The world of HSR vintage road racing is pretty awesome. Why? It is like anything else that involves living history. You get to see old cars, old race cars, getting the stuffing pounded out of them on the track and being driven as they were intended when original built. In this case we are riding in a vintage Aston Martin road race car with a driver who is really getting after it.
As you will see, the right hand drive car is screaming down the course pretty well but things get very interesting when the driver approaches a corner. Downshifting the car to scrub off speed, things do not exactly go according to plan. As soon as he downshifts the car becomes very unhappy and starts to wash out from under him. He handles this pretty amazingly. The guy starts feeding a little left steering to it and by the time the slide stops, he may be at full lock.
He does not hit the wall, he does not leave the course, he likely took a deep breath and then matted the gas pedal again. We shudder to think what this car is worth and what it would have cost to fix if the wall got hold of it. With skinny tires and vintage suspension, these cars are lots different than today’s modern sports car. The Aston Martins of the 1950s and 1960s were some of the most beautiful and high performing cars of their age.
The drive is obviously keyed into how his equipment works because if not, we’d be crying in our beer right along side him!