Impound Insights - November 8/9, 2014 Dan Warner
The last meet of the season has been put to bed with great fanfare. The weather cooperated with minimal winds on Saturday and Sunday and pleasant temps both days. A high entry count, approaching 180 I am told, made for a super show. We ran three rounds on Sunday ending just before the permit cutoff time.
As usually happens the November meet saw a spike in the El Mirage 200 MPH Club roster. First up is Ted Olson who drove the Steinegger & Eshenbaugh lakester. The car ran in the F/FL class using 1/2 of a Chrysler Hemi. Big load of nitro pushed Ted through the lights at 213 MPH. Martin Menne scored a ride in The Kraut Bros. C/BGRMR and took advantage of the opportunity to set a new class record of 212.06. Long time salt and dry lakes runner Les Leggitt debuted his new '53 Studebaker in the B/BCFAlt class. Brandon Leggitt has the driving chores and while stepping up in the license program was able to lay down a 231 record. Donnie Hicks and his Zoom Zoom Racing F/BGL upped last month's record to a 200.9 earning him a new club hat. While Donnie was in route home to Orangevale, CA on Sunday Joe Cardoso took the Tracer Racing entry and ran in the same F/BGL class. Joe bumped the record way up to 208. I wonder if Donnie knows? Finally, our long time President, Jon Meyer, is relocating to the Mid West in a few weeks. The club wishes Jon and Julie all the best in the future. The club held their annual BBQ and party at the SCTA building on the lakebed. The party was well attended and I am sure more than one of us had a difficult time answering the rooster call on Sunday. A fitting send off for Jon and Julie, thanks for your service Jon.
In addition to the five records mentioned there are another 13 new certified car records and six bike records.
Starting by entry number we have #7, the Aardema Braun Sheriton V4/BGRMR driven by Cal Rothe. Cal did a fine job setting the new class record to 165.2 MPH. Derek McLeish was once again in the hot seat of the McLeish Bracket Racing H/BFMS. The much chopped Triumph TR6 coupe ran to a 177.9 record. I call that close enough to 178 for bragging rights. Bill Lattin set a record on Saturday but, the one that counted was Sunday's pass. Bill turned everyone's head with an amazing 182 run in the XXF/FCC class using the White Lighting Austin coupe running under the Lattin & Stevens banner. Don Ferguson III, known as D3, drove the Ferguson Macmillan Honda powered F/BGS to a new record of 269+ MPH. This could have been the run to win the championship. We will have to wait until the results are compiled. The well used Cohn Jucewic Monza ran in the F/CGC class this meet. Driver Bob Jucewic also builds the engines and his 181 ci wonder set the record to 165.1 MPH. Keith Black and his Black Racing team of family members and friends had a season of wins and firsts in the A/GS class. Two records at this meet, Saturday's record was superseded on Sunday with a 223.3+. As mentioned above Martin Menne drove the Kraut Bros. car on Saturday to a club membership. Not to be outdone, car owner Willie Boelcke took the wheel and beat Martin's record by .276 to place his mark in the upcoming 2015 rule book. Ed Fenn ends his season with a C/FL record using an engine built by the infamous Bob Brissette. Ed's new record in the Brissette & Fenn entry stands at 240.7 MPH. Big Tim Boyle brought his Dodge Ram truck down to So Cal from Colorado for the weekend. Tim goes home with a 169.3 record in the B/DT class. The H/BStR class had the current record holder, L.T.D. Sights Racing with Robert Sights up resetting their own record to 153.7. Robert is the beloved gentleman known as 'Prozac" from the salt. Chet Thomas closes out his year with the final record in the AA/StR class. His Ford powered, John Beck built entry finishes as top[ of class at 211.7 MPH. Previously mentioned John Beck drove the Vintage Hot Rod entered C/AIR roadster to a final record of 175+ MPH. John is contention for the points championship. He told me that he would like to see a compressed air roadster(C/AIR) on the cover of the rule book. Eric Eyres and father Russ turned up in impound after a not planned absence. The Eyres and Son roadster has been close to record speeds at each meet and got one this time in the E/BFR class. Eric took 'er down track a class setting 212.5 MPH. White Goose Bar Racing set their second record in a row with Tom Hanley driving. Once again in the G/MMP class, Tom added 6 MPH to last month's record ending up with a fine 130.7 speed. The last certified record for this event is the Notabusa entry. This little Subaru is powered by a Kawasaki engine. Driven this month by J. R. Foley the team gained a 123 record for their efforts.
The bike side came by with six new records: Dave Iversen rode his Dave Iversen Knuckle to a 1000-APS-VG record of 137.5 MPH. Alp Sungurtekin rode his Alp Racing and Design entry to his third record of the season. This event Alp was in the 650-APS-VG class with a speed of 130.7 MPH. Scott Mattern rode the McLeish Brothers team entry to a 125-APS-BF class record of 124.8 MPH. Cathy Butler and her Van Butler Racing entry has returned to the record lists. This month Cathy rode in the 650-A-G class with a record speed of 176.6 MPH. The Pflum Wagner Racing team seems to set a record each meet. This time rider Jeannie Pflum set two records. Sunday's final record in the 1000-A-F class was 198.7 MPH. I am pulling for a 200 speed in 2015. Ralph Hudson rode his 1000-APS-BF Suzuki to set the only bike record in excess of 200 this meet. Ralph twisted the throttle to record a 235.8 MPH record.
There are still two car and one bike record to be certified before the final 2014 record list is finalized. We allow teams up to 30 days following a meet to have the engine measured if they desire. Records are held in pending status until the process is completed.
The 2014 season had ups and downs but I think it all turns out well in the end. Mark you calendars for 2015. The first meet scheduled for the May 16/17 weekend.