So you want to know more about the car pictured here? Here's a short history:
It's a 1965 Corsa coupe 140/4. Rebuilt 140 10:1cr, forged pistons, ported heads, ported and rotated carbs (stock) jetted 52/57, headers w/2" extractors, MSD ignition, stacks w/ K&N filters, 63 amp alt. '66 3.55:1 ratio posi transaxle w/4spider gear pak, '66 hubs. Cut down HD springs and Koni's, aftermarket quick steering arms and factory quick box, ADDCO rear sway bar.
Yenko style rear seat area, custom stereo, Corbeau GT seats, quick shifter, fresh carpeting, Grant wood steering wheel, added oil press and temp gauges. Battery relocated to trunk, electric fuel pump. Tires are BFG R-1's, size 225/50-15 on SenDel 15x6.5" wheels with 5" of backspacing. The exterior has GM dual sport style mirrors, a custom 7" rear spoiler, and the body is painted Regal Red with a white cove area.
I bought the car when I was 18, in 1980. Turned out that at least 2 gallons of bondo were used "restoring" it, and the paint had not been removed prior to bondoing, which rusted out the body, but the floorpan was still solid :-( It got parked in '86. I rebuilt the car with a body from Texas (which was originally going to be an ultra-trick car, but that's another story), with the various hipo stuff I had acquired over the years, starting in late '88.
In May '90, I pulled the car into a friend's garage to begin restoring the body. Doors, hood, deck, and all trim was removed, next all the paint (factory paint :-) was removed chemically, then the body was treated to remove various surface rust. Only two holes were found, under the battery and in one of the door pillars, which were fixed by MIG welding. We then shot it in Regal Red, using a clear/color system. Due to a few little life changes (marriage, two children, and two job changes :-), it took a bit longer than the original 6 week estimate. To be exact, it was ready in time for the Fairfax City 4th of July parade. 1993.
Anyway, it made it to the Williamsburg Corsa International Convention in '94, where my lovely wife Ellie took home a trophy in Street Mod. I didn't, so one of these days I have a score to settle :-) The photo above was captured from a video that George Anderson took of my runs.
In 1995, we ran the car in 7 of the local autocross series events, sorting out the car and getting some real driving experience. Since then a number of things have kept the car off the course, but there are a few mods in store for the old girl:
Update, 2013. Although the front end got finished, the engine I was going to put in turned out to have issues so the car still sits. I have a 110 that will hopefully go in soon so at least I can get it to an event sometime.
We have a few other vehicles, here they are along with a few links:
"Lily" is a 700 with a 102/PG powertrain. The other notable option is tinted windows, but as far as I can tell that's the total installed option list. The photo is from the 2013 CORSA annual convention autocross in Kalamazoo, MI, where she was the second fastest early overall.
And more recently at an autocross. We've modified it for Street Touring autocross, it now has Koni shocks/Eibach springs, Mopar Performance engine controller and mounts, and BFG Rivals on 15x7 Enkei wheels.
Miatae. We wanted one when they came out, but the markups were too steep so we bought Ellie's '89 Camaro RS instead. Fast forward to 2011 when we needed another car, and a Miata was the perfect fit. We ended up with two since Trevor would need something to drive for school. Ours is the 2000 SE in Mahogany Mica, it's getting a few goodies but staying legal for SCCA Stock with the factory Sport Suspension, Koni shocks, and BFG gForce COMP2 tires. Trevor has the '99 Silver PEP package car with Flyin' Miata sway bars and BFG SS A/S tires. Recently added are Kumho Ecsta XS tires for autocross.