|Chris and Nick Benson have been sending us shots of their CycleKart antics and it seems like about time they had their own page up here.|
|Chris has been building a Miller Front-Drive based CycleKart and has it close to the end! Brother Nick found the Bugatti C-K on Ebay and picked it up earlier this year. Not normally sporting to purchase a car, but the Bensons are above reproach in the do-it-your-zany-damn-self area, so we were glad to see the Bug go to a good home where it will be appreciated properly. This gives the a nice pair to start with too, which makes things much more fun.|
Chris noted that the front end of the Miller was a rough-out to get the car ready for a big birthday party for Nick, which number we won't mention as it's a little too close to many of our own recent and approaching birthdays! Track work was progressing up through the morning of the party and only ended as the clouds opened up on them...Seeing as it wasn't stopping, they decided to run the event anyway. Well played!
From Chris' note on the pics:
"I finally got the miller sort-of done. I gave myself a deadline of Nick's 40th birthday party (yesterday) and ended-up by phoning-in a somewhat half-assed sheet metal front end in the interests of getting a complete car on the track for the party. Nick and I spent last sunday digging the track by hand with pick-axes: Real county-farm stuff. But we got a reasonably serviceable chicane in exchange for a day's labor and a month or two of serious lower back problems.
"It was an epic party. We worked on the car right up till after most of the guests arrived. Then, literally a minute or two after I tightened the last nut, the heavens opened in a torrential thunderous downpour. We grumbled and griped for about a half hour - and drank several more Heinekens - until it became clear there would be no break in the weather, then donned our rain gear and went out to do battle in the mud. It was spectacular - save that my throttle linkage gave out on the third lap. I've since repaired it and it's running like a champ."
I can't wait to see more of the track details as the place looks ideal for a good fast and wide track.
Fun in the rain. Looks like an English Trials event!
The Benson Miller in plywood.
A few comparitive shots Chris sent. I don't know what they're thinking about color-wise, but there are a bunch of fun possibilities given the flamboyant American track car approach. We'll have to see what comes out of our East-Coast brethren's barn...