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Thread: SCCA regional events in Texas etc. 1960s-70s through the lens of Jerry Melton

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    AHS 3804 - Ed Bussey

    Ken H , Paul B and others the photo - reposted below

    The Cars from closest to front of the line-up ;
    Austin Healey white LHD [ not a 100S - as they were all right hand drive when built ]
    From the other photo of the car a 100/6 or early 3000
    Second car yes looks like a 100S RHD and fuel filler in correct place - if AHS3804 Engine # 222736 body # 64 was sold to Ed Bussey -as mentioned by Ken - through Ship to Shore Motors West Palm Beach,
    USA dispatch date stated as 19 Nov 1955 - by Geoff Healey in his books.
    The third car in the photo looking from the back - a Triumph either TR2 or more Likely TR3,
    Then a mystery car
    The front car in the line or last car another Austin Healey probably 100/6 or early 3000. 100/6 were 1956-59 first 3000's in 1959

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    Edited comment : Ken have " borrowed " the photo's for my archives and the "Austin - Healey " thread.
    I have from the Geoff Healey books the full manufacturing details of all the 100S including the Experimental [ Record Breakers ] and the 5 works Racers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B View Post
    Great pics Ken, On the bottom pic, the red #1 car looks like an AC ace? could be a 1955 or so.

    I see there are a few classes, CP, X, DP, HP etc
    Guess the smaller engines were HP
    Maybe under 2L was X
    Over 2L CP
    Anyone have any clues?
    Paul B ,Yes I would go AC Ace - and would be with either AC's own engine or a Bristol engine - both just under 2 litre's

    MGB at 1798cc is class DP -
    Sprite at 948cc is class X - presume for Tiddlers under 1 litre [ 58 cubic inches - for any American in the group - and Ken who lives there !! ]
    I am guessing here - will have to do some research on the SCCA in the 1960's
    Cheers Guys
    and having posted this have just seen Ken's next entry !!

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    A bit of British in Texas. 1963.

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    That Lotus in the background has a bit of a lean like the suspension is broken on the left front.

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    A TVR Grantura

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    Start of the F Production Race with Triumph TR 3s leading the way from a Lotus 7 + more Triumphs..

    Jerry Melton photos..
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    Great stuff, Thanks Ken,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Dowding View Post
    Paul B ,Yes I would go AC Ace - and would be with either AC's own engine or a Bristol engine - both just under 2 litre's

    MGB at 1798cc is class DP -
    Sprite at 948cc is class X - presume for Tiddlers under 1 litre [ 58 cubic inches - for any American in the group - and Ken who lives there !! ]
    I am guessing here - will have to do some research on the SCCA in the 1960's
    Cheers Guys
    and having posted this have just seen Ken's next entry !!
    Cars with the X also have their class on the side near the numbers. X for novice?

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    X for Novice sounds plausible Rhys, I did not think of that. I have had a good look over the net for 60s racing classes but to no avail.
    Thanks Roger for your inputs!
    Cheers

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    Paul....are you sanding or are you being distracted again ???

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    I hope this page can be read and can be of help to you. From 1966.

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    "Don't mess with Texas"

    Some Lotus 7 photos.

    When the lads working on the # 37 Lotus 7 saw the law approaching with big slugs in his gun-belt and hand cuffs in his back pocket they knew it was time to get that car back on the track ASAP !
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    Just turn the headlights around, remove the tape and drive home from the races.
    No problem, just let me use the "outhouse" first.



    (Jerry Melton photos.. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by John McKechnie View Post
    Paul....are you sanding or are you being distracted again ???
    Is this ok John
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    Quote Originally Posted by khyndart in CA View Post
    I hope this page can be read and can be of help to you. From 1966.

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    Ken H
    A many and varied range of classes Ken, really interesting in Class B the lotus Elan is running the V8s & big 6s I wonder if they set the classes as power to weight ratio?

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    Quote Originally Posted by khyndart in CA View Post

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    A TVR Grantura

    Jerry Melton photos..
    Brilliant photos Ken. This is another great thread.

    Check out the rollcage in the TVR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B View Post
    Is this ok John
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    He's a pushy bugger isn't he. Sweat and sanding residue don't go well together. Must be getting close now Paul !

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    Some of the Formula Junior photos from 1962-63 at Green Valley Raceway.

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    Dave Morgan's Lotus 22 FJ # 39

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    Cooper T59 ?

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    Elva FJ # 5

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    Lotus 18 FJ

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    Lotus 20 FJ being worked on.

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    A blue Elva FJ next to a Gemini Mk2 FJ and an Alfa Romeo in the paddock. (Note that BIG Ford Edsel in the background. )

    (Jerry Melton photos.)
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    Nice red Corvair Monza in front of the Lotus 20. Not far to get things when the bonnet is storage

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    John,
    This may be a dumb question but did Lotus 20s have drum inboard brakes ?
    I thought that would have been something from the 1950s !

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    I guess I just answered my own "dumb" question;
    Wikipedia; Lotus 20 ;Built for the 1961 FJ season ; " Originally fitted with Alfin drum brakes at all four corners, it was soon upgraded to discs in front and inboard drums at the rear."
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    (Ken H)

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    Morning Ken, how are we today......I am sure Ray Bell or Terry S can answer this one.
    Yep, drum brakes were so 50s

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    And drums were quite effective, just drill vent holes in them to dissapate the heat

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    Some Formula Junior photos. 1963.
    A Lotus 20 # 66 at speed.
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    A Lotus 22 FJ waiting in a damp paddock.
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    A Stanguellini # 94 being guarded by an Austin Mini.

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    In what must have been an Open race an Elva FJ # 5 competing with a TR 3

    (Jerry Melton photos .. )

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