Sorrentolens

Photos and thoughts; Cars; 1950s; 1960s

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’55 Porsche Speedster

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55 Porsche Speedster

General specifications
Country of origin Germany
Chassis number 550-04 / 550-015 / 550-0030
Numbers built 78
Produced from 1954 – 1955
Body design Erwin Komenda
Engine
Configuration Type 547 B 4
Location Mid, longitudinally mounted
Construction aluminium block and head
Displacement 1.498 liter / 91.4 cu in
Bore / Stroke 85.0 mm (3.3 in) / 66.0 mm (2.6 in)
Compression 9.5:1
Valvetrain 2 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed 2 Solex PJJ Carburettors
Aspiration Naturally Aspirated
Drivetrain
Chassis/body aluminium body on tubular steel ladder frame
Front suspension twin parallel arms, transverse torsion bars
Rear suspension swing axles, torsion bars, double-acting telescopic shock absorbers
Steering worm and nut
Brakes drums, all-round
Gearbox 4 speed Manual
Drive Rear wheel drive
Dimensions
Weight 612 kilo / 1349.2 lbs
Length / Width / Height 3600 mm (141.7 in) / 1540 mm (60.6 in) / 1050 mm (41.3 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2101 mm (82.7 in) / 1290 mm (50.8 in) / 1250 mm (49.2 in)
Performance figures
Power 110 bhp / 82 KW @ 6200 rpm
Torque 120 Nm / 89 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
BHP/Liter 73 bhp / liter
Power to weight 0.18 bhp / kg
Top Speed 220 km/h / 137 mph

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March 8, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Simpson Hotel – Mt. Dora, FL

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Simpson Hotel, Mt. Dora, FL

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March 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Drunk on the Kool-Aide

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OK, I admit it.  My name is Paul, and I’m an HDR-aholic!  There!  I said it.  I’ve been sloppy drunk on HDR lately – I can’t seem to stop myself.  I know it may be a bit over-the-top.  In some ways it really grabs you and is easy on the eyes.  In other ways — well, it’s a bit much.  I’ll be doing this for awhile if you want to leave and come back in a couple of weeks.  If you think it looks OK, then hang around.

I was in Orlando yesterday at a meeting at the Citrus Club (la-de-da).  Terrible meeting, but I took some photos from the top floor where the dining area is.  I’ve always loved emeralds and sapphires – and that’s what I was trying for with these two buildings.

Emeralds and Sapphires

Emeralds and Sapphires

I took this next one a year ago in Altamonte Springs at Cranes Roost Park.  Its the tower of … @*  ?  I dunno what the tower is supposed to be for or what it represents.  Its just this faux, artsy-fartsy tower here in Central Florida.

Artsy-Fartsy Tower at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, FL

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March 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Beached

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Along the very south end of Daytona Beach (Daytona Beach Shores and Ponce Inlet) you can find some lovely homes sitting atop the dunes – barrier dunes protecting the shoreline and the turtle nests.  Some think the houses intrude on the natural land and seascape – they may, but I guess we get used to what we see.

Our toys are kept close to the dunes so they don’t get caught in the surf and end out at sea, riderless.  The lighthouse is right in back of me.

This is one of my shots from August 8, 2008 (08-08-08) – a grand summer day in Florida.

Beached

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February 26, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Extending photographic techniques

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I found some excellent tutorials on HDR (High Definition Range) photography and I used them on some of my favorite photos.  I’m reposting – I hope you can see the difference and that it’s pleasing.

From the dunes on Anna Maria Island

Late autumn in Central Florida

Waiting for a summer sail

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February 23, 2010 at 8:27 pm

My favorite car

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Went up to The Villages on Saturday… they had their monthly cruise-in – This particular TR6 look virtually new.  It is in such good condition – I may have drooled.

1975 TR6

TR6

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February 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm

and, Oh by the way …

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“….American political system “dysfunctional,” riddled with “brain-dead partisanship” and permanent campaigning.  …. American people needed to deliver a “shock” to Congress by voting incumbents out en masse and replacing them with people interested in reforming the process and governing for the good of the people, rather than deep-pocketed special-interest groups.”

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February 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Do clothes make the man?

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I think integrity makes the man.  What do you think?

From The Gate House by Nelson DeMille

Cary Grant

I love dogs!

Fred Astaire

Madras Nightmare

My favorite tie and dog

J Press

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February 16, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Stop

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STOP

OK, you can GO now!

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February 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Love Green

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Saw a clutch of Model A’s corralled at a local buffet joint today.  Took the opportunity to snap a few photos.  I have a thing for green.  I love green ties, but its difficult to get them to work correctly with average trad duds.  I don’t like olive green, but I do love lime green, and Kelly green.  Anyway, as you can see I got the green in this spare tire.  Oh, I guess you can see my freekin’ bald head in this one too.  Maybe I should paint it green!

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February 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm