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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitcat View Post
    I got my May issue of R&T and it has the latest installment in their Caterham build story. Some lovely pictures and maybe 750 words.

    Sam Smith, the author of the article, is also R&T's Editor at Large and in a second article he notes that he now lives 40' from the legendary Tail of The Dragon in TN. So I would expect a review of the new Caterham, once it is completed, in its "element" at the Dragon (where USA7s held its 2007 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Lotus Seven).

    I wonder if I am the only surviving participant of that event who is still active here? I CAN say that the Dragon, and the equally excellent, tho less famous, nearby roads brought the best out in my Caterham and in the collection of other se7en marques who all gathered for the event.
    I don't subscribe to R&T anymore, but I'll have to pick up the issue just to read the article.

    Although my Birkin was a month or two from being on the road, I did make it to the event with the ex's Mini Cooper. Had a lot of fun riding with various member's Sevens but wish I could have had my car done by then. I hope to be more active here once I start building my new 310S. It's been waiting patiently in it's crates as I finish my big garage project.
    Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11Budlite View Post
    I don't subscribe to R&T anymore, but I'll have to pick up the issue just to read the article.
    Really? Another sportcar enthusiast that has given up on "Road & Truck" and "SUV and Driver".

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    I thought it was "Car & Drivel"?
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration finished - track set up time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A (suspension restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (suspension set up)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (radiator replacement)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (dyno time)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    2006 Caterham 7 SVT(sold)

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    A textbook case of too many cooks!
    1987 Caterham 1700 Supersprint
    2002 Porsche Boxster
    2004 Porsche Boxster S
    1941 Dodge Luxury Liner
    2009 Mercedes CLK 350 Cabriolet
    2017 Chevrolet Volt

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    Its really well written - it conveys what it is like for the average person coming into one of these builds. It conveys the wry humor of screwing up. It also conveys the sense of achievement of noodling and solving the problems. It also lays the ground work for the next article in series which should convey the deep satisfaction of building a living and running thing.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration finished - track set up time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A (suspension restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (suspension set up)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (radiator replacement)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (dyno time)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    I totally agree Croc. I like to say the first lesson every racer must learn is humility (hmmm, did my 'Vette just get passed by a Civic?).

    It seems to be true of mechanical work as well. I had my Miata aligned today by a mechanic I have known forever who, among other things, has his 50 year SCCA pin (The Caterham is in a time-out for bad behavior). But he spent almost as much time looking for the right wrench in his pile of wrenches as I do.

    And $hit happens. I agree the R&T writing abt this project is exemplary. And who doesn't identify with all the dumb stuff that has happened on that build?

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    Kitcat:AKA, Sir Spinsalot
    '97 Caterham Super Sprint, 1700 Crossflow-sold
    '09 Birkin S3, Duratec-sold
    '03 Caterham Zetec track car
    '19 Honda Type R, sold
    '19 Miata Clubsport

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