Sunday, July 9, 2017

2017 Rocky Mountain Race Week

Rocky Mountain Race Week kicks off from Kearney Raceway Park, Nebraska.

If you have a hot rod or a daily driver that you can make the haul with then you don't want to miss the experience and great times with fellow racers.  There is nothing like cruising down the road next to several other cool, fast, head turning cars.  Making new friends all through the week and coming home to tell the stories of how someone you know broke down on the side of the road and some old boy from the town you are stranded in or a fellow racer stopped to help you get going again only to get to the next track and lay down an amazing pass. Maybe you got lost for 20 minutes and had to pull into an old dinner to grab some lunch make a pit stop and ask directions.  It's time you join a cruise of a life.

Rocky Mountain Race Week:

July 8th is registration and that evening first time trials at Kearny.

July 9th is Drive day to Denver.

July 10th 8am to 3pm Bandimere then drive to pueblo.

July 11th Maintenance in the morning hang out Pueblo time trials will start around 4pm

July 12th drive day to Greatbend Kansas.

July 13th GreatBend morning Time trials start at 8.00am to 3 pm then drive back to Kearney.

July 14th Kearny morning Maintenance and hang out start time trials around 3pm until we get done then award ceremony.

This is a 7-day event, 1000 miles of travel with 5 race days, many of these racers have only finished their cars the night before and are running on little or no sleep, time to run!

Kearney Raceway Park


Sunday, June 18, 2017

2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

From: FIA World Endurance Championship

It was always going to be unpredictable, but few could have anticipated a race with so many twists and turns…all the way to the chequered flag. The 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans – third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship – was full of emotion, joy and disappointment, heat and drama, and it was Porsche LMP Team’s No.2 919 Hybrid which finally conquered all those sensations to take its 19th win at the world’s greatest endurance race.

The race was held in intense heat and was pronounced “tough” by drivers up and down the field.  Aston Martin Racing’s Jonny Adam, Darren Turner and Daniel Serra took a dramatic LMGTE Pro class victory, in a repeat of the classic battles for GT1 honors with Corvette Racing from 10 years ago, claiming maximum WEC points and moving the trio into second place in the GT FIA World Endurance Drivers’ Championship. (end FIA)

In this edited clip, there is no narration of the progress (sweet!) of the race, just you and the machine down on the track, nothing but sight and sound as the teams chase down the clock!


Some of the Grid



#51 AF CORSE - ITA - Ferrari 488 GTE


#92 PORSCHE GT TEAM - DEU - Porsche 911 RSR


#23 PANIS BARTHEZ COMPETITION FRA Category - LM P2 Car  (brave girl, wounder if she runs?)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Beaver Springs Dragway - Nostalgia AA/Gassers

The Nostalgia AA/Gassers is a club of drag racers formed around the “ALL OUT, HEADS UP, NO INDEX” class of AA/GS Nostalgia Drag Racing.  The club is made up of members dedicated to the building and preservation of 1960′s era correct AA/Gassers with exceptions made to meet sanctioning bodies’ and current safety technical inspections.

BODY:  Open to all production style cars no later than 1942 (fiberglass bodies of factory dimensions permitted).  The following are permitted body exceptions; 1948-1951 Anglia, Prefect and Thames (no Utes).  1948-1952 Austin A-40 Sedans and Pick Ups. 1951-1954 Henry-J and All State.  Street roadsters NOT permitted.  ALL CARS MUST LOOK PERIOD CORRECT COMPARED TO ACTUAL CARS OF THE DAY.  Wings or stretched bodies NOT permitted. All cars must have period correct appearing lettering, paint or primer.  Wild graphics NOT permitted.  Running boards NOT permitted.

ENGINE:  Cast Iron heads and blocks ONLY.  500 cubic inch maximum engine size.  Titanium and hollow stem valves NOT permitted.  Minimum valve stem diameter 11/32″.  Intake manifolds must be cast aluminum or magnesium ONLY. Sheet metal/billet manifolds NOT permitted.  Bolting on an intake manifold backwards thus creating a back set blower relocation NOT permitted.

Nostalgia AA/Gassers Club

Beaver Spring Dragway

Racers at heart with that pulse surge of the supercharger bolted on those BIG BLOCKS!

It's Launch Time!

Drag Strip Riot

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 IndyCar Series

IndyCar Grand Prix Series is melting tires!
The 101st running of Indy 500 blast off in 10 days and the IndyCar competition has turned the burner to high in the Grand Prix series at combined road course and Speedways.  The inaugural running occurred in 2014, but for 2017, the rule book of engagement is the biggest news, the push to pass is melting tires!  The boost button has changed, now each car will be regulated by the amount of time they push it.  This means drivers can push the button as many times as they want, as long as the total usage time is no longer than 150 seconds (for St. Petersburg, Detroit and Sonoma) or 200 seconds (all other road/street races).  Push to pass is automatically set to run for 15 seconds of boost!

Verizon IndyCar Series Car
# 9 Scott Dixion - Team Chip Ganassi 
Top Speed: Approximately 235 mph

Engine: Twin-turbocharged 2.2-liter V-6, 24 valve DOHC, direct fuel injection, Sunoco E85 (blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline), Dry sump and managed by McLaren Electronic Systems (MES) - TAG 400i 

Horsepower: Approx; 550 – 700 depending on turbo boost used at the track @ 10500-12200 rpm.  Torque output Approx; 410 N·m (302 ft·lbf) @ 8000 rpm.

Designed to last 2500 miles and a one-car/one-season engine lease in IndyCar costs in the range of $700,000.

Gearbox: Assisted six-speed paddle shift plus reverse

Tires: Firestone Firehawk (ungrooved racing slicks; grooved wet-condition tires for road/street courses)

 Wheelbase: 117.5-121.5 inches

 Weight: Approximately 1,610 pounds (road/street/short oval configuration) and 1,580 pounds (speedway configuration), without fuel, driver and driver weight equivalent

 Height: Approx 40 inches Width: 78.5 inches maximum, 77.5 inches minimum (measured outside rim to rim), floor is 79 inches (end specs)

# 22 Juan Pablo Montoya - Team Penske 
Some highlights of the 2017 IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis, just smoking those Red Sticker soft slicks!  This is like NASCAR and Drag Racing rolled into open wheel!

IndyCar Series



Speed at Indy

In 1950 the fast lap speed was 128.995 mph driven by Johnny Parsons.  Record lap speed is held by Eddie Cheever Jr. @ 236.103 mph back in 1996.

Qualifying for 2017 we've already seen several drivers having trouble with turn two.  Today May, 20th Sebastien Bourdais driving # 18 car for Dale Coyne Racing, Bourdais was a full mile per hour faster than the rest of the field at 231.534 mph.  On the third, he lost control at turn two and launched directly into the wall.

Bourdaia is recovering from surgery to repair pelvic fractures and a broken right hip.  I think it's time to open up turn one and two, in order to accommodate the tremendous speed. 

TBK Light

ED Carpenter is Second Fastest Qualifying @ 231.664 mph

Pole qualifying day at Indianapolis 500:  ED Carpenter, "The Indianapolis 500 every year is the highlight of my racing professional season. If I'm fortunate enough to qualify, this will be my 14th, which I'm very proud of. Every year I add on, the list gets smaller of guys that have done that many. Every year we've been here, we've had competitive situations. We're getting better and closer on figuring out how to win the race."

Full results from Sunday 21st, 2017. 

indycar   (this is a good clip, day one)

Indy 500 Highlights 

This one is for you Emerson Fittipaldi (the only guy who didn't drink the milk!)
Unbelievable race!  Honda engines were smokin out there, Dixon goes airborne with an incident exiting turn one and at one point Indy turned into a NASCAR pile-up!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

World Record ProCharged Gen 3 Hemi - Rob Goss

Pics from BigKlelb34
Rob Goss is one bad man and this video shows off his journey through the X275 vs Hot Rod Class at Maryland International Dragway.  Import vs Domestic World Cup Finals as he digs deeper into the Gen 3 Hemi World Record along the way with a 6.86-second pass at 204.65mph.  This is the 1/4 mile, not a parking lot run!

Massive turbo, looks like an engine bell of a NASA rocket!
I have no specs on this monster, (got to love it when not telling) is that the 6.1 or 6.2 L? But Bruce Maichle, is the crew chief and Bill Mitchell, who designed the block passed the BES Racing Engines, (Goss is not mentioned at the site) who made some undisclosed changes to the engine program which produced more engine power, ya think?  From Street to Pro Stock and from breather to drain plug, the BES team knows how to make things go faster.  A lot faster! 

The Imports were blown away by Mopar, Frickin A!!! 



Sunday, March 26, 2017

DTM - The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters

DTM technical regulations for the 2017 season were revised in key areas.  The engine power of the new vehicles was increased and at the same time, the aerodynamics were trimmed. The latest generation of DTM cars is more challenging to drive.  All vehicles are rear-mounted and have a 4-disc CFK clutch and a sequential 6-speed gearbox.


All DTM vehicles are equipped with a single tailgate: a Monowing with laminated Gurney. The inclination is adjustable from 10 to 20 ° (Norisring 5 to 20 °)  There are also special front and rear diffusers, a 30 mm high skid block underfloor as well as two permitted areas (one per side) on the front of the vehicle for flaps.


The Drag Reduction System (DRS) is a folding rear wing that allows for a higher top speed for a short time, thus making it easier to overtake.  The system is triggered by a button on the steering wheel.  The tailgate returns to its initial position when the driver goes off the throttle or a certain centrifugal force value is exceeded.  This is to prevent the vehicle from becoming unstable due to the lower contact pressure. In the season 2016, the use is limited.


In DTM, the 4-liter V8 engines from Audi-RS 5, BMW-M4 and Mercedes-AMG has more than 500 hp in 2017, with a cylinder bank angle of 90 degrees a maximum of four liters of displacement and a maximum of four valves per cylinder are permitted.  The intake system must be equipped with two air flow restrictors with a maximum diameter of 28 mm each. There is only one spare engine per manufacturer per season. 


In the DTM, only a single differential gear unit is approved which is used by all manufacturers.


The DTM vehicles have independent front and rear suspension and a double crossbar suspension.  The gas pressure shock absorbers are adjustable.


Highlights from the DTM Weekend in Hockenheim from 2016 



How's this for a Monday morning commute.

Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona

Core Autosport Porsche 911 GT3 R

Alright, this kicks off the racing season the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Between the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, IMSA now has 17 official automotive partners, including five that are new for 2017: Acura, Cadillac, Lexus, McLaren and Mercedes-AMG.
The complete list is as follows:  Acura, Aston, Martin, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes, MINI, Nissan and Porsche.

By Lanky Turtle Mercedes-AMG GT3
The line up is really assume making it the largest grid in this series history. Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be blasting around Daytona and Lanky Turtle is once again in the garage area and out on the track capturing the sound and sites of the new line up.

Some other news: For the 2017 Rolex 24, Gordon will join Wayne Taylor Racing in the team’s brand new Daytona Prototype International (DPI), the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPI-V.R, where he will compete alongside Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli. Gordon turned his first laps in the car at in an IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona on Tuesday afternoon. 

Let's get out to the garage area and check out the rides and at time stamp 2:17 listen to that Cadillac Gordon is driving out of the garage area, frickin monster!  Great sound Lanky, nice job.


Lanky Turtle


FOX Sports will offer 23 hours of live programming from the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona, beginning with a three-hour FOX network telecast beginning at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 28, followed by expanded coverage on FS1 and FS2.

More vids of this incredible series at IMSA Official YouTube 

The New Mclaren GT4

Rolex 24 Part 1

Sweet, been waiting for the team at IMSA to post the race and here it is in 720p60 and that's why I wait, thanks IMSA! 

Relive all the action from the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the first race of the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season and Round 1 of the Tequila PatrĂ³n North American Endurance Cup.

All the stats on the race at IMSA, I'm not going to spoil it if you haven't seen the race, this was historic! 

IMSA Official (the full race in 3 parts)


Rolex 24 Mishaps 

Check out some of the mishaps on track thus far, banging up one of these sweet machines is nothing but Cha Ching$. 


Heritage Exhibition Highlights

The Shelby and the old fat slicks on the Porsche - clip pic from Lanky Turtle Vid

Before the Rolex 24 launched the fans were treated to the Heritage Exhibition of time gone by of these race beauties. Thanks to Lanky Turtle we get to see these old monsters run!

Lanky Turtle