Starting the 1909 Blitzen-Benz, UNEDITED, @ Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
The Blitzen-Benz was purpose built to do just one thing, to break speed records (not racing), and it did repeatedly from 1909 through 1911. (Edited version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ga2HtUHzUuw ) Its speed of 228.1km/h (141.73mph) on April 23rd, 1911, driven by Bob Burman at Daytona Beach, stood as a record until 1919. Twice the speed of the fastest airplane, (12 April, 1911, Alfred Leblanc @ 69.442mph/111.801kph in a Blériot Blériot) and even shattering the record speed of 210km/h set by a locomotive in 1903. This record was not even officially broken in an airplane until 1920! Of the six originally built, this is one of only two that exist today, and is displayed at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany. While the extended and nuanced effort required to start the Blitzen-Benz on a cool coastal morning can try the patience of some viewers, its historical significance and ground-breaking engineering brilliance still place it amongst the greatest motor-vehicle achievements of all time, and the dozens witnessing this effort felt it was one of the highlights of many great moments at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2011. Here's a great collection of vintage and modern images of the Blitzen-Benz and other historic speed record contenders: http://www.flickriver.com/photos/tags/blitzenbenz/interesting/ Specs: displacement 21500 cc / 1312.0 in³ bore 185 mm / 7.28 in stroke 200 mm / 7.87 in compression 5.8:1 power 149.1 kw / 200 bhp @ 1600 rpm specific output 9.3 bhp per litre bhp/weight 137.93 bhp per tonne
Part 2 of starting a 917 engine
If you didn't get enough Porsche 917 in the first video...watch this one!
Start up (ISU-152) heavy tank destroyer after 65 years
ISU-152 "Zveroboy" soviet heavy tank destroyer developed and used during World War II. Lost in Ukrainian village. 65 years later come alive.
Flat Out in a Porsche 917 - Shakedown for Rennsport Reunion V
The legend: the Porsche 917. The driver: Patrick Long. The only North American employed as a factory racing driver by Porsche. Wins: 24 Hours of LeMans class winner, 3-time ALMS champion, Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and class winner at the 2013 Baja 1000. That's what it takes to drive this car. Rennsport Reunion V is not just a gathering of the most significant Porsche race cars ever to roll on the Earth, but a reunion of the irreplaceable people who designed, engineered, and drove them to victory. #PorscheRRV