Wednesday, 26 May 2010
This event is intended to be for the quickest aircooled car’s in the country . No sheds, no stockers, no queuing among a load of buses, this is for 15.99 second and quicker bugs, KG’s & Type 3’s and is the perfect opportunity to test and tune your car along with other aircooled gear heads. The benefit of running it on the Peak Performance day (Sunday) is there is a limit of 100 cars that run on the strip, plus it’s a FULLY prepped track to actual Race standards, so you get a good number of runs in on a very well prepped, sticky track - unlike the average RWYB event.
What a weekend!
I'd first of all like to thank all those that attended, both on the strip and the many that came along to show support for their buddies racing or just take in the closest thing to a weekend at a californian drag strip you're likely to get over here in the UK. The variety of cars on display ranged from the excellent cal lookers from the JG54 stable, to the hardcore racers of the DKR along with one or two quick cars from another club (err.... THE RENNWAGENS!!!) that meant an excellent field of real street cars from the UK.
There was some amazing close racing between Andy Searle of the DKR and Renn Wagen John Walklett vying for number 1 spot on the day. In the end it was Andy who won out, taking club honours home for the DKR guys. He beat John by 6 thousandths (thats right, thousandths!) of a second with a 12.152 over a 12.158. Unfortunately Johns last run (the 12.158) was completed on 3 cylinders, with an accompanying BANG over the finishline. Initial investigation points to a torched head - hope the damage is limited to this John, fingers crossed.
Back on the highs, fellow Rennwagen club member Richie Moss has been knocking tenths off his times each time out this year, with the aim of running a 12 on his street radials before he moves onto stickier rubber. Well he finally managed it yesterday, sneaking in with a 12.9, before changing to slicks and getting a 12.8, his new pb.
For Jamie Palmer the opportunity to get back on the strip in a car even though his own is still in pieces was fantastic - thanks to Steve Milward for the loan of his pampas Green 61 cal looker, Jamie says he's sorry he knocked a second off your pb Steve. For sure Steve will be in the thirteens in it next time out. Thanks also to Jamie's brothers Lee & Mark for towing the car down to the Pod as well and there help over the past couple of weeks getting stuff together for the weekend.
Again, thanks to everyone for showing up, we all know the effort involved in just getting to the track, I hope you had a good time.
Jamie "I'll just warm me continental breakfast here for a min"
The key to an effective pitstop is concentration. For all your VW work contact Lee Palmer at Kraftwerk- a true professional.
That's the engine out, now to the difficult bit- how to get Dipple's hand out of his pocket.
Kev "What are you looking at?"
Jamie "Right that's the hard work done, where's my reward Dipple?" A mouth's a mouth.
Much deliberation between members " Is there no merit in saving this for second best?"
What we need is someone sensible to test the new clutch.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Rich was out for the 4th time this year in his 2332 powered 65 and turned in some very respectful times of 13.3 during fridays racing prior to tearing up his clutch at the start line on the third run. Help was at hand in the form of Jamie (Kaferboy) and a replacement clutch plate was couriered down in person to the event and replaced in situ within an hour for the cruise home. Rich is currently in pole position for club's "most raced" at the end of the year.
Lisa (the shmoo) took her 69 deluxe early bay for her first run of the season and congratulations!!! a new PB of 16.5. Lisa drove hard all weekend and cruised home (with a little sleep in the services). Those John Walklett built engines always do the biz.
Following the damage to Steve Turnball's 2028cc motor at VW action 09. His 69 bay was out for some shakedown runs. Although no improvement on his PB of 16.8 on this occasion, steve drove ferociously all weekend before heading home "street and strip" style. If steves cool looking bay doesn't demand enought glances already, the baby seat and doll in the passenger seat raised more than a few eyebrows from spectators in the stands as they tore down the strip.
Not all good news......Steve Milward out in his recently upgraded 61 had to abort his trip halfway down to Santa Pod due to a suspicious oil leak. Steve will no doubt be out to fight another day soon enough. Although Steve did make the trip down to watch and support thanks to prospect Mark Palmer and his Renn Wagen pit vehicle T4. Oh and Mable also made the trip, naughty girl.
The main highlight of the day for Rich was spinning his 65 bug in 2nd gear across the track and closely mising the barrier, resulting in facing the wrong direction.
Check out the in car video.