SOVREN Immunity: Lotus 26R Spins 360, Doesn't Miss a Beat

For those of you who don’t know, the Society of Vintage Racing Enthusiasts is a racing club based in the Pacific Northwest, and home to a whole lot of sweet vintage iron (no later than 1969 for most classes). SOVREN is renowned for the kind of all-out racing that’ll force you to DNF unless your family jewels are made out of some pretty stern stuff. Evidence? Take this clip of a Lotus 26R, which soon after the start at Portland International Raceway caught some dirt and went ’round a full 360 degrees (36 seconds in, for the impatient). Of course, this being SOVREN, instead of meekly staying off the course and waiting for a tow, the maniac recovered at the end of the spin to head right back out on the track, passing at least 3 cars in the process! Supposedly they say rubbin’ is racin’ – round the wet and wacky Northwest, spinnin’ is racin’. Keep watching the video for not only the sweet sweet sounds of a ’68 Cortina GT Mk. II bleating about at full bore, but also plenty of other hoon-worthy rides including some truly sinister sounding and looking Corvettes.
Thanks to Tim for the tip!

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  1. Dr_Dangerously Avatar

    "Totally ment to do that!"

  2. damnelantra™[!] Avatar

    reminds me of mario kart.

  3. PFG Avatar

    Am I crazy, or is that a Lark in there?

    1. Han_Solex Avatar

      I saw that too! It was either a Lark or someone scaled up a Lancia Fulvia sedan by 300%.

    2. scroggzilla Avatar

      If I'm not mistaken, here's your culprit

  4. engineerd Avatar

    We've heard of the Scandinavian Flick, that there is the Portland Steamer.

  5. Goingincirclez Avatar

    Well, that settles it… anyone who answered the "What's your best move" post can now permanently check both ego and nadsack at the door, cuz you ain't topping that one.

    1. skitter Avatar

      I've done that on an onramp, but it was four parts stupidity, one part luck, one part skill, and nowhere near as tight a space.

  6. Thrashy Avatar

    My vote still goes to the guy from that old Spec Miata crash compilation who accidentally yanks his steering wheel off the hub on corner exit, and then proceeeds to calmly reattach it while powering down the front straightaway.
    [youtube kvNylkt0uvc youtube]
    Jump to 6:30 if you don't want to see a whole lot of Miata carnarge.

    1. Rockford_Brodie Avatar

      Hey, this video's in my favorites!

  7. dragon951 Avatar

    First of all, sweet recovery. Second, was number 61 a 904?! This seems like such an awesome series, but well out of my price range. Therefore the appropriate scheme to get in on it would be:
    Step 1: ???
    Step 2: Procure a 356C or if possible a 908.
    Step 3: Race (a.k.a. profit).

  8. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    Man, that Vette just plain checks out on the start. Damn.

  9. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    So the after checking his pants for debris, he hoped to see this on Sportscenter?

  10. lilwillie Avatar

    Whoa, my heart jumped seeing that.

  11. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    You will be covering all of these races.

    1. Han_Solex Avatar

      Oh yes, you don't know the half of it. My good friend's uncle is planning on running a Gordini-powered Devin AND a Triumph Bonneville-powered Formula 4 car this season. His daily driver is a widebody Lotus Europa with a built motor. Hooniverse could follow this guy around for a week and have enough material to post for YEARS.
      Salivating yet?

      1. Deartháir Avatar

        So? You're not doing anything right now, are you? Go follow him around for a week! Get moving!

        1. Han_Solex Avatar

          Hey man, if you're willing to pay me a living wage to tail him, you got it. Otherwise I gotta go back to the salt mines. Trust me, when them whips get salty they really sting.

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