From its launch in 1954, notably played in the 50's by Buddy Holly, in the early 60's by Hank Marvin [the first Strat in UK] to the present day, the electric guitar of choice for David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck & others, it has remained essentially unchanged. Its iconic status was sealed by being played by
Come nightfall, all goes quiet. A sentinel is posted to warn of danger.
The world record for the 1/4 mile was run at Santa Pod in 1984, in 3.58 seconds and a terminal speed of 386.26 mph (621.61 km/h), set by Sammy Miller in his Vanishing Point rocket-propelled car.
I saw the first sub 5sec 1/4 mile, with a terminal speed over 305 mph. The noise from such machines is seismic. The ground shakes.
Cars go up the hill for fun, as in this case or in competion, in various classes.
This hairpin is a serious proposition. It is approached at speed, after a straight downhill section, climbing steeply and tightly to the left. The line of the barrier leads to a sand trap for those who arrive too fast.
'C'-Types won the Le Mans 24 Hrs twice, in 1951, on first time out and in 1953, being the first to achieve an average for the 24hrs of over 100 mph.
'C'Types with Le Mans history sell for millions of dollars.
One that came 4th in 1953 sold for $13.2m.
Note the supercharger running off the front end of the crankshaft. And also how the cycle mudguards do not follow the direction of the wheels. It wet weather the inside wheel, going round any corner, will throw water at speed into the driver's face.
Going home, the driver passed me, going in the opposite direction on the public road in her car, and gave me a friendly wave.
It is named 'Ulster' after the 'Ulster Tourist Trophy'. The RAC Tourist Trophy is the world's oldest continuously held motor race, in the case of the Ulster TT on the Ards road circuit in Northern Ireland.
The village, based around the land of the 13C Laycock Abbey, used to belong to the Fox Talbot family. It was in 1835 that William Fox Talbot took the first negative photograph, of one of the Abbey's mullioned windows, which initiated the era of endlessly reproduceable photographic images, as opposed to the single image Daguerreotype.