Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Racing history from down under.

While talking to a gent about an Amal dual carburetor kit that he had constructed for his little 36hp back in 1960 the subject of VW racing was broached. With the door open an exchange of information and pictures over the interweb was commissioned. Sadly in 1961 the 40hp arrived on the scene and like any good racer, he decided to go for the "more powerful" engine and did awayt with the 36hp! : ) The good news was that some pictures of late 60's VW racing have survived the eraser of time and Greg has been generous enough to allow us to share some of them with you.

Silverdale 1962: Greg set the class and sedan record at this event!

Bathurst 1963

Catilina Park 1963

Here are a few words from the man himself:

"When the 40hp engine was released here I promptly traded my 1960, 36hp beetle in on a 1961 model. In exchange for some body work (my trade)

on Jack Bono's race car - a 356 Porsche - Jack 'worked over' my 40hp engine. He fitted bigger valves, ported & polished the heads, bored barrels

out to 80mm (1300cc), ground cam, fitted bigger oil pump, etc.

I fabricated inlet & exhaust systems, and fitted a pair of 1 3/4" SU carbs. It showed 72 hp on the dyno! It clocked 102 MPH at Bathurst!

That little Beetle gave me excellent service, a few race wins and records, and great pleasure for almost 40,000 miles - it was not only my race car, but my only car!"

The photos in the post were used with permission and can not be replicated for any purpose with out the consent of the proper owner.

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