Forgotten V8

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Re: Forgotten V8

Post by Gunter » Tue 08 Apr 2008, 19:42

I remember thatr V8 Beetle well!! didn't do more than a few races...the only car i know that spun in the middle of the straight (while attempting to go straight!) as far as i can remember the driver was Mervin Gibbons brother (forgot his first name)
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Re: Forgotten V8

Post by Fairlane 500 » Tue 08 Apr 2008, 20:45

Wasn't there also a Ford Anglia V8 there too?

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Re: Forgotten V8

Post by Killarney Racer » Tue 08 Apr 2008, 21:50

Car Mag did a road test on a green Beetle V8 - not sure if it was the same as the racing one. Yes Gunter, it didn't last long and the handling was something else!

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Re: Forgotten V8

Post by Hi-Fi » Wed 09 Apr 2008, 00:05

As Fairlane suggested, I'm sure there was an Anglia V8 somewhere. Does anyone know about this?

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Re: Forgotten V8

Post by Killarney Racer » Wed 09 Apr 2008, 08:52

Can't remember a racing Anglia V8 but I do recollect Car doing a test on one. Those were the days when Car was very into performance and racing issues. Today everything is so hi-tech (obviously) and performance means a Lambo or Bugatti rather than a hotted up road car.

Ahh well, time moves on I suppose....

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Re: Forgotten V8

Post by Hi-Fi » Wed 09 Apr 2008, 08:59

Ja, I recall a maroon Anglia V8 with a black roof somewhere along the line, but not a racing car. I'm sure you're right it was a road test.

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Re: Forgotten V8

Post by henryk » Wed 09 Apr 2008, 11:27

Killarney V8 Beetle was built and driven by David Gibbons.

The car was red and used a Rover V8.

It did not race many times.

David later had a Audi 100 roadcar with a Rover V8 up front.
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Re: Forgotten V8

Post by Fairlane 500 » Sun 13 Apr 2008, 00:43

Anyone remember the Stud Lark from the 60's?

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Re: Forgotten V8

Post by zahistorics » Sun 13 Apr 2008, 00:49

My cousin had a Chevy powered Lark - it was his patrol car in the Pretoria Traffic Police.

He thought it was great until he got blown off by a Renault R8 Gordini - that's how they settled traffic violations in those days....

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Re: Forgotten V8

Post by Hi-Fi » Sun 13 Apr 2008, 18:25

Lol at John :D

I can imagine a black and white Lark with it's old fashioned siren wailing........

But yes, the Bernie Mariner Lark was quite a beast in the sixties. I think the last time it raced would have been in the 1965 season when Uncle Bob pitched up in his Galaxie to clean up the fields.

I read somewhere that the Lark had been discovered in a sorry state and is being restored to its former condition and should be gracing our tracks sometime in the future. Looking forward to that day!

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