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Das Kurtze Klausenrennen

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It's the annual New Glarus Hillclimb put on by the Wisconsin and Chicago Alfa Romeo Owners Clubs. It commorates a hillclimb up the Klausen Pass (located in Canton Glarus CH) in the 20s driven by Nuvolari and many of the great drivers of the time.
It's low key competition where times are taken but no prizes given (the proceeds go to local charity) Fast car may only "tour" the hill. There are a lot of very interesting historic and classic cars that show up. Thing get underway about 9:00 at the Chalet Landhaus and runs go until about noon. The rest of the day is touring and sightseeing followed with a banquet at night. Lots of neat cars. Worth the trip from Chicago if you're a "car person".
I'm "tweaking" the X 1/9 to see if I can shave a few seconds this year (it's been about 1:46:+ for the last few) Last gain was when ryan suggested "left foot braking in the twisty bits". It worked
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Can I ship my car over for it - I know it won't win the race, but it would be fun to do!
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Slatz,

Thanks for the heads up!

I wonder if any of my old ALFA's are kicking around. I imagine my Giulietta Sprint Speciale has been preserved. I'll try to make it!

Cheers,

Michael
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Wish I could bring this....

My 750 Sprint....it spent most of the late 80's Vintage Racing, now retired to "street duty"....over 75 races, never a dnf....





Per i grande viaggi, l' Alfa Romeo....
post #5 of 16
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Very cool
There are usually some pretty nice cars (not all Alfas) Colin Cromer from Milwaukee usually dazzles us with something. There have been a couple Bently Speedsters the last couple years too.

My two stepdaughters live in Seattle. We get there at least once a year. I'd love to see that car.
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My 750 Sprint....it spent most of the late 80's Vintage Racing, now retired to "street duty"....over 75 races, never a dnf....





Per i grande viaggi, l' Alfa Romeo....
I drove my 1972 GTV 2000 from Chicago to Seattle to attend a National ALFA Romeo Club Convention in the early 1980's. I remember the time trials at SIR. That was one wild race course. Basically a 1/4 mile dragstrip & run-out made up the front straight. The course then dropped into a ravine and eventually climbed back up to the front straight.

IS SIR still used?

Michael
post #7 of 16

S.I.R. / Westwood B.C.

SIR is still being used, management changed maybe 10 or 15 years ago and there have been improvements to the facility....however it is still a challenging course to drive. Hard on brakes and a torquey motor (NOT found in a 125hp 1300cc Alfa...) is a great thing for climbing the hill...

If you were at the Alfa meet in the 1980's I was no doubt there also....through most likely with my Giulia Super.

Here is the website to SIR (now PR)

http://www.pacificraceways.com/


Another very cool local venue for racing was Westwood outside Vancouver BC. It closed in 1989 as I recall to be developed into housing. There was a pronounced "hump" on the back straight called Deers Leap...there were also warning lights indicating if deer were present!
At the end of the downhill straight was a very tight hairpin then up the hill past the pits....My Guilietta always lifted the inside rear wheel at the hairpin and valuable seconds were lost. The Hun cars (356 Porkers) that I had past on the back straight always repassed me at the hairpin!. Gawd how I wished for an LSD or else a welded up diff!

I had a lot of fun racing at Westwood (and a few huge Nomex discolouring "moments": ).

Any ex-racers here who used/remember Westwood?
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Can I ship my car over for it - I know it won't win the race, but it would be fun to do!
or buy a spare and keep it here
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Another good event. Colin brought an all origional Sprint Speciale with vent windows (the other two didn't have them) The Bentley Speedsters didn't show this year but there was a 1919 Cadillac and a couple other "speedsters" (I'm having a senior moment and can't remember the makes except that they were British) There was also a Maserati Bora but it turned out that someone had installed a Chevy V8 back in the 70s.
My reccollection of the times was also incorrect. They were less than one minute so 46+ seconds was my benchmark. My "tweaking" didn't help but shifting after the first turn instead of just before kept the chassis loaded and eliminated understeer dropping two seconds off my time so my best was 44.39. This year they had a limit of 38 seconds. Anyone faster was supposed to "back off" and tour. One GTV ran 37+. He was jokingly reprimanded.
A group of locals skipped the banquet and went to Bo Monroe's to check the progress on his 1953 1900 Alfa Pan Americana restoration project.
post #10 of 16
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Here's a link to the Alfa Bulletin Board where some pics are posted. I'm in the one with the three Sprint Speciales. My back's to the camera wearing red with a Ferrari F-1 hat.
http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/showthread.php?t=41570
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Slatz, I can't see the photos without registering!
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Slatz, I can't see the photos without registering!
Try this: http://www.villagephotos.com/pubbrow...der_id=1861083

Michael
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That gallery got my X1/9 in it.
I'm working on figuring out how to get those other ones up.
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Trying to post the whole thread didn't work. It seemed to because I was "logged in" and it saved it when I went back in. Here's another shot that I missed when I did the other ones.
http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/atta...0&d=1178410193
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Dang, it worked yesterday. I guess there must have been a login registered for me then. Sorry. I opened them and copied the links, then pasted them into my post. Anyone have any other ideas?
I'll try the fellow who sent them and see if he can post them somewhere where I can link to them.
The other alternative is that it's a free registration so one could just set up a login on that site.
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