June Summit Point: Five cars---What was I thinking?!?!?!? The Galaxie. The Lancia. The Crown Royal Victoria. The Wounded Warrior Fundraising Cougar. The Pontiac Bonneville Donk. It was chaotic, stressful, and almost overwhelming for the team, trying to keep five cars going. Yet whole team pitched in (the arrive-and-drives too), and we managed to get everybody out on the track. In the process, we sold enough stints and took enough donations in the Cougar to raise nearly SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS for the Wounded Warrior Project!!! Special thanks to Jim Whitley of www.rollcagecomponents.com who graciously supplied the cage (and assisted me in installation), Midnight Graphics of Shippensburg, PA who provided graphics, and B/A Products, who donated $250 worth of fuel. Fritz, Phil, and the Dahlin boys Mat, Jake, and Tim transformed a mundane Crown Vic into the very cool, purple-felt-covered, giant-crown-topped Crown Royal Victoria, and together with Olaaf’s help, kept it going all weekend. Tom (Bonedriver) spent most of his weekend helping get new drivers in and out of the WWP Cougar, with the help of some of the arrive-and-drives.
The Galaxie suffered yet another engine fire, this time due to an improperly connected fuel line. The 1980 Pontiac Bonneville that I had bought (not running) for $300 was fitted with a $99 spring cup lift, a $400 craigslist set of 22’s off of a Range Rover, and some ARP wheels studs. A starter, a set of plugs, and some fresh fuel and it was running again, though not very well. Thanks to my neighbor Don Trevett for help pulling the dents out, to DC Doug, Dave, and Joe for spending two months building the Donk with me, to Big Joe and Joey D for the time spent on all the cars, and to DC Doug for spending a ton of time setting up www.woundedwarriorracing.com. We won the Organizer’s Choice award with the Donk!
July Gingerman: The Impala Rent-A-Wagon We decided last minute to enter this race. The deals I tried to line up for a 6-wheeled El Camaromino and a big block 70’s Eldorado ‘vert fell through, so we hauled my old Maserati Biturbo all the way to Michigan, with the intention of installing a cage in it at the track Friday night and racing it all weekend. Nearing the end of our 12 hour journey, we spotted a rusted-out ’65 Impala station wagon on the side of a seawall shop. The owner was firm on $1500, as he really wanted to keep the solid frame and PS/PB for another Impala. I offered $300 to simply rent the wagon for the weekend, provided we returned it with an intact frame (if nothing else), and he agreed! Not only did we fully prep/cage/build it in 24 hours, we ran pretty much all weekend, winning Organizer’s Choice for the third time. We weren’t comfortable being the sole recipients of that award, having been amazed by the effort that went into the Team Bust-A-Nut Güte Bier Mazda Blimp, and we decided to split the award 50/50 with them. LeMons HQ approved our decision, so we sent the Blimp guys half the winnings ($250). Full story here: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/0 … s-history/
Timelapse build vid:
July Stafford Motor Speedway: Wayne Carini and the crew of Chasing Classic Cars race with us! We had the honor of hosting the Chasing Classic Cars crew from Discovery HD Theater for this event. TV show host Wayne Carini originally planned to drive both the Donk and the Lancia, but later decided the Donk just wasn’t for him. The Lancia, with its Pininfarina styling and compact/nimble size, was more his speed. The TV crew set up their HD cameras, Wayne and I strapped in to the Lancia and the Donk, and the green flag waved! As usual for Stafford, it was chaos at first, and the attrition rate was high on the bumpy short course in the intense heat. Wayne proved to be an excellent driver, passing other cars wherever the short course allowed. I drove the Donk like a man possessed, knowing the footage would make for great television. I even passed quite a few cars while wildly bouncing around and skittering sideways in the lifted beast, carrying the left front wheel in the air on the tighter turns.
The Lancia hit the wall on Sunday while in the top ten in the standings, and the ensuing failed repair knocked it out for the last few hours. Lesson learned by a few members of my crew: DO NOT re-engineer the entire cooling system by removing the hood and replacing the radiator with a larger borrowed unit turned sideways and some thoroughly kinked hoses, when two minutes with some JB Quick Weld putty would have fixed the tiny crack in the plastic tank. D’oh! The Donk somehow took the extreme abuse all weekend and finished 16th out of over 50 cars, winning our third IOE in the process! The episode of CCC filmed there has yet to air, but be sure to look for a link to it here once it does. After the race, Wayne invited us all back to tour his shop, F40 Motorsports, and see his private collection. It was AMAZING. Thanks again, Wayne! See you in NH!