Turbo Tom Giant Killer L20B turbo race car history

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Turbo Tom Giant Killer L20B turbo race car history

Post by datso » 14 Feb 2016 00:23

anyone have more photos as waybackmachine.org has none that I can find
One truly inspiring Datsun story involves Tom Wyatt III, otherwise known as Turbo Tom. Turbo tom built a rather fast Turbo powered L20b Datsun 510 and entered in the "Walter Mitty" at Road Atlanta one year. The engine developed 275 horsepower at 21 pounds of boost for drag racing, with 250 more like it on the track. It featured at T04 Rotomaster Turbo and 4150 Holley carb set up.

As the story goes, SCCA officials started him out in class with similar style cars, but had to keep moving up in class as he blew the doors off each increasingly powerful group of cars. By the end of the day he was racing with the Corvettes and Cobras. He beat a Porsche 930 on a lap by nine seconds, and a race prepped 427 Cobra by 3 seconds. The race staff didn't know what to do, so they gave him a custom made trophy instead of embarrassing one of the more prestigious classes.
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Re: Turbo Tom Giant Killer L20B turbo race car history

Post by qwik510 » 15 Feb 2016 07:51

I know that the car is now in the possession of Brian Osborn in VA. It now has Turbo KA24.

The Marshall boys in NC have the original L20B Turbo motor.
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Re: Turbo Tom Giant Killer L20B turbo race car history

Post by Mattndew76 » 15 Feb 2016 13:00

I love his story.
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Re: Turbo Tom Giant Killer L20B turbo race car history

Post by datso » 15 Feb 2016 17:15

pure to datto philosophy & culture

eg. budget build to kill big $ cars

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