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BobPalma
10-21-2008, 09:25 PM
:) 'Just got back from a light-duty race evening at O'Reilly/Indianapolis Raceway Park's Street Stock "run-what-ya-brung" drag race event. Richard "R1" Poe e-mailed earlier in the day, saying he was planning to bring his charcoal R1/4-speed 1963 Lark Custom and Chuck Kern was going to attend with his 1963 R2/Powershift Avanti and Ted Harbit was coming down sans car (but Ted did drive his 1962 Cruiser anyway) in case I was available and wanted to wander over.

It sounded like a fun evening only a few miles away, so I headed over about 5:30. Everyone was already there and had passed Tech Inspection, but no one had been permitted on the track. The drag strip opened only a few minutes later and we were off to the races.

Both Richard and Chuck competed. They both tickled the 13s but didn't quite make it, posting in the low to mid 14s all evening. (The evening was pure heads-up drag racing against whoever happened to be in the other lane, unless you made previous arrangements for a specific grudge match.)

Richard's three runs in his R1/4-speed Lark were memorable in that he soundly beat a good-running 1994-1997 vintage Mustang GT, sending the 'Stang packing by arriving at the end of the quarter a solid 1.5 seconds ahead of it. Later, I noticed a semi-offensive graphic in the Mustang's rear window, stating that, "In order to p*ss on it, you first have to catch it."

I asked Richard if he had seen that graphic and he replied, "How could I? It was in his rear window and the Lark was ahead from the green light to the finish line!" Good point; I hadn't thought of that!

Richard's second run scored a tighter win over a mid-80s vintage Monte Carlo Super Sport, also running well. It was hard to tell who was winning as we watched from the starting line and the cars seemed to disappear down the strip in a dead heat. But the WIN lights came on in Richard's lane [:p] and he later reported being about three car lengths ahead at the finish line.;)

Richard's third run was a bummer. It was his best launch of the evening and he posted record (or near record; he wasn't sure) 330-foot and eighth-mile times and was certainly headed for a 13-something-second run. But as he went for fourth gear in the last third of the run, the clutch acted strange and wouldn't release! He power-shifted anyway and posted his best run of the evening: 14.066 seconds. Not bad for having a bum clutch and being an R1, eh?

Chuck Kern and his R2/Powershift Avanti ran consistently all evening. Chuck concentrated on his launch technique until he got down to an excellent .022 reaction time. That really puffed him up with a sense of accomplishment....too much, apparently; he red-lighted the last two races! Oops. Even so, Chuck remained solidly in the mid to low 14s all evening and had only a modest high-end power loss to contend with. More to sort out for the next Pure Stock Drags event.

Chuck's son John Kern joined us, as did his grandson Jerry, a Junior at Martinsville High School and a nice kid. Jerry again reminded me of our advancing ages. I engaged Jerry in conversation about the race cars in line and pointed out a sleek older pony car. Jerry agreed as to its attractiveness and asked me what it was. When I told him it was a 1973 Barracuda, he asked, quite seriously, [i]"Who made them?"

Richard Poe's son Jeff also joined us. Jeff is older than Chuck's grandson Jerry, and is an excellent full-time mechanic at a south-side Indianapolis Firestone Service Center.

Ted Harbit spent a lot of time at the starting line, closely watching Richard and Chuck's rear axle movement on launch, to re

52-fan
10-21-2008, 09:43 PM
Good report. Thanks for sharing.

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clonelark
10-21-2008, 09:58 PM
Always enjoy your post BP this one was no exception.




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41 Frank
10-21-2008, 10:35 PM
Sure wish I lived closer to this hotbed;) of Studebaker drag racing. You Indiana guys have all the fun.[:p]

Dick Steinkamp
10-21-2008, 11:11 PM
Great report, Bob.

Always good to hear about the exploits of that gang.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

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sals54
10-22-2008, 02:04 AM
That sounds like it was a rockin good time. Studes representing well again.

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63larkr1
10-22-2008, 02:25 PM
Thanks Bob for your post, as usual Bob has the details down. I donít know how you are able to keep all this stuff straight. Itís always great to spend an evening at the strip with your Studebaker buddies, and yes itís a blessing to have so many Studebaker drag racers in this area to play with. It was difficult to launch the car on the track last night, but I did have a best of 2.037 60í spinning the tires off the line, and a best ever 330í at 5.770 that would be a 0-60 of about 5.4 or so, and an 8.958 at the 1/8 mile. As Bob said it clunked in to third and fourth and I got out of it a little early by mistake but it ran a 14.066 my third best ľ mile time this year. The clutch had given up altogether and I coasted up and picked up my time slip and pushed it away. The clutch will not disengage at all so I got a tow back. Nothing we could do would help, looks like it may be the throughout bearing is bad. I only got three runs in but the ETs were only .108 between the fastest and the slowest and .62 MPH. By the way these are heads up runs.
Frank, it is great to have some other Studebakers to go drag racing with, and good friends all of them. We look forward to seeing you here again in May.
Richard

41 Frank
10-23-2008, 05:04 PM
We are sure going to try and be at Brown County again next year Richard, sorry to see you had problems.:( When you want to play sometimes you got to pay. In my dreams could I ever do a 2.03 60 foot.[^] 14.06 is unheard of from an R-1. Congrats Richard.



quote:Originally posted by 63larkr1

Thanks Bob for your post, as usual Bob has the details down. I donít know how you are able to keep all this stuff straight. Itís always great to spend an evening at the strip with your Studebaker buddies, and yes itís a blessing to have so many Studebaker drag racers in this area to play with. It was difficult to launch the car on the track last night, but I did have a best of 2.037 60í spinning the tires off the line, and a best ever 330í at 5.770 that would be a 0-60 of about 5.4 or so, and an 8.958 at the 1/8 mile. As Bob said it clunked in to third and fourth and I got out of it a little early by mistake but it ran a 14.066 my third best ľ mile time this year. The clutch had given up altogether and I coasted up and picked up my time slip and pushed it away. The clutch will not disengage at all so I got a tow back. Nothing we could do would help, looks like it may be the throughout bearing is bad. I only got three runs in but the ETs were only .108 between the fastest and the slowest and .62 MPH. By the way these are heads up runs.
Frank, it is great to have some other Studebakers to go drag racing with, and good friends all of them. We look forward to seeing you here again in May.
Richard



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63larkr1
10-24-2008, 09:36 AM
Frank,
Monday I had the Lark out and stopped at the gas station. A guy came up and said he saw it at the strip. He was impressed with the Studebakers that we had down there in May. He is one of the regulars at the track. I get that a lot; they all say how impressed they were with the Studebakers we had there in May. This guy told his wife and she said that the day the Studebakers come next year will be a donít miss event for them.
This is one of the new youtube video I have posted. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PleTGQ-n-sg
I really like how your car and Joe Bacons car look together.
Richard

41 Frank
10-24-2008, 09:58 AM
Cool Richard.Thanks for posting the video. Guess you will have to make it an annual event now. I haven't had the 41 at a strip locally this year but will try in the spring to make some tuneup runs before Brown County.

63larkr1
10-24-2008, 10:30 AM
Frank I think the more you run the drag tires the better they will hook.
We do plan to make it and annual event, I'll contact you soon about that, interesting things may happen this May.
Later, Richard

41 Frank
10-24-2008, 12:21 PM
The funny thing is Richard, the more I ran the slower the e.t."s became. I went from a 9.505, same as Ted ran on some runs, on my first run, to subsequent 9.80's. I have been told by some local racers that run in the 6's that torque convertors become less efficient as the fluid heats up, could be something to that.

laughinlark
10-24-2008, 10:55 PM
It doesn't get any better than that. I just love seeing the Studes on the drag strip. There is nothing like the sound of a Stude V/8 getting up on the RPM's. Too many people are afraid to run there Studes that hard for some reason. They are such a stout motor. The are missing out on alot of fun because of fear.

Gordon

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63larkr1
10-25-2008, 09:27 AM
Gordon
Yes they are missing out. When the Studebakers show up itís always a big hit.
Richard

barnlark
10-25-2008, 09:52 AM
Thanks again for the drags post, BP. [^][^][^]

Either you or Richard...did the third run for Richard's car win against the opponent even with the power shift?? Couldn't tell if the "bummer" was just the time or that run [?]



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63larkr1
10-25-2008, 01:09 PM
Dave on the third run the car in the other lane beat me. The organic material on the pressure plate side all came off the disc. It got trapped and the clutch wouldnít release. I got out of it early by mistake on the last run.
Richard

Roscomacaw
10-25-2008, 01:38 PM
Sounds like a fun night! Thanks to Bob for the report and to Richard and Chuck for the representation of our marque.;)

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BobPalma
10-25-2008, 08:36 PM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Thanks again for the drags post, BP. [^][^][^]

Either you or Richard...did the third run for Richard's car win against the opponent even with the power shift?? Couldn't tell if the "bummer" was just the time or that run [?]





:) No, Dave; Richard didn't win that third race...and probably couldn't even if he was running his best. In the other lane was a highly-modified early 1990s Camaro that easily turned a 12.5?? or thereabouts...probably nitrous enhanced. Nothing wrong with that as long as the cars are "street legal." Ahem.

The bummer reference was not to the race loss, but to the fact that Richard had to get towed back on the return road due to the clutch having gone south.[xx(] Fortunately, it was dark, so a minimum number of spectators witnessed the tow job.;)

Actually, in my never-so-humble-opinion, the "neatest" car there last Tuesday night was a 1966 Plymouth Barracuda fastback with a Novi-supercharged, intercooled Slant Six! It really sounded wicked...boy, did it ever...but all hands were on deck to get Richard's car pushed back up onto his trailer when the Barracuda left the pits to go run, so I don't know what kind of times it turned.

Sure was cool, though! :DBP