The 909 Bergspyder was the lightest race car even built by Porsche. It started with a gas filled magnesium frame, and weight saving continued by deleting the alternator, battery capaclty was enough  for one climb and the battery was changed between runs. The fuel tank and pump were replaced with a titanium sphere containing a rubber bladder filled with fuel. The fuel was put under pressure by filling the space between the sphere and the bladder with nitrogen at 215 psi.
Even the coil was stripped and the wire wrapped around a piece of balsa wood.
Porsche had a traditional wheelbase, from the small 904, to the mighty 917 they used 2,300 mm.
"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives" Anon.
Even with the massively powered 917, Porsche had the wiper/wash switch, weighing 53grm, lightened 7grm by machining the mounting nut, 14 gram was saved on the ignition switch and 12 gram saved by omitting the fuse box cover.
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." Albert Einstein
In the early 60's the cause of a spate of broken down Minis was traced to a duster used by one of the cleaning ladies on the production line. Its feathers were clogging in the carburettors
Graham Hill, only winner of the 'Triple Crown' of Motor Racing.
1. F1 Champion '62, '68
2. Indy 500 winner '62
3. Le Mans winner '72
"Take only what you need and leave the land as you found it" Arapaho
The most powerful Grand Prix engine was based on a production block from the BMW 2002. To reduce stresses BMW used blocks from cars having done more than 100.000 kilometres. The blocks were then left outside over the winter and staff would 'relieve' themselves on them to 'season' them, just like sword makers in the middle ages would quench their swords in urine to make them stronger.
The term "Viet Cong" was invented by the CIA, because they thought that the correct name, "Viet Minh" didn't sound 'communist' enough
Sir Alfred Owen wanted BRM to be all-British, and when they found that a roller bearing was made in Germany, he asked the manufacturers to transfer manufacture to England.
The Europa front bumper was from the Ford Anglia, mounted upside down.
The Ferrari F355 uses the same fuel filter as a Ford Escort Mk4.
When Thrust SSC was supersonic, the wheels rotated at only 90% of the actual speed!
Be satisfied with the needs instead of the wants" Teeton Sioux
"There are a number of mechanical devices which increase sexual arousal, particularly, in women, chief among these is the convertible." P.J. O'Rourke
At full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1 1/2 gallons of nitro per second, the same rate as a fully loaded 747.
When Alex Issigonis designed the Mini he added an ash tray because he chain smoked, omitted a radio as he liked silence, and sized the door pockets to fit a bottle of Gordon's gin..
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time; 1/100th of a second.
"German WW2 secret weapon.
When the white man discovered this country, Indians were running it. No taxes, no debt, women did all the work.  White man thought he could improve on a system like this. - Cherokee
'A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest'
'Experience and common sense cannot be replaced with policy and procedures'
Well I've talked to the wind and I've listened to rain
I have climbed to the clouds and I've cried out with pain
This life is for living so come to my side
And open your heart­ to the call of the wild

We are all of one nation, all of one creed
We are all out of nature, all of one seed
We are in this together, man, woman and child
So open your heart to the call of the wild

We talk the same language in different tongues
We're somebody's daughters and somebody's sons
But those who believe we are head of the chain
May wake up to find we are all that remain

There is no need to fear what we don't understand
For we breathe the same air and we walk the same land
The strong and the anxious, the meek and the mild
All dance to the drum­ that's the call of the wild
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