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This is one of the first turbo cars I remember from back in the day. It was sponsored by BAE. There was a lot of cars running BAE turbos back then, but this car really looked and ran awesome. Loved it.



 

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Dean N said:
i dug the colored windows, wish we could do that now days.
Colored windows aren't legal today? I did not know that, and if so it is a bummer.
I always liked that style and look
 

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Who owned and whatever happened to BAE?
Bob McClure owned BAE and I guess the company folded after he was killed in a flying accident (to make things worse, the lady in the plane with him wasn't his wife...).
 

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Great forum guys.
I noticed the "1600 turbo" on the windscreen and just wondered whether anyone had any info on the set up or even results. Sad to see the way it all ended up.

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WOW ! THat car brings back memories 1980-82, the owner was Jim Abdon ,it was 1600cc, I believe it had berg crank,carrillo rods,& arias pistons, he
told me he reused used 1600 cyl. It had weber draw thru with cool can, I also believe it ran about 30 lbs boost, maybe as much 40lbs. Hell that thing
ran 11.20 at 120 mph
 

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Hey Guys,
That was my brother Jim's Car. He built it from the ground up when i was about 10 years old. I went to every race , bug-in & bug-out.
The ironic thing is that after seeing that final pic of the crashed car. It looks just like it did when jim bought it out of a back yard for $10.00.
He was running a stock 1600 engine with a single weber sidedraft carb. BAE Turbo with nitrous oxide. He and Bob "BAE TURBO Bug" were actually
Brother in-laws. Mike Smith was his best friend and "Der California Kafer" Club Member. BTW you are correct that the lady in bobs plane was not his wife...
 

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CalKafer said:
Hey Guys,
That was my brother Jim's Car. He built it from the ground up when i was about 10 years old. I went to every race , bug-in & bug-out.
The ironic thing is that after seeing that final pic of the crashed car. It looks just like it did when jim bought it out of a back yard for $10.00.
He was running a stock 1600 engine with a single weber sidedraft carb. BAE Turbo with nitrous oxide. He and Bob "BAE TURBO Bug" were actually
Brother in-laws. Mike Smith was his best friend and "Der California Kafer" Club Member. BTW you are correct that the lady in bobs plane was not his wife...
Welcome and great 1st post for sure

Love the photos and history

Anymore photos, great car
 

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I would love to post some pics I have but I dont know how my brother would feel about it. the pics I have, have never been seen on the web and it seems to be a very touchy subject with jim. I found out that BAE has been after him for more pictures too...
 

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If you have photos of Insanity feel free to post them, my biggest question is who are you, I only have one brother that was involved in Insanity Racing, Yes the new owner of BAE have made contact with me and would like to do a memorial on Bob, and yes that's hard subject to cover,
 
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