Could this be the same green convertible being hung-out autocrossing? I took this around 1980 or so at a Tidewater event.
Sorry for the focus, I had the zoom cranked up with nothing to stabilize the shot.
Yeah, that is our car. I am pretty sure it is Mom running it. I used a Simpson helmet and she always used a Bell. I can't place the event location from what I can see in the background. That picture was before we replaced the top and also before the creation of the BFG R-compound DOT race tires that everyone started using around 1980 or so.
We autocrossed the car up until about 2010 or so. We ran SAAC open track events all the way back to SAAC-7 at Pocono and a late as SAAC-36. It was autocrossed from the first weekend we bought it in '73 or '74. It became the first car I painted myself in 1980, while I was a broke college student. Still has that paint job on the car, minus some rock chips from the sticky race tries and blisters above the front wheel arches from the compression of the banking of the track at Charlotte pushing the tires up into the inside of the fenders. For many years we ran with the Comp group at SAAC Open Tracks, and the car held its own against most of the Vintage race cars at the time. I assure you very few have ever passed that car at a SAAC open track.
It is a no A/C, 4 speed with a 289 HiPo. The original 302 gave up at an SCCA Solo II Divisional at Suffolk Raceway. We always had problems with the durability of the 31 spline traction locks in the diff. After several failing we decided to give the spool a try and have never looked back. It works just fine for us.
The car is a family member. My daughter Shelby has a proper appreciation for it, so we know it will be taken care of for a long time. So if you see it at a show or convention, just because it looks a little rough around the edges, don't think you have found some sort of bargain basement opportunity.
This is a more recent autocross picture, and a picture from a SAAC Open Track at VIR (SAAC 36 maybe?).