Sunday, June 19, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
I'm grouchy tonight and not in the mood to blog.... We didn't have a good day. Scores are below, but the reality is we had a rough morning. Hey, at least it didn't rain today...
Here's a picture of our lunch stop:
Here is Jim and Mari in a very nice Ford speedster:
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Today's course started in Ashville, NC and ended in Salem, VA with a stop in Galax, VA for lunch at the Old s Motorcar Museum. The route followed the Smokey Mountain Parkway for most of the day - lots of twists and turns; lots of hills; and lots of scenic beauty........and one wild turkey.... who we almost hit. Rain came later in the afternoon, but wasn't too bad. The car ran fine thanks to our Southern engineering (IE: zip-ties and duct-tape). All in all, it felt like a pretty good day. And then we got our scores:
Leg 1: 10 seconds late
Leg 2: 6 seconds early
Leg 3: 12 seconds late
Leg 4: 18 seconds late
Total score 35.88 seconds (raw = 46 seconds) uuuggggghhhhhh!! That's HORRIBLE! But apparently everyone else did poorly too because for the day we're 7th overall, 3rd in class. And for the rally to date (thru 2 stages) we're 5th overall and 2nd in class. Hmmm, go figure.
Today was the official start of the 2011 Great Race. Today's course began in Chattanooga, TN at the Coker Tire World Headquarters and ended in Ashville, NC with stops in Athens, TN for lunch and Maggie Valley, NC for dinner. Today's route was the Tail of the Dragon which is considered one of the best driving roads in the US - very scenic! The only issue for the day, driving back from dinner to the hotel, the car died. Turns out the rain shorted out the fuel pump. I brought a spare fuel pump and after a little repair work in the parking lot (Thanks BUD!) we were back in action. Of course, we didn't finish until midnight - so that's the reason this post is a day late.
Here is a picture of the starting grid at Coker Tires. We started 25th, so we're way, way in the back!!
The official starting gate:
Here's a great story. These guys are high school buddies - the driver is 16 and the navigator 15. They're driving a 1920's era Ford A... AND they're dressed the part!
So we had no rain during the timed portion of the rally. But twenty seconds after we were off the clock - BOOM! It started raining cats-n-dogs. yes, we got wet. Very wet...
The rain gears works better if you put it on BEFORE you're wet.... So after the first day of competition, we were pleased:
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, 8 June: It has started! For those of you just tuning-in, Joe and I are racing a 1928 Ford Model A speedster cross-country this summer. The course is shown below, it goes from Chattanooga, TN to Bennington, VT and will last over a week. The car has no roof - so if it rains, more like - when it rains, we'll get wet. On the other hand, we get to directly commune with mother nature all week! The sights, the smells, cow manure.... yuck!