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 Post subject: Team Triplex 10/20 1979
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:01 pm 
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Found a fun video on Youtube of Gerry Marshall racing a Sprint, great bit at the end from 14 minutes on or so, and you get to see an angry Andy Rouse after some interesting driving by Lanfranchi that definitely exceeded track limits!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2016 9:05 pm 
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Great vid , got me watching a few more with Gerry :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:13 am 
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Forgive me for reviving an older threat but that's an excellent video. Particularly enjoyed the 'launch footage' circa 9:30 (what a sound!)

I spotted this Andy Rouse Q&A (web) and thought would share:

Q: Hi Andy, my favourite car you raced was the Dolomite Sprint. Did you enjoy racing them and what was the reaction at the time with the other car manufacturers when you won? (I appreciate its going back over 40 years!)

A: The Dolomite Sprint was a favourite car of mine because it was a challenging car to prepare and to race. It was the only saloon car at the time with a 2ltr 16 valve engine which was a plus but making it reliable for racing was not so easy. We had to produce special engine blocks, head gaskets, head bolts, water pump, pistons, crank damper to name but a few. The chassis was tricky to set up because the car had a high rear roll centre and always wanted to oversteer, which was OK for me having learned to race on grass tracks. The worst feature was the lack of brakes. It had tiny un-vented front discs which burned out in no time, so we had to resort to high tensile steel discs instead of iron, brake pads made from aircraft brake pads and we fitted ceramic insulators in the caliper pistons. The rear brakes had American sintered metal linings and drilled brake drums. One of the great things about the Sprint was the overdrive gearbox which we converted and uprated so we had six gears and a paddle type gear shift. It was fun to drive because you could power slide it out of a corner then flick the high beam switch and change gear.

source: https://olivermylesmarketing.co.uk/2019 ... -responds/

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2023 7:52 pm 
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Despite several Internet searches during recent years, I have still yet to find the technical specifications of the Triplex 10/20 windscreens, which I was once told many years ago, sometime during the 1980s, that this combined the advantages of both toughened and laminated windscreens!?! So far as I am aware, such windscreens are no longer available for either the Triumph Dolomite or other British made cars, to which Triplex 10/20 windscreens were factory-fitted, of which I think the Austin Princess was one.

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