Yeah, that would give me a moment of pause as well. I called out one of my favorite Mopar tech. editors for an inflammatory claim that the points to electronics conversion kits were so inferior due to how they fit over the cam and caused erratic timing. I also backed that claim up with three different cars with the same conversion, checked the timing under various temperatures from cold to normal operating Temps as well as sitting for 20 minutes after bring driven for an hour to let heat soak in, as well as plotting graphs for timing curves marked at 100 rpm intervals. No response. I always try and remember that journalists are just that whether automotive, or otherwise. And that those big claims sell magazines, etc. as so many people take their opinions as facts. Much like so many people do with newspapers, the internet, social media, etc. I can only speculate, but would hazard a guess that the author I am referring to probably tried to get some free swag from them using his "media creds" as weight and got told he would have to pay for it like the rest of us.
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The NSU Prinz TT/TTS rear engine series deserves a special mention. They had air-cooled OHC fours ranging, over the years, from 1000 to 1200 cc. They were absolute rockets in their race classes and looked and sounded wild, typically bright orange, with wide tires, flared fenders, and the rear lid kept slightly open to improve air flow. They were famous for ripping around corners on three wheels. And Friedel Muench built the Muench Mammut (Mammoth) TTS motorcycle using 1200cc TTS engines. Good times! 🐵
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