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 on: March 19, 2018, 08:00:44 AM 
Started by manta22 - Last post by floydjer
Sounds like a fun day of elbow rubbing w/ the tea and crumpet set Neil...I have a fond memory of being at Meadowbrook when Buck Boudeman (now gone) won his class with his NOVI..and drove it across the stand to receive it`s ribbon. Lord what a sound. Second only to Al Bergler lighting up The " Motown Shaker" fuel funny car and rattling ice cubes out of Patti`s drink. cheers

 on: March 19, 2018, 12:57:39 AM 
Started by Rex Schimmer - Last post by Paulin adelaide
Target 550 ,  The rear clutch let go , the bellhousing moved back and rotated .
In about 2006 a liner was stored for a year at The National Motor Museum in nearby Adelaide , but that didn't achieve anything as the  next meet was rained out .

 on: March 18, 2018, 11:31:30 PM 
Started by trimmers - Last post by Rob
Via the DLRA Facebook page.

"I have just some news sent through to me from some people who stayed to watch the World Speed Trials Australia this morning.

Valerie Thompson Racing in the Seven Motorcycle Streamliner crashed on her run. She got out of the streamliner after the crash by herself and is OK.
Details are the streamliner was in the air at some point and slid for a long way.

Very sad news for the team that have come so far and waited for the right time to run.

More details I guess tonight will come to hand via the FIM - Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme page."

and an earlier post on the FIM page.

"Two Speed World Record fall at World Speed Trials Australia in Lake Gairdner 🇦🇺 👏👏
#FIM World Records have officially come to South Australia’s Lake Gairdner! Two new world-record speeds were achieved on day two of the World Speed Trials Australia by riders Steve Kell and Greg Watters in their respective classes, also marking the first FIM World Records (pending ratification by the FIM) set in Australia.

It was another windy day on the salt on Sunday, 18 March, with a steady breeze running up the course, at times surpassing the maximum wind component allowed by FIM rules (17.6 km/h, 11 mph). But racers sat poised at the start, ready to take advantage of breaks in wind to make their runs, and their patience paid off.

“Today started with iffy conditions due to the wind,” said Steve Kell. “Patience was required, which we all have done as competitors. It’s been touch-and-go all day, but within the small windows that cropped up, we were able to make a good run. It was a wild ride coming back; it wasn’t pretty, but we got there.”

Kell reached a speed of 250.148 km/h (155.435 mph) for a new record in the non-streamlined, naturally aspirated 750cc class (I.A1.A I.3+ 750cc). The Queensland native was nearly the first to set a world record at Lake Gairdner, but barely missed out on the distinction to Watters.

“Greg Watters beat me by about 20 minutes,” Kell said with a laugh.

Watters broke ground with the first world-record performance in Australia, his coming in the non-streamlined, forced induction 1600cc class (I.A1.A II.3+ 1600cc). Watters took his turbo-charged Suzuki Hayabusa to an average speed of 337.231 km/h (209.545 mph).

“We went down 216 (mph) and returned 203,” said Watters. “It’s not making all the power it should be; I got a boost-controller problem. But it will be a world record (pending FIM ratification).”

Runs were also completed by other competitors such as Ben Felten, the totally blind competitor riding with the assistance of former GP racer Kevin Magee. Felten and Magee made multiple runs on the course aboard their Kawasaki ZX-10R motorcycles, allowing the duo to get a feel for the course and fine-tune their coordination. Like several others, Felten plans to make his world-record attempt tomorrow—Monday 19 March, the third and final day of the World Speed Trials Australia—when weather conditions are expected to be optimum.

As for Valerie Thompson and the Team 7 Racing streamliner, which is far more sensitive to the wind due to its size and speed, they also plan to make their grand attempt tomorrow. The track conditions are nearly perfect, with a smooth, solid 12-mile track, but all they need now is still air to complete an aggressive run. Text and photos Jean Turner"

 on: March 18, 2018, 09:52:25 PM 
Started by trimmers - Last post by ack
Bub 7 crashes at 300 Valerie OK

 on: March 18, 2018, 09:30:45 PM 
Started by trimmers - Last post by trimmers
According to my watch, Sunday is long gone Down Under.  Did anybody get any numbers on Valerie that they can post?

 on: March 18, 2018, 08:53:38 PM 
Started by Rex Schimmer - Last post by ack
Bub 7 crashes at 300 Valerie OK

 on: March 18, 2018, 06:14:58 PM 
Started by Lilhigbee - Last post by Seldom Seen Slim
This was on Facebook night-before-last.  Look carefully - he's not asleep any more than the cat is.

 on: March 18, 2018, 05:12:49 PM 
Started by manta22 - Last post by manta22
Its been a while since I posted anything, so this brings things up to date.

I took my car down to the Tubac car show on the 27th of January. Tubac is a location of one of the original Spanish Missions in southern Arizona. The show cars are driven on to the Tubac Country Club golf course and displayed there.
I loaded my car on its trailer the day before the show and put 2 gallons of 100LL av gas in the tank, thinking it would be more than enough for the short drive from the trailer unloading area to the golf course. Early the next morning I towed my trailer to Tubac and unloaded the Mirage, started it up and drove it a short distance to where a line of cars were waiting to get on to the golf course. There was a delay in driving on to the grass because there was frost and the club did not want to have cars damage the grass. After the sun warmed everything up, the line of cars began to move and I fired up the engine and joined the long line. I drove about a hundred yards and the engine quit. It turned out that I had developed a small leak in my fuel cell bladder and most of the gas had leaked out overnight. By the time I started it up that last time, it was running only on what fuel was in the carburetor float bowls.
The staff kindly towed me down to a spot close to the entrance on to the way was I ever going to make it up their short ramp over the curb on to the grass. It was just as well that it quit where it did. The organizers did suggest that I could load the car back on to the trailer and they would show me a back way on to the course, and I could leave the car on the trailer and park the whole rig in the “special interest” area. That worked; I was in a row with a Chris- Craft wooden speed boat and an Airstream Bambi travel trailer... There was quite a bit of interest in the Mirage and a number of favorable comments from people who I respect. To answer most questions people have had in the past, I made up a sign that explained the car's main points.
It was a disappointment not to be able to drive my car on to the course but it was still an enjoyable and worthwhile day. I ordered a replacement ProCell bladder from Fuel Safe and it arrived within a few days. Now to install it... lots of stuff needs to be removed to do that.  sad  I also received my new set of race tires last week; now I need to have the old Goodyears removed and the Hoosiers mounted & balanced.

Regards, Neil  Tucson, AZ

 on: March 18, 2018, 04:32:11 PM 
Started by Freud - Last post by jimmy six
Since no one has written much...Jack is doing well. Garage is open every day....JD

 on: March 18, 2018, 04:25:00 PM 
Started by Lilhigbee - Last post by Rob
A week ago from Rose on Facebook Glen.

"I’m here with Freud today. He’s doing okay, he’d really like to get out of rehab and go home but his body has not recovered to that point. We’re hoping to transfer him to a care home in the near future."

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