August 2 thru 4
Special Report on British V8 2007
|Key Agenda Items|
|British V8 2007 Meet Overview||(by Curtis Jacobson)|
|British V8 Track Day at Nelson Ledges Road Course||(by Max Fulton)|
|Measuring Up: Autocrossing and Weighing the Cars||(by Curtis Jacobson)|
|Valve Cover Race Results||(by Charles Kettering)|
|Continuing Education and Seminar Program|
|Tech Session 1 - Digital Photography for Car People||(with Mary Schils)|
|Tech Session 2 - MGB Suspension Upgrades||(with Ted Lathrop)|
|Tech Session 3 - Ford V8 MGB Conversions||(with Pete Mantell)|
|Tech Session 4 - Installing a Wiring Kit||(with Dan Masters)|
|Tech Session 5 - Powder Coating||(with Pete Mantell)|
|Tech Session 6 - Rear Axle Selection and Set-Up||(with Dan Lagrou)|
|Tech Session 7 - Rover Electronic Fuel Injection||(with Jim Stuart)|
|Special Guest Vehicles - Factory-Built British V8s!|
|Philip Cooke's 2006 MG ZT-T||(with Ford 4.6L V8)|
|Dave Massey's 1980 Triumph TR8||(with Rover 3.5L V8)|
|John Targett's 1974 Aston Martin V8||(with Aston Martin 5.3L V8)|
|John Targett's 1975 Jensen Interceptor III||(with Chrysler 440 V8)|
British V8 meets are the premier annual event for people interested in performance-modified
British sports cars. Come prepared to learn all about the cars and to share information
with owners and builders.
We'll be enjoying the cars in their element! Coordinator Kurt Schley has negotiated our exclusive use of Nelson Ledges Race Track on Thursday (August 2). Sponsor Pete Mantell of Mantell Motorsport will be underwriting the track-time, so we can all play for just $75-per-car. An autocross is being planned for Friday (August 3).
There'll be a plethora of diverse social activities. For example, a spa outing is being planned by some of the ladies. There will also be vineyard tours and spirited country drives - British V8 meets are great fun for couples! - plus free time is being left for kicking tires and telling stories. Don't forget to bring your camera.
Of course, one of the highlights of British V8 Meets is the informative "tech sessions". Kurt has reserved seven hours in the schedule for tech sessions this year. There will be topics of interest to everyone! Also, so far at least eight vendors have confirmed plans to participate in the meet. Some of the vendors will even offer discounted merchandise.
Notice: ALL fans of modified British sports cars are welcome and encouraged to participate in our meets. Don't let our old "V8" name discourage you! We're happy that our participants and their cars are increasingly diverse. The meets are especially recommended for people who contemplating, planning, or engaged-in performance modifications of their cars.
Days Inn, Willoughby
4145 State Route 306
Willoughby, OH 44094
room rate: $71/night + tax
|Wed. Aug. 1st:||1pm - 7pm||Event Registration|
|Thurs. Aug. 2nd:||8am - 4pm||Event Registration (continued)|
|8am - 4pm||Driving Event at Nelson Ledges!|
sponsored by Pete Mantell of Mantell Motorsport
(Note: Even if you don't care to drive the track, this will
be a fun event for spectators and impromptu pit crews.)
|4pm - 5pm||Tech Session #1 Digital Photography (with Mary Schils)|
|6pm - 8pm||Parking Lot Pizza Party|
sponsored by Ted Lathrop of Fast Cars Inc.
and Dan Masters of Advance Auto-Wire.
|Fri. Aug. 3rd:||9am - 2pm||Autocross|
|2pm - 3pm||Tech Session #2 MGB Suspension Upgrades (with Ted Lathrop)|
|3pm - 4pm||Tech Session #3 Powder Coating (with Pete Mantell)|
|4pm - 7pm||Caravan (to a charming winery/restaurant for supper)|
|7pm - ??pm||Parking Lot Party|
sponsored by Dan and Mark Lagrou of D&D Fabrications
|Sat. Aug. 4:||10am - 11am||Tech Session #4 Electrical Systems (with Dan Masters)|
|11am - 1pm||Weighing of the Cars|
|1pm - 3pm||Valve Cover Races|
|3pm - 4pm||Tech Session #5 Rear Axles Selection and Set-up (with Dan LaGrou)|
|4pm - 5pm||Tech Session #6 Fuel Injection - and maybe some A/C too (with Jim Stuart)|
|5pm - 7pm||Kurt and Sue's Wedding followed by the meet banquet|
|7pm - ??pm||Parking Lot Party|
sponsored by Kurt and Sue
Participation Requirements for Nelson Ledges Race Track "Fun Day"
- The cost to participate on track is $75-per-car.
- All open cars (i.e. "convertibles") must have a roll bar or roll cage. (Fiberglass hard-tops aren't sufficient!)
- A "Snell Approved" helmet is required. (Snell Approved Motorcycle helmets will be permitted.)
(Note: We'll try to have "loaner" helmets available.)
- Proper attire is required, including a sleeved shirt, closed-toe shoes and long pants.
NO shorts, tank-tops, halter-tops, sandals, or open-toed shoes are allowed. Shoulders, legs and feet must be covered.
- All participants must be over 18 yrs old, carry a valid driver's license, and have current car insurance.
- Nelson Ledges does allow helmeted passengers over the age of 18 to ride in the cars.
- Additional information is available at www.nelsonledges.com
Official Rules for the Valve Cover RacesThe Cars
- The cars shall have no power source. All motive power is provided by gravity.
- Cars shall be based on an actual rocker cover or cam cover (valve cover)
from a car engine.
There shall be no limitation on engine make, model, cylinder configuration, or displacement.
- Wheel base shall be no more than 24 inches.
(Note: The staging lane is only 24 inches long.)
- Wheel track shall be no more than 14 inches.
- Cars must have 4 wheels, each no greater than 6 inches in diameter.
- Cars shall weigh up to but certainly not more than exactly 12 pounds.
- The course shall consist of a launch incline 8 feet long, followed by a level run of 20 feet.
- Two lanes shall divide the launch incline, each 2 feet wide.
The incline shall be 2 feet high at the rearmost part and level with the course at the front edge.
The front edge shall be mitered so as to provide a smooth transition from the incline to the run out area.
- The official "Starting Line" shall be 2 feet from the rear edge of the incline.
A mechanized starting gate, which is 2 inches high, shall be used.
- The run out section of the course shall consist of 2 lanes, each 3 feet wide.
The lanes shall be clearly marked.
- The finish line shall be marked 20 feet from the front edge of the launch incline.
- Cars will be run in heats of 2 cars each.
- The cars are to be launched with their front wheels on the starting line.
(Note: If your car's design doesn't allow this, it's to your disadvantage.)
- The first car to have its front wheels cross the finish line shall be declared the winner.
- If neither car makes it to the finish line, the car going farthest shall be declared the winner.
- If a car's wheels touch or cross over the lane markers, that car shall be disqualified.
The remaining car shall be declared the heat winner.
- Winning cars will advance to the next round until all are eliminated - except one champion!