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#101 Rick

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 12:49 PM

100 miles to a track, that's close!...........


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#102 John C Martin

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 01:03 PM

Right Rick gas is cheap $2.74 this morning.. For me 3 1/2 hours to Snellville ga. And Peachtree city ..Ga. ,,3 hr. To marreita Ga...been doing that for years. .Now I have 3 tracks, Columbia 45 miles, white house tn. will be about the same. 80 miles to cookeville tn. (.. HAVE BOXES WILL TRAVEL...) But I've raced at 96 raceways and counting...

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 01:27 PM

I hear that! Closest track to us is 2 hours now.......After being used to walking out of the back room and testing anything, anytime, this sucks!....


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 02:09 PM

Appreciate that Red,,try it at Talladega.. It's 3 1/2 hours for me been there several times..I'd like to see some of Bud's stockers in this Mode..
We'll do a series race at Columbia tn.. 45 miles from Ala. Line..that help you guys.??

3 1/2 that ain't nothing try 5 hours and that's just to Dega every thing else is farther than that except the dungeon which is 3 hours away

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 04:05 PM

Bud, in my prime I was making solo trips to LaGrange, 6 hours each way.  :) 


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 04:33 PM

I'm a very lucky man. My home track is about one minute away in a car. Its about five on my bicycle, maybe four.
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Posted 24 October 2014 - 05:20 PM

I'm a very lucky man. My home track is about one minute away in a car. Its about five on my bicycle, maybe four.

Riding a bike to the Slot Track. Now that's "Retro". :)


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 05:33 PM

I used to walk, in Santa Rosa, CA; hour & a half each way. We carried smaller slotboxes in '64.


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 05:48 PM

Appreciate that Red,,try it at Talladega.. It's 3 1/2 hours for me been there several times..I'd like to see some of Bud's stockers in this Mode..
We'll do a series race at Columbia tn.. 45 miles from Ala. Line..that help you guys.??

i might do one just for the heck of it. Columbia might be doable its about 404mi. strait up i65 6 1/2 drive



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Posted 24 October 2014 - 05:51 PM

Bud, in my prime I was making solo trips to LaGrange, 6 hours each way.  :)

it cost more to go by yourself too

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 06:49 PM

Riding a bike to the Slot Track. Now that's "Retro". :)


I wrap up a couple retro chassis. Put them in one of my many crown royal bags and ride to the track. Lol.

My buddy who started back up racing was just talking about how we would ride our bikes as kids to the track. Put the box on the handel bars and pedal away.

Hey JC, we finally replaced Jack A$$. No more getting jacked! Ha-ha.
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Posted 25 October 2014 - 11:38 AM

I used to walk, in Santa Rosa, CA; hour & a half each way. We carried smaller slotboxes in '64.

. I know ,me too in the snow ,,Bare foot,,up hill.. L&LOLs
My first box was a old record player case,,I gutted it ..strapped it to my bike 3 or 4 of us rode all across Nashville ,,several tracks were around then..
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Posted 25 October 2014 - 12:06 PM

Just one in Santa Rosa ca. ~63-65, moved from town center behind our two movie houses alla way out to the new Montgomery Village, atop our only teen club, "The Spot" as I recall; hot acts would barnstorm through, doing a 20-minute set & then the local bands would fill out the evening. One race we were serenaded by the Knickerbockers blasting "Lies" thru the floorboards, & on another occasion I snuck down to see Them, with Van Morrison looking utterly disgusted at his present lot in life; they phoned in like four numbers and split.


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 07:07 PM

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 07:31 PM

I like the Chevelles. Are they O/S bodies? :)


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 08:22 PM

My 66 Chevelle which I raced on the tri-oval at Fastlane in Evansville, Indiana before they closed.

IRRA stock car rules with the exception of cut out wheel wells. They brought back memories of short track racing I watched as a kid.

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 02:50 PM

Bill yes it is..A better looking one is the 66 chevelle by VFC # D33. Didn't get it"s picture.
Looks like you got one Rick ?
Great looking car Rick. See you the nov. 15 th. In cookeville tn. ??
Another big Retro race..

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Posted 27 October 2014 - 03:09 PM

Thanks, J.C.!

Yes, the Chevelle is a VFC.

I would like to make your next big Retro race. I never met a nicer bunch of guys than you Tennessee racers. You made me feel at home. I appreciate that!


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 07:18 PM

Looks like two Retro South races on Nov 15 One in Cookeville and one at Flashbacks in Snelville. Or am I missing something?

 

The cars look good John.


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 09:15 PM

Interesting thread... I have built 3 of these cars since 2009, only one has ever been raced. No one where I live is willing to try race retro, although some think it is a good Idea. I am well known to the Abbeville crowd, but don't get down there enough. My main thought on this class is get the nose of the cars down to .15 like can am & F-1; also these need 1" guide length like the other 2! Personally I have no problem with the 3" width, the difference can be made up with tire spacing. Building the high front end though is a pain! since I rarely get to race these cars, one does nothing but gather dust, the second participated in the Lucky 13 Thingie proxy, & the first one, after 3 rebuilds is now a no-bar drag car...

 

BTW, I think these 2 Chargers would fit the bill for bodies...

 

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So where is the Nov 15 race going to be, I just might try to make it... 


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Posted 29 October 2014 - 01:01 PM

Eddie your right. I talked to the track owner. At Cookeville Tn.
He moved it to the next weekend .. 22nd nov. First race @ 11:30 am. ish.
Ben those 68 chargers will be awesome..
The new version stockcar can be ran.
Same chassis ,120 grams min.
Same 50 thou.min. Front clearance.
Same min. 812 tires front and rear
New rules are..
Max. 3 1/4 width
Of course cut out fender wells ,,not going up into top of fender..Need to see a bottom door line.
May cut out windows ,Except front windshield..
No chopped top style bodies..only IRRA style bodies.
This is not Retro south rules.
IRRA ..Canam and F1 following stockcar, after lunch..

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Posted 29 October 2014 - 02:59 PM

Does that mean you can cut above the bottom of the door line?

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 07:06 AM

Need to see a door line..
The 812 fronts not going thru the fender tops on all the ones I've mounted so far will do that. 65,66,68, chevelle . 67 Fairlane. 68 charger..may have to make a exception for you though..LOL.
You coming to Tenn.? This is not Retro south rules .

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 11:34 AM

I DO understand this is not Retro South. I would like too but there are things that prevent me. I'll PM you.

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 09:54 AM

Since it seems like this thread has moved into a modified non-IRRA® class discussion, I'm going to relocate it to the Retro Racing forum.


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 05:35 PM

My new version of retro stock.. Handles awesome ,,looks pretty good..decals on inside..I soaked them in a solution of Modge Podge and water...
Windows cut out, drivers net reinforces side and keeps the thumb out , as does leaving a little extra width to the interior to prevent crushing by gorilla handed turn Marshall..image.jpg

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Posted 17 November 2014 - 06:53 PM

Nice job on the window net John.


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 07:10 PM

Looks good John. (for a Dodge)


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 08:39 PM

Nice job John! Your car still looks like a race car. :to_become_senile:


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Posted 17 November 2014 - 08:47 PM

Good job!

 

I would be interssted to hear how a stock car with a 3 1/4" track width handles compares to a 3 incher.

 

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 10:18 AM

Thanks guys..It was lots more fun for me to make this type of stockcar knowing there is a much greater choice of body styles to choose, now they all fit and handle on a more level playing field. My thinking is this may help in making this class a little more popular..
I saved my best my best chassis and converted it last of 4. Sure enough it's still the best,,but it went from real good to DAMN..almost Canam good ? Bill the other 3 were much better..
The house shoe body ( Talledaga ) and banana body ( Daytona ) can be mounted with no cutting of fenders at least my mounted that way with same door line..
I used bartos axles either the F1 or Canam depends on the front wheel depth.. Either Chicago Land ,or HVRs..
Yeap Bill the wider platform of the 4.5 chassis being 3.0" With 3.25"= 1/8" added on all 4 corners centers the weight better. With the tall heavy bodies there's not near the roll over effect they had before..Like has been said they needed to be a little loose, not so much now..
Of course cutting out the windows I believe helped a lot . Some with weight but I believe more important with the flex.

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 11:42 AM

Choose your flavor ..

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 03:47 PM

It is the size that matter's

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Posted 22 November 2014 - 09:08 AM

I cant see it happening but early 60s Falcon and Nova bodies would be great for this style stocker. As far as I know those bodies have never been produced. 


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Posted 23 November 2014 - 07:38 PM

I agree Eddie but the fender wells probably wouldn't fit the 4.5 " wheelbase..but it's still nice to see a variety of bodies to run that handle well and look great..
Everyone had bodies cut in the new version as well as wheelbase adjustment in Cookeville,Sat.
.thanks guys..





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