Whatzathat? - an Albata.
This guy was being shown off at the Saticoy Country Club car show earlier this month. I do not know anything about it. I searched all over the internet including Wikipedia, but came up with nothing.
I would guess it is a custom built racing car. There is a clue besides it's earlier design style - the fellow in the background is wearing a colorful shirt which has a "Monaco Grand Prix" from the 1950s design.
If any Trekie has a better clue, please let me know....
PS: Kudos to Malgo, she discovered the Albata was designed to race on dry lake beds. This guy was not used in a Grand Prix, it raced in Southern California's Harper dry lake bed, clocked 118 mph in 1940. The Albata was owned by Ralph Schenck then. It had an aluminum body, with a Chevy 4 cylinder engine, 1918 Chevy cam shaft, Ford model B crank, and a 3 port Oldsmobile head.
In the 1930s and early 40s before WW II, racing clubs were popular at dry lake beds. The races were time and speed oriented with sometimes as many as a dozen race cars lined up.
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serp2000 (44574) 2014-07-26 6:08
I have no ideas about this title, but I think this is the Italian word ;) Yes, this is typical design of 1950th. Amazing shapes, good conditions for so speedy old timer. Good contribution to the theme.
Noel_Byrne (31666) 2014-07-26 6:26
note that's a funky vehicle! I have never heard of it before either but it's a very cool car, kind of what I would expect Buck Rogers to to be driving On the moon in the old tv show. Despite it's obvious age, it still looks quite futuristic. Great idea to fill the frame with it too, very interesting shot.
emka (99971) 2014-07-26 8:26
Isn't it the same? Funny old car, looks very strange. I like it very much.
Warm regards Malgo
macjake (69143) 2014-07-26 15:58
yup, this is exactly what I was waiting for!
thanks so much for this interesting and informative pic/note.
Malgo sure has a way of getting to the bottom of things haha
looking at this car, it surely has bad views at the side and back :)
but then again its a racing car.
fun photo, bright, clear, sharp and very interesting.
tyro (25710) 2014-07-27 3:07
A brilliant photograph of this strange but very fast looking automobile! And well done Malgo for doing the research to tell you about this particular car and its interesting history!
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
ktanska (28022) 2014-07-27 4:24
That's one special looking car! Clearly custom built racer. Lightweight thanks to aluminum body. And streamlined although build before knowledge gathered from wind tunnel tests. I like the way sun shines on the metal.
Silvio1953 (145605) 2014-07-27 5:39
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic car, excellent sharpness, wonderful colors and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
COSTANTINO (66202) 2014-07-28 10:30
Hello my dear friend
fantastic car like an airplane
is it an airplane or not?
your notes are really usful
amazing scenery in silver