Friday, June 21, 2013

New Oldies Pix (VSCDA Blackhawk Farms Meet #8 And Last)

The Sunbeam Tiger page:

The owner/driver marches toward a timing check.  As far as I could tell from the way it sounded on the front straight, it
didn't need a thing.  He had plenty of torque coming out of the last, slow, corner onto the main straight and was easily
pulling away from the small-block Corvettes.  He went out in the rain on Saturday morning on the mud tires seen here
outside the Easy-Up "and it was fun."  No Fear, indeed...

Ford 289 built by a shop in the Minneapolis area.  It smoked heavily on cold start.  But it ran clean and sharp, to very
high revs, at operating temperature.  Loose clearances and very high compression.  VSCDA at Blackhawk is a mellow
event.  Lots of smiles and greetings from strangers.  Most owners stood aside when they noticed that spectators were
trying to take pics.  This guy enthusiastically removed the hood when I asked if he would (to shoot the engine).  He
told me some stories about how Ken Miles developed the Tiger in his spare time when Carroll Shelby, who had a
contract with Sunbeam, failed to deliver because he was busy with Ford.  The owners want to talk about their cars.

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