Wally Willmott finally getting a chance to drive the McBegg
Wally in the pits waiting for his run.
Here are Wally's thoughts on getting to drive the McBegg on a demonstration run:
The ‘Demonstration Laps’ at the Speedfest meeting were a good chance to get a feel for the car after having spent many weeks with Jay Esterer fine tuning and fettling the thing.
Bearing in mind that the organisers would not have been best pleased if I had let it get out of control, and the right foot of a 71 year and 11 month old Wildman had to cool it as I was Very keen to see my 72nd birthday.
Given that the thing has more power at your disposal at any given point in time than tire traction can handle, it is quite docile now, and most of the rough edges are gone. Masses of torque mean that you really only need 3rd and 4th gear for a very fast lap of Teretonga, and with the steering, gearshift, and brakes all working very well it is no longer as frightening as it was on those first few drives that I had in it – in fact after 4 laps I was starting to really like it to the point that I could have had the organisers on the edge of their seats and reaching for the red light button – so I made it back to the pits and parked it, much chuffed.
photos: Kevin Thomson
Edited by Jerry Entin, 04 March 2013 - 05:38.