Manfeild Trackday in my Lotus 7 Replica 1 May 2011
After a bit of a break away from racing I signed up for a non-competitive track day to enjoy my car in the proper environment.
It was so much fun I'm still smiling.
The car was built in about 1976 in Christchurch. I've had it since 1998 and have rebuilt it any times since then.
it has slowly gone from being a road car to a capable and still road legal race car powered by a 1600cc Toyota 4AGE 20v.
I sacrificed a far bit of top speed by leaving the windscreen and doors on and dialling back the limiter to 6500. No point blowing it up when it's not a race day!
STM Squad Track Day Manfeild 2011
STM customers are a special bunch of people, each are from different
backgrounds and are bought together by their intense passion for driving
and owning fast performance cars.
With some help from the Play Day on Track guys we have put together the
perfect environment for our aforementioned customers to come together and
driver their cars how they are meant to be driven: HARD!
Our latest track day saw 25 of the STM Squad unleashing their cars around
Manfeild racing circuit in Feilding. Check out the short video and photos
below. Make sure you keep an eye out for our track days next year.
PS: At lunch time we ran a sausage sizzle with all proceeds going to the
Movemeber charity, hence the dirty mo close up in the video.
Lotus 7 first run 2011 edit.mp4
Lotus 7 's first run this year. First time out for the Westfield 7 since I
thought that I had bought some bad gas last year and the engine started to
cut out abruptly and unpredictably. We had to turn around and come home
before reaching our destination.
We decided to take the Lotus 7 out today and I noticed that some of the
cutting out might be an electrical short or probably a bad connection.
Might just be a bad ground somewhere.
At the end of the video on a bridge, I noticed when I hit a bump it
seemed to cut out. I will have to check, clean and reconnect all wires that
keep the ignition spark going.
I know this is not a race video, but a Lotus 7 type car can be a great
weekend driver if you make it street legal.
I noticed how shaky the video is while uploading so it started me thinking
of how to fix that next time. We used a Flip Video HD and if any of you
have used them you know they are hard enough to hold steady on solid
ground. I have a plan to mount a home made steady cam mount to my roll bar
Sorry about the camera shake. I will work on that.
Lotus (Caterham) Super Seven First Ride
Poor car had been sitting for quite a while. Drained out the old gas, put
in some fresh high octane. Did an oil and filter change. Cranked it for a
while with plugs out until oil pressure registered. After that it started
right away and I got to take it for a run around the (startled)
neighbourhood. Still needs a tuneup and maybe fiddling with jets or
timing/advance curve. Engine is 1700 Ford crossflow in "Super Sprint" tune.
You can really hear the straight cut gears! Camera is latest Go Pro HD
mounted on roll bar. I will try it again with the open case so we can hear
more engine noise.