Hyperleggera

The Circle Opens

Welcome to Hyperleggera, a blog about the decadence of automobiles and other machines that go fast in interesting ways.


Begin,

if you will, with the mother of all burnouts, powered by sixteen cylinders of German engineering, older than John McCain, throttled into existence by a man who feared for nothing, except the safety of Frau Rosemeyer, who died last November aged one hundred.

This was back when racing cars were seriously cool.

A full dodgeviperful of power delivered across contact patches the size of thimbles, an engine slurping through a quart of racing fuel every mile and you wear a canvas helmet grab a thin wooden steering wheel—

[which also serves as your harness]

—and corner your way along the 14 miles of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Downforce will not be invented for another forty years, save for a freak of engineering that will kill you at Mach 0.35 on a windspent stretch of Autobahn 18 months later.

This was back when the automobile was on the upswing.

We are entering a dark age of vehicle engineering, with supersonic commercial aircraft mothballed in Barbados, with supercars whose computers limit your speed to less than one third of what Bernd Rosemeyer was doing when his Auto Union disintegrated into shards of aluminum seventy years ago.

Lockheed SR-71’s are relics of a space age long gone and kids these days don’t build rocket planes and supercharged race cars that scare you but build Facebook widgets instead. An age where safety triumphs over progress every single time. Where Achilles would shamble into battle wearing Kevlar heel protectors.

As if a Myrmidon motherfucker would ever choose old age over glory.


Like the racing suits of the men who drove them, the Silberpfeile were white, becoming silver only when Alfred Neubauer and Manfred von Brauchitsch scraped the paint off a Mercedes-Benz W25 to comply with weight rules. We have come full circle. The automobile is yet again white: a white good.

And until we build scramjet-driven hypersonic jetliners that transform into ekranoplans at will, the only cars worth noting are the pointless ones.

The roadsters powered by air-cooled tank engines. The Audi R8’s and the Pagani Zondas. The ricers you hack with handheld gaming consoles. The two-barrel Webers on vintage V12’s. The S54B32’s revved into the eight thousands and counting, the sound echoing off the façades of townhouses.

If you built a car, would Bernd Rosemeyer drive it?


Welcome to Hyperleggera. Expect no white goods. Only white riots.


Published on Friday, June 6th, 2008

25 comments

I have been waiting for this post for 4 mounths. And thanks a lot!!!

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2008

By baowah:

köszi doki.
I’m behind you.

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

By g:

Wow, I’d say this will do for a start:) Good luck with the site!

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

By Hofstatter:

We’re back in business.
YIIIIIIHAAAAA!

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

By sy:

at last.
welcome back, mate.

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

how did you develop your english up to this level? nice post, though

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

By Nat:

No difference whatsoever!

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Hey ho let’s go.

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

By ZsuKov:

WELCOME BACK, DOC!!! YAAAY!

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

By WinG:

gentleman, start your engine :)

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

By SeSam:

In fifty years’ time someone will write an achingly romantic entry about the heroic age of the internet, when fearless kids were writing facebook widgets purely for progress’ sake, disregarding all measures for safety.

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Finally! Dottore writes again!
Congratulate to the new blog :) Good luck! :)
I come tomorrow :)

(How many chances there are onto him, that you will write in a Hungarian language?)

Sorry for my bad english…

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

By klarky:

Wowwww Doc!

Welcome on board again! 8-)))

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Yo, doc, welcome back! I’ve been waiting for you to get back, and finally yo did.

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

By omm:

welcome back to the world underneath the commerce and lies
long live the speed-frak!

Posted on Sunday, June 8th, 2008

By nak:

aw, what a nice restart, dr hyde!
and i am gladly looking forward to more from you – to be continued

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2008

By nak:

and yes, the autc silver arrow was the most perfect/badass/killer racing machine ever built, just like – at least for me – the Supermarine S-6B Floatplane was among the racing planes

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2008

By KTamas:

Oh, comment in English. I have to learn to read.

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2008

By Openr:

This is the begining of a beautiful flagship.

Hope more Ekranoplans will appear soon.

Posted on Monday, June 9th, 2008

By Elbandyhun:

Nice car, nice begggining

Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

By Atka:

Reboot finished?!
Glad to hear!!!

Posted on Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

By Péter Anna:

Fuck, yeah, finally!

Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

By Tommi:

Yeah!
Welcome back Doc… This site will be as good as kzamm.com was. I hope :)

Posted on Thursday, June 12th, 2008

By kreto alak:

Geez, I just realized something’s happened and shit, it’s good! Rock on baby!

Posted on Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Welcome back :)

Posted on Sunday, July 13th, 2008