Peyote is my race car, a homebuilt special based on a Triumph TR3 frame and running gear, built in Minneapolis over 50 years ago by a guy named Bill Ames. I’ve been racing it since 1999, but Peyote has been racing almost continuously for over fifty years.
This video is from the 2010 Columbia River Classic race at Portland International Raceway. This is a race put on by SOVREN . Peyote typically competes in Group 1 with SOVREN, which is vintage smallbore race cars: Cars older than 1962 and under two liters. Group One is surprisingly competitive, with a number of very fast cars. At the 2010 CRC race though, none of the really fast cars showed up so I moved Peyote into the big bore class to have someone to play with.
It sounds silly to say that this little underpowered car can successfully challenge these monster cars with much greater horsepower, but every car has it’s own advantages. Peyote handles very well and it’s brakes and tires are as good at the end of a session as they are in the early stages. As you’ll see, the little guy holds it’s own.
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