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Nurburgring in a vintage racing big Healey

dougie

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Most will never experince the thrill of racing a big Healey, even fewer will ever have this thrill on the famed Nurburgring in Germany.

Enjoy.......

 

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Thanks Dougie, very enjoyable. A couple of things I noticed in the Vid. I have noticed in the last many videos I have seen of Healeys racing with in car cameras, that the driver uses the clutch each time he shifts in and out of OD. I have some LBC friends, ones with MGs that have said they never use the clutch to shift the OD. When I came back to the LBCs some years ago, I had never had a car with electrically/manually operated OD and I did not know how to shift it. So I just followed their example and shifted it w/o the clutch. Now since I have put the car back on the road I am using the clutch to shift the OD. I find it to be a much more smooth and reasonable transition. And here these race drivers do it all the time. ..... Another thing I noticed about this car in the video, it seems to be a pretty tight car. Doing well in the turns. I am wondering what might have been done to the steering to make it steer so well. Usually when I see an in car camera of a Healey at speed in the twistys, I usually see the driver wrestling with the steering quite a bit. Lastly, I am continually amazed at how well that old Lorry engine holds up to race conditions. Thanks again. Dave.
 

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Pretty breathtaking performance, with just one really scary moment. Well, actually, it was all pretty scary to me. The driver was not just courageous and competent, but also clearly knew his way around the Ring. Hard to believe the performance that can be coaxed out of that great hunk of iron. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Hello Dave -

The car is 3000 MKII heavily modified for vintage racing using a Dennis Welch high ratio steering box in addition to modern racing radial tires. The the videos you see where the driver is sawing the wheel occur on the old style bias-ply tires, which most sanctioning groups require us to use here in the states.
 
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