What sports car do you drive?
Posted 18 October 2000 - 23:26
I now drive:
'88 supercharged Toyota MR2
'67 Jaguar E-Type coupe
In the past (not counting unfinished projects I never drove)...
'57 Chevy 210 Delray coupe
'65 Buick Riviera
'67 MGB-GT Mark I
'67 Triumph GT6 Mark I
'86 and '88 Toyota MR2's
I drive my MR2 at track days about a dozen times a year, but I've never owned a purpose-built race car. I have raced someone else's supercharged MG-TD and an Alfa TZ2. The MR2 is great fun an amazingly reliable---at least 15 hard track events, lots of canyon driving, 25K miles of daily driving since I bought it used, and so far no problems!
Posted 18 October 2000 - 23:33
Racing, though, has seen me own a Hustler SC1 Clubman-type Sports Car which I fitted with a Renault 16TS engine and Fiat 5-speed box, ran that 1973 to 1975.
A friend had me drive the 'Tornado' Sports, a car built in Tasmania for John Goss using a Falcon 6 engine, it was rear engined. And then someone else gave me a drive in a Nota Sportsman with a Corolla engine... which caught fire during the race.
Posted 19 October 2000 - 04:00
Cars I now own:
1998 Mazda Millenia S (new)
1958 Austin-Healey 100-6, since 1961 (used)
Cars in my past:
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite (new)
1972 BMW Bavaria (used)
1975 Alfa-Romeo Alfetta GT (new)
1981 Alfa-Romeo Alfetta GTV-6 (new)
1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi (used)
SCCA Race Car:
1967 Autodynamics Mk.III (used)
Photo:GT Action Photo
Autodynamics Mk.III Formula Vee
Photo:GT Action Photo
With kind regards,
Posted 19 October 2000 - 12:20
But it is made by a F1-constructor.....
Rainer[p][Edited by rainern on 10-19-2000]
Posted 19 October 2000 - 21:02
Race car: 1975 Lynx B Formula Vee. Just getting started with that adventure.
Posted 19 October 2000 - 22:30
Posted 20 October 2000 - 01:58
Still, as the man says, was made by a GP constructor...
Posted 20 October 2000 - 15:32
Posted 20 October 2000 - 17:22
Power comes courtesy of a 1700cc Ford V4 OHV engine.
Not the fastest thing around....
Posted 22 October 2000 - 00:29
Then I was given the chance of testing one of the Spanish Porsche Cup's 944S2 at the Catalunya circuit.
My own road car is a VW Golf GTI 1.8, and the most powerful road cars I had the chance to drive were the Porsche 911S 2.7, the Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 and the Audi S2.
Posted 23 October 2000 - 22:21
Not a real sportscar, but quite a handfull when on a racetrack.
I drove the 'ring' with it and was glad to off the circuit at the end
Posted 23 October 2000 - 22:35
But here in Sweden we have plentiful of spares at least for engine in the Saab 96 V4...
The current motor for this particular car started its life in a Saab....
Posted 24 October 2000 - 00:01
Good thing they finally made their own...
Posted 24 October 2000 - 08:18
An while the V4 ford engine was pretty terrible, it was probably preferrable to the two stroke version that preceeded it!!
Posted 24 October 2000 - 08:50
Posted 24 October 2000 - 14:05
The V4 and two-stroke unit were both available during 1966-68.
Both engines was also used in the Sonett sportscar based on the 96.
This is the two-stroker without the hump on the bonnet(hood)
Posted 24 October 2000 - 18:19
Could be expensive ....
Posted 24 October 2000 - 18:19
Could be expensive ....
Posted 25 October 2000 - 18:54
Most exotic - 1963 Corvette convertible. 300 horse power, 365 foot pounds of torque. An awesome beast!!!!
Most fun - 1978 Fiat 128(see the getting there thread)
Posted 29 October 2000 - 22:25
1990 Mazda Miata (moderately tweaked)
1998 Mazda Millenia S (stock; a fabulous car, our second one)
In the past (chonologically from earliest):
1965 MGB (mildly tweaked)
1960 Austin-Healy Sprite (highly modified; race car)
1963 Ford Lotus Cortina (stock; tow car, believe it or not)
1967 Datsun 1600 Sports (mildly tweaked)
1969 Datsun 2000 Sports (mildly tweaked)
1951 Jaguar Mark VII (restoration project)
1964 Porsche 356SC Coupe (restoration project)
1972 Mazda RX-3 Coupe (extremely modified; race car)
1985 Audi 4000S Quattro (stock)
1989 Ford Taurus SHO (stock)
Those are the ones I'm proudest of. The Porsche was my favorite, but the Miata has been the most reliable and the most fun.
- Catch 22 (Steve Bruun, email@example.com)
Posted 01 November 2000 - 08:08
latest lifelong project;1930 T35b bugatti
if anyone cares,theres an endless list of former mounts that run the gamut from abarth zagato's to a 550 spyder,OSCAS,SIATAS,20's and 30's dirt cars a brace of indy millers;1936 gulf 4 cyl,rear drive[one of 2]and a 1935 miller ford fwd 2 man cars [one of 10] and finally open wheel pre war bugs.lots of oil under the bridge.....
Posted 01 November 2000 - 13:09
This reminds me of my early days on Modern MOTOR magazine, about 1979-1980. The then editor suggested we write a story on "cars we have owned" so we all sat down and wrote a list. After a brief examination of the list, the editor said , "Forget that - does anyone have another idea for a story?"
It wasn't quite the most boring list of cars known to man, but it certainly wouldn't have appealed to the performance-car readers we had.
Perhaps it says something about the rates of pay for motoring journalists in Australia.
The other side of that coin is that we got to drive all the latest and greatest cars on the market year after year. We didn't really need to own them.
When asked what was my favourite car, I would say, "The one I can take back at the end of the week and exchange for another..."
Currently I own a half share in my lady's 1992 Toyota Camry for daily transport. MY car - for the past 13 years - is a 1971 Datsun 1600 rally car that doesn't get to see the light of day too often any more. Last outing was for a motorkhana in May.
My daily transport always has been the most cost effective available at the time. My money went into open wheel racing cars, then three children, then a divorce settlement, and now a massive book collection. There never seems to have been enough left over for a really nice road car.
Posted 01 November 2000 - 19:17
Posted 02 November 2000 - 03:39
here's my old miller's racing history as i researched them;
*miller-ford chassis#5[of 10 ,possibly 12 made]..entered by ford motor company,indianapolis 500,1935 .qualified last in the field at 109.937 mph. driven by george bailey with car #35.retired lap 26, unknown reasons.
*possibly this car reappeared as one of the "grancor"team cars entered at indy postwar by andy granetelli;not confirmed.
*chassis#5,fully restored to it's 1935 livery,resides in arizona[as of nov. 2000]and is demonstrated at vintage oval track events[milwalkee,indianapolis,etc...]
*miller-gulf chassis #1[of 2 made]was entered by gulf research and development at the indianapolis 500 for qualification 1938.driven by billy winn,the car did not qualify.
*the car was reported to have been at the oval at altoona pa.pre war..no details.
*chassis#1 restored for display but not driven,is now part of a large private collection of miller cars in the eastern us[as of nov 2000]
*a brief note on the gulf car; this is one of two 4 cyl,front engine-rear drive cars built,not to be confused with the 6 cyl fwd mid engined gulf cars of the same era....the 4 cyl cars,built in 1937, displayed such advanced features as full 4 wheel independent suspension,4 speed transaxle,pannier fuel tanks and unique miller patent 4 wheel disc brakes.
for further information on these cars and other fabulous creations of harry miller, you should add a copy of "the miller dynasty" by the late mark dees to your bookshelf...i think it's back in print and available through autobooks international....dbw