Maddest race cars

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ChevronB19

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3,895 posts

143 months

Friday 22nd July
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Expecting various 6 wheel F1 cars and Chapparal’s, but go for it.

Here’s my nomination as a starter - Shadow AVS Mk1.


Robmarriott

2,305 posts

138 months

Friday 22nd July
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Can we count hillclimb stuff?

Ben44UK

1 posts

1 month

Friday 22nd July
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Road & Track who put it on their cover and called it the “most radical Can-Am yet”. Others have called it the ‘go-kart’ or ‘roller-skate’.

laughlaughlaughlaugh



freedman

4,702 posts

187 months

Friday 22nd July
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Most seem to be on your thread from last year smile

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

ChevronB19

Original Poster:

3,895 posts

143 months

Friday 22nd July
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freedman said:
Most seem to be on your thread from last year smile

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...
Ooh crap, my memory is appalling :facepalm:

LukeBrown66

2,612 posts

26 months

Friday 22nd July
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I can think of many in classes most of you have no idea about.

Autograss has hundreds, open wheel cars with a bike engine next to the driver, Mini Pickups with supercharged V8's in the back, Seicentos with twin bike engines in the back.

Hillclimbs are a great place to see cras that find new ways to be built.

But in modern racing I love the new Peugeot WEC car, I also loved the Deltawing and Nissan cars a few years ago,

The McMurty car that mullered Goodwood is fabulous

pablo

16,662 posts

253 months

Saturday 23rd July
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Some of the sand racers in The Channel Islands are a bit mad….



coppice

7,439 posts

124 months

Saturday 23rd July
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I see these sandracer brutes at Harewood hillclimb most years and they are ...er... quite remarkable. As said above, Autograss has some wild and wacky stuff , love the twin engined Mini Pick up lookalikes , and drag racing machinery is rarely even on nodding terms with convention .

As far as circuit racers go , the AVS Shadow Mk 1 was indeed wild and crazy (as above ) but my personal favourite of the genre was the mighty Chaparral 2 J with ground effect fans powered by snowmobile engine , in addition to the Chevy Big Block

LukeBrown66

2,612 posts

26 months

Saturday 23rd July
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In terms of not mad but interesting in Europe some of the hill guys are using highly developed turbo bike engines to get round cc limits in classes, so you have Golfs Saxo's with turbo 1.1 litre engines and 400 hp, a guy running an old A$ touring car with a 1.4 turbo Hayabusa engine, very odd. But cheaper then developing an N/A engine to the same power, some of the stuff out there revs to over 10k and decades of development.

Kim Mathers twin-engined Scirrocco rally car recently made a return,

For mad I would also suggest having a trawl through forums and picture selections of Thundersaloons and Special Saloons in the late 20th century, V8 Cortina's Carltons, Porsche 8962 engined Sierra's you name it.

RB Will

8,200 posts

220 months

Saturday 23rd July
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ChevronB19 said:
Expecting various 6 wheel F1 cars and Chapparal’s, but go for it.

Here’s my nomination as a starter - Shadow AVS Mk1.

Mate of mine driving that if you want anymore info

Matt Cup

2,548 posts

84 months

Saturday 23rd July
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1907 Christie 20-litre V4 Racer




Milkyway

4,667 posts

33 months

Sunday 24th July
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Ginger Marshall... Reliant Kitten.

niva441

1,912 posts

211 months

Monday 25th July
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Thanks for the photo of Ginger's Kitten, I used to love watching it around Brands Hatch.

LukeBrown66

2,612 posts

26 months

Monday 25th July
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Special Saloons were a real gold mine for this stff, V8 Viva's Cortina's with hideous wide body kitsm Karmann Ghia with a DFV in back, it was amazing

niva441

1,912 posts

211 months

Monday 25th July
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Yes, always an interesting walk round the paddock when the special saloons were there.

ChevronB19

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3,895 posts

143 months

Monday 25th July
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Matt Cup said:
1907 Christie 20-litre V4 Racer



Why the double front tyre on only one side in the latter picture? Any ideas?

Milkyway

4,667 posts

33 months

Monday 25th July
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ChevronB19 said:
Matt Cup said:
1907 Christie 20-litre V4 Racer



Why the double front tyre on only one side in the latter picture? Any ideas?
Probably to counterbalance the ‘double tyre’ on the other rear wheel... maybe it was to aid the handling. scratchchin

AW111

7,902 posts

113 months

Monday 25th July
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ChevronB19 said:
Matt Cup said:
1907 Christie 20-litre V4 Racer



Why the double front tyre on only one side in the latter picture? Any ideas?
Could it be one-wheel-drive?

RB Will

8,200 posts

220 months

Monday 25th July
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I presume it predates oval racing? So maybe not for that, though isn’t banked Brooklands about the oldest proper track so maybe?

Ian974

2,651 posts

179 months

Friday 5th August
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I'd never seen that second photo so didn't know the radiator was directly in front of the driver. Looks even less comfortable to drive than it previously did!