New rules al­low steam car to run

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

The re­cre­ation of the 1905 White Steam Racer, known as ‘Whistling Billy’, will make its com­pe­ti­tion de­but at Chateau Imp­ney this week­end.

Un­til last Septem­ber, the MSA banned steam cars from tak­ing part in com­pet­i­tive mo­tor­sport but Whistling Billy’s owner and builder, Bob Dyke, has now per­suaded the gov­ern­ing body to al­low it to com­pete. The orig­i­nal car was suc­cess­ful in US in the early 1900s.

“I’ve been writ­ing letters and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the MSA for a while now to try to get per­mis­sion to com­pete,” said Dyke. “I think that Billy is a class above – when it’s go­ing well, it goes like stink. The real challenge is to get it on the hill.”

An ex­cel­lent en­try of Ed­war­dian cars also in­cludes the spec­tac­u­lar 1905 Dar­racq of Mark Walker and Dun­can Pit­t­away in the 1911 Fiat S76.

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