After all, Grand National stock car racing has been built on the true faith in big, blaring, fire-belching, earthmover automobiles. Yes, Dieringer is a believer. Chuck it sideways into a turn and gas it to buzz the front tires, and you’d think somebody switched on the power steering. The resulting Special Performance Package contains eight-inch aluminum wheels, 225/70R-15 Goodyear tires (shared with Corvette), hard plastic anti-sway bar bushings in front, tighter shock calibrations, a larger rear anti-sway bar and stiffer rear shackle bushings.
Most law enforcement agencies in America figure that from .00 to .049 BAL, you’re affected by the stuff; from .05 to .09, you’re impaired, by .10 BAL you’re intoxicated, and by the time you’ve reached .60, you’re probably close to death by cardiac arrest. This plane ride will drop him off in Phoenix for one final race of 1977. Most of the test results speak for themselves. You can read them in the Drunk-Off story itself, but one emerges as so important it needs continual attention: Legal drunk limit of .10 BAL is far too high.
The next day when the other Formula One cars were going out one by one to the starting grid, Andretti sat patiently in the pits in his Lotus 78. A crowd began to gather around the car. He continued to wait. Gradually the crowd got so thick that the other teams along the pit lane couldn’t see the Lotus at all. At the last possible instant, hidden by the crowd, the crew suddenly jacked up the Lotus’s front end, whipped off the wheels and slid 3/4-inch spacers on each hub. The Lotus 78 came back down, the engine fired and Mario was next to last out the pit lane and around to the grid.
We’ve had tokenism from the Eldorado and Toronado for more than a decade but when VW switched from rear-engine, rear-drive to front-engine, front-drive cars with the Dasher and Rabbit, it signaled a revolution in contemporary car design. But not only does he own and drive his beloved Accord, he further informs me that he has unloaded a Mark V Lincoln in its behalf. Think of the joy they’ll register upon discovery that a ten spot will once again fill the fuel tank.
Even more important, the runs usually took less than fifteen seconds—a very short attention span for which I could usually gather myself up. It is news to nobody who cares about cars that the Accord is in desperate demand, with delivery delays of up to one year in some markets. Which is true. There are others too but they are incredibly bulky compared to our wonderful gasoline. I must say that I am genuinely impressed with the quantity of energy contained in the remains of their carcasses. Regardless of his wishes, he will be back with Colin Chapman’s Lotus operation for 1978 and that by no means displeases him.
This means that it is necessary to continue braking until I’m ready for natural front-drive understeer to take over. Take hydroelectric power for example. Experience isn’t the best teacher, it’s the only teacher.
Perhaps a turbocharged Mark V? A turbocharger could easily blow the little motor past established acceleration levels without giving up this Aliso Viejo auto glass. did was drop me right out of contention. There is much talk these days of alcohol, particularly methanol, as an automotive fuel. The stylists charged with the task of designing an unsedan-like sport coupe whipped out a package that gets mixed reviews around the offices.