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Title: Speedweek
Post by: Rattiac on July 30, 2020, 09:20:24 PM
Looks like Speedweek is on at Bonneville.😎
http://www.scta-bni.org/

World of speed (put on by the local USFRA) is cancelled though.😕
https://saltflats.com/


Sounds like it was a battle of politics and saving the local economy. Most would move away if they didn't open soon.
I have been seeing a ton of U-haul's on the roads during my travels.
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: sixball on July 31, 2020, 11:13:07 AM
An exodus of liberals from the cities they destroyed to what is left of the country they have yet to destroy.
Yesterday there was an article on local news about the record home sales, record home prices, and record rental rates in the Reno/Tahoe area. Most sales are CASH and from California tech workers who are working from home. So why live in the mess they created? The high prices for homes and rentals are forcing locals out of the market. So local workers are are being forced to move farther out and commute longer distances. This has been going on in Nevada for several years but is much worse now. That is why we are a solid Democrat state now with riots in Reno and Vegas and no hope for the future.
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: Rattiac on July 31, 2020, 02:24:46 PM
Was wondering if you are going ?
If so, I may bring the trailer and plenty of shade.
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: sixball on August 01, 2020, 12:12:34 AM
I'd like to go. It's going to be busy. I've got family from Texas coming for Labor Day and lots of cleanup before that. A couple of health issues to sort out. I'll know more about that next. And there is the once every 5 year deer tags we drew with prep and scouting to do before the season opens.
 You know my best friend and Bonneville body died out there last year and I wasn't there to help. If I can fit it in I'd like to be there. It is a magic place! Shade is good!
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: chopper526 on August 01, 2020, 07:13:08 PM
Loosely related.....https://www.nj.com/news/2020/08/atco-dragway-set-to-become-auto-auction-site-but-local-race-fans-still-fight-to-stop-it.html?fbclid=IwAR3UkUkLak_j34bXPz2vKlQsvAmcq2yaDCoApwTHOU3rxoH5lr0HZfwg5Lk

Maybe you guys could sign the petition????
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: TFoch on August 01, 2020, 07:44:46 PM
Chopper I signed the petition.  I drag raced my motorcycle there back in the early 80's when they held the nationals there in early October every year.  A bunch of us from New England Dragway used to go down there for the race.  I won Stock Eliminator there in 1981 on a Kawasaki GPZ 550.  I hate to see this track disappear especially since Englishtown is now gone.  I hope someone buys it and continues to run it as a dragstrip.
Tom
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: Rattiac on August 03, 2020, 02:39:09 PM
Sixball;;;;;
Let me know by Thursday. I can be packed up and ready to head out Friday night. Just a 2hr drive from here. Already got the "go ahead" from the significant other.😊
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: sixball on August 03, 2020, 06:01:24 PM
I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and am kind of expecting they are going to want to do a tune up on a heart valve I had replaced 20 years ago. I'll know by tomorrow night. I doubt if I'll be able to make it to Bonneville this time. If they do it I'd like to be up and running for deer season.  ;D
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: 62131 on August 03, 2020, 06:07:35 PM
Getting old is a pain, I just had all the heart test done. Got good results :)
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: sixball on August 03, 2020, 08:42:14 PM
That's great.  :)
The numbers that go with age are astounding. It is amazing that our bodies do what they do, for as long as they do and at least in my case under years of abuse and neglect.
Our hearts pump about 2,000 gallons of blood a day and 100,000 beats a day. At 75 years Mine has pumped about 54,750,000 gallons of blood so far and about 2,737,500,000 beats.  I have also slept for 25 years.  ;D
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: chopper526 on August 04, 2020, 08:54:52 AM
Rip Van Sixball!
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: sixball on August 04, 2020, 11:06:10 AM
And that's if I only slept 8 hours a day.  :o
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: Rattiac on August 04, 2020, 01:59:33 PM
The report from (seldom seen slim) on landracing.com is ;;;;;;
The salt from lands end to the pits is hard and dry with it getting more damp closer to the pits.

This is good. Last time I was there in 2008, it was 3" of water at land's end. My sidepipes were gurgling in the water.
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: Rattiac on August 04, 2020, 02:27:10 PM
Here's a link to the action.
As of 5 mins ago the pits are reported as dry.😊

http://www.landracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=18191.0
Hopefully the live broadcast will soon. I always listen to it at work.

Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: sixball on August 05, 2020, 12:05:46 AM
I saw the doctor today. I'm not going to make Speed Week. But I should be good for deer season.

2008 was my first time there. The first thing I remember reading that wasn't about Dick & Jane along with Tip & Spot was an article in a small magazine about Bonneville. When you leave the pavement at Lands End for the first time it is a religious experience. I couldn't believe the guys with really nice cars running through the brine covering their cars with salt. I tried to stay out of the wet stuff and I am still finding salt. Nasty stuff.
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: chopper526 on August 05, 2020, 10:08:04 AM
Sixball, at least you'll be good for deer season. And, at least you've been to Speedweek. I'm afraid, as much as I would love the experience, I will never make it out there. It sounds like great fun, and camaraderie.
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: sixball on August 05, 2020, 12:08:20 PM
I highly recommend that every speed freak get there at least once. You can camp for free at "the bend" take a shower at the truck stop for a couple of bucks, and get by pretty cheap. The visual is astounding but the sound can not be captured on video or recording. The Doppler effect is so cool and just screams speed and power. We saw the Blowfish enter the 3rd mile at over 200 mph going backwards! You can walk through the pits and see the machines close up and visit with the crews, if they are not busy. Protection from the sun reflected off the salt is a must. You can get a sunburn inside your nose or up your shorts. :o Real men don't were shorts at Bonneville or they don't stay real men for long.  ::)
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: Rattiac on August 05, 2020, 02:24:00 PM
Whoops, I guess it was the (world of speed) I went to in 2008. At that time I drove my V6 swapped 1980 Chevette out there just to see if it would handle the long trip and it did .

When I pulled up by the racers line and parked everybody wanted to see under the hood.
One guy asked why aren't you racing ?
I said no cage. He did a tech inspection and said I have the high speed tires and the only thing I needed to enter was steel valve stems.

Had a great day checking out all the cars and speed runs. I left about 6pm and mostly everyone was gone.
So on the return to the road I cranked it up to 100+ mph just to see how the car would handle the salt.
It was surprisingly smooth, even moved the steering wheel left to right to see if id spin out easily or not and the car stuck nice and straight.
The speedometer broke during this run. 😄

Now I wish I could have raced it. Oh well, the car is long gone.

Im still going out probably Friday night. Hope to get a spot looking at the runs going by and maybe bust out my drone , but way away from people and such.
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: sixball on August 06, 2020, 01:09:48 AM
We used to set up our shade near the fuel area. There is a clean out house there and it is pretty near the pits. The long course was entering mile 3 and spreeds were 200 + for a lot of cars. You can hear the long pull from the starting line and they are still hard into it when they pass. Its also cool to go way out to mile 5-6 and hear some of the big stuff shutting down. It's all magic.
Have fun and post some pictures. Almost any engine can show up in almost any class so Loewy Stude coupes with Ford flatheads of MerCrusier 4 cylinders are no surprise.
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: chopper526 on August 06, 2020, 09:37:03 AM
I can hardly imagine. Definitely, please post some pictures!
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: 62131 on August 06, 2020, 05:15:51 PM
Sounds exciting just the way you describe it
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: Rattiac on August 08, 2020, 11:06:34 AM
Decided not to go. Pretty strong winds in the city which usually leads to stronger winds out on I-80.
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: Rattiac on August 08, 2020, 11:36:45 AM
Here's the live stream.

https://www.meridix.com/event/169850#.Xy7FsFDW2Uo.link
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: sixball on August 09, 2020, 11:16:03 AM
We'll try for next year. I think we said that last year.  :)
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: Rattiac on August 10, 2020, 12:04:13 PM
Yeah, we did.  ;D
Im making it a priority next year. It always seems to sneak up on me this time of year.

If anyone can't get the stream to work. The link is changed daily. So go to the upper right hand corner of the landracing.com home page.
Title: Re: Speedweek
Post by: sixball on August 12, 2020, 01:32:16 AM
It's really crazy this year but I need something to look forward to. Things should be a lot better in a couple of weeks and I can get back on the roadster.
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