Late Model Ready For Practice Day

We completed the Late Model on Monday of this week. Troy came early Monday morning to get the basis done. The car was put on stands, with scales. The stands allow the car to be moved back and forth. They are about 18″ off the ground leaving lots of room under the car to do the nut and bolt check and all the levels, trailing arm and center link angles.
The car was raised enough to put string under the tires and magnetic brackets, that look like rulers on the chassis. This allowed us an imperfect but very accurate way to measure ride height. The best way is with “laser beam lighting”, but we don’t have that system. The key is to use the same system all the time for consistency. So, even if it’s not the most accurate, it is consistent. Cars will tell you how they feel depending how fast it enters the corners. Then adjustments are made to allow the car to turn better with adjustments to counter a push or loose feeling.
Once on the scales we were able to see where we were ride height wise and the scales told us our weight distribution. The time consuming process is adjusting the shocks to get the proper cross weight distribution.
When we started our #’s were this:
These #’s were way out so we made the adjustments, by turning the shock adjusters to end up with
The car needs a good cleaning, the timing set and it’s ready for practice.
Now we zero in on the Modified.
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OSCAAR Banquet…We Win Best Appearing Car….and Don Hawn Sportsman of the Year Awards.

I was so blessed at the OSCAAR banquet, not only to have three of my sponsor reps there, Quaker State, Lincoln Electric and Grind Stone Property Management, but also one of my crew members Stephen and Lucy Lippert.  We won both the Best Appearing Car and Sportsman of the Year awards.
This was the 15th time for our team to win Best Appearing Car, ¬†the first time in OSCAAR Modifieds.¬† The Don Hawn Sportsman Award was our 12th time winning the Sportsman of the Year award and the 4th time in the 5 years we’ve raced in OSCAAR.
My sponsors and crew had a great night, as did everyone that was there.  It was truly a fun event with lots of couples dancing and boys doing shop talk.  The venue was very nice and the food was awesome. Thanks to Dave Gainforth and his team for putting on an excellent year end festivity.

Remembrance Day….Thank You Dad….And All Those Who Served

My Dad left his family and his Nova Scotia home, to go to France to fight against the Nazi drive to take over Europe. What really upset Dad was when Hitler suggested they would be heading to Canada after Europe.
Dad was 19. He drove a jeep and a big truck taking supplies to soldiers.
While overseas his Mom (Ally) died.  Losing his Mom while he was so far away hurt him more than anything else. He came home a very hurt and an angry young man.
He would carry hurts from this war for years, and did his best to love and care for his family in spite of all his battles.   Dad became a top welder for the Boiler Makers Union and often fixed my race cars.
God bless you Dad and all those who served in the crazy wars on this planet.

Flamboro Pro Late Model Getting Prepared

We are working hard on David’s 2015 Championship car, getting it ready for our season opener at Flamboro Speedway on April 28th. There is lots to do, and now, man hours will be very important for us to get this car ready and lettered to start the season. My crew have been extremely helpful this year, and in this photo, David, Eddie and I get some things done.
My 50th year will have many high lites, but one is sharing this ride with my son in 2017.
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