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Volume 11, Number 4     June 2004
ECTA, 11241 Barnes Bridge Rd.,
Laurinburg, NC 28352
910-266-9868

Maxton “Monster Mile”
Bonneville Tune-up Meet

Cool June Racing

          It was a cool June meet. If you didn’t come to this one because you think its hot you missed some good cool weather. Other than a little rain on Saturday, which held us up for a few hours, thing were just great. And on Sunday we had some great Maxton HP for the last few hours.
          In spite of the fact that Joe Timney wasn’t able to be with us again (due to unforeseen problems) the timing worked perfectly along with time slips. Thanks to T.J. Cannon and Carol Dupree for handling the majority of the timing duties.
          For those who don’t get news any other way. TJ is doing just fine after his dismount last meet. His foot is still in a cast (one reason he was in the tower with me. Think he also enjoyed the view, since he couldn’t ride). The pesky road
rash is just about gone, he is healing quickly like all teenagers do and should be up to another pass down the “Monster Mile” before the season is over.
          Another side note: Much thanks goes to Deb “daMurf’ Heneman who has developed the software package we use for registration and record certification. I know that sometimes the five minute wait in impound is frustrating while all the info is inputted into the computer, and you want to make another pass down the course, but a wonderful benefit of that is that when all the other pieces fall into place we have our records and points on the web Monday morning for all to peruse. Thanks Deb.
          Many thanks also to Guy Caputo for donating a battery backup system so the computers don't crash when the generator skips a beat.
          The Yates Racing’s Firebird is still on top of the points list more than half way through the season. Increasing their lead still further over Koenig Bros. Racing’s Camaro. Phil did freshen up the motor and managed a great showing, but he still couldn’t find the extra points he needed to close the gap. Phil did run a 150.489 on his break in pass. Brett and Regan got a little tune-up help and did manage to improve their speed (from a 164. to 177.120 MPH) as the meet continued.
          Top Car Speed of the Meet and a car we haven’t seen in two years was Bob Durnheims #608 Lakester. Don Biglow managing the driving chores gradually worked the blue car up to


200.142 MPH. Not to shabby for a little 304” Chevy and only 1 MPH off his own record. Think we will see them attempt another Bonneville record.
          Another car I was truly impressed with was Randy Dupree’s little Fiat. After struggling with “Big Shaky” Randy picked up a new 4L Aurora crate motor. Bolted it in box stock, except for the Holley carb and distributorless ignition, and ran a best of 170.865 MPH. Now consider that this engine still has the potential to double the current horse power. He may well be running 20 MPH better next year.
          Scott Guthrie has increased his lead in the Motorcycle points with bike 2-B over his own entry #1-B. Ken Weavers #922 was unable to return to competition after it’s wreck in May. But another OFOS entry #1058 is still in the hunt holding third place ahead of Snart Racings #979.
          Scott’s #2-B bike set a new A/BG-2000 record at 215.007. His #1-B ran A/F-3001+ and tripped the clocks at 184.991 MPH. The #1058 OFOS entry managed a smooth 143 MPH pass.
          Top Speed of the Meet and Top Bike Speed of the Meet was again Rich Yancy’s #8 ‘busa with Scott Guthrie pushing it through at 242.352 MPH. Rich you need to get this thing out to Bonneville. You guys are only one MPH off the world record and you have an extra four mile to get it up to speed.
          Can’t finish without mentioning William VanDyke's twin engine Harley. Bill has been plugging away with this unique ride and did improve to an APS/PF-3001+ record of 140.605. Now when he gets a chance and takes the Bonneville gear out I bet we’ll see another 10+ MPH at Maxton.
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ECTA'04 Schedule
Sept 25-26, October 30-31.

Motor in a Box

          Got to tell you all the story of ‘The Motor in a Box’. Phil Franz arrived at Maxton on Saturday morning with his good looking blue Camaro and a big box of parts. Seems old Phil had to replace his tired old motor, of about four year, if he wanted to stay in the points hunt this year. Phil set out to get a rebuild moving along after the last race. Unfortunately time was limited and only the short block was finished before it was time to head south to Maxton.
          What’s a racer to do? Well old Phil drops all the sundry pieces and parts in a box and throws it all in the burb for the trip to Maxton. Upon arrival he sets up his pit and promptly begins to assemble his pile of stuff. He works all day Saturday, digging parts out of that box, even through the brief rain. And he’s back at it Sunday morning. With about an hour before closing I here the motor fire up. Nice sounding big block.
          We get to the wire and Phil runs over to registration and signs in. Down to the line they tow. He’s the last run of the day. I hear the motor fire up, the starter signals him of the line, and we see a huge cloud of tire smoke. Apparently a little more torque than Phil is used to. A few seconds later and he has a 150.489 MPH break in pass along with a 3/8 mile burnout. Masterful bit of driving Phil.


September Meet Set Up Crew

          Here’s the deal. I’m planning to go to the WOS meet in September to get some racing in. Don’t realistically think I can make it back to Maxton before Friday of the race. So I need a volunteer crew who can haul the trailers to the track, prep (mow all the tall grass off the track), pack the sand/clay in the rough spots, sweep the track, set out the cones, put up the canopy, etc. Please call
EDITORIAL

          I was extremely shocked at the last Driver/Riders meeting. Maybe you were at least surprised as well. Had planned to write a blistering editorial about the incident, but I’ve calmed down some since then. Let me say this however. The Driver/Riders meeting is not a forum for anyone to express their personal views. I apologize to Keith and the rest of the members who were blindsided with that inappropriate display.
          So in the future don’t come and ask Keith if it’s OK for you to speak at the meeting. It isn’t. You can ask Keith to speak on your behalf and if its germane to the racing he will. Enough said.


ECTA 2004
MOTORCYCLE RULES— ADDENDUM 1
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004

Add as the first sentence of section VI-4 CLASSIFICATION OF FRAMES B) Modified Frame: 10) PARTIAL STREAMLINING:

Partial Streamlining is defined as any object forward of the rider that has the apparent purpose of controlling airflow around the machine or rider.

Delete paragraph V1-4 CLASSIFICATION OF FRAMES B) Modified Frame: 11) STREAMLINING:

Delete paragraph VI-4 CLASSIFICATION OF FRAMES C) Special Construction: 10) STREAMLINING:




ECTA 2004
MOTORCYCLE RULES - ADDENDUM 2
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004

Add as the first sentence of section VI-2 GENERAL EOUIPMENT STANDARDS FOR SPEED TRIALS: E) HEADLIGHT:

Headlights, if used, may be no more than 7” in outside diameter at the “lens” surface with a front radius of not less than 18”. The front surface must be perpendicular to the ground within 5 degrees with the rider in the normal riding position. No more than two (2) headlights may be used.




ECTA 2004
MOTORCYCLE RULES - ADDENDUM 3
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004

VI-3 RIDER'S APPAREL:

C) LEATHERS:
Leathers certified by a recognized manufacturer to be suitable for the application are required. One-piece suits or two-piece suits zippered together are allowed. Required over 175 MPH: One-piece leathers or two-piece leathers with full (270 degree) metal zipper. Also required over 175 MPH: Special protective armor, as produced by a recognized manufacturer, with minimum coverage at elbows, knees, shoulders, hips and back. Undergarments having the required armor coverage are acceptable, when worn with the required leather suit.




ECTA 2004
MOTORCYCLE RULES— ADDENDUM 4
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004

VI-4 CLASSIFICATION OF FRAMES:

          B) MODIFIED FRAME:

          12) ENGINE:
Dual engines not permitted in this class. Maximum engine displacement is
           3000+ cubic centimeters.

Vi-5 CLASSIFICATION OF ENGINES:

C) MAXIMUM DISPLACEMENTS & ENGINES:

FRAME ENGINE DISPLACEMENTENGINES
CLASS CLASS PERMITTED
P P, PP, PS, PV20001
M All Except 3000+1
Omega
MPS All Except 3000+1
Omega
A All Except 3000+2
Omega
APS All Except 3000+2
Omega
S All Except 3000+2
Omega
SC Except P, PP, PS,20002
PV and Omega






ECTA 2004
MOTORCYCLE RULES - ADDENDUM 5
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004

VI-2 GENERAL EQUIPMENT STANDARDS FOR SPEED TRIALS:

I) TIRE REQUIREMENTS:


Tire speed rating for ZR rated tires will temporarily be increased to 225mph, and if shaved per this article will be increased to 250mph. Every motorcycle exceeding 200mph is required to report to impound for technical re-inspection after each successful run, whether a record has been made or not.


ECTA 2004
MOTORCYCLE RULES— ADDENDUM 6
EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004


Unlimited (U) Motorcycle Engine Classes

          Effective immediately, Unlimited Gas (UG) and Unlimited Fuel (UF) engine classes for Modified and Sidecar Motorcycle are closed to competition indefinitely. Unlimited Gas (UG) and Unlimited Fuel (UF) engine classes for Altered and Streamliner Motorcycle will remain open to participants until the end of the 2004 ECTA racing season. All Unlimited Gas (UG) and Unlimited Fuel (IJF) Motorcycle engine classes will be closed, indefinitely, to competition starting with the 2005 racing season.


MISPRINT CORRECTIONS TO THE 2004 ECTA MOTORCYCLE RULES

1. Page 52 - insert 8) in front of the word BRAKES: appearing after sentence 7) FORKS
2. Page 52 - Change 8) to 9) CHAIN GUARD
3. Page 53 - Change 9) to 10) PARTIAL STREAMLINING
4. Page 53 - Change 10) to 11) STREAMLINING
5. Page 53 - Change 11) to 12) DUAL ENGINES
6. Page 54 - Insert 9) in front of the word ENGINE: appearing after sentence 8) CHAIN GUARD
7. Page 54 - Change 9) to 10) STREAMLINING
8. Page 54 - Change 10) to 11) PARTIAL STREAMLINING
9. Page 56 - Insert 12) in front of the words COVERS AND SHIELDS: appearing after 11) TIRES
10. Page 56 - Change 12) to 13) BRAKES:
11. Page 57 - Change 13) TO 12) CLASS UG and UF:
12. Page 57- Change 14) to 13) CLASS U (OMEGA):
13. The 175, 250, 350 and 400cc Modified Motorcycle records appear in the Vintage Coupe Category car records.