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- Dec 29, 2009
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when we went & raced down at Terminal Island by Long BeachHoly S#it who had that kind of money in 82. I was lucky to have gas money !!
Thanks, for the kind word
Yeah, I hear ya. I'm a bit of a rambler too.Thanks, for the kind word
I hope people enjoy them
sometimes I get on a roll & keep remembering **** to add the post...
gets longer & longer
Oh I got a tone of them
Agree. Too many stories and most people wouldn't believe half of them anyways. Racing everywhere you went. Growing up in the "D" for racers was just unbelievable.Just way too many stories to type them all. Ask anyone from the Detroit area. The 70's, 80's and into the 90's used to be alot of fun street racing days.
When I was young that’s exactly what I thought the street scene was like in California.Part 2
We all parade down & go to the J street cruise,
at about 9:30 pm-ish, make a couple of loops/laps
We meet a bunch of people, we are all parked together
there's a tunnel underpass section of the loop
we park on the corner buy a park, all lined up, just before you go into the underpass...
Almost everyone always 'stands on it' going thru the underpass...
I don't remember the street name, anyhoo...
You couldn't miss us
A few serious cars, where cruising that night
but didn't really reel in any fish, we hung out & bs'd for a while
until maybe midnight-ish, then headed out to (Scott rd ?, that doesn't sound right)
anyway, it's out by Rancho Secco/SMUD,
bunches of cars started to show up, bunches of cars followed us out there
we were sort of hard to miss...
#1) I was 1st down the road, I'm always ready to roll
get it done before the LEOs show up...
I'm not the fastest car there...
I 1st wanted to do a test launch with the N20
did a decent short burnout, in VHT, staged & I hit the N20 purge
(I had no real failsafe or throttle micro switch, no progressive tuner
just an on/off toggle to arm the solenoids, a purge, next to my shifter
& a momentary activation button on my steering wheel, full 250 when hitting it)
rolled up to the line, some dude lined up next to me
'I was org. just doing a test hit', now it's ON...
A nice looking dark blue 67 Chevelle SS-396 4 speed
(IT had a big block, not a 396)
he does an impressive burnout
my car didn't look real fast, but it was hard to hide the sound
& the N20 purge, or the 29x9" slicks
Jim my buddy gets up & flags us, arm drop
I got him bad out of the hole, short-shifted to second about 5,900-6,000
spin it to about 6,800 in 2nd, that's more than I liked, but still pulling hard,
I hit up to 3rd & I don't see the guy 'yet', 500ft-ish (?) or so
I need to still test the N20, so I hit the momentary button
& it pulls freaken' hard as hell in 3rd gear, an instant 6,800rpm
I quickly pull it down to 4th, off the button, still rolling hard
I had bus lengths on the guy now
crossing the finish line my 120 mph speedo, was pegged @ 6,300...
1st one down & a successful 'short' 3rd gear N20 test hit...
Back to the staging area, pull a plug & look down in it
& at the ground strap to see if it's cool/OK tune, needed a tad more fuel...
I bumped the stand-alone fuel pump/by-pass reg. for the N20 system
a 1/2psi up to 5.5psi, everything else looked good, left the carb/s alone
bumped the timing back/down 2*s to 26* total (that engine liked timing, N/A 36*)
I'm ready for the next...
I'm gonna hit the button after the launch next time...
I hope I can shift it fast enough, 1st to 2nd,
lots of **** going on in my brain
not to do something stupid, miss a shift & blow it up
or N20 'backfire' in the STR manifold, blowing the top off, or gaskets out,
missing a damn shift etc.
(I'm used to N20, but not with a std 4 speed, I have Lenco/Jeffco & levers
in my racecars, no clutch after the launch too, until I cross)
I showed my hand kind of early, messed up sort of
I really didn't know I beat that Chevelle by as much as I did
& it's hard to get someone to race you, after they know you're fast...
That wasn't anywhere near as fast as it could have been too...
I did get another race, a guy in a 71-72 Pinto
with a inline 2x4bbl FE engine/c6 auto, lose converter
no idea how big of cubes, the car looked pretty well built,
really nice fab work & cage
later found out it was a Chris Alston Chassisworks built car/chassis
(the famed Tom Alston's fabricator builder, his younger brothers, shop in Sac.)
my car 69/RR only had a bolt-in 4 pt roll bar a 4 pt harness
& subframe connectors, gas shocks, front & rear &
I removed the front swaybar for race night...
This lil' Pinto looked potentially really, really fast,
he had a bunch of people out there too... $$$$
several other races have gone down by now (I'll get to that later)
some rubber down now, it was looking pretty damn good
like 90* out still
We agree on a $50 bet
we do our burnouts, his lil' Pinto makes a shitload of noise & smoke
I can barely hear my 440-6 over him, I'm not big on huge burnouts either
we stage he takes forever getting in, I do my regular deal 3,000 rpm
& I'll nail it after I dump the clutch...
Jim drops his arms & off we go, again I'm on it out of the hole, great launch
N20 on, to 5,800 damn it came quick, I speedshift to 2nd still going well
I hear him, but too busy to look over or see him,
speedshift again to 3rd at 6,200-ish
still on the button seems like I'm barely at the 600' area,
I'm not letting off
I can see the lil' Pinto out of my peripheral vision now,
he's coming on me hard
still on the button, speed shift pull it down to 4th,
I'm only like 800' I'm in 4th already
'I think' this thing is eating 'up track' (seems like I should be way farther down)
I start to seem like, I'm actually pulling away from him too...
I cross the line like 6,600-ish at every bit of 130-135+,
buried the speedo bad...
I'm trying to look at the fuel pressure gauge/s, so I get an idea if it cool/OK or not
while still on the button & my foot to the floor...
All is well, I got him by 2 cars, maybe more...
He won't even look at me at the other end turning around...
I smiled at him 'like the asshole', that I am when I'm really happy & beat a car
I think is faster than me...
We get back to the staging area, a bunch of the people start talking
that yellow RR is fast...
I didn't get another race that night, I showed my hand way to early
But I'm there to support my group...
this is only now early 'Sat. AM' still too
That Pinto was quick, just not quick enough
he claimed it was a 10.50/125mph car, later...
I 1st let it coold own some, I pulled a couple plugs,
#1 & #8 & read them (#8 was prone to be really fat N/A)
make sure nothing bad is happening
& no problems... a success
all my boys were giving me ****, ribbing me
saying they saw 3' long blue flames/blowtorch out my turndowns/pipes
lighting it up down there
To be continued
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Yep, it sort of was, but you had to know someone to know where to goWhen I was young that’s exactly what I thought the street scene was like in California.