Pace Grand Prix

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Pace Grand Prix

Post by FJCamper » Mon Oct 18, 2021 5:34 pm

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JIM PACE Grand Prix Chattanooga TN 15-17 Oct 2021

2.2 miles road course through town. 15-minute sprints. The RetroRacing Ghia, fresh from the body shop (crash last year at Road Atlanta) beats a Porsche 911S and squad of Loti as the time sheet shows. with it's 1.7 litre, pump-gas engine 85.5x74mm. 44IDF Webers, Hoosier Speedster tires, 4-wheel 40mm piston Varga calipers, Porterfield pads. Barret Camper driving. Photo by Jim Allen.

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Re: Pace Grand Prix

Post by Ol'fogasaurus » Mon Oct 18, 2021 5:39 pm

I thought that Karmann Ghia was an actress :shock: :wink: .

Lookin' good FJ!

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Re: Pace Grand Prix

Post by doc » Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:13 am

Great job!

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Re: Pace Grand Prix

Post by DORIGTT » Fri Oct 22, 2021 11:22 am

Looks like you've got a great setup!

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Re: Pace Grand Prix

Post by FJCamper » Fri Oct 22, 2021 1:31 pm

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The "secret" to our Ghia's success is simplicity. No MSD, no fuel injection, stock torsion bars front and rear, steel wheels, stock Varga (ATE copy) brake calipers and generic stock rotors front and rear. We ran the Pace Grand Prix on a 1699cc engine, AA hypertech 85.5mm pistons, and a 10-year old pair of AJ Sims heads. 9:1 compression.

Where we get racy is our dry sump oil system from CB Performance, Hoosier Speedster racing rubber (bias ply), Porterfield carbon Kevlar brake pads, Koni shocks (set to medium), an ATL fuel cell, and a great deal of added lightness with a sanitary cabin, Lexan rear window, and unpadded aluminum seat.

The point of RetroRacing's campaign was to prove that the Karmann Ghia is a real sports car. We're done that many times over now. We fly the VW flag in the face of the Loti, Jags, etc.

By the way, the MGB GT that finished just ahead of us sports a Rover V8 engine. Next weekend we take on the Ferrari club.

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Re: Pace Grand Prix

Post by DORIGTT » Wed Nov 10, 2021 11:23 am

How did your battles with the Ferrari Club go?

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Re: Pace Grand Prix

Post by FJCamper » Wed Nov 10, 2021 2:33 pm

Not even a battle. It rained, cold and early, and the total field was about a dozen assorted Ferraris, an AMG Mercedes, and a new Alfa Romeo. 4C coupe. We brought our Ghia and a friend's vintage 1966 Lotus 47 Europa.

The supercar people were intimidated by the rain, and the high price of their cars, and the Ghia cleaned house because the Ferrari people are afraid to crash and we're not afraid to race. Finally, our friend got his 47 on the track and we had a race. The Lotus was fast in a straight line but the Ghia could catch him in the corners. The 47 could not lose the Ghia and the Ghia could not catch the Lotus.

We went home happy but it is no great feat to outrun timid rich guys.

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