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#1 James Wendel

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 05:52 PM

June 13, 2015 was the inaugural Unlimited Hardbody Race at All-American Raceway in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

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Fourteen racers attended.  I showed up mid-morning just to check out the action and take a few pictures.  The race was nearly through the first rotation when I arrived.  Unfortunately, shortly after my arrival, Lightning-Larry's car suffered a terminal mechanical failure, and Larry departed.

 

Larry's withdrawal left a hole in the rotation, which would give an unfair advantage to those racers who would now race against an empty lane.  So I was enlisted to fill out the grid with Ron Johnson's back-up car and a loaner controller from Ron Eisenhower.   Thanks guys. :D

 

The Track

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Race winner and Top Qualifier

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Blazin' Bob dominated the race with the only wing-car hardbody entry.

 

2nd Place - Bad Bob

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Bob's Porsche 917 chassis is one of several scratch/flexie hybrids in the race.

 

3rd Place - Greg V

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Greg decided not to build a special car and raced his Ferrari Daytona sports car with an open-class super-16D.  He gave up speed and handling, compensating with driving skill.

 

4th - Scary Gary

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Gary's car was (I believe) a loaner from John.  Gary taped over the co-driver's head, as it is not PC.

 

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5th - Dustin's car started life as a Mustang GTP

 

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6th - Stewart's 1957 Chevy was the only vintage entry.

 

7th - Giesel drove a black Ferrari F50... he was racing when I was taking pictures and I didn't get a shot of his car.

 

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8th - Ron I ran a topless NASCAR Monte Carlo

 

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9th - Bob Shafer achieved his goal of not finishing last is his first race at AAR.

 

10th - Also a first timer at AAR, Paul Painter was making good lap times by the end of the day with his concours winning mega-flared Ford Cobra.  I didn't get photos of his car, but it can be seen here: http://slotblog.net/...y-car-ac-cobra/

 

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11th - Mark's heavily modded Mustang GTP sat idle for a couple of heats, as he attended to a minor medical emergency.  He returned to finish out the race with a re-bandaged finger and a double dose of pain meds.

 

DNFs

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John's Porsche 917 had a good shot at 2nd place, when a spun pinion sent him to the pits.  He finished the race with his NASCAR and still managed the 4th highest lap total.

 

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Ron J was in the top tier until a hit tweaked his chassis, binding up the rear-end.

 

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James drove Ron's #2 car, finishing out the race for Lightning Larry.


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Posted 14 June 2015 - 07:51 PM

more stuff:

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another shot of the track

 

Finishing order / Lap Totals

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Bob, Ron, and Gary share a laugh before the start of a heat.

 

of interest only to the racers:

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Posted 10 June 2016 - 11:30 PM

Just a heads-up to anyone who might be interested... the 2nd Annual Unlimited Hardbody Race is coming up next Saturday, 6/18/2016 at All American Raceway in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

 

There are just two additions to the rules as listed above:

  - No air-control devices aside from what came with the donor model kit

  - Must have a 3-dimentional driver; solid or vacu-formed is okay

 

Ron tells me that there were guys dialing-in their cars at the track this evening.  I guess it's about time for me to start slapping something together, if I'm going to make this year's race. :D


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Posted 11 June 2016 - 09:06 AM

Good luck James. It looks like a very fast track and plenty of local competition!

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 09:03 AM

Looks like you guys had some fun.  I like the open rules for a special event race just to see what racers come up with and how it works.  Test of wit and building as well as driving, very cool.


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