48. Christie 20 litre V 4

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John Walter Christie was an American engineer and inventor. He is best known for developing the Christie suspension used in a number of World War 2 era tank design, most notably the Soviet BT and T34 series and the British Convenanter and crusader cruiser tanks. He was the first American to compete in the 1907 French Grand Prix : the V4 engine of 20 litre that powered his vehicle was the largest ever used in a Grand Prix race, but the car retired after four laps with ‘engine trouble’. On September 9 of that same year, Christie was seriously injured in a crash when his car struck loose debris during a lap at Brunots Island Race Track in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In a twelve car endurance race earlier that day, scheduled to run 50 miles, the Haynes cardriver Rex Reinertson had lost its right front tire with disastrous results, catapulting into the air and landing on its roof. Reinertson was crushed beneath the car. Next up was Christie, driving the car he had used at the Grand Prix only a few months before. He was attempting to break the track’s lap record of 58 seconds and due to receive a $500 prize if he was succesful. Christie completed the second half of his warmup lap in only 24 seconds. So he was well on pace for a new record, but at the 1/8 marker of his real lap his right front wheel struck part of Reinertson’s car that remained on the track. Christie was thrown from the car, traveling twenty feet in the air and fifty feet across the grounds before coming to earth.

Original watercolour of Christie 20 litre V 4

  • Signed by the Dutch artist Giovanni Casander himself
  • Watercolour on art paper
  • Not framed
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  • Size : 28,5 cm x 20 cm = 11.22″ x 7.87″
  • Price : € 495,–


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