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Retro Can-Am & F1 - BPR, March 10

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#1 TSR


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:07 PM

This will be my last report of a D3 sanctioned race, you will soon know why.

Today, only a few racers showed up, and the ones who did not missed a great opportunity to test their cars for the SCRRA event in two weeks. Their problem, their choice. So here we go with the report:
Marc Franco, Greg and Mill cleaned the track as it was a bit over glued, no big deal, we are used to it! :laugh2:




Greg then glued the track and it was just about perfect the whole day, thanks Marc, thanks Mill and thanks Greg!

We only had eight entries and decided not to run the F1 race today, but lots of practice and testing took place, and I am very happy with my new F1 ride, of which the chassis was kindly built for me by my friend Bryan Warmack. I mean that thing hauls, and after a few laps I put it back in the box for the Zimmerman bash.
anyway, this is what it looks like:



Tim Neja was working on his new brace of Retro Pro cars in preparation for the Zimmerman race, and they DO look awesome:




After I forced him to trim some of the USRA-style rear skirts, that thing was awesome to drive and will give me one more car to worry about on race day!
Tech inspection and Concours was next for the Can Am race:


Concours was won by Mill's Ti22 painted by Eddie MacDonald, a really cool looking machine.


Lining up for racing, we ran "4 & 4" so that we could marshal our own race. From left to right, Jay "Mr. Music" Henry, Mill "Mr. Blue Magic" Conroy, Marc Franco, Yours Truly, Mike low, Eddie Shorer and Tim Neja. Bryan Warmack is MIA but will return in time to race!
Mike Low was brought by Eddie Shorer for his first retro can Am, and he really liked it!


The marshals are ready, the cars are ready...



Racing action as the race was filled with minor mechanical incidents that shuffled the running several times between Bryan, Mill and Yours Truly. Eventually, Bryan prevailed over Mill and I.


Pit stop for Jay, while Marc checks things out.


The king of race directors, Barney the P of Team CORT:


The Usual Suspects after the "Kablammo" as David Hobbs would have said...


Bryan will post more car pictures, this was mine, that lost its motor clips not onece but TWICE after minor hits... I need to tighten those things for the next race!
The chassis is by Bryan Warmack, the motor was on its 4th King track race (and still has brushes...) and the body is a 1969 Champion Ferrari painted then! Well, the driver is by Noose... :)



Dennis Hill has built a new can Am car and it is absolutely beautiful:



After the race, we had a meeting between the D3 board members who were present, and you will soon read in these pages what we talked about... it is all good. :)

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:19 PM

Great report, great pictures and a great day of racing @ BPR. Retro Racing is alive and well, and everyone is looking forward to the S.C.R.R.A PETE ZIMMERMAN FESTIVAL OF SPEED IN 2 WEEKS. Come out this Saturday for Can-Am on the Flat Track with Dennis Samson and Mike Kravitz hosting, and it is IRRA and SCRRA cars.

Thanks to Greg for a great track, Barney for race directing, all the volunteer marshals and to Debbie and Jim Watterson for Buena Park Raceway. Join us all on the second and fourth Saturday's of the month for RETRO RACING IN SO.CAL STYLE !

Thanks to Bryan Warmack and Barney for the pictures, and Philippe for his usual , colorful race reports. Great Lunch Break, and lots to look forward to , and Beware, the next Enduro will be rearing itself soon, put on by your favorite Mutineers, Chico Esquela and Alfred E. Newman, rumored to be a Can Am type Enduro .

Come out and support your local raceway, Buena Park, and join in the Retro fun. Welcome Mike Low, and Welcome back Fast Eddie Shorer.

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:31 PM

Mill, this up-coming enduro; King track or Flat?
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:37 PM

Here are a few more pics of the podium cars.........................

Bryan Warmack 1st



Mill Conroy 2nd



PDL 3rd............... more pics!!



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Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:51 PM

This was one of several cars Mill had with Eddie MacDonald bodies. Many of Eddie's interiors sport hand cut helmet visors or shoulder harnesses. When Mill stopped one time in practice this was what the harnesses looked like. Must have been a fast lap!! :laugh2:


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:59 PM

Fun day---wish the rest of the racers had shown up! Did get my Retro pro on the track for a few laps--it's got potential!! Can Am and F-1 cars are sorted out---my Can Am car had the pinion come lose and act like a "fluid drive" coupling!! Would stick--then spin--then stick again. Hmmm--need to talk to the car mechanic---!!!! Zimmerman here I come!!! CYA there!!
She's real fine, my 409!!!

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 01:36 AM

I was playing drag racer but I felt I'd missed a very fun race. The guys that showed up had a lot of fun.
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 03:00 AM

I came to check out the action and I became part of the action.
The racing is as fun as the HO racing I usually do.
It was good to see Foamy, talk with Barney, see Eddie and meet all the racers.
Barney and Philippe helped set my car right (thank you very much), and I had some good dicing with Marc.
This is where I'll be racing when I'm not racing the tiny cars!
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:42 AM

good to see Mike Low racing 24th,,,glad i could help get him going "AGAIN",,
and many thx to the guys who gave him a helping hand in his 1st race back

just a brief history of Mike Low,he actually raced Int.15 in the 80's,
and has been a great racer/builder in HO's for many years,racing with Gary Beedle (of BSRT) in the 70's,,,

he also owned a raceway in Torrance for HO's and 1/24th,APEX HOBBIES,in the 90's,,
as this time he has 2 custom HO tracks at home (in LA area),
which SCHOR raced last month & Sept last year,,,,

so now this makes 6 SCHOR (HO guys) that are racing at BPR in our downtime from our little "pocket rockets"
5 of us knew Pete Zimmerman very well,and will be there for THE FESTIVAL OF SPEED on the 24th..

so congrats Mr Low,great to have you join SCRRA for some great/fun retro racing, :good: :sun_bespectacled:
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 09:53 AM

Mike did very well and had quite a scrape with Marc Franco, who also made a great leap forward in his personal performance. :)

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:52 PM

Has the new "announcement" been made yet?
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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:23 PM

Patience, Grasshopper.

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