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Subaru 360 kit review; remember FasTrack?

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Subaru 360 kit review; remember FasTrack?
Posted by Wick Humble on Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:45 AM

Just a notation, regarding the Subaru 360 (cc.!) kit in the last issue: does anyone remember when Subi 360's were used as pay-per-lap 'race cars' in the US?  Malcolm Bricklin, original importer of the anthromorphic 360 (the basset hound of automobiles) ran into troubles in selling the underpowered mini-compacts, and decided to use up his stock as Saturday racers in the FasTrack franchise he concocted; unfortunately the little clunks (now very collectable) weren't up to the ministrations of Dukes Boys wannabees, and couldn't be kept on the track long enough to make a profit! 

Mr. B. went on to produce his Bricklin SV-1 safety sports car (well, it wasn't too bad, in the idiom of safety-concious 1973) which was the inspiration for the like-wise gull-winged DeLorean bolide.  (Yes, it was.)  I wrote a long driveReport article for "Special Interest Autos" in the early eighties, test drove a cherry SV-1 (for two weeks!), and interviewed Malcolm Bricklin, too.  For the record, there is a whole gamut of mini-compact Japanese cars built for the home market that were limited to 360-cc., including the original Suzuki Jeep-clone, which is just charming.  All were of necessity geared to run only about 50 mph, which limited their practicability on US freeways, needless to say!  

I suppose the Sub 360 was raced or rallied in Japan, hence the decals, etc. ?



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