Friday, 20 December 2013

A little festive break

Hey hey.
SuckSqueezeBangBlow is going to be taking a short break over the festive period. A very merry Christmas (or whichever seasonal scenario plays out in your house) to you and yours - see you soon!

In the name of festivity, here's a picture of the Blue Flame - something that will undoubtedly be dancing over Christmas puddings across the land...

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Pagani Huayra - in detail

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Pagani squeezed every last drop out of the Zonda, with each "ultimate" version being superseded by a yet more extreme iteration. Not that anybody minded. But the time eventually came for Horacio Pagani to rethink the formula, and 2011's Huayra was the fruit of his boundary-pushing labours.

The new model featured crash protection that allowed Pagani to market in the US for the first time, meaning that this car could push the company from supercar halo brand into the mainstream(ish) Bentleys-and-Bugattis territory so beloved of professional sportsmen and celebrities. But that's not the only reason for creating a new model. No, the Huayra represented the zenith of Pagani's engineering genius. Its twin-turbocharged AMG V12 provides 720bhp, enabling a 0-60mph dash in 3.3s, with a top whack of 230mph+.
As visually arresting as it is in stasis, seeing it on the move is simply astounding, and this is down to the active aerodynamics: four flaps - two at the front, two at the rear - independently waft themselves up and down to keep the car stable at all angles, giving it the impression of a cloud of butterflies flitting past as it scythes through the air. Angry, metal butterflies that want to slice your face off. And the scream through that monstrous titanium exhaust will make your children wet themselves.

The car debuted on the show circuit in 2011, and has been in official production since '12. So I thought it was high time to revisit this glorious hypercar at this year's Salon Privé, and take a few close-ups to demonstrate the quality and fastidiousness that permeate every millimetre of this extraordinary car. I hope you enjoy it.

Click here for more photos from Salon Privé 2013.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Manky Monkey Rod

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Welcome to SuckSqueezeBangBlow's least informative post ever!
Um, yeah, I don't know a whole lot about this car. Aside from the fact that it rocks rather hard, obviously. It was parked up at the recent New Malden Krispy Kreme meet, casually detached from the main car park and drawing the crowds away with its menacing bare-metal allure. The craftsmanship and attention to detail are what really catch the eye - the 'M' motif beneath the rear window, for example, and the complex monkey on the nose. It's clearly a labour of love, and having rifled through MMM's excellent website and forum, it's evidently the work of obsessive enthusiasts. I'll report back when I know more, but in the meantime you can take a look here and here.

Oh, and there's more from the Krispy Kreme here.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

'Royal Male' Minor

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

This is a van I'd love to know more about. Spotted at last Sunday's New Malden Krispy Kreme meet, it appears at first glance to be a tidy, well restored old Morris commercial. But the closer you look, the more clues it reveals that all is not as it seems: the banded steels with their wide rubber, the vast radiator lurking behind that satin black grille... and then you get to the rear and spot the twin exhausts and the drag-spec twin-shock setup. Naughty.
I was having a poke around when Campervan's Steve Prior wandered over and said he'd heard rumours of a separate chassis and a full-blown V8. Which all sounds very exciting. Anyone care to venture some details...?

Click here for more Krispy Kreme meet photos.

Monday, 16 December 2013

'65 Mustang Fastback

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Well, this is a racy little number. There are a variety of different approaches you can take with early Mustangs - concours original, period tuned, drag, hot rod, retro racer - but it's not often you see one that's been prepared like this. From a distance, it could have been lifted from late-sixties Willow Springs, but when you get close and peek through the windows you see that's it's bang-up-to-date race prepped. Those lightweight Kirkey buckets are pretty much the most hardcore race seats you can get, while the rather serious rollcage and dinner plate-sized rev counter suggest that this is not all for show.
Looks fun, doesn't it? And it's for sale too. Probably for many, many monies.

Spotted at the Krispy Kreme, Dec '13. Click here for more photos.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Supercharged Wide-arch E30

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

For many BMW fans, the E30 M3 is the ultimate variant of the 3-series. But with prices spiralling ever northwards for Bavaria's race-bred three-box, there's a lot of scope for cracking out the spanners and creating something different from, say, a humble 318i base.
The car you see here has all the forthrightness of an M3, along with the anger and terror of filling said model with wasps and bears. Its hand-crafted arches echo those of the M car, but balloon out to cartoonish proportions; within them sit a set of absurdly dished Rota RBs, resplendent in a retina-searing raspberry hue that matches the rollcage.
There's a 2.7-litre M20 under the bonnet, mated to a Rotrex supercharger to deliver over 350bhp. FK coilovers keep the car planted, Wilwood brakes shear off the speed, Recaro buckets hug the kidneys, and everything else is taken care of by the sheer crushing weight of awesomeness. One of the shining stars of the Players Classic, this.