Steam car to com­pete!

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

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.

www.chateauimp­neylimb.com

Back in the com­pe­ti­tion – ‘Whistling Billy’, a 1905 White steam car.

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