Series Round 5
17th-18th June '06
well and truly arrived!
That can only
mean one thing, and its time to make our way to the Summer Nationals at
Santa Pod. The weather was looking good, even if it was going to be a little
bit too hot for a comfortable time in the fire suit! Experience at the last
few events had shown that the Belle was running a bit fat (rich fuel mixture
for those non-draggers out there). The hot summer days would only make this
worse, so Chief Spanner Monkey set about spending Friday evening changing
the carb jets. Oh these guys know how to have a good time! After the fuel
changes were made, we settled down and "fuelled" ourselves with the odd
beverage.... or two.... or three...
Team "Antisocial" by name....
Our first pass headed straight
and true and the Belle ran a season best 9.66 against our 9.60 dial-in. It
looked like the changes to fuelling had done the trick and we were managing
to get all the power down to the track too. Luckily we had the on-board
camera ready to go and you can ride with the Belle from ignition to past the
finish line (2mins 25secs), by following one of the links below:
On board Med Res
Low Res (7Mb)
The crew and their
new pet, "Cedric" the camel.
Meet Cedric... cute, but not the kind of animal you
want to get on the wrong side of. And that camouflage is uncanny!....
lined up for three qualifying passes and the day ran very smoothly, with the
Wild Bunch making the three passes at about 11am, 1pm and 5pm.
Team Twisted had a stand in
crew member for the day as Dean's colleague Steve pitched in. We soon got
him working as we checked over a few odds and ends while waiting for the
first qualifying session; and checked the spark plugs between runs.
Steve and Dean checkout the
Our good friend
Sharkman had brought a surprise
along with him. Pooky and Penny were lucky enough to receive a present of a
pet Camel, all the way from sunny Bahrain! Well, as you can imagine, Cedric
was quickly named and joined the family, although his disposition has yet to
be fully qualified.. just look at that pout... and you all know what Camels
are famous for...
We blame Sharky for leaving him
in a suitcase for 6 months...
She looks so pretty in the
For the second qualifying round
we ran a slower 9.81, largely due to the increase in heat as the day had
become very hot and humid. The third and final qualifying pass ran a
slightly higher 9.86, but we were happy with the performance through the
We settled down for a relaxing
evening and after spotting a drop of oil, Dean wiped the belly pan to remove
any fluids that may have been caught. To our dismay, there was quite a lot
of transmission fluid that had collected after the last run. We removed the
body for closer inspection and found that the transmission fluid cooler had
split and was dripping over the case and onto the pan. Without a spare
cooler with us, we decided to remove the cooler and just run a bypass line.
We'd need to keep an eye on the fluid temperature but with any luck we'd get
through the rest of the weekend.....