Vintage Mustang Forums banner

1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,782 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Well, got signed up for my first autocross for this season. May 20th at Rialto Airport (long haul). Porsche Club is putting it on, but anyone is allowed. Best 40 bones ever spent! hehehe I had dropped a line to the chairman of the event, and had sent a picture (I had ran at their event at the San Bernadino Sherriff's facility two years ago, and became a crowd favorite). Needless to say, he is looking forward to my return his exact words were - Bitchin' car!!!

I also am planning on heading up to the Shafter airport on Memorial Day weekend to run up there at the airport. That one is a charity event, and they close one of the runways. Last year's event was 1.4 miles long with a big straightaway, got it up too 100 MPH!!!! *G*

Too much to do, not enough time to race everywhere....


I can't wait....

Steve Leslie, 65 coupe in restoration. 302, toploader, A/C, disc brakes, bench seat

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1571478&a=12409371&p=45514503.jpg
 
G

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
I may have missed something -- do you autocross your 65? I'd love to hear details -- have wanted to get into it, but never took the time. Dad is planning to get a car and start - Maybe I'll join him.

1967 Fastback, 289, C-code, AT, PS,
motorsport intake and valve covers, Edelbrock 4V, cam - otherwise stock
dark moss green, parchment interior,
GT rear valance and tips
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,782 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Yes, I do. It is an absolute rip! I have been autocrossing cars since the late 70's (while I was in high school - hehehe). Best way to 'use' my Mustang.



Steve Leslie, 65 coupe in restoration. 302, toploader, A/C, disc brakes, bench seat

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1571478&a=12409371&p=45514503.jpg
 
G

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Are you competative in your classic vs. the newer rides? How do people react (I take it from your post, they like it). I took my 67 to a beginner school for a local autocross club, and some people looked at me a little wierd - I was the only classic there. I can't forget the look on the one instructors face the first time he rode in my car with me and we hit the first turn. I have drum brakes, no rear sway bar, basically stock suspension - just lap belts and a stock 67 seat. Tough to hold on, and doesn't handle well, to say the least. I had fun, though - learned a little too. Probably would do mods before taking it back though.

Your car looks great - does it do well?


1967 Fastback, 289, C-code, AT, PS,
motorsport intake and valve covers, Edelbrock 4V, cam - otherwise stock
dark moss green, parchment interior,
GT rear valance and tips
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,782 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
They love it! My wife had been watching me at an event two years ago. The start/finish line was obscured by brush from where she was standing. Also, open exhaust was OK there (that is why I installed the Y pipes after my headers - hehehe). Anyhow, I had started one of my laps, and my wife overheard one of the bystanders say to his buddy "Hey, here comes that Mustang again, check it out". Also, during my last run at that event, there was a tight hairpin turn at the end of a long straightaway (hehehe). I entered it a little hot (I remember turning my front brake rotors blue at that event) and spun around. In stead of stopping, backing up and continuing, I just planted my foot in the throttle and did a donut right there, and emerged from the cloud of smoke!

This is why I do these things...



Steve Leslie, 65 coupe in restoration. 302, toploader, A/C, disc brakes, bench seat

http://a1060.g.akamai.net/f/1060/597/30minutes/www.zing.com/picture/p446ba8c20a977207f91d962e103b4ee4/feacd7d9.jpg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,372 Posts
Don't put ideas like this into my head! Now I've got to start thumbing through the catalogs for suspension upgrades and better seats, and the paint in the engine bay is barely dry!

Seriously, I will definitely go to one of these things to watch a fellow Stanger risk life and limb. What about full out roadracing? have you ever considered it?

Shannon a.k.a. The ShanMan! /forums/images/icons/cool.gif
66' Vintage Burgundy C-code coupe
http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1571656&a=12306481&p=42935059&Sequence=2.jpg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,782 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
since I drive this car on the street, I am not too crazy about driving in a roadrace with it. However, I am always available to have my arm twisted! Seriously, roll bars, 6 point harnesses and other safety gear is required (and I would probably go further than 'required' - what a shock) to take a car on a multi-driver course. That is the nice thing about autocrossing, you're basically out there by yourself, without having to deal with other drivers and vehicles! with that being said, I have been in other events that invovled multiple drivers, Demolition Derbies! I will have to post a picture next week of one of my previous cars (1959 Chrysler Imperial, 1965 Chrysler New yorker, 1965 Dodge Polara, 1969 Oldmobile 98, 1967 Ford Thunderbird).


Steve Leslie, 65 coupe in restoration. 302, toploader, A/C, disc brakes, bench seat
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,176 Posts
Steve,
Your car turned out great! When you do the autocross, what class to you run? I was looking at the rule books online, it
looks like a modified (brakes, heads, ect) means you have to run in the modifed class. I'm want to run my car and just was
wondering what cars I would be going against? Also, what
brand front valance do you have on your car?

Regards,
BillGear

1966 Mustang Coupe, 302 custom roller cam, holley 650dp,http://www.289mustang.com
http://www.289mustang.com/images/vmfcar.jpg
 
G

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
I've always wanted a 65 or 69 to make a Trans-Am style car. Some day. I have a 65, but making it a 1/4 mile racer!!

65 coupe 302
(rebuilding a 351W)
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top