British V8 2009 Annual Meeting, Durham NC

BritishV8 2009

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)

Les Gonda, Jerry Richards, Keith Burnett, and Storm Field
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 - 7pmPeople Start Arriving (Registration Open)
     7pmParking Lot Party
Sponsored by Mantell Motorsport.
   Mon. June 8:    8amGather in Parking Lot
     8:30amLeave for "Flying Circus English Cars"
2308 E. Pettigrew St., Durham NC
     9am-11amTech Sessions (see below)
Sponsored by B-Stinger Racing. (Coffee and donuts were provided.)
Sponsored by Flying Circus English Cars.
     2pm-5pmDyno Runs at "Carolina Auto Masters"
118 S. Elizabeth St., Durham NC
Volunteers needed! Small fee for participating.
     6pm-8pmParking Lot Activities - part 1
Pizza party, valve cover racing, & craft fair
Sponsored by Fast Cars Inc. and by Advance Auto-Wire.
     8pm-10pmParking Lot Activities - part 2
Movie montage, popcorn & candy (B.Y.O.B.)
Sponsored by B-Stinger Racing.
   Tues. June 9:    Tour Option One
     8amLeave for Danville VA
     9am-1pmTour the "Motion Machine" machine shop (lunch provided)
     2pm-4pmPlantation Valley kart racing track at V.I.R.
(3x 15 minute race sessions per registered participant.)

     Tour Option Two
     9amLeave for Salem NC
     11am-4pmTour historic Old Salem
Note: Old Salem is a charming, preserved Moravian village.
Old Salem offers a selection of nice restaurants for lunch.


     7:30pm-9pmB.A.D.A.S.S. meeting
   Wed. June 10:    8am - 12pmTech Sessions (see below)
     12pmLeave for Umstead State Park for a Catered Lunch
     2pm - 5pmTour Apex Vintage Racing
     5pmReturn to Hotel to Clean-up in Preparation for Banquet
     6:30pmLeave for Banquet
     7pm-9:30pmBanquet 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

Read about previous meetings - and enjoy a lot of photos:
    2008,        2007,        2006,        2005,        2004,        2003,        2002,        2001,        2000,        1999,        1998,        1997.

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