The past motorsport season, a circuit in France and a Legends Car - the owner and promoter of SWISS LEGENDS RACING gave The Castiron the opportunity to test this racing car, based on a tubular frame and a Ford Coupe Silhouette.
The Car. With its body style from the 1930s and 1940s, the Legends Cars look like a 5/8 scale model of the stock cars that dominated NASCAR racing in the 1950s. Some specials: single-seater, no ABS, a sequential 5-speed manual gearbox, solid rear axle without differential.
The circumstances. The owner instructs The Castiron: how to fix and remove the steering wheel, how to go into reverse gear if necessary and so forth. The weather: light rain, track surface accordingly. Looking forward to an exciting and entertaining journey: ready, steady, go!
The driving experience. Enhancing the pace lap by lap, gaining experience, effectively: braking point not optimal, blocked front wheels, looking for an escape route, releasing the brake pedal, crossing the gravel bed, making an U turn on the wet meadow and getting cautiously back on the track. A few laps later: to much oversteering, to make the best of it braking as hard as possible until standstill - but the car is counter to the right direction; what was that again with the reverse gear? To move the separate small lever in the right direction enables reversing and turning, to continue in the correct direction.
So far, so good. Not so easy, quite a demanding task, enormous fun pure within reasonable costs - this is the fundamental idea and also The Castiron’s conclusion. With this in mind: a good forthcoming season to all drivers of a Legends Car and to all others!
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron