The 2001 MG V-8 Conversion Convention - Sebring Florida
Sponsored by this newsletter, and organized by Don Rausch, the fifth annual
British V8 Convention was held March 4-7, in Sebring, FL. Approximately 25
British engine-swappers participated, plus three (factory-equipped) TR8s and
two Morgans! Festivities included track time at Sebring International Speedway,
tech sessions, vendor displays, and a plethora of social activities. Attendees
also enjoyed meeting racing great Bob Tullius of Group 44 fame, touring his
hangar of vintage Jaguar and Triumph race cars, and having him as guest-of-honor
at the meeting banquet.
We're grateful to Les Shockey and Ian Pender for their photos from the meet!
Sebring was the site of many great endurance races in the 50's and 60's.
The MGC GTS (top of page) raced to a tenth-overall finish in the 1968 race,
driven by Hopkirk and Hedges. At left, an MGB-GT with flared fenders recalls
the muscular look of this classic (and other great GT cars of the era, such
as Aston Martin's DB4-GT). Ian Pender's "Eight Up" is shown at right.