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    Quote Originally Posted by chaindrive View Post
    Thank you (I think) for the greetings .
    All done in the best possible taste as "Kenny Everett " would say !!

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    1/9 scale model of Burt Munro’s “Worlds Fastest Indian”, scratch-built in mainly brass by Mr Misao Hiro.
    Build link here http://www.modelfactoryhiro.com/new/...917#more-17917
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    Incredible

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    Impulse and the Jim Bennett Furi Cars story

    On the Dunedin thread is the continuing - as yet incomplete - story of Jim Bennett and his Furi cars.
    The story is up to Furi 2, but Jim's main Racer has been Furi 9 [ Impulse ] for many years.
    A single seater in a very 1930's/40's style, but like the Midget Jim raced in the 1960's.

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    an early photo - seen on the " Dunedin " thread - from Jim's archives ;

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    Photos are on this thread as it appears that " Chaindrive " is doing a tribute to Jim Bennett.

    progress so far [ Tony " borrowed " your photos as I tend to do ! ]

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    a couple of details of the real car ;

    Jim Bennett's own words
    " A proper old type single seater like the midget raced in the 60's always held some appeal. Having always liked the appearance of the Jamieson twin-cam Austin 750 of 1934 I decided to create a look-a-like. I would have preferred to use a water cooled 4 cylinder motorcycle engine but the rules of the Classic movement meant using oldish components. A Hillman Imp seemed the only really suitable engine that I could think of that would have a similar specification and similar power to the original Austin which had a very special 750 alloy twin-cam putting out around 112 BHP at 7000rpm in 1934!
    A boot load of bits were acquired from a long time friend. As design progressed on the Austin Look-a-like it was decided to utilise Imp parts for most of the car including the front hubs and kingpins, attached to a piece of tube for an axle, rear mounted gearbox inverted got the drive the right way and conveniently lowered the propeller shaft 100mm allowing a low seating position like the Austin. As the Imp steering rack was used this meant that the engine had to be leaned a bit to the left for the steering column to clear the distributor. A Shorrock supercharger from my squirrel like collection was fitted behind the motor, above the foot-well, and driven by a shaft running alongside the cylinder head. To tidy the appearance up another Imp cam cover was fitted over this tipped over at the opposite angle to the engine. This gave the appearance of a twin-cam a bit like the Austin and has provided as much fun listening to comments as driving the car does."

    Like the last comment ;

    Chaindrive - we await further photos of the progress and do not worry about " The Home for the Bewildered ".

    More of the Furi 9 story will appears soon on the Dunedin thread - just have to post on Furi's 3 to 8.

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    I consider it as the epitome of a classic racing car

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaindrive View Post
    I consider it as the epitome of a classic racing car
    And consider this ; Entry to " The home for the Bewildered " we will probably arrive at the same time !!

    Jim's car yes I think it is brilliant !!, and am very pleased that Jim has shared his information with me.

    Cheers

    Fellow " Bewilderpeople " they Hunt for us everywhere !!

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    Think this is how we get there ;
    Us " Bewilderpeople "

    Would like to see one of these in real life - and have a model one too !! - not Motorsport but New Zealand Motoring History.

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    Only Model Bus I ever had was a Lincoln Toys - Micro Model - of a Bedford, painted blue, no windows or interior detail around 1;43 scale.

    This from a for sale ad - mine was deep blue and silver - no signage - from memory of about 60 years ago.

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    Last edited by Roger Dowding; 06-22-2019 at 11:50 PM. Reason: more info and pics ####47

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    Nearly there!


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    F. U. R. I. the Jim Bennett Cars - Furi 9 Impulse .. Jim is still racing it !!

    Quote Originally Posted by chaindrive View Post
    Nearly there!


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    Chaindrive - waiting for this view " Cute Rear End " as son Warren said of Jim's car ..

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    Love your work Mate - Car is brilliant ..

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    Roger-----------The view you wanted (Not a good pic)

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    Furi 9 - that Cute rear end

    Re-posting these as a Pair ;

    The Real Car !

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    The great Model by " Chaindrive " thanks Tony.

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    Tribute to Mr Jim Bennett finished

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    Now off to Specsavers !!

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