Archive for November, 2011

December Meeting

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The December meeting will be Saturday, December 3rd at Bob Mitchell’s home.  The meeting will start at 6 PM.  It is not a pot luck meeting, so to make sure there is enough food for everyone, please RSVP by November 30th.  Bob’s contact info is in K17.

Tom Andrus Restoration

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Many years ago, Tom Andrus purchased a Black Shadow basket case, and also a sidecar basket case.  Take a look at these before and after pictures.  Like the guy on the tv show American Restorations, Tom can restore just about anything.  He has worked on Ferraris, Maseratis, Model Ts, Packards, Rudges, Scotts, and of course Vincents, including a really nice Firefly, which Tom owned for about 30 years or so.  Oddly enough, the current owner of the Firefly can be seen taking a photo of Tom on the Firefly at the 1980 Bass Lake rally, the fellow in the black t-shirt, Glenn Shriver.




David Dunfey’s Grey Flash

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Here are a couple of pictures of David and his Flash taken by Carleton Palmer II at the last Maxton land speed event.  Note the front brakes.  I asked David about them and here is what he says:

“The brakes are the 8″ brakes made by Hugh McAlister and sold by the Club. AHRMA allows me to use OEM style brakes up to 8.5″, so I decided to try them. They are pretty good for racing, although I suspect the 4 leading shoe conversion might be better. AHRMA does not allow 4 leading shoe brakes in Class C. The 8″ are more expensive than the 4 leading shoe, but for racing I feel you need to use new drums, so, in effect, the price is comparable. I had a rear brake drum shatter at Deland and although I have not had a hub shatter, others have, so I think it is good insurance to use a new one. A final advantage is that the geometry of the shoes appears to be correct. As has been discussed on the Forum, the Factory made a mistake when designing the original brake plates that makes the braking spongy.”

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