This summer I added another Datsun to the garage, a 1969 Roadster 2000, and today was a great day to take it out for a spin. I stopped by buddy Mike Wong’s place and he took this shot of me as I was leaving. These cars just always put a smile on your face 🙂 I’ve had a Roadster race car before, but have always wanted one as a sunny day street car. My first car almost forty years ago was a Datsun 520 pickup, it saw me through a couple years of college. Since then I’ve owned a number of Datsun/Nissan street cars and race cars, so my heart always has room for one more…
As my 2017 season came to a close last weekend, two facts became clearly evident to me. One, I’m a very lucky dog, and two, racing isn’t cheap 😉 This year I was able to race in three vintage events and four SCCA events, that’s a lot of entry fees, tires, gas, motels, etc. I spent a lot of time, energy, and yes, money prepping, traveling, and racing in 2017, and it was worth every penny! I made some new friends, learned some new things, and fought for a few wins. The problem is it has left me wanting even more for next year…
This weekend VARA hosted its annual homage to V8 thunder, including an extra Big Bore Pursuit race on Sunday, always a fun one to watch. VARA is enjoying a great sponsor relationship with Lucas Oil these days, and Lucas had lots of oil swag for us racers this event. Sure nice to have a club sponsor who knows what we need.
Just finished up a weekend of racing at Thunderhill Raceway Park for the SFR SCCA season finale. One week ago we had ten FCs signed up for Group 4, with an even split of first and second gen cars. Unfortunately we had only three FCs make the show, two of them first-gen cars. NorCal fires, Halloween, the flu, alien invasion, I just don’t know??? The first-gen car other than mine was newcomer Peter Gregor, so a big welcome to him and his ’98 Tatuus.
Well they say it only takes two horses to make a race, so we just made the best of it. Lyn Greenhill and I split the wins and had a good time racing against each other all weekend. During Race 1 in the video below, I was battling my wicked loose Van Diemen while trying to keep Lyn at bay, let’s just say it didn’t work 😉
A big “Thank You” goes out to all the SCCA volunteer workers who keep us racers safe while were out having fun. Thank a teacher if you can read, thank a flagger if you can race…
Wow, we survived! Laguna Seca Raceway saw record high temps for the SFR SCCA race Sept 1-3, it was well over 100F Friday and Saturday, cooling off into the mid 90s for Sunday. You just don’t expect that at Laguna, summer races usually start off cold and foggy until mid-morning, then sunny and 70 for the afternoon races. The temps indeed tested man and machine, but I was able to keep myself and the Van Diemen running cool most of the weekend with lots of shade, ice, and clean radiators. During Saturday’s Race 1 the nose box brackets broke on my FC and I drug the front wing around the last few laps. I missed Qualifying for Race 2 while doing repairs (thanks Bobby for lending me your welder), so I started from the back of the grid for Sunday’s Race 2. While I never made it back up to battle for the win, I did earn the Hard Charger award for making up the most spots. Big bummer – my GoPro went on the fritz and I don’t have the video to prove it ;-(
This was race 5 and 6 for the Pacific F2000 National (Pinto) class, our season finale. Much thanks to Peter West Motorsports and Primus Motorsports’ Brad Baytos for including the early-generation FCs in this season’s series. We had a lot of fun and I think we got the word out that CFC racing is alive and well on the West Coast. Hopefully we can keep the momentum going and see some more Pinto-powered FCs come out to play in 2018.
Well, if you consider yourself a racing junky, then you owe it to yourself to make the trip to the Indianapolis Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. An incredible display of almost half the Indy 500 winners from 1911 to the present. Also non-winning cars that raced at Indy, other vintage race cars that did not race there, and a rotating exhibit hall currently housing a tribute to AJ Foyt, including many of his Indy, Stock, Sport, Sprint, and Midget cars. I took the “Kiss the Bricks” bus track tour as well, a truly kitchy way to see the facility.
Unfortunately, this is a real thing. I’m just starting my own research into the issue, but I just hope to help make fellow racers aware of this in case they hadn’t heard about it. How do we avoid buying counterfeit safety gear? First off, buy from known, trustworthy dealers that have the sport’s best interests in mind. You know, the ones that charge a few extra bucks that you should be giving your business to anyways, instead of from the cheapest internet search result that drop ships from a no-name seller. And second, educate yourself on what the correct safety labels should look like. Sure, really good copies are hard to spot, but at least you’ll learn to spot the cheap copies.
I got to race the Van Diemen at Laguna Seca last weekend with Pacific F2000 and SFR SCCA. Good weather, good friends, good racing, that’s what it’s all about! Took a first and a second in the National (Pinto-powered) FC class with some great dicing throughout. The Spec Racer Fords were out in force for their Festival weekend, seemed like 50+ cars. It’s always fun to see the crazy exhausts required to beat the Mazda Raceway sound police. And it’s cool to see different versions of the portable workshop.