View Full Version : The making of Tru Blu II

21st October 2013, 07:39 PM
Awesome vid!


21st October 2013, 07:50 PM
that is awesome, thanks for sharing Norm

22nd October 2013, 08:04 AM
One great chapter of the good ol days - Thanks Norm.

22nd October 2013, 08:08 AM
No probs guys, nice build pics, shows the engineering efforts that went into cars, they were lapping in high 19's/low 20's in 81, that's only 12 seconds of current pace.

22nd October 2013, 08:16 AM
32yrs ago ! am I right off the top of my head 2.66666sec average per year time improvement ? sounds a hell of alot ?! probably not calculating this right in perspective.

22nd October 2013, 08:20 AM
32yrs ago ! am I right off the top of my head 2.66666sec average per year time improvement ? sounds a hell of alot ?! probably not calculating this right in perspective.
It's about 0.4s per year. Bare in mind they haven't really improved since 2006.

22nd October 2013, 08:24 AM
Far out how did I come up with my figure ROFL.....hence my ????????
Thanks, don't forget Conrod was Straight all the way compared to the modern era whilst I'm at it.

22nd October 2013, 08:31 AM
When was the chase added?

22nd October 2013, 08:47 AM
'87 Chase was added due to FIA rules for the WTCC.

22nd October 2013, 08:56 AM
Slowing for the Chase probably compensates for the improvements made to the track elsewhere.

22nd October 2013, 09:01 AM
I am a share holder of that car, I donated $10 - LOL

22nd October 2013, 09:56 AM
haha Trevor great times.
Shame the privateer has been squashed out just as in the service station game, the spare parts game etcetc........

22nd October 2013, 10:39 AM
'87 Chase was added due to FIA rules for the WTCC.

I thought it was because of Mike Burgmans death in 86, when his Commodore got airborn over the second hump

22nd October 2013, 11:20 AM
Slow thats the thing - what is the real facts at times, I remember Burgmann's crash and recall vaguely the goss but this is what you find when using the google gospel :
The Chase
Added in 1987, the Chase was added in preparation for the World Touring Car Championship to adhere to FIA rules. The length of Conrod Straight exceeded the maximum length allowed on a WTCC track, and therefore was built to standard. The Chase breaks up Conrod straight and incidentally created the fastest right hand bend in Australia.

I and I'm sure most of us oldies hated this change but I suppose safety is no1 and have to say the Chase has brought in a different realm for driver and spectator watching as we did last year for a while at that vantage point.

22nd October 2013, 11:32 AM
On topic about TruBlu and for that matter include Greens Tuff being I posted some pics in the Bathurst thread.
Being car enthusiasts the flow on goes to racing Fords as we do and no matter how hi tech these modern day beasts become one thing they don't outdo of the ol girls is how FAT/wide with flare kits FAT rubber/rim combos stances blow away the larger rim diameter non stagger look of today.
Yes I'm sure we have our favs of today but when I see for eg Moffs coupes, Morris's Ch7 XD more so Mastertons final XD phoar that was porn !

Jaded Old Coot
16th November 2013, 06:02 PM
The Chase addressed a couple of concerns: certainly people felt it was a reaction to Burgmann's accident, but the FIA had mandated a maximum straight length as well IIRC, and Conrod exceeded that. It negated the drama with cars getting light on the second hump - which had killed four drivers in the previous two decades, Burgmann included, and caused a heap of other seat-puckering moments for any number of drivers (Peter Brock included). It added a couple of seconds to the lap times, 12 months development notwithstanding.

In any case, DJ's comments on Mk 2 being better than the first XD straight out of the box was a pretty significant comment, when reviewed through the rose-coloured lens of history. That car was extraordinary - twice an Australian Touring Car Champion, a Bathurst winner, and still quick enough when DJ shared it with Alf Grant at the Surfers enduro in 1983, post Hardies Heroes write-off. Like the 1986 Chickadee car, it was Just Right from the moment it first dropped rubber on the road.

15th February 2014, 04:28 PM
Good to see Dick can still hit an apex too, Enjoy!!!