MAX Update No. 81: No Business Like Show Business

| 8/29/2011 11:43:24 PM

I regularly support my local Lions Club by attending their pancake breakfast before the Cave Junction Lions Club Annual Antique Classic Car Show. Once a year is regular support, right? Anyway, this year (the 13th Annual) I was talking with some folks at the registration tent and one of them said, “Why don’t you enter your car?”

“Because it’s not an antique and it’s not a classic,” I said.

“Well it looks like one,” she said.


True enough. It looks like a 1959 Lola Mk1 more than it looks like anything else, but frankly, all the race cars of the late ’50s looked much the same. People guess, “What is that, a Jaguar D-Type?” or “Lotus 11?” or “Birdcage Maserati?” and once “an Osca?” because that’s the race car that caught their eye Back In The Day.

50 years later they still remember the name, and they remember it was low and small and swoopy and the fenders blended into the body in deep, voluptuous curves. What they don’t remember is that all the serious road racers looked like that back then. Racers didn’t have huge horsepower yet, and the role of race car aerodynamics (which dictated the body shape) was to reduce drag, and thus get the cars down the straightaways as fast as possible, despite their pipsqueak powerplants.

Craig McManus
9/5/2011 11:15:39 AM

Hello Jack, I do not see when and where you might meet in GA and have show and tell. I have been modifying my car, which gets 52 mpg, and would like to make the body more aerodynamic...Thanks!! 2011 Ford focus gets 35mpg in USA and 78mpg in Europe. Why don't they sell them in USA?

Jack McCornack
9/2/2011 8:26:40 PM

Jonathan, yes, I will be there and so will MAX. Boy, you were disappointed that MAX didn't make it, eh? Imagine how disappointed --I-- was! :-) MAX is already 3/4 of the way there. I drove MAX out to Ohio for Craig Vetter's motorcycle economy challenge, and left MAX with a fellow high mileage pioneer (George Voll) in Indiana. He and I are going to drive to GA together, where we'll meet up with three more like-minded we'll have a DIY high mileage corral at the show. Here's a link: We'll schedule some times on both days when we'll all be with our cars for Show And Tell.

9/2/2011 9:57:10 AM

Jack, are you planning to be at the Mother Earth News Fair in PA this year? I didn't get to talk to you last year, and was disappointed that Max didn't make the trip.

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