Top Alcohol Championship (Round 4) - Avon Park 1999
may not have won but - They Knew We Were There!
After a bit of a cock
up on the Burnout procedure and the Tach not working we run our best
ever E.T. - 6.30 @ 209mph - what’s gone wrong! - no drama and straight
as a die. We now check all the rod bearings after every run after spinning
a bearing at the Mini Shootout last time out - after this run everything
appeared to be in good shape - I am getting worried - things are looking
too good - for every bit of good there must be some bad - right!
After another poor Burnout and the motor sounding a bit too rich
we run our best ever mph - 6.5 @ 225mph - again no drama! - what is
going on here. After dropping the pan we find the reason for the spun
bearing last time out - some of the rod bearings were starting to de-laminate.
After some further investigation although all the bearings were from
the same manufacturer, they were not all the same batch # - all the
bad ones were from the same batch. Fortunately we caught them in time
- and replaced them all with those from another manufacturer - although
I won’t name the maker of the “duff” bearings - it does imply a “Royal”
Race Day We qualified #3 and were paired with Rob Turner (#4) after
a lengthy oil down we finally ran - unfortunately (for us) we lost traction
on leaving the concrete launch pad and again at 3/4 track but it was
very unlikely we would have been able to do anything about Rob’s much
improved 6.2 run - but our 1000’ shut off 6.7 wasn’t too bad considering.
Full race coverage can be
found at Eurodragster.com
As yet we have not stripped
the motor down but if everything is ok we may make another appearance
at Avon Park next month for some more testing.
on image to see more photos from the race ..................
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