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post #41 of 50 Old 08-13-2010, 03:19 AM
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You canít race the GTE though because it's not homologated right? So if your intention is to race an old ferrari, a stock GTE is pretty much worthless until you bring it into FIA compliance and that means replacing the body.

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post #42 of 50 Old 08-13-2010, 04:11 AM
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You can race just about anything
I guess thatís trueÖ..the issues arise depending on the class youíve got in mind and whether or not you like to win.
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post #43 of 50 Old 08-13-2010, 09:27 AM
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How true, and I did. Please see the world's fastest Mini Moke at one of the Pennsylvania Hillclimb series.

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Uber cool! More details on spec please, that looks fantastic and I bet not one 250 GTE was sacrificed in the process.
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Uber cool! More details on spec please, that looks fantastic and I bet not one 250 GTE was sacrificed in the process.
Dear Vitalone,

Most car fun I have ever had for under two grand. The spectator kids at the races loved the car, looked just like a big hot wheels toy. They also liked the sink drain plug stoppers in the tops of the Weber throats which you can barely see in the four Weber bell mouths sticking out of the hood. To a 1275 Mini Cooper S motor I added the two down draft Webers, custom intake manifold, an Iskenderian cam, magnesium push rods, high compression pistons, custom headers, lowered front and rear suspension, wide wheels, very wide CanAm qualifying tires, roll cage, disc brakes up front, custom fit lower seat, bench flowed cylinder head, radiused valve seats, fuel cell,and Koni shocks and ended up with the worlds most fun and fastest Mini Moke. Note the front tires are two inches wider than the rears, they were used CANAM qualifying tires I bought at a great discount from Roger Penske. Great adhesion as they really got very gummy when hot, Bryan's job was to pick out all the rocks and gravel which had vulcanized to the tire after each run. Same rolling diameter as the original Moke tires. Cornering was truly unbelievable. Top end was geared for about 88 mph at 6700 RPM and could leave rubber in third, and would take tight corners faster than you would believe. With this set up I won many more trophies and races than I ever did with the Ferrari up until Pebble Beach in 2008 and the 6 shows following. Roll bar added to chassis stiffness. The bottom of the drivers seat is literally on the rear seat floor. Instrument panel is a bent aluminum cookie sheet "borrowed" from HelenAnn. The nose and hood were modified after a badly misjudged 180 degree corner at the Giant's Despair Hillclimb, at least the aerodynamics improved on the former brick face. Also added some lexan under body and at base of nose to "enhance ground effects". ;+) By the way the end result was taking the SCCA NE Div Solo 1 championship in 1974.

Good memories!

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Dear Admiral,

Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories. The specification of the Mini Moke CanAM is superb! It must have been a thrill to blast to victory on many occasions. For less than two grand!

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That is indeed a seriously cool toy, Admiral!


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Dear Onno and David,

You are both right, a thrill and serious fun. One more photo before the mods gig me for high jacking this thread. One can tell from the right rear wheel position, the chassis with the roll cage made for a very stiff chassis and quite predictable handling, even on three wheels.

The driving style between the Ferrari and the Moke could not have been more dramatically different. With the Ferrari one must complete your braking by the time you hit the apex. With the Moke you typically entered a turn far faster than you could ever hope to make the corner, and just before all hope was lost, back out of the throttle momentarily, the huge tire patches then gave full traction to cornering and before the rear completely swung around I hit the gas pedal and the accelerator pumps went to work and suddenly we are off to the races pointed for the next corner. The cam timing was so radical that often a mist of gas could be seen just above the carburetor mouths.

Funny how certain aspects of the old mind bring back moments from a third of a century ago. Thanks for listening to the old guy ramble.

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We would all luv to hear more of your Rambles, Admiral. Thanx. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Awesome!

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