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Offline fastesthonda_jim

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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #30 on: March 09, 2019, 02:28:11 PM »
Yeah, we had fuel problems over and over, so frequently "buttoned" it rather early, like the 2.5 to 3 with EGT's pushing 1500.
On the 309, that was with the chute out going trough one of the lights.  Actually went 323 GPS.
At one point showed .61 on the G meter (hooked up, 7 degrees retard on the Traction Control, 98% throttle, 10lbs+/- boost. WAHOO!).  
And final run of the meet, in order to test a theory (what else are we doing out there), I short shifted everything at 5500 and was in 5th by the 1.
That ride flat HAULS THE MAIL.  Guess I gotta get a new Forum pic.
And the salt was 1980's Bonneville-like.  Smooth, HARD and consistent.  
Suspension logs showed pretty much to same small "spread" for the whole run.
And it goes on forever.  A total chute failure at 400+ would be bumpy but not fatal.  You'd just eventually stop 5+ miles off the end of the course.
And the wonderful Aussies don't have a "Back Door" clock.  They just time a 6th mile!
Never got that far though.  Oil pressure and fuel pressure problems haunted us all week.
The Aussie hospitality is not to be believed.
And yes it is difficult to get to (think driving 100+ miles into Callaway's house at ELMO).  And you do have to bring pretty much everything.
But they had folks driving "in" most days, and the high dollar folks could hitch a ride in a Cessna back to Port Augusta each night if an RV in the wild doesn't suit them.
We stayed about 10 miles from the salt in the DLRA camp where they had rustic showers and toilets and served dinner every night for US $7.50 along with all the beer you could drink.  Not to mention 240Volt 50 cycle (Aussie voltage) hook ups.
And yes we're going back.  It is a week long party with some racing thrown in for good measure!
An no politics or attorneys running things.
Funny too. My best number printed onto a time slip in the new car was 309.438.  In the Bearcat it was 309.483!
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2019, 03:37:02 PM »
Nice going Jim!
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #32 on: March 17, 2019, 08:17:01 AM »
Next time 438.309?  :?  :-o :-D :cheers:
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #33 on: March 17, 2019, 05:36:01 PM »
I like your thinking DDLLC
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #34 on: September 17, 2019, 10:59:53 PM »
Are you coming back Jim?

Also. is there any truth to the rumour that a certain lanky fella from waaaaaay oop north might be coming too? :wink: :wink:
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #35 on: September 17, 2019, 11:14:10 PM »
At the moment D.G. the answer is Not "No".
Can't do better than that at the moment
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #36 on: September 17, 2019, 11:15:23 PM »
Hey!  Is that wanker you sent up to SpeedWeek spreading malicious stories about me again?  Sure, I'd love to attend.  I just need to figure out how to afford the airplane ride.  It must be dozens of dollars, at least.  I'll work on it, but I won't share my lucky lotto numbers 'til they turn lucky and win for a change.

In the meantime -- what if I brought a friend, too?  Would she be welcome?
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #37 on: September 17, 2019, 11:19:40 PM »
They're running an FIA meet for 2 days after Speedweek...... :-P

Hey!  Is that wanker you sent up to SpeedWeek spreading malicious stories about me again?  Sure, I'd love to attend.  I just need to figure out how to afford the airplane ride.  It must be dozens of dollars, at least.  I'll work on it, but I won't share my lucky lotto numbers 'til they turn lucky and win for a change.

In the meantime -- what if I brought a friend, too?  Would she be welcome?

We take all comers. The Aussie$ is down, good value here at the moment, fuel might even seem reasonable :wink:
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #38 on: September 17, 2019, 11:29:58 PM »
What are the dates for 2020 down there?  :friday
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #39 on: September 17, 2019, 11:30:29 PM »
  I am pretty sure that Marlo/Valerie etal will be there if the car is ready.  It looks like Australia is the only place a heavy unsuspended car can run in the future keeping in mind that a seven mile course won't be enough to stop the Target 550 vehicle if they have the bugs worked out.
  It has been roughly fifteen years since Marlo drew up the car on a napkin (serviette to You Brits's) and back then We still had salt on the flats...                                    "One Run", out....................................................
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #40 on: September 17, 2019, 11:38:55 PM »
Hey. SSS,
I know you are CHEEP, however, last February I paid United $540 for a R/T ticket non-stop Los Angeles to Melbourne and back.
Just sayin'
And while I am at it, last year the other half of San Diego's Fastest Couple and I went to China for 10 days.
The trip included R/T air LAX to Beijing to Shanghai to Beijing to LAX in 777's. Ten days in very nice hotels.  Almost all meals.  24 hour English speaking guides and buses.
Total cost $399 (In case you think that is a mis-print that is One Dollar less than Four Hundred Dollars.)
The deals are out there, however, if you don't ask, the answer is "No"
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(You trying to be Aardema or somethin'?)
And FWIW the Aussies run many things Way better than the Senior Citizens Timing Association.  Hence the meet dates will coincide with phases of the moon to help keep the "tides" from dampening the course.  Monday 23rd March to Friday 27th March 2020
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #41 on: September 17, 2019, 11:41:50 PM »
Web site with all info.  https://www.dlra.org.au/2020.htm
Look around the site.  Notice how cool their rule book is.  Not to mention their clearly superior porta potties (don't get me started).
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #42 on: September 18, 2019, 03:13:17 AM »
Just for Jim
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #43 on: September 18, 2019, 08:11:41 AM »
Jim, Jim, Jim.  You have the luxury of getting flights that originate at LAX.  Go to your search engine and substitute MQT (20 minutes from our house - next nearest airport is GRB, four hours away) and see what you get for a price.  I have - gulp!!!

Maybe I should try a fund-my-goofy-idea online thing.  Ya think?? :ear

I'll put it this way:  Marquette is at the end of the line, and that means there ain't no cheap flights to anyplace 'cause it costs so danged much to get to a big city.  A round trip from home to SLC is over $500 - sometimes way over. :cry:
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Re: US teams going to Gairdner - open discussion
« Reply #44 on: September 18, 2019, 08:44:22 AM »
Okay, okay, Slim, I get your point.  Probably cheaper to move doncha think?
I mean I could suggest alternatives but then you'd be suffering from bus lag as well as jet lag ("thumb" lag?)
Still... where there's a will.....
I know, I know - there's a relative, right. 
But this is not a "practice" life.  If you don't do it now, you'll only be older, and find it more difficult, when you do finally do it.
And DLRA puts on a heck of an event.  I'm quite serious when I say SCTA could learn a LOT from these guys - from the aforementioned porta potties, to starting line setup, to ice, even to race director attire.
And FWIW Los Angeles is not a luxury.  There are more people there than in all of DLRA country (many of them doing amateur LSR on city streets - yikes!)
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