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Old 30 Oct 2003, 11:46 (Ref:768020)   #1
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Run Baby Run

Dave Brodie's famous racing Escort from the early 70s. Can anyone remind me what engine was in that car - an FVA, or was it just a humble Twin Cam?

He also gave that monicker to his Modsports Elan at about the same time. I remember that car well - it was the ex-Jeff Goodliffe hillclimber, and remarkable for the fact that it had the standard Elan interior, with full carpets and walnut dashboard. I think it also had front suspension lifted from an F3 car, or am I dreaming?
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Old 30 Oct 2003, 12:20 (Ref:768043)   #2
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I'm pretty sure they were all twin cam but there were some FVA powered cars at the same time as I recall - even some sleeved to 1300 cc
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Old 30 Oct 2003, 12:53 (Ref:768080)   #3
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He also had a black Capri with the same name.
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Old 31 Oct 2003, 08:03 (Ref:768893)   #4
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A quick scout through some 1971 race progs, I have Dave's Run Baby Run listed as with a 1998cc motor early in the season ( Twin Cam?) and later in the year with a 2150cc BDA.
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think it was a BDG built by Racing Services ....
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The car ran a Twin Cam all it's life IIRC.

The BDG was for the Capri.

Started at just under 2L, then 2.1L twin cam. They got the engine out to 2.5L but it was a hand grenade.

My father was Dave's race engineer for the time he was running the Escort, he left as the Capri was about to take over.

This is all from memory, but I have pointed dad at this thread.

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Old 18 Feb 2008, 09:32 (Ref:2131652)   #7
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The car ran a Twin Cam all it's life IIRC.

The BDG was for the Capri.

Started at just under 2L, then 2.1L twin cam. They got the engine out to 2.5L but it was a hand grenade.

My father was Dave's race engineer for the time he was running the Escort, he left as the Capri was about to take over.

This is all from memory, but I have pointed dad at this thread.
Welcome Mike...we look forward to hearing from your Dad as well
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Old 18 Feb 2008, 19:06 (Ref:2132056)   #8
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The car ran a Twin Cam all it's life IIRC.

The BDG was for the Capri.

Started at just under 2L, then 2.1L twin cam. They got the engine out to 2.5L but it was a hand grenade.

My father was Dave's race engineer for the time he was running the Escort, he left as the Capri was about to take over.

This is all from memory, but I have pointed dad at this thread.
I was at a presentation that "the Brode" did just before Xmas, and I asked this question, it was a 2.1 litre twink, FoMoCo couldn't get it to work, but Run Baby did! I used to see this car almost weekly at Brands Hatch, along with young Gerald in a certain Vauxhall
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Old 18 Feb 2008, 20:59 (Ref:2132128)   #9
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Yeah the engine uesd liners with a special sealing compound developed by Ciba products to have the same thermal expansion rates as the cast iron Ford used in the Twin Cam blocks. The blocks were machined out to the water jackets and the liners bonded in to give a finished bore of 90mm.

I think the pistons were custom Cosworth items and an 81mm crank from I think Farandon made 2.1L.

The big issue was making rear axels live with the torque apperantly.

If anyone plays GT Legends you might like this http://www.nogripracing.com/details....enr=5427&pic=2

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Old 19 Feb 2008, 14:45 (Ref:2132635)   #10
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The car ran a Twin Cam all it's life IIRC.

The BDG was for the Capri.

Started at just under 2L, then 2.1L twin cam. They got the engine out to 2.5L but it was a hand grenade.

My father was Dave's race engineer for the time he was running the Escort, he left as the Capri was about to take over.

This is all from memory, but I have pointed dad at this thread.
I don't recall any Capris with a BDG, Mike. Don't think Brodie ever had one, do you mean the GA?
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Anyone got anymore info about this substance?
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Old 20 Feb 2008, 01:52 (Ref:2133018)   #12
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I don't recall any Capris with a BDG, Mike. Don't think Brodie ever had one, do you mean the GA?
Not 100% on the Capri to be honest.

I think the development started before the GAA was available, but certanly the GAA would have been a better engine once it was available in a Capri.

I will check with my father tonight and see if he knows.
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Anyone got anymore info about this substance?
Last time I talked to dad about it he said these days one of the Loctite prolducts would do just as well IIRC.
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Old 20 Feb 2008, 10:17 (Ref:2133239)   #14
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OK I spoke to dad tonight and have a clearer picture.

Run Baby Run was always twink powered, starting at 2L and growing to 2.1L for race use, once the car was sorted it had a record of 48 wins from 50 starts (Two minor mechanical DNF's). There were plans to rebuild the car with a 2.1L BDA engine but it was decided to go with the GAA powered Capri instead.

The twink was eventually run out to just under 2.5L but was never used in anger as it would not hold together on the dyno.
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Old 20 Feb 2008, 11:10 (Ref:2133275)   #15
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who had the capri after Brodie?
Mick Hill Doug Niven Birrane strawson??
a new thread as we are names of cars
Bay B minis of peter Baldwin ??!!
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