Alan Berry is a very active member of the San Diego Volvo Sports Group. He not only enjoys vintage Volvos, he races them.
The car is pretty much gutted, but it is all steel. It weighs 2080 lbs with a full tank minus driver. It has fairly stock suspension but Carrera shocks and Eibach springs helps the road holding. 205/50 15” Kumho race tires on 7” wide Torque Thrust wheels keeps the car upright in the corners but also looks great on this vintage body.
Windshield is stock glass and all the other panes are made of Lexan.
Engine is stock bottom end but it a lot of work has been done with the head. The motor has 11.5 to 1 compression ratio so Alan use 110 octane leaded race fuel.
Dual Weber side draft 45’s mixes the racing fuel with oxygen and Stahl header gets rid of the spent gasses.
Usually Alan runs without a muffler at most tracks although some have noise restrictions (Like Laguna Seca) so then he installs a Magnaflow muffler for those tracks.
Alan tells us it is a “mid pack” car in a typical field of 35-40 pretty fast 2 liter cars. Alan seems to find himself in battle with a group of racers running at his pace like MGB’s, Porsche 911 and 914, Alfas, Lotus, Cortinas Elans and Super 7’s.
His favorite race of the year is Coronado Speed Festival held at the North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego.
Alan, thanks for sharing your story with other car and race enthusiasts.
Keep the shiny red side up! Ed.