Features

Feature articles and content from the club's archives.

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THINGS TO DO WITH AN OLD SEVEN

Late last year the snoop was musing about dragging his old seven out of the shed, straightening it out and getting it back on the track. Given the substantial rear end damage, that would open up an opportunity to rebuild the back with independent suspension. The factory itself did occasional conversions, and all went very…

Lotus Junior

Members Cars – Well Almost

I rambled around the formula junior tents at both the Skope and the Enzed meetings. As a long time Lotus fan the opportunity to get close up to all the generations of Lotus Juniors, from the 18 to the 27 was too good an opportunity to miss. Cocking an ear to the public address commentary…

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Is it real, and does it matter?

Two conundrums for you. An in period but non factory spec formula junior and a sports car chassis not mentioned on factory records at all but with paperwork supporting a claim to be the genuine article. Are they classic racers? Should we even bother to ask the question? First up is the Lotus 20/22 of…

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MEMBERS CARS – THE EDELBROCK SPECIAL

As I was sitting and reminiscing in the hot seat of Rob Boult’s Edelbrock Special at the last Scope meeting, Rob was approached by a group of drivers from the Grand Prix Specials Team. “We are thinking of a new rule they said. No V8’s”. (Rob had just run away from the field in a…

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An Unlikely Race Engine – The Ford Flat Head V8

I have been playing with old flat head V8’s recently. Helping to coax a couple back into life at the Hokitika Industrial Heritage Park. That got me thinking of the V8 Specials that raced when I was young. I have in mind a “members cars” article on one of these, but that idea needs a…

WHO INVENTED THE MONOCOQUE?

WHO INVENTED THE MONOCOQUE?

The last article in this series finished with the thought that twin tube ladder chassis’ logically lead to a monocoque. But that is not how it came about. Definitions vary as to what constitutes a monocoque, but the common thread is that it is a structure in which the skin and the frame are one…

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MEMBERS CARS PART 2: THE KEVIN ANDERSON T52 COOPER

The old war time adage was that walls had ears. This story is about a wall that had cars, or one of them anyway. I caught up with this car at the Scope meeting, told its present owner that I had not seen it since the 1960’s. And what a tale he told in return.…

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THE EDITORS WHAT IF PAGE: THE INDIANAPOLIS FERRARI’s

On the face of it this is a story about a disappointing trip to Indianapolis in 1952. But it also serves as an F1 chassis design progression discussion. That part of the story takes us from ladders to spaceframes over the next five years. Enzo entered top formula single seater racing in 1948. The formula…

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The 500 cc Racers

I got a real kick out of the last CMRC newsletter story of the return of the JBS 500’s to the track. Mainly, I guess, because a few of these wee racers were still active when I was young and impressionable. The call for more of them to come out and play at set me…

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The Retro World and Motorsport

When the urge strikes I build retrospective racing sports cars as a hobby. In essence a replica is a near to exact copy of a vehicle that actually was made at some time in the past, while a retrospective is a vehicle representing what might have been made if only someone had got around to…

Technical

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CHASSIS STIFFNESS AND TUNING – HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?

Once upon a time, when race car chassis were rudimentary things and suspensions were rock hard drivers were given a very hard time. This is what Mike Hawthorn had to say about the Riley on which he cut his racing teeth. “This was my first season and also my only one on pre-war cars with…

WHO INVENTED THE MONOCOQUE?

WHO INVENTED THE MONOCOQUE?

The last article in this series finished with the thought that twin tube ladder chassis’ logically lead to a monocoque. But that is not how it came about. Definitions vary as to what constitutes a monocoque, but the common thread is that it is a structure in which the skin and the frame are one…

Ferrari

THE EDITORS WHAT IF PAGE: THE INDIANAPOLIS FERRARI’s

On the face of it this is a story about a disappointing trip to Indianapolis in 1952. But it also serves as an F1 chassis design progression discussion. That part of the story takes us from ladders to spaceframes over the next five years. Enzo entered top formula single seater racing in 1948. The formula…

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THE EDITOR’S WHAT IF SLOT – LADDER FRAMES

Preamble: When I was a lad, just beginning to muck about with car stuff, ladder frames were off the radar. The popular wisdom was that they were heavy, structurally inefficient and not good at handling torsional (twisting) loads. These days I am not so sure that all that need necessarily be so. I had occasion,…