2002 British V8 Conversion Convention - Grand Rapids, Michiganas published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume X Issue 3, September 2002
by: Dan Masters
Dateline Grand Rapids, August 16 - 18, 2002: Hordes of crazed auto-enthusiasts
descended upon this western Michigan city for a weekend of fun and frolic. Local
residents, seeing the "toy" cars with big motors, locked up their children and
hid behind closed doors, frightened by the noise these small cars made. Well,
not really, but there was a "horde" of enthusiasts participating in the 5th
annual V8 convention. If you weren't there, you should have been, and you missed
a rollicking good time. Approximately 69 attendees, in 22 BritishV8 conversions,
were in attendance at this British V8 convention.
Activities consisted of track time at the Gratten race track, an autocross, a shop tour of Fast Cars, Inc., tech sessions, vendor displays, a weigh-in, an awards dinner, lots and lots of bench racing, more than just a little BS slinging, and a few late night "light-'em-up" sessions in the parking lot.
One of the great things about the V8 meets is the complete lack of egos - just a bunch of friends gathering for a good time, and to share hints and kinks. Competition is very low keyed and friendly and every one is more than willing to help a fellow "V-eighter" in need.
Martyn Harvey has done an excellent job of writing about the event in his Canadian Corner column, so I'll just let the pictures and the autocross and weigh-in data speak for themselves here.
Sponsored by this newsletter, the sixth annual British V8 Convention was held in Grand Rapids, MI. Approximately 69 attendees and 22 British V8 conversions participated. Festivities included track time at Gratten race track, an autocross, a shop tour of Fast Cars, Inc., tech sessions, vendor displays, a weigh in, and a plethora of social activities.
Attendees, and Their Cars
|OWNER||From||Year / Model||Engine||Weight (pounds)||Best Auto-X Time (seconds)|
|1||David Bash||St Charles, MO||27:87|
|2||Steve Carrick||Middleville, MI||74 MGB||Ford 302||2300|
|3||Carl Floyd||Kingsport, TN||79 MGB||Buick 215||2290||26:16|
|4||Max Fulton||Chapel Hill, NC||MGB||(stock)||2240||27:38|
|5||Martyn Harvey||Waterloo, ONT||79 MGB LE||Rover V8||2420||28:34|
|6||Andy Knaut||Grand Rapids, MI||79 MGB||Rover 3.5||2220||27:53|
|7||Ted Lathrop||Wayland, MI||76 TR6||Chevy 350||2400|
|8||Mike Moor||Angola, IN||73 MGB||Buick 300||2370||27:03|
|9||Jim Orr||Hobart, IN||71 MGB||Buick 215||2230|
|10||Jack Renaud||Dearborn, MI||80 MGB||Rover 3.5||2320|
|11||Robert Samyn||Essexville MI||59 MGA Coupe||Chevy V8||2370|
|12||Joe Schafer||Mt Pleasant, MI||71 MGB||2240||28:46|
|13||Paul Schils||Fredonia, WI||73 MGB-GT||Buick 215||2380|
|14||Kurt Schley||Madison, OH||73 MGB||Olds 215||2310||26:88|
|15||Peter Smith||Sault St Marie, ONT||76 MGB||Rover 3.5||2440||28:22|
|16||Pete Stroble||Beavercreek, OH||73 MGB-GT||Chevy V6||2120|
|17||Jim Stuart||Montgomery Village, MD||66 MGB||Buick 215||2410|
|18||Al Wulf||Wheat Ridge, CO||67 MGB||Buick 215||2150||32:28|
|19||Bill Yobi||Canfield, OH||79 MGB||Olds 215||2340||27:03|
On Track at Gratten Raceway!
No pace car! Go as fast as you can. Unlike most track events, this track
allowed each driver to go at his own pace, even if it meant an occasional
off-track excursion (and there were a few). It must be against the law to
have this much fun.
Getting ready for some serious track time. Dump all that dead weight and
dangerous projectiles! (That's Bill Yobi's car in the foreground, and
Steve Carrick's car beyond it.)
Touring "Fast Cars, Inc."
One high point of the meet was the tour of Fast Cars Inc.
Ted Lathrop explained the intricacies of narrowing an axle.
|While "Mr" Fast Cars was giving a shop tour, "Mrs" Fast Cars was giving the ladies a tour of her garden.|
Weigh-In (Debasing Myths And Legends)
Purists have acused us of destroying these cars with overweight engines.
The weights we recorded should put an end to that!