Giant Killers: Light vs. Might

1934 MG K3 Magnette driven by Kevin Kelly. Giant Killers: Light vs. Might. Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. Philadelphia, PA
1934 MG K3 Magnette driven by Kevin Kelly. Giant Killers: Light vs. Might. Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. Philadelphia, PA

It is not always the biggest engine or the fastest car that wins the race. Certain cars regularly beat the bigger models because of their maneuverability and balance in road races.

The Simeone Museum demonstrated a quartet of cars that did surprisingly well against their larger competitors:

  • 1913 Mercer Raceabout, with a  relatively small 4.9 liter engine.
  • 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS, whose special instruction booklet insert was a convenience to Alfa’s English speaking customers.
  • 1934 MG K3 Magnette, which was capable of sustaining 6,000 RPM.
  • 1954 Austin Healey 100-4 BN1,  capable of great pulling power, so much so that the American versions have the first gear blocked out.

By Kinan Faham

"the Silent Camera" was conceived in 2009 and was inspired by the music of Arvo Part especially his piece "Silentium". I perceive the modern world as oscillating between two extremes that are analogous to two of Arvo Part's pieces: "Perpetuum Mobile" represents the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the sea of people surrounding you, the noise in the streets, the deadlines, the challenges and the lessons to learn, the new technologies and risks facing our civilization, the musical pieces you learn [or fail to master],.. etc. "Silentium" represents the resolution of every musical note, every spoken word and every movement of your day. It is the moment that you are most likely to remember after the day's noise has settled and its turbulence has subsided. It is the moment that we all crave and the moment that will allow us to persist to the next day when the Perpetuum Mobile cycle starts again.

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