Sunday, March 30, 2014

Rotting In Style - 1963 Formula Vee Formcar Racecar

1963 formula vee formcar volkswagen abandoned racecar florida 

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you get something else thrown at you.  Sitting abandoned and rotting, I’ve seen muscle cars, classic cars, trucks, foreign cars, and more, but even after all that, now I see a racecar.  Sitting in the location known as “The Gabel Collection”, I have for you a 1963 Formula Vee Formcar Racecar.

I’ll start off my saying that despite its dirty and grungy appearance, the owner told me this car does run.  However, we couldn’t verify that because the ignition had been previously taken out.  It still looks like it’s in decent shape.  Unlike others in the collection, this car was mostly covered with tarp.

Most of the parts on this car came from the Volkswagen beetle including the 1200cc engine, four speed gear box, and modified suspension parts.  I was shocked to learn that this car makes only 40 horsepower.  That’s it!  However, it does weight only 1040 pounds.  With that engine and a driver, it’s still enough to get the car up to around 120 miles per hour.

The construction of this car is very simple like you would expect in a racecar.  It has a tubular metal frame, fiberglass body, and doesn’t have anything it doesn’t need. 

For the Formula Vee races, traction control and any type of limited slip differential was not allowed.  As for tires, the only rubber allowed were special tires made for the races by Dunlop.  No other tire could be used for the official races.

Before left to sit in its current state, the owner said he used to race this car.  It would have been cool to hear this thing fire up so I can image what it would have sounded like buzzing down the track, but seeing it will have to suffice.  Even though now, we see it rotting in style.


1963 formula vee formcar volkswagen abandoned racecar florida

1963 formula vee formcar volkswagen abandoned racecar florida

1963 formula vee formcar volkswagen abandoned racecar florida

1963 formula vee formcar volkswagen abandoned racecar florida

1963 formula vee formcar volkswagen abandoned racecar florida

1963 formula vee formcar volkswagen abandoned racecar florida

1963 formula vee formcar volkswagen abandoned racecar florida


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