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    Drag Racing

    Is anyone planning an informal night at a local drag strip for us speed junkies?

    thanks

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    Yeah! Saturday late afternoon by my place.
    Might go run the Yellow POS
    (Now that I know I already devalued it by $15k.....)
    Hammer down!
    Jeff

    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Dilling View Post
    Is anyone planning an informal night at a local drag strip for us speed junkies?
    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by DEEPNHOCK View Post
    Yeah! Saturday late afternoon by my place.
    Might go run the Yellow POS
    (Now that I know I already devalued it by $15k.....)
    Hammer down!
    Jeff
    I guess it's a matter of perspective, I figure running mine down the track increased its value. Goes to show it doesn't just sit there, it actually runs!

    PS did not know you had a place in Indiana?
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    Hey Jeff, if you're trailering the '53, do you need a long haul driver for the Coupe Express...?

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    I have not heard any more about drag racing during the International Meet. I tried to find the thread in the Studebaker only forum, but could not find it. Does anybody know any more about this?
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    Here the thread Ted Harbit started on the main forum:

    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...nal-Meet-Drags
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    As with the thread, which I started back in Dec. about all the questions being asked on this same forum, I think the same can be applied to this as well. You probably shouldn't hold your breath too long, to get a response, or you will turn blue! Simple fact, excluding the early responses, by Mike Le Pay, on some of those earlier meet questions, the organizing committee doesn't use the forum to communicate! Best thing is to email one or all on the committee, to get a response. Their email links are found at the SDC Home Page, (right above) under events, then International Events, which will show you the 48th Int Meet, and who to contact, for more information, with links to emails.
    Last edited by glen; 02-14-2012 at 08:59 AM.
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    I think I read that any racing event would not be part of the official program, likely due to insurance or liability reasons for the event. So, any racing would be set up informally pretty much as an agreement of participants to meet at the track at an agreed time. This of course would also depend on when the local track would be available/open. Hopefully one of the local folks can find that out for us or coordinate with the track. Based on the thread I linked to above that would be Osceola Raceway.
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    I would be up for making a few runs in the Avanti. I see it is only a few miles East of South Bend.

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    Informal and not officially part of the meet, perhaps. With the Glendale, AZ meet, in 2010, there was already a plan in place for the drags to be held (though not officially) at a local track and was announced (off the record) at the yearly banquet in Oct of 2008. So I can only guess, in comparing one organizing committee to another is like comparing an apple to an orange?
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    Well sounds like i need to go to OC Dragway and see what i can do.
    What day is best?
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    I might even be convinced to try my hand at it ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by okc63avanti View Post
    I might even be convinced to try my hand at it ....
    Go for it John, it'll increase the value of your Avanti.

    I'm really leaning towards driving my Stude up. I still would like to know if the track has a sundial to time my 289 auto 3.07 station wagon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbstude View Post
    Go for it John, it'll increase the value of your Avanti. I'm really leaning towards driving my Stude up.
    I still would like to know if the track has a sundial to time my 289 auto 3.07 station wagon.
    For those who wanna know- I called 'shotgun' for rides in John's car a long time ago...
    All I have to do is show up!!!

    Don't worry Matt- your car shouldn't be that slow. I raced Sweet Pea at Woodburn, OR back in '93 during the Portland Meet. I was 'manually' shifting her Flightomatic in order to get all three gears, as she's also got a 3.07 TT. She managed something in the low 18s as I recall. Not blazingly fast, but I managed to win my 'class' (bracket) and get a cool sumthin' sumthin' to hang on the wall. One day it'll be right there along with all her other awards like longest distance driven, hard luck, and the like.
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    Rose and I really enjoyed the drag races at Cedar Rapids. I wonder if I can talk her into taking a shot at it this time, if one gets organized.

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    for those wondering about the drags, but have never done it......DO IT!
    I did it for the first time in Cedar Rapids in 2009, and it was a blast. I was worried since I had never done anything like that, and if it broke, how would I get home? Didn't go very fast in a plain stock 63 lark with no modifications, but it was fun just to see reaction times, etc.
    here's a video just to see the fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTGxAmCy1zQ

    I had to tape a water bottle to the side of my engine bay for the "radiator overflow". The track guys let it slide. They didn't require a helmet for what we were driving, but you had to roll up all your windows.
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    Have the rules that apply to the South Bend drag races been posted. I would hate to get out there and find that my car doesn't comply with something.
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    For basic street cars at the track here are things they will look at: As Gohdes mentioned your radiator over flow must be routed into some sort of container so if your car over heats coolant does not go onto the track. Make sure all of your lug nuts are in place. Some tracks will have you remove your hub caps, so bring tools to do that. You need to wear long pants and closed toe shoes, no shorts or sandals. If your car will run 13.99 or faster you will need a helmet. Street tires will need to be in good condition and have tread.

    That's really about all you need. Others please chime in if there is something more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Dilling View Post

    That's really about all you need. Others please chime in if there is something more.
    When I ran at Osceola, they did a tech inspection of each car for obvious safety issues. Battery hold down, loose items, loose steering, etc...plus the items Pat mentions. Contact the track if you have any questions...

    Osceola Dragway

    If you haven't drag raced before at a sanctioned track, have Pat, Ted, or another experienced racer "tech" your car during the week in South Bend so that you are not surprised or disappointed when you get to the track.

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    Dick: Was very disappointed thought you were going to say that you were going to be there. Sure would be great to see you.

    studedick from the lower Ozarks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Clemens View Post
    Dick: Was very disappointed thought you were going to say that you were going to be there. Sure would be great to see you.

    studedick from the lower Ozarks
    I don't think I will make it this year, Dick. You'll have to have my share of the fun too (but I'm confident you can pull that off!)
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    For those who have general questions about running your car at the track here is a link to some excellent information.

    http://www.norcal-lsx.com/forum/showthread.php?t=38500

    Starting with Post#3 will give you an excellent idea of what to expect.
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    As per the questions posted recently on the "main" forum, what are the plans for the drag races.?
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    On Friday, the Osceola strip will open an hour or two early for their regular test and tune night. This will give people time to go to the track to either watch or race for a couple hours before heading back if they want to attent the banquet. I don't know the exact hour they will open but we can find out at the meet. My guess is it will be around 3:00.

    Ted

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    Thanks Ted.
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    What's the latest on the trip to the track? What time and are we caravaning or just meeting out there? Also what is the cost for their test and tune. It's gonna be a hot day it looks like, but not as hot as Glendale was.

    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Dilling View Post
    What's the latest on the trip to the track? What time and are we caravaning or just meeting out there? Also what is the cost for their test and tune. It's gonna be a hot day it looks like, but not as hot as Glendale was. thanks
    There's a bit of new info to be found here~

    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...nal-Meet-Drags

    (post #42 on down...)




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    We will be leaving for the track around 1.45 or so Ted said.

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    Cost for test and tune is $20.00 to run and $10.00 for spectators. Leaving fairgrounds at 1.45. I printed up directions, they can be found in Ted's and my booth
    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Dilling View Post
    What's the latest on the trip to the track? What time and are we caravaning or just meeting out there? Also what is the cost for their test and tune. It's gonna be a hot day it looks like, but not as hot as Glendale was.

    thanks
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