The SCCA regions running the events at NJMP are very formula car friendly (the race chair drives a CF!) and as a result I think we ought to thank them by having a good turnout for the Summer Thunder races on the Thunderbolt circuit at NJMP.
With an SCCA sanctioned test day the Friday before and a format of Qualify-Qualify Race-Race it is plenty fun.
August 17(test), 18 &19, 2012.
An open and spacious paddock, a smooth fast track with smooth runoff areas, a nice social with great local beer on Saturday night. What more could you want?
To all those SCCA C/F drivers that are looking for a large field of racecars come to the FRCCA event on June 23 & 24 at the Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, WV and join 23 other club fords. Plenty of track-time and plenty of safe fun. We are hoping to add to those drivers from SCCA that have raced with us before AND you do not need to change anything.
that is not good news. I am surprised that we still break cranks with the lightened flywheel. I have found a crack in one of mine just recently and have sourced a used replacement. It seems we still have to pull these things once a season to mag them
How was the weekend up till then? No rain I hope. Who won FF and CF?
I have entered the August NJMP event and I believe that Chuck VanNostrand & Wayne Nicolette will also be entering soon. Mike Kelly was defintely going to race that weekend, but his unfortunate accident at the Summit Point MARRS event a few weeks ago have altered his plans. I believe that Doug Fisher in his beautifully rebuilt DB-1 is going to make this his first race back after an all too long lay-off from racing.
Who else is planning on attending? This is a great opportunity to see how many CF & FF folks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic we can pull together to support the classes and South Jersey Region at NJMP.
If it wasn't the weekend between the Mt Equinox hill climb and the Pro1600 at Summit I would be there but 3 back to back to back weekends in a row is too much for me. Sorry, maybe I can make the fall race.
Definitely out for this event. As of now I have a block, new SCAT crank, and rods/pistons on the way. Need to prepare the block, assemble the engine, dyno it, and get it back in the car. So I should be out for the NARRC Runoffs and the late October NJMP Thunderbolt race. Hopefully we get a solid showing of cars to finish off the season. Have fun in a few weeks everyone!
#30 NARRC Club Ford
I plan for the Fun One, The NARRC-offs. The early NHMS and later NJMP are pluses but they depend on a ready car. The Z16 will be ready, but I'm concerned about the licks it has taken this season. Once the Swift is back in action the Z16 is slated to be kicked out of the fleet.
I hope that you formula car racers can have a large field, I know the FRCCA has been trying to get a large turn-out as well. It sure would be enjoyable to see a return of the large fields the formula car once had.
So the kid wins his first race, running faster than his old man ever went at T-bolt in his first event!
Of course my fellow competitors and friends couldn't wait to tell me my days are numbered as the #1 driver in the family
We had a decent turnout of fords, a few f500 cars (notably Jay Beckley bested Don Colanero with a great battle and a really quick 1:27.2 fast lap), and a nice bunch of vees.
Max led the race most of the way and was gapping the field quite nicely until an off in the right hander that enters the devil section. He slid off drivers left and bent some sheet metal under the left side-pod of the Zink Z10 and stalled it. It was his first off and in his defense some others spun there too and mentioned oil or coolant being the culprit. But the kid got it re-fired and set off to chase down Marcinski for the #1 spot, they battled a few laps and Max was able to gain an advantage in traffic and got clear of Joe.
In the last few laps the car started sputtering as a plug wire had decided to escape the distributor cap, but the kid soldiered on to win CF.
Bill Atherholdt claimed the FF win, his main competition Dave Petzko dropped out after pace lap due to carb trouble.
I don't have results with me for exact details, but I can say I'm proud of my boy, he worked hard on the car with me and had earned a chance to drive by keeping on the honors classes honor roll all year.
I had qualified poorly, 10th of 22, early on Saturday, which is where I started for the Saturday qualifing race. I had a good start and a great race with Ed Del Monico and finished 6th.
Sunday I ran with Doug Fisher's Swift, and then chased down Joe with 2 or 3 to go, only to lose him in Vee traffic. I had a blast!
Um, after the start, I never saw "the kid".
__________________ Van Diemen RF 79 #? Van Deimen RF 78 #231
It's not how fast you go.
It's how well you go fast.
C/F drivers, it seems like those of you that went to NJMP had a good time BUT not 20 C/F racecars. The FRCCA had 19 C/F the last time we were at the Summit Point Raceway; the FRCCA will be racing there again on Oct. 13 & 14, maybe we can exceed the 20 C/F racecar field that we all are hoping for.