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SNAIL CAR SOLD ON E-BAY!
We have sold this historic car, retired from road racing and are concentrating on XAP
The Snail Car
“Morris Car - Go!”
La Carrera Panamericana POST MORTEM: The noise turns out to only be a few burnt up pistons allegedly caused by the carburetors being too lean during break in. Pity. But at least Phil says that there was no major damage to his beautiful 1275.
The Border Challenge
"From Sea to Shining Sea"
From Baghdad Beach near Brownsville, Texas
San Diego, California zigzagging across the border.
Now we have a fresh 1275 that Duane (uni247shop [firstname.lastname@example.org]) got for us and , Mark Brandow at QUALITY COACHES in Minneapolis, MN is installing. (WWW.quality-coaches.com ) We should do well in the Border Challenge (www.borderchallenge.com) (http://www.desafiodelafrontera.com/)
starting the 23rd of this month near Brownsville, Texas.
Along with the 1275 which is going into the Snail as we speak, we have our own brand new mounted and balanced TOYO Proxes RA-1 185 - 60/13 tires which replace the Yokohama's Phil loaned us last year. They may not be quite as nice as Phil's, but those are no longer on the market. These will certainly far exceed my driving ability.
RESULTS: Fifth Overall ! And a wonderful fun run!
"MORE ESCARGOT !"
FINAL REPORT - La Carrera
vini vidi victa
Third place in class. Beating Jags and Porsches! But also hitting hidden TOPOs (Massive speed bumps)
Running better and faster even without Sussex's sway bar which was wiped off by a topo. Then a crack in the pan at the drain plug and we are out. Brian checks bearings but can't find anything wrong. He puts on a new pan but there is a mysterious noise. Not wanting to get poisoned the next time we eat at The Square Peg Diner in N.E. Minneapolis, we retire.
POST MORTEM: The noise turns out to be a few burnt up pistons allegedly caused by the carburetors being too lean during break in. Pity. But at least Phil says that there was no major damage to his beautiful 1275. Now we have a strong and fresh 1275 that Duane (uni247shop [email@example.com]) sold us.
Two great days of driving on great roads and in wonderful company. Now about next year...
Our Car - Almost Ready
(With lowering blocks, etc.)
In 1966 British Motors Corporation, through the courtesy of the late Ken Revis, presented me with a Morris Minor 1000 Traveler Special. It included some special features such as an MG engine, real wood panels, an Austin Princess battery container (regular Morris’s always leak acid on the driver’s shoes), custom seating, belts, mirrors, special wheels and tires, etc. I still have the car.
Because this wonderful “Dream Car” is so special, Eduardo Leon extended to me a special exception and invitation for this car to be the first station wagon or truck to be permitted entry in the great Mexican road race, La Carrera Panamericana, which celebrates the opening of the Pan American Highway half a century ago.
|Empezó la magia de La Panamericana|
31/07/2003 | Por: MPT
The "Snail" Today
Due to pressure from many true Morris aficionados it was determined that I should not run the actual historic car, but find and prepare a “Back up” car. That we did. As a generous donation to the XAP Foundation Ltd., Chuck Stein supplied his recently imported RHD 1965 red wagon. It has been renamed "The Snail". Paul was going to modify it to approach my original car by doing his excellent routine "Period Modification" of installing a Datsun OHV engine and its original drive train. With the realization that Morris Minors properly fall into the "Original Pan Am" class, we have determined not to make that change, but stick with the BMC "A" series engine design currently in the car. But we will convert to Paul's disc brake conversion kit for the front wheels and the East Sussex Minors (www.morrisminors.com) safety suspension supports. Paul is sending the parts to Minneapolis to do this.
The Dream Team
(In Their Dreams)
Don Piccard, Piloto Co-Piloto
In the course of my annual retina exam, my doctor said I would be safe to drive in the Carrera. So to test his sincerity, I enquired if he would ride as navigator. He said yes and here we are. Now we need to get a great Crew Chief to take control and we are go for the moon.
Here is the car shortly after its arrival in Minneapolis:
As you can see, we have accepted the colour applied in England and entered La Carrera Panamericana under my Swiss passport. The car will run as #277 (I am, too, seventy-seven!) under Swiss colors and the sponsorship of the Swiss publication, Automobile Year.
How do you take a car like that to Tuxla for the start of the race? Trailer? No.
Former Frito Lay step van, the Frito Bandito “Morris Car Go”, but now retired as Arrow couldn't find the title. You need a valid title in possession to cross the border into Old Mexico. Or maybe just drive the Snail down - it is a great car. After a good performance in the September "Escape to Wisconsin" Monte Carlo style rally we are looking at it.
On To Laredo
If you are concerned about livestock on the highway, look at:
and you’ll see and hear (fair warning) how we plan to clear the road. We have had the Buell family as friends for over fifty years, using their “Commanding Attention” hailers as safety systems on some of our more exotic ascensions.
There is much more to come. The job is just begun. Come back to this site and follow along.
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