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Central CA

The things boys geek out about: Dodge Ram Diesel 3500 Cab & Chassis Freightliner designed frame, 360 miles hand calculated... Are you sitting down? 23.20 MPG

The things boys geek out about:
Dodge Ram Diesel 3500 Cab & Chassis Freightliner designed frame, 360 miles hand calculated… Are you sitting down?
23.20 MPG

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Today is the first time I’ve seen her in person and I approve. Old folks are giving us a thumbs up as they pass her going down the freeway. I’ve never had this much attention, it’s making us blush. I’m smitten.

The dichotomy between generations is something that has me scratching my head. <30 year olds have no idea what is passing them. Part of me thinks that the younger generations doesn’t know what quality Craftsmanship is, even if it smacked them in the face, but, I’m probably stretching that theory a bit.

1946 SPARTAN by Getty (yes that Getty we learned about in High School Literature Class)


Lake Elsinore, CA

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1.5 laps and I lost a rear tire to end my race. I ran 85-90% for the first lap, Motor bogged off the line and was 4th for 3 minutes. Chris@Benchmarkperformance.us has the carb issue handled before the next race. It’s nice having the motor builder call you after a race to follow up on his handy work. We had 2nd place back under our belt before the water crossing 1/4 of a lap into it. That 840 motor was the fastest motor out there today by a long shot. I was pulling everybody in the straights.

For the first 9 minutes of the race I was sucking dust and couldn’t see, couldn’t really pick my lines trying to stay with the leader. By lap 1.5 I took a small swap off of some whoops on a tight part of the trail, and stuffed the drivers side rear wheel sidways into 3 foot wall. It wasn’t that big of a hit and was suprized I lost the tire?…

I parked it and hear a kid running up to me, “You’re tire hit my house and my dad is bringing it back up here.”

“Thanks little guy, how’s the house.”

“It’s OK.”

What a good time. $150 to run down a city street at 60+MPH wide open, passing a 25mph speed limit sign in a residential area was well worth the entry fee. My anti-social lawless side was grinning ear to ear.

I had 2 practice sessions in the car before the start of the race today. The first one was when I pulled it into the trailer last night, and the second practice session was pulling it out of the trailer to the starting line today. Todd had the Flying Banana dialed in from the CORR Races in ’08, and had it back together for me by today. Chris built a ridiculous motor this week, and I got to break it in… Thanks for getting the Banana done for the Lake Elsinore GP guys, I had a blast.

I’m sorry to report she will have a different paint scheme before next race, but she will still bleed Banana Yellow.