Has to be the ultimate wet dream .................

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Has to be the ultimate wet dream .................

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Postby Heuer » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:21 pm

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"Continental Cars Ltd were a garage in Send, Surrey, specialising in sales, service and repairs of European sports cars. They started building racing cars in 1949 and used the name Connaught as a pun on Continental Autos! The cars were designed by Rodney Clarke, an outstanding designer who paid particular attention to detail, a fact that some times slowed down the development of the cars. Also holding him back was the same lack of funding that affected all the British manufacturers, Connaught however still managed to turn out exceptionally well built cars. Clarke had some very advanced ideas too, he designed a rear engine sports car in 1950, conceived a rear engine F1 car by 1955 and had ideas for anti-lock braking and self levelling suspension, and Connaught were the first F1 team to have their own wind tunnel! By 1958 all the funds had dried up for Connaught and Rodney Clarke returned to the simpler world of running the garage business in Send. "

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Re: Has to be the ultimate wet dream .................

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Postby Kencl » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:31 am

Strictly speaking, the site of the old Continental Cars Ltd (Connaught) is not now a Shell petrol station. The site of Connaught was about 200 yards further along Portsmouth Road and is now occupied by an office block called Connaught House. If you follow your link, turn back on yourself and move down past Plumb Center and the side road to the office block and you will actually see a plaque on the wall (to the right of the entrance) in honour of Connaught Cars. You can also read the sign near the front door proclaiming that it is Connaught House. That is the exact spot where Continental Cars was located. The old garage was still standing when I moved to the area in 1993.

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Postby christopher storey » Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:35 pm

Well, I never knew that Connaught was a play on words. Amazing, the things you learn on this site :bigrin: :bigrin:

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