I’ve gushed about David Clemens and his skills at building Corvairs before. For today’s CPotD, I found this photo on the NECC’s website taken at this spring’s Summit Point NECC track day. When I walked up to it, I immediately noticed the unpopulated distributor cap. David has this engine set up for electronic triggering of the three coils with each one firing into two cylinders. Look closely in the photo and you can see the triggering wheel to the left of the distributor and the bank of coils mounted on the firewall.
So why is the distributor still installed? It drives the oil pump.