1971 Formula 2 request
Posted 16 December 2013 - 12:48
Let it never be said that I'd pass up any opportunity to thump my chest and tell everyone how good I thought I was...
From a one-hour enduro for FF's at Shannonville. Apologies that the actual BARC crest was somewhat blurred in the scan. Frankly, I'm surprised that the scan came out as well as it did. Directly above said crest, an arched banner that reads, "Ontario Centre".
Currently being used as a door stop.
Posted 16 December 2013 - 15:33
Posted 17 December 2013 - 13:22
Oh, I should think most definitely, ExFlagMan. Our club races were not the balls-out affairs that I've read about in the UK. There was a 'professional' series here in Ontario that ran from 1971-76 that featured some pretty wicked driving, tho. Sadly, the fierceness of that competition cost Canadian, Wayne Kelly, his life in a ghastly crash in the prelim go to the 1971 Canadian GP at Mosport. Also, there was a series called the American Formula Ford Association(AFFA)that ran 'pro' events in the Eastern part of the continent from Florida right on up to Shannonville and Mosport in Ontario and a round the houses affair in Quebec City with lotsa USA tracks in between. Quite a volitile series with top guns from the regions. This ran from the mid-70's to the early 80's. I participated in a handful scoring a best of p5.
The one-hour enduro at Shannonville was on the 'Nelson' circuit, the only one available in '77. It was about 1.1 miles and could be lapped in an FF around 50 seconds. I anticipated about 70 laps to be run over the course of the hour. Drivers were required to make a manditory pitstop wherein the driver had to exit the car, touch both feet to the ground and then re-mount. Fuel could be added at this time.
My team won this one in a walk. We practiced the stops in the days running up to the event and had the procedure down to a science. Further, I had a good handle on the fuel consumption of my Crossle 30F. Close records keeping indicated that I could achieve around 15 mpg. I reckoned that the tankage of six Imperial gallons would quite easily get me home without refueling. Incredibly, all but one of my competitors(perhaps 18 of us all told)took on petrol during their stops. More than one had fuel gushing out the top of the filler as their tanks weren't drained anywhere near as far as they'd anticipated. Luckily, no fires erupted in the pits.
The race started on a damp but drying track. From a P2 rolling start, I edged away from the poleman as we came up to take the green on pit straight. I'd seen who was starting the event from the gantry and knew that he always flagged away the field no matter how much the order was in disarray. Easily bounced the poleman for the lead. At the end of Lap1, I ducked into the pits for my manditory stop. ??? I reckoned that 30 seconds lost on a wet track was a lot better than 30 seconds lost on a dry track.
From dead last, I just reeled off the laps conservatively(was lapped, in fact)as the track dried til the clock wound down and I found myself 1+ lap up on the field at the flag. The engine overheated(head gasket kaput)on the cool-down lap and wouldn't have made another mile.
The enduro ran again at Shannonville in '78 and '79 but was reduced to 45 minutes duration. Also, the manditory stop was eliminated on the grounds of safety. Considering all that could go wrong with single-seaters with such a requirement, I couldn't argue agaisnt that. I did not compete.
Edited by Manfred Cubenoggin, 17 December 2013 - 13:24.