June 7 - 10
Durham, North Carolina
Meeting coodinators Max Fulton and Emily Turner organized a very full schedule of
exciting and unique activities to fill our time from Sunday evening though Wednesday night.
Specifically, we enjoyed Tech Sessions (on car lifts!), "Show and Tell" sessions,
Go-Karting, runs on Chassis Dyno, a tour of two race car prep shops and of a top-flight
Machine Shop, and much more.
|Photo Album of Meet Activities||(48 photos)|
|Our Visit to Motion Machine||(42 photos)|
Cars of BritishV8 2009
These "How It Was Done" articles feature photos from the 2009 BritishV8 meet:
|Mike Alexander||(Richmond VA, 73 MG MGB, Buick 215 V8, T5 5-speed)|
|Merv Hagen||(Dundee IL, 66 MG MGB, Ford 302 V8, T5 5-speed)|
|Bernie Posey||(Elyria OH, 79 MG MGB, Rover 3.9L V8, T5 5-speed)|
|Mike Pugh||(Raleigh NC, 59 Ford Thames, BMW 2.0L I4, BMW 5-speed)|
|Jack Renaud||(Dearborn MI, 80 MG MGB-LE, Rover 4.6 V8, T5 5-speed)|
|Wayne Rippy||(Summerton SC, 74.5 MG MGB GT, Olds 215 V8, LT77 5-speed)|
|Paul Schils||(Fredonia WI, 71 MG MGB, Ford 302 V8, T5 5-speed)|
MGB V8 Racers Les Gonda, Jerry Richards, Keith Burnett, and Storm Field (as viewed from left-to-right) met at The Gold Cup
The Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races
BritishV8 2009 was scheduled back-to-back with "The Gold Cup", June 5-7 at
"VIR" (Virginia International Raceway) outside nearby Danville VA. VIR is one of America's
premier roadracing venues. VIR was originally opened in 1957, but was closed for business
from 1974 until 2000. The track is 3.27 miles around. It features 17 turns, a 3000'
front straightaway, and a 4000' back straightaway.
The Gold Cup is now a major SVRA-sanctioned event, always guaranteed to draw world-class vintage and historic racecars. An additional attraction was that "MGVR" (the active MG Vintage Racers club) named the Gold Cup to be their 2009 "Focus Event", which meant we witnessed an especially strong contingent of MG cars.There was a special "MG vs. Morgan" feature race. Five MGB GT V8 racers were present, and we got to see a continuation of the on-track rivalry of Jerry Richards and Les Gonda!
|Sun. June 7:||3pm - 7pm||People Start Arriving (Registration Open)|
|7pm||Parking Lot Party|
Sponsored by Mantell Motorsport.
|Mon. June 8:||8am||Gather in Parking Lot|
|8:30am||Leave for "Flying Circus English Cars"|
2308 E. Pettigrew St., Durham NC
|9am-11am||Tech Sessions (see below)|
Sponsored by B-Stinger Racing. (Coffee and donuts were provided.)
Sponsored by Flying Circus English Cars.
|2pm-5pm||Dyno Runs at "Carolina Auto Masters"|
118 S. Elizabeth St., Durham NC
Volunteers needed! Small fee for participating.
|6pm-8pm||Parking Lot Activities - part 1|
Pizza party, valve cover racing, & craft fair
Sponsored by Fast Cars Inc. and by Advance Auto-Wire.
|8pm-10pm||Parking Lot Activities - part 2|
Movie montage, popcorn & candy (B.Y.O.B.)
Sponsored by B-Stinger Racing.
|Tues. June 9:||Tour Option One|
|8am||Leave for Danville VA|
|9am-1pm||Tour the "Motion Machine" machine shop (lunch provided)|
|2pm-4pm||Plantation Valley kart racing track at V.I.R.|
(3x 15 minute race sessions per registered participant.)
|Tour Option Two|
|9am||Leave for Salem NC|
|11am-4pm||Tour historic Old Salem|
Note: Old Salem is a charming, preserved Moravian village.
Old Salem offers a selection of nice restaurants for lunch.
|Wed. June 10:||8am - 12pm||Tech Sessions (see below)|
|12pm||Leave for Umstead State Park for a Catered Lunch|
|2pm - 5pm||Tour Apex Vintage Racing|
|5pm||Return to Hotel to Clean-up in Preparation for Banquet|
|6:30pm||Leave for Banquet|
|7pm-9:30pm||Banquet at Four Square Restaurant|
2701 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham NC
(this included a raffle, an auction, and "special" awards.)
|The following Tech Sessions were presented:|
|Dan Masters||Fast Cars suspensions, etc.|
|Jim Blackwood||Project B.A.D.A.S.S. Technical Issues|
|Steve Carrick||Hot-Rod Wiring with Advance Auto-Wire|
|Bill Guzman||What's New at Classic Conversions|
|Pete Mantell||Ford V8 Performance Options|
|James Browne||Secrets of Show Car Detailing|