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03-03-2010, 06:26 PM
Wow...a rag-top r4 Lark??? How rare is that puppy??? If you get to choose one car what's going to be??? I'll take that sweet r3 Lark that's getting fuel. Junior






54 Champ C5 Hamilton car.

03-03-2010, 06:50 PM
Did convertibles have their own classification for speed records? Or why would they race a convertible? Looks like the top is about to set sail! I wonder how much faster the same car is with a hardtop? It's a shame that Stude quit building engines just when they were getting good publicity. What were they thinking??

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In the middle of Minne[b]studea

03-03-2010, 08:41 PM
impressive stats on the 6 cylinder!


1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175
53-54 C/Ks, 55 Speedsters, 63 Daytonas, Wagonaires Registries (http://www.teamwetworks.com/stregs/)


03-03-2010, 08:57 PM
Racing a convertible? Sure, why not. I know the NHRA has rules for convertibles, being they need to have a roll bar or roll cage under a certain time, and that I think they have to put the top down. From the pictures, you can see why it's better to put the top down, because that top may be liable to separate or tear, or it will behave like a drag chute up there. I recall a story of a similar sitation with my parent's 67 Corvette. At XXX speed one cold winter night well before I came into the picture, the then installed soft top at the rear of the car began fogging up. Essentially what was happening was the snow was going over the car and getting sucked in under the ballooning top in the back, at which time the speed was determined to be "fast enough".

I'd like to say I think at the time they were getting a baseline for top speed for the R4's in the convertible, but don't quote me on that.


03-03-2010, 10:45 PM
A very long-time drag racer (Garnet Rose) in my neck of the woods, has been drag racing a sweet little 62 or 63 Pontiac Acaidian convertible (Canadian version of a Nova)for over 30 years...the car's top at speed always looked like it was ready to rip off, huge bulge in it just like the Studes in the lead photo. To the best of my knowledge it has never failed,so must be okay. BTW, the car is quick, in the low 11's.


54 Champ C5 Hamilton car.