July 6th very early am
I have to race the loser of Carl's race
78-79 Z28 BBC/PG big fogger kit on 28x9" slicks
my 69 RR 440-6 w/1 center 2bbl N2O (added jets to get 300 shot)
4 speed 29x9" slicks
it's all I think it can handle now, be on par with him on
his 350+hp (maybe ? 500 shot) fogger
or I should say I picked him, because we are pretty evenly matched
with & without N2O, both on 9" slicks
I think he has me covered without N2O, maybe a car
I think I'm better with N2O, from the races I saw, maybe a car
all heads up
I'm confident in my car, been working really well too
again these guys like to do rounds
best of 3,
bets (have a couple $20 side bets ($100 worth) with a few guys, each race
this **** could add up quick
& my standing $20 bet with Mike M., of course)
$50 1st race N2O, heads up race all you got, run what ya' brung,
$100 2nd N/A no N2O
$100 3rd race if it 'is to get that far',
we'll negotiate lengths, N2O or the leave
Jim C. isn't flagging
he's prepping his car for another race with the other 67 Chevelle,
sort of another heavy hitter, guy on 2 kits of N2O
& a 'big cid' (540?), tube chassis car both on 14x32" slicks too
a guy from Oroville is flagging
I don't really know him, but
Mike M. says he's a stand up guy, he'll be fair
we both do VHT burnouts,
I just put fresh plugs in
after all the cruising & putzing around figured it wouldn't hurt
my car has a miss, I sort of ignore it, as much as I can
we get up to the line the drops his arms
My RR dead hooks & bogs, it never does that ****
& I was leaving at like 3,000rpm
It sort of comes back ok, and starts to run relatively well
I think I'm only on 7 cylinders now, 'all this **** is going thru my mind'
probably hurt it
I still left on him, but he made it up immediately,
because I bogged/dead hooked
we are neck & neck to 400ft, I'm shooting ducks, something is wrong
but he's still right next to me, I let off the N2O button maybe 1,000ft
so not to burn up my engine, just in case
he's walking on me like a car, maybe even a gap...
We cross he won
, no doubt about it...
crap... I'm down $170 in one fail swoop...
My car's running like total **** now
I pull off to the side open the hood
I see my #7 plug-wire laying off to the side, arching like a sob
'luckily it has a DEI sock on it
or the headers would have burned it bad...
I shut the engine down burn the **** out myself
trying to get the wire back on #7 plug,
I find a twig/stick to push it back on better, yeah something stupid...
I fire it back up, all 8 are firing now
I can relax a lil'
I f--ked up when I changed the plugs... Oh well
I drive back, I'm bummed
I hear all the crap from everyone
I told them what happened
I paid my bets, (I only have $500 in my wallet, to begin the evening)
we went over & let the cars cool down a bit
his Camaro needed the converter to cool off...
Mine was OK, it was like 185*-ish IIRC, I'm good
but I think I blew it, that was my race,
I had him 'almost' on only 7 & off the N2O at maybe 1,000ft
I might have him N/A after all...
a few races go down a few of our crew
#17 Jerry S., the SB Monza races the 66-67 GS guy
Jerry wins easily, it's quicker than we thought...
#11 Felisha 70 Ram Air Formula races a local new guy,
who wasn't there the 1st night, don't know much about the car
a nice black/black 68-70-ish Nova, nice looking car
She waxes his ***...
She's a ringer, a great underdog & a lady...
We'll make future $$$ with her...
our 'true street guys' are cleaning up
N/A no N2O
I do a bit of a longer burnout, still in VHT
roll out & do a dry hop, it's running back to normal
feels great, feels strong/crisp
He does his smoky burnout in VHT too
I can smell antifreeze, must be from his car, mines at like 180*
we get to the line they pull him in too
The guy drops his arms,
I dump the clutch, maybe 3,500rpm
a tad higher than my normal, but it's hooking good
we are pretty even I may have got him barely 'out of the hole'
we're even at 1/2 track, I get about a fender on him at 1,000ft-ish
into 4th I'm pulling away from him & got a whole car on him at the end,
I could barely even see the front of his car...
I'm stoked acting all crazy happy, pounding the steering wheel
yelling, being sort of a jerk, I'm not usually like that...
I had so much emotion from the prior pass...
Now I'm back up $220 on side bets & that pass... (back up $50)
I sort of relaxed a bit...
We get back & his car is hot *** hell
he wants time to cool off
a few more street races go down
I'll get to them later
He wants to go with N2O again
I said you got me covered on N2O, by a full car at least
he didn't know about my debauched plug wire
I didn't truly know if I could beat him...
I think it could be close/really close
"he'll give me my back tires on the line & him to be normally stagged"...
I couldn't agree fast enough...
We both do longer VHT burnouts, I did a dry hop again...
His buddy, gets ready to flag Us
he pulls us up to the line, hard to see the starter out that way
he does 'a sort of a quick arm drop', but
we both agreed, he would do it that way...
It's just so
'the Z28 guy doesn't overflow get hot & dump **** under the tires',
we were both up on rpms fine...
I'm leaving at like 3,000-3,200-ish
hit the button right after the launch, my cars' pulling hard
he's right next to me,
I sort of short shift/speedshift to 2nd,
like less than 6,000rpm on N2O it comes on ya' really fast
never letting off the button...
I'm sort of pulling away, bang shift 3rd again, at like 6,200,
climbs to 6,400-ish after the shift, still on the button
get to about 800ft 6,500+ bang into 4th already,
drops to about 5,900-6000, but still pulling hard
& I have no idea where he is, too much concentration on my shifting...
We cross the line, I'm at like 6,500 pegged the speedo past 120
let off the N2O, let off the gas, and he flys by me, it sort of startles me
he's going by, like 20+mph more than I was just going...
I still don't know who won, I was too deep into the driving...
Watching the gauges, tach & fuel psi especially, all was good
we turn around & we both say;
"damn that was fun, no matter who won, it was a great race"...
The guys with the Motorola walkie talky
was giving me the thumbs up, so I figured I won
we get back & they said it was great we went back & forth
all the way down
I won, by a fender... maybe
I'm up another $220 again,
it was a great weekend for me & the RR, fastest that car ever went
I never thought it was gonna go down like that...
2 wins x $220 = $440 - 1 loss $170 = I was up $270 total now
plus the races the prior night, & other side bets with Mike M.
The best part is getting Mike M.'s $20 each round
we would be friends & rivals for years to come
to be continued
as I remembered them