Well, the weather has been cold and horrible in Europe along with the East coast in the states this past week. What better way to roll out of hibernation with the sound of an old Big Block thundering up the mountainside through Langwies and Arosa in the Region of Graubünden Switzerland. What wakes us up from a long winter is not the chatter of teams talking their strategy for the new year but what the mechanics have done to the machines that bring us track-side in the first place. Nothing but pure engine sound from these clips no narration, thank you mate! What caught my attention was this #14 a 1963 Ford Galaxie which I believe is running a 427, if not that’s a beefy 390! The photo above is not in the film, just a sweet 63 Ford Galaxie out on the tarmac ready for takeoff and looks like you’re walking up to it to strap in!
The race track at is a windy 7.3km road from Langwies to Arosa, including 76 turns and an altitude difference of 422 meters. It is the only track in Switzerland with a downhill stretch of 1.2km.
Hope your year is going good so far and you’re well, lets fire this up!
Old fav, Pantera
Staying on the mountain in Arosa we get to see the De Tomaso car company of Argentina popular Pantera running mid-engine Ford 351 Cleveland, yessir another favorite engine block. The car continued to use a Ford V8 engine, although in 1988 when the supply of Ford 351 Cleveland engines from Australia ran out, De Tomaso began installing Ford 351 Windsor engines in the Pantera instead. For 1990 the 351 was changed to the Ford 302 cu in. OK, OK let’s hear it!