This 100-year automotive cycle of GN launches almost the same old JAP (JA Prestwich) V8 that was used in early airplanes. It’s an amazing combination of things that no longer exist.
What many people think is the most amazing part of a car is the air-cooled V8 JAP engine. One of the main reasons why the engine is so beautiful to look at is the fact that everything you expect to be inside is actually outside on display. The camshaft is fully exposed with its lever type followers and pushrods. The cam, the rockers and the timing gears are lubricated with an oil before running.
You are viewing a piece that is in a league by itself. The owner and operator of this stuff is Richard Scaldwell. One of the most prominent lines is that the engine in this car is perhaps the last one to launch on the planet because the rest of them are left in museums or collections and just sits there collecting dust.
The car that is present today still runs a small 400 x 19 inch wheel and tire, but weighs only 1039 pounds, and with a slim 305 c.i. Low pressure engine runs quite happily up to 2500 rpm with a high degree of transmission performance are remarkable.
It is extremely sensitive the throttle and all cornering is conducted sideways due to the solid rear axle that fits nicely as it is designed. Looks like a handful, but it’s really a wonderful predictable pussycat!
It’s strange to hear how Scaldwell talks about driving a car and how sensitive and connected he feels in it.