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Offline lake_harley

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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2018, 12:51:17 PM »
Thanks for the reply. You make a lot of very good points and give me many things to think about and evaluate about my level of interest and commitment. When I first attended Blytheville in June, my initial thought was to make some runs with my stock '89 Corvette. That might still be a way for me to participate at some level, rather than constructing a purpose built race car. Honestly, I don't know that at 66 years old the desire burns nearly high enough in me, as it apparently burns inside you and others. I don't see that as particularly bad, but it is reality.

I wish you well and thank you for your thoughtful reply.

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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2018, 03:49:17 PM »
I think you can race every paved mile with your stock car.... and Bonneville  :-o USFRA 130 Club can get you a salt fix.  It's not easy, but you are still young, so go for it... get out there and race. 
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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2018, 11:16:16 AM »
Having attended Blytheville on Saturday, Nov. 10 ... it was cold and rather windy but the car/motorcycle count was really low.

Yep, those two things are directly proportionate.

My initial thought was to make some runs with my stock '89 Corvette.

The ECTA used to have a rule about plastic and fiberglass bodied cars requiring a roll bar /  cage, but not sure about that now, since Steve took over. Anybody ?
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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #18 on: November 14, 2018, 11:36:15 AM »
At 76 my desire has cooled some but when I can find someone to go play in the shop with I still go---at 66 I was eaten up desire for hats and to go 300+   yes most of B'ville guys have a sick adiction
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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #19 on: November 14, 2018, 01:38:16 PM »
Some just call it a carcain addiction! :-o :-D
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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #20 on: November 14, 2018, 05:44:34 PM »

"The ECTA used to have a rule about plastic and fiberglass bodied cars requiring a roll bar /  cage, but not sure about that now, since Steve took over. Anybody ?"


I talked with ECTA at the September meet about a possible classification to run the 'Vette. They pointed out a couple classes but I don't have my notes here to mention what they are. They were aware I was asking about a 'Vette in particular, so I guess it occurred to them that it's a fiberglass car.

Running the 'Vette instead of thinking of building a purpose-built car might prove to be a win-win. I get to race something at some level, and my high mileage (almost 200K) 'Vette will get more love in order to get it ready. I guess the first meet next year will be around April like it was this year, so I have some time to work in some tweaking/tuning on the 'Vette through the Winter.

BTW...I did look over the USFRA street car info and it sounds like a good program to go fast and do it legally. In reading the report on the website by a rookie participant it's apparent it isn't just so easy to go 130 in the mile. I've always been skeptical, at best, about those "good-'ol-boys" stories that include, "We were doin' about 140 MPH last Saturday night.....blah, blah" but now I'm even more convinced they're BS. :-D

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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #21 on: November 14, 2018, 07:37:26 PM »

 I've always been skeptical, at best, about those "good-'ol-boys" stories that include, "We were doin' about 140 MPH last Saturday night.....blah, blah" but now I'm even more convinced they're BS. :-D

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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #22 on: November 15, 2018, 09:48:44 AM »
Running the 'Vette instead of thinking of building a purpose-built car might prove to be a win-win.

Yes, that is what I would recommend, before you jump into it with both feet. The published performance numbers for your 245 hp '89 includes 0-100 mph in 14.42 secs., so I believe you will be able to get to 130 mph in a mile. Your largest hurtle is overcoming the limitations of your Tuned Port Injection feature.

The easiest way to race, is to run in the Time Only (TO) category, where you get to race just like everyone else and get a time slip, you just are not in competition against the other racers, nor qualifying for class records. It's basically for having FUN !

If you believe you are competitive enough, did you look at the Super Stock C/GSS class in the Street Category ?
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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #23 on: November 15, 2018, 10:33:41 AM »

 I've always been skeptical, at best, about those "good-'ol-boys" stories that include, "We were doin' about 140 MPH last Saturday night.....blah, blah" but now I'm even more convinced they're BS. :-D

Lynn

My common response to those stories (about how fast the dude went, yada-yada) is to ask if they got the numbers off the speedometer or a GPS.

That usually ends serious discussion and gets it back to 100% BS. :cheers:
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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2018, 07:36:26 AM »

 I've always been skeptical, at best, about those "good-'ol-boys" stories that include, "We were doin' about 140 MPH last Saturday night.....blah, blah" but now I'm even more convinced they're BS. :-D

Lynn

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Usually those 140's and such were not generated from a stop one mile back, they'd been going for a long time to get there. My '64 GTO wouldn't rev beyond 56-5700 in any gear. Gears/tires were 60 at 2500 right on. Number of times the speedo was pointing straight down where there were no numbers and 120 was over by about 330-400 O/C and the tach pegged too. Maybe 135. Flashing lights way back in the mirror occasionally too...…. :roll: :evil:
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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2018, 03:13:17 PM »

 I've always been skeptical, at best, about those "good-'ol-boys" stories that include, "We were doin' about 140 MPH last Saturday night.....blah, blah" but now I'm even more convinced they're BS. :-D

Lynn

BS... Never :cheers:
Usually those 140's and such were not generated from a stop one mile back, they'd been going for a long time to get there. My '64 GTO wouldn't rev beyond 56-5700 in any gear. Gears/tires were 60 at 2500 right on. Number of times the speedo was pointing straight down where there were no numbers and 120 was over by about 330-400 O/C and the tach pegged too. Maybe 135. Flashing lights way back in the mirror occasionally too...…. :roll: :evil:




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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2018, 09:56:42 AM »

 I've always been skeptical, at best, about those "good-'ol-boys" stories that include, "We were doin' about 140 MPH last Saturday night.....blah, blah" but now I'm even more convinced they're BS. :-D

Lynn

BS... Never :cheers:
Usually those 140's and such were not generated from a stop one mile back, they'd been going for a long time to get there. My '64 GTO wouldn't rev beyond 56-5700 in any gear. Gears/tires were 60 at 2500 right on. Number of times the speedo was pointing straight down where there were no numbers and 120 was over by about 330-400 O/C and the tach pegged too. Maybe 135. Flashing lights way back in the mirror occasionally too...…. :roll: :evil:




   I would think the guy with the flashing lights could tell you your actual speed    :cheers:

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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2018, 05:29:14 PM »
Hi Lake Harley

The ECTA Production "Grand Touring Sport" class specifically lists the Corvette as being eligible (5.E.3 on page 56), along with the Fiero.


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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2018, 07:55:02 AM »
Thanks again, everyone for the suggestions. My 'Vette is in "automatic transmission purgatory" right now. I am capable of doing most work on my cars but automatic transmissions is not on the list of things I even have the desire to work on. I guess I'll consider getting the transmission taken care of my first step in prepping for next year.

Apparently I'm not the only one who is suspicious of the high-speed Saturday night runs that get reported. I'm sure it has been done, including jacksoni's report, but I doubt it's as common as the stories.

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Re: ECTA at Blytheville, Arkansas Nov 10 and 11
« Reply #29 on: November 22, 2018, 09:34:56 AM »
My 'Vette is in "automatic transmission purgatory" right now.

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