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with a roof on! Also on the stand was the GN ‘Martyr’ Instone Special and a three-wheeled Morgan ‘Atomic Orange’. The Autodrome de Montlhéry near Paris is in


some ways a sister circuit to Brooklands having a banked oval track and, like the Surrey circuit, having been a popular venue for speed records. At Retromobile there was a display of cars representing the 1,800 records set at Montlhéry. These ranged from a 1927 single-seater Voisin that achieved 18 such records to the 1953 Citroen 2CV Barbot, that set nine records in the 350cc class (yes, really a 2CV!) George Eyston is a familiar Brooklands name and the Panhard Levassor 35CV in which he set the hour record at Montlhéry in 1934 – 214.066km in the 60 minutes – was part of the exhibition.


SPACE TRAVEL RAP


Jon Chase takes a look at the Moon (Tim Morris).


Special displays at Retromobile included a


collection of Abarths, a celebration of cars from the career of Jean-Pierre Wimille and vehicles from the motor museum at Compiegne which was visited by some Brooklands Trust Members last year. Bugatti specialist Ivan Dutton offered a recreation of the Type 68 for sale; the 68 was a tiny 370cc coupé proposal post-World War II that looked like a shrunken Type 57 Atlantic but never made production – yours for €415,000. The title of ‘weirdest vehicle at the show’ must surely go to the 1924 Marateusch, a three-wheeler with a body like an aeroplane of the period. The exhaust exited next to the tail-fin (really), was this the world’s first blown diffuser? Retromobile 44 takes place on 6th-10th Febru-


ary 2019. Gareth Tarr News


We’re on-board a ship going through the space ocean, That ship is called Earth and it’s always in motion, This is the planet where we started exploration, But how do we prepare for a further destination?


...and that was the starting point for Jon Chase’s journey through our solar system aided by rhyme and some freshly purchased items from the local supermarket. Our young audience were rapt with attention as the Science Rapper and Communicator drew on items of fruit to demonstrate the relative sizes of the planets. Earth was a green grape whilst Saturn was a grapefruit... do you get the drift? The audience helped by guessing which item of fruit represented which planet and also


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Jon with the ‘sun’ and a line of fruit planets (Tim Morris).


took part in shouting out the last words in each of the three raps performed by Jon throughout the course of the show. As in most good children’s entertainments the toilet roll came out – this time to measure, in sheets, the distance between the planets. Pluto, one of our younger audience members, got a little carried away by nearly disappearing on to the balcony as Pluto is a long way away and is not even classed as a planet any more. Plenty of fascinating facts, I didn’t know that all the planets put together would easily fit inside Jupiter and that side by side they would all


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