WELCOME ! to the 3RD EDITION READERS OF ROAD NOISE —-
WHERE YOUR ROAD/MOTORING INTEREST AND THE AUTO WORLD MEET!
ROAD FEATURE VEHICLE & RACING HISTORY:
YOU MAY VERY WELL BE FAMILIAR WITH OUR FEATURE CAR CALLED THE ‘ACE’. OUR FEATURE QUESTION IS – WHAT BECAME OF ACE CAR AND THE OLDEST BRITISH CAR MANUFACTURER THE AC MOTOR CAR COMPANY WHICH STARTED IN 1901, AND MADE THE ACE CAR IN THE 50’S?
ORIGINAL 1953 6 Cylinder English ACE 1964 FORD POWERED V8 AC COBRA
FIRST, LET’S ACKNOWLEDGE THE ACE AS THE CAR THAT CHANGED WORLD RACING HISTORY IN THE 60’S WHEN AMERICA’s CARROLL SHELBY FIT THE AMERICAN, FORD 260 CID V8 ENGINE INTO THIS SMALL ANGLO SPORTS CAR. THIS COMBINATION TURNED OUT TO BE THE FIRST MOVE TOWARD TRUMPING THE ROMAN RULE OF ENZO FERRARI, WHOSE CARS SO DOMINATED THE RACING SCENE FOR YEARS. FERRARI EVENTUALLY YIELDED TO SHELBY’s ANGLO-AMERICAN CAR, THE SHELBY COBRA, A WINNER THAT BEGAT BOTH THE COBRA DATONA AND THE FORD GT40.
SHELBY’s TAKE-OVER FROM FERRARI WAS QUITE STORY BACK THEN. IT WENT SOMETHING LIKE THIS :
WHILE JUST AHEAD IN RACING POINTS DOMINATION, IN 1964, WITH FERRARI IN THE LEAD, ENZO FERRARI WAS SO PASSIONATE TO NOT LOSE THE CUP AND RACING DOMINATION — ESPECIALLY AGAINST THE FORDS, NOT TO MENTION IT WAS SAID THAT HE TURNED DOWN THE FORD FAMILY’S INTEREST TO BUY HIS FERRARI CAR COMPANY – AND NOT WANTING TO CHANCE A LOSS AGAINST THE AMERICAN FORDS, HE MADE ONE PHONE CALL THAT YEAR TO CANCEL THE LAST RACE OF THE SEASON HELD AT ‘MONZA’ ITALY. IT WAS THE FINAL AND DECIDING RACE, AND, CANCELLING IT WITH THAT ONE PHONE CALL, HE TOOK THE CUP.
YES, IT WAS FOR THE LAST TIME IN HIS UNBROKEN STRING OF RACING DOMINATION. STILL, IMAGINE MAKING A CALL TO THE NFL OR THE BASEBALL LEAGUE TO CANCEL FOR A WIN!
< A FERRARI GTO made for famous race driver STERLING MOSS was sold in 2012 as the world most expensive car in a private transaction, selling for $35 million USD to Craig McCaw father of the US cell phone industry.
IT WAS FURTHER SAID THAT SINCE THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY, SPECIFICALLY THE FORD FAMILY OWNERS, WERE REFUSED IN THEIR OFFER TO BUY OUT FERRARI, THEY ENGINEERED THE FORD GT 40**, A CAR TO RUN AGAINST THE FERRARIS. THE FOLLOWING YEARS FORD DID DOMINATE THE RACING SCENE, AND FERRARI’S ROMAN RULE FOUND ITSELF REPLACED BY THE ANGLE-AMERICAN ONE : A CAR BRITISH BODIED, AND POWERED BY AN AMERICAN FORD ENGINE.
BUT WHAT BECAME OF THE ACE? NO NOT THE AC COBRA BUT THE ORIGINAL ACE AND THE AC COMPANY? WOULD YOU BELIEVE THAT IN THE WORLD OF AUTO MAKERS BUSINESS CHESS GAMES, IT IS NOW LOCATED IN GERMANY ? AND LIVES ON THERE AS THE AC COMPANY AND AC CAR ?
AC AUTOMOTIVE COMPANY STRAUBENHARDT, GERMANY..
<THECOBRA TEAM AT LEMANS
** The Ford GT40 was built and designed in England as the MK I, MK II and MK III, in the UNITED STATES as the MK IV. The GT 40 named such because it is 40 inches high won the 24 Hours of LeMans from 1966 to 1969. The car was built with Ford Motor Company backing to unseat Ferraris racing domination.
ROAD ECONOMICS : ROAD NOISE’S QUESTION LAST WEEK WAS “WHEN IS THE CHINESE CAR OFFICIALLY COMING TO THE US ?” AND THE ANSWER WAS, “IN ABOUT 5 YEARS.” OUR QUESTION THIS TIME IS, “WHICH COUNTRY PRODUCES THE MOST CARS?”
YOU GUESSED IT. IT IS CHINA!
HERE IS AN OVERVIEW FROM THE ‘OICA’, INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE MANUFACTURERS ON CARS “ROAMING THE PLANET” :
“1 out of 4 cars produced in the world comes from China. China was the world’s third-largest car market in 2006, as car sales in China soared by nearly 40% to 4.1 million units. Soon thereafter, China took the lead and became the world’s first-largest car market, as low vehicle penetration, rising incomes, greater credit availability and falling car prices lift sales past those of Japan. Furthermore, vehicle penetration in China still stands at only about 40 vehicles per 1,000 people, compared with approximately 700 vehicles per 1,000 people in the mature markets of the G7 countries and here are rankings compiled in 2011 and some interesting figures to ponder on cars roaming the planet.”
Rank Country Cars produced % of total
1 China 14,485,326 24.0%
2 Japan 7,158,525 11.9%
3 Germany 5,871,918 9.7%
4 South Korea 4,221,617 7.0%
5 India 3,038,332 5.0%
6 U.S.A. 2,966,133 4.9%
7 Brazil 2,534,534 4.2%
8 France 1,931,030 3.2%
ROAD EVENTS & MUSEUMS : AS WE CROSS TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE 4TH OF JULY, SUMMER AUTO EVENTS ARE TAKING PLACE.
WE OF “ROAD NOISE” MET WITH THE FOLKS RUNNING THE WEEKLY CAR SHOW ON TAP EVERY SUNDAY FROM 2pm TO 7pm AT 950 CUMMINGS CENTER, ROUTE 62 IN BEVERLY MASS. IT’S SPONSORED BY AMERICAN BBQ COMPANY, TAKE A RIDE THERE AND PICK UP A FREE COPY OF THE AUTO ENTHUSIASTS’ NEWSPAPER ‘WHIP AND WHEELS“, WHICH CONTAINS A GREAT LISTING OF MASSACHUSETTS AND NEW HAMPSHIRE AUTO EVENTS. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL MAKE IT TO THIS CAR SHOW SOME SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
KEEP SUMMER GOING … till the next edition and enjoy your summer drive …
—- Charles Barris / “Road Noise”