Sorry this is a few days late, we spent
the weekend & Monday moving Mark Vigeantís family into their new Garage/workshop
with attached house. :)
The biggest news is that the car is race
ready! We finished up the fire wall, the engineís fire system and the dashboard
wiring (at least enough to race). Our brand new SFI-15 Fire suit arrived
this morning, but the helmet has not, I hope itís here by Friday. The final
items on our hit list are so simple that we will do them up at the races,
Install a new cotter pin on one axal nut
Remove half of the cooling water and replace
it with coolant
Tighten the chain
We still havenít been able to get the
rear body panel mounted but we can race without it, the same goes for the
drivers canopy. We will be working over next few weeks to get them put
on. The attached photos show the car with all of the body panels set into
place. I know that itís not that photogenic right now BUT we are race ready.
We are hoping to have all of the body panels on by the June race and the
paint on by the July race. The second photo just shows some what we have
done differently on this car.
If you are planning to attend the races
this Sunday (May 6th) at El Mirage, here are a few notes:
From most of So-Cal take I15 north towards
the Cajon Pass.
Turn off at Hwy 138 west (some times called
the Wrightwood cutoff) Follow 138 over the top of the hill and stay on
138 for another ½ mile to Phalen turn off (Sheep Creek RD)
Follow Sheep Creek Rd through Phalen (last
place for food & Gas) all the way to El Mirage HWY (about 15 miles)
At El Mirage HWY turn Right and drive a few
miles to find access road for the lake (Look for signs big and small saying
El Mirage Lake Access)
Turn Left (North) on to dirt road and follow
the signs onto the lake bed
Once onto the lake bed we are at the far (North-west)
end. Look for a long sliver trailer #9999 with a "RV" painted on it
PLEASE BE CAREFUL - El Mirage is one of the
most dangerous places Iíve ever been. It looks so safe people stop being
The speed limit during the races is only 25
MPH. ( I know that other people are going faster, but the limit is 25)
Please watch for lines of traffic cones marking
the track. If you see a line of cones stay very near them until you are
certain of which side you are supposed to be on.
The weather is very hot and there is NO water
or other services.
During the races (and at night) it can be
VERY loud. Our car is much louder now then it use to be.
Dogs do not like the noise and have been known
to run away.
We are at the races to race. Please
forgive us if we are less sociable with you then you expected after your
long drive, but we need to concentrate on what we are doing.
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