I have A Thing for John Saccameno's cars. Not only are they makes/models that I admire, and their overall presentation visually appealing, but they are what we used to call "sanitary:" well-engineered mods using high quality parts. There are other cars that race with John that are just as well-prepared. Many are not.
His (new) Caterham 7 is interesting for another reason. It was a race car when he bought it. He converted it to a street car. Now he's got it set up to be dual-purpose. He can convert it from street car to vintage-legal race car and back again in about two hours. That throwback to the earliest days of sports car racing makes me smile. Drive it to the track, race, drive home. Maybe, if John tries to get through tech in a tweed cap and string-backed driving gloves, we'll have to intervene. ;-)
Come to think of it, he could reverse the process: tow this little gem down to the Tail of the Dragon.
It's street-legal. The entry fee is zero, and the track time is unlimited. I foresee some smiles if he tries it.
|Hotshoe and I watched John's first outing in the car from Turn 1. I don't remember nose-dive under braking (seen here).|
What I noticed was dead-flat cornering and John getting the power down earlier as he got more familiar with the car.