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Title: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: SteveM on October 24, 2017, 04:40:45 PM
Thought I would start a new thread, specifically dedicated to the 2018 events to be held in Blytheville (pronounced Blah-ville by locals and folks in this part of the country).

I've attended one of the Arkansas Mile events with a friend.  The runway is first-rate, and should offer excellent racing for 2018 (and hopefully beyond).

Gonna book some rooms now!

Steve.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: edinlr on October 24, 2017, 06:42:30 PM
No Steve, it's "Bli-vul".  I will second that it is a good track surface and has great potential.  I have raced there for both Arkansas Mile events.  The runway and base are similar to Loring as they are both abandoned bomber bases.  Blytheville's development stopped about the same time the base pulled out with only minimal improvements since then.  There are a few decent places, but quality falls off quickly after that, so book early.  I like the Hampton, but the HI looks okay too.  I just hope the hotels don't start gouging us when they learn the racers are coming to town.

Unlike Ohio, there should be plenty of run-off room for even the dumbest driver who forgets to use his chute!  I would guess that we could probably run a 1.5 mile without much problem, but it is a little shorter than Loring.  Weather in April should be great and with three days, even a little rain shouldn't be an issue.  June will be hot, plan on 85+ and humid, but who cares if you are tuning for Bonneville.  Late September will probably be perfect with weather hopefully cooling off.  I am really looking forward to it.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: MiltonP on October 24, 2017, 10:18:35 PM
Time to read up on the rules and get my tech game on!  I don't see a 1.5 mile run happening there with the speeds we are approaching.  I am curious how far into shutdown that GT ran at 280+.  See everyone next Spring.   :cheers:


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: wobblywalrus on October 24, 2017, 10:27:35 PM
You need some of those NASA retro rockets instead of a chute.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: SteveM on October 25, 2017, 12:50:42 PM
No Steve, it's "Bli-vul". .

You are right about that.  I struggled to figure out how to spell the right pronunciation, but you nailed it.

Steve.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: Seldom Seen Slim on October 25, 2017, 02:26:33 PM
If I can remember far enough back - in radio pronouncing school school we would have been asked to spell that phonetically like this:

Bleye vul That forces the long "i" sound.  Kapisch?


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: 116ciHemi on October 25, 2017, 02:44:30 PM
OK, Let's do this.  If I'm shooting for September, it begs the question:  Do I bring a car or a bike?


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: edinlr on October 25, 2017, 09:39:25 PM
Based on the way they did in Ohio, I would imagine all of the records will be open and the Ohio records will be in the back of the rule book with the Maxton records.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: RansomT on October 26, 2017, 05:23:39 AM
OK, Let's do this.  If I'm shooting for September, it begs the question:  Do I bring a car or a bike?

I think it's a tad early to decide that.  I'm sure if it is feasible that Brock will sponsor a bike shoot out for September, but there is a lot going on between now and September.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: Chaulkdust on October 26, 2017, 02:08:55 PM
Well, this is very good news indeed! Haven't raced in a while since Maxton & BUB 2010, but will be attending in 2018. Need a new rule book and get my membership setup again. Don't plan on racing until June, but will be coming in April to help out as a volunteer, assuming they need help. Any idea on when we can start sending in our membership info?


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: 116ciHemi on October 26, 2017, 06:05:56 PM
OK, Let's do this.  If I'm shooting for September, it begs the question:  Do I bring a car or a bike?

I think it's a tad early to decide that.  I'm sure if it is feasible that Brock will sponsor a bike shoot out for September, but there is a lot going on between now and September.

Not for me.  I need at least a year of prep time- I have nothing remotely resembling a race vehicle in my driveway. 
1978 Honda CB750K8 resto/rider that belonged to my grandfather- not if I want to be invited to any family events, ever.
2002 Grand Cherokee- out
2004 Taurus- Nope.
2005 Subaru Baja with a mystery knock- what class would I even run this in?
2005 Mini Cooper S that needs and engine- thinking about it




Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: Stan Back on October 26, 2017, 06:51:17 PM
"2005 Subaru Baja with a mystery knock- what class would I even run this in?"

Seems like El Caminos and Rancheros can run in Production in SCTA.  I'd guess that Subie would qualify.  And its off-road capabilities might make it a better Bonneville runner over on #3.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: ronnieroadster on October 26, 2017, 07:15:42 PM
"2005 Subaru Baja with a mystery knock- what class would I even run this in?"

Seems like El Caminos and Rancheros can run in Production in SCTA.  I'd guess that Subie would qualify.  And its off-road capabilities might make it a better Bonneville runner over on #3.
 



 I agree with the idea for the Suby to run over on #3     :roll:


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: QikNip on November 06, 2017, 04:24:40 PM
I'd sure like to see timing at 1.0 and 1.5 miles - as is done at Loring.  Either way, I'll be there, but that extra .5 miles would be really valuable for evaluating both aero and gearing for Bonneville.
Rick


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: nrhs sales on November 13, 2017, 04:43:02 PM
that's only a 250 mile drive for me.  I would be interested in volunteering for this event if it doesn't interfere with our Bonneville schedule.  Can someone give me a point of contact and e-mail


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: Jack Gifford on November 14, 2017, 12:17:18 AM
There's an "ECTA Contact Info" thread at the top of this forum.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: nrhs sales on November 14, 2017, 11:37:15 AM
I sent an e-mail to the link for volunteers asking for more info and someone named Keith replied back with:

"sounds great"


I need a little more info than that. :? :?


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: kiwi belly tank on November 14, 2017, 12:16:44 PM
Aw c'mon! :-D
  Sid.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: edinlr on November 14, 2017, 12:18:33 PM
I'm three hours away too and would like to do my part to help also.  I have already sent a message to Keith on this.  Their first efforts will have some stumbling blocks, so it would be great if we could get as many people as possible lined up to help make this a fun event.  Even if I just donate the 14 hours of driving time I saved it might help.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: Calkins on November 14, 2017, 12:27:30 PM
I sent a message to Brian Lohnes on the face page.  If I hear back, I will report to the class.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: nrhs sales on November 15, 2017, 11:25:48 AM
well I have to say I am less than impressed with their communication to this point. When you get folks asking about volunteering and you do not get back with them that is just shooting yourself in the foot IMO.  The folks at Loring have always responded back to me within a day when I have e-mailed them.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: Calkins on November 15, 2017, 11:41:04 AM
I just sent Keith Turk a message as well.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: Calkins on November 15, 2017, 12:40:03 PM
Mr. Turk will post here soon.  He will be handling this deal.


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: nrhs sales on November 20, 2017, 03:08:02 PM
Doesn't seem like they have any need for volunteers next year.  I hope they have a good event.  


Title: Re: 2018 ECTA Events at Blytheville, AR.
Post by: Captthundarr on November 24, 2017, 01:52:08 PM
They have a need, always do. if we weren't running we would...