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jellison

12,803 posts

244 months

Thursday 5th October 2006
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dinkel said:
[quote=jellison]Any Real Griffs?


yes

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There she is. The amazing thing was: during the six hour race a Z240 Datsun got past her easy! I guess the TVR is a more difficult baby to drive.

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Hmmm - that ain't right - think one of the ex-Cambridge cars - Think it turned up for a Thoroughbred race earlier this year too and was no where - must be the driver - should be RIGHT up the sharp end with the weight and power (also on L-section tryes which are Crap - but that does not explain a 240z doing it!) - should be on sticky yoko's as presume anything goes by looking at Cheng Cob boots.

No Steve Watton then? Think he would have given Phil a good run for his money......

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Edited by jellison on Thursday 5th October 10:41

L100NYY

34,766 posts

210 months

Thursday 5th October 2006
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BossCerbera said:
L100NYY said:
Loving the night shots Phil, very atmospheric and always my favourite part of LM and Britcar meetings. I remember watching those 2 Corvettes racing at Brands last season and they really did look the part. Are you competing over here at all in the Cobra either this year or next?

Bernie Chodosh and black'n'flame '50s Vettes remind me of my teens (he was often featured in the yank/rodding mags of the 80s). First got to meet him at Spa a few years ago. His Vettes - like the Thunder Road Cobra - run open pipes at Spa. He's organising a race tour in the States next year to include Daytona which Cheng and I are contemplating - fcensoredk it, you only live once!

I haven't raced the Cobra in the UK for a few years now. I've been focused on a Spa podium or, better still a win of course! It's a quest that has gone on so long I'm becoming a bit of a Spa specialist - I've raced there more times than anywhere else!

Cheng competes with his Cobra in the Sports Racing & GT Challenge in the UK (albeit with mufflers on) so check out www.srgtc.org.uk/ . One of THE BEST races I have EVER watched was Cheng racing to a win in the wet at Brands Hatch last year. Seriously, when he's in the groove with the Cobra and the odds are stacked against him, it's spectacular to watch. There are other loopy motors running in the series and I recommend watching it - it's one of those lesser known 'club racing series' that's a real gem.


Cheers Phil, I will have a peruse of the website and see which meetings I can get to, really want to see that Cobra in action.

Oh and I will definitley be at Spa next year! bounce bounce bounce

GTRene

12,251 posts

191 months

Thursday 5th October 2006
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jellison said:
klassiekerrally said:
dinkel said:


dinkel said:

edit to show the resemblence?

I didn't get this badge . . . Anyone?

Damn, it's on the tip of my tongue... It's no GT6, GTRene...

Love to see the rest of the pics Albert! thumbup

Edited by klassiekerrally on Thursday 5th October 06:34
Sabre I think.

(Image sitting on those chains - rather him than me!

Did Joe Hendo finish?

Yep its a Reliant Sabre only 135 where produced from 1961<>1964 but when you look at the lines I think Triump GT6 bought the rights or copyd it...they build the GT6 from 1966<>1973

Edited by GTRene on Thursday 5th October 12:15

dinkel

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25,861 posts

225 months

Thursday 5th October 2006
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Reliant Sabre it is.

gretchen

17,580 posts

183 months

Thursday 5th October 2006
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Beautiful cars and amazing shades... Well done Phil!

dinkel

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225 months

Thursday 5th October 2006
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jellison said:
Can't find any results sheets on the Web for this.


www.ris-timing.be/circuit/6hspa/2006/1r.htm

Results of the six-hours race. Check out the Datsuns . . .

www.roadbook.be/EN/races/courses.html


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We're still at Paddock #1, and there are a handfull, and the pitlane, and the La Source panshots . . . ouch what an expectancy.


For sale: imagine on your parking space.


The driver of one of these Vettes was only 21 . . . both things behaved like trucks at La Source!


Whoah, strolling along taking snaps of Capri's and talking to Beemer pilots and all of a sudden this almost runs over my toes.


What do you mean, another Aston?


They look so damn nice in racing outfit. As with the Healey's (265 brake in race-trim, giving 911's a hard time) MGB's are just that more likeable when beefed up.


Some cars have an aura of their own. This raw one does tick some of my boxes.
The white Escort was the car I chased along the last few miles to the track. I must say it gave me enough comfort I could tail it.
The funny thing was: sundaymorning I drove Steve to the track in my Civic. She wasn't even warmed up - so I drove at a modest pace - when in the middle of MY story HE told me an aneqdote about a guy in an E driving straight through the roundabout we're approaching. The Jag lost the brakes. Now I wonder, was that because I was confident on my brakes? hehe Or was it just a coincidence.


GT40-guy revving it.


Wonderfull stuff.

klassiekerrally

2,543 posts

222 months

Thursday 5th October 2006
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Every time you post new pics, it just makes me more hungry for the rest of them!
Keep 'm coming Albert! thumbup

dinkel

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225 months

Thursday 5th October 2006
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Just for this once then


Bizzi stole the show: best car of the weekend IMO. Soundtrack to die for.


Yellow Cobra was a rough one. Not as loud as the awesome blue small blocked Coupes but a fine beastie rumbling through the hairpin on just an armlength of my lens.


Luverly TZ - a personal favourite - went sideways in front of me very eyes. That happened a few times so keep watching this thread . . .

klassiekerrally

2,543 posts

222 months

Friday 6th October 2006
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I just can't get enough!

Oh, and when 'our' B is finished, I'll take you for a spin.
It's not a competition B*, but you'll like it! I'll take you down the nice windy road to Germany.
See if I can scare the hell out of you with the cornering :devil:

*) though it has a blueprinted engine, Koni's all round and competition wire wheels

BossCerbera

8,188 posts

210 months

Friday 6th October 2006
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MGB handling...

I tested my friend's racing MGB V8 Roadster a couple of weeks ago. It handles INCREDIBLY well. It has a mild Rover V8 but weighs nothing. It still has rear leaf springs and rear drum brakes. It is HUGE fun to drive! It used to belong to former Minardi boss Paul Stoddart (he may have commissioned the build) and then Financial Times motoring editor John Griffiths (hence the FT livery).









Andrew was racing at Spa, sharing the car with race organiser and MG afficionado Barry Sidery Smith. I took P1 from the Sunbeam Tiger just as we lapped Andrew so he had a front row seat to see the lead change!

GTRene

12,251 posts

191 months

Friday 6th October 2006
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Thats a wicked MGB wow...I like wide cars like that...yummie even better when it was a MGB-GT...nice, also the headlightcovers very simple but fine...doesn it bend the light? or are they good? nice pics.
GTRene

klassiekerrally

2,543 posts

222 months

Friday 6th October 2006
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BossCerbera said:
MGB handling...

I tested my friend's racing MGB V8 Roadster a couple of weeks ago. It handles INCREDIBLY well. It has a mild Rover V8 but weighs nothing.
I think the aluminium V8 is actually a bit lighter than the standard cast iron 4 pot. The MGB's handling is vastly improved by discarding the Armstrong dampers and replacing them by Koni's or Spax. A lot of fun to drive.

godzilla

2,028 posts

216 months

Friday 6th October 2006
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Wow! Fantastically well done to Phil and Cheng! And a double thumbs up to Dink for some really amazing pics. thumbup

Can't wait for the next 'Spada auto-journal now...

This is going to make our track day at Spa week after next look really tame. Still can't wait! (new brakes going on the Z06 next week)

dinkel

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25,861 posts

225 months

Saturday 7th October 2006
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I think I might have some pics of that white V8 MGB.

Thanx Dave, here's more

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"Hi, pretty car you have there."

- "Yeah thanx, I've just made the final adjustments for this afternoons race."

"So tell me, why did you keep the SU's instead of three double Webers or the original MFI?"

- "It's the class I race in. Regulations tell me to stick to the SU carbs. Really simple to set up really. But I'd love to have the Webers on."

"Cheers mate, good luck with the race and have fun."

- "Cheers and thanx."






Another rather funny SU setup on this Morgan. Funny because it's a bit awkward to see old combined with new stuff.




Quite a few LC's around. This was my fav.




But of all the fourpotters around, the Beemers stole my heart. They sound the bits (same 230 bhp 2 litre as in the Chevrons), they absolutely handle razorsharp (looking at their trackbehaviour) and they outperform similar Alfa's for sure . . .




I could resist taking pics of the amazing looking parking packed with utter glorious temporary wheels, just outside the track. But I had to snap this Tusc.




Oh yes, Aurelia V6. Love those steel wheels.




Quite a bunch of E's around. I'm not an E-fan because they look too damn chique and have a kind of distance even. But in ratty racing dress, they're just everything you need to flash around the paddocks. Those big sixes steal my heart everytime I see one, hear one . . . Wheels are banged with the hammer to unscrew.

johnnymaestro

4,775 posts

190 months

Sunday 8th October 2006
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dinkel said:




This Reliant Sabre Six is owned by a very good friend of mine. Unfortunatly The engine blew in a catastrophic way yesterday at Snetterton on the start finish straight leaving a fist sized hole in the side of the block giving a nice view of the mangled crank shaft. The car runs a Ford Zephyer engine and ford 4 -speed gearbox, the body is fibreglass and it handles well for a big car.

This car and 5 other Sabre Sixes will be racing at the Birkett 6-hour at Silverstone at the end of this month in Team Cutting Edge. This will be the first time this many Sabre Sixes' race together at the same event.

johnny

Sharief

6,006 posts

183 months

Sunday 8th October 2006
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Gorgeous pics, and well done winning.

dinkel

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Sunday 8th October 2006
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johnnymaestro said:
The red Reliant Sabre Six is owned by a very good friend of mine. Unfortunatly The engine blew in a catastrophic way yesterday at Snetterton on the start finish straight leaving a fist sized hole . . . .
johnny


Damn shame to hear that. Such a gorgeous car! Please send the driver / owner my sympathy. And this link off course

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Through the tunnel ignoring the pitlane and the food and beverage straight to the next Paddock area:





A handfull of gorgeous hardtopped Cobra's around, without exception in mint condition. The blue duo at the Six Hour Race were really thundering the track only surpassed in sound by the evil twins: both excellent 350GT Stangs.
This red baby had it all. Just look at her being gloriously perfect.








Coventry Climax at their best fitting: in Lotus dress. They look impossible to fit a human pilot but some stepped out and were about my size (1.86m). Sounding fierce and cornering like you wouldn't believe. There's absolutely no sense in using a big car at a curvy track when you've seen a Lotus doing her thing: beyond razorsharp.

Back to the V8's:





Ah, I could smell the big V8's and even better: I could hear em being wicked. The next paddock was packed with CanAm's, 60s and 70s F1, Chevrons and Lola's . . . Imagine the temptation to walk and ignore the signs. There was a pitlane and even more tempting: across it the officials site and the perfect spot to catch the cars braking from almost top speed to 2nd gear to try on the La Source hairpin . . .

Church of Noise

1,231 posts

204 months

Sunday 8th October 2006
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Dinkel,

Thanks for the great pics & stories!
Obviously, I'm now terribly mad (at myself) that I didn't come over there after all.

If there are similar events in the future, please do force me to come

jellison

12,803 posts

244 months

Monday 9th October 2006
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dinkel said:
johnnymaestro said:
The red Reliant Sabre Six is owned by a very good friend of mine. Unfortunatly The engine blew in a catastrophic way yesterday at Snetterton on the start finish straight leaving a fist sized hole . . . .
johnny


Back to the V8's:





Ah, I could smell the big V8's and even better: I could hear em being wicked. The next paddock was packed with CanAm's, 60s and 70s F1, Chevrons and Lola's . . . Imagine the temptation to walk and ignore the signs. There was a pitlane and even more tempting: across it the officials site and the perfect spot to catch the cars braking from almost top speed to 2nd gear to try on the La Source hairpin . . .
Only thing that would have really given the Black Cobra replica a beating (and likley not in the same race).

Any links to race results? For all races?

BossCerbera

8,188 posts

210 months

Monday 9th October 2006
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Here you go Jon. Most of the links for results in HTML aren't working but they are all there as PDFs.

www.ris-timing.be/circuit/6hspa/2006/index.htm

That No88 T70 would have beaten us for sure but it DNF'ed. Out of interest, if we'd have entered the World Sportscar Masters race (the one in which a T70 beat the 917K), we would have finished in the Top 10 based on lap times. I've outqualified a T70 in the wet at Spa and in a dry race Cheng has got the better of a Chevron B16 - and we were on street tyres!

We seem to have lost a bit of pace in the last couple of years. I've screwed the lap times down to 2:42 with the Cobra before and felt I had more to go. The new bus stop would only account for a couple of seconds so the rest must be down to age or something! Still, the track felt slow this year due to rain and 'historics oil' but I'd have liked to have seen better than 2:51. Back at Spa next week for the TVR MonSpa trackday. Looking forward to chucking a Cerbera around up there.