24-02-06

Friday at last!

Took some time to make this post with the scanning and all, but I hope you like it.

 

The centre of attention today is Øystein Lindahl, from the small town of Tønsberg here in Norway.

 

 

Since the very early eighties Øystein had been firmly hooked to the whole Cal-look thing. He built numerous cal-looker during the eighties (Remember the black 67 from some weeks ago?), and in 1986 he decided to have a go at Dragracing with a 60 bug he got hold of. The car was striped down to the bare essentials and a rollcage was fitted.

 

The engine was originally built by Trimco in Stockholm and was bought unused from a guy in Oslo. It was left untouched for the first year but he later rebuilt it using a Scat 74 crank with type 4 mains.  The crank was turned by "chevy" 5.7 rods working inside Cima 94 mm barrels, producing a 2165 cc. The 42x37.5 valves in the super flow heads was under the strict hand of a Gene Berg 316 camshaft. On top of the ported Superflow heads sat a pair of the ever cool 48 IDA's. The distributor was a 050 with a "red" Bosch coil. Before taking place i the car, the engine spent the winter inside by the tv. How's that for a entertainment system?

 

This is the car ready for street and strip in the spring of 87

 

And the secret weapon!

Later that year Øystein packed up the racer and headed for Santapod.

Waiting at the staging line at the "Pod"

 

Off the line:

 

Is that a struggling GTO in the right lane?? It has a fierce gasser look to the suspension anyway.

Had to include this night racing picture.

For the 88 season Øystein pulled it all apart and took aim for the G/MS class. The car was repainted in black metallic without the clear.

 

The engine seems to have received a magneto to! Look's very familiar to me... :-)

On the picture above you can see his(?) many gearboxes. The main one he used was built around a Gene Berg set of gears (3,77 - 2,22 - 1,48 - 1,14) and a Crown super diff with a 4,375:1 R&P

The next picture must have been taken on GIR

This is Øystein at Mantorp Park in Sweden... proper racer looks!

 

This is how the car appeared in VW Magazinet Nr 2 in 89. Notice the Firestone Slicks!

 

Øystein did a personal best of 11.8 at Santapod at the Quartermile, and a best of 7.4 at Mantorp Park. In 1989 Øystein held the European record for the class G/MS with a 12.21 ET.  In 91 he decided to give up racing, but no one was interested in buying a racer, what to do? Well Øystein managed to get the engine sold, and tore the car down again!!

Out with the alu sheets and roll cage... and in with a full interior and a new smooth dash in steel (the race one was in alu). He converted to IRS and painted it black with fully polished Porche 2-litre wheels. The car was a big hit at the shows, and was later sold.

It pretty much looks exactly like this today.

 

Puuh...  Now you know more than most about the "early racing" in Norway... at least the part concerning Øystein Lindahl!

Thanks for lending me your personal pictures Øystein.    

 

 

For those of you that reads Swedish, here's an article from VW magazinet:

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18:20 Gepost door Johnny Fox | Permalink | Commentaren (2) |  Facebook |

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cooooooolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll that's a cool viking car do she still exist today??

Gepost door: speedwell knight | 24-02-06

Viking cars!! Yes, it looks just like in the last picture...

Gepost door: Johnny Fox | 24-02-06

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