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1957 Arnold Special

Gary and Molly Emery
The Arnold Special is a one-off sports racer designed and built by Edgar Arnold in Surrey, British Columbia in 1957. The book Road Racing in Western Canada by Tom Johnson reports that Arnold was in his early 20s when he began construction and 24 when he completed it. The car has a tube-frame with a hand-formed aluminum body and weighs approximately 1,500 pounds. The original engine was from a Triumph TR3B which has been replaced with newer models of the same engine periodically over the car’s lifetime. The engine is bored to 2288 cc, has a 312° cam, roller rockers and dual Weber DOCE 45 carburetors. The compression ratio is 11.8:1 and it makes approximately 150 bhp. The gearbox has a close-ratio non-synchro gear set in a Triumph case. There is a Morris Minor torsion-bar suspension at the front and a Triumph live rear axle with Watts Linkage at the rear. Mr. Arnold initially raced the car as #153 in the E-modified classes of SCCA and CASC events in the U.S. and Canada. He most frequently raced at the Westwood Racing Circuit which opened in 1959 as Canada’s first purpose-built permanent road course. The car’s Canadian racing history is unfortunately incomplete.

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