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Discussion in 'Colorado Owners' started by asphaltburner, May 30, 2010.

  1. Jerry73Z28

    Jerry73Z28 Member

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    I got to run in a race ONCE.
    When I was in Washington state, Evergreen Speedway in Monroe had a "Hornet" class. Stock 4-cylinder front wheel drive cars, take out the glass, mount a beam to the drivers door and go. Brake lights had to work, as did the radio. Must be painted yellow with a minimum of 3 red or black stripes. My buddy got a Ford Escort (no, not a GT) and we set it up to run. Used my pickup and trailer to get it to the track. I got to race in his place once while he was doing his weekend duty in the National Guard. The car wasn't competitive (at all) but it was probably the most fun I've had in my life. They didn't even try to keep track of places after 10th place, but I might have placed 20th in a field of 40+.
    A couple races later, Joe rolled it over onto its roof (SLOW roll) and we couldn't get the roof straightened out enough to replace the windshield. I guess we didn't try THAT hard. Game over.
     
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    asphaltburner Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Wish I'd ended up with a chance like that, too. Must have been real fun, Jerry.
    About 1974, while I was building my 1953 Studebaker Commander with a 327 and BW T-10 4spd, this kid at Poudre High kept pestering me about racing his mom's 428 Pontiac when I got it done. So,...one day, when he kidded me about it again (for the thousandth time!), I accepted.
    He gathered his buddies and we met just north of Ft Collins, east of Adriel Hills.
    We set up about a half mile east. Had a flagger and spotters, too!
    With no traction bars, the Studebaker's rear tires bounced so hard that my horn button flew over my shoulder and into the back seat,...the cigarette lighter popped out, onto the floor! The flagger got peppered with nearly all of the studs from the 428's studded snow tires, and it made a very slow start, compared to the 4.55:1 geared Studebaker.
    By the time I hit forth gear, I could see how far back the Pontiac was, and I shifted to neutral and let it just roll across the 1/4 mile finish line,...
    Well, thinking he could still beat the Studebaker, 'BAT-OUTTA-HELL' comes the Pontiac (probably nearing 80+ mph) past me, and proceeds to skid for good distance into Adriel Hills entrance trying to slow down before coming to a stop!
    No one hurt but the flagger,...and the 327 Studebaker BLEW THE DOORS off that 428 Pontiac!
    Sorry that you guys missed THAT one! Todd.
     
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    asphaltburner Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    My '76 Camaro is washed and is back up in the small garage now. It's earned that spot for the winter, too,...
    I hope to get some miles on it before the snow REALLY flies!
    Todd.
     
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    Another super-nice Saturday followed by a freeze-your-butt-off Monday.
    I'm fine with that. Saturdays are the days I really want/need it to be nice. I got a lot of orange steel changed to grey the other day. Although, there's plenty to do on Saturdays we're trapped inside the garage, too.
    Forecast says another nice Saturday coming up - I hope they're right.
     
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    Yeah, I didn't want to bother you on a beautiful Saturday before the crap rolls in,...
    I just call that one the small garage, 'cause it's not a two-car garage,...it's also detached. My big garage is a two-car and is attached to the house (YAY!),...built it in 1987.
    Busy with the Fiat Spider right now (in the two-car garage). But I might visit on a Saturday, if the weather is good. I'll email first,...
    Best of luck with your projects on the Z!
     

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