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partsetal
09-11-2017, 09:02 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, 10:55 AM
That's pretty cool. It's probably not an ideal car for road racing.

John

partsetal
09-13-2017, 01:07 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, 01:13 PM
I was wondering how long it would take before he was black flagged for the exhaust pipe dragging.

John

partsetal
09-13-2017, 01:15 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, 01:54 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, 02:00 PM
Looks like he had his hands full using that big steering wheel.

John

mh434
09-13-2017, 03:28 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, 12:19 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.