May meet is in the books. Lady luck was with us again and we had a near perfect weekend
weather wise. A little hot, but almost no wind what so ever. We had 59 new records set or
broken out of 320 runs. No mishaps of any kind on the track, and we were all thankful for
that. The bar for top speed at Maxton and fastest motorcycle was again moved up! 235 and
change! The unusual black tire marks 1 mile long were still there from the March meet.
However Larry Forstall and rider, Steve Knecum thought they needed a fresh coat of rubber
applied. By Sunday morning, Steve had put 5 new coats down for 5 new records and top speed
of 235.152 in APS/BF-1650 on a old record of 225+. Steves slowest record was 224+ pass
straight off the trailer, good enough for the APS/BF-1350 record. Larrys bike also
had three other records at 229+, 234+ and 234+. Larry and crew had thoughts of riding this
bike home but Steve thinks they might at least need to look at the bottom end. Knowing
Larry, they will find some more horsepower while they are in there. GOOD JOB!
had three new members added to the ECTA 200 MPH club over the weekend. All three were on
Motorcycles! Bergie Frazier Jr. entered his bright green Kawasaki in the APS/G-1350
class and walked away with a green hat and a new record of 202+ MPH. This bike had no
blower or NOS, just VP Racing gas so you know this Kawasaki's got BIG HP. Rich Yancy of
Yancy Racing has been coming out to Maxton for a while now. Even though his bike has set
records over 200 MPH, it was without him aboard. Rich has a little trouble tucking in on
this machine, mainly because he's 7 ft. tall or so. Anyway, things are different now
because he ran a super 206+MPH pass in the APS/BG-3000 class for this 200 Club hat.
Budweiser sponsors this bike so I guess he had a couple of samples Sunday night. I had
mentioned in the last newsletter that Todd ZC Dross had ridden his good friend
Todd Brooks, Double Bussa Racing Suzuki for a record. Well, Mr. Brooks wife just had
a new baby girl and so he let Mr. Dross take it to the races for him. Good move. Todd got
in the 200 MPH club with a pass of 205+ on the good-looking Suzuki. Then he took the
fairing off, filled it up with VP race gas and ran the fastest, gas class, un-faired pass
at Maxton at 202+. Its going to be hard for Todd to get back on his good looking
Sportster now. By the way, good luck on the new addition to the Brooks family and hope to
see you next meet Todd. Also, Todds bike is making a big move up in points and
should be in contention all year long.
As is the
norm, Mr. Motorcycle, Scott Guthrie came up from Florida with a box full of scooters. As
is the norm Scott went back to Florida with 15 new motorcycle records. The fastest was a
193+ pass in A/BG-1000 aboard one of his Kawasaki's. He was on an even stronger pass
when one of the pistons went home early. His slowest pass of the weekend was 129+ MPH on a
Yamaha he calls Pig (Don't know, didn't ask). Scott was leading the points race
coming into the weekend, but will have to figure something out in a hurry he's going to
stay in the race.
Mr. Clean Wolniak is another Harley rider on a Suzuki, and he's getting his
money's worth. Mark set 4 new records over this weekend with a fast pass of 173+ MPH in
A/G-1000. Marks also doing pretty well in points with three more races to go.
this feeling that we won't be seeing Dad Land on a rice grinder anytime soon.
At least not while his cast Iron Sportster is running so well. After working all month to
fix a small NOS explosion, he and said blue bottle, were back in action. The Lone Eagle
Racing entry ran a fast 154+ MPH shot to reset the record in A/PBF-1000. The run was also
good for a few points to keep Dad in the top 10. On the way home I
thought I saw Dad looking through the front windows of a Yamaha dealership.
SAY IT AINT SO! Mike Shedd had his Lone Eagle Racing 1 cylinder Buell was back in
action and while not setting a record, is getting closer and closer with his new
bike. Mikes best pass was right around 100 MPH. Oh yeah, Thanks for putting a
megaphone exhaust pipe on your bike Mike. I'm going to get two 24-volt batteries for my
Denahm had his show quality Harley out to play again. He set a new record in A/PBG-1350
with this Gregory Town Racing entry. Richs best speed was a fast 144+ MPH proving
that this bike runs as good as it looks.
had the smallest bike at the race with this unusual 50cc Aprilla. Ed set
another new record at 65 MPH. That's three records in the last two races, and he's having
a great time.
4007 has moved into the number 1 position in points and set a new record of 180+ MPH in
A/PF 2000. Rider George Crim took the Sportster List Race Team Harley for the second
fastest pass ever by a Harley at the ECTA. (Leo Hess ran a great 218+ a few years
back) They are going for the bike # 1 plate and may be hard to stop.
Booger Smith brought down his 1
cylinder Buell Harley for a big weekend. Booger set 6 new records and had a
fast speed of 111+ MPH. Boogers happy.
Tindall was riding the Snart Racing 883cc Harley of owner Larry Young and set a new record
at 132+ MPH. Larry and Lee actually took turns upping the record until Lee ran his fast
Grove is a new member of the ECTA and entered his good-looking Kawasaki ZX-12R. Rich got
use to the track and made several license passes and ran as well as 185+ MPH before the
meet was over. This bike should be able to run over 200 MPH with a little more time. By
the way Rich rides for the Don't be Scared Racing Team sponsored by Fast Lane
the Motorcycles is the three entries of O.F.O.S. (Old Farts On Speed). Spear headed by Jim
Keno Cannon and Ken Weaver. While they had a good time over the weekend, and
they were not able to set any new records. Maybe they are too old. That being said, TJ
Cannon, (Jim's son) was able to make license passes all the way up to 149+ MPH. So maybe
there's hope for this team after all. Be careful TJ and if your Mom reads this, that speed
is a misprint!
On to the
cars. Brett and Regan Yates were back as usual with their 27 T /MR. They had to
install a new transmission after the last event and were hoping to run well. Brett put the
NOS on and ran a pretty good 177+ MPH. Not good enough to break their own record but good
enough for fast car speed of the event. However, Brett was able to set a record in another
gas class at 169+ MPH. This record puts the Yates team within points of the points leading
of Larry and Frank Waddell; they were back with their Volvo. The engine was not hurt as
bad as it appeared to be last meet and Larry set the B/BFSS record up to a fast 159+
MPH. Frank then got in the car, and while most people couldn't bear to watch, he set
another record and didn't hurt anything. Larrys record keeps them out front in this
years points race. I think this is going to get real ugly before the years out. I hope so!
Good Job Guys.
Grubb had his Infinity Q-45 back out again and set a new record in A/GSS at 125+ MPH.
Lewis made his customary 728 runs and had a great time as usual. He's also # 3 in
points and looks to be in good shape except for the Old Man and the Roadster.
Rynd had his 29 Ford out again and had his flat head running very well with a pass of 131+
MPH in XF/BGMR. Driver Ken Davidson thinks there is more, but saving a little for later.
Joshua Rynd also was running his Pick Up Truck and remains in the middle of the top 10 in
and Nicholas Stewart have been running a cart in the XL/FS class for many years now. One
of there goals has been to run over a 100 MPH with a roto tiller engine. Goal Met!
Nicholas ran a 106+ MPH for the new record, then went home and tilled the garden!
Good Job Guys.
Star Land Speed Race Team of Dick Jurkowski made it back up from Texas. Dicks
daughter, Monica, who just turned 16 by the way, got to drive the 1967 Camaro first. She
did real well with a new record in C/CPRO at 106+ MPH. The old man got in then and set the
C/CGALT record at 129+MPH. A great weekend for this team.
Randy Dupree had his good-looking yellow Lakester
running with us again. Driver Keith Turk was able to shift the new Transmission to a
record of 167+ MPH in E/FL. Randy keeps trying little things here and there and is getting
more and more speed out of the Mercruiser 4 cylinder engine.
Allen brought the old BWT comp coupe Chevette after a small mishap couple years ago. Well,
Ace has got it back together and made a couple of check out passes with the
big block powered coupe. He also set a record at 163+ MPH. This thing has got 200
written all over it.
Roberts and crew had his No Class Racing U/DT back in action again. He made an easy check
out pass of 135+ MPH, good for the record, and was looking to go faster when Transmission
problems came up again. His crew chief Mike Poteete said they are getting good at taking
that thing out. His son Dammit said dammit. I'm hoping they get the
problem fixed and make a couple more passes next meet. As there getting ready for B-ville.
Hinni had his Hinni Motorsports 86 Dodge Charger back down from St. Louis, MO for
the first time in a couple of years. Did real well too. Dave set 5 new G
records with a best pass of 135+ MPH in G/GCC. His engine builder, Bill Lambros flew down
and also set 2 records in the G classes with a best sped of 129+ MPH. on only
his second pass down the course. Dave's still not happy though; he was looking for 140
MPH. Maybe you need to lose some of that Ballast Dave.
Dick McMeekin had their Buick Skyhawk back down from Ohio again. Don ran a solid 186 MPH
in the heat of the day and then trouble set in on the next pass when he put a lot of water
in the oil. Hope he can fix it before B-ville.
new Maxton vehicle is the beautiful 32 Ford roadster of Graeme Rabbit Bartils.
This car has a North Star engine of 280 cubic inches. He was able to get 145 MPH out of it
before gas tank problems set in. Very good for a brand new car!
Franz had his late model Camaro out again with a 402 big block. It ran pretty well with
speeds in the 155 MPH range. Philip was having fuel delivery problems and should go faster
next time out.
Whitten and friend Bobby Nicks had their Chevy Impala SSs down for a couple of runs.
Both cars ran in the mid 120s and both could go a lot faster with the proper safety
equipment. But they still had a good time anyway.
Well, that's about it for this meet. Thanks to everyone who
raced and helped out. Next month is the Bonneville tune up meet, bring your own salt.
Like I said in the newsletter, the May meet has come and
gone. That means only 2 months until B-ville! The BWT Team has three vehicles entered, and
as of May 29th not a single one has even been fired up yet. Where did the year
go?? Im trying to finish up on a 92 Firebird in time for our June meet
(B-ville Tune up). Ive got tow vehicle problems, trailer problems, time and money
problems. So whats new? John Beckett has our Corvette off the chassis jig and is
coming along on it. I think it should be pretty trick for a /GT Class Corvette, we also
entered the BWT truck and have started working on a 588 Big Block engine for it.
Im getting a lot of help from Brad Johnson on this one.
Brad is also busy putting some tin work and other things in
the SO-AL Racing Camaro of Keith Turks. Keith had Joe Timney put in a new roll cage,
4-link and a quick change rear for the car. Keith has his new 18 degree D
engine ready to go and is looking for a red hat record. Brad Johnson is also coming along
pretty well on his trick, Joe Timney chassised, Street Roadster.
Ace Allen was at our May meet, in the resurrected BWT Comp
Coupe Chevette, for shake down runs. Everything went pretty well and he should be ready
Willie Glass was supposed to make the May meet with Red Rash,
his new improved Ardun engine, for a B-ville tune up. I guess hell be here in June
as he prepares for B-ville.
Clem Roberts is pulling the Turbo-400 back out of this U/DT
again and we hope to figure out the problem this time. He had a good shake down run, but
the trans lost 2nd and 3rd gears. I know how bad he wants to fix it so that he can make
some hard passes before B-ville.
Larry Forstall and team are building a custom frame etc. for
this big horse Suzuki for a B-ville trip. Hes going with the same engine that ran
235 here. Should be real interesting! I know that the McMeekin Brothers are working hard
on their D Buick engine. I hope they get a handle on it in time for B-ville.
Dad Land got one new set of STD jugs for his cast
iron Harley and will again be making the trip to B-ville, along with Mike Shedd and the
rest of the GA crew. Maybe they'll get a record this year. You might want to ask
Dad about the Dual Parachutes he's putting on his sissy bar.
I know there is a lot more stuff going on for the ECTA at
B-ville 2002. We'll have a better idea this time next month. Again thanks to all for a
great meet. We could not do it without the racers and volunteers!
See ya in June
So ya wanna be on TV
Well here is your chance. The cameraman from FOX Sports South comming to the June
meet. Its not totally confirmed yet, but I had to let you all know as soon as
possible. If you want an opportunity to have your vehicle on TV this could be your
opportunity. Were the only venue for LSR on the east coast and if we look good in June
there is a good posibility they will be back in the fall.
Also Jon Amo from Landracing.com will be here in June. More fodder for
his web site. Jon and his brother Joe are avid bike racers at Bonneville, 223+MPH. Make
sure you take the time to say hey.
Due to a recent accident at El Mirage
SCTA is instituting some immediate rules changes for this year, and will be in effect for
1) ALL SEATS must be race type seats, securely fastened, and with no more than
1 padding underneath.
2) In addition to the current limb restraint system: All cars, at all speeds must
have 2 arm tethers. All closed cars must have full door coverage: full net or net / panel
/ member co
This is not easy to explain...bear with me!
The reason you do not want to use argon with a MIG gun is called "low ionization or
cold shutting". Argon allows that the gap between the end of the wire and the work be
very small when the arc jumps. This causes a small crack at the toe of the weld. The weld
will look very good but it can fracture. Using an 80/20, Co2 / Argon mix will cause a high
ionization (a bigger gap) and allow the metal to come to temperature before the filler
metal hits the area. Straight Co2 will typically have more splatter around the weld as
compared to a 80/20 mix.
If you burn thru, which is easy welding .125 wall tubing, the metal on the inside of the
tube is now brittle because it is not shielded by the flux on the rod. This CAN cause a
weld fracture. This is why NHRA has banned the use of stick welding on all racecars.
NASCAR uses MIG welding over TIG probably because of the miles of tubing in one of those
cars. Teams in the know are now TIG welding the chassis.
We all have had experience welding up cars/bikes that have held up thru crashes and years
of abuse using MIG, gas, arc and TIG. Dollar for dollar, I spend the time to TIG all
tubing as from education in metallurgy, I have concluded that it is the best welding
process for thin tubing. I have a book from a gas supplier outlining the proper uses of
shielding gas and am willing to try to scan some appropriate pages in to my computer if
someone would like to see them.
I'm not a teacher so I hope I have explained this so everyone can understand it!
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