Pic Of The Week: The World's Fastest Rolls

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Matt Wright's Crewe-build 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow may still strongly resemble the bespoke British gentleman's express that left the production line decades ago, but thanks to the transplant of 588cu Chevrolet V8 it's somewhat faster. Fast enough to run an impressive 7.94 second quarter mile.. at 175mph!

So as you look at this picture on your desktop and the stirring tones of the British National Anthem drift through your post-lunch office reverie, just remind yourself of one important fact.

The bl**dy Germans won it after all.

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  • central 31 Oct 2011

    KDIcarmad said:
    Sad they had to use a yank engine! Very British!

    A Daimler V8 (later Jaguar) was used to great effect in drag race. I understand over a 1000bhp was reach. That sound better than pulling out a Rolls Royce V8 to put in a cheap yank one! This would have meant more work as no offer the shelf performance parts.



  • ejenner 31 Oct 2011

    Did anyone see the hot-link from the beast on top-gear to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=QdfO657zHN...

  • Liquid Knight 31 Oct 2011

    Yep. Now this could be a case of great minds thinking alike or someone who works in PH Towers is a member of the PPC forum. scratchchin

    http://www.ppcmag.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=39&a...

  • KDIcarmad 31 Oct 2011

    Sad they had to use a yank engine! Very British!

    A Daimler V8 (later Jaguar) was used to great effect in drag race. I understand over a 1000bhp was reach. That sound better than pulling out a Rolls Royce V8 to put in a cheap yank one! This would have meant more work as no offer the shelf performance parts.

    If you want classic British and a yank motor buy a Bristol! More British now than Rolls Royce!



  • eliot 30 Oct 2011

    ADP68 said:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxMxFE37Sxw
    He still runs an auto gearbox company in Spain and advertises in the RREC mag.
    Fantastic stuff.

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