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2017 MINT 400 0pen Vintage winner!!

Rory

Crayola Killer
I talked to Ed last year after the MINT 400 that he needed to race the Ex- Larry Ragland Woodstuff Chaparral at the 2017 MINT 400. Larry won ALOT of races in this car back in the mid 80's and in fact Larry's last race in the Chaparral (before he sold it to Jim Travis) was at the 1986 MINT 400 where he won overall! Larry was suppose to race his new class 7 Chevy but it was not completed in time. He asked permission from Chevrolet to race his Chaparral one last time and they said ok....

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Photo credit Trackside Photo.

Ed was scheduled to race the entire distance but asked me to sign up as a 2nd driver just in case (Ed has a bad shoulder). I said no problem but wasn't expecting to get in the car since the early race is fairly smooth due to the recent grading that BITD usually does. The following is Ed's story:

Tuesday: The week started off with testing and setting up the front suspension with Billy Goerke from www.Collins-motorsports.com as they fine tuned and re-valved the front Bilstein shocks. Billy was happy with the front but didn't like the rear as much so he told Ed to make sure to put a couple turns in the rear torsion's. Re-valving the rear shocks was out of the question since we were out of time. We went and laid out pits on Wed and then finished a few final things like tracker wiring and discriminator valve plumbing to be ready for tech.

Friday: Went earlier to get in line for signups and met a gentleman standing in line behind me who was racing vintage also. His name was Tommy Croft and he was driving Norms Chenowth. Later my good buddy Lucas Hand said he was quite the racer back in the day and won a bunch of Mickey Thompson events too. I though that's kinda cool. We go back to the main street campground and get the car to go put it in line. So I head down Stewart to 6th and get to Ogden. I go to cross the intersection with the light being green and you'd think I just robbed a casino with all the hollering and jumping around the cops were doing. A Police officer was yelling at me in the middle of the intersection until I finally convince this guy to let me get across the street and out of traffic so we can discuss their issues. He said I had to go down to the staging area and be escorted to tech. I said but I thought that was only for non licensed vehicles. Why should I? He looks at the back of the car and the said you need a front plate on the car. I said the last I knew it said MINT400 on it. He walks around and looks and starts scratching his head. I offer my registration and insurance to him, but by this time he's feeling rather different, and says no. They were not use to these vehicles being street legal. He says you don't know how lucky we are to not be in that mess. It's now 9:30 AM. We finished and headed back at 2:00. What a mess that was. We get to Primm and set our pit up at about 3:30 as Rory stays in town for the drivers meeting.

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Photo credit unknown

Saturday: We get out to the pit about 4:30 AM and help the guys with loading the spares and food for Pit A & B. Finally time to get this party started. This is the worst part of racing.....the waiting. Once the race starts I'm Ok but from when i wake up till when that green flag drops I can be a basket case...

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Photo Credit Rory Ward

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Photo credit Christina Ledsinger


We are finally lined up and ready to start the 2017 MINT 400. I start next to the #4550 Chevy truck and it looked a little more modern than Vintage so i decided to just let him go off the start. It turned out to be a good idea because I passed him early in the lap as he was pulled over with rear end issues. The first lap was interesting to say the least. Everyone keeps talking about a bladed race course in BITD. My mind was thinking this reminds me of Snore races I been to out here in my 1600 car. I did not try to count but I'm pretty sure I didn't have enough fingers to count the broken or crashed cars in the first 16 miles.

I decide to keep a good conservative pace till we get into Pit A.. All that nasty cross grain crap before there I said I'm just going glide through and not beat the skid plate. Just a little bit before the pit on the down hill Norm Francis' Chenowth goes blowing by. I was fairly impressed because it was going well in that choppy crap. Well I follow him through the pit and then the big dusty roads weren't much fun following that car. We get to the dry lake and I get him in sight and decide time for my dust to be their problem for a while. The plugs got cleaned out on the 911 for that short trip across Jean Dry Lake. Best part was clean air, but only for a little while.

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Photo credit RDC

It got rough again and next thing I knew there goes that car down a different line and I'm dusted. Well here comes the road section. Oh boy I see him just a little ways down the pavement, and now's another shot of clean air. It was extremely short lived. We were getting to the end of it and I was at like 117 mph when I passed him. But here comes the turn. Brakes were feeling good and I was downshifting thinking I can go deeper. WRONG! Now I have to lock them up. The car swaps ends and I slide it backwards up the big berm and the motor dies. I'm a cranking and that car goes by right in front of me. DAMN DAMN DAMN.

We get to pit B and I pass him when he pulls into to make a stop. I think well that's over. Wrong there's a pretty whooped out section down about race mile 85 I think. It's kinda wide there and I'm searching for a smoother line. My mirror gets filled up with that darn car again. Next I know, dusted out. Well pretty quick comes the dry lake, 911 time. 122 was all she'd do on both sides and the power line road I hung on a solid 90's there. The rear shocks were pretty much not doing anything it seemed like now, so in the rough just tried to keep it from pounding the car up much.

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Photo credit BobyLax (RDC regular)

Finally I get to the 25 mph zone and bridge. I wasn't thinking very well and the watered down area coming off the bridge gets my attention as I slide up the banking big time. Take a guess who shows their nose. Yep that Chenowth. Last thing I want is chasing him around on wet muddy ground. I start riding up high on the berms where it's dry and then dropping down in the wet on the straights making sure these 35's BFG's throw a ton of mud way behind me.

We get in the stadium track and here's where I get lousy. Hit the whoops way to hard and the car is all out of shape. Come up to the last table top and guess what, I get passed coming out of the track. Now it's become a mission to not have to follow him through the 25 mph pit loop. It's the 660' race to the flagman. I get the pass and slide right the stop at the flag. We get into the pits and were pitting right in front of the Chenowth. After everyone leaves and settles down I have to go see who's driving, Tommy Croft was, who I met in line on Friday. We shake hands and have some laughs over one hell of a desert race. This was so much fun. To have such a legend and share the road like that. It's really what Vintage racing is suppose to be about. I almost feel sorry for all those other classes out there. They really don't know what their missing.

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Video screen shot credit from Christina Ledsinger

My Story, Lap 2: As Ed gets to Pit B on his first lap he radio's to the main pit for me to get suited up. I wasn't really expecting to get in the car but I told him I'd be ready. The butterflies hit me immediately, I hadn't driven the car since May of last year and the motor had some recent work done along with the front suspension tuned. If that wasn't bad enough i had the fast class 10 cars breathing down our necks as they would be catching the slower traffic (us...). We watch Ed and Tommy Croft dicing in the CORR track, then passing each other before the pit 25 mph zone to the delight of both race teams. Ed gets out, i get in and we are on to lap 2.

I take it easy for the first couple miles to try and get a feel for the car. The front end feels good but i'm not 100% sure how I feel about the back of the car just yet. A UTV (#977) jumped out in-front of me as we left the pits but since we had a good lead on 2nd place I didn't feel I needed to start feeling too racy just yet.

The Chaparral was starting to feel like a comfortable pair of shoes as I was becoming more confident with how the car was going to react with the terrain. My speeds picked up slightly and i began to catch some slower UTV's up the rocky sand wash from race mile 5-10.

I catch #977 again around race mile 7 and start laying on the horn. I have the upper KC lights on so I'm thinking they will see it but nothing happens. This is also a part of the course that is pretty tight and not a lot of good places to pull over. I stay on their bumper and start to get a little agitated because I'm thinking to myself there was a few spots they could have pulled over at but didn't and now I'm seeing bigger rooster tails coming from the rear tires. To be honest I still have no idea if they are aware that I'm behind them but I think they do. Finally we get to the top of the wash and they go right and I hit the loud pedal and go left. Well, it's at this point that I realize that the reason #977 went right is because they were trying to go around the HUGE holes in the middle of the course......that i end up hitting. B O O M......the nose of the Chaparral dives into the first hole and then roles through as the rear smacks the skid plate and it kicks. This all happens in slow motion as i scream S S S H H H I I T T T T (in slo-mo). The Chaparral is just about standing on it's nose but then comes down on drivers side rear. I'm positive I just got a rear flat but still pissed about being in the dust and then on top of that making a stupid mistake while leading.

Turns out the 10 year old BFGoodrich projects that have 3000 race miles (yes, you heard that correctly) on them are still full of air and preforming lawlessly. I am also now aware that the rear suspension is not up to par with the front and need to kick it down a notch on the big stuff.

As i continue on with my lap I keep my eye on my mirrors because i know the class 10 cars are coming, I just have no idea where they are at. I work my way through Jeepspeeds, UTV.s, class 11's and a couple 5 cars with no issues and even got to open up that Porsche 911 motor on the dry lake a couple times.....WOW. As I come into the rock quary I caught another UTV and he didn't want to get out of the way. I could see both the driver and co-rider looking in the mirrors as i was right on their bumper (never touched them) with plenty of room for them to pull over. This goes on for at least a minute as he jack rabbits on me. I finally make an inside move on him in a tight 180 degree corner, turn hard left, downshift into 2nd gear and slam on the gas......missed the shift....$%&#, but then get it in gear and pull out ahead of the guy. The next corner is when I feel it.....no power steering. I knew what happened right away, i over rev-ed the motor and spun the belt off. Great, so know I have to manhandle this ill handling beast to Pit B but at least that's only about 5-7 miles away.

I radio to Lone Kid racing who is pitting for us at Pit B and they are ready for me. The best thing about the pit stop was the first two 10 cars get by me while sitting in the pits. The last thing i wanted to do was slow down anyone's race, which is another reason it bugs me when people don't pull over when someone is behind them, especially when they are not even in your class. The Lone Kid guys get me in and out of the Pit in less than 5 minutes and I tell the guys to radio to me over the next 15 minutes every time a class 10 car comes by their pit. They agree and i'm on my way to finish the last 35 plus miles.

As i leave the pits they radio and tell me 2 more class 10's are only a minute or 2 behind me. I hit the spectator area and stay to the left and cruise as both cars get by me in the far lane and don't have to contend with my dust. This happens a few more times on the way to the finish as I stayed aware of faster cars behind me till the finish.

Coming into the 25 mph zone close to the finish I radio to main pit and they start to cheer. In the famous quote from The Wolf in the movie Pulp Fiction, I think to myself "Lets not go s**king each others di*ks just yet". Last year I ran out of fuel in this same area and almost lost the race. I keep my cool and just get through the CORR track and through the finish line.

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Photo Credit Rory Ward

Ed meets me at the car as we sit waiting to get to the MINT 400 platform and he is beyond excited. Ed raced in the 1981 MINT 400 in class 1 unlimited and finished 10th. You might not think that is a big deal but for a kid from Kansas City who built a car in his garage to come play with the big boys in their backyard, that is quite the accomplishment. Now, 36 years later Ed comes back to win his class in a Vintage race car with history of it's own at the MINT 400. Another highlight of my day is getting to talk with my good friend Bob Bower. Bob is the announcer on the podium for the MINT 400 and when he saw us pull that Chaparral on the podium we both could not hold back the smiles. Spending special moments with special friends is one of the greatest joys in life, and this is 2 years in a row for Bob and I....LOL.

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Photo credit Stevi Christy

Not bad for a couple old fat guys eh??
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Photo Credit Paul Lavine

We'd like to thank everyone who helped us with this win including: Lucas hand, Paul Lavine, Lone Kid racing, Collins Motorsports, Bilstein shocks, MSD, B&R buggie, KC Hilites, Jamar Brakes, K&N Filters, Boostane Octane booster, Bob Hindson Racing engines, Fast Aid, BFGoodrich Tires, Racers Only and of course The families of the Maurins, Lavines and Wards.

Also, thanks to MadMedia and BITD for making this event GREAT again.

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Photo Credit Rory Ward

Look out NORRA, here we come!
 
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bajadreamer

Well-Known Member
I talked to Ed last year after the MINT 400 that he needed to race the Ex- Larry Ragland Woodstuff Chaparral at the 2017 MINT 400. Larry won ALOT of races in this car back in the mid 80's and in fact Larry's last race in the Chaparral (before he sold it to Jim Travis) was at the 1986 MINT 400 where he won overall! Larry was suppose to race his new class 7 Chevy but it was not completed in time. He asked permission from Chevrolet to race his Chaparral one last time and they said ok....

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Photo credit Trackside Photo.

Ed was scheduled to race the entire distance but asked me to sign up as a 2nd driver just in case (Ed has a bad shoulder). I said no problem but wasn't expecting to get in the car since the early race is fairly smooth due to the recent grading that BITD usually does. The following is Ed's story:

Tuesday: The week started off with testing and setting up the front suspension with Billy Goerke from www.Collins-motorsports.com as they fine tuned and re-valved the front Bilstein shocks. Billy was happy with the front but didn't like the rear as much so he told Ed to make sure to put a couple turns in the rear torsion's. Re-valving the rear shocks was out of the question since we were out of time. We went and laid out pits on Wed and then finished a few final things like tracker wiring and discriminator valve plumbing to be ready for tech.

Friday: Went earlier to get in line for signups and met a gentleman standing in line behind me who was racing vintage also. His name was Tommy Croft and he was driving Norms Chenowth. Later my good buddy Lucas Hand said he was quite the racer back in the day and won a bunch of Mickey Thompson events too. I though that's kinda cool. We go back to the main street campground and get the car to go put it in line. So I head down Stewart to 6th and get to Ogden. I go to cross the intersection with the light being green and you'd think I just robbed a casino with all the hollering and jumping around the cops were doing. A Police officer was yelling at me in the middle of the intersection until I finally convince this guy to let me get across the street and out of traffic so we can discuss their issues. He said I had to go down to the staging area and be escorted to tech. I said but I thought that was only for non licensed vehicles. Why should I? He looks at the back of the car and the said you need a front plate on the car. I said the last I knew it said MINT400 on it. He walks around and looks and starts scratching his head. I offer my registration and insurance to him, but by this time he's feeling rather different, and says no. They were not use to these vehicles being street legal. He says you don't know how lucky we are to not be in that mess. It's now 9:30 AM. We finished and headed back at 2:00. What a mess that was. We get to Primm and set our pit up at about 3:30 as Rory stays in town for the drivers meeting.

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Photo credit unknown

Saturday: We get out to the pit about 4:30 AM and help the guys with loading the spares and food for Pit A & B. Finally time to get this party started. This is the worst part of racing.....the waiting. Once the race starts I'm Ok but from when i wake up till when that green flag drops I can be a basket case...

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Photo Credit Rory Ward

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Photo credit Christina Ledsinger


We are finally lined up and ready to start the 2017 MINT 400. I start next to the #4550 Chevy truck and it looked a little more modern than Vintage so i decided to just let him go off the start. It turned out to be a good idea because I passed him early in the lap as he was pulled over with rear end issues. The first lap was interesting to say the least. Everyone keeps talking about a bladed race course in BITD. My mind was thinking this reminds me of Snore races I been to out here in my 1600 car. I did not try to count but I'm pretty sure I didn't have enough fingers to count the broken or crashed cars in the first 16 miles.

I decide to keep a good conservative pace till we get into Pit A.. All that nasty cross grain crap before there I said I'm just going glide through and not beat the skid plate. Just a little bit before the pit on the down hill Norm Francis' Chenowth goes blowing by. I was fairly impressed because it was going well in that choppy crap. Well I follow him through the pit and then the big dusty roads weren't much fun following that car. We get to the dry lake and I get him in sight and decide time for my dust to be their problem for a while. The plugs got cleaned out on the 911 for that short trip across Jean Dry Lake. Best part was clean air, but only for a little while.

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Photo credit RDC

It got rough again and next thing I knew there goes that car down a different line and I'm dusted. Well here comes the road section. Oh boy I see him just a little ways down the pavement, and now's another shot of clean air. It was extremely short lived. We were getting to the end of it and I was at like 117 mph when I passed him. But here comes the turn. Brakes were feeling good and I was downshifting thinking I can go deeper. WRONG! Now I have to lock them up. The car swaps ends and I slide it backwards up the big berm and the motor dies. I'm a cranking and that car goes by right in front of me. DAMN DAMN DAMN.

We get to pit B and I pass him when he pulls into to make a stop. I think well that's over. Wrong there's a pretty whooped out section down about race mile 85 I think. It's kinda wide there and I'm searching for a smoother line. My mirror gets filled up with that darn car again. Next I know, dusted out. Well pretty quick comes the dry lake, 911 time. 122 was all she'd do on both sides and the power line road I hung on a solid 90's there. The rear shocks were pretty much not doing anything it seemed like now, so in the rough just tried to keep it from pounding the car up much.

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Photo credit BobyLax (RDC regular)

Finally I get to the 25 mph zone and bridge. I wasn't thinking very well and the watered down area coming off the bridge gets my attention as I slide up the banking big time. Take a guess who shows their nose. Yep that Chenowth. Last thing I want is chasing him around on wet muddy ground. I start riding up high on the berms where it's dry and then dropping down in the wet on the straights making sure these 35's BFG's throw a ton of mud way behind me.

We get in the stadium track and here's where I get lousy. Hit the whoops way to hard and the car is all out of shape. Come up to the last table top and guess what, I get passed coming out of the track. Now it's become a mission to not have to follow him through the 25 mph pit loop. It's the 660' race to the flagman. I get the pass and slide right the stop at the flag. We get into the pits and were pitting right in front of the Chenowth. After everyone leaves and settles down I have to go see who's driving, Tommy Croft was, who I met in line on Friday. We shake hands and have some laughs over one hell of a desert race. This was so much fun. To have such a legend and share the road like that. It's really what Vintage racing is suppose to be about. I almost feel sorry for all those other classes out there. They really don't know what their missing.

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Video screen shot credit from Christina Ledsinger

My Story, Lap 2: As Ed gets to Pit B on his first lap he radio's to the main pit for me to get suited up. I wasn't really expecting to get in the car but I told him I'd be ready. The butterflies hit me immediately, I hadn't driven the car since May of last year and the motor had some recent work done along with the front suspension tuned. If that wasn't bad enough i had the fast class 10 cars breathing down our necks as they would be catching the slower traffic (us...). We watch Ed and Tommy Croft dicing in the CORR track, then passing each other before the pit 25 mph zone to the delight of both race teams. Ed gets out, i get in and we are on to lap 2.

I take it easy for the first couple miles to try and get a feel for the car. The front end feels good but i'm not 100% sure how I feel about the back of the car just yet. A UTV (#977) jumped out in-front of me as we left the pits but since we had a good lead on 2nd place I didn't feel I needed to start feeling too racy just yet.

The Chaparral was starting to feel like a comfortable pair of shoes as I was becoming more confident with how the car was going to react with the terrain. My speeds picked up slightly and i began to catch some slower UTV's up the rocky sand wash from race mile 5-10.

I catch #977 again around race mile 7 and start laying on the horn. I have the upper KC lights on so I'm thinking they will see it but nothing happens. This is also a part of the course that is pretty tight and not a lot of good places to pull over. I stay on their bumper and start to get a little agitated because I'm thinking to myself there was a few spots they could have pulled over at but didn't and now I'm seeing bigger rooster tails coming from the rear tires. To be honest I still have no idea if they are aware that I'm behind them but I think they do. Finally we get to the top of the wash and they go right and I hit the loud pedal and go left. Well, it's at this point that I realize that the reason #977 went right is because they were trying to go around the HUGE holes in the middle of the course......that i end up hitting. B O O M......the nose of the Chaparral dives into the first hole and then roles through as the rear smacks the skid plate and it kicks. This all happens in slow motion as i scream S S S H H H I I T T T T (in slo-mo). The Chaparral is just about standing on it's nose but then comes down on drivers side rear. I'm positive I just got a rear flat but still pissed about being in the dust and then on top of that making a stupid mistake while leading.

Turns out the 10 year old BFGoodrich projects that have 3000 race miles (yes, you heard that correctly) on them are still full of air and preforming lawlessly. I am also now aware that the rear suspension is not up to par with the front and need to kick it down a notch on the big stuff.

As i continue on with my lap I keep my eye on my mirrors because i know the class 10 cars are coming, I just have no idea where they are at. I work my way through Jeepspeeds, UTV.s, class 11's and a couple 5 cars with no issues and even got to open up that Porsche 911 motor on the dry lake a couple times.....WOW. As I come into the rock quary I caught another UTV and he didn't want to get out of the way. I could see both the driver and co-rider looking in the mirrors as i was right on their bumper (never touched them) with plenty of room for them to pull over. This goes on for at least a minute as he jack rabbits on me. I finally make an inside move on him in a tight 180 degree corner, turn hard left, downshift into 2nd gear and slam on the gas......missed the shift....$%&#, but then get it in gear and pull out ahead of the guy. The next corner is when I feel it.....no power steering. I knew what happened right away, i over rev-ed the motor and spun the belt off. Great, so know I have to manhandle this ill handling beast to Pit B but at least that's only about 5-7 miles away.

I radio to Lone Kid racing who is pitting for us at Pit B and they are ready for me. The best thing about the pit stop was the first two 10 cars get by me while sitting in the pits. The last thing i wanted to do was slow down anyone's race, which is another reason it bugs me when people don't pull over when someone is behind them, especially when they are not even in your class. The Lone Kid guys get me in and out of the Pit in less than 5 minutes and I tell the guys to radio to me over the next 15 minutes every time a class 10 car comes by their pit. They agree and i'm on my way to finish the last 35 plus miles.

As i leave the pits they radio and tell me 2 more class 10's are only a minute or 2 behind me. I hit the spectator area and stay to the left and cruise as both cars get by me in the far lane and don't have to contend with my dust. This happens a few more times on the way to the finish as I stayed aware of faster cars behind me till the finish.

Coming into the 25 mph zone close to the finish I radio to main pit and they start to cheer. In the famous quote from The Wolf in the movie Pulp Fiction, I think to myself "Lets not go s**king each others di*ks just yet". Last year I ran out of fuel in this same area and almost lost the race. I keep my cool and just get through the CORR track and through the finish line.

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Photo Credit Rory Ward

Ed meets me at the car as we sit waiting to get to the MINT 400 platform and he is beyond excited. Ed raced in the 1981 MINT 400 in class 1 unlimited and finished 10th. You might not think that is a big deal but for a kid from Kansas City who built a car in his garage to come play with the big boys in their backyard, that is quite the accomplishment. Now, 36 years later Ed comes back to win his class in a Vintage race car with history of it's own at the MINT 400. Another highlight of my day is getting to talk with my good friend Bob Bower. Bob is the announcer on the podium for the MINT 400 and when he saw us pull that Chaparral on the podium we both could not hold back the smiles. Spending special moments with special friends is one of the greatest joys in life, and this is 2 years in a row for Bob and I....LOL.

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Photo credit Stevi Christy

Not bad for a couple old fat guys eh??
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Photo Credit Paul Lavine

We'd like to thank everyone who helped us with this win including: Lucas hand, Paul Lavine, Lone Kid racing, Collins Motorsports, Bilstein shocks, MSD, B&R buggie, KC Hilites, Jamar Brakes, K&N Filters, Boostane Octane booster, Bob Hindson Racing engines, Fast Aid, BFGoodrich Tires, Racers Only and of course The families of the Maurins, Lavines and Wards.

Also, thanks to MadMedia and BITD for making this event GREAT again.

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Photo Credit Rory Ward

Look out NORRA, here we come!
That is some good SH*^* right there


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Fourstroker

Well-Known Member
Congrats to you and Fast Eddy.
 

randy68

#1 Enemy of Google
Great account, congrats!
 

LantanaTX

Well-Known Member
Great write up Rory and Ed! I loved the battle with the older little buggy! You might have a dejavu on the way to San Filipe at NORRA ;) Those little mid '70's class 1 buggies can be annoying!
 

bajaxp

Baja Bobsled Team
...and people think vintage class cars are 'slow.' Did I read that right; 120+ mph with 911 power?!
 

J Prich

Well-Known Member
Great story Rory, again! Love seeing the vintage cars out doing their thing!
 

oldschool5er

Well-Known Member
Top Notch write up, Congrats ! Nice to see a Vintage hold it's own! Hope it inspires others to do the same .
 

Fast Eddy

Well-Known Member
...and people think vintage class cars are 'slow.' Did I read that right; 120+ mph with 911 power?!
Yes it was 122 when I glanced at the GPS on the Primm dry lake on both sides. The cams in the motor are really designed for a range of 2000-5500 RPM. It's mainly built for torque. Rev limiter is set at 7000. It still didn't hit the rev limiter. It just ran out of pulling power
 

Bro_Gill

Well-Known Member
These old cars aren't as slow as many would like to think. Overall average speeds since these cars raced in their prime are still only 5-10mph faster on any course. And to think SCORE is worried they won't keep up in a Baja race...
 

Rory

Crayola Killer
I believe our average speed was 43.53 mph. We finished 5th Overall for the 2 lap cars but the results posted by BITD do not show finishers in the Vintage Open class. I have seen the original results so i'm guessing RDC and BITD posted the wrong ones. Very proud of our run, the car is faster than what Ed and I showed out at the MINT.....put Larry in that car and he would have added approx 10 mph to the average.
 

bajaboy7

Well-Known Member
Great write up thanks for sharing! When you guys went passed our pit I heard that sound that instantly took me back 30 years to when I was sitting in the pits waiting for my dad to come back through. I even said out loud "that's the sound of my childhood ". Between that and chatting it up with bob bower definitely brought back amazing memories!


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