BLACKBIRD AUTOMOTIVE JOURNAL VOL 10: ABSOLUTE PRECISION
For our 10th edition of the Blackbird Automotive Journal, we focus on more than 100 years of German automotive engineering.
We begin with a review of BMW’s 100th Anniversary celebration at Goodwood this summer and then continue with a reflection on the continuing link between Italy’s Mille Miglia and Mercedes’ original 300SLR racer. We offer thoughts on how the iconic event’s modern celebration remains a focal point for Mercedes and the marque’s solid support and participation.
Blackbird also visits both the site of Porsche’s original Austrian factory and the private Porsche museum that became a labour of love for a young Austrian, and his desire to commemorate the manufacturer’s modest early history.
We pivot to the Porsche brand of 2016, and the story of the manufacturer’s struggle and surprise victory over fellow corporate brother Audi and the tremendously motivated Toyota squad at the truest test of man and machine, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
We stay on track to recount the heroic rise of Keke Rosberg, the fiery Finn (and father to former Mercedes F1 pilot Nico) who miraculously went from a down-on-his-luck racer without a contract to 1982 World Driver’s Champion in the space of one enigmatic Grand Prix season.
Finally, we again get our petrol fix with the review of the BAC Mono, one of the purest driver’s cars on the planet. As a technical tour-de-force, we sample what it’s like to drive a “formula car” on public roads.