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Michael Oritt in Vintage Motorsports

Twosheds

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There is a nice photograph of a hard-cornering Michael in the latest issue of Vintage Motorsports.

In the article about Sebring.

Go, Michael!
 
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John--

Someone showed me the picture--I think the caption beneath it is something like "Mike Oritt's Elva exhibits serious body roll" which it does. When I got the car it had a substantial front anti-roll bar that certainly reduced the roll but also increased the understeer and made it push like mad in the wet to the point of being undriveable.

I have learned to get by with the roll though one of my winter projects will be to lower the ride height and my seat to get weight down lower and work on suspension.
 

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Michael -

I thought that looked like you in my new issue of VM. I didn't think those light weight racers had issues like body roll and understeer. I've spend many hours working out the correct geometry to get my big Healey to handle the way I want to. In the end I find steering with the throttle gives me the best advantage. How did you like Sebring?

Dougie
 
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Dougie--

I grew up in South Florida and attending the 12 hour was a ritual for me and friends back in the late 50's and early 60's though it was as much about getting drunk as watching the racing.

That said it is a thrill to race there which I have done for the last three years and though there really is not a lot of seat time to me it is an event not to be missed.

I won my class this year and here are the pics to prove it:
 

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Nice hardware Michael ! Sebring is on my bucket list, I hope to get there sooner than later. Also, I just got my new issue of Victory Lane has a nice picture of you running down Dan Payne in his 1968 MG Midget on page 49. They caught me at the Wine Country Classic on page 43..................at least they spelled your name right.

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When a photo shows me in front I always say I just passed the other guy and if it shows me in the rear I always say it was taken just as I was about to make a pass....
 

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Michael Oritt said:
When a photo shows me in front I always say I just passed the other guy and if it shows me in the rear I always say it was taken just as I was about to make a pass....

Yeah, here's me in my Escort about to overtake a Porsche-powered American LeMans Series racer.
I can't figure out why nobody believes me? :jester:

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<span style="font-size: 8pt">(Taken at Pocono-'08) </span>
 
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Nial--

I believe you and the evidence is there in the picture: Look how blurry are the spokes on your front wheel as compared to the rear, indicating you were in full acceleration mode, no doubt having to modulate throttle in order to maintain traction, and about to roar by.
 

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Michael,
ISTR that adding a rear anti roll bar will help to stop some of the understeer and body roll.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
 
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Jim--

I should have mentioned that I simply removed the front bar and though that did increase body roll it also made the car's handling quite neutral--like Dougie I like to use the throttle to steer.
 

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Michael Oritt said:
When a photo shows me in front I always say I just passed the other guy and if it shows me in the rear I always say it was taken just as I was about to make a pass....

That's it ... I had just passed these three behind me in the twisty bits.

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You lapped them, didn't you?
 
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