Well it is official. WE ARE ON FOR 2016!!!!
The SCTA has August 13-19 and September 27-30 set aside for Speed Week and World Finals on the salt.
Out immediate plans are to attend the World Finals as always, hoping for a different behavior pattern of the weather than the last three years has shown us.
It will be a busy, busy year with the five race deal working for Sam Wills’ Top Fuel Dragbike Team, getting the double ready to go down the track at the November Manufacturer’s Cup Race and the Outlaw Pro Street bike of Pat Pickarts to be ready for his perusal. Also in the works is the blown nitro Ducati which I hope to start in on the chassis of next week. Then there is shaking out the bikes, which have been sitting for three years and who knows what gremlins have taken up residence in them. At least one trip to Byron Dragway per bike will be needed. We will let everyone know when those dates will be in case a visit to scenic Byron Illinois is in your future. Rather than regear the long bike, I think we will try it in Full Bonneville trim and regalia. I can’t wait to try out my new fireproof underwear!
It appears that there is some acknowledgement of a “problem” with the Bonneville Salt Flats, with the Intrepid Mining Co., the Utah legislature and the BLM finally getting near thinking about what needs to happen to prevent destruction of the Salt Flats. We are all waiting with baited breath. Please let us know if you hear of anything on this issue so we can respond and pass the word along!
The most recent shop clinic on turbocharging and supercharging was well-received and I definitely had a gas….so to speak. Thanks to all of you who came and sat through the rambling and somewhat scattered effort to condense 35 years of boosted effort racing into an afternoon. A high point was starting and running the turbo Land Speed bike and circulating oils, coolant, fans and fuel injection, making sure nothing untoward came squirting out. The only better thing would have been a ride!
I was exhausted afterwards, but recovered enough to build the front exhaust for the Triumph double the next day.
We are making progress on the blown Ducati, with it coming out of the jig the day before the clinic, and progress being made on it as well as the oiling system on the double. The plumbing for two dry-sump motors is a formidable task and Nick has been up to it. Two oil tanks, two distribution feeds, and a four-stage pump have made the bike look like the snake pit on Indiana Jones.
The mild winter has accelerated the spring roll-outs so we are seeing a lot of our old friends sooner than normal, which is great.
We will be beginning the fuel system updates on the nitro bike in the next four weeks or so, so stay tuned for that.
Well now I have to get back to the machines and make some more parts.
Until then, all the best!