The Tale of the Tiger
Editor's Note: An oldie, but a goodie. Be sure to click on "Read more..." Anyone that can tell me who the author was gets bonus points.
Interesting cars tend to mirror the personality of their creators. Ever since the world of cars began, they have been studded with the original ideas of great designers and engineers who have expressed themselves in the automobiles they have developed and driven. This is particularly so in the case of high performance cars — Bentley, Ferrari, Bugatti, and Porsche, for example: These designers at different times made great contributions to the development of the high performance car as we know it, and their cars were conceived with two ends in view — Speed and Safety. The means to those ends however, were very different.
Ettore Bugatti, for instance, was a wildly temperamental artist by instinct, whose cars were built with the delicacy of a watch, and were just about as easy for the average mechanic to repair. W. 0. Bentley, as typically English as Bugatti was Italian, produced powerful, imposing, solid sports touring cars that somehow reflected their Anglo-Saxon designer.
However, exotic engineering tour-de-forces are very much inclined to be too expensive to be a practical proposition in today's competitive markets. Consequently, recent sports car trends have been towards highly tuned production engines to give the necessary power; nevertheless, some owners here in America still regard foreign sports cars fitted with these engines as underpowered and "fussy." ( In Europe crippling taxes on gas restricted manufacturers from developing larger and more powerful engines.) This then was the problem we at Rootes were confronted with after nearly 20 years of selling Sunbeams in the U.S.A.
A Carburetor with a Mission: Make my Tiger Go!
By Hobey Landrith
Editor's Note: Don't forget to checkout Bill Martin's carburetor "How To" seminar featuring Don Gardyne of DG Carburetors. See the calendar for more information.
Matching just the right carb to your engine might sound straight-forward, and in fact most decently built engines will run on a poorly selected and/or badly tuned carb, though at a fraction of the performance they’re capable of. But getting it right, and I mean really right for a high performance application, is not a total slam dunk.
Road Racing Sunbeam Tigers
By Bill Miller
US Road Racing Tigers
To road race a production sports car in the United States from the 1940s on through the end of production sports car road racing one had to be a member of a club or sanctioning body like the Sports Car Club of America or SCCA. Production car racing was amateur racing as in there was no prize money for winning or placing. People don’t road race production cars anymore although they do run them in the SCCA autocross classes, also for no prize money. In the mid 60s pro racing (as in prize money) classes began to take over the majority of the public conscience with regard to the SCCA. Can-Am and Trans-AM from 1966 on was where all of the best drivers migrated. Some drivers would still run in the Amateur production car classes but hey if you could get paid to drive with the big boys why not?Read more...