MG R2 "Flying Shingle" 1954

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    Ken Miles life came to a tragic end on August 17th, 1966 while driving a Ford J-car prototype. The car was traveling at 175 mph on a back-strech. Ken began preparing for a corner, slowing the vehicle down, but it went out of control and over an embankment. Ken was thrown from the car as it spun and went end-over-end. This tragedy brought an end to a brilliant career that began during the very early 1950s.

    Ken was born on November 1st of 1918 in Sutton Coldfield, England. During his early life he apprenticed at a British car manufacturer. During World War II, he worked in various duties that dealt with machinery and utilized his mechanical skills. He began motorcycle racing while in the service and this would continue after his tour. After World War II, he returned to the automobile industry and to automotive racing. He acquired a Frazer-Nash racer and installed a Ford V8-60 engine. It had mile success in local and club competition.

    In 1952 he came to the United States where he accepted a position as service manager for an MG distributor in California. Later, he would became involved with a wide range of teams and races and have a profound influence on early American road racing. His skills as a driver and fabricator quickly evolved and he became legendary on the West Coast with his competitive Specials.

    Miles first racer that he constructed was in 1953, while working for Gough Industries. He had been racing MG TD's for Gough, but they were often outclassed by the competition. Gough helped Miles with creating a racer, though he was unable to provide cash. What Gough did provide was use of any MG or Morris and any stock spare part.

    Miles began work on the R-1. The frame was created from mild steel tubing and attached to MG Series Y independent front suspension. The rear was comprised of a live axle. Alfin aluminum drum brakes with two-wheel cylinders were used to provide the stopping power while a Morris Minor rack-and-pinion kept the vehicle in the drivers control.

    Under the hood was an experimental racing engine that had a 1466cc displacement size. The engine would later be used by MG for their MG TF 1500. The engine had twin SU carburetors and a 10.5:1 initial compression ratio. The compression ratio was later increased to 11.6:1. The 83 horsepower engine was mated to a stock MG TD transmission which sent the power to the rear wheels.

    The car was clothed in a hand-formed aluminum body. The overall weight of the vehicle was less than 1,230 pounds.

    The car made its inaugural appearance in 1953 at a rainy Pebble Beach. The car had not been tested but this did not seem to matter, as it emerged victorious. Throughout the next year, the car would win all of the races it was entered, except for two. Its racing career came to an end in 1954 at Pebble Beach, when it suffered mechanical difficulties and failed to finish the race. The flywheel bolts fractures which allowed the flywheel to come loose. This resulted in the engine over-revving and it threw a rod. The R-1 Miles Special's racing career had come to an end.

    The second Miles Special racer was constructed in similar fashion to the first, but incorporated many key mechanical and design changes. Many MG components were still utilized, such as the gearbox and 1466cc MG XPEG engine. The space frame chassis was constructed from one-inch steel tubing which was lighter than its predecessor, but still retained the structural rigidity. To reduce frontal area, the driving position was lowered by nearly four inches. Other techniques were used to reduce the frontal area. The engine was tilted down in the front which did much to achieve this goal.

    The car was narrow and low, which meant changes were needed to fit all the engine components in the engine bay. The MG intake manifolds were installed upside down which allowed the carburetors to be angled and fit under the hood.

    The design of the vehicle was similar to the MG TF. This was done for brand recognition and to help promote the MG line of vehicles. There were differences; the R-2 had an envelope body with fenders that flared up, and over, the front and rear wheels. In the front was an MG style grille with headlights on either side. The car was finished in British racing green.

    The car was given the nickname, the Flying Shingle. Its inaugural race was in 1955 at Willow Springs. It failed to finish the race. Many of the other races in which it entered, it emerged victorious. Among its accomplishments were first place finishes at Pebble Beach and Torrey Pines.

    Miles was doing well in small-bore racing, but the competition was consistently keeping pace. Soon, a new machine was needed.

    Miles acceptable a position at Johnny Von Neumann's Porsche dealership. He raced during the 1956 season in a Porsche 550 Spyder and began work on a new racing Special. With von Neumann providing a generous budget, and Porsche providing ample stock components, Miles was able to construct a proper, large-budget racer.

    Power came from a Porsche Carrera four-cam engine that displaced 1500cc. The chassis was a Cooper Bobtail with a modified nose. The suspension was an independent setup with drums in the front and rear. The body shell was constructed of aluminum which aided greatly in the vehicles low weight of just under 950 pounds.

    Near the close of 1956, the newly created Special was brought to Pomona where it was piloted by Miles to a second place finish. At Paramount Ranch, the car was driven to a class win in the 1500cc class, and beat-out the big-bore modified class as well. The car was raced in 1956 and for part of 1957 before the von Neumann dealership was given the break they had been desperately searching for - a Porsche 550A. The car was supplied from the factory with orders to sell the R-3 Pooper Special.

    The R-1, R-2, and R-3 are still in existence in modern times. They are used in vintage competition and are shown at events.

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  2. CostasDrifter

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    Strange beauty!
     
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  3. Aero2000

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    I can agree that it is strange, but not about the beauty :p hehe
     
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    Come guys, can you not imagine the "beauty" behind the wheel?
     
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    No, but I like the Wheels ;)
     
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    Some more...

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    Bold lines, but strangly good looking... :tup:
     
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    High quality pictures, thank you very much.


    Yes, it's a little bit different but I can appreciate the lines.
     
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    Very interesting. I like. Not the looks, but the history, that Porsche motor, and the fact that this could be a stonking drive on Nurburgring.
     
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    Exactly, history of the car, it's engine and specs are also interesting.
    Thanks for your comment.
     
  11. cbarbosa

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    ...and needs more votes!
     
  12. Szayelarel

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    For the love of god, stop spamming Starlight's threads to make them go back to the first page, FREAKIN' ANNOYING. :grumpy:
     
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  14. Tsukishima

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    Nope. -_-
     
  15. StarLight

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    Why bother? I don't ... :D

    He, he ... cbarbosa just voted 10 minutes ago on one of your cars (Tushek). :cool:
     
  16. Szayelarel

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    Yea because these happens with YOUR threads, always.
     
  17. StarLight

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    Really, shall investigate the other threads?
    I'm not the only one who has over 240 threads?
    I didn't ask cbarbosa anything so you are now only insinuating something that's not the case.
     
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    No need to investigate, look at the page 1 of car suggestion and you will see that the majority of threads are yours, all spammed back to the first page, and it's not always with cbarbosa, CostasDrifter does it too, but at least he gives pictures with nice resolutions when he does it.
     
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    @Szayelarel
    What I do to many threads calling enrichment and not spamming either you like it or not!
    Maybe should I ask your permission before post to any thread I like next time?
     
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  22. Szayelarel

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    Try reading my post again, bro.

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    Yea, why not? :sly:
     
  23. CostasDrifter

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    I read very carefully. You said I spamming through nice pictures I post. Iam saying again...do you know what means enrichment...?
    I don't want to discussion this more...Please...Iam in a dangerous age and no need to raise my blood pressure!
     
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    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/enrichment

    Me neither, this already got too boring.
     
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    End of discussion. My apologies to @StarLight for abusive thread use and @CostasDrifter for some members atittude... surely is "boring"...
     
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  26. Szayelarel

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    Sure some of my posts were one line only, but I did not spam one entire page like you did. Period.

    And I never insulted you. -.-
     
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    STOP this discussion in my thread and keep it clean!

     
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  30. JKgo

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    Sorry about this StarLight...you post a great car and things go out of control. Sigh. :irked:
    @CostasDrifter keep up the good work, I don't know how you do it but you find amazing pics.
     
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