MG, Porsche, and Triumph with the Zapata team at VIR Vintage
I was invited to go to the historic races in June at VIR by members of the Zapata Racing team out of Nashville TN. Being a car guy it was incredible. Cars you should only see in a museum are on the track doing exactly what they are designed to do....RACE.
It is amazing. If you have the means, you must go to one of these races.
Epic Subaru 360 Racing Autocross
Willamette Motor Club's Oregon state fairgrounds Paterson Memorial Autocross in Salem Oregon Sunday Aug. 5th 2012. What a riot !. Have you ever wondered if a tiny 25hp Subaru 360 Sedan and a Novice driver could compete against cars with 500hp? It shocked me and everyone else how well my little 1969 Subaru 360 Sedan did. It wasn't the fastest car. No, as a matter of fact it was very you can't take your eyes off hairy-scary. The good: It corners on dime, you point it, it goes! It is also balanced well. Crazy fun!, by far the most fun to drive. No cones were harmed, at least on all my runs I didn't knock over a single cone. It fits anywhere on track, there are no tight spots ! The bad: It's underpowered, but, thats good..... If it had more power it would go faster and I'd have rolled it like an egg. I did find it's cornering limits and that's the hairy scary part. The Subie runs on the ragged edge of safe when racing. The rear suspension is fixed, another words, there is no outer rear CV joint. So, the rear wheels follow the arc of the trailing arm, and in high speed corners when the car's weight is shifted, it positive camber's a whole bunch. Whoa!. Pucker me timbers!. Not the greatest set up. What a ton of fun though...
Surprisingly, I was on par with many "stock" small cars like stock Honda Civic's and stock Dodge Neon's. If the car was modified I was 5 seconds behind, if the car was REALLY modified I was 10-15 seconds behind, such as the sole purpose Corvettes and full race cars...
What I noticed was all the other drivers could whittle times down with more runs and practice. I went flat out every time and just could not go any faster....
Most cars finished the course 89-97 seconds. My best was 102 seconds (on two wheels, stained drivers seat, and finger prints embedded in steering wheel ! ) hahaha
For my Subaru 360 car that has so little...I felt like David conquered Goliath !
First start of new Triumph GT6 race engine
This is the very first (very gentle) start of our new high compression race engine. We have new Arias custom made forged pistons, a lightened fly wheel and a recurved distributor.
It looks like we will make it to the vintage race a Lime rock park this Labor day!
1500cc Triumph Spitfire Chassis Dyno Pull
Newcomer Racing customers 1977 Triumph Spitfire Chassis Dyno, Modified Original 1500cc Dual SU's W/Coated Header, Ported Head and Intake, Reground Cam, Ross(Custom) Pistons, 9.5:1, 82.4HP/94.1Ft.lbs. We stopped testing due to very lean conditions, the pull was from 2500-5200rpm's. The Spitfire was build and restored at Newcomer Racing. Visit: www.newcomerracing.com
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The Merkur XR4Ti was a short-lived United States and Canada-market version of the European Ford Sierra XR4i. It was the brainchild of then Ford Vice President Bob Lutz. It was sold in the US from 1985 to 1989. It was the first vehicle of Ford's Merkur range, followed in 1988 by the Merkur Scorpio. Ford had hopes of importing its top European models under this brand, including the Sierra Sapphire but the venture was ultimately unsuccessful due to branding issues, increasing Deutsche Mark exchange rates, generally poor marketing tactics and the introduction in 1990 of new safety requirements such as airbags that would have increased retooling and production costs.
The cars were hand assembled and built entirely by Karmann Coachworks in Rheine, Germany. Unlike with the Scorpio, the XR4Ti didn't carry over the Sierra badge from Europe, since at the time it was also being used by General Motors in North America for two completely different vehicles: the GMC Sierra (which as of 2010 remains in production) and the similar sounding Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.
The XR4Ti was distinguished mechanically by its turbocharged Ford Lima 2.3 L 4-cylinder SOHC engine and independent rear suspension, and stylistically by its large bi-plane spoiler (replaced in later years with a single rear spoiler). It came with either the C3 3-speed automatic transmission or the Ford Type 9, 5-speed manual transmission. Mechanically, it differed from the European Ford Sierra XR4i, which had a 2.8l Ford Cologne V6. Airbag legislation for the 1990 model years and weak sales as are frequently cited as the cause for the Merkur range to be discontinued.
The XR4Ti sold for approx. US$18,750.00 and the Scorpio for just a little over US$27,250.00
The XR4Ti was on Car and Driver's Ten Best list for 1985. In 2009 however, the magazine's staff apologized for including the XR4Ti in their 1985 "Ten Best" list, and effectively recanted the award, citing that in hindsight it did not meet the criteria because it was 'odd looking'.
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Triumph Spitfire Commercial (70ties)
This is a quit rare commercial out of the seventies about the Triumph Spitfire...
I hope, this upload doesn't bother anyone, because it is worth to see... ;)
by the way, a very nice car... ;)