Not dead yet

Posted by Iannucci | 2/21/2008 | 4 comments »
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Cosworth still alive and kicking

Cosworth, the U.K.-based engine builder that lost its last Formula One customer at the end of 2006, faces another possible blow with word that Champ Car (for which it is the sole engine supplier) is set to go out of business or merge with the Indy Racing League.
The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
[KK puts Cosworth on the cart]
Kevin Kalkhoven: Here's one.
The Dead Collector: That'll be ninepence.

The company--owned by Champ Car co-owner Kevin Kalkhoven--eliminated 200 jobs after losing its deal with WilliamsF1.
Cosworth: I'm not dead.
The Dead Collector: What?
Kevin Kalkhoven: Nothing. There's your ninepence.
Cosworth: I'm not dead.

However, it has developed new markets in the aerospace and defense industries. Cosworth is hiring staff and investing about $2 million in new machinery to fulfill orders for precision-engineered pistons for aerospace and premium automotive customers.
The Dead Collector: 'Ere, he says he's not dead.
Kevin Kalkhoven: Yes he is.
Cosworth: I'm not.
The Dead Collector: He isn't.
Kevin Kalkhoven: Well, he will be soon, he's very ill.
Cosworth: I'm getting better.
Kevin Kalkhoven: No you're not, you'll be stone dead in a moment.

(from AutoWeek)
And imdb.


  1. Anonymous // February 21, 2008 2:54 PM  


    Anyone who pulls Monty Python references has my vote for King!

  2. Anonymous // February 21, 2008 3:55 PM  

    The Pentavirate is meeting tonight at the Speedway offices.

    So who's in this Pentavirate?

    The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, *and* Colonel Sanders. Oh, I hated the Colonel with is wee *beady* eyes, and that smug look on his face. "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken! Ohhhhh!"

  3. Iannucci // February 21, 2008 3:56 PM  

    Heed! Merger! Now!

  4. Anonymous // February 21, 2008 4:00 PM  


    There is still one question unanswered: What is the fate of Meyer Drake Engineering, makers of the Offenhauser, in this mmerger?