I think the problem is one of principles versus reality/pragmatism.
While most race promoters would like to be as principled as possible, there is always a trade-off.
In Goodwood's case the trade-off is between a 'level playing field' versus 'putting on a show' for the 100,000 paying spectators. Hence, in the past. cars like the Alvis Grey Lady, and various other 'hooky' cars.
For other promoters, there is always a point where they will turn more of a blind eye to marginal cars if they look like they won't have full grids and therefore recoup their investment!
Personally, it's frustrating. I have a 100% FIA legal car, with 135bhp, which is pretty much the absolute maximum you can safely squeeze out of a 'kosher' 1300cc Alfa twincam, but I know of several Alfa '1300s' running with 1400cc or even 1500cc kits, 1600cc Alfas with 1750cc engines, and so on.
A common trick in Alfa engines, which have always had a more archaic design bore and stroke-wise compared to the Lotus 'copy'
, is to use the more recent '80s 'New' Giulietta engine, which is 1357cc, and being less oversquare, can rev to 9000rpm happily. There are a LOT of cars with this trick engine!!
On the other hand, I know I have the satisfaction of running a 100% honest car, and driving it as best I can. After all, you're only cheating yourself, as they say!
Mind oyu, if I ever do get another Goodwood entry in the SZ, I'm ordering my 3.2l Alfa V6 - will it fit?
Originally Posted by James Murray
I can never seem to understand the saloon rules it seems to be a mine field of what you can and can't do. Surely if the FIA rules were adopted accross the board with HSCC, Top Hat, Spa 6 Hrs goodwood etc everyone would know where they stand.