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"Weekend Racer" Alpine Back running!

Discussion in 'Rootes Racing' started by spmdr, May 23, 2019.

  1. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

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    The infamis "Weekend Racer" Alpine is back running under it's own power,

    after at least 26 years!

    The grainy picture is from the "Weekend Racers" movie, during the start of the May 1967 Santa Barbara Road Race.

    One of 6 Alpines that ran that race.

    Another of the 6 Alpines running that race is Tom Sakai's "Love Bug" Alpine.

    More info later.

    DW
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2019
  2. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

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    I thought I counted 6 Alpines in the Movie, oh well.

    These pictures from the Corb Flick collection, he was also in the race.

    If you can see the pencil marks on the results, those are Corb's notes about the actual positions at the finish.

    Corb was just behind Chuck (in the "Love Bug" Alpine )at the flag.

    BTW, #44 is a RHD Alpine, seen in the old picture with the "Weekend Racer" of John Coddington.

    DW
     
  3. DanR

    DanR SAOCA Treasurer Diamond Level Sponsor

    That is a very nice bit of history! Thanks for POSTing....

    Love History of the Sunbeam!

    Keep'em-on-the-Road,
     
  4. venice532

    venice532 Silver Level Sponsor

    Dan W., when are you going to get your car back out on the track?
    Bob
     
  5. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    Bob, Plan A is to take the "Weekend Racer" Alpine to the LA Shelby Track event @ the Streets of Willow June 2 (1 day event).

    I'm having issues with a cracked head/water leak.

    Plan B is to take Tom's "Love Bug Alpine"

    Plan C is to take a Tiger, if I have to.... :)

    This year is looking like a "Time off" year as far as Race events,

    with the exception of maybe the Big Bore Bash with VARA/ LA Shelby @ Willow early Nov.

    Most likely events are the Cobra Club Open Track at Willow the end of Oct, and the BBB in Nov.

    But who knows the future.

    DW
     
  6. gbinckes

    gbinckes Silver Level Sponsor

    This is a fantastic post, congratulations, the Alpine looks great!
     
  7. phyrman

    phyrman SAOCA Secretary Diamond Level Sponsor

    Awesome!!!
     
  8. 65sunbeam

    65sunbeam SAOCA Membership Director Platinum Level Sponsor

  9. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    I corresponded with Steve S about the "Love Bug Alpine", he didn't have much West coast Race info, at the time.

    BTW, Plan A for the LA Shelby event is shaping up!.

    I ended up changing heads (BOOO!)

    The BIG valve head had issues with the water passage around the spark plug.

    Turns out there was/is a pin hole into the spark plug THREADS (BOOOOO!).

    So now I get to do a test of a STOCK head compared to a BIG valve head, ...eventually.

    Also, Steve Alcala gets 99% of the credit for getting the "Weekend Racer" Alpine in a drive-able (Race-able?) state!

    Steve A will be Driving the "Weekend Racer" Alpine on this RETURN TO WILLOW event.

    John Coddington drove the WR Alpine at an SCCA drivers school at Willow back in 1967.
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    And NO!, I could not live with that front fender Mirror position!!!

    It has been moved to a SANE position.

    DW
     
  10. spmdr

    spmdr Donation Time

    The "Weekend Racer" Alpine made it to the track and strangely, was NOT the slowest car on the track.

    There was a stock Lotus Elite that was lightly driven.

    The WR Alpine got some notes in it's book that need attention.

    1) Rear suspension, mostly rear shocks, those Lever shocks need help!

    2) Ignition, random missing is triggering the MSD Rev limiter WAY early.

    3) smaller steering wheel.

    Steve Alcala at the wheel.

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  11. venice532

    venice532 Silver Level Sponsor

    Steve is going so fast the camera can't catch the action.

    Where is alpine_64 and his professional level photography skills when they are needed?
     

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