Another racing buddy of mine has come up with a great idea for a racing related business (geez, I gotta come up with an idea…). He is a professional artist who is making custom racing posters featuring your own race car. Sounds like the perfect Christmas gift for that racer who already has everything. Again, I’m not affiliated with this business, just passing along another great idea.
Archives for November 2014
Have you ever had your race car trailer stolen? Ever had it broken into? Worry about the neighborhood or storage lot it’s parked in? Well, a racing buddy of mine has a possible solution for your concerns. He helped start a company marketing a GPS tracking device that has gyro motion sensors in it that can send you live-time messages about the status of your trailer. I’m not affiliated with the product, just passing along a great idea.
Check it out – GeoSkyGPS
This weekend I participated in my first San Francisco Region SCCA race with my Crossle Club Ford. I did a little SCCA racing in Arizona ten years ago, but since then it’s been mostly vintage racing. This was also my first race at Thunderhill Raceway Park, boy, what a great facility! Elevation changes, blind corners, off-camber corners, it took a couple days to figure this place out. The event was very well organized, I got to meet a lot of new racers, got to learn a new track, and even took home a pair of chequers. From sunrise to sunset, what a great way to finish off a fantastic 2014 race season.
This weekend’s VARA Big Bore Bash race at Willow Springs Raceway required a full wardrobe to be brought along. Friday’s Test day was warm and sunny, Saturday’s Qualifying was overcast and rainy, and Sunday’s Races were cold and windy. Over 140 racers braved the desert weather for the season’s finale, with several Class Championships still on the line. But American V8s were on the main stage this weekend with great competition in the Big Bore Challenge and Big Bore Pursuit races.
Thankfully I’ve finally solved most of the issues with my Datsun 710 B-Sedan race car. The rear axle leak that was soaking my rear brakes since I bought the car ended up not being in the seal or bearing area at all. The leak was actually a small crack in a bracket weld on the axle tube, and the gear oil was being sucked out of it and into the drum brakes through the cooling holes in the backing plate! A temporary patch with some Dirko sealing compound kept my rear brakes dry the rest of the weekend. Thanks to my racing buddy Phil Eglin of German Auto Service for helping me solve the mystery. Before the race weekend started, a little dyno time at Seven’s Only Racing allowed me to get a cam and carb combo dialed in, and some chassis set-up help from IEM Racing improved the handling. It was great to actually get in several rounds of trouble-free hard driving to start dialing in the brake balance, tire pressures, etc. The car ran near the front of the pack for most of the weekend, leaving me with improved hopes for 2015 😉
From my friend Craig’s point of view (looks like he had more fun than me),