Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2015 VSCDA At Blackhawk Farms, Post #3 (And Final)

This is my obsession post: all pictures of the same car.  It is new to the owner, but not to vintage racing.  He is new to vintage racing--BFR was his first outing.  He was having a ball, grinning from ear to ear.  And he's a good novice driver too: he was not spooked by overtaking cars and he ran clean, consistent, lines.  If he outbraked himself into Turn 1 (a common temptation), I didn't see it.

The new owner had the car repainted medium green and had the leaping cat in silver added.  Very classy.

Refueling.  As usual in club racing, if you have a spouse along to crew for you, you're in high cotton.  I'll guess that
this car has been wrecked and rebuilt: there are no headlight buckets in the (new) nose and the windshield is Lexan
riveted to the frame.  It would be interesting to know why the car runs American Racing wheels in front and
Minilites in the rear, and I wish I had asked.

Checking tire pressures.  This view shows the somewhat unusual 3-into-2 exhaust pipes favored by the Jaguar factory in
the 1950's but which fell out of favor later (for 3-2-1).

The office.  A 6500 r.p.m. red line--that's a lot of feet-per-minute for the pistons in a long-stroke Jag engine.

Induction side of the engine: the Usual Suspects Webers and some beautiful cam covers.

Exhaust side of the engine: thermal wrapping on some very long pipes.

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