Lotus Seven is an excellent autocross
as well as a competitive hill climber.
the hill climb finished for the day,
road was opened to the public. Good time
take the Camaro up the hill! After a
miles, we were into the clouds, and visibility
down to a few feet in front of the car. We
the top, and the small motel /
there without a problem.
had his first taste of serious
going up is the easy part. Coming
down takes more concentration.
burning out your brakes is the
goal. Two cars passed us coming
when we were going up the mountain.
first was a small import, and it smelled
the brakes were burning up, which
most likely were. The second was a
truck, and there was smoke coming
of each wheel well, as the brakes
were totally fried.
could become a dangerous situation,
loss of braking on the steeper hills could
in an unplanned trip off the road.
simple solution here is to shift the
into low gear, either standard or
and let the engine handle the
We did this on the Camaro, and
had to touch the brakes at all.
only problem was the
wanted to pop out of gear, so
had to hold the shift lever in place.