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The 2020 Trafikjournalen 24h clunker run (Part 6: 2AM-6AM)


#157

I wouldn’t have thought many American cars would be sold in Sweden, but I guess they are LHD as well. Maybe eBay Sweden could help or Swedish auto trader if that exists


#158

TRAFIKJOURNALEN EDITORIAL OFFICE
31st OF MAY 2020

ERIK CARLÉN: “Arvid Åkerlund just called, he is outside now with the car he found for the 2020 Clunker run!”
FILIP ANDERSSON: “Why did he get the mission to get the car this year? He is the vintage car expert of the editorial staff. He will probably get something that’s 100 years old!”
ERIK: “Well, you remember how it went last time when we gave our own Captain Slow the mission!”
MATS HANSEN: “I heard you!”
ERIK: “By the way, Arvid likes vintage cars so why would he want to smash one to pieces?”

5 minutes later outside the office:
FILIP: “Good lord, what kind of car IS this?”
MATS: “You mean you can’t recognize this? What’s wrong with the youth of today?”
ERIK: “For gods sake, it’s a Revolve Manaoz! Everybody and his grandmother had one when I was at your age!”
FILIP: “It must be from like…the 50s!”
ARVID: “Young boy, you are almost right, the Revolve Manaoz was introduced in 1956, but this is from the last year of production, 1970. It’s really a completely different car compared to one from 1956.”
MATS: “There was lots of speedparts available for them, I remember. Is there anything hot under the bonnet?”
ARVID: “The engine is bored to 2.1 litres, and it has a milled head, the hot “F-type” camshaft and a manifold for a 2 barrel Beaver 36 CDC carburator from Revolve Rallyesport. It’s not by any means a rocket, but it moves. And as you remember, the Revolve “Yellowblock” engine is famous for being able to take a beating!”

Filip opened the door and felt some strange smell.

FILIP: “Yuk, it smells like someone buried his dead dog under the back seat… But at least it’s a manual, that’s cool. But only a 4-speed, that sucks!”
ARVID: “No, it’s actually a 5-speed.”
FILIP: “But the gearknob shows only 4 gears and I have tried to shift through the gears and I can only find 4!”
ARVID: “Do you see the stalk on the steering column?”
FILIP: “Uhm…yes?”
ARVID: “By using that one, you will engage and disengage the fifth gear. It’s an electric overdrive.”
FILIP: “Now what, you mean that it has like a…sequential fifth gear…and only fifth gear?”

(Mats, Erik and Arvid laughing like crazy)

MATS: “Well, yeah, that’s one way to see it. But damn, it doesn’t feel good to smash up such a nice Manaoz”
ARVID: “Check it out closer, it may be glossy but it’s a sloppy brush paint job over what’s mostly fiberglass filler. The floorboards are shot but I believe we can patch it up to be safe enough for the 24 hours of racing. That’s about it, I got it cheap from a restorer, he gave up on it and advertised it as a parts car, so there will not be much of a loss to be honest.”
MATS: “And it has nice wheels, they look like… HEY, YOU HAVE STOLEN MY GASMEAN RACING TS WHEELS, WHO SAID YOU COULD DO THAT?”
ARVID: “WELL, THEY HAVE BEEN OCCUPYING SPACE IN THE TRAFIKJOURNALEN GARAGE FOR YEARS NOW, AND YOU HAVEN’T PUT THEM ON YOUR VAGANT YET AS YOU SAID YOU SHOULD DO BECAUSE IT IS STILL IN PIECES!”

To be continued.


#159


#160

Team Kyung-Yeong Nostalgic

Entering the 2020 Trafikjournalen 24h Clunker Run is the Kyung-Yeong Nostalgic team, consisting of two drivers: Kyung-Ja Song II and Jung Lee. Both of which will be driving the classic 1969 Ssanvan GT.


#161

How much Power do you have :)?


#162

104hp rounded!


#163

Wow its very fast to 60 and Magnesium rims ? Wow


#164

Yeahhh, unfortunately, I had to swap them out for the rules to steel lol, but just imagine they’re still magnesium :stuck_out_tongue:


#165

Team Buccaneer XA

Entering for Team Buccaneer XA are drivers Connor Pacey, Edward Autumn, and Tommy Slater. The car they will be driving is a 1980 Cheval Buccaneer.


#166

1975 Bogliq Bazooka Deluxe 5.0


The Gen III Bazooka debuted in 1975 and was exported widely; even to Sweden!

My team will be entering one of these cough beauties cough. I’m waiting on final approval of the design and my race no. assignment before revealing the actual race-car and the team who’ll be racing it!

Here are the stats for my cough beast cough and I hope my car will be able to run the gauntlet of the Dice of Fate and finish the race in one piece!

Stats:

  • Design Year: Model - 1975, Engine - 1963
  • 2+2 Coupe, steel monocoque chassis, steel body panels
  • Powerplant: 8E50D1, 5L V8, OHV, 1x 4 barrel carburettor
  • Gearbox: 4 speed manual transmission
  • Power: 123Kw
  • Weight: 1385Kg
  • 0/100Km/h: 9.06 sec
  • Quarter Mile: 16.86 sec
  • Top Speed: 223Km/h
  • Fuel usage: 16.8L/100Km
  • Automation trim reliability score: 56

It’s 2020, we’ve had Internet for 30 years, so my cars stats would be readily available to everyone else. Besides, I’m fully expecting my car to burn to the ground because someone on my team attempts to play New Wave in it’s 8 track player!


#167

Team Testikelpung

In the 1996 Bonhomme Redfin 2.3 SX!

Featuring drivers Jwolbob Blacklas, Jonhad Coshtum, and Fussack Pracemie.

#168

KGB Agile RS


Design Year: 2010
5 seat sports hatchback, steel monocoque chassis, steel body panels
Powerplant: 1.8L DOHC 16v AlSi i4
Gearbox: 5 speed manual transmission
Power: 123.56Kw
Weight: 1237.6Kg
0/100Km/h: 7.62 sec
Quarter Mile: 15.66 sec
Top Speed: 210Km/h
Fuel usage: 6.62L/100Km
Automation trim reliability score: 70.1

Hot hatch for the people.


#169

Before sending it in, a warning is that I will class a 4 door 2 seater hatch as a “Strange engineering decision”…


#170

Edited accordingly.


#171

???


#172

Super slick aero obvs


#173

you motherfucker that’s why you were asking what’s the Swedish of scrotum in discord earlier lmfao


#174

Team Project Overdrive

Five people, all with a passion of automobiles gathered together to join a race. And why these people, which are seemingly random joined forces to join a race? Well, they are actually the moderators of an well known automobile forum, Project Overdrive. And they are joining the race because they wanted to celebrate for the fact that they are celebrating the 5th anniversary of the creation of the forums.

Drivers

Carol Lee/@CarolLee_218 - Malaysian. A 28-year old woman from Ipoh, she is currently the head editor of Drivers.com and a part-time model. Despite known for her car reviews this will be her first ever automobile racing event she ever joined, but she isn’t in charge of the racing on this competition. She’s currently the admin for the Car News sub-forum and also the moderator of the website.
(You probably know her before. yup, I’m actually doing this)

Tony Hayden/@TonyHayden - Australian. At 53 he’s the oldest in the bunch, Melbourne-born Tony is the owner of famed tuning company Hayden Works, and being a former Formula 1 racer he also has the most racing experience of the team. He is currently the leader of the Motorsports sub-forum as well as one of the site’s moderators.

Keichi Toyoda/@ToyodaSan - Japanese. A 46-year old school teacher haling from Sapporo who happens to know a thing and two about repairing and maintaining vehicles. Rumors said that he was the part of the Midnight Club at the 90s, before the group was disbanded. He is also an moderator of Project Overdrive, as well as the admin for the Tuning sub-fourm of the site.

Martin Blaire Jr./@BlaireTheGreat - British. The youngest in the bunch with an age of 26, the Liverpool-born is currently a test driver working for Porsche. He was a contestant of the first international Gran Turismo eSport championship and won several national-level eSport championships before that. Currently, he is in charge on the Gaming sub-forum on the site as well as being a mod on the site.

Arun Rajagopal/@ArunOverdrives - Indian. He was a software engineer working for Google, but now he currently owns Project Overdrive and maintains it. The 34-year old Bangalore local is also an amateur rallycross driver. Despite being the leader of the team he isn’t racing on this competition for now.

Vehicle - 1980 Ursula F7 300i

This is actually the base model of the 2nd generation F7 series with a 149 hp 2.6 liter inline-6. It’s too large an handles like a large sedan, however the German full-size sedan accelerates well for its size (9 seconds 0-100 time) and was known for it’s reliability. The group actually bought the vehicle for the race, for some reason.


#175

TEAM BAKEWELL BOXER

Part 0 : Unregistered Import


Mandy, Connor and Johnny got out of Connors mum’s Ceder Korab 1.6 Diesel, how lovely…

Johnny: ‘‘It’s in the shipping container over there’’ said Johnny pointing to the container about 16 ft away.

Mandy : ‘‘it’s that one, you see it Connor? the red one’’

Connor: “I still don’t understand why you let Johnny choose the car, the last person I want to choose a car for a classic rally is Johnny”

Johnny: “It’s not even a classic rally it’s a track event”

Connor: “…But you said…”

Mandy pulled open the container doors with a hair raising squeal from the mechanism and told Connor to back the trailer up. He shuffled back over to the crossover

Mandy: “Christ I haven’t seen one of those for years”

Connor: “As long as it’s better than that bloody Egura we had in America, that thing was held together with sticky tape” said Connor sticking his head out of the Korab’s window whilst backing the trailer up

Johnny: “Don’t worry it will be, I have a feeling”


THE CAR

J.E.S.A Bianchi Nuova 300 Series - N316 Speciale

To be fair the car didn’t seem to be in bad shape considering who made it, designed by the Dutch and engineered by the Italians, what could possibly go wrong you may ask, well a lot considering the state of the company as of now, but regardless of that it has an under stressed 1.6 OHV Boxer 4 that only made 72hp when new and definitely didn’t feel like it when the car was unloaded as the workshop but after a bit of tweaking by Team Bakewell it seemed to be running decently enough.

Johnny had imported the car from Spain to the UK after finding it on the internet, without telling Connor or Mandy mind… Once back to the Jackdaw workshop in Blighty the car was given a full going over (see below).

Summary of Cars Condition

Regardless of whether Johnny had assumed the car was in original condition, it was not, it had been given the classic tart up and blow over of fresh paint that most classics suffer before resale. Mandy was still dubious of the cars longevity as 70’s J.E.S.A Bianchi’s were famed for their ability to rust instantly. Unfortunately the cylinder head had not been swapped out for the later twin cam head as is common practice in tuning circles.

Quickly done paint job

Poor re-sticking of vinyl roof

Slightly blowing exhaust

Carburettor was running to lean and had too much advance on the distributor and was idling at 1500rpm, likely to pass emmisions (now fixed).

Replacement air filter fitted in Spain

Worn and sagging seats

Crackeing steering wheel

Rust holes appearing on the chassis and bubbling under the new paint

Knocking on 90% of the body panels produced a hollow sound characteristic of dents and rust being slapped over with body filler.

Cheap make WanKing Chinese tyres on all 4 wheels

Moss growing around filler cap and windows (car had likely been tarted up then sat around somewhere damp)

Packet of cigarette and rosary beads left in glove box.

Now fitted with crosses on the headlights and racing numbers.


The Team Members

Mandy Carter - 24 years old : She and Connor have come home from a poor Once More Trip and now have been dragged on by Johnny to Sweden for the 24Hour race, which they still have not had all the details laid out to them.

Connor Johnson - 24 years old : Long time childhood friends with Mandy with no romantic feelings no matter how much both parties parents insist there existing. He has now become a full time English teacher at an awful primary school and has secretly been improving his driving skills for the trip… which were shocking. He has been with Mandy in all her driving trips and now can’t miss one.

Johnny Carter - 21 years old : The youngest Carter sibling, has already taken part in the 2nd Great Automation Run and failed but we’ll ignore that. He has a knack for buying terrible cars as is evident due to his current ride being a US imported slammed and very noisy Maesima Celento 1.5 “wangan wagon”.

Mandy and Connor hope to see some familiar faces on this trip, so do say hello if they have met before.



#176

My car, 1959 Harris Riviera Four

The Riviera was a rare coach built variant built using the longer nosed Australian market Harris 100 with a custom centre section to make a pillarless coupe body. The rear tailfins were cut down for a more streamlined shape and the front had an inset section either side of the radiator grille to fit driving lamps into the normally empty space.

Engine upgrades consisted of a more aggressive cam, polished inlet and exhaust ports and a larger more free-flowing exhaust.

The Team, the Knightwick owners club

Driver 1:
David Anderson, a 67 year old retired car mechanic who used to work at Knightwick dealerships and whose father owned the Riviera four from new. This very car kick started David’s love of cars as a young boy.

Driver 2

Paul Lawrence, a 36 year old school teacher who really prefers newer faster cars but couldn’t miss the chance of racing a classic car in Sweden.

Driver 3

Elizabeth Garrison, a 45 year old long distance lorry driver. Her experience of driving for 24 hours with little rest will be priceless in this competition