Vintage Race at Portland
Vintage racing between a Triumph Spitfire and an Austin Healey Sprite at
Portland Intl Raceway - Cameras in both cars
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
Triumph 1800 Roadster
The Triumph 1800 Roadster was the first car built by Triumph Motor Company
after the end of World War 2. In its production years from 1946 to 1948 the
british classic car was supposed to compete against famous Jaguar models.
This specimen was built in 1947 and hasn´t lost a bit of its
The Triumph Motor Company was a British car and motor manufacturing
company. The Triumph marque (trade-name) is owned currently by BMW. The
marque had its origins in 1885 when Siegfried Bettmann (1863--1951) of
Nuremberg initiated S. Bettmann & Co and started importing bicycles from
Europe and selling them with his own trade-name in London. The trade-name
became "Triumph" the year next, and in 1887 Bettmann was joined by a
partner, Moritz (Maurice) Schulte, also from Germany. Beginning in 1889 the
businessmen started producing their own bicycles in Coventry, England.
In November 1944 what was left of the Triumph Motor Company and the Triumph
trade-name were bought by the Standard Motor Company and a subsidiary
"Triumph Motor Company (1945) Limited" was formed with production
transferred to Standard's factory at Canley, on the outskirts of Coventry.
The pre-war Triumph models were not revived and in 1946 a new range of
Triumphs was announced, starting with the Triumph Roadster. The Roadster
had an aluminium body because steel was in short supply and surplus
aluminium from aircraft production was plentiful.
In the early 1950s it was decided to use the Triumph name for sporting cars
and the Standard name for saloons and in 1953 the Triumph TR2 was
initiated, the first of a series that would be produced until 1981.
Practical Classics Magazine: Triumph Spitfire group test
Practical Classics Magazine. Journalist John Simister road tests a group
of five very different classic Triumph Spitfires at a soaking wet
Bruntingthorpe proving ground in the UK.
Models include a standard Mk1 Spitfire, a car fitted with a Renault engine
taken from an old Renault 5 GT turbo, a
Macao racer replica and a Le-Mans spec Spitfire.
Featured in the July 2011 issue of Practical Classics Magazine.
Filmed in high definition on the Panasonic AG-AF101. Produced and edited