Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Pat continues to pilot the beast for about an hour before getting black flagged. It's our first offense for the weekend, so the judges go easy on us. Penalty: Driver change and back on the track.
Next up is Mike who also turns in some fast laps before also being black flagged. The passenger is no longer happy, but more importantly, the judges are mad as hell.
Penalty: The whole team is tied together and must walk the length of the entire paddock and back wrapped in caution tape to display our shame.
After the shaming, a driver change was required. My turn. Back on the track. I'm instructed by my teammates to take it easy. This is an easy assignment. I'm doing it. Taking it easy. Until I spin and flip the car (yes that's right) in the exit of turn one. The driver behind me noted the brand of muffler we were using as I presented the soft underbelly of the beast while in mid-air. I landed right side up and was groping around for the start button when Shawn called on the radio to ask if I was OK. More groping around, this time for the radio microphone. Yes I'm fine. Yes yes wait for the safety crew. I guess I'm done.
Thanks to the engineers at Chrysler and also to Mike Maier for building a stout roll cage.
I'm given a lift back to the pit and the car is towed in. There is minimal damage. Two flat tires and a scraping fan shroud. All is fixed in short order.
The judges say we can't go back out. We are banned for the rest of the season (three days). Their word is final. More shame. Sorry, team.
The passenger is sad.
On the bright side, I am relatively undamaged and so is the car. Mike drove the car 150 miles home last night without incident.
All in all, not a bad weekend.
For coverage of the event go to Jalopnik.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
All of the team took a turn at the wheel. We all stayed out about an hour.
Last, But Most Fastest, Shawn.
Made it look effortless.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
A junkyard obtained floor shifter went in also. Nice shift knob.
There's lots left to do and race weekend is coming up soon.
Still left to do:
Install ironing board wing.
More wiring upgrades.
Power steering cooler.
Passenger seat (maybe).
Hook up fancy new shifter.
Make firewall between fuel tank and driver compartment.
Try to make all the gauges work.
Install CB radio.
The clock is ticking.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
A: The hillbilly wing.
Yup, this sweet baby is goin' on the back of the Belvedere. It's made of the finest foundinagarbagecan vintage ironing board filled with job-site scrounged plywood and bolts. I'm still on the lookout for some kind of bracket and maybe a paisley ironing board cover.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I hope that's exterior paint.
As seen on TV.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The bent frame becomes apparent when the new (came with car) fender is bolted on. The front right frame rail is bent upward about 2". How do we fix this? With a few turns on the right torsion bar.
Thank you Mopar for adjustable front suspension.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Caliper + Face = Bloody Face.
All in all, a weekend well spent.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Welcome to the home of possible LeMons racing team "Team Chicken Chunks"! Or maybe that's Team Faster Farms. They have been called Team Belvedere in the past but I don't think they're sticking with moniker. Well, they haven't exactly nailed down that minor little detail yet but you can bet your backside that when they do it will be chicken related and wicked clever!