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Old 23 Mar 2019, 05:31 (Ref:3892885)   #106
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Beautiful, beautiful… well interesting I'd say!
Hear the sweet V8 thumping behind your ears as you pull away, or even from outside turns them into an instant beauty!
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Old 23 Mar 2019, 05:41 (Ref:3892886)   #107
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Fascinating car, but very little info around about gearbox, suspension etc?

Very much in the same vein as the Clio V6, which I still lust after.....
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Old 23 Mar 2019, 07:11 (Ref:3892898)   #108
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I do remember who brilliantly designed the Clio V6 suspension but dont expect an acceptable balance at least from a first version… I guess you already have a R5 Turbo or Turbo 2 in your garage, Mike.

If its an Italian V8 may be its the same as 33 Stradale/ Montreal?
We've been discussing about protos hosted by the Arese museum but the Giacatollo looks better than the Sprint modified and hosting a mid engineered V6 displayed at Rétromobile years ago.
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Mike, related to another thread it seems you are not allowed to drive a normal road LHD car in E.B's area… For instance if you're racing an Alpine you must have a caution label on the rear window. Is that correct prof'?
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Old 23 Mar 2019, 07:28 (Ref:3892902)   #110
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Fascinating car, but very little info around about gearbox, suspension etc?

Very much in the same vein as the Clio V6, which I still lust after.....
5 speed ZF Mike. Front Suspension was from the Sprint donor car, the monocoque frame, front suspension, steering and dashboard was also used.

Brembo disc brakes were taken from the GTA.

A lot of the fabrication was done by former McLaren engineer Barry Lock. Halstead, the owner behinf the project, wealthy from hitting big in the seventies with IT, and always playing with cars. He owned the Toy Shop in Sydney providing cars for the wealthy. He had originally employed Lock to build a ground effect Pantera for GT racing. That surfaced at PI a couple of years ago with Larry Perkins, Aussie touring car legend who did well in Europe, getting briefly to F1. Lock was retained for the Giogottalo project


Back to the Giogottallo, the mid-mounted engine necessitated redesigning the rear suspension. Lock produced a Lamborghini Countach-inspired double wishbone design with cast-alloy uprights and twin coil shock absorbers. Wide 285/40 rear and 195/50 front tyres shod 15 inch Simmons alloy wheels.

A bit more info Mike......
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Initial talks with Alfa’s local management sounded promising until it became clear there was a certain financial deal required in exchange for co-operation.

Things got nasty very quickly, with local Alfa dealers instructed not to supply Halstead with cars.

"So we just imported new Alfasud Sprints from New Zealand, sold off the bits we didn’t need and built from there."

The lack of engine availability saw Lock tasked to shoehorn a Walkinshaw tickled 5lt Holden V8 into the diminutive hatchback.

The engine, however, used a custom twin throttle body and plenum set up that was unique to the Giocattolo.

"It wasn’t the most cost-effective way of doing things," Halstead reflects, "What was meant to be an affordable V6 sports car quickly became an expensive V8 one."

The suspension, brakes and sub frame were unique to the car and the panels formed from Kevlar, an exotic lightweight material that was virtually unheard of in road cars at the time.

A 5-speed ZF transaxle was used to get power to the back wheels.

The result was a 300hp mid-engined sports car that, even with touches like leather and air con, tipped the scales at under 1100kg.
More info here: https://www.tradeuniquecars.com.au/f...attolo-group-b

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Note the bottle of Bundaberg Rum in the toolbox. Standard fitment!

A pic of the Halstead De Tomaso at PI in 2013

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Great and wonderful answer E.B, thanks a lot! Cant believe about the Bundy bottle!!!! Mike you need one in your garage!
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Intrepid UK based Formula Fordsters Don Boyack , Mark de Rozarieux and Oliver White who having started their seasons in the Phillip Island Classic Formula Ford races continued their campaigns some ten thousand miles away at Donington Park . White who took three wins and two seconds in the Phillip Island races carried on the good work with a double in the Heritage Formula Ford Championship races , only missing out on victory in the Champion of Brands (!?) race by less than three tenths of a second to a rival driving a car nearly three decades newer than Whites Van Diemen RF89 .
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Oliver is extraordinarily good but his car in the Champion of Brands was not - as suggested on the results - a Van Diemen RF89 but his modern Medina Van Diemen. He did use the 89 in the Heritage races and put those away with little drama!
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Intrepid UK based Formula Fordsters Don Boyack , Mark de Rozarieux and Oliver White who having started their seasons in the Phillip Island Classic Formula Ford races continued their campaigns some ten thousand miles away at Donington Park . White who took three wins and two seconds in the Phillip Island races carried on the good work with a double in the Heritage Formula Ford Championship races , only missing out on victory in the Champion of Brands (!?) race by less than three tenths of a second to a rival driving a car nearly three decades newer than Whites Van Diemen RF89 .
He had a great tussle with Richard Tarling in he first race until Richard went of. Fantastic watching them through the chicane
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I wondered if Oliver was in his RF89 or a more modern car although there were only a few tenths difference between his fastest laps in the Heritage and C.o.B. races .

Nice to hear Formula Ford is still providing a wonderful spectacle and on the evidence of last weekend's races the size of the fields are holding up as well . Lets hope this weekend's Formula Ford races at Snetterton and Castle Combe provide great racing and large grids .
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I wondered if Oliver was in his RF89 or a more modern car although there were only a few tenths difference between his fastest laps in the Heritage and C.o.B.
He was in the RF89.Was great to see the evolution of Formula Fords with the likes of the 89 racing with a '69 Merelyn MK11.
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Great that these cars still have a good runaround. They are still in fine form
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