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Spa 6 Hours 2014: the racing cars

Spa 6 Hours 2014: the racing cars

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dinkel

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24,354 posts

180 months

Monday 22nd September 2014
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Epic edition of the 6 Hrs race: starting off in the typical Spa Indian Summer stylee but last 2 hours the weather changed into biblical rains which made the organisation decide to stop the race at 21:45 hrs. GT40 1-2-3-fest: Streton, Voyazides/Hadfield and Wills/Littlejohn. Ta, Chris Harris finished the Frankel bros Falcon. Maybe check his Tweets.

Let's dump my 400-something snaps. I cut them up in 2 albums: racing cars and classical car park.

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&a...

Enjoy!


P26 6 Hrs 250 SWB: well done.


50 years Ford Mustang: we like the the most iconic ones made in the 60s. Fastback at display here.


Deep concentration before the 50s GP cars fire up.


Drivers are heroes: open wheelers from the golden era of motorsports.


Well doen Bart Deenik?: P71, 2nd Falcon in and the quickest around Spa in a cracking 3:03.


Best 3:08 made the 250 shy of the Falcon.

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Edited by dinkel on Thursday 25th September 22:23

L100NYY

32,935 posts

165 months

Monday 22nd September 2014
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Hi Dink,

Any pictures of my friends Falcon (Barley McNaughton car in grey/red)? He's just popped in to see me for a cuppa and a catch up funnily enough smile

dinkel

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24,354 posts

180 months

Monday 22nd September 2014
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I need to have a look and browse my ORF-files. Only one corrupt file: the Harris / Frankel Falcon. Duh!

L100NYY

32,935 posts

165 months

Monday 22nd September 2014
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dinkel said:
I need to have a look and browse my ORF-files. Only one corrupt file: the Harris / Frankel Falcon. Duh!
Thanks Dink, Would be most appreciated smile

dinkel

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24,354 posts

180 months

Tuesday 23rd September 2014
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First pick out the cars of friends and the requests.

Andrea Stortoni Mini Cooper waiting for the U2TC race.


Nick Tandy Lola T70 Mk3B.


5 litre hipo Chevrolet exit.


It's low and sleek and it looks ready to take no prisoners.


Real or continuation: who cares?

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Dr JonboyG

2,426 posts

161 months

Tuesday 23rd September 2014
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Was Peter Dunn racing this year? May have been in an orange Marcos GT.

High flier

1,055 posts

99 months

Tuesday 23rd September 2014
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Dr JonboyG said:
Was Peter Dunn racing this year? May have been in an orange Marcos GT.
There was definitely an Orange Marcos GT racing, so most likely!

dinkel

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24,354 posts

180 months

Wednesday 24th September 2014
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The orange Marcos was the Tice / Conoly Marcos:

It did well, as always: P9 / 3:06, so back to FIA app K I guess.


Rescued a Chris Harris snap. P75 and well done.


Deenik / Douglas quick and famous 101 came in P71. And the fastest Falcon lap at 3:03.


Electrical problems made them retire after 4.5 hours / 68 laps. Winner Streton did 89 laps in 5:27 Hrs, when the race was terminated.


Mike Bell wasn't happy with his Gilbern 1800 GT laptimes. And yes, 3:20s aren't particulary spectaculair. But P54 in this race? Very well done!


It took Mike quite a few years to get the GT up to 6 Hours spec: "It had to be absolutely right to race the 6 Hours."


I had about 15 mins to grab some cars from La Source: certainly not my best shots ever, but then I will post only the reasonable snaps. Here's Healey ace David Grace after 45 mins of racing, just before the heavens openend. Fantastic P17 and best Big Healey.

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Dr JonboyG

2,426 posts

161 months

Wednesday 24th September 2014
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Yup, his is much more orange than that (and doesn't have a black roof).

dinkel

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180 months

dinkel

Original Poster:

24,354 posts

180 months

Thursday 25th September 2014
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I love the typical Golden Hour after 16:30 and on my way to La Source I wondered if the 35 mm Macro could offer a different view on my usual hairpin antics. With one eye on the black clouds I figured things were going to be different anyways.

And they did. After 15 mins of wall time I had to run for the rains. When I was busy in the F1 pitbox nasty stuff happened on the straight between Bus Stop and La Source:

A Cobra, an Elan and an MGB were involved. This is probably one of the last shots with the unfortunate silver Beverley / Humphries Cobra intact.


Imagine an MGB ramming this Tomlin / Adcock Lotus Elan. The B driver was hit by surprise as he did not see a thing, such was the rain.

This is what it looks like:

Shocking sight. The Elan driver remained with a damaged hand.


Bloody surprise with the driver relatively unharmed and the Elan so ... totalled?


Always a bit shocked when seeing a nice and probably expensive car shot to pieces.


More than just a scratch.


Unhappy Barry Sidery-Smith MGB, with Barry not in it.


Only 9 laps ... very sad.

Next: DHG Cobra trouble.

dinkel

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Thursday 25th September 2014
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jsf

8,348 posts

158 months

Thursday 25th September 2014
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Hi Dinks

Pretty sure the race was only stopped at just gone 9:45 pm as I worked out there were only 3-4 laps left and was working out the gaps when they threw the red. The race started late by 15 minutes which is why it looks like it would have been 30 minutes early. I got proper soaked and I only did the last hour on the wall. biggrin

dinkel

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24,354 posts

180 months

Friday 26th September 2014
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Editted for accuracy wink

David Hart bringing the DHG Cobra in: during the warming up lap the trouble started and the Cob caught fire. Every corner was a trouble. The diff cooler went pop and oil was leaking on the hot brakes.


This called for a long reparation but it did not work out well and the car had to retire.


No need to risk another outing: this is not a fun race, we are here to win", teammanager Freddy Rijshouwer stated.


The Goodwood revival provided for a good weekend. DHG will be there next year.


Jacking up the beast to find the malfunction.

Next: Bizza and E-type yum.

terenceb

1,488 posts

93 months

Friday 26th September 2014
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Hi Albert, its been a while. Shame a

dinkel

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24,354 posts

180 months

Monday 29th September 2014
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Gentlemen Drivers race winners Roger Wills and James Littlejohn Bizzarrini 5300 GT resting:

What a beauty.


Light went and rains came. Low shuttertimes to try and grab the cars worked only so so. The always successfull Clark / McCaig Jaguar had to retire after 38 laps: what happened guys?


Hard to see it's raining - but that's my hand there to prevent my Olympus from the showers.


P23 for the De Beaumont / Newall / Kaufmann Semi-lightweight E-type. Gibbons set the pace with 3 mins laps (!) but soon these dropped to canoe speed. P15 and well done, but no pictures.


The loudest pop and banger of the grid in heavy traffic.


Best result 911: P11 which is amazing. I wonder how many tires ...

Next: more Porsche.

terenceb

1,488 posts

93 months

Tuesday 30th September 2014
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[quote=terenceb]Hi Albert, its been a while. Shame about Barry's car,
nine laps being slightly better than six!
What a shame also that the organisers have failed to take control of lighting systems as well.re Elan picture.Bigger shame that the six hour has become sugch a free for all for non compliant cars!!!
Once the Spa 6Hr was THE historic event of the year, now though it has been credited with allowing more cheat cars than Goodwood.


jsf

8,348 posts

158 months

Tuesday 30th September 2014
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What do you consider the issue with the Elan lights?

the rules for lighting in the 6 hours race are

2.6 LIGHT
Light must be Period Specification, by definition excluding modern Xenon or similar lights. Auxiliary lights may be added up to a maximum of six total forward facing lights excluding parking lights.

So, as long as the Elan doesn't have Xenon/HID light units there looks nothing wrong with it that I can see.

terenceb

1,488 posts

93 months

Wednesday 1st October 2014
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Issue is were those lamp pods ever available in period for the Elan? Also could the pod be considered as an aerodinamic aid?
MGBs turn up with brake ducts in the front valance (from 1966) and get thier htp papers red dotted.

dinkel

Original Poster:

24,354 posts

180 months

Wednesday 1st October 2014
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P83 911 in typical Porsche stylee: sharp right and shaving the wall.


Frontwheels have not much to say at LS.


P90 904/6 driven by Roman Caresani and Alexander van der Lof. After 2 hours the 6 pot became a four pot, not good.

Pit scenery:

Ex-Jo Siffert 1962 Lotus 22 Formula Junior.


Show and no go. Lovely piece.


Tiny 1.1 Cosworth screamer in.

Next: more open wheelers.