This year celebrated the 50th anniversary of Formula V (race-built chassis with Volkswagen engines and drivelines). Also, it was a special Triumph-focused event, so today's post will be mostly full of Triumphs.
However, as we pulled in, I saw two eye-watering cars I did not recognize, so I had to get there first in case they got away. They are Cheetahs, built from 1963-1966 by Chevy performance tuner Bill Thomas, as a competitor to Carroll Shelby's Cobra. If you ask me, they look even better than Cobras. The mechanicals are all Corvette, stuck on a purpose-built chassis under a super sexy skin. This means that parts are easy to come by. They were both powered by Chevy Small blocks, and with no muffler, they were sonically lethal at this distance. Yes, my ears were murdered by them.
The black one was owned and driven by this guy, who was pretty much the spitting image of Jeff Bridges' The Dude, from The Big Lebowski. Is that a radiator behind the driver's head, under the roll bar? Possibly to cool the rear differential?
A beautiful grass green Triumph.
This pavillion was Triumph Central. Lots of great cars in here, and super nice people.
Your head goes in those domes.
Play me a tune, trumpets.
I don't believe this minty Triumph was there to race, just to taste. It did not taste of mint, but I don't regret the experience.
This is a Triumph with a body by Bill Devin (1959-2000), a Triumph builder and tuner from Oklahoma. Nice body, Bill!
One of the Triumphs at the Ferrari truck's team with it's lid open.
Tomorrow, we'll feature the Formula V's from the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival. Thanks for reading!