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Auto racing by enthusiasts is a sport taken up by many around the world. In Austrailia it involves modifying British sports cars of the fifties and sixties to improve their handling and aerodynamics. I was contacted by an owner of several Triumphs to modify a TR2. Jim gave me a list of changes he was having done to his car such as widening the fenders, adding fender flares, installing Recaro racing seats, changing the wheels and tires, and including a racing stripe as part of the paint job. He also requested that I come up with any additional changes which I thought might be effective.
Having been a student of aerodynamics for most of my life I suggested that the valance panel of the car be extended downward and later an air dam be placed instead if need be, that a NACA air duct might be a possibility to improve air intake to the engine, brake ducting be included in the front and back of the front wheel and that side panels and a panel behind the seats be placed to aid air flow around the car. With the design completed and accepted the project will now go into the final construction stage.
Great Britain at one time was the place where most of the worlds most recognized indipendent sports car manufacturers resided. Australia as part of the British Commonwealth naturaly found an affinity toward British sports cars. Today there are many MGs and Triumphs being lovengly restored down under. Many of these are also modified to go racing. Some of the Triumphs one can find aside from the sedans are the TR2s to the TR7s.