View Full Version : Vintage Race #1---2008

05-19-2008, 09:50 PM
Had an amazing time at the New Hamphsire Vintage Celebration. Three days of perfect weather too (May 16-18). The track was first class and even the on-site restaraunt was top-drawer.

Me between a GT6 and the Ferrari going into T3


Coming out of T10


T10 again. The silver GT6 was lapping us. He had a motor that must have had 300 HP
[edit: I talked to the owner of the silver GT6 at Pittsburgh--it has more like 200 to 225 HP. *Still*, waaay more than my estimated and pathetic 65 HP].
The yellow GT6 had a fairly stock engine. You see all kinds of prep in vintage.


Into the uphill T3. The four of us (Ferrari, MGA, me and GT6) stayed nose to tail for about 12 laps. Got great cheers from the crowd at the end. Initally, I was about 10 seconds ahead of the other three but I wanted to dice with them, so I slowed down to get with them. Fun! I got by the MGA and passed/got repassed by the GT6 a bunch. The Ferrari had spun twice in earlier practice. Once right in front of me, so I stayed back from him a bit, so he was just barely ahead at the finish.


T10 following a 911 on three wheels


Chris Shoemaker's Club Ford about to pass me on T10. This was at the "all-comers" (mixed cars) race at the end of the day. With formula cars in the mix, you've got to watch your mirrors extra carefully!


Following the Ferrari and GT6 into T10


Cool down lap. The GT6 had lap time that were 0.1 seconds faster than me and we both had faster "best laps" than the Ferrari. That's an Elva and an Allard behind me.


Smoke escape! At about the 8 minute mark in this vid, the car fills with smoke due to an electrical short. Just as well...when I got it in (towed) I noticed it had a badly cracked wheel. I taped a new "wiring system" (hack job, really) in with duct tape and wire from Loew's. But it worked the entire weekend so no complaints. I need to gut the wiring harness on the car and start from scratch.


I need to remount the in-car camera so that the mirror doesn't block it next time. Still, you get the idea. I've got to remember to put a muffler over the camera mic too. The "new" tire I put on for this session was horrible and "corded" pretty soon, so the thing handled bad. My best race (mostly with the silver 356 Porsche after I got the tires squared away) didn't get taped due to a malfunction of the camera person (me)


05-19-2008, 11:32 PM
Nice Nial, thanks for sharing. I'm sure there will be comments about carrying extra Lucas smoke just in case.

05-20-2008, 07:21 AM
Well, Dale, I would say he came prepared with extra Lucas smoke as Nial seemed to continue with the weekend quite nicely!!! Great Vids and pix Nial! Thanks for sharing!!! :thumbsup:

05-20-2008, 08:23 AM
Love to see your pics and comments. Keep em comming please.

05-20-2008, 10:15 AM
Down here in Johannesburg

Cool stuff, actually I didn't mind the review mirror as one could see those behind you.

05-20-2008, 01:01 PM
Looks like an awsome time! I Like the lack of windscreen!

05-20-2008, 02:07 PM
Great, Nial.

Michael Oritt
05-20-2008, 08:40 PM

Thanks for the great videos and thanks also for the informative email re how I can post some videos to YouTube. More--hopefully--later.

05-22-2008, 09:32 PM

You can see the rest of my pictures from New Hampshire by clicking ~HERE~ (https://vintageracer.tripod.com/events.html) and looking at the first four links.

There's about 200+ pictures.

There's also links for some other events I've been in, plus videos.

05-24-2008, 09:28 AM
Some very nice cars there, stuff I'll likely never see... I spotted an Arnolt-Bristol roadster, is that Dino a 206 Dino? It has an unusual rear-end design... That green car (#35) is a Ginetta... That very cool Allard GT... Etc... I could go on forever but I won't <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif

For some odd reason I choose to live in Calgary, land of the muscle car and the hot rod, and a rather pathetic vintage racing scene, at least we have a small one I suppose... <<GRAEMLIN_URL>>/grin.gif