I drive an 89 930 on the track and a 1960 BN7 with OD in the back country;
(Just DE's, not as a pro...) I did 75 backcounty KY miles in the Healey with
another Healey (BN7 with OD) this PM. I was constantly on/off the OD but
mostly off except on straight runs at speed in 4th and some 3rd. Rarely kept
OD in play on curves except for long sweepers...
I had some thought about tracking the Healey as my car's history seem to have
been a track car way back in the Bay area.
It was originally imported without OD per the BHC but now has a top shifter
with OD. Except for front straights, I suspect the OD is really not a factor
on a track. I may track it next year to try it, so may eat my comments, but
suspension and driving technque would seem to be more important than worrying
about OD (except for long straights of course).
I think "drive it like ya stole it" is the best philosophy. If you have OD,
and know your car, its torque curves, etc. you'll know when OD makes sense or
Richard of KY 1960 BN7 #440
> Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2010 06:31:53 -0700
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> Subject: Re: [Healeys] Rich ? overdrive
> Newbie Here!!!!
> Ok, I paid my $100 and spent a weekend driving around Mid-Ohio Raceway when
> owned a '79 BMW 528 and that's my track experience.
> Overdrive in competition!?!? Something I never though of or about.
> It sounds hard on an OD and makes me think I baby mine a bit much, which I
> will continue to do because I don't want to rebuild my OD, ever, something
> racing owners do all the time.
> Could you talk about it a bit more? How is it used on the track? When/How
> you shift in/out of OD? What's the though about cornering with the OD,
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