Old Trans-Am racers revisited
Big, old and bold – racing just ain’t racing unless you’re in historic Trans Ams. Just remember to wear some serious ear plugs...
Posted: 28 Oct 2010
Swirling carefully through the next sequence of bends - it's still damp in places and the control Goodyear tyres are still stone cold - the track opens out onto a short straight towards turn 10. I give the Javelin a little more throttle, the back steps out immediately and my heart misses one, then two beats. Ugh. Million-dollar cars, cold tyres, idiot driver and Armco barriers don't mix too well.
It gets better as everything warms up. The man-sized four-speed Hurst shifter gets slicker, I start to get a little more feel through the tyres, and the brakes work without having to use both feet on the pedal. Even the noise seems more tolerable - a clear sign of impending hearing-aid usage. But I still don't understand: how can these guys hustle 30-40 of these things around the track at the same time without there being a pile-up at every corner?