The Atom: “World’s Smallest Racecar”

I’m not sure the title still holds, but this film clip from 1959 is sure to impress..

The Sidney Allard and Ronnie Green designed 500cc racer doesn’t look terribly fast, but Cyril Bryan hits 116 mph on the straights.

Stop for a moment and consider the pure excellence of this era of motorsport. A motorcycle engine, a 31 inch tall chassis, a driver, and we’re off! Brakes? Don’t need ’em.

I think we can all agree that the advancements made in motorsport safety since this time are, on the whole, a good thing. But the raw bravado, enthusiasm, and joy of this video is something we’re unlikely to ever see again on the world’s racetracks.

(via Sports Car Market)

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