Toly's first Appia Zagato at Opelousas, Louisiana, airport SCCA race in 1964.
It says on the brake fluid reservoir to use vegetable oil only but I use
brake fluid. The reservoir has a pressure plunger you pull up to, of
course, pressurize the system. it didn't work for 20 years and a few
years ago I pulled on it and up it came. as the cars all sit for some
time and I forget to push the brake pedals weekly or monthly, I recently
got in the Appia and the pedal went to the floor. What the heck--I
pulled the plunger all the way up, bled the brakes, and now the pedal
works fine. (The Flavia Zagato's all-disc system did the same thing and
it has two plungers and guess what it worked too! I was told that disc
brake pistons can recede and suck a little air in around the seals).
A nice guy in Texas gave me the complete body and engine parts books,
and I also have a couple shop manuals. Wouldn't it be fun to place an
order for a couple Zagato racing seats and plexiglass windows and have
some employee in Italy wander back into the storeroom and find
'em and send them to me.....dream on..
Through the years I've driven the car from Tulsa to Nashville and up to Washington D.C. and back to Tulsa; We also drove it out to Arizona and ran the first
Copperstate 1000. I've towed it out to the Monterey Historics and run
it several times; also ran the Coronado historic race once, and that
delightful one-time-only Torrey Pines Hillclimb/concourse several years
ago. Martin Swig semi-recently bought a lovely Appia Pininfarina coupe that'd been for sale for years near Dallas. It'd been reupholstered in black leather and was like new everywhere except the trunk, for some reason. I was hot for it but Karen
said "you don't need another little pissant car." Of course I bug her about the year before the Allard year at Monterey we looked at a restored ugly waterfall grill Allard in L. A. that was $12,500 or make offer. it only needed the rubber strip under the windscreen but
ducktape would've easily gotten us back to Tulsa and next year it probably would've at least doubled our money. But oh no, it was too ugly.....rats!
I raced the Appia in the Memphis vintage race
in '87 or '88 on the original '59 Michelin X tires. If you don't know
Memphis, after a practically mile-long straight there's a 210 degree
gently banked right turn which eventually stripped the tread off the
left rear which made a loud machinegun noise as I drove back to the
pits. I put on the unused spare and it did the same thing in a couple
laps. Let me add that I wasn't lifting for the turn and so with the
banking I figure I was putting a .8g load on that vintage tire.
I've also raced the Appia at Pittsburgh a couple times and at
the one-off Philadelphia vintage Grand Prix--marvelous event but never to be
repeated due to its location abutting the ghetto...I had a wonderful race
against a rollercrank Porsche 356 1300s coupe! Seems like I might've
raced it at an early Walter Mitty at Road Atlanta when they didn't require all
that safety stuff.
At the Monterey Historics with the second Appia Zagato.