This coming Sunday (Sept. 16) is the SCTA
El Mirage meet. This will be the first meet with our new engine.
As of right now, we still have a few things left to work on.
James, Mark & I spent almost all of Sunday working on the car behind
James' work trying to complete all of the remaining issues before the race.
Besides putting in a new motor, we need to do all of the work involved
with a major class change. Last week we installed the Parachute
release but we still needed to attach the parachute to the car and cut
the rear cowling to fit around the 'chute.
The biggest job was trying to squeeze the
exhaust pipe between the electronics, the air tank and the fuel tank.
To protect the electronics and the fuel system we added a heat shield to
pipe. Mark spent much of the day cutting, welding and grinding until
we had a workable system. James designed and fabricated a complex
mounting bracket to hold the pipe.
(the thing that looks like a muffler is
the heat shield)
With the exhaust done, we fired up
the motor for the first long test run. We had never run it for more then
5 seconds before Sunday afternoon. It was loud enough that we attracted
a small crowd, among them are my sister and brother in law and a few people
from James' work.
Once the car is running, you got to drive
it! We needed to try out the shifter as well. James drove
it, his response.... OOOOOOOOO!!!!
(so fast the camera sees it twice!)
4 more notes:
We have most of these news letters posted
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who have helped with out efforts: Ford Electronics & Composite Sports
The response to the new format of the newsletter
was 7 FOR, 1 against. But the voting is still open.
If your planning to go to the El Mirage race,
here are the directions:
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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