2018 Great Race Entry List

The entry list for the 2018 Great Race has been published.  I will be taking part as the navigator for Harald von Langsdorff in his 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC.  The list is made up of 130 cars from a 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Climber to Harald’s Mercedes-Benz.  This year Harald’s car will be sporting car #6.  The 2018 Great Race entry list is presented below.

2018 Great Race Entry List

No. Driver Hometown Navigator Hometown Year Car
1  Howard Sharp Fairport, NY Doug Sharp Fairport, NY 1916 Hudson Pikes Peak Climber
2 Curtis Graf Irving, TX Wayne Bell Las Vegas, NV 1932 Ford Roadster
3 Mike Weaver The Villages, FL Craig Jongerius Sheldon, IA 1931 Ford Model A
4 David Reeder Fort Smith, AR Sawyer Stone Plymouth, MI 1932 Ford Victoria
5 Hiroshi Izawa Tokyo, Japan TBA
6 Harald von Langsdorff Toronto, ON Steve McKelvie

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Ford Celebrated Falcon Performance At The 1963 Monte Carlo Rally

Earlier this week I posted on this website that I had acquired the rally plate that was on the 1963 Ford Falcon driven by Bo Ljungfeldt that took part in the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally.  Since then I have been contacted by several people about the performance of the Ford Falcon at the Monte Carlo Rally.  In 1963, the Ford Motor Company even used the results from the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally in their advertising.

The following four-page Ford advertisement came from a very informative organization – the Automotive History Preservation Society.




In addition to that advertisement, Ford also had a more stylized advertisement shown below.  The advertisement shows a fully optioned Ford Falcon Sprint which looked nothing like the Ford Falcon Sprint that competed in the 1963 Monte Carlo Rally.  Note that the scene implies that this was the actual rally car on roads typical of…

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The 1957 Ford Ranchero Started A Trend

Great post from Steve McKelvie

This summer I attended a car show hosted by the Bristol County Rod Club.  I saw lots of interesting cars, one of which was a 1957 Ford Ranchero.  This was the first version of a car/truck style that continued for a few years and a couple of years later General Motors copied with their El Camino series.  Of course us North Americans take a back seat to the Australians who had been driving their “utes” long before the debut of the Ford Ranchero.

1957 Ford Ranchero

The Ford Ranchero was introduced in December 1956. The Ranchero was based on the standard full-sized Ford platform, specifically the 116-inch long utilitarian Courier sedan delivery Ford.  The Ranchero was essentially a Courier with an open, reinforced bed, its own unique rear window and integrated cab and cargo box.

The Ranchero was initially introduced with two trim levels – 66A “Pickup” and 66B “Custom”. …

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Allard J2X With Ardun Heads on a Ford “Flathead” V8 – Reblog From Steve McKelvie

In a previous post dated July 12, 2012 I was critical of the design of the Ford “flathead” engine.  Recently I saw an Allard J2X that had a Ford “flathead” V8 engine that had been fitted with Ardun heads.  Ardun heads are interesting on several levels.  These heads converted the Ford “flathead” V8 engine into a hemispherical combustion chamber overhead valve engine.

A cross section of a Ford “flathead” engine fitted with the Ardun head conversion is shown below:

 Ford “Flathead” V8 Engine Fitted With Ardun Heads (from C & T Automotive)

The addition of these heads to the Ford “flathead” engine increased the output of the 239 cubic inch engine from 100 horsepower to about 150 horsepower.  The Ardun heads were designed by the Ardun Mechanical Corporation of New York which was headed by Zora Arkus-Duntov and his brother, Yura.  Many of you might recognize the name of Zora Arkus-Duntov as the eventual Chief Engineer for…

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More Information About The Great American Mountain Rally

Excellent article from Steve’s Blog

People who might have looked at this website before possibly have seen my interest in one of the first major car rallies held in the USA.  This was the Great America Mountain Rally that was first held in November 1953.  For more information on this rally please take a look at the post that I made about the Great American Mountain Rally on January 7, 2015.

One of the things that made this rally famous was the participation of the Rootes Works Factory Team which featured Sheila Van Damm as their most well-known rally driver.  Following the 1953 running of this rally, Van Damm, had her personal account of the rally published in the December 18, 1953 edition of the major British motoring magazine, “Autosport”.

I had not been able to obtain a copy of this account until today.  My partner in the upcoming recce run for the 2018 Trans…

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A Critique of the “Flathead” or Side-Valve Engine Design (From Steve McKelvie)

An interesting critique of the flathead engine from Steve McKelvie, read on here

A Critique of the “Flathead” or Side-Valve Engine Design

A Critique of the “Flathead” or Side-Valve Engine Design