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1963 FormCar Formula Vee

The Formula Volkswagen class (Formula Vee) started in 1959 in the USA when the late Herbert Brundage who was the Southeastern US VW distributor. He apparently saw the potential to construct what he considered "a poor man's race car”, and commissioned the Italian firm "Nardi" to build a single seat, open wheeled race car out of VW components. The target was a car kit for less than $1,000, including body, frame, instruments, and seat. The buyer was expected to add a Volkswagen front axle wheel assembly and the stock rear engine transaxle wheel assembly flipped around to be mid-engine, all salvaged at low cost. The Nardi was built for the international Formula Junior class based on VW parts. The first results were far from spectacular. The car was modified to build the 'FormCar' which resulted in the basic Formula Vee racing car. They used the Nardi as a model, and began constructing and selling as cheaply as possible, the "FormCar". Their idea was to promote a low cost race car, and launch a new class. The FormCar builders never intended to allow other designs; they wanted the class to be like spec racer.

I purchased from Gary Emory in 2002 a “new yet un-built FormCar kit”. His “new yet un-built FormCar kit” was an abused frame, a new body, and about 12 boxes of misc. parts. I know because I purchased the lot and trucked it all back to Los Gatos. It required a lot of work, but in the end it was just the kind of project I was looking for. After completing a frame up restoration I will finally get to race it in 2012.

1999 BMW Z3 2.8 Litre Coupe

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The Z3 was designed by Joji Nagashima of the BMW design team and developed from the E36 platform of the 3 Series. The resulting platform is sometimes referred to as the E36/7 (roadster) or E36/8 (coupé). The rear semi-trailing arm suspension from the E30 was used. In addition to the roadster version of the Z3, BMW also released a coupé featuring a chassis-stiffening rear hatch area, though the Shooting-brake styling this gave was controversial. The coupé was available as the Z3 Coupé. The Z3 coupés were only available with the largest 6-cylinder 2.8 liter engine offered in the Z3 roadster.

My Z3 was prepared as an SCCA ITR class race car by Josh Sirota. Josh did an excellent job and spared no expense. He campaigned the car In SCCA for several years and holds the class record at Infineon Raceway. I will use this car for NASA track days and an occasional SCCA regional race.

2004 Ferrari Modena 360

The Ferrari 360 is a mid-engine midsize two-seater sports car produced from late 1999 until 2005. For the 360, Ferrari partnered with Alcoa to produce an entirely new all-aluminum space-frame chassis that was 40% stiffer than the F355, yet 28% lighter despite a 10% increase in overall dimensions. Along with the new frame was a new Pininfarina body styling that broke ranks with the last decade's sharp angles and flip-up headlights, replacing them with a rounded appearance that harkened to the 1960s. The new V8 engine, common to all versions, was only slightly larger and more powerful than the F355's at 3.6 litres and 400 bhp (300 kW) of power, but the lighter frame and added stiffness improved performance; the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration performance improved from 4.6 to 4.4 seconds.

I believe that this model in the most beautiful Ferrari built. This Ferrari and I did a two day NASA (National Auto Sport Association) track day at Infineon Raceway in 2011. This was a “hoot”. However, I think I’ll retire the Ferrari to enjoyment on the street.

2005 BMW R1200RT Motorcycle

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The BMW R1200RT Sport/Touring motorcycle arrived in 2005. The design of this model is completely different from its predecessor with a 15% boost in power, 44 ft-lb weight saving, optional electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) and on-board computer. The standard electrically operated windscreen can be adjusted across a large range of heights. The servo powered ABS brakes on the RT are partially integrated such that the rear brake pedal only applies the rear brake while the front brake lever applies both brakes.

This is still my favorite “Track Day” motorcycle. It is responsive, has plenty of power, and handles like a dream. I have been doing track days with the organization “CLASS Motorcycle Track School” since 2002. They provide a safe, fast environment to test and improve your skill at both Infineon Raceway and Mazda Laguna Seca.

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