Racer in the family.

Doc

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Thank goodness your bro is alright. Flying through the air like that at the high speeds they are driving, I can only imagine how hard the impact would have been. the safety restraints are awesome. They sure did their job.

About how fast do they get up to on that track?
 

waybomb

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God, I miss going in circles. I was on asphalt. I love watching clips from the driver's view.
My first race, hobby stock, 67 Chevy 2, bench seat. Was so excited I forgot to put the seat belt on. Any idea how hard it is to throttle with your left foot, while hanging on the steering wheel attempting to stay in the car instead of flying out? Well, at least I didn't use the brakes since I couldn;t reach the pedal haanging on slid into the passneger side of the seat, and learned the limits of that car real quick.
Track etiquette at the time for greenhorns was to drive them into the wall as initiation, which I expected to happen. But the regulars saw I had a problem and let me run. Made alot of friends there,
I ALWAYS wear a seat belt since then.
 

NorthernRedneck

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Time for an update. My brother stripped the body off the car and the roof roll bars bent down when it slammed down. The chassis originally came from a manufacturer in the states. They watched the incar video and basically said that the roof shouldn't have bent down and offered to buy the bare chassis back off him to study to make improvements to future chassis they build. And they had a 2 year old winning car someone else had traded in for a new model. They sold it to him for a big discount.

Last weekend, he set out to race 5 hrs away from me. They practiced Saturday but got rained out Sunday. This weekend is the grand opening for our local track. Last fall was a special invitational event where the track was leased by different people. My brother is coming down for it. Sadly, I have other commitments but plan on attending Sunday.
Here's the new car.




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NorthernRedneck

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His first outing in the car was a bust literally. Due to bad fuel, he blew 7 pistons and cracked the block. He's now running an open engine with a new racing carb he just got from down in nascar country. He's been running his normal 3 tracks closer to home but is here for this week's racing. It was supposed to be last night but got rained out part way through.

Anyways, here's some drone footage of the racing from last week. I was there.

 

NorthernRedneck

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He went out on Wednesday and didn't even turn a lap at speed before the skies opened up. He came back starting the bmain in the back working his way from 11th to 5th and they only advanced the top 3 to the feature. That meant he from 5 hrs away to only race one race.

They normally start 21 cars in the feature but this week was a special memorial race night to honor the man whose dream was to build a race track and bring racing back to the city for the first time in 30 years. (We had a small track way out in the remote country side a 40 minute drive from here that did a once a year event only every fall.) The whole area where the track and parking is located was nothing more than a muskeg swamp which required 10 years worth of fill being brought in to fill the swamp before they could even begin to build the track. He worked tirelessly to make it happen but less then a year before the track was complete, he passed away from cancer. His car number was 22.

Because of this, they wanted 22 cars in the field and gave a provisional starting spot to my brother starting him last in a field of 22. It was a 50 lap race. He was able to work his way up to 13th place.
 

NorthernRedneck

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The original track promoter was also a racer in the same class as my brother. After he passed away, the family wanted to include his car as a promotional tool for the track. So they raised it up and placed it on a concrete support right at the entrance to the track.


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NorthernRedneck

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Looks like my brother's race season is done. He was at a 2 day race weekend. The first night was rained out so apparently things got a little rowdy at night with the racers all staying in the pits. Alcohol may or may not have been a factor. 🤣


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