Steve Okeefe: Group 7 Anglewinder
Steve Okeefe starts the New Year off right, by contributing images of
his vintage racing chassis! Thanks, Steve! --Jim Allen
"This is a group 7 (unlimited class) chassis from late 1970,
just before 'wing car' bodies came on the scene. It includes a lot of the features
from my group 20 chassis, plus trick 'suspension bridge' floppy hangers to keep
the floppies from drooping and hitting the track in the main banked turn.
This chassis has a particular history. I built it to enter a specific regional race
at Nutley Raceway in New Jersey. Two days before the race, while testing and
tweaking the setup, the trigger return-spring in my Russkit controller broke
as the car was going up the main straight. Before I realized what had happened,
the car was into the 'dead man' turn and hit the wall squarely at full speed,
more than 70 mph. I literally took the car home in a bag, and desperately
tried to rebuild it, but no matter what I did I could not get the
chassis to work right afterwards."