Today I installed the new fuel cell into my Crossle and got the fuel and vent lines hooked back up. Also put the dash back together without the AIM the PO was using, got the seat and fire system back in, and started on the new harness installation. I had forgotten how many things I’d taken apart to do the rollcage upgrade…
Archives for September 2013
Boy, what a scorcher! This weekend was the annual VARA Oktoberfest race weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway, featuring the Trans Am/B Sedan season finale. Temps were in the triple digits, I saw 104 at race time on Sunday, but the Race Wagon kept its cool while I drove the wheels (and tires) off it. We qualified on the pole, and finished in second place for the race (and for the season) to the 2013 season champ, Troy Ermish. Congrats to Troy, and to the new TABS 2.5 West race series for a great 2013 season! The 2013 Points Sheet.
The wagon now moves on to its new owner, Steve “Lotta” Villata and his Wagon Mafia crew who joined us at the track for this weekend. Hopefully we’ll be seeing Steve racing the wagon next season. Special thanks to Paul Moore, Mike Malone, Tim Arnett, John Teaby, and my sponsor SavvyCities for seeing me through three full seasons of racing with the wagon.
‘Intrusion bars’ are the additional parts of the roll cage added to a formula car chassis to help protect the driver during a crash. The idea is to have extra protection against foreign objects intruding into the cockpit. Vintage Formula Fords did not come with them, and are still not required in vintage or historic racing. They are the upper horizontal bars between the main hoop and the forward hoop, and are required in SCCA FF racing. Modern Formula Fords also come with Kevlar lined body work for additional intrusion protection. Here is a picture of the intrusion bar addition we have completed on my Crossle Club Ford, and I’m planning on some education into further safety ideas like Kevlar bonding and EPS-bead custom seats (motorcycle helmet liner material).