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« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2014, 09:42:16 PM »

Great photo additions. Thanks for posting those, Sig.

Do you recall who was driving the Corvette or the #4 Camaro? Of the tracks that you raced on, was Riverside your favorite? Did you have a favorite part of the course?

Below is your old trailer, still being put to good use.

Jon- thank so much for all the "flashes from the past" maybe if there is enough participation, we could start a section on SCCA Club Regional/National cars and move this from the Trans Am section.

Regarding favorite tracks, I would have to say Laguna Seca, and I still enjoy spectating at that track at every opportunity. Anyone who has not made it up for the "Historics" race weekend really should make a point to do that.

My first race weekend there made a pretty good story I think . First off I'll say that I have no pretense or ego about my driving abilities,  and have always felt our best stories in motorsports are when we can make fun of ourselves, so take this account that follows in that humorous context.

I did pretty well in qualifying, being on the pole position with a bunch of BP Corvettes and all of the A Sedans behind me on the grid. After Friday qualifying, we then had a Saturday "qualifying race". In that race, I had a pretty good start and then....heading up after the rise prior to the corkscrew my Camaro skewed sideways about 10 degress or more. At that point I had to correct and ease up on the braking, must have looked pretty bad since I remember seeing the corner workers at the top of the corkscrew running for cover. I was able to "sort of" straighten it out prior to entering the corkscrew but was then sideways in the other direction headed downhill. Somehow straightened it out, got back in control, and was thinking "wow not only did I bring it back but nobody hit me either" that relief was shortlived however as then in the fairly easy left hander after the corkscrew I dropped my right rear tire off and slid off the track in a huge cloud of dirt.....thank goodness everyone behind me made it through although I imagine they were all wondering just what the heck I was doing.....so at that point most sensible folks would have pulled into the pit lane which was conveniently just down the hill from where I slid off the track. But no, that was not to be, somehow I reasoned if the car was still running, I should still keep racing......Unfortunately a fuel pickup issue and a trunk mounted battery that had broken loose resulted in a dnf after one more lap.

Next day was race day, and it seemed that your finishing position in the qualifying race had no relevance to your grid position, which was simply your best lap time up to that point. So as a result., I was still on the pole for A sedan and I think about 3rd overall (combined BP A/S). I was concerned about how I would do on the first lap after the previous day's experience, however I think it was my brother who pointed out that as a result of what happened the day before a) nobody would risk passing me, and b) they would just "wait for me to crash again" (thanks). At any rate I managed to keep it on the track and finished first with a fun battle with a Mustang in second (although he spun off on the last lap which was a bummer).
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« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2014, 10:12:22 PM »

What was more fun, Sig?    Going thru that weekend?  Or reminiscing and telling us all about it now? Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2014, 10:53:34 PM »

Great story, Sig. Thanks for sharing it. I'm heading up to the Sonoma Historics tomorrow morning and I'll be at the Monterey Historics in August. Maybe I'll see you up at Laguna Seca.
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« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2014, 10:54:53 PM »

What was more fun, Sig?    Going thru that weekend?  Or reminiscing and telling us all about it now? Smiley

Gary-Tough call...well not really, being on the track was a lot of fun for sure but man it was a lot of work involved getting there wasn't it?

BTW notice you have some nice Corvettes. My frequent driver in the spring and summer is my 1964 StingRay which is a basic 327 but very original (in fact I have saved the original parts where I have replaced them).
Also drove it up to the Historics this last year for the Corvette 60th. All those older Corvettes are super easy to work on (just like the Camaros) and parts are reasonably priced too as I am sure you are aware.
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« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2014, 09:21:29 AM »

Great stories!! The Central Valley was/is a great place to be for car people.
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« Reply #20 on: May 18, 2014, 10:41:34 PM »

What was more fun, Sig?    Going thru that weekend?  Or reminiscing and telling us all about it now? Smiley

Gary-Tough call...well not really, being on the track was a lot of fun for sure but man it was a lot of work involved getting there wasn't it?

BTW notice you have some nice Corvettes. My frequent driver in the spring and summer is my 1964 StingRay which is a basic 327 but very original (in fact I have saved the original parts where I have replaced them).
Also drove it up to the Historics this last year for the Corvette 60th. All those older Corvettes are super easy to work on (just like the Camaros) and parts are reasonably priced too as I am sure you are aware.

TOO many corvettes..  and too many cars..  I need to sell some, but it's SO MUCH more fun buying than selling.. Smiley   My '60 model is referred to as the 'X model' in this area, due to it's construction in the early 60's from several wrecked cars.  It has parts from every year Corvette from '56 thru '62.. Smiley    including the floor, firewall and rear clip from a '57 FI race car - approprieatly modified for the '60 tail lights..   My nicest ones are the '69 convertible (44K miles) and the two 90 ZR1's.. low mileage.   I've rebuilt the '72 red coupe totally mechanically, but it is begging me for a nice paint job..  The other '72 is an old custom, with huge flares a wing some kind of large central traction device, staring headlights, and louvers in the fenders (not to mention A/C style restraints).  I had intended to make a slalom/autocross car out of it, but..  it 'sits'..  Does anyone of you need one?  Smiley

PS.  Noted that you attended Cal Tech.  I had an old USAF car bud who went there (Physics I think?).. Boyd Cochran.. who bought a new lime green 70 Challenger T/A, then swapped his 340 sixpak for a built up Hemi from a '66 Satellite... Gotta be the only T/A so modified, and I believe he moved back to the SoCal area after the USAF..  Any chance you know him?
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« Reply #21 on: May 20, 2014, 10:36:05 AM »

A recent photo, hood installed and window clips back on.

Adding bumpers next to meet certain Australian T/A series rules (I guess).




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« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2014, 08:27:19 AM »

Sig, the new owner is doing a nice job. It hasn't looked that good in a long time. Thanks for posting the photo. I look forward to seeing more.
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« Reply #23 on: May 22, 2014, 05:47:24 PM »

Now it needs one of these for the windshield...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bill-Thomas-NEW-FIND-Decal-Sticker-/160995477471?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&hash=item257c1407df&vxp=mtr#ht_515wt_893
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« Reply #24 on: May 22, 2014, 10:31:52 PM »

Got it (they went fast, so maybe he'll make more).

Thanks, that will be a fun surprise for him.
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« Reply #25 on: May 22, 2014, 11:22:46 PM »

Cool, glad you got that for him.
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