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 wide.
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.
At this 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.
some 8mm film of
the GT and a number of other slalomists going around 7, 7-a, the U-turn
and on up toward 8. 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
Les Thompson sent the You
Tube URL of his film of a later, similar event at RIR,
when he drove his red MG TD around some of the "Club" track.
Very much fun.