Here is the
same car earlier in its life.This was probably within the first few months, before
I imported five of the 5½-inch rims from Derrington, in the UK, and laid
on a set of 175-70 radial Pirellis. These days I look at those skinny little 5.60
bias-ply tires and wonder what we, they, anyone was thinking in those days. OK,
maybe they were 6.40. Still had a contact patch considerably less than four inches
With that stock setup and some high inflation pressures I ran a
"slalom" at Riverside International Raceway.
The odometer showed right at 00340 miles when I started my first run. Eighty-five
of those miles were between my house and the track, on the morning of the event.
I set myself a limit of 3,500, 4,000, and 4,500 rpm in the lower gears. The restriction
seems to have done its job: during the couple of years of my tenancy in the car
it never, ever had any engine mechanical problems.
Riverside event, the staging area was outside Turn
Six, with the start at an angle from the edge of the track, accessed through
one of the gates at the east end of the grandstands. Finish was to your left,
at the join of the NASCAR road and the Six pavement. You must have guessed by
now that we did not run the entire track. Entering at Six and making a run down
to Seven, around Seven and Seven-a, restricted to the right half of the straight
by a line of pylons, a U-turn and back up the other side to Eight, around Eight
and up the NASCAR road to finish. It was great fun and a real exciting adventure
on those skinny tires and in a new, unfamiliar car.
I have some 8mm film
of the GT going around 7, 7-a, the U-turn and on up toward 8. I'll see if I can
get a frame or two of it to post here. Meantime, have a look at the view of this
Morgan at the ARRC a year or three earlier; it's about the angle and scale of
the film. Just imagine a B/GT there instead of this yew-wood wonder. Or go to
this Vega page for a more-or-less reverse view.