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A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« on: June 06, 2013, 06:38:32 PM »
My whacky little race car is looking pretty spiffy these days thanks to my buddy Tony Garmey at Horizon Racing. The surprising thing is that the work he's done has been to restore to body as accurately as possible to the original 1959 "design" if you can call drawing on the garage floor a design. It was running strongly in first when the alternator bracket broke and disabled the water pump.

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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 06:44:46 PM »
Is that a Curtiscraft midget behind you in the first photo?
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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 08:27:45 PM »
What photo....?
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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2013, 08:54:28 PM »
NO. That's Peter Giddings in a pre-war Alpha Romeo race car, I think it's an 8C, probably about 1938. Peter specializes in driving these prewar monsters--Bugattis, Alphas, etc.. I think the thing has north of 300 horsepower but weighs a lot. Skinny tires, and a lot of flex, and Peter drives the wheels off of it. Pretty wild for such a precious car. I have a hard time passing him--he's too much fun to watch. But if you stay behind him too long you start to get a little dizzy--the thing burns a gallon of methanol per lap. The track was damp, so everyone was on tiptoes for the first lap, except Peter, who was WFO from the flag.
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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2013, 04:14:14 AM »
Man, I should have known that, I have a long history with ALFA (it's an acronym not a Greek latter).  In my defence the the pre war stuff is rare and obscure, and when set up for it, the midgets are fine road racers.

If I recall correctly, that era used some pretty exotic mixtures for fuel, things like benzine, nitrobutane, nitropropane, and other octane boosters and high yield fuels, so if he is using just methanol he is taking it easy on the engine.

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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 06:13:51 AM »
Some of the cars did, I think the alphas were pretty much always just methanol. The silver arrows and the Auto Unions used exotic fuel to enable high compression and two stage supercharging. Under that kind of compression a gasoline engine wouldn't last long. I read a comment by one of the German engineers that worked on the cars who said they operated at near liquification pressure.
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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2013, 01:55:21 PM »
How have the races gone this year? I wish I could have attended this year.

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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2013, 03:46:33 PM »
I did the Portland Historics this weekend. Went well, I had a fine battle with Cameron Healy in his Pooper and a couple of other sports racers. I managed to pass Cameron in the second-to-last lap and then pull out a little lead going through some lapped traffic. didn't make any new friendships cutting through the lappers, but I got the job done without swapping any paint or other drama and won.  Seattle next weekend for the Northwest Historics. Should be a fun weekend.
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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2013, 04:09:21 PM »
Bill--I hope you're not leaving your Speedboard on your roof when you're racing. 

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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2013, 10:11:01 AM »
Nah, I took my F16 with me, but left it on the truck.

Here's some video of the sunday race:

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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2013, 10:39:34 AM »
I gotta admit that does look fun.  Nice vid thanks

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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2013, 10:53:19 AM »
I am supposed to b working. I could watch that all day long!

Next time two cameras, so we can see Cameron on your tail. :)

Thx for posting.

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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2013, 04:55:12 PM »
The video makes it look so slow--like we're going for groceries.
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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2013, 06:39:17 PM »
Nice racing bro...watch out for the Corvettes... ;)
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Re: A little Peyote Never Hurt Anyone
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2013, 10:55:57 PM »
^
So GoPro's are good for flattening big waves AND making race cars look slow.


Good driving and narration, PB.  Looks like a blast.

 


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