blue Maserati Quattroporte parked outside the Clubhouse without realising the provenance and rarity of this car. Although the Italian sports car manufacturer had been making a large saloon throughout the 1960s, in 1971 the Aga Khan commissioned a new Quattroporte to his own specification. A prototype with bodywork designed by Frua was shown at the 1971 Paris Motor Show and Geneva the following year. The production car – the one at Brooklands on Auto Italia day – is the one eventually delivered to the Aga Khan in 1974. It was given its own project type by Maserati – Tipo AM 121 – and used a mix of Indy chassis and Bora engine. The prototype was sold directly by Frua to the King of Spain and is believed to now reside in a private collection in the USA.


Gareth Tarr, via e-mail Hawker Hurricane


The Hurricane being moved


from the Hangar to the Flight Shed last September.


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