I guess that
ugly thing isn't the only picture I have of the MGB in action at Holtville.
Here's the start of that race. The TR2 is on his way, The TR6 is in the way, and
the Elva Courier Mk. III is on the verge of getting in front of me. Figuring no
one is going to be going near optimum speed at the first turn after a 50 mph rolling
start, I reckoned I'd be able to brake much later than usual and much, much later
than these other dudes would be trained to do, thereby putting myself in front
of them, if only briefly. It worked on the TR2, but the others just went wide,
didn't brake much at all, and breezed on by.
I don't remember seeing the
TR6 again, you saw what happened with the TR2, up there at the previous picture.
I had no trouble catching the Elva, and for several laps was able to prove faster
cornering speeds by staying right behind him everywhere except the end of straightaways.
On the third from last lap I laid back a few car lengths in every turn: where
he was used to looking in his mirror and seeing me a couple feet off his tail
in the entrance to every turn, I was not there. Then, coming up to Turn One on
the penultimate lap, all of a sudden I showed up again, closer than ever. His
double-take and slightly delayed braking sent him wide, and I was able for the
first time to take my optimum line, drawing away by several car lengths at each