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Title: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 10, 2014, 09:31:50 PM
Until we come up with a better title for the topic -- that one will have to do.  If the title needs to be changed I might be able to do it.

So tonight I went out to Land's End to see what I could see.  The transition from pavement to the salt is much less scary now that a bunch of salt has been dumped there.  The salt is soft salt -- not hard and crystallised like we're used to having, but it's okay to drive on.  I didn't go past the new salt, though, because the bumps and potholes and water-filled puddles will only get worse with traffic and I didn't need to go farther.

I could see signs of life way out there and will assume it's people setting up for the event.  The photos I took were not good enough -- but here's one that's okay.  This is what you'll see at the end of the pavement.

Let's see what else goes on about the meet.  Later - -


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: 2club on September 11, 2014, 01:12:35 AM
Slim,

In addition to the new salt laid down today to help repair the access road, we have also repaired the damaged course and set up the pit. We will be conducting business on the salt and helping participants get ready tomorrow. The rest of the participants are arriving tomorrow and a couple are delayed until Saturday. Racing will commence at 8am on Friday. Shootout entries will run and test and tune entries will also run the Lucas Mile for an average speed ad a terminal speed at the 5 mile. Interested parties are invited to check the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CookLSS?ref=hl (https://www.facebook.com/CookLSS?ref=hl) or the website at www.landspeedevents.com (http://www.landspeedevents.com)

We will be posting o facebook tomorrow with photos and we will try to post an interview with George Poteet from the pit in the afternoon.


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 11, 2014, 09:56:41 AM
I'll head out there in a while to see what I can see.  George wants to go 475 and has a couple of motors in the pit, and Mike and Rocky want to go 400.  I wonder what else I'll find. . .


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 11, 2014, 11:27:25 AM
Here I am at what'll be the pits tomorrow morning.  Mike Cook is dragging it so it'll dry hard.  Junior Cook is out polishing the start line area of the course.  Garcia tells me that there's 4 tenth's of a mile more beyond the start line this morning than there was yesterday - the drying is going that well.  I'd drive around and see for myself but think I'll avoid doing anything that'd farkle with the course.  So - progress.  I'll head out now and maybe come back out later.


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Freud on September 11, 2014, 12:04:36 PM
The mile past Lands End was a REAL challenge this past week.

GREAT opening foto, Slim.

FREUD


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 11, 2014, 12:32:23 PM
Thanks, Freud.  Better still -- the road was way better this morning.  I still went slowly -- but the potholes are much less scary.  To go on about what I saw earlier, Cook was dragging with the cutting drag, loosening the top layer to bring up enough to fill the holes and cut off the tops.  He was leaving windrows nearly a foot high, but that's what it's going to take to have enough material.  I didn't go to the course, as I said, but Junior's truck dragging the polishing drag was moving at slow speed - yet when he'd turn the drag swung way out.  That tells me that the surface is hard and smooth.  Sounds pretty good.

I'm planning on being out there in the morning when the fun begins, and I'll have the gear to try streaming the audio.  But - there isn't going to be a radio station so all that there might be would be me of Bill Guzenski telling you what we're seeing.  Seeing as how there might be long down times between runs I don't know if many of the folks in internetland will hang around the computer to hear, so maybe there will be audio - maybe it'll just be me making posts.  We'll see, okay?  If you think it's worth me trying to tell you when there's about to be action - let me know so I can plan on what I need to do for you.


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: desotoman on September 11, 2014, 12:34:41 PM
Mike Cook's Land Speed Shootout
September 9 ∑ Edited
Attention: Cook Shootout Postponed
to the pre-planned rain date of October 5-10.

The Cook team conducted an extensive evaluation of salt conditions early this morning and determine that they cannot guarantee a long enough course to conduct the high speed shootout on time. The first mile is fair, 2nd mile is bad, 3 to the 9 is good, 10 questionable and 11, 12 are bad. The weather is holding but the track is poor at the 2 and no good at the far end.

Because so much of the track is good in the middle Cook has decided to throw the current date open as a test & tune for racers who want to run without FIA timing on the shorter course that is still useable. Anyone who wants to run needs to call Mike Cook's cell phone immediately at 951 675-3070. We're taking a limited amount of cars at this point and some of the fast cars are staying on for testing. Among those already requesting to run are Poteet & Main Speed Demon, Ack Attack, the Mariani streamliner, Allan Johnson's Studebaker, RJ Gottleib's Big Red Camaro and others. The test and tune fee is a flat $2500 for a 5-mile course with terminal speed timing. If you still want to come we need to know ASAP.

Mike Cook's Land Speed Shootout
12 hours ago
A lot of misinformation is circulating about the shootout
. It is not raining here and the shootout is not canceled. We are running two shootouts and incorporating separate entrants to the Lucas Mile with the shootout vehicles. We spent today repairing the end of the paved road and setting up the pit. The course is prepped and ready to run. Today was a travel day for some of our crew. Tomorrow we plan to do a brief interview with George Poteet from the pit and we will be posting photos and updates starting about mid-day. If you did,'t see it here, it is probably incorrect. Check here tomorrow for the latest update. Ack attack arriving tomorrow and here is another entry that is on the way to the salt: the Bagnell Baggo Chenowth Racing
ó with Jacob Bagnell.

I must admit I am confused by reading the posts on Cook's Facebook page. According to Cook's Facebook page, the Shootout is postponed until the rainout dates in Oct. and now less than 48 hour later they post that they are having two shootouts this year, and a test and tune included in the first event? How quickly things seem to change.

Tom G.




Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 11, 2014, 12:42:01 PM
Tom, I agree that it's confusing.  I'm trying to offer up what I see, and I know that there's a lot of stress going around out there.  That's why I posted just a bit of information about the course and access road work that I saw going on this morning.  I'll stay away and wait for others to tell all of us what's what -- 'til I go out there again.

If you read a post here and you're not sure if it's correct information - well, that's the beauty/problem of this Forum.  I don't try to edit what is posted.  If I see something that I know is wrong I can correct it -- but as the "editor" I don't remove stuff that's wrong unless I see it as a liability that might bring legal issues.  I read 'em and let you folks do the same.  Ask me and I'll try to get the true scoop for you and the rest of us.


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: velocity on September 11, 2014, 02:47:18 PM
to clear up confusion. . . .

The speed machines that will be running will do so for TIME ONLY there WILL NOT be any sanctioning for records at the "test and tune" about to start. Lucas Oil has jumped in with some trophies to recognize whatever numbers any of the machines might post, but be clear: no records.

Cook activated his rain dates of OCT 5-10 with the BLM and pushed the world record attempts to those dates.

The testing portion is a stop-gap for those racers who would like to shake-down their machines but do so KNOWING the course length has been foreshortened. This raises serious safety issues at both ends, especially for the motorcycle streamliners.

However, nothing any of us bench racers say means squat because the rider/driver makes the call to -- as Don Vesco would say -- "go or whoa."

I would NEVER second guess any of them at any time. Conditions may be improving, but they are certainly NOT primo.

I applaud Mike cook taking the financial, emotional and physical wallop to ensure the safety of all concerned.

Praying people are asked to beseech the Almighty for clear, hot weather. . .

LSL


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 11, 2014, 05:18:07 PM
Howdy from Wendover.  I've been out on the salt for the past hour or two - and didn't have the laptop with me.  I came back here to fetch it and will head out again in a couple of minutes.  In about 45 minutes the driver meeting will start and I'm thinking that maybe I can get the streaming system up and running so you all can hear it.  if nothing else Bill Guzenski says he'll record it and I can put the audio file up here later on.

In the meantime -- here's ow to find the latest stuff on the event.  Go to the Cook site via this link:

www.landspeedevents.com/blog    John Baechtel gave me that addy -- says it'll have the latest, including the correct name for what's going on.  Mike read it off to me -- but it's got enough details that I don't want to try to put it down from memory.  I'll enter it later and let you read it - and maybe even remember how to change the name of this entire topic.

I talked with most of the folks in the Speed Demon crew and also a few over at the Big Red Camaro's pit.  Those two are the only vehicles out there at the moment.  The plan is to start racing at 8 tomorrow morning, although in "racer time" that means more like 8.30 or 9.  But no matter what -- I'll head out there to give you as much information as I can.  Stay tuned -- wait 'til you see the sots of the course I took a little while ago.  If you were here for WoS - you won't believe it's the same bit of real estate.


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 11, 2014, 06:34:50 PM
No drivers meeting after all.  There are only two drivers here right now -- George Poteet and the fellow from the Big Red Camaro - whose name I don't yet have.  I'm heading back to town and will post the photos I've taken this afternoon.  Later -

Here are those shots.  A couple of that Big Red Camaro, whose owner/driver I still haven't met so don't know his name.  Nice looking car, but wait 'til you see the Moon discs he's got on it.

(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii147/SeldomSeenSlim/Bonneville%20in%20general/P1030620_zps16890da9.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/SeldomSeenSlim/media/Bonneville%20in%20general/P1030620_zps16890da9.jpg.html)

(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii147/SeldomSeenSlim/Bonneville%20in%20general/P1030621_zps8e13f74c.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/SeldomSeenSlim/media/Bonneville%20in%20general/P1030621_zps8e13f74c.jpg.html)

(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii147/SeldomSeenSlim/Bonneville%20in%20general/P1030619_zpsa312958d.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/SeldomSeenSlim/media/Bonneville%20in%20general/P1030619_zpsa312958d.jpg.html)

And a couple of the Speed Demon.  First of all -- a very busy engine room:

(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii147/SeldomSeenSlim/Bonneville%20in%20general/P1030616_zpsfd0d308d.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/SeldomSeenSlim/media/Bonneville%20in%20general/P1030616_zpsfd0d308d.jpg.html)

And then a bit of a nice touch.  As you know, the car has dual exhaust pipes coming up out of the area behind the motor.  Since they're pretty big it'd take something like a softball to keep 'em clean and closed when not running, so something had to be made.  Carbon fiber covers?  Yep -- here's a shot of one that also can be used as a hardware catcher when removing the body:

(http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii147/SeldomSeenSlim/Bonneville%20in%20general/P1030618_zpsc6e3d031.jpg) (http://s263.photobucket.com/user/SeldomSeenSlim/media/Bonneville%20in%20general/P1030618_zpsc6e3d031.jpg.html)

I'll head out there first thing in the morning.  As it stood when I left an hour or so ago, Bill Guzenski will make a pass through the lights first, at about 100, to make sure the timing lights and system are set up and running.  Then after he's clear of the track and everything is okay -- George will make his first pass of the event.  I'm not sure if I'll be in the timing tower or at the pits, but will try to have the sound on for you.  And if all works right, even if you're not up and listening -- the stuff is archived on the Meridix streaming company site -- so you'll be able to play back stuff.

I guess I'll mention here that Bill and I have hopes to have stuff like interviews with the various players - not only owners and drivers but also crew and workers and maybe even spectators (for instance, Malcolm UK is here) that are in attendance.  We might hang out in the timing tower if the Rice brothers will have us - and that's a fine place to watch the goings-on.  I'll do what I can to make sure you are there, too.  G'night.




Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Kix on September 11, 2014, 08:46:46 PM
Just rolled off the salt... Seems pretty hard and flat!

Slim, where ya stayin?  And where's dinner?

Kix


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 11, 2014, 09:45:19 PM
Knight's Inn - and the Red Garter.  I'm holed up in the room now for the evening -- going to test out the streaming situation and make sure I can get it going without too much issue in the morning.  See you on the salt.


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Malcolm UK on September 11, 2014, 10:51:55 PM
Slim,
do not forget that Gabe Uttley of the Angelic Bulldog streamliner project is in town too and would be only to pleased to tell all on landracing.com what 2015 could bring in the way of his and other UK contenders for the outright two wheel record. That's if the listeners can understand Yorkshire-English.


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 08:53:32 AM
No, I certainly won't forget Gabriel, seeing as how I sat near him this morning as he ate his breakfast.  It turns out we're staying at the same motel.  Sorry I didn't think to include him in my list of who's here yesterday.

I got out here around 7.30 - and as I got out of the car the van with the SD crew arrived.  They're busy setting up their pit -- but obviously it'll be a few minutes 'til they're ready.  The Stupidbaker is in the pit getting a morning shave and shower, so to speak.  The sunrise light isn't all that great for photo opportunities so I'll wait -- but it sure is a pretty car.  No Akatiff or Mariani yet, and Eva hasn't shown up with the Killajoule, either.  I expect all will roll in as the day progresses.  It's bright and clear and about 50F.  The pits must have got some more dragging after I left last night -- the surface looks smooth as a baby's butt, so to speak.

That's it for now.  I'll hope that there's something worth streaming, and I'll go to the home page and reset the link to the audio stream.  It'll be the same URL -- but I need to take down the "World of Speed" moniker and put up this event.  No matter what it says -- it's today's Top Speed Challenge you'll hear.


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 08:56:20 AM
Good morning Jon  :-o      Mark.


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 09:02:53 AM
Good morning right back atcha, Mark.

And as I type that I see that Eva Hakkanson has arrived.  Not her bike -- that's still driving across the salt -- but she's here, so that's a good sign.

I think I've got the streaming site and title and stuff set up right.  There's no audio yet - so don't you all get on my case 'cause you can't hear anything.  I'll tell you when there's something to hear.

Bill G. hasn't made his shakedown (of the timing lights) run yet, so nothing's happening.


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Tom Slick on September 12, 2014, 09:16:45 AM
Slim, can you post the link to the Live Feed into this thread for those of us that will be listening via Tapatalk on our phones please. I can't seem to access home pages using Tapatalk. Thank you


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 09:57:57 AM
Tom, i think this is it. Not sure if it will open for you and they are not broadcasting yet. Hope this works and maybe Slim will correct me. Mark.

http://www.meridix.com/everywhere.php?liveid=Landracing


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 10:04:44 AM
Yep -- that oughta work.  I say that without looking carefully - it doesn't change from event to event.  I haven't got the thing turned on yet, either.  Racer time is still in effect.

I'm about to make the official name change on the thing, though. This is the:

"Mike Cook's Shootout Presents the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge"

Bill and I will be stationed down around the timing tower/spectator area around the 5 1/2.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 10:08:45 AM
The Nissan GTR will run first, followed by the Big Red Camaro.  The Nissan is fired up now.  I'm going to head to the tower.  This is just a test run -- nothing official.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Tom Slick on September 12, 2014, 10:23:10 AM
Thanks guys


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 10:30:05 AM
Bill completed his run -- 143 or so.  Next will be Big Red, wearing #1.  He'll be the first "official" time.  I'm out at the spectator area, about the 5 1/2, and right across from the timing stand.  Bill and I will head over to the tower after this run.

212.319 mph

It was his shakedown run -- and the engine agreed.  Ducks are falling out of the sky all over down here.

Bill says that when he made his run he was skating all over, even with the all wheel drive.  The Camaro looked like he was hooked up faily well -- but the engine wasn't happy.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 11:32:56 AM
It's about half past 10 and the word is that the Speed Demon will be making a check-out pass in a few minutes.  Not a full-on run, but rather a warm it.  Main is at the car right now, but no forecast as to when he'll run. 

I've switched to generator power out here at the timing stand (Thanks, Alan Rice) and will be standing by to let you know what's going on.  I still don't have any reason to start up the streaming -- since it'll be few via the microphone built into the laptop.  In other words -- if I sniffle or talk with Nancy on the phone or anything -- you'd hear it.  when the time comes we might move the whole system into the timing stand -- it'll be more like a real radio studio, you know.

Stand by for the Speed Demon's run.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Glen on September 12, 2014, 12:03:16 PM
Jon, any update on todays runs seems like all we are hearing is 9-9 - 14 reruns.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 12:10:52 PM
George Poteet just left the line for s shakedown run - and spun the car.  George is out of the car and is walking around.  No word on what happened.  Nothing further at this time.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Glen on September 12, 2014, 12:12:06 PM
Thanks


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 12:30:57 PM
I have no further information for you on the spin of the Speed Demon .  The various officials are down there - the car came to rest about the 3 1/4.

George is okay - nothing further at this time.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: hutchamatic on September 12, 2014, 12:36:29 PM
Wow, That car has never spun.  Course must be  bad. Glad the Boss is ok


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: hutchamatic on September 12, 2014, 12:46:40 PM
Mike posted on FB that the car is damaged


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 12:57:34 PM
Still nothing is going on.  I know they're out picking up pieces and measuring the area where the car had the "adventure"* -- but I don't have any information on what that means.

*  Adventure is my word, not one that has been used by anyone else.  I just use it to let you know that something happened. 

If you see anything on the FB site you're welcome to post it here, assuming it comes from the Cook FB page.  I can't/won't release anything that I hear until I have permission from Cook - what they put on their site/page is, we assume, approved for release.

Eva Hakkanson was set to run after the Speed Demon, so I'll guess that she's gone back to her pit to wait out this pause.  I don't know if Akatiff is here yet, and as I said earlier, the Stupidbaker is here and the Big Red Camaro went back to the pit - perhaps to look into why the engine wasn't quite right during that 212+ mph run.

I see that the Jack Rogers big trailer is still in town - at Mike Crawford's store -- but I haven't heard anything about he or Steve making any runs at this event.  Maybe the rig is here just so it'll be nearby for the WF event at the end of this month.

I'll get back here every 15 minutes or so and letcha know that there's nothing more going on - or sooner if there's information to report.  Go ahead and post or ask questions - I might be able to answer them.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: 4-barrel Mike on September 12, 2014, 12:59:54 PM
"Speed Demon crashed at approximately the 3 mile. Car damaged. Potent unhurt. Details to follow."

https://www.facebook.com/CookLSS (https://www.facebook.com/CookLSS)

Mike


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 01:13:15 PM
Thanks, Mike.  So here's the latest update:

Mike Cook says that George will be riding to Land's End in the ambulance.  The ambulance crew will decide if he needs any further examination or treatment.  No decision on whether he'll go to SLC or Wendover or none of the above.  But he's up and about and says he's feeling fine.  The ambulance crew will make sure that he's right about that.

The race course cleanup is about done and we're hoping to go back to racing - perhaps within a half hour or so.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 12, 2014, 01:14:14 PM
No audio today? A significant event happened, what else would you be waiting for?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 01:32:44 PM
Good question.  We were in the process of turning the system on when the car began the run.  The wi-fi hiccuped and by the time it got reset - the incident was over.  And since then there's been nothing to here.  Bill Guzenski wasdoing a play by play into his voice recorder and he'll feed that file to me later.

So - we do intend to have streaming audio for you when things get started up.  Which should be in the near future.  most of the patrol points are now back in place and the cleanup is winding down.  Maybe a half hour?  Maybe less?  We'll find out.  Once I think we're close I'll start the audio - even if there's nothing going into the stream.

I don't have the steam going since it'll be fed by the mike here in the laptop, so you'll hear stuff like the door-open doinger and me answering phone calls - as well as the two-way radio.  I can narrate - but I think the radio system wil work better.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: debgeo on September 12, 2014, 01:36:31 PM
Facebook says the poteet demon crashed at 3 mile mark, George Poteet is alright


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 12, 2014, 01:36:46 PM
Excellent! Thank you.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 01:41:28 PM
I do believe that I've got the streaming started up.  I can't monitor it from here so would appreciate it if one of you would listen (I'll turn on the car radio for some input audio) and let me know if it's going.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: debgeo on September 12, 2014, 01:41:57 PM
Mike Cook says that George will be riding to Land's End in the ambulance. The ambulance crew will decide if he needs any further examination or treatment. No decision on whether he'll go to SLC or Wendover or none of the above. But he's up and about and says he's feeling fine. The ambulance crew will make sure that he's right about that. (via landracing)


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: 4-barrel Mike on September 12, 2014, 01:44:43 PM
Mike Cook FB: "Just to reiterate. The Speed Demon experienced a crash at the 3 mile. Cause undetermined at this time. Car damaged. Driver is fine. We will resume running by approximately 1pm. More later."

Mike


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 01:48:58 PM
I need feedback - is anything coming through on the stream?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Kartman on September 12, 2014, 01:50:26 PM
Jon, you've got an issue. I can hear your feed in the background of another feed which has nothing to do with racing..

Tom


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: BHR301 on September 12, 2014, 01:52:32 PM
Jon, I have no feed at this time.

Bill


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 01:53:00 PM
Got some smooth guitar strumming music


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Tybeeman on September 12, 2014, 01:53:48 PM
Audio is good assuming you're listening to a radio show about limestone and acid rain etc


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 01:54:47 PM
Still good music. Is that you playing that Jon? Now a little talking in the background.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: 4-barrel Mike on September 12, 2014, 01:55:33 PM
I'm hearing one lo-fi channel of a stereo broadcast of some not very good music (although it's hard to tell) with occasional audio from the salt.

Mike


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 01:55:54 PM
Sounds like key board typing.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 01:56:44 PM
Thanks, Mark.  I switched from some straight talk to an SLC progressive indie station - and there's a nice guitar tune playing.  I guess it's okay.

In the meantime -- Eva is heading toward the line so I've put the FM radio down by the 'puter so you can hear that play by play.  Remember that it's only an occasional bit of audio - but whatever we hear out here you'll hear where you are.

And yes, you can also hear my typing.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 01:57:52 PM
I am digging John Mayall. Farm out Daddio.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Tybeeman on September 12, 2014, 01:59:54 PM
Slim, i hear your radio chatter as well as KRCL in Salt Lake. Somebody needs to take them some C&W CDs.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: BHR301 on September 12, 2014, 02:00:34 PM
Just lost the feed again.

Bill


Title: Re: Cook's Test & Tune 12-16 September 2014
Post by: desotoman on September 12, 2014, 02:08:44 PM
Tom, I agree that it's confusing.  I'm trying to offer up what I see, and I know that there's a lot of stress going around out there.  That's why I posted just a bit of information about the course and access road work that I saw going on this morning.  I'll stay away and wait for others to tell all of us what's what -- 'til I go out there again.

If you read a post here and you're not sure if it's correct information - well, that's the beauty/problem of this Forum.  I don't try to edit what is posted.  If I see something that I know is wrong I can correct it -- but as the "editor" I don't remove stuff that's wrong unless I see it as a liability that might bring legal issues.  I read 'em and let you folks do the same.  Ask me and I'll try to get the true scoop for you and the rest of us.

Thanks Jon,

I have been off the computer since my last post around 24 hrs ago and I am still confused so maybe you can help. Since then the post on Cook's Facebook page had been deleted that said the event would be on the rain dates. And to add to the confusion LSL posted it is just basically a test and tune, but you have changed the name of the event on this thread and now it sound like it is an official meet?

I guess I need an update on what the heck is going on so I am not confused. Is Land Speed Louise's post correct or has something changed again?  :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :?

Thanks for any help,

Tom G.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 12, 2014, 02:09:27 PM
Eva on the course. Coming through loud and clear.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: BHR301 on September 12, 2014, 02:09:44 PM
Sounds good now.

Bill


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Tybeeman on September 12, 2014, 02:11:08 PM
Audio is very clear loudness is good! Thank you!


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 12, 2014, 02:11:21 PM
FB
Quote
Mike Cook's Land Speed Shootout
30 minutes ago
Just to reiterate. The Speed Demon experienced a crash at the 3 mile. Cause undetermined at this time. Car damaged. Driver is fine. We will resume running by approximately 1pm. More later.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 12, 2014, 02:16:17 PM
FB
Quote
Mike Cook's Land Speed Shootout
44 seconds ago
Killajoule, checkout pass. 204.381.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 12, 2014, 02:17:47 PM
Back to silence.
"Cannot load M3U8:
No levels to play"


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Tom Slick on September 12, 2014, 02:45:46 PM
Load and clear...wishing I had a hot dog now! :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Tybeeman on September 12, 2014, 02:46:27 PM
Audio is good at 3:45 EDT


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 02:51:43 PM
Ya,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,a little Jimmy Hendrix will waiting for more action. Thanks Slim.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 02:54:25 PM
I wonder if the no stream message is generated if the system doesn't hear much for some present time.  I haven;t touched anything and it's gone off and come back a couple of times.

Here's a reason you're glad you are not here:  The flies are aggressive like they were about four years ago.  How the heck do they know to patrol out here -- miles from anything that might be appealing to them?  It's not like they were riding in the back seat of the car.  I've got a swatter but no flypaper strips.  Should have brought some, I guess.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 02:58:11 PM
Jon. I remember that from a few years ago when Ray The Rat posted about them coming after his bologna sandwich. I seem to recall he said they were flying in formation with their wings slightly back and making loops.  :-D


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 03:06:45 PM
The Big Red Camaro is about to run, but it'll be a glamour run - so to speak.  He's got cameras here and there all over the car, just getting some video of what's what.  I don't see it now, but earlier his crew helicopter came in and was video-ing the event from the air, too.

The course is clear - putting the net up on the window of the Camaro, engine is running.

150.924 and the engine still isn't sounding right.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 12, 2014, 03:11:26 PM
Quote
The Big Red Camaro is about to run, but it'll be a glamour run - so to speak.  He's got cameras here and there all over the car, just getting some video of what's what.  I don't see it now, but earlier his crew helicopter came in and was video-ing the event from the air, too.

Quick poll . . . How many of you have budget for a freakin helicopter!

Camaro sounded nice through the 5. 150.924 mph
No helicopter.

Edit - I bow to Slim that it didn't sound that good, hell anything sounds good from a thousand miles away!


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 12, 2014, 03:37:47 PM
Heard on the radio that George Poteet is ok. At the hospital and feeling fine. They are keeping him for a while.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 03:39:47 PM
Those of you listening to the stream probably heard it, but in case you didn't - -

George Poteet has gone to the hospital in SLC where he was given an EKG.  It checked out okay and he is fine.  He'll probably stay the night, I think I heard. Betty Howard, his sister, called Mike Cook with that report and she says she'll call back later today with an update.

We're waiting for the next run.  Studebaker or Akatiff or Mariani?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Graham in Aus on September 12, 2014, 03:41:54 PM
Jon, I hear they have a new timescale.... A 'Cook half hour!'

 :-D


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 04:04:50 PM
Thanks for the update Jon.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 12, 2014, 04:04:57 PM
Hey! Thanks for the update on George over-the-air and for stopping the incessant typing long enough to actually talk on the microphone.

Hot tip - Pounding the keys as hard as you do is going to wear out your fingers.

Hot tip #2 - Killing flies is providing EXCELLENT entertainment.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Graham in Aus on September 12, 2014, 04:07:46 PM
Thanks for the verbal update on the audio stream Jon, I'm sure we all realise that with the nature of the shootout style event, there's whole chunks of nothing going on.

You're doing a great job! Hope George is back soon and everyone safe.

Think it's time for some more donations to the site!  :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 04:31:30 PM
Fine job you guys.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 04:34:32 PM
Cook is on the radio right now saying that Eva and the Studebaker will both be ready to make runs in about fifteen minutes.  My clock says it's about 3.33PM local time -- you're welcome to pay attention to how long it really takes to get them down the course.  But at least something is going to happen soon.

The weather station in the timing trailer reports it's 70F, humidity is 11%, wind is negligible, Station pressure is 25.82"Hg, DA is 5690'.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 04:54:51 PM
Wanna trade weather Jon? Its 105 here in good old Reseda, Ca. And it sucks.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 04:59:41 PM
Eva just ran a 251.866.  Nice clean looking run, interesting whooosh as she went past.

255.914 exit speed.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Glen on September 12, 2014, 05:03:06 PM
Good for her, that's what she wanted. :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Kix on September 12, 2014, 05:07:11 PM
Awesome!  Doesn't that make her the fastest woman on two wheels?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Elmo Rodge on September 12, 2014, 05:08:42 PM
3 wheels, Kix.  :cheers: Wayno


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 05:11:12 PM
I can attest that she was NOT "flying" the side wheel when she went past here -- so she was, indeed, on three wheels. :evil:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: 4-barrel Mike on September 12, 2014, 05:12:46 PM
(http://www.blogcdn.com/green.autoblog.com/media/2012/09/killajoule.jpg)

 :cheers:  :cheers:

Mike


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: pdxracefan on September 12, 2014, 05:16:56 PM
Beautiful sidecar.  Way to go Eva. :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: SaltPeter on September 12, 2014, 05:27:29 PM
Great stuff Eva   8-) 8-)

Pete  :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 12, 2014, 05:30:41 PM
Good for you Eva.  :-D :-D :-D


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 05:32:58 PM
I mentioned this on the stream -- here it is on the Forum.

The #9913 Studebaker is going to make a couple of low speed runs to give the driver some set time.  He'll start around the four and go through the measured mile at relatively low speed.  He'll then go back, this time to the three, and make another run - faster this time, but not an all-out pass.

Eva is done for the day but will be back "first thing in the morning" to make a pass or three.

The Big Red Camaro wants to make another video pass yet today, this one from the north to the south.  It's just for the cameras - won't be all out.

And that'll be it for the day.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 05:45:04 PM
The engine is running in the Studebaker and the driver is about to leave the line.  It'll be a 125MPH pass, remember, so don't be waiting for a huge and satisfying roar as he goes past us.

Nice looking pass.  Through the 6, chute out.  137.081 mph


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: pdxracefan on September 12, 2014, 06:04:05 PM
Jon,

What time will the stream be up tomorrow?

Thanks.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 06:29:54 PM
If you're not listening you've missed the latest bit.  A car of unknown origin sped down the road between the track and the mountain, heading towards Floating Island.  He was going at major boogie speed and showed no signs of slowing as he passed the spectator viewing area.  About the seven he passed by the course worked that had rolled out to intercept him - and he kept going.  The FM radio was full of chatter about the car - and finally the course worker was advised to let the guy keep going.  If the worker got to the 8 1/2 he was to stop - and the unknown would stop whether he wanted to or not soon after that - when he got into the mud.

That was a few minutes ago and there's no sign of him at this time.  The Studebaker is waiting to run - but can't 'til he's given a "clear course". 

The Stude is running and about to move out, and the tower has cleared him to run even though we don't know where the interloper is.  All we know if where he isn't - that's on the track or anywhere the jerk could be a problem for the race car.  It's going to be limited to something around 150 or so. 

The tower reports the other car is so far down that he couldn't get back in time to be a problem.  Butthead. . . :evil:

Oh, yeah -- what time will we start tomorrow?  Well, I haven't heard anything form Cook but I assume it'll be the usual 8AM racer time start.  I'll find out and let you know later after I talk to Mike.  Here comes the Stude.

174.665 mph


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 06:38:23 PM
Let's see -- here's a wrap up of what I've just heard.  First of all -- tomorrow's start time is 9 AM, not 8.

George Poteet has a compressed disc and is resting comfortably at the hospital in SLC.  He is doing well enough that he apologised for farkling up the meet (my words).  He hopes to be back out here tomorrow to look at the car to see if he and the crew can get it back together in time for World Finals.  He says that he'd like to take the group out here to suppler tomorrow night.

In other stuff, Mike Akatiff and Rocky Robinson are on the salt and will take a ride down the course in the street vehicle in a few minutes, getting prepped for running tomorrow.  The Mariani streamliner is here and will also hope to run tomorrow.

And Alan wants to turn off the generator so I'll sign off for now and get back with you when I've got my power system up and running.  That might not be 'til I'm back at the motel.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: 4-barrel Mike on September 12, 2014, 07:42:01 PM
Two pictures (with more coming) of the crashed Speed Demon and more description on Mike Cook FB: https://www.facebook.com/CookLSS (https://www.facebook.com/CookLSS)

Mike


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: wheelrdealer on September 12, 2014, 08:02:53 PM
Glad George is ok.

Looks like the car held up well.

BR


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Kartman on September 12, 2014, 09:23:59 PM
I wish I could be more optimistic but I do not believe we will see the Speed Demon on the salt again this year.

Tom


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: desotoman on September 12, 2014, 09:50:28 PM

George Poteet has a compressed disc and is resting comfortably at the hospital in SLC.  He is doing well enough that he apologised for farkling up the meet (my words).  He hopes to be back out here tomorrow to look at the car to see if he and the crew can get it back together in time for World Finals. 


Message for George Poteet.

George,

Glad to hear you are going to be OK and sorry to hear about your accident. Cars can be replaced individuals cannot. With that said PLEASE take your time putting the car back together. Don't let anyone push you to get the car done for World Finals or the Rain Date for the shootout. It is your BUTT in the car and not theirs, and you don't need any mistakes made on the car because of a rushed time table, as I am sure there are members on your team that will say we can do it. You can always come back stronger next year.

For what it is worth, JMO,

Tom G.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: velocity on September 12, 2014, 09:55:38 PM
Virtutis fortuna comes
or
Good luck is the companion of courage

Never doubt the power of Poteet. He achieves more by saying less than anyone I know.

If it were up to him to want the Demon to run again in 2014, I am quite sure we'll see it. However, that compression fracture has dominion over anything George or the crew could ever hope or want to do.

Metaphorically speaking:  you can hurry the painter but you can't hurry the paint.

It is a great relief to me, and I am sure many others, that Speed Demon took care of George when he needed looking after the most. . .






Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 12, 2014, 10:04:33 PM
When I got to the pits after shutting down stuff at the tower this afternoon the Speed Demon was put away in the trailer, so I didn't have the opportunity to see it at all.  I do know that Mike Cook asked me if I'd already shut down the audio streaming -- and when I said "yes" he asked if I'd get it running in the morning so Ron Main can talk for a while about the incident.  Bill Guzenski might just interview him and give me the file to stream (easier to do than having Ron sit in the car with me to talk), but either way -- I hope we'll have him on the air to tell us some stuff.  I know that George is probably going to be back from the hospital in SLC tomorrow (Saturday, that is) and plans to be out on the salt some more.  Then he'll be seeing the car and he and his crew will decide how much can be done and how soon.

I talked with Mike Akatiff and Rocky and Jim True and Eva and others, too.  Let's see -- Eva's bike runs about 400-600 amps at 375 volts as she went down the track, she reported.  There's maybe 10% more that she's willing to push for more power.  She and Bill likened the situation as "walking toward a cliff".  They know the bike and systems are fine right now, and that if they push too hard -- the bike will fall off that cliff and be hurt.  Better to achieve a goal (today's 250+ run was one of those) and then maybe explore what's still in the bike.

Akatiff and Rocky and a few others in the crew took a leisurely mosey down the track looking for interesting stuff -- like possible divots from the Speed Demon crash (none, much to Mike's surprise, although there were some black marks from tires) and pot holes and so on.  Jim True was so deep in thought that he was in his own world.  I didn't want to break his concentration so I've got nothing to report from him.

Cook and crew were cleaning up the stuff like signs that have to be taken down for overnight - so they don't blow away in case there's a wind storm, but he did state again that start time tomorrow morning is 9AM.  I asked about why he says it's going to be one time and it so often is later and he said that it's the racers that are tardy and he had come up with a fix:  He'd ask each team to give him $100 at the end of the day, and if they were on time he'd give it back.  But if they were late and stuff started late -- that money would pay for fire and ambulance for the hour or so that the racers held up stuff.  Will he do it?  Who knoze, but it's a good story. . .

Two photos for you before I quit.  Here's a nice shot from the start line - and a picture that raises questions.  G'night.  I'll check back in in the Ayem.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Kix on September 12, 2014, 10:54:12 PM
Jon, nice talking with you today.  Thanks so much for the effort you put into keeping this clan of weirdos connected to all the cool stuff!  You are an unsung hero and we all appreciate it!

Kix


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: jimmy six on September 13, 2014, 12:22:13 AM
Glad George is OK..... Page 2 all wheel drive Camaro? Gotta think about that.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Nortonist 592 on September 13, 2014, 12:28:38 AM
Glad George is OK..... Page 2 all wheel drive Camaro? Gotta think about that.

The Nissan GTR is all wheel drive.  The Camaro is not so lucky.  Only two wheel drive.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 07:34:06 AM
Good morning Jon. Guess i will miss the interview with Ron. I have an early morning flathead run this morning. Got to take the roadster out before the heat wave. Just a thought. Maybe have Bill do the interview in the blue room in your second picture.  :-D. Glad George is ok and hope he takes his time on his decisions about the car.  :?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: ZRD on September 13, 2014, 08:28:59 AM
It looks like George did set a record on his run. The fastest car crash ever survived up until yesterday was Donald Campbell in Bluebird in 1960. He went down at 360 mph. If George's data logger said 370mph, then he just set the one record i'm sure he hoped to never break.

http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-12000/fastest-car-crash-survived/


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Texican on September 13, 2014, 10:21:06 AM
   

   Jon,
Are you streaming?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 10:23:26 AM
Nope -- not on the air yet - 'cause there's nothing going on yet.  I'm just now setting up the internet and will turn on the streaming so you can hear what's happening.  I think Big Red will run first.  I'll get the streaming up now.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Richard 2 on September 13, 2014, 10:36:43 AM
Slims Radio says Singing with the Birds.  FUNNY


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 10:42:30 AM
Thanks, R2.  That implies to me that the streaming is working.  To the rest of you -- there's audio again today.  I'm told that we'll have a handful of interviews of various folks form down in the pits, and we'll have the regular activities of the event, too.  And I'll even try t entertain you with the subtle nuances of my typing on the keyboards, too.

I think maybe once this is all over I'll take a listen on the archived material and see what the typing sounds like. :evil:

Hang in there -- the event is supposed to have started 40 minutes ago.  It'll get going soon. . .


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: joea on September 13, 2014, 10:44:56 AM
zrd... Arfons flipped at an indicated airspeed of 610 mph exiting the mile after averaging 586 mph through the mile and 589 mph through the kilo....

from Harvey Shapiro:   ""He was clocked in 585.366 for the mile, 589.366 in the kilo which indicated the car was still accelerating as it left the timing traps. Shortly after streaking past the final timing lights, the car veered to the left of the black guide line. Arfons turned the steering wheel hard right, trying to get back on course . The Monster pitched violently on it's right side, then hit nose first.

The car became airborne atleast twice and skidded for long distances on it's right side, finally settled on it's belly, almost one mile past the traps, some 100 yards off course. ""


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 10:58:27 AM
While we're waiting I'll report that right now it's about 62F (climbing a degree or so every ten minutes), wind is 0, Station Pressure is 25.78" and DA is 5289'.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 13, 2014, 11:13:07 AM
No broadcast for the last 10 minutes.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Texican on September 13, 2014, 11:18:52 AM


What he said; back on now...
sound is plenty clear.

Died as I was typing; I'll try a reload from scratch.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 13, 2014, 11:20:02 AM
Yep, gruntin and typin coming through LOUD and clear.  :roll:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 11:20:29 AM
Thanks, Dean.  I've got a guess as to why it doesn't work sometimes.  For some reason the input signal to the wi-fi jetpack isn't too strong today.  When all I'm doing with the laptop is sending audio it's good enough, but if I try to look at other sites or stuff that uses the available bandwidth -- the system fails.  I listened just now and it is working.  I'm going to send you a PM in a minute.  Thanks for the report.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 11:24:59 AM
Ya but,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Janis Joplin is good. And some typing. :-D


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 11:26:26 AM
Good morning Texican.  :-)


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Glen on September 13, 2014, 11:31:30 AM
Jon, the volume is very low.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Glen on September 13, 2014, 11:35:04 AM
Slim it's better now have a great and safe day.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Texican on September 13, 2014, 11:44:12 AM
Good morning Texican.  :-)

Right back at'cha, Mark.
Hope you are staying well.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 11:59:33 AM
It's just before 11AM and we're still not racing - as you may have noticed.  Soon, maybe -- but Alan Rice was just called down to the pits to deliver something to Cook -- so that means it'll be at least 20 minutes before we could run.  It'll be well longer than that. . . :roll:

Speaking of Alan, he'll be using the CB more today to make announcements of times and speeds, and that's a good thing -- the audio on that radio is way clearer than on the business FM.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: velocity on September 13, 2014, 12:13:21 PM
Guiness is behind in its historical datum line. . .

Craig Breedlove, who has managed to crash more times than any other world record holder and come out of EVERY tumble unscathed, is still the champion crash king.

His 675MPH run that resulted in the world's longest skid mark and world's fastest u-turn (on his side) on the Nevada's Black Rock Desert will never be forgotten by the guy in the pick-up truck that he narrowly missed. . . .

This is very same car the Steve Fossett later bought, refurbished, but died before testing the config. His widow, Peggy, is still trying to sell the car and still wants way toooo much for it.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: pdxracefan on September 13, 2014, 12:29:25 PM
Question:  Did the ThompsonLSR crew stay in town for this meet?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: rlague on September 13, 2014, 12:32:45 PM
Guiness is behind in its historical datum line. . .

Craig Breedlove, who has managed to crash more times than any other world record holder and come out of EVERY tumble unscathed, is still the champion crash king.

His 675MPH run that resulted in the world's longest skid mark and world's fastest u-turn (on his side) on the Nevada's Black Rock Desert will never be forgotten by the guy in the pick-up truck that he narrowly missed. . . .

This is very same car the Steve Fossett later bought, refurbished, but died before testing the config. His widow, Peggy, is still trying to sell the car and still wants way toooo much for it.


How much does she want for it?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 12:50:17 PM
No, the Danny Thompson crew and car are not in town for the event.

The spectator vehicles are getting to the viewing area now and the driver is being belted in the Studebaker as I type.  We expect to have a run soon - safety and course stewards are in place.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Kartman on September 13, 2014, 12:56:34 PM
Slim, feed just died.

Tom


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Kartman on September 13, 2014, 12:58:17 PM
I just rebooted Meridix and it is back up, Thanks

Tom


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 12:59:13 PM
The Stude is on the course at about the four mile and approaching the timed stretch.

Pulled the chute at about the four and a half.  No idea why he pulled the chute - engine still running and sounding like the motor's okay.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 01:03:07 PM
The crew is at the car with the driver and fire.  No incident -- driver okay, no fire, no loose parts.  Don't know why he pulled the chute.  Cook said that the driver had been told that because he's a pretty new driver that it's okay to quit if he wasn't happy with the run.

Eva is about five minutes from ready to run - in the bike and waiting for a clear course.  Studebaker will go back to the spectator viewing area out here and then Eva can make her run.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 01:09:34 PM
Course is clear, Eva is in the bike, fire and ambulance in position here by the tower.  

I was mentioning on the stream how wet the salt appears to be as it flies off the tires and into the fenderwells of the fire truck.  Drippy -- damp.  That's as he drove across the salt next to the course -- on the course is hard and dry.

Electric bike is under way.

Through the three mile, in sight here at timing.

Boogie-ing at gooooood speed!!!

Exit 268.536

270.224 mile.  Woo-HOOO!


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: pdxracefan on September 13, 2014, 01:13:36 PM
That's haulin' the mail!


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Glen on September 13, 2014, 01:19:47 PM
Nice to hear it live, good job, wish I was there.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: azgearhed on September 13, 2014, 01:22:38 PM
Jon-I'm new to the streaming audio-Is there archived audio from yesterday? How does one access it, the most recent I can find is Sept 8 :?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Nortonist 592 on September 13, 2014, 01:32:50 PM
270!!!  Wow!!!!!  That's a lotta double As.  A huge congratulations to her!!


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 01:36:20 PM
Cook just radioed and said he'll bring Eva here to let me have her talk on the stream about the run.  I did some quick and dirty math and come up with about 250 hp input to the motor (375 v times 500 amps divided by 736 w/hp = that 250-ish number.

We're on a break - nobody ready to run, so we'll eat lunch and let Eva talk. 


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: salt27 on September 13, 2014, 01:39:30 PM
I heard the interview with BLM, loud and clear.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: maj on September 13, 2014, 01:41:52 PM
Not as clear outside the vehicle , and depends if i am listening on my cell which is good  or my laptop, not so much


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 13, 2014, 01:49:13 PM
Lost the interview mid sentence. and back again.
And out again . . . and restarted . . .


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Kartman on September 13, 2014, 01:50:16 PM
Yeah, it just cut out.

Tom


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 01:50:45 PM
Just lost the stream while she was talking. Good for her. That is one fast Lady. :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 13, 2014, 01:53:57 PM
Nice interview with Eva. Thanks.

Not nearly as good as you arguing with the voice command.  :mrgreen:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 01:58:38 PM
Jon, thanks for interviewing her. That made this all worth listening to.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: pdxracefan on September 13, 2014, 02:10:37 PM
Stream gone for me.  Won't reload. :?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: racefanwfo on September 13, 2014, 02:13:52 PM
Stream is back


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 02:19:14 PM
Here's the latest:


The new Mariani streamliner is going to make a very short shakedown run.  The car is being wheeled out of the pits and will start from right there -- won't bother to move up to the start line.  The crew says the car will be under power for about two miles and then click it -- so I doubt he'll get to the timing lights, much less go through them.  Safety and course workers are moving into place - safety at about the 2 1/2, workers on their assigned locations every mile or so. 
I'll let you know when there's something else to let you know.  Got that?

PS  Randy:  So how do I pronounce your last name? :?  I'll give you some on-air credit for all the help you've given me today.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Richard 2 on September 13, 2014, 02:26:52 PM
Lost YA


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: pdxracefan on September 13, 2014, 02:28:40 PM
Yup.  Gone again.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 02:32:03 PM
Yup. Its searching but wont hook up.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 02:33:35 PM
Man-o-man, I don't know why it's cutting out and coming back.  I'm not changing ANYTHING.  I just moved the jetpack wi-fi thingie to a bit of a different location - we;lkl see if that does anything to help.

The Mariani streamliner has now left the zero on the very short pass -- to the 2 about.

Chute out at the 1.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 02:36:49 PM
I can't get it to go from here, either, so I think I'll shut it down from this end and see if I can reboot and make things work.  Back in a minnit.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: TrickyDicky on September 13, 2014, 02:42:11 PM
zrd... Arfons flipped at an indicated airspeed of 610 mph exiting the mile after averaging 586 mph through the mile and 589 mph through the kilo....


Maybe Guinness has the wheel-driven record.  :lol:

Arfons and Breedlove in a different class.  :evil:



Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: TrickyDicky on September 13, 2014, 02:48:31 PM
It's back.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Richard 2 on September 13, 2014, 02:50:10 PM
You are on


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: TrickyDicky on September 13, 2014, 02:50:49 PM
Jon, I've been dipping in and out. Has Rocky run at all?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 02:52:39 PM
Love the smell of napalm in the morning and the sound of typing keys. Thanks Jon, whatever you did.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 02:53:05 PM
I don't kniow what happened, but the Verizon jetpack that has been providing the wi-fi link crapped out.  So I've switched to my iPhone for wi-fi and that IS working to provide the stream.  I haven't a clue as to why the pack quit -- maybe it'll come back to life later.

I also know that there's no vehicle set up and in line to run in the immediate future.  Mariani streamliner #22 mae the one mile under power checkout run, came to a stop with chute deployed at about the 2 1/2.  That car will return to the pits - not immediately to the start line.  Pack the chute, read data - don't know if they're planning a full length run yet today.  I'll let you know when I find out WTF is going on.

PS  The spell checker in my Apple laptop thinks that WTF is a mis-spelled word. :roll:

No, Rocky has not run at all;.  They're in the pit chasing gremlins.  Big Red is up on jack stands, Studebaker is maybe 45 minutes from a run, Mariani perhaps in an hour.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 02:54:00 PM
LOL


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: pdxracefan on September 13, 2014, 02:56:07 PM
I've got my eyes closed.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: pdxracefan on September 13, 2014, 03:03:12 PM
I'm not real familiar with this event.  Why are there so few entries?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 03:15:54 PM
You can look now - I've got pants on again.  And they're shorts -- now you could see the big tattoo of Nancy and her tattoos.  Too bad for you that you're not out here to see it.

We're still waiting for the Stude to get ready for a run.  The weather report:  72F, 18% humidity, Station pressure = 25.62", DA is 5989'.

The event is a child of the Cook Top Speed Shootout.  The salt wasn't good enough/long enough for the traditional 11-12 mile international course (as it's known) to be run for FIA and FIM records so the Top Speed Challenge was born out of necessity.  There were a handful of vehicles out here that wanted to run, and therefore the course was set up for one way runs - about 5 miles to the lights, a timed mile and an exit speed trap (132').  No "official" records or certification.  But Cook is hoping that the salt will be good enough for the real Shootout on the rain date.  I think the dates are 6 - 10 October -- right after WF/SpeedWeek.

The reason there aren't many vehicles is that it's quite expensive, relatively speaking, to have FIA and FIM certification, and also because the event was intended for just what it says - to be a top speed event, thereby involving mostly the fastest of the fast.  Everyone is welcome to sign up and race, and the cost, while it can be high, is sometimes born by a sponsor.  Top One Oil has paid the motorcycle entry fees for a few years, making it affordable for teams that aren't funded by a factory or business or whatever.  I don't know if there's the same type of "fairy godmother" helping the cars -- although I might guess about it. :roll:

The Shootout has commonly attracted a dozen - 2 dozen vehicles.  One major advantage of the concept is that there aren't many waiting lines.  Work on the vehicle 'til it's ready, notify Mike Cook or Junior that you'd like to run -- and the course is yours once patrol and fire and ambulance are in place (which they usually are already) and once the spectators and camera crews' cars are under control and locked down.

Further questions?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: TrickyDicky on September 13, 2014, 03:23:24 PM
Jon, if we go back to WoS Mike Cook was asking for a minimum of 20 (IIRC) entries to make the event viable. It seems there's way less than that at the moment. Are there more vehicles on the way?

Oh, and the stream has gone again.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: pdxracefan on September 13, 2014, 03:42:43 PM
Jon,

Thanks for the 'splanation, I understand more now.  And the stream is back and good now.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 03:50:12 PM
The stream is going again, I think.  I guess I knocked it off when I took a call from Nancy and wandered out of the wi fi range.  Somebody post a note to this topic so I know it's working.  Thanks.

If you're not listening you probably don't know that Mike Cook just reported that Betty Howard (George's sister) is about a half-hour away and heading to the salt with George in the car.  He wants to come out to see his car, and to thank his crew for building a good car.  Good car?  Well, getting bumped around at 370 and coming back here a bit sore but otherwise ok the very next day says that the car was pretty well built, hey?  George is also said to be ready to thank Cook and his crew for having the course set up as well as it is - especially with fire and safety as quick on the scene as they were.

And best of all -- George is going to come down here to the timing tower to tell the listening audience his stories.  Expect that to be in an hour or two.  I'll give you warning as soon as I get it.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 03:50:21 PM
Even when this stream stops momentarily, it is still better than my stream. Very weak, very weak.  :-D


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 03:51:03 PM
Its working Jon.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 03:55:09 PM
Thanks, Mark.  I'm sure we're all glad to hear that. :roll:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 13, 2014, 04:22:21 PM
Dead again....


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 04:24:00 PM
Yep, i was going to say the same thing.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Elmo Rodge on September 13, 2014, 04:27:40 PM
Still dead again.  :-P Wayno


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: racefanwfo on September 13, 2014, 04:31:06 PM
Stream gone. refresh does not work. must be the weather.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: pdxracefan on September 13, 2014, 04:36:04 PM
Stream's back.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 04:37:07 PM
It's back now - or at least I'm back online.  The iPhone was not hidden well enough from the sun and got to the over-temp point where it goes into quiet mode.  I put the phone into the cooler for a few minutes and now it's okay again.  I'll check the stream next.

Thanks, PDX


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 13, 2014, 04:39:05 PM
all good again... for time being


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 05:02:33 PM
Rocky is about to make his first run of the year.  It'll be in a couple of minutes.  In the meantime:

76F   16%  DA 6331'  25.67"    Negligible wind -- less than 1 mph, not enough to turn the direction indicator.

Canopy going down on the Ack Attack.  A couple of minutes.

Thinking back, it's been almost two years since Rocky piloted the bike.  Let's see what he can do.

He's under way.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 05:07:03 PM
Here's some data on the run Rocky is making right now.  I can hear the engines from here.

Through the 2 and running well.

At the four, chute is out, vehicle is slowing. At the five, slowing well, downshifting.

Chute out before the timed mile.  Exit speed was 51 dragging the chute.  Mile speed was 87.

Shut off engines about the 6 1/2.  Fire and ambulance are following him.  Nothing wrong from our viewpoint.

Nice run for first time in a couple of years.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 13, 2014, 05:11:05 PM
Cutting off the music is helpful during a run.
Cutting off the typing, that is 4 time louder, would be helpful.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 05:26:01 PM
Lost the stream Jon.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Peter Jack on September 13, 2014, 05:28:18 PM
It's back here.

Pete


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 13, 2014, 05:30:15 PM
Slim crushed the system killing flies,,, LOL.... It is back on now


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 05:35:59 PM
Perhaps Slim is out looking for George to do an interview.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 13, 2014, 05:44:47 PM
Lets all show Slim we appreciate what he is doing by hitting the DONATE button at the top of the page....


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 05:52:11 PM
Hey -- thanks.  George is down there signing posters, and I went down and said a quick howdy.  I also just posted some information on a different topic -- forgetting that I wasn't on this one.

The Mariani car is about to run.  The first run went under power to about the 1.  It would have gone farther, I found out, but there was a throttle linkage issue that cause the car to lose power.  This time the crew wants the car to run to about the 2 - 2 1/2 under power.  The car is on the line, safety and patrol in place, and we're just waiting for the run.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Kansas Bad Man on September 13, 2014, 05:55:12 PM
When I was in the line at the wos I was ask if I wanted to attend the MODIFIED Cook event , I was told no FIM or FIA records would be had the cost would be 2,500 $ to enter and they were looking for 2 more entries to pay the BILL'S. You would receive a timing slip for your runs, a T shirt and a trophy. That was out of my league, we did manage a SCTA record at the WOS , 187,776 SCS/PBF  11 m/c records were set at the WOS we were the third fastest with  twin engine's that are 65 years old.

MAX :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 05:56:43 PM
The Mariani #22 streamliner is under way.  I believe that when I saw it I saw that  it's a C/GS -- will confirm that later when I'm back down in the pits.

He's by the two and the chute is out.

That was a planned short run, remember.  Both chutes are out as he passes the three.

The timed stretch is from the 5 1/2 to the 6 1/2 so we won't have any speeds for you.

He's come to a stop at the 3 1/2.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: desotoman on September 13, 2014, 05:59:31 PM

we did manage a SCTA record at the WOS , 187,776 SCS/PBF  11 m/c records were set at the WOS we were the third fastest with  twin engine's that are 65 years old.

MAX :cheers:


Congratulations Max on your record. :cheers:

Tom G.




Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 06:05:15 PM
Good point Bigdaddy. I just hit the donate button. Any body else? Wonder if i could talk desotoman in to it? Hum.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Kansas Bad Man on September 13, 2014, 06:06:17 PM
Thanks for the up dates SLIM, will get a donation off to you.

Max :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: desotoman on September 13, 2014, 06:08:52 PM
Good point Bigdaddy. I just hit the donate button. Any body else? Wonder if i could talk desotoman in to it? Hum.

Hey Mark,

I will match you, how is that? How much did you send. You can PM me or call.  :-D

Tom G.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 06:09:35 PM
Your welcome Jon. You deserve it.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 13, 2014, 06:11:59 PM
Congrats on the record KANSAS BAD MAN,,,
We were invited to the Cook Shootout by the POWERED WITH DREAMS people to be in their movie.... With health problems with team members in 2013 & the rainout at Speed Week 2014 .... We had to get some SALT TIME......
Bagnell Baggo Chenowth Racing should be making a run in about an hour ( +or- )
To see more on our team here is a link to our website    http://baggoracing.weebly.com/

(http://baggoracing.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/9/9/12994655/4442741_orig.jpg)





Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 13, 2014, 06:12:47 PM
Quote
When I was in the line at the wos I was ask if I wanted to attend the MODIFIED Cook event , I was told no FIM or FIA records would be had the cost would be 2,500 $ to enter and they were looking for 2 more entries to pay the BILL'S. You would receive a timing slip for your runs, a T shirt and a trophy.

That does sound like a high price. Until you factor in the costs. I heard two years ago it cost Mike Cook $45,000 to put this event on.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 06:16:52 PM
Thanks very much, folks.

The Mariani car is now clear of the course.  The Studebaker is in position to start from the 3 mile.  Driver is donning his garb (like the way I say that?).  Expect him to run in about 10 minutes.

The battery in my phone is down to about 15% -- and I don't have a charger with me today.  If that goes dead I'll be forced off the air.  I can't make the little jetpack wi fi thingie work -- may have to end things early.  Stay tuned.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: desotoman on September 13, 2014, 06:20:53 PM

Good point Bigdaddy. I just hit the donate button. Any body else? Wonder if i could talk desotoman in to it? Hum.


Hey Mark,

I will match you, how is that? How much did you send. You can PM me or call.  :-D

Tom G.


Dang you Mark, I did not expect you to say $50, but I am a man of my word so $50 it is. How about some of you other folks out there? There are over 5,000 members on this site so dig into your pockets and hit the button. If I can do it, you can too.

Tom G.



Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 06:21:52 PM
The Studebaker made a fine run just now -- sounded tasty going past the timing tower.  

209.475 mile

     214.603 exit


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 06:23:28 PM
It'll be a while before we have another run today  if we hjave one at all, so I'm going to shut down and dseew about ny wi fi devices.  I'll be back in a while -- I sure hope.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: azgearhed on September 13, 2014, 06:27:01 PM
My 50 bucks is in-thx Jon


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: generatorshovel on September 13, 2014, 06:27:27 PM
Thanks Slim, (and all LSR junkies) for the live broadcast, I matched the US $50 donation trend
A special WELL DONE MAX for your record  :cheers:
Tiny


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 06:30:07 PM
Thanks Tom for stepping up. I will buy coffee and donuts next Thursday. Any one else out there? Just think of the fuel that Jon spends going from Michigan to Bonneville and then turn around and go back. I know he works his butt off because i have been there and seen him in action.  :cheers: By the way, was i the only one that heard that frog?  :-D :-D :-D


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 06:31:43 PM
Way to go azgearhed and Tiny. Thanks.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: desotoman on September 13, 2014, 06:46:15 PM

Thanks Tom for stepping up. I will buy coffee and donuts next Thursday.


Mark,

Thanks but that is OK as I put my foot in my mouth. But I was just thinking if everyone would just send just $5 or $10, that would really help Jon and that would be the cost of one mixed drink,a Margareta or a glass of wine, except for Charles Shaw.(two buck Chuck)  :-D 

Mark is right this is not cheap for Jon so please help him out.

Thanks to those who have and will contribute.


Tom G.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: wheelrdealer on September 13, 2014, 06:49:04 PM
Ok Mark... you motivated me to send a donation sooner rather than later. Thanks for the little push it is the right thing to do. NEXT!

Thanks Jon, it is great to hear this stuff real time when you are stuck in your home town.

BR


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 06:51:40 PM
Thanks BR. I am sure Jon will appreciate it.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 06:58:10 PM
Thanks for the up dates SLIM, will get a donation off to you.

Max :cheers:


Thanks for doing this Max.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 07:19:58 PM
Hey, hay, HAY!  I'm back.  The jetpack won't work but I hooked the iPhone to the laptop and got some juice into the battery.

The Studebaker is getting ready to run.  Ack Attack is maybe -- waiting for wind checks.  It's been 3-5 mph crosswind from mountain to highway for the past few hours -- borderline conditions for Rocky.

There's also another bike that might run this afternoon -- but absolutely no information on it so I can't give you anything

As for the donations:  Thank you very much.  I do appreciate them and yes, it does cost a bit to come out here.  I'd want to do it anyway - but it sure does make it easier to convince Nancy that I should make the trips.

And as for the cost of a margarita -- your donations are pretty safe.  I drink Gatorade and Mountain Dew -- but no booze/beer.  I filled my drink card quite a few years ago.

Back to racing -- nothing much more on the Stude.  I don't think I'll turn the streaming back on -- too much dead air between runs and it's dang near quitting time for the day.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 07:29:31 PM
I've turned the audio stream back on for the Studebaker's run.  That'll be in a little while -- the retrieval vehicle is moving down the track.

Still no decision by Akatiff on whether to run today.  The wind here at the timing stand is about 4-5 mph crosswind - again.  The bike in question is featured in a build diary here -- and some photos of it were posted just a little while ago.  Take a look -- it's a gold bike.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: desotoman on September 13, 2014, 07:31:08 PM
Jon,

I did not mean to suggest that you drink, what I meant was that if someone goes out to dinner and enjoys a drink with their dinner, instead of having a drink they send the money to you.

When is the interview with George?

Tom G.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 13, 2014, 07:33:56 PM
That's the Bagnell Baggo Chenowth Racing Bike , CX500 Turbo out of San Diego
Jacob Bagnell Jr. is the rider,,,


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 07:35:09 PM
Man,,,,,,that thing sounded sweet going by.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 07:35:22 PM
No problem, Tom.  I figured you meant something like that.  Here comes the Studebaker.

Mile speed:    220.407

Exit speed:     225.700


Chute out after the 6 -- nice run.

I'm still waiting for Cook to bring me either George or the pre-recorded interview that was done in the pits.  I sure hope that someone managed to do that.  I apolosise for saying it was going to happen -- I was only going on what I was informed.  I sure would like to have the fun - and honor and pleasure -- of talking with George about the day out here yesterday.

We're still waiting to hear about the Ack bike, and wondering about the Bagnell bike, too.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 07:39:23 PM
The decision has been made -- no Ack Attack bike run yet tonight.  The Bagnell bike will now run starting from the 3 mile.

Well -- this will be a new one for me to see.  The bike rider will start at about the three and run through the timed stretch from five to six.  He'll then slow down and u-turn and run through the timed stretch in the other direction.

I don't know more.  The bike is running and the rider is on the bike.

Bike # 1338 is underway.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 07:52:26 PM
Santo and Johnny,,,,,,,sleepwalk


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: desotoman on September 13, 2014, 07:54:43 PM
Santo and Johnny,,,,,,,sleepwalk

Good memory Mark.

"Sleep Walk" is an instrumental steel guitar-based song written, recorded, and released in 1959 by brothers Santo & Johnny Farina.

Tom G.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 07:57:02 PM
The bike entered the timed mile at speed and got out of the throttle, slowing during the mile.  He's now at the end of the timed bit and going very slowly.

Has now completed the u-turn and is building speed on his way back towards the start.  He is now motoring gently - about 60 mph - towards the pit area.

Thanks for the Santo and Johnny information.  I figured a few of you would know. :-D


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 13, 2014, 08:01:29 PM
I was 13 years old when Santo and Johnny recorded that song. Always been a favorite. Thanks for a good day Jon. Signing off here.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 08:06:07 PM
The bike rider evidently was cornfused about where the timed stretch was.  He'll make another round trip run right away and then we'll be done for the day.

There'll be a meeting at the pits in a few minutes to discuss tomorrow's start time.  I have no information at this time as to what that start will be.  I know that the Ack Attack bike wants to run first thing in the ayem -- just don't know how that time is defined.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 13, 2014, 08:12:31 PM
Are you off the air for the night?????  Wanted to hear if the Baggo bike ran for a time....


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 08:17:15 PM
Yup -- we're done.  The bike did not make a second run. 

No starting time for the morning yet - I'll have to let you know once I know.  C U later, and thanks for listening, reading -- and donating. :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 13, 2014, 08:31:16 PM
Thanks , It is what it is.... We were there to get some film taken , not a time ... But it would have been nice to get a number , it has been 2 years since we gotten a timing slip on the bike,,,

Looks like I started a donation drive with my comment...  , .... Do I get a % of what was donated LOL
Talk at you tomorrow,,, Will be on all day again. That is our last day before our rider has to fly out , He has to be in Class to teach Monday morning...



Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 13, 2014, 10:08:16 PM
Hey, BigDaddy.  No problemo if your rider has to leave -- I've got my leathers and helmet with me.  I'd be pleased to offer myself to ride the bike.  Seriously.  I'd love it.

And more important, ladies and gentlemen, I've got the Jetpack wi-fi thingie going again.  After some time with Verizon tech support (Katie, a young lady that sounded like American was her native language and didn't make me feel like a dumb jerk.  Thanks, Verizon and Katie) we decided that since it wouldn't reset when I pushed the reset button - to go to the very basic way to reset it.  I opened it and took the battery out for a few minutes.  Put the battery back in and -- viola!  It's working just fine.  In fact -- it had gone into limp mode before quitting altogether, going from a nice fast 4G down to a slow 3G status.  When it came back up a little while ago it's at the 4G again.  Wah-hoo, it's all good again.  Good thing, too -- my iPhone's monthly data limit is approaching fast and I don't know how to reset that from the phone.  Worse -- I don't remember the password to get me into my account so I can't change the data allowance.  I'll get billed at a stingingly high rate if I exceed without upping it before I hit 100%.

But anyway, back to the Top Speed Challenge for tomorrow/Sunday.  Start time has been decided to be at 9AM Wendover time.  I'm expecting that to be defined as 9AM racer time, which means it might be at nine, it might be at ten thirty, but sooner or later we'll get back to racing. 

The Ack Attack bike is in the transporter carrier at the start line and Mike says he's got the bike ready for Rocky to get on it hard first thing in the morning.  Today's run was aborted by pulling the chute a bit before Rocky got into the timed mile, and the rumor that I heard (and remember, this is a rumor not heard from anyone on the Ack team so I can't vouch for the veracity of it) is that it wasn't shifting both transmissions correctly.  He was moving at good speed before the problem occurred, too.  Bummer -- but there's always tomorrow.

Deep enough for tonight.  It's a bit past 9PM out here and I haven't eaten supper.  I think I'll go to that world famous restaurant a mile or so from here.  You know it -- the Burger le Roi.  See you tomorrow.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Freud on September 13, 2014, 11:06:54 PM
THANKS, SSS.

FREUD


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 13, 2014, 11:18:00 PM
SLIM
Riding the BAGGO MYSTERY BIKE.....

That something you'll have to talk to BAGGO about... There is a reason my name is LAST on the gas tank... LOL

I have helped with almost every part of this bike  & I have never swung a leg over it.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 10:43:24 AM
Well -- it's morning at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  I think I've got the audio going - and Rocky is about to run.  Turn on your audio and enjoy the run.  I'll fill you in later on.


Rocky is under way from the zero.  

Chute out at the 4 1/2.   Slowing in the timed mile.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 14, 2014, 10:44:37 AM
Simon & Garfunkels "The Sounds of Silence" has been replaced by keyboard slamming.

I'm soooo happy.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Dean Los Angeles on September 14, 2014, 10:48:35 AM
Facetious? Me?
Thanks for stopping typing during the run. Makes a big difference.
And GOOD MORNING to you.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 11:03:48 AM
The next vehicle to run will be the Big Red Camaro, wearing a number1.  It's going to run only to the 2 so we won't hear or see it.  Just letting you know.

The Ack bike had some tuning hassles with the MoTeC yesterday and this morning.  Ian Mann from the SD team joined the party with Mike A. and Ken Puccio, Ack crew chief, and they sorted it out a bit and left the tuneup about 10% fat - - nice and safe.  No idea why Rocky pulled the chute at the 4 1/2.

Dennis Mariani says they'll make a pass this morning starting from the 2 or so so the car will go through the lights -- they'll get a speed.  I'm thinking that this event is being used as a test and tune -- agree?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 11:29:51 AM
Next vehicle will be the #22 Mariani C/GS 'liner.  He'll start at the two and run down here and through the lights to get a speed. I don't think it'll be a WFO run -- but oughta be fast enough :-D.

The engine is running.

The car is under way.  Running from the 2 to the six.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 11:31:39 AM
Chute out before the three.  No speed data this time, either.  I don't know who's going to be next up.

The course is now unlocked.  Will advise when I hear anything.  Junior is heading to the pits to see if anyone is close to ready or has plans about when they'd run.

Now -- the donation story.  I mentioned this on the audio stream.  I've got a good supply of '14 Salt Talks t-shirts remaining and will be glad to send one (or more) to you.  The cost is $20 plus $6 shipping (US postal service) each.  If you want a shirt or two -- please make a donation of at least $26.  Using the Paypal button is easy, but you're also welcome to send it via mail to landracing.com, 509 Dukes Road, Skandia Michigan 49885.  Checks are fine -- as long as there's some money in your account :evil:.  Please:  when you send the donation I need to have your mailing address included, and also the size shirt you want.

I'll be shipping them once I'm back at home later on this week -- probably no sooner than Saturday.  Remember -- Minimum $26, your mailing address, your chosen shirt size.  Thanks.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: PorkPie on September 14, 2014, 11:43:21 AM
reading the notes here and on Facebook is confusing me....

I was told at the salt, there will be a 5 mile track with a 4 mile slow down...and a 132 feet timing....

now I'm reading that they time the speed over the mile - like the electric sidecar - and they run for license....

How this....is this now a other meet as they said on Wednesday??????????????????with different time light set up???


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Texican on September 14, 2014, 11:58:37 AM
Has the stream died again?

I was in the next room fixing brunch, and the noise stopped.
So we rebooted both modem and laptop; still crickets.
"She who must be obeyed" is getting real grumpy if I don't throw a piece of meat into her cage...

Now 11
11:04 MDST...  Kasey speaks from the grave.

If somebody was asking for C&W; KRCL features bluegrass and some country most of the PM on Sundays.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Glen on September 14, 2014, 12:00:35 PM
Pork Pie, this is a test and tune now, the shoot out is re scheduled for after the world finals. :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: racefanwfo on September 14, 2014, 12:11:19 PM
Stream is gone. trying to refresh. not having any luck.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 12:22:16 PM
Crap.  I'm suffering through farkle 17b right now.  I've rebooted and restarted and I can't get the software for the streaming to work.  At least I've got the internet going so I can get to the Forum.

You're not missig anything -- nobody planning to run for an hour or so.  I'll keep fiddling with the stream.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 12:28:33 PM
It's going again.  Bothersome -- gotta find a better system before next year.  But at least I can make it work if I pay close attention.  How can I read my western if I'm being pestered by keeping the thing going?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: racefanwfo on September 14, 2014, 12:30:34 PM
Stream is back. you are the MAN.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 14, 2014, 12:33:14 PM
No Napalm this morning but love those typing keys.  :-D Goes good with the country western sounds.  :roll:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: doug odom on September 14, 2014, 12:49:40 PM
Jon, I'll send you $60 for two shirts. Please ship them to Fisher House or Wounded Warriors.
 Any good Veterans group is OK.
I already have more tee shirts than I will ever wear.

Doug in Big Ditch 


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: racefanwfo on September 14, 2014, 12:51:15 PM
Any chance on a radio station change. Would like to hear some classic rock & roll. The country and western music is a little boring.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: TrickyDicky on September 14, 2014, 01:00:44 PM
Jon, I don't know whether you are taking questions today, but can you (or anyone else in the know) tell us a bit about the Mariani streamliner? Is it the same car that currently holds the E/GS and E/FS records? Or a modified version of that car? Or a completely new vehicle?

TIA.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 01:13:06 PM
TD, I don't have that information.  I'll try to catch Dennis or one of the crew later and ask.

I hear that the Ack Attack is preparing to make a run soon.  Fire, ambulance, and patrols are moving into place. I've gotta send this so I can make the streaming work again.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: TrickyDicky on September 14, 2014, 01:18:34 PM
Streaming was working again then stopped while you were talking about the FIA officials having a tour.

Thanks for responding.



Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: racefanwfo on September 14, 2014, 01:23:28 PM
Stream is down.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 01:26:58 PM
It shows me that all is working -- I can hear it on the monitor.  I'm getting cranky about this danged thiing.

A bunch of VIP FIA folks out here at the tower right now -- you might hear them in the background.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: racefanwfo on September 14, 2014, 01:29:51 PM
Stream is back.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 01:40:55 PM
Maybe 5 or 10 minutes 'til Ack runs.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 14, 2014, 01:44:06 PM
stream gone


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 01:44:53 PM
Yep -- I know it died again.  I'm working on it.


Dodge streaming won't reboot this time.  I'll type what I can for you.  Sorry it's crapped out.

Ack is moving -- through the one.

Chute out at about the 2.  Run has ended again.  He's at the 3 1/2.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: PorkPie on September 14, 2014, 01:54:59 PM
Pork Pie, this is a test and tune now, the shoot out is re scheduled for after the world finals. :cheers:

Glen,

yes, I know that this is a test and tune and not the Shootout....but Mike Cook said, that they will have only this 132 feet speed timing....but when I follow all the notes it looks not this way....license runs and measured miles...what is really going on???????????????


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 01:59:32 PM
This Dodge jetpack is going to be replaced before the next event.  No question about it.  I'm going to give up on it for the audio -- 'til I have a bit of time.  Maybe a soak in liquid nitrogen will help.

Pork Pie:  The event is not FIA/FIM, and the course is only about 8 miles or so.  The timing lights measure one mile as well as the 132' trap at the (north) end of the course.  That's why we can have the two speeds recorded.  It has turned into a test and tune -- but speeds are being measured properly so "records", while not from a sanctioning body, can at least be compared to those set at SCTA/USFRA events or FIM/FIA.  Okay?

An un-named official visitor to the salt just ran his new Camaro through the lights.  The speedo showed about the high 130s.  The lights showed his pass through the mile at 150.8.  Now we know how fast that car will run.  No, I don't think it is other than stock.  It might be a rental - the fellow is not from America and probably flew here -- got the rental and played with it.  I'll find out since I expect youse guys will hassle over how much has been done on it/how fast is a stocker.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 14, 2014, 02:06:30 PM
Anything on the Bagnell Baggo Chenowth Bike today????
Was at Church this morning :evil: & with the live stream up & down , I ain't sure whats going on :?.

Slim
Thanks for everything...


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 02:09:20 PM
He ran the bike through the lights at about 130 -- don't have the exact speed.  There's a crowd around the tiing trailer - it's difficult to get good data with all the people there.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: desotoman on September 14, 2014, 02:11:56 PM

reading the notes here and on Facebook is confusing me....


PorkPie,

You are not alone. Reading Cook's Facebook page is confusing IMO.

Tom G.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 14, 2014, 02:13:44 PM
Thanks Slim.... That's a GOOD NUMBER...


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 02:22:57 PM
Here's the status of the event as of a quarter after 1 Wendover time:

Ack Attack is putting the bike in the trailer and going home.

Stupidbaker is changing engines - will likely run again but who knows when?

Big Red can run - just went to the 2 - no word on making full course passes.

Mariani 'liner may run - no word about the car and when it might run.

Speed Demon team is working with a 55-gallon drum of turtle wax trying to buff out the scratches.

Eva won't run again this event -- she's satisfied with the 270 from yesterday.  Going home with a running vehicle is cool.  Speaking of her -- she's chatting with one of the FIA guys here -- and having a blast.  They're talking Swedish back and forth.  Maybe telling stories about me, maybe joking about running 270 in an electric sidecar 'liner.  I don't speak Swedish.

Did I miss anyone?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 14, 2014, 02:30:27 PM
Slim
Not Counting the BAGGO bike,,, There are only 6 other teams that showed up to run???


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 02:40:41 PM
It's something like 1.40PM out here and we are told that there will be nobody running for at least 1 1/2 hours -- maybe longer.  That means to me that the next run won't be until 3 or 3.30.  I don't know who that next vehicle might be.

Let's see how many there are/were.  Speed Demon, Mariani 'liner, Ack Attack, Big Red Camaro, Eva's electric 3-wheeler, Stupidbaker, the Baggo CX500 turbo bike -- and, umm, unh, I don't remember anyone else.  Have you folks got a memory that works and thinks of a vehicle that I've forgot here?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 14, 2014, 02:42:35 PM
Speed Demon team is working with a 55-gallon drum of turtle wax trying to buff out the scratches

 LOL



Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 03:18:48 PM
We're down to two vehicles.  I hear that the Mariani car is out with an engine problem -- valvetrain or something so won't run any more this event.  And although they've also got the roadster here, the engines in both cars were built at the same time so maybe the fault is in both builds.   They're done for this event.

Eva is done but hanging around.  Big Red did that 221 run the other day and will probably run again -- just don't know when.  Studebaker engine swap is proceeding -- don't know why they're changing.  Is it a class change, or try this one instead of that one, or because the first one got hurt?  I dunno. . .

Speed Demon has run out of Turtle Wax and is trying some WD40 and duct tape.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Texican on September 14, 2014, 03:30:59 PM
Speed Demon team is working with a 55-gallon drum of turtle wax trying to buff out the scratches

 LOL



Is there a frame jig and some large 'c' clamps in the toolbox?

I would suspect that having enough energy to fly 345 feet, there has to a least a visit to the alignsment shop.

  It's really a sick joke.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 03:50:47 PM
The Big Red Camaro is running right now -- but from the 0 to the 2.  Nowhere near the timing lights.  Chute out at the 2 3/4.  Running for the camera crew, maybe -- but sure ain't nuffin' on getting to the lights.  I don't know. . . :?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 14, 2014, 05:24:22 PM
Ya Texican,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i think you are a little warped just like the rest of us.  :-D :-D :-D

And Jon, i guess you are finished with the streaming, are you not?  :? And thanks for another good typing and broadcast day.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 05:35:40 PM
Well, I think IO'm done with streaming -- because I can't keep the Jetpack wi-fi thingie going continuously.  As for the event -- after our afternoon nappie time the Big Red Camaro is about to run, they tell us.  They say the car is about 15 miniutes from making a run from the 3 to the 6 - so it can get a real time.  But then, after that 15-minute warning -- we hear the car is still in the pit and they're still packing the chute.  Stay tuned -- but don't worry about missing much.  And no, I don't plan to fire up the audio stream for the single run.  No word on the Stude running again today.

Why am I guessing that this might turn into the last day of the event?  It's only my guess - and I'm not trying to be negative.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 05:42:10 PM
The Stude won't run today, and the way I heard it implies that it might run tomorrow.  That's my implication - nothing official.

El Mirage is done for today.  77 entries, Keith Black (Heather's brother) ran a 212 on a 210 minimum and got his merlot-colored hat (don't know what vehicle, sorry).  Some records, lots of fun, way too hot for my tastes (I heard something like 105F.)  Hot Nancy is what I like -- not hot thermometer. :evil:

The Camaro is being moved tot he three, where he'll start.  The driver isn't suited up yet, though.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: TrickyDicky on September 14, 2014, 05:45:51 PM
I've lost track - who's leading the Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 05:55:09 PM
Eva Hakansson's 270+ is still the top speed of the meet -- and likely to remain so.

Big Red Camaro is starting the engine -- has not left the line yet.

Now the car is under way.

The camera crew is moving ahead of the car.



228.041 exit

mile  221.877

To explain, first remember that this car has spent all of the meet getting video for some reason.  Cameras strapped on the car, cameras along the track, etc.  This time the camera car had the cameras strapped to the roof and said car left before the race car.  The race car chased, so to speak, the camera car.  I expect the video would be cool, although the race car didn't quite catch the cameras 'til well after the end of the mile and the chute was out.  Hope that was all they wanted.

Alan Rice is unlocking the salt as I type and we don't know if Big Red will run again today.  I doubt it -- too long turnaround for the Camaro.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 06:08:00 PM
That's it for today.  No decision on when to start tomorrow.  Maybe by the time we shut down and clean up and meander down to the pits -- maybe then we'll have a time.  Check here later.  TTFN.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 14, 2014, 10:45:42 PM
It's bed time in Wendover and there's not much to report about tomorrow.  Only two vehicles remain.  The Studebaker's second engine was being installed as I walked to their pit (the first one was sitting on the tarp next to the car, evidently expired).  They hope to have it running by noon or so.  The Big Red Camaro should still be ready to run.  And that's it.  The Ack Attack bike is done for the event.  Interesting story here.

Mike A. took about ten minutes to explain the issue that they're having.  Basically - the tune up is acting goofy.  Rocky's first pass used about 50% throttle, ran strong, and went 310 in 4th gear.  It was his first real run in the bike since '10.  But on the next pass he ran it up at about half throttle again, and when twisting the grip for more the motors just laid down as the turbos spun up.  Way too lean.  In the pit they looked at data and spark plugs and decided to add 20% fuel to the map.  Same result -- strong until the boost climbs, then lean.  At least it was better, but it was shaking with detonation so Rocky aborted the run.  Added 10% more fuel and got - basically the same thing.

The motors ran great on the dyno.  The engines were fine in the shop.  But (big but here) after all the static tests the engines were torn down for cleaning and maintenance and the injectors were pulled out and sent to an injector shop that the team uses for cleaning.  When the injectors were shipped back they were put straightaway into the engines.  And this event is the first time it's been run in anger since then.

Thinking it might be the MoTeC they fiddled with it.  Ian Mann, the MoTeC guy from the Speed Demon team, went over and spent a bunch of time working with them on the unit.  Still found nothing to indicate any fault except the weird lean condition.  The final thought is that the wrong injectors were shipped back and they're running at pretty much 100% at low or no boost, and when the boost builds -- they don't have the capacity to provide enough fuel.  They visually are the same - and nothing had been done upon receipt from the shop to test them.  Who thought that they might have needed a flow test?  Good thing they found the hassle now - instead of at an FIM meet.  This was, for them at least, a test and tune.

That's enough.  We'll plan on being out there around 9 Wendover time in the morning, but don't be surprised if there's nothing going on.  Maybe I'll have the time to make the fricking streaming audio wi-fi jetpack work right.

G'night. 8-)


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 15, 2014, 11:15:50 AM
It's a quarter after 10 on a Monday morning at the Bonneville Salt Flats.  Big Red Camaro is about to become the first vehicle to run today.  The helicopter is in the air, the camera crews are in position on the salt and in the mobile rigs, there is a camera taping Alan in the timing stand -- oh, yeah, and the car is moving.

Smoke coming out by the time he got to about the 3 1/2, lotsa smoke at the 4 1/2, chute out at the five, fire and ambulance are on him.

Car is stopped about a quarter mile before the 6, helicopter is landing, Junior reports all seems okay.  The car did not go through the lights so no speed.  I'd guess he was near 200 when the smoke started coming out.

Junior now has called for a course sweep.  There a couple of big holes in the pan.

Nothing much more now.  I'm going to hazard the guess that the Big Red Camaro is done for the event, leaving only the Studebaker to run.  I'll fill you in once I know.



Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 15, 2014, 11:30:29 AM
Thanks Jon,,,,,,and good morning. Mark.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 15, 2014, 11:41:40 AM
The course sweep has yielded what might have caused Big Red to oil down the track.  A piston pin and part of a rod showed up on the salt.  There were no airplanes flying over at that time -- so it might have been from Big Red.

The Studebaker engine is running in the pit just now.  We're down to it as the only car still running.  No idea when the Stude will run - but at least they've got a motor spinning under it's own power.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: wheelrdealer on September 15, 2014, 01:04:00 PM

I remember when my drive shaft broke in 2011. The track spotter at the tree mile pulled up and asked me if I dropped any parts on the track. I said I don't know, but it sure sounded like I did at about 2 1/4. In the end both sections of the drive shaft were still on the car but the racket from the 16" differential end spinning and cutting the sheet metal floor up sure sounded like running over engine parts.

Big Red got stopped ok and that's all that matters.

BR


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 15, 2014, 01:48:28 PM
It's not over yet.  The Studebaker/Stupidbaker/Beautiful Baker is on the track at about the 2 3/4 and moving into position for a run in about 15 minutes or so.  Also on the track is a pair of school buses with about 100 students.  They'll make a run down the track and get timing certificates (one per bus) as souvenirs.  They can make their own copies for each kid.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 15, 2014, 01:56:31 PM
The Studebaker is running, course is locked down and clear -- car may run when ready.

Car is under way.

Into the timed mile -- slowing down in the mile.  160 in the mile, 146 exit.

Helicopter flew over on a diagonal -- too dang noisy - couldn't hear the engine of the car.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Kix on September 15, 2014, 01:57:25 PM
It's not over yet.  The Studebaker/Stupidbaker/Beautiful Baker is on the track at about the 2 3/4 and moving into position for a run in about 15 minutes or so.  Also on the track is a pair of school buses with about 100 students.  They'll make a run down the track and get timing certificates (one per bus) as souvenirs.  They can make their own copies for each kid.

......and, queue the circus music!


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 15, 2014, 02:37:22 PM
The buses just went through the lights.  I wonder if I should jeopardize the driver's jobs by reporting how fast they went?

They would not have got a ticket on some roads. . . :roll:

The buses stopped here at the timing stand and got their certs.  Mike Cook handed them to the drivers and talked with the kids.  Gabriel Uttley was riding in one of the buses, and Eva Hakansson in one, and a few other racers.  I took some photos so the kids could show their parents that they'd really been out here.

I also have just this one shot for the kids to show Mom and Dad and everyone else -- Eva, in her bike, after her 270+ run.  I thought the kids would get a kick out of saying that "she sat in our bus and talked with us".


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 15, 2014, 02:58:29 PM
Studebaker #9913 is running - about to leave the line.  Starting around the 2 1/2, I think, and going through the lights for a good speed (isn't that what we all try?).

Car is under way.

Car is slowing around the 3 1/2 -- shifting back down.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Nortonist 592 on September 15, 2014, 03:02:34 PM
Great photos Slim.  Looks like another generation of salt addicts has been created!!


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 15, 2014, 04:29:06 PM
SLIM
Just wanted to thank you for putting up with me this weekend,,, Having our race team at the salt & me  stuck here in San Diego under Doctors orders to take it easy after a heart attack SUCKED.. You gave me the chance to at least listen in...  Hope you know how much this meant to me,,,
Thanks again ,  Randy Chenowth
Bagnell Baggo Chenowth Racing

Heart Attacks ain't no fun, & the Doctor said reduce my SALT intake..... LOL :evil:
(http://baggoracing.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/9/9/12994655/4183525_orig.jpg)


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: nomobux on September 15, 2014, 04:41:57 PM
SLIM
Just wanted to thank you for putting up with me this weekend,,, Having our race team at the salt & me  stuck here in San Diego under Doctors orders to take it easy after a heart attack SUCKED.. You gave me the chance to at least listen in...  Hope you know how much this meant to me,,,
Thanks again ,  Randy Chenowth
Bagnell Baggo Chenowth Racing

Heart Attacks ain't no fun, & the Doctor said reduce my SALT intake..... LOL :evil:
(http://baggoracing.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/9/9/12994655/4183525_orig.jpg)

 Hoping your recovery is FAST !!  Pun intended.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 15, 2014, 04:49:24 PM
THANKS Nomobux
I gave up smokin the day I had my heat attack after 20 years of a pack a day....
Got  heart surgery on Sept 29 , Doctor say that will be NO WORRIES & I'll be back to abnormal in no time,,,
I know he ain't got a cure for SALT FEVER.....


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 15, 2014, 05:58:02 PM
I don't mean to steal your thread Slim, but after all the dust settles down over the Speeddemon rollover and George walking away basically in good shape, i think a lot of kudos should go to Rich Manchen who i do believe, built that frame a few years ago. Rich is a great fabricator and welder and has done some welding for myself. For George to walk away from that car tells a lot about the safety aspect that Rich put in to building that chassis. Good job Rich. Just my two cents. Mark.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: desotoman on September 15, 2014, 06:23:04 PM
Speaking of George,

What ever happened to that interview I have been waiting for :? :? :evil: :evil:

Tom G.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: azgearhed on September 15, 2014, 07:10:34 PM
interview...interview...interview...interview 8-) 8-)


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigd1 on September 15, 2014, 07:26:57 PM
Slim Can You tell me does lands end still have water around it? Also any word on Speed Demon making World Finials or the other cook Shootout 


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: 4-barrel Mike on September 15, 2014, 07:37:09 PM
Speed Demon:  https://www.facebook.com/CookLSS (https://www.facebook.com/CookLSS) scroll down to the pictures  :-o  on Sept 12.  What do you think?  :|

Mike


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 15, 2014, 07:37:35 PM
Slim Can You tell me does lands end still have water around it? Also any word on Speed Demon making World Finials or the other cook Shootout 

Hey bigd1, if you face book go to Mike Cooks Shoot out and check out the pictures of the Speeddemon. Here is a link but i don't know if it will open. Don't think that car will be back for quite some time.

https://www.facebook.com/CookLSS?fref=ts


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 15, 2014, 07:38:35 PM
You beat me to it Mike.  :roll:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 15, 2014, 09:20:27 PM
I'm s till waiting for George to be brought out to the tower by someone.  I was tied down to the equipment and couldn't get down to the pits.  Ditto I'm still waiting for the helper that was going to be doing a bunch of interviews on his recorder and deliver them to me so I could play them.  And then, when he said he had to leave early, he asked for my email addy so he could send them to me for playing later.  I should have them by Sunday noon, I was told.  Or maybe it was Sunday evening.  It's Monday evening and the event is over and I still don't have them.

But then -- the streaming audio worked better than I expected it would, and next time I try it I'll have more things all figured out and ready to run -- so I can devote more effort to getting those interviews and chasing down George and having the streaming run continuously without dropping out.  I called tech support today for the third day in a row.  this time I got a small apology and was told they wouldn't charge me for today and tomorrow.  Great -- the event is over today and they won't charge for tomorrow.  And today I couldn't get it working.

No matter -- it worked pretty danged well for the chewing gum and baling wire effort.  Thanks for sticking around for what I could send down the wire (so to speak). :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: wheelrdealer on September 15, 2014, 09:44:39 PM
Jon:

I am so starved for salt, if you were transmitting over scratchy AM radio waves like the X out of Mexico I would hold my ear to the speaker to hear every morsel of sound. I enjoy your comments, the background radio chatter, Glen... especially Glen telling people to "take it to impound" mixed with a little header noise. Way down hear in South Florida we have salt in the air but none on the ground. Thanks for helping me feed the need. Thanks to ZZ Mark's encouragement there is a little something in the Paypal inbox at LR.com. Sometimes you need someone suggestion to do the right thing. :)

Thanks for all you do for us.

BR


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 15, 2014, 10:36:38 PM
Thanks BR for stepping up  :cheers:,,,,,,,,,,,,and thanks Jon for all your hard work. Have a safe trip home. Mark.  :-)


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: TrickyDicky on September 16, 2014, 04:55:50 AM
From the Cook Shootout Facebook page:

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Our pal Jon Wennerberg a/k/a Seldom Seen Slim has been hard at work providing a live streaming audio report from the Shootout. Mike Cook's Bonneville Shootout would like to acknowledge and thank Slim for the effort he put in under difficult circumstances. Slim reported from his car for the entire event. A lot of racers and enthusiasts enjoyed the feed from landracing.com and we would be very happy to have Slim do it again next year. Thanks Slim.

Plus there is a photo of Jon at work in his car.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: tauruck on September 16, 2014, 05:14:40 AM
Good photo. Thanks Dicky.


Way to go Jon. Thanks. :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: WOODY@DDLLC on September 16, 2014, 05:22:47 PM
I'll post some more photos later from the event but thought youse guys might like this one! [Sorry, no Speed Demon crash stuff!]

The doctor told George that the guy in the room next to him fell off his Segway, had a broken arm and his face was a mess! Worse shape than George! :-o George be the man what am!  :cheers:



Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: WOODY@DDLLC on September 17, 2014, 12:58:32 PM
https://plus.google.com/photos/111053800401265205999/albums/6060095755041918513?authkey=CNqnm5Xo-73Fbw


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Stan Back on September 17, 2014, 03:00:47 PM
Couldn't get there.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: superleggera on September 17, 2014, 04:27:09 PM
https://plus.google.com/photos/111053800401265205999/albums/6060095755041918513?authkey=CNqnm5Xo-73Fbw

Nice pics -- thanks!


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Peter Jack on September 17, 2014, 05:04:56 PM
Another fine job of photography Woody!  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

Pete


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: lsrjunkie on September 17, 2014, 05:14:08 PM
https://plus.google.com/photos/111053800401265205999/albums/6060095755041918513?authkey=CNqnm5Xo-73Fbw

Nice pics -- thanks!



X2 Thanks!  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Ron Gibson on September 17, 2014, 05:15:30 PM
Thanks Woody. Great pictures. The workmanship is great. :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

Ron


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 17, 2014, 06:11:55 PM
Troy knows how to build em. Fine job Troy.  :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 17, 2014, 09:59:59 PM
I'm almost home from the Top Speed Challenge and WoS -- will pull into Marquette in time to have lunch with Nancy tomorrow.  Finally.  This being separated stuff ain't for me, that's for sure.  Of course -- the reunion oughta be dandy. :roll: :cheers: :cheers:

Here comes the next issue about land speed racing at Bonneville - and landracing.com.  Read along for a minute, please.

I have been asked if I'll attend WF/SW to do streaming audio and other in-person coverage of the event.  Yes, I can do it -- but it'll mean that I get home on Thursday (tomorrow) and need to leave Sunday - three days after I get home.  The toilets arrive Wednesday and racing starts Saturday.  If I have to go out there again -- my aching butt will be crabby as all get out at me.  I'm at 4,000 miles in two weeks - and the next round trip will move the total for one month to 8,000.  And those miles don't come cheap.  Fuel, lodging, food, etc.

I'm considering one arrangement to stream (won't tell you all about it now -- too cornfusing at this point of planning), but said "deal" might require me to forgo any outside funding - like having one or more real sponsors pay the costs.  But I don't want to NOT have sponsors because I don't want to ask you folks - the Forum regulars - to fund my travels to and from Bville.  You donors have been more than kind in supplying the $$ it takes -- and it's your turn to sit back and let someone else spend the money.  I mean it -- thanks, but it's somebody else's turn.

Back to the travel time.  Sure, I could fly out there and back and rent a car in SLC -- that'd give me about four days that I wouldn't have to be driving, but I don't know if it'd be less expensive.  I'm not going to chase airline costs now -- gotta get to sleep - but I'll figure it out tomorrow once I'm at the house. 

I want to be there for WF, but don't want to be gone from home for another two weeks.  Speaking of being gone and events -- I'm going on the assumption that Mike Cook is NOT going to do the "real" Shootout in October right after WF.  That was the plan I heard before leaving Wendover.  If he does run the Shootout after all -- cripes, not waht do I do>

Thanks one more time for the support you've shown.  Maybe I should ask you to get on the email and phone and help find a big-time sponsor to get me out there -- and screw the rule that says I'm not allowed to have said sponsors.

G'night.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: bigdaddyusmc on September 18, 2014, 01:16:28 AM
Slim
Hope you got home safe,,,
Question
Did you broadcast the morning runs on Sunday Sept 14 . Checked the arcive on the broadcast page & the last day archived is Sept 13...

Thanks again for the broadcast , & good luck finding a sponsor....If I hear of anything I'll send them your way...
Would kind of like to here the golden Baggo Bikes run
Randy


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: zzcruzin on September 18, 2014, 08:28:43 AM
I'm almost home from the Top Speed Challenge and WoS -- will pull into Marquette in time to have lunch with Nancy tomorrow.  Finally.  This being separated stuff ain't for me, that's for sure.  Of course -- the reunion oughta be dandy.  :cheers: :cheers:


WHEW,,,,,,,,,,,,,Slim is there a chance you could take some 8x10 glossy's of the reunion for us guys out here? :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
Seriously, i don't know how you do it. That is a lot of driving and turn around time. Hope some more people step up to help support you. The live stream is great if you can pull it off, but if not, i am sure people would understand. You put a lot of effort and time in doing what you do, just to bring pleasure to us gear heads who cant be there. Looking forward to the next few weeks. Good luck messaging the Tattoo's.  :cheers:





Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Ron Gibson on September 18, 2014, 03:59:04 PM
Slim
Years ago my supply Sargent used to tell me that what you are talking about at home, is the thing that you can get the farthest behind on and catch up the quickest. :-D :-D

Ron


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Glen on September 23, 2014, 11:01:31 AM
Is Cook planning a rain date if the salt is better and there is enough interest, I think we would like to run the two Vesco streamliners if so. :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 23, 2014, 11:30:58 AM
Glen, the last that I heard from Mike Cook was that there would be no Top Speed Shootout event(s) this year.  The salt just wasn't good enough or long enough for safe high speed runs.  At most we could find about 8 miles -- should have more like a dozen and then some good salt to use when the chute fails or the throttle sticks open or something.

Ergo I say -- no more Shootout for 2014.  Check with Mike if you want further information.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: TrickyDicky on September 23, 2014, 12:29:21 PM
On 21 September the Shootout FB page said:

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People are asking if we're still going to conduct a Shootout event on the October 5-10 rain date. It depends on the weather and how many teams still want to go. Cook will be on the salt next week to determine the feasibility. We will not hold it if we can't provide a long enough course, but it is NOT yet canceled. As the weather deteriorates we wish the SCTA all the best for the World Finals in one week, but we are looking at unpredictable weather. We are in touch with people and keeping an eye on the skies.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: tallguy on September 24, 2014, 11:32:39 PM
I just checked the weather forecast for the next 15 days or so at Wendover.

It looks pretty good.  Lots of sun and no rain for a few days in a row prior to
10/3 (allowing for dry salt to absorb a little rain if it happens on 10/3), then
lots of sunny days after 10/3.  I realize that a lot can change between now
and then, and I never TOTALLY trust the accuracy of weather forecasts.

With enough luck, the Shootout will happen and every racer there will have
a nice surface to run on. 

I'll keep checking and (occasionally) posting more updates of the forecast.

tallguy (in northern California)


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Buickguy3 on September 25, 2014, 08:22:41 AM
  I have found that the 10 day forecast is revised daily.  :wink
     Doug  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: dw230 on September 25, 2014, 01:00:35 PM
That is why it is called a weather prediction, not a weather certainty. Much like doctors who practice.

DW


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 25, 2014, 01:29:47 PM
Right now it's 73F out there.  Here's what NOAA predicts (not promises) as of a bit before noon Wendover time today:

Tonight Mostly clear, with a low around 64. Breezy, with a southeast wind 17 to 22 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.

Friday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Light and variable wind becoming south 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon.

Friday Night A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind 8 to 14 mph becoming west after midnight.

Saturday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. North wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday Night Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Sunday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.

Sunday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

Monday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64.

Monday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

This doesn't look like hot and dry weather to me.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: dw230 on September 25, 2014, 04:29:59 PM
Are you able to find 12 miles of usable salt in that report. LSR takes air and ground to be successful.

DW


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Steve Cole on September 25, 2014, 08:29:24 PM
Are you able to find 12 miles of usable salt in that report. LSR takes air and ground to be successful.

DW

Define usable salt please. I think that some think that if it dry, it's usable and with all the water that's been standing on it along with the underground river that cuts across, its really cutting it close to hope IMHO there would be anymore good racing this year. Maybe it's mother natures way of trying to tell us it needs a break for awhile.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: wobblywalrus on September 26, 2014, 12:08:07 AM
We had rain at the bike meet that closed the course.  The salt was sticky and damp afterwards.  I thought it would be lousy.  Some calculations were done when I got home and the tire growth/slippage coefficient was 0.98 during the run in the funkiest conditions.  That was almost no slip at all and better than I usually get on hard, smooth, and dry salt.  It surprised me.   


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: dw230 on September 26, 2014, 01:05:47 PM
Usable salt is NOT the very thin, green, smelly mud found at the 8 mile mark to the 12 mile post. It is also not the first two miles that were destroyed by traffic at WoS.

Pretty simple,
DW


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Glen on September 26, 2014, 01:27:19 PM
Like DW I have been going to the salt since 1953 and have seen about every condition of it during those years. The mining has removed mega tons of salt and it has taken many good miles of salt away, the road in this year at the WOS was about the worst I have seen.It will take a lot of work to repair after the winter season is over. Having good and safe salt is what is first on everyones list. we all want to to run but not with whats available now.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Steve Cole on September 26, 2014, 04:12:13 PM
Usable salt is NOT the very thin, green, smelly mud found at the 8 mile mark to the 12 mile post. It is also not the first two miles that were destroyed by traffic at WoS.

Pretty simple,
DW

Since I don't know, is there anything that can really be done to help it out other than stopping the mining and just staying off of it until it has a chance to reform? I've been going to the salt off and on since the late 60's and yes it has changed a lot.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: nrhs sales on September 26, 2014, 05:03:47 PM
its seems like mining is only a part of the loss of salt.  How much salt do you think gets blown away every year by the winds?


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Steve Cole on September 26, 2014, 07:36:16 PM
I am sure the winds get some of the salt but I doubt it is anywhere close to what mining and salt plants take away. I think we are on borrowed time if we all do not start looking at what we might do to help it out. I know my last trip I was wishing there was a hose station on the edge of the salt to wash what I could back off and onto the salt. I did go around the vehicle each day on the way out and knock off what I could. While I know it wasn't much in the big picture, every little bit helps.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: wobblywalrus on September 26, 2014, 11:37:53 PM
You are right about the need for a wash station.  A lot of salt goes away each year on the underside of vehicles.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Stan Back on September 27, 2014, 10:58:24 AM
Not even close to what went away daily in rail cars for years.


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on September 29, 2014, 05:19:41 PM
Dave Petrali sent this to me a few minutes ago:

"The Shootout scheduled to start next week has been cancelled. Itís on Cooks Facebook page."

I believe him, too.  Take a look at the weather they've had out there and you'll see.  But let's all hope that the rains and winds will help heal the courses for next year.
 


Title: Re: Mike Cook's Shootout - the first Lucas Oil Varta Battery Top Speed Challenge
Post by: 4-barrel Mike on September 29, 2014, 07:49:59 PM
https://www.facebook.com/CookLSS (https://www.facebook.com/CookLSS)

There is a possibility of "a small private event" later this year, check the link above.

Mike