Racing, Sports, Drags or Speed, let's have the unusual.
used to cruise around B'ham & Redditch in this Hot-rod a few years ago, finally sold it in Kidderminster, just wondered if it is still terrifiying the locals or is tucked up in someones garage with a notice on :- " will restore one day"
How do you fancy a bit of touring in the Austrian Alps, Hot-rod style, nice and cool Heh!!
Maybe you prefer doing your thing in the rain, a tour of Hockenhiem in the rainy season.
Well I guess it is safe to come back on here and post some relevant car stuff as all the usual idiots and a**holes seem to have gone somewhere else. Not sure where rolymo has gone though, hopefully he will like these and come back.
Some old racers I have managed to catch up with at local events, first is Jack Brabham's early fifties midget from the oval racing days;
This supercharged MG won the Australian Grand Prix in 1939;
and we should all be grateful that Dr Ernie Nagamatsu is still racing Ole Yaller II wherever he can;
while Guido Belgiorno-Nettis is racing the ex-Stefan Johansson Ferrari 185;
Meanwhile, this Corvette drag act turned up at last week's National Corvette Covention;
One for the Googlers out there.
Clues, it has a Chev V8 in the back, but is chain drive !
It is from New Zealand.
And it goes, I have seen it...........
The weird chain-drive V8 sports car above is the Stanton Special. Concocted originally in 1964 by the Stanton brothers in New Zealand it has a Corvette 327 V8 in a home-brewed spaceframe chassis and has been continously developed ever since. It is still a regular at historic meetings. The story of the Stanton brothers goes back even further though to another special fitted with a 6.1 litre four cylinder Gipsy Major aero engine in the back which first appeared in 1953. Here is another view of it in flight.
Other local specials include this Buick Speedster;
An early Holden sedan racer;
This Frazer Nash probably belongs in a VSCC paddock;
But this D-Type replica certainly does not;
It has a 4 litre staright six motor ok, but it is a modern Ford Falcon unit.......
Action packed racing all over the weekend from "Thunder Valley" Bristol TN on live stream, just tap into your PC :- www.bracketraces.com/ live/ to see all the action, huge DRAGFEST 435 dragster & door slammers booked in on Thursday night. dont forget the 5 hours time difference so racing will continue untill the early hours of the morning. See you there !!
The D Type Jaguar is certainly interesting, I had one of those to blast up & down the German autobahns. It got me into difficulties a couple of times,they have a tendency to get a bit "sqirrelly" in the handling department when you get up around the 170mph mark.
When I shipped the Jaguar D Type to the USA and tried to drive from Orlando to TAMPA and join a Jaguar club meeting it turned into an absolute nightmare journey , the most dreadful 200mile (each way ) that I have ever driven. The car was geared high (2/86to1) for cruising on the German autobahn at high speed but with the American national speed limit of 55mph it was not possible to get into 2nd gear without killing the engine or exceeding the limit. Also the air temp was mostly between 90/100 degrees which meant the very small air intake for the radiator had an impossible task to pass sufficient air to cool the motor unless I got my road speed up high. The law enforcement officers work really hard on that particular stretch of road and hide round every corner so speeding becomes a "no-no" The return trip was completed in the cool of the night, after the police had gone to bed !!