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Nostalgia Racecar Series Round 1: Saturday 1st July '06
As some of you
may know, The Nostalgia Nationals is one of those events. You know, one of
the NSRA it's a real Hot Rod lifestyle event and only allows pre-1972
vehicles to enter the weekends drag strip action. It's hugely popular and is
a fantastic place to feast your eyes on a whole range of classic English
tin, Yank muscle cars, customs, Street Rods and following the global trend,
this year also featured an array of rat rods. In the past, all of this
action has meant that the dragstip has been very busy and there was a lot of
waiting in queues......
But not this year.......!!!
Wooooo hooooo !!!! Cheers for
the photo's Sharky.
Back in the pits we could find
nothing wrong with the throttle, the blades were clear, the linkage smooth
and the shafts rotated freely, so Crewchief Dean spent some time stripping
and cleaning all the affected parts in order to avoid any further problems.
After a test on the stand, we were off for more runs. By this time it
was about one o'clock and we ripped of a pair of runs back to back hitting
9.69 and 9.65.
We cooled off for an hour and a
half and then decided to do another pair of runs to finish of the day, one
in each lane. This time we got a 9.7 in the left hand lane at 137mph.
Previous experience has shown us that we generally run a bit slower the
right hand lane and this run was true to form with a bouncy 10.0 at 135mph.
Waiting for tea with friends..
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We arrived on
Friday afternoon as usual and set up making camp, the high temperatures made
everything a chore, but it wasn't long till we settled down for a couple of
beers and the usual Friday night Korma.
morning came and with the track opening at 9:30 we were keen to get down the
track before the sun really made life unbearable. We headed down to the fire
up road with a few more Bunchers and were pleasantly surprised by the lack
of queue. this was to be a re-occurring theme throughout the weekend with
very short queues and plenty of time to blat down the track
Guess who's got sweaty hands
in those latex gloves?
Having strapped in and fired up,
Helen ran a great first pass of 9.77 at a new Personal Best speed for
Shakespeare County Raceway of 138.56mph. Pleased with this run and feeling
comfortable with the car Helen lapped straight back into the staging lanes
for another run.
The burnout was good, but as
Helen lifted off the throttle the engine rpm didn't come all the way down.
Helen had the brakes on hard as the Belle pushed forward with the front
wheels locked. She came to rest in front of the startline and Crewchief Dean
ran over to the car and knocked the sticky throttle off. Helen shut-off the
motor and we pushed back to the wall before getting a tow back to the pits.
Back in the pits we tided up and
checked over a couple of things, and put Hell's Belle to bed for the night.
The very hot midday sun had also
taken it's toll on Crewchief Dean who had spent half the day running up and
down the pits and driver Helen who had been strapped up in a dash 15
firesuit balaclava, helmet, boots and gloves
So, with a good days testing
under our belts we actually headed off for an early nights kip, well it was