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#76 Jaz

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 08:18 PM

I was warming up next to Spencer Hess at Elmsford on the Nuvolari at the start of a regional USRA International 15 race when all of a sudden Spencer shouts, " Rider". I was halfway down the main straight at full speed and Spencer pulls my wires off the control panel. He hit the deadman wall hard and totally destroyed his chassis, really pissed off.

I remember that wall shot! Spencer was pissed his $150 Dick P Intl 15 chassis was trashed.

I also remember one time Lou had cleaned the Nuvolari the afternoon before the Wednesday night G27 race. When we arrived, all the braid was hanging off the bank, from the straight to the deadman. And the place was filled with Coleman fumes. If someone has lit a match, the place would have exploded.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 10:18 PM

I remember in Florida at the "rip-off Nats" in the early '90s when Wayne B. had way too many "foo-foo" drinks before the G7 race.

After a lane change he was going to change his motor, said f-it, and burned a hole through the top of the body to change the motor. Dan was not pleased!!!
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 11:29 PM

The sound of a Group 7 motor being wound to max rpm and the sudden stop of it blowing up got my attention. The second time I heard it a minute or two later I went to investigate.

A racer that was perhaps drug-impaired was taking his motors, one at a time and running them on full power. This was before no-blow comms and the results were predictable.

His sponsor came into the room and yelled at him to stop. He didn't, explaining, "My old motors from brand X didn't blow up."

As expected this went over real well.
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 12:58 PM

On a slightly different tack, twice in the last couple of years I have been hit in the crotch by a deslotted car, once while driving, once while marshalling.

Anyone else ever have this happen? Not fun.

I don't know what to make of this. If I weren't so naturally modest, I suppose I would think that the size of the target made it only a matter of time... :laugh2:
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 01:38 PM

Yes, I had that happen to me in Cinci, OH, while marshalling the donut... it was Joel Montague's car that got me...

I kinda laughed it off until my tummy started feeling funny and I had to go sit down to recover. LOL.

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 04:38 PM

Well, that explains a whole lot...

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:04 PM

I remember that wall shot! Spencer was pissed his $150 Dick P Intl 15 chassis was trashed.

Yeah, I thought he was gonna kick miass, but that never happened :laugh2:

I still have a $120 I-15 chassis that Dick P. made for me for the Nuvolari and it's a very nice design. Lou actually would not allow anyone basically but Dick himself to run his chassis, as they were all private sales, so I could never use it on Wed nights and Mike Del Rosario ran the races and tech'd and enforced that.

I-15 chassis back then were USRA $35 max retail and Lou adhered to the rules.
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Posted 03 July 2008 - 05:17 PM

Bad boy! :laugh2:

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Posted 04 July 2008 - 09:20 AM

I can say I always played to Lou's and Buzzy's rules... Made life easier and you moved as many chassis as you could build, and better yet got paid on delivery.

"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

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Posted 13 July 2008 - 10:02 PM

Bi-Centennial weekend and the biggest race up to that time was at Joel's Race Place just outside of Washington DC. Hotels booked for months in advance. A group of slot racers checks into their rooms around Wednesday of race week. A visiting racer shows up as they were unpacking and asks if he can use the magnet zapper for a couple of minutes. Plug it in, let it charge up, push the button and all the lights in one strip of the hotel's cottages goes out. The racers bitch & moan to the manager their electricity doesn't work, get their money back, and manage to find the last remaining room in Greenbelt Md. They spend the race weekend 6 in one room.

The Hotel never got the power back on all weekend and lost 1/2 their holiday revenue.

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Ernie insisted I zap the motor before we headed to Joel's for practice. We used the car headlights in thru the front door to get our stuff together and packed. We sent "Chopper" (one of Ernie's 'geeks') to the office to complain that his uncle was real mad the power was out and wanted his money back. When we pulled out of the hotel the local utility company was up in yhe cherrypicker attempting to restore service :shok:

I love that true story and have told it many times :)

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 07:04 AM

That was crazy.

When are you coming retro racing? LT said he will make the next race..

Love the pictures from Nutley. Do you still have all those old chassis pictures you used to take?

"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 07:41 AM

I wish I could remember more about the Bicentennial race other than...

1) We did a rockstar job trashing our hotel room.

2) The track power was hotter than Hades.

3) Meeting Bob Rule and seeing his yo-yo act.

As they say in the Pink Floyd song... "Well, I was really drunk at the time".

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 08:50 AM

It was an event for sure. Joel did an excellent job.
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"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 09:23 AM

Yessir - it was; and I was glad to be a (very) small part of it.

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Posted 14 July 2008 - 09:28 PM

Do you still have all those old chassis pictures you used to take?

This old chassis has me puzzled. :shok:

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Is there a D3 class I can run it in?
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Posted 14 July 2008 - 10:07 PM

Hi Fred,

Not quite but if you switch the motor for another and put a solid front axle on it, there is hope for you. :)

It would be great to see you back racing...

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:26 AM

Notice the newspaper header... :laugh2: :laugh2: :laugh2:
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 03:43 AM

If you notice the D3 race reports, Bob (Stork) Crane, the winner of the Bicentenial race, is back in action.

Our RetroPro cars are turning in the 3.5-3.7 sec range on the King track and handle like a good mid-to-late '70s car but don't require all the glue and all the extra motors.

I expect Bob to have a legitimate shot at a podium if he gets a good car this month on the King track.
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Posted 15 July 2008 - 06:47 AM

Fred, it is a puzzle pan... Steve Okeefe would be very interested in it. May I assume I made it? If so, I have no memory at all.

Does it still exist?

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 09:15 AM

Tony, circa 1978? :)

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 09:45 AM

Honestly, I do not remember it at all, but can tell from some of the details that I made it. At least I am pretty sure I did. Weird, I remember most of the chassis, this draws a blank.

Maybe it was built in a haze of grass smoke and the Vanilla Fudge cranked up to 11. LOL...

"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 11:58 AM

Does it still exist?

The chassis or the memory? :laugh2:

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 12:26 PM

Either. LOL. I am pretty good on the old stuff, it's the new stuff I cannot remember.

I tell all the new secretary and office personal we hire that it takes me about two months to finally remember their names.

"And if my thought-dreams could be seen they'd probably put my head in a guillotine. But it's alright, Ma, it's life, and life only." - Dylan

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Posted 17 July 2008 - 03:15 PM

Fred, it is a puzzle pan... Steve Okeefe would be very interested in it. May I assume I made it? If so, I have no memory at all.

Does it still exist?

Yes, Tony, you made it and I have no idea where it went but I think other chassis you built at the time simply outperformed it so we can guess where it did go.

We did a lot of experiments on Team Tony P. :)
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Posted 17 July 2008 - 03:34 PM

Fred,

Will we see you at the next D3 race at Dom's? :)





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