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Triumph Autocrosser Debuts Other Spitfire

Robert, a big time vintage Triumph Spitfire autocrossing enthusiast, brought out another of his Triumph Spitfires to the SPOKES 2009 Autocross #5.

This dark blue model is from 1978.  It’s a relatively stock 1500 model.  The exceptions to that configuration are as follows:

  • Wheels & tires
  • Dual SU carbs
  • headers
  • lowered springs

Autocross Videocam Footage

As usual, Robert had fun.  He was trying a variety of Motorsports HERO Wide placement options, even trying shooting video from his helmet.  The following video is from his “helmetcam” mounting:

Although the camera was at an odd angle, it really gives you a good illustration as to how you need to be looking toward the next set of cones that you’ll be going through.  Anticipation is one of the keys to successful autocrossing – our brains tend to to tell our arms to steer toward what we are looking at.  Thanks Robert!

Racing Ready offers these tidbits of competition advice.

Dan

Highly Regarded Vintage Racer(s) at H2R

Awesome vintage cars show up at the darnedest places.  At the April 2009 The Drivers Edge event at Harris Hill Road, I saw a RHD (right hand drive) 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype.  The owner said he wasn’t quite sure if the year was correct.

Here’s the serial number for those curious & knowledgeable to research & check out.

The owner was busy & not talkative, so I just took pictures.  Therefore, I have no story at all on this beautiful racing relic of the past…sorry.  But, I just couldn’t keep these pictures of this treasure to myself.

The owner said that this classic racer was a handful to drive, compared to modern racers, but 3 times as fun. 🙂

Also of note at Harris Hill Road is vintage of another sort – the rolling chassis/body of H2R’s 24 Hours of LeMons Bo River’s Special.  This “prepared” Toyota Corolla is for sale & posted on Craig’s List.  No, the motor is not for sale as it was the best part of that rolling racebed of technology.  That motor is being preserved for some other project, I think…

There is never a question of racing equipment variety at Harris Hill Road.

Racing Ready is always on the lookout for it!

Dan

1976 Cosworth Vega Does Autocross Debut

At this past Sunday’s SPOKES 2009 Autocross #5, there was a classic hot car from the 70’s – a 1976 Chevy Cosworth Vega.  Cliff, the owner, said he’s had this car new since he has in college.  Now that’s true car ownership dedication!

My brother had a standard issue Vega that he took cross-country, back in 1984.  It was an adequate, well-rusted (from the Northeast US) although unexciting little car form the 70’s.  But Cliff’s car model added excitement to the compact Chevrolet line at the time.

Cliff has done very few modifications in the car’s lifetime – it’s relatively stock.  The 4 cylinder engine is 122 cubic inches, AKA, 2 liters.  Most changes were to improve an issue that declining performance necessitated.  Here’s what few items are no longer stock or updated:

  • Dual Weber Carbs kit (instead of fuel injection) with 45mm venturis
  • A milled head
  • MSD ignition module
  • A more supportive, up-to-date driver’s seat

I never did find out how many miles have been clocked by Cliff.  It’s in relatively good original condition for its age.  These original wheels still look good & functional (tire size is 205/60 R13’s – much more aggressive rubber than existed in 1976!).

Cliff had a great time autocrossing his 33 year old ride – it’ll be good to see him back at future autocross events…

Racing Ready wonders how different life would be today with the possession of a car like this sweet little Vega, during college days.  Hmmm…hindsight is SO 20-20!

Dan