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Session: Little Duce Coupe

Written by DrC123 show DrC123 profile

Thursday July 17 2008 09:49:32 PM

Surf spot: Cresent Head, Australia

Surf Trip: The Endless Summer 63-73 ( 15 November 1963 - 07 June 2007)

Session's Rate:

Wind direction: Offshore

Wind Strength: Glassy

Nb waves ridden: Lots

Length of the surf session: 2.5 min

Surfboard ridden: 9'8

Fins: Single

Weather and water temp: 75F/75F

Waves height: 2m-2.5m / 6ft-8ft

Waves Quality:
- Fun
- Fast
- Hollow

Waves Shape:
- Walls
- Bowl

Description:

Welcome to Lake Mead:

No surf this past week so here is a blast from the past. I remember one of my early surf trips with Michael Eaves and Robbie Acton as if it were yesterday! An early summer dawn on a Wednesday in November 1967. Crescent Heads on the north east coast of New South Wales, Australia.  The first rays of gold and red upon the ocean revealed perfect lines marching in around the point with sets from shoulder to a foot overhead, feathering in the light offshore breeze. Warm water, sand and a cobblestone bottom, lined the rocky headland ... no one out! 

CrescentheadCrescent Heads, OZAngoure Point

The Little Duce Coupe: 

We had driven the several hundred miles, at a steady 90 MPH, boards strapped to the roof, south from Queensland on a Pacific Coast Highway strewn with 'dead man's curves' in Mike's Sunbeam Rapier (Michaels parents were wealthy Afrikaner ranchers who had fled to Australia from the Mau Mau uprising). We had seen some photos in an old Surfer Magazine of Midget Farrelly soul arching at Crescent, like Mickey Dora (my idol) at Malibu. We slept in the car at a campground by the creekmouth in the bay and instead of walking all the way around the point to get out we began the mile long paddle from shore. 

Midget1962

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1LiKpv-VfE

(Sunbeam Rapier 1956-69) Engine: cast iron block with aluminium head)

Engine………………………………...4 Cylinders in Line

Bore and Stroke...................................81.5mm x 82.5mm

Cubic Capacity....................................1,725.c.c

Valves............................................O.H.V.pushrod

Compression Ratio.................................9.2:1

Carburetters......................................2 Zenith Stromberg 150 CDS

Fuel Pump.........................................A C Mechanica

Oil Filter........................................Full Flow

Maximum Power (net)...............................88.B.H.P at 5200 rpm

Maximum Torque (net)..............................100lb.ft at 4000 rpm

Transmission

Clutch..............................Borg and Beck- 7 1/2 inch diaphragm spring

Top gear ratio......................1.0:1 (overdrive-0.803:1)

3rd gear ratio......................1.296:1 (overdrive-1.04:1)

2nd gear ratio......................1.993:1

1st gear ratio......................3.122:1

Reverse ratio.......................3.323:1

Ovedrive type.......................Laycock D-type

Final drive.........................Hypoid bevel 4.22:1

Maximum Speeds (MPH)

Mean-lap (banked circuit)..........................98.7

Best one-way 1/4_mile..............................102.2

Direct Top gear....................................93.0

O/d 3rd gear.......................................90.0

3rd gear...........................................72.0

2nd gear...........................................47.0

1st gear...........................................30.0

Acceleration times

0-60................................................12.0

Standing 1/4 mile...................................18.5

Sunbeam Rapier - Sunbeam Alpine -Sunbeam Tiger:

 Sunbeam 967_Sunbeam_TigerBondsAlpine

The Sunbeam Rapier coupe was quite a classy car to own in Australia back in 1967 as was the Sunbeam Alpine which was driven by James Bond in Dr. NO and eventually became the Sunbeam Tiger, powered by a Ford V-8 and driven by Get Smart' s Agent 86. The Alpine had made its debut in 1953 and was a derivative of the Sunbeam-Talbot 90 sedan and drophead (convertible coupe), which featured a 2267cc 4-cylinder engine and 4-speed transmission with optional overdrive. This car had a remarkably successful rally career, including a 1953 overall victory in the famed Monte Carlo Rally.

An earlier version of the Alpine-Talbot, the Mk1 Drophead was used in the movie "To Catch a Thief" with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

Sunbeam Alpinele –   Thief

To Catch a Wave: 

It was still dark as we reached the line up and the swells looked like giant, moving black hills. OK who is going to catch the first wave! Playing it safe (no leashes and a long swim) I took off on the shoulder ... perfect wave. After catching  a few of the smaller waves Michael and I tookoff on a giant overhead peak ... hard off the bottom ... crouching through the bowl in front of the rocks then out onto the long glass wall ... we were climbing and dropping, but as the wave boomeranged into the bay (now called The Racetrack) it got steeper and steeper, faster and faster! I was inside and low, Michael was up high in front and the wake from his board made the wave start to peel over my head  ... I crouched  down and grabbed a rail ... I could see light in the tunnel ... for a couple of seconds but then I was in the washing machine and making the long swim to the creek mouth. ... he rode it all the way almost a mile!  

Was a punk kid back then riding an 9'8" log. Would love to go back in time to surf those same waves today ... either lip smacking & tail sliding on my 7' 2" MR  Twin Fin "SuperFish" or screaming down the line on my super light, super fast, flat bottom, down railed  9' 2" modern high performance John-Luc Robert's Longboard! 

Mark Richards design  Quiver

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Created: Wednesday July 16 2008 10:11:51 PM

Modified: Friday July 18 2008 09:50:36 PM

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