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Posted 28 March 2020 - 09:01 AM

An almost extinct form of mostly amateur motorsport. I can't imagine the difficulty of trying to go fast in the rain on such skinny tires.

A fascinating mix of cars, many of which were homebuilt to a greater or lesser extent.

 


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Posted 28 March 2020 - 09:18 AM

I like the sophisticated timing system at 3:19.  :)


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Posted 28 March 2020 - 11:59 AM

One of the first events the VSCDA held was a hill climb at Alpine Valley. We laid out a course over the access roads which ended up being just over a mile long. The great thing about hill climbs is the variety of vehicles that show up. It was such a popular event, that we held a second event each year at a park near Janesville, WI. If I can find some pictures from these I might post them. 

 

And just like in the video, the F3 cars did very well. (I did fair in a Bugatti T37 GP.) 


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Posted 28 March 2020 - 01:29 PM

I did fair in a Bugatti T37 GP.


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Posted 28 March 2020 - 04:26 PM

It was easier than I thought to find these. The Alpine Valley hill climb was always a hoot, and a lot of cool stuff would show up.

 

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This is what I got stuck with for a couple of runs. Bugatti T37. The Lotus 14 Elite in the backround was my regular ride. Ex-John Hunt, still in Laystall colors.

 

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Owner John Kleen taking a run

 

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The ABC club would show up from time to time

 

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Sandy MacArthur's McKee-Riley. Yes, it has the infamous Riley four port head.

 

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Sandy going for it. I think he had more fun than any of us.

 

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Jack Schaefer's Cooper bobtail. For only a 1,000 cc car, this thing really did well.

 

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Bert Saddock's Cooper F3. These little 500 cc cars really tore up the course.

 

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This Talbot belonged to Robert Shaw. (Yes, that Robert Shaw.)

 

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The tour waiting to drive in to East Troy for dinner.

 

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All dressed up and ready to party.


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Posted 28 March 2020 - 06:10 PM

My hatred of you, Dave, continues to grow... LOL.


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Posted 29 March 2020 - 09:07 AM

Greg; You've done some cool stuff. too. Usually I resisted driving other people's cars. I am often infected with the "red mist", and will test a car's limits when I should respect them. I was always in fear that I might damage a valuable and historically significant vehicle. I preferred to work on them. But, as in the case of the Lotus 14, the owner would bring several cars to an event, and inevitably, two would end up in the same class. So I would take charge of one.

 

Incidently, the yellow and red open-wheeler in the line-up to drive into town is the infamous Lester-MG, owned at the time by Frank Diaz. It is now owned by Marv Primack, who also brings a Lotus 18 Formula Junior and a Winklemann Formula Ford. (I never drove those, too fat)

 

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