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partsetal
09-11-2017, 10:02 AM
I came across this video of recent racing at Goodwood in the UK. In the classic touring class you will see a 59 Thunderbird dicing it up with some imports and a Studebaker! Check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E20Smm8gl1g
Carl

jopizz
09-11-2017, 11:55 AM
That's pretty cool. It's probably not an ideal car for road racing.

John

partsetal
09-13-2017, 02:07 PM
Here is another video that shows the '59 a little more prominently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ser-fqlT22M

jopizz
09-13-2017, 02:13 PM
I was wondering how long it would take before he was black flagged for the exhaust pipe dragging.

John

partsetal
09-13-2017, 02:15 PM
Here is another video from the cockpit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWPe4A0FSO0
Notice the stock wheel and horn ring.
Carl

YellowRose
09-13-2017, 02:54 PM
Thanks for posting these, Carl! They are fun to watch. It was interesting to seen the interior of the car, with OEM steering wheel, the extra gauges where the AC vent would be, and the stick shifting. Many people do not know or have forgotten that when the 430MEL came out the Squarebird was used in stock car racing and did very well for itself back then. There were some famous races with it acquitting itself quite well in them. I think I have reported on that in the Thunderbird History Forum. There is one, that I know of, replica left of one of the racing Squarebirds that is on display these days.

jopizz
09-13-2017, 03:00 PM
Looks like he had his hands full using that big steering wheel.

John

mh434
09-13-2017, 04:28 PM
I've got some stills from the weekend that I will post tomorrow.unfortunately it cooked its clutch during qualifying on Friday and had another issue on Sunday. I take my hat off to Bill Shepherd for preparing the car and bringing it to Goodwood. I can assure you that a lot of time and expense went into it. And as for the noise.....the gods of thunder themselves....

Jon

pbf777
09-14-2017, 01:19 PM
[QUOTE=YellowRose; Many people do not know or have forgotten that when the 430MEL came out the Squarebird was used in stock car racing and did very well for itself back then. There were some famous races with it acquitting itself quite well in them. I think I have reported on that in the Thunderbird History Forum. There is one, that I know of, replica left of one of the racing Squarebirds that is on display these days.[/QUOTE]

Unfortunately, this example doesn't provide the opportunity to revisit the performance potential (from the historical perspective) of the MEL engine :(, as this vehicle sports an FE of some derivative with contemporary components.

Scott.

DKheld
10-24-2017, 12:38 PM
Been out of the loop for a while and catching up on some reading.

THANKS CARL !!!!!

Went to the Bill Shepherd Mustang Facebook page but couldn't get much info on the drive train. I don't do Facebook so just what I could see via the laptop.

Having owned and worked on British cars all my driving years I absolutely love that video of the old Yank Tank blowing by all the British cars. If I ever win the lottery I'll have to build one like that. My favorite part was passing the Mk1 Jaguar - looked like jet wash behind the Tbird - Oh man was that great.

Too bad he was black flagged but necessary for track safety.

Take a look at my Avatar - I got to run mine on a tight track one time - loads of fun.


Eric

Woobie
10-24-2017, 02:45 PM
Here is another video from the cockpit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWPe4A0FSO0
Notice the stock wheel and horn ring.
Carl

She got some pep !

Dan Leavens
10-25-2017, 09:28 AM
John no kidding he " had his hands full " especially on some of those turns with that weight:eek:

Looks like he had his hands full using that big steering wheel.

newyear
10-25-2017, 12:55 PM
Was curious about the specification(especially improvements to the braking performance)of the car racing at Goodwood and havn't been able to find out much.Would it have been close to the cars as in the post below?.Imagine a blue-printed 430 cubic inch engine.

http://www.squarebirds.org/picture_gallery/TechnicalResourceLibrary/VTCI%20Scoop/WilliamWonder-2.htm

mh434
10-25-2017, 01:33 PM
http://www.squarebirds.org/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=21952

A few pics I took over Revival weekend. I received a nice reply from Bill Shepherd after I emailed him thanking him for bringing the car to Revival. He said the car was finished a week before Goodwood and therefore didnít have much testing and development time. It will reappear in the near future so I expect great things of it. It did help having a multiple Le Mans winner at the wheel though. Classic American magazine in the U.K. are going to be running a feature on it in November.

Jon

newyear
10-25-2017, 02:26 PM
Great Pictures.Thanks for posting these Jon

DKheld
10-25-2017, 02:48 PM
Another thread I had missed - sorry Jon - but thanks for posting the link and pics. Very envious that you were able to see and hear the car "in person".

Wowzers - have a look at that massive front sway bar - :eek:

As Scott mentioned - apparently some sort of FE power plant.

Possibly the standard steering box under that reflective tape?

Must have watched the video clips 100 times now - loads of fun - darn that exhaust hanger for shortening the ride.

Eric

mh434
10-25-2017, 02:52 PM
Thanks Pete

Youíre not a million miles from me and my mother lives just outside Lakenheath so Iím a regular visitor to your neck of the woods. Would be good to meet up sometime and compare notes.

Jon

bird 60
10-25-2017, 08:37 PM
Is it a 430 ci? The surge tank is positioned the same as the 352 or 390 ci.

Chris.....From OZ.

newyear
10-26-2017, 04:40 AM
Look forward to meeting up at some point Jon
Have sent you a PM
Peter