Steam car to compete!
The 1905 White ‘Whistling Billy’ steam car is to make its UK competition debut at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb on 9-10 July. The machine that took owner Bob Dyke eight years to re-create, has only been able to take part in demonstration runs to date but a 100-year ruling banning steam cars from competing in historic motorsport has been overturned by the Motor Sport Association.
‘It seems they were banned because the authorities thought that they had iron wheels and dropped coal on the track,’ says Bob. ‘I contacted the MSA to point out that Whistling Billy ran on liquid fuel and had rubber tyres.’
As a result of his perseverance, with members of the Steam Car Club, the MSA has rescinded the ban and the car is due to take on the Warwickshire Chateau’s 1000-yard hill climb in July. Bob has a considerable amount of work to do on the engine and is also hoping to improve the fuel performance.
‘Billy’ is 14ft long and was built by the White Sewing Machine Company and used in dirt races in the US. In 1905 the car shaved almost four seconds off the world track record for the mile.
Back in the competition – ‘Whistling Billy’, a 1905 White steam car.