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Voodoo Child last won the day on September 16 2018

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  1. I have raced the National Championships under both formats, once in 2018 and once in 2020-RVA Graphics won them both. The fact is that more cars will be running at the end if you allow some maintenance to occur overnight. Most teams gave very positive feedback this year. I wish more cars had made the tow to Sonoma instead of snow racing at Atlanta-it was a great event at a great venue. Yes, parc ferme will earn you a "real endurance racer badge", but lots more teams will go home happy if they are able to complete race distance both days. I agree with Schultz--I like
  2. I am hoping to bring our car from California to Wisconsin to race in April, so I came back to get a sense of the hotels, restaurants, and visit the track. We had a nice cozy room in the cottage at Siebkens (thanks Tyler for the suggestion)-and the most confusing thing was there is a Sargento cheese factory in every town-I thought I was driving in circles!! The Road America track and the facilities are amazing, it was great to drive around and watch from each turn (lots of access roads), the gift shop is top notch (Sears Point might be better?), and the track workers were awesome.
  3. Where is my "Champcar TV" (homage to Dire Straits and Sting). I was looking forward to breakfast and watching racing this morning. Oh well, the Nurburgring 24 is on YouTube
  4. Oops. Some text got cut off. It was supposed to say "I can verify with certainty that the Flyin Hawaiians are running a home made plywood wing. I built it using an Eppler airfoil design, plywood from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty in Corona, Ca, and a router. Growing up building cabinets, skateboards, and guitars with my carpenter father paid off in my racing endeavors as well.
  5. I can verify with certainty that the Flyin Hawaiians are running a home made plywood wing. I built it using an Eppler airfoil design, plywood from Aircraft Spruce & Specialty in Corona, Ca, and a router. Growing up building cabinets, skateboards, and guitars with my carpenter father paid off in my racing endeavors as well.
  6. Hmmm. We were told to replace our metallic tips on our Hunsakers by tech a couple of years ago "because of the potential for spark from static electricity". We found some PVC reducers that worked. Are the stock Hunsaker metallic tips allowed again?
  7. Congratulations to Takata Racing and Zoom Zoom Kaboom for their victories this weekend. Willow Springs in June can be a harsh environment, so all teams are to be commended for coming out and enduring the heat. It was awesome to see lots of new faces. Not a great weekend for Uncommon Friends Racing. A broken cast iron (factory) alternator mount spoiled our chances Saturday, and the subsequent damage to our battery ended our chances on Sunday. Can't wait for Auto Club in November....wish there were some closer races we could travel to in the meantime!
  8. I bought 2018 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Diesel with Allison Transmission to tow with. It's magic. And doesn't "sound like a diesel". Never slows down. 10.5 to 11 mpg. We took it to Kentucky and my guys blew out a tire on trailer "because if felt so good at 77 mph". Ooops! Now we have a "70 mph rule". Two years prior we towed to COTA with a gasoline engine 2016 Silverado that was fully decked out and had a trailer package....felt like it was uphill both ways, we got 6 mpg, and couldn't carry any speed. I'm sold on the diesel.
  9. Utah Motorsports Campus is a great facility, and the Salt Lake City has great restaurants and hotels, and Utah offers lots of sports, recreation, and some of the most spectacular National Parks in the country that create "extended vacation opportunities". Utah was hands down our most enjoyable, most fun event last year (even though our race results don't reflect that!!) and we were looking forward to going back. The (one day) tow home to Southern California only took 11 hours, so for us, it's really no different that going to Sonoma, Thunderhill, or Laguna Seca. I hope 2021 allow
  10. Bring it by my shop. We'll stick the 2.4 motor in it. More horsepower for speed and the extra pounds will give you more "road hugging weight" (that's a reference back to a Ford Pinto commercial that compared their car to the Chevy Vega-you can tell how old I am!!)
  11. We went to COTA the first year Champcar ran there with the old car and finished sixth the first day after leading and getting caught out by a early pit stop/red/yellow flag snafu. We loved it although it was oppressively hot and humid (for us lightweight Californian's). I would love to go back, and considered it this year, but Willow Springs is a week later and we felt is was more important to support the West Coast. Your recipe for the 280zx is spot on....just shed as much weight as you can.
  12. Actually, we built a new car (a 280Z) which finished second on Saturday at this years National Championship at Sonoma (we broke an oil pump drive on Sunday) and was featured on Jay Leno's Garage the other night. I gave the body shell of my first car-a 240Z- to the Flyin Hawaiians after they totaled their car in the rain in February of 2019. They added some red to the sides and it looks great. They were on the Leno show also with Adam Carolla driving. If there is a re-run of the episode its worth checking out. The listing will probably highlight Blake Shelton, who was one of the story lines
  13. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty sells what they call "Lexan". It is really made by Bayer (in America) and their "lexan polycarbonite sheet" is called Makrolon. Aircraft Spruce has warehouses on the west coast and east coast. Next build in not another Z.......
  14. Lexan is interesting stuff. When we made the lexan inserts for the rear hatch on our Z car, we were able to find someone with a programmable oven. Why? If you read the manufacturers literature, lexan is hydroscopic (absorbs water). They recommend you heat it at a lower temperature for a period of time (to get the moisture out), bring it up to "yield temperature" (we formed it over the factory glass), and then cool it down in specific stages (to avoid bubbles). To me learning about all the different engineering technologies that are used in our sport (ie: combustion theory, aerodynamic theories
  15. I am avoiding scanning the previous 13 pages of posts out of laziness. I respect @NineLivesJohnny's expertise and opinion a lot. For those who like falling asleep reading books instead of iPad screens, and are looking for other resources, there is a British author names Simon McBeath who authored a book called Competition Car Aerodynamics (it's not cheap) now in its Third Edition and updated in 2015. It does a pretty deep dive into the effects of increasing/decreasing downforce at the front and rear through various measures (splitters, diffusers, wings), along with the effects of splitter a
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