Friday, July 17, 2009

The Results are in...

... and they're not so great.

So, after months of prep and a frentic few final days of wrenching to get the car together we showed up for the race bright and early Saturday morning. We set up our pit, got the car through the tech and BS inspections, attended the driver's meeting and then, at noon, we pulled the car out on to the track to start racing with Adam H at the wheel.

Shortly there after it crapped out on us (about 5 laps in to the race). No big deal though, it was just a coolant hose that had split, we replaced the hose and got back out on the track. A few more laps, and it died again, another small problem, the throttle cable had come unattached. A quick fix and back on to the track.

Then things got worse (really??) - yup. Lots of smoke comming out of all sorts of places. We never did get that problem entirely solved, but we were able to let the car cool off in the pit, and get it back running enough so that Adam and Tristan could take it around the track for a few laps, but Ramana never got a chance to take a turn before it completely stopped running.

So, we ended up with a total of 49 laps, although we did attract a huge crowd of amature mechanics who all wanted to try their hands at diagnosising and/or fixing the engine's many maladies. While it was fun to see all these people, you know it's not good, it's like when you go to the hospital, and the Dr calls in all the interns to see your funny bumps because it's some rare tropical disease or something. That's what we had, something rare and horrible. It even shot off an epic backfire while we were trying to crank it to life that had people diving for cover.

Here's what the car looked like on the track:

And then comming off the track:

And this is how it spent most of it's time:

On the bright side, we had lots of friends and family come out to enjoy the disaster with us, and they brought lots of yummy food, and always had an encouraging comment, like "did you try shooting it, or burning it?". So, all in all a pretty good time, we're looking forward to doing it again.


  1. I really wish I had more time to play ER intern and diagnose the maladies of your weird-ass fuel injection. You were a shoe-in for the IOE award!

    -- jakari, #5 Knights Who Say Ni-ssan

  2. Gents -- thanks again for lending us tools and fuel! Posted a write-up of the race here:

    Are you guys going to be there in '10?