Wednesday, June 30, 2010

CPotD #119 (It's All About The Numbers)

So, what is it about Rampsides and Loadsides that make them so enticing to shorten? It must be the simplicity of cutting out a section of the truckbed and having the faces mate up so perfectly for the subsequent welding. A Greenbrier or Corvan would have the same property, but the frequency of seeing a truncated version of one of those models is far less.

I shot today’s CPotD at this year’s Corvair Ranch Open House. I guess the 56 means there's 39 inches missing from the original 95 inch wheelbase.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Metal On, Metal Off

Owning and renovating old houses like my lovely wife and I have been doing for the past twenty-plus years has provided many, many opportunities to hang and finish drywall. The process for me is always the same; put on a lot of joint compound and sand most of it off. The lovely Loriann is a much better applier of the mud, so I’ve got less to sand when she’s been involved. Sadly, she doesn’t do ceilings.

Last night I spent over a half-hour grinding off excess weld metal around Lucy’s new valence patch. Like drywall finishing, the putting on is far more fun than the taking off, but it’s also a far more delicate skill. I kept wondering if I had done a better job of welding, would I spend a lot less time grinding. If I were an artist, like my skillful spouse, would the metal off part of bodywork be a breeze?

I wonder if she’d like another hobby.

CPotD #118 (Where's That Traction Come From?)

I’ve been honored again. Last week’s posting about Autocrossing included this photo of a Greenbrier doing the three-wheel tango. It caught the attention of Hemmings’ blogmeister, Daniel Strohl, who, like the week before, included a link to my blog in his weekly Four-Links entry. picked it up from there and included it in their Sunday issue. All of a sudden, my visitor counter took a big jump. It was fun to read the comments people posted, especially under the Autoblog entry.

One of the commenters took issue, I believe, with me posting the picture since it showed the FC being driven in a manner the GM engineers never intended. He felt I was perpetuating Mr. Nader’s unsafe at any speed stigma. Another commenter counterpointed with a photo of his Lotus lifting a wheel. In response to all that, I endeavored to find an image on the web of a Corvair track car doing the three-wheel tango. I failed, but I did find today’s CPotD and it’s so very close to pulling the right front off the asphalt. What’s amazing to me is that left front wheel was able to get enough grip on the rain-soaked track to really dig in. Click here to see more photos from this waterlogged event.

The days leading up to this year’s time trials at Summit Point were filled with predictions of nasty weather for the day. In fact, it rained for nearly the entire drive up that morning. I was scared to death that I’d be spending the day tip-toeing around a flooded track while peering through a poorly wiped windshield. Fortunately, the rain stopped as I was pulling through the front gates, and stayed away the entire day. The first few laps, however, were run on a wet track, and the end of the straightaway got real exciting when Lucy’s brakes locked up. Judicious pedal pumping and I was able to make it around Turn 1.

Monday, June 28, 2010

A Medley of Metalwork

Yesterday was a productive day, car-wise, for Victoria and I. We spent a couple hours working on Glinda with Victoria making patterns from cardboard that I then used to cut out patches from the panels I’d cut off Old Betty. With all the patches cut and trimmed to fit their respective openings, I set them aside for Victoria to clean up with the wire wheel on my grinder. She’d left for a babysitting job by then, so I moved on to the second patch on Lucy’s front valence. I fashioned a pattern from taped together pieces of file folder paper and transferred the outline to a portion of rear fender from Old Betty. With my vise I bent the pinchweld flange, and then with a pipe and a couple 2X4s, I was formed the curve into the nearly flat piece of metal. Once shaped, I could trim the edges to fit the opening. Using my drillpress I put in a series of holes for plug welds to the pinchweld. On to the grinder to remove burrs, and then over to the wire wheel to get rid of the paint and primer from around the edges that would see the welds. Out to the driveway and the backside of the patch got a heavy coat of galvanizing primer. With magnets and a couple of vise grips, the patch was in place ready to attach with molten metal. Out came the welder with the result shown below. At that point it was time to knock off for the day.
With Brianna and Nich visiting next weekend, there’s an urgency to finish this project and get Lucy’s front bumper back on. We’re trading cars so I can put a new paintjob on Heidi next month. Still on Lucy’s punchlist is finding and fixing the annoying oil leak. For a while I thought it was a leaky pushrod oil drain tube o-ring, but closer inspection the other day has me now thinking it’s a failing top engine cover gasket. To fix that, I’ll need to remove a bunch of parts to get the fan cover off. Hopefully, it’s something as simple as tightening a loose bolt or two. If I have to replace a gasket, it’s actually two and a lot of work scraping the old gaskets off.

CPotD #117 (Missing Numbers)

Today is Motor Monday, and with an active thread on the CorvairCenter forum called “Painted Engine Pics,” it was pretty easy to come up with a suitable CPotD. The one I chose is unique in at least a couple of ways. First of all, I don’t think I’ve ever seen this color applied to an engine before. Second, I can’t remember ever seeing the engine cover’s embossed numbers and letters painted with a separate color. The latter caused me to immediately notice that a couple of the cylinder numbers are missing. Around 1964, Chevy added two new parts intended to prevent fanbelt failure. One is at the idler and the other is on the left side of the fan pulley. To mount the latter, they had to change the engine cover and removed the number 3. It’s the other missing number that caught me by surprise. Amazingly, after all the times I’ve stared at the Corvair I’d never noticed that there’s no Number 2.

Friday, June 25, 2010

CPotD #116 (THE National Autocross)

Since the convention is nearing its end, my blogging on this subject is also nearing a conclusion. Today’s entry highlights another very popular event, the autocross. Scott Trunkhill again came through with a load of photos that he had posted on his website, and I eagerly rifled through them hoping to find the perfect shot for today’s CPotD. While certainly never able to compete for FTD (fast time of the day) against the cars, FCs make for extremely entertaining autocross runs. Given their high center of gravity, they are the most likely to lift a wheel under sharp turning and hard braking. There must not have been many entered in this year’s event since I was only able to find one Greenbrier out of the dozens of cars Scott photographed. The above photo shows how the trailing-arm suspension allows the rear wheel to drop adversely affecting camber. I’ve read about the self-preservation the FC suspension provides. When a driving maneuver causes the vehicle to dramatically tip, one of the rear wheels leaves the pavement and the other rear wheel, with all the side load, then slides out to right the vehicle.

On the web, there are a number of images of FCs three-wheeling. I can’t imagine how scary this must feel.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

CPotD #115 (It's a Concours Of Course)

Tuesday was concours day at the CORSA convention and Scott Trunkhill and his camera were there. A concours is a judged event where each competing car starts out with a perfect score (100 pts for CORSA) and points are deducted from there for each deviation from perfection. Today’s CPotD depicts the action that takes place at one of these events showing three judges and their tools of the trade – clipboard, scoresheet, pen, and something to cushion them while they inspect undersides. Each judge is responsible for a certain section of the vehicle (engine, interior, underside, etc.)

Unless I someday happen upon a great deal on a near-perfection Corvair, I can’t imagine ever putting enough work into one of these vehicles to enter a concours.

Moved Up the Learning Curve a Little

Last evening, I went home to an empty house – one daughter was at work, while the lovely Loriann and the other occupants were at Hershey Park. Ah, an opportunity to spend some quality time in the garage. What to do? So much to choose from, but since I’m utterly sick of looking at Lucy’s holey, bumperless, two different colors of primer front end, that project was chosen. Even though the patch I’d tacked on two months ago had been unceremoniously ripped away during my tow back to the pits, it was salvageable. So, after a quick dinner, I pulled Lucy into the garage running her front tires up the ramps. I first re-shaped the patch and removed the primer from the perimeter. Then, with the brush attachment mounted in my grinder, I cleaned the perimeter of the opening on the car’s valance and fitted the patch using my big magnets. I installed the new spool of welding wire and went at it. I’m still on the low end of the learning curve with welding, so at this point I’m just trying to make welds that don’t’ fall off when I grind them flush. For the most part, I accomplished that last night. After hitting the welds with a flap wheel on my grinder, the patch stayed in place. The last task I could get to before bedtime was spraying on a light coat of primer.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

CPotD #114 (Valve Cover Racers)

With the CORSA convention in full swing, today’s Wacky Wednesday CPotD is another Scott Trunkhill photo taken there a couple days ago. This shot shows a collection of valve cover racers. This fun event has been part of the convention, and many other Corvair get togethers, for years. The official rules are:
  • Construction: Must include a Corvair Valve Cover
  • Weight: Five pounds maximum
  • Width: Eight inches maximum
  • Length: 18 inches maximum
  • Motivation: gravity propelled only. No aux. power such as electric motors, pyrotechnics, or JATO rockets.

There are other photos on Scott’s website of this year’s competition. You can see that many of the participants are children. I have fond memories of Pinewood Derby racing when I was in Cub Scouts. In fact, I’ve got two of my cars sitting in front of me on my desk at work. One obviously reflects the help I received from my dad, while the other is quite crude showing I refused any fatherly assistance.

If I ever make it to a convention, I wonder if I’ll be inspired to create a racer of my own, and will it be worthy of the Hughes name.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

CPotD #113 (Wish I Was There)

Scott Trunkhill runs the website that’s filled with photos and videos he’s taken at the countless racing events he’s attended. His equipment is quite nice, and he takes great shots. I’ve borrowed photos from his site for this blog before and today’s CPotD another occurrence.

Currently, hundreds of Corvairs have converged on Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the CORSA national convention. One of the convention’s events is the autocross which was held a couple of days ago. Thanks to Scott’s perseverance and the miracle of the web, photos from the event are already posted for all to see. I really like the paint scheme on today's CPotD, Scott Ridderman’s ultra-clean LM. I may have to consider a black over orange paint scheme for Betty.

Scott is part of a race team that recently bought an old fire engine and converted it into an awesome race team hauler. Check out this posting on the CorvairCenter forum for the story and pictures.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father’s Day Weekend – Two Days of Good Times

Plans came together Thursday for me to travel to western Maryland to buy a solid front valance to use for patching Heidi’s holey valance. Since there are a number of very nice State Parks out that way, we decided to turn the event into a camping weekend. With the Suburban out of commission until I replace the leaking radiator, our normal practice of pulling the 1972 Starcraft pop-up tent trailer (the subject of a wonderful story that begs to be written) had to be set aside for plan B. The other complication was that Ariel needed to work Saturday afternoon, so I decided that Saturday morning I would drive Lucy packed to the brim with Victoria, Mikhaila, tools, and camping stuff, while the lovely Loriann and Ariel would drive up later in the day. It took some creative space utilization to squeeze everything in and not make anyone have to hold the ice chest on their lap. In the cool of the morning, Lucy ran wonderfully pulling over the passes without pause. We checked in at New Germany State Park, set up our campsite, and then as the girls headed to the lake for swimming and sunning, I drove to meet the guy about a valance.

The experience of meeting Jim and seeing his awesome collection of some of GM’s finest from the fifties and sixties was only topped by his accommodating nature. When he saw that using a Sawzall was going to take some time, he rolled out his torch and we had the front of the car cut off in no time. When my 12-point socket wasn’t grippng the head of a stubborn bumper bolt, he came up with a 6-point that was up to the task. When I was about to put the sheetmetal onto the folded back seat, he produced a large piece of cardboard to protect the car. He told me to look around and make an offer on whatever Corvair stuff appealed to me. In the end, I got a wonderful deal on the sheetmetal, two ‘vair carbs, and four Nissan wheels just like Lucy’s but with white spokes instead of gold. The great thing about the wheels is that they came with new center caps. I’ve installed the caps already and selling the wheels will more than pay for the gas burned on the trip.

Sunday morning we packed up for the drive home. The sheetmetal had to be tied to Lucy’s roof since it was taking up precious packing space in the back. We made the drive home, but not without a little excitement. There’s a long climb out of Hagerstown on I-70, and as we neared the top in 90+ degree heat, the TEMP/PRESS light started flickering. I immediately slowed down from the 65 I was doing and shifted into third gear. The light kept flickering until we crested the pass, but never reappeared for the rest of the trip. At one point, a car passed us and then slowed down after getting back into the slow lane. As I swung around to re-pass the guy, he rolled his window down and told us he’d had a car like mine when he was in college. Then one of his kids stuck their camera out the window and took a picture of us. Must’ve been quite the sight with sheetmetal flying in the breeze. Speaking of which, when we got off the interstate near home, I was amazed at how much the rope had stretched. When we’d left the park, the rope was taut; now it had at least three inches of slack. Once the cars were emptied my wonderful wife made sure I spent the rest of the day doing fun stuff. I ended up giving Lucy a long overdue washing and installing the center caps while rotating the tires.
Only doing car tasks of my choosing didn’t stay that way however. Ringo barely made it to our driveway on Ariel’s drive home from work, dying with the same symptoms of a week ago. After a sumptuous supper, I went out and he started right up, so I took him for a spin around neighborhood, but less than a block from the house, the engine died and would not restart. I got out, looked down one carb, blipped the throttle, no shot of gas. Empty? Since I’d recently replaced them with known good ones, I decided it had to be something else. I walked home, grabbed a fuel pump off the shelf and a handful of wrenches. Five minutes later, I’d swapped out the fuel pump and he started right up and idled wonderfully. I had Ariel take him for a test drive and he performed flawlessly. Could I have this issue behind me? I hope and pray so.

CPotD #112 (The Pressure's On Now)

So I was reading the Hemmings Blog this morning as I do nearly every day, and lo-and-behold my last Wacky Wednesday CPotD is shown in their Four-Links posting, and the fact that I’m now back to posting CPotDs was mentioned. Now I’ve REALLY got to be consistent.

Today’s Motor Monday photo is the second engine being ferried about by the MuseumBrier. It was GM’s attempt at making a modular corporate engine based on the Corvair engine’s features . Note the separate heads (headettes?), rocker covers, and intake adapters. Coincidentally, Hemmings has a better photo in one of their posts here.

I tried to find out more about this engine, but the best I could come up with on the web was a photo of the engine with a display board shown at the 2008 Corvair Performance Workshop. Here's a close-up of the display board portion. I’ve transcribed an excerpt.

“Modular two and four cylinder engines were tested in subcompact 2 and 4-passenger cars built by Chevrolet and Fisher body. Both the four and six cylinder engines were in R&D’s front drive Corvair program, and six-cylinder units were included in the plans for several Chevrolet-powered military vehicles. Even the Monza GT experimental coupe’s first engine was a modular six with fuel injection.

Development on the modular engine concept continued into the mid-60’s, including plans to use the six cylinder version like the engine displayed here in ’64 production Corvairs. The financial success of the modular engine concept was predicated on use of the designs in other Chevrolet products and by other GM divisions. When those other applications did not materialize, development of this modular engine was phased out. The engine displayed here is one of three known to survive the Chevrolet scrap metal bin.”

Thursday, June 17, 2010

CPotD #111 (Plenty of This in My Future)

Today's CPotD is inspiring me to get excited about my long list of MIG welding projects. I saw the photo on a Corvair Forum thread about someone parting out a couple of EMs. Looks like I'll be one of the partees since I've been in contact with the parter to set up an appointment for this Saturday. I'm in desperate need of a cheap, but solid front valance for Heidi, and this guy's shell is supposed to be "very solid and straight", and the price is right if I do the cutting myself.

Ahead of Heidi, however, are Lucy's valance project where I'll cut and form my own patches and Glinda's array of patching of which I still need to cut the patches from panels gleaned from Old Betty. At my day job, a backlog is a blessing. Not so much for my job of fleet maintainer.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

CPotD #110 (It's Wednesday Again)

And that means it's time for more Corvair wackiness. Today's CPotD was prompted by a comment on a previous CPotD. This creation has been sitting in the back of the Corvair Ranch field for a number of years. A shame since someone obviously gave a lot of thought and effort into this camper. Not satisfied with the stock width, they added a few more inches to the middle. Interesting to say the least.

Ringo’s a Riot

Sunday afternoon, right after I’d finished the tune-up on the PT Cruiser, I received a phone call from Ariel. Ringo was not running right. She had her foot to the floor and he could only manage to eek out a paltry 40 mph. I asked her to try and nurse it to her destination a few miles down the road. The car didn’t make it dying a few moments after we ended our phone call. I topped off the Suburban’s with water, tossed the towbar and support equipment (wrenches, tow-rope, tow-lights, etc.) into the back and drove to her car. I hitched the car up and drove home and then spent an hour and a half dealing with carburetors. The engine ran smoothly, but wouldn’t idle. By this point it was very late, and mercifully I called it a day.

Monday, after work, I pulled the carburetors off Lucy knowing they worked fine and put them on Ringo. He started right up and after a few adjustments and balancing, idled nicely. I had Ariel drive him around the neighborhood and she came home and gave me the thumbs up.

I took the carburetors that had been on Ringo and installed them on Lucy. They balanced up nicely and I was able to get the engine to idle, but not smoothly. I took him for a drive around the block and took the tach up to 5 grand trying to suck out whatever was causing a problem. It worked and the idle settled at a steady 1100 rpm. That’s a little high, but I’ll drive it a few days before turning the screws again.

The Weight of the World

Due to the immense frustration caused by issues in four of the family’s cars, I temporarily suspended CPotD. I was so uninspired by vehicles, I couldn’t bring myself to spend any time touting their beauty. At one point Sunday, Lucy had a dead battery, Ringo was dead on the side of I-70, the Suburban was leaking a gallon of coolant every twenty miles, and the PT Cruiser’s check engine light was on. Now that three of the four cars have had their issues corrected, I’m willing to reinstate CPotD, but first a narrative or two on my weekend of car tribulation. Caution, there is a lot of non-Corvair in this entry, so feel free to skip the text in red if you are offended by the discussion of other makes and models.

It started Friday when I left Lucy’s headlights on while I toiled away at my day job. I was able to get a jumpstart by a coworker and merrily drove home. Saturday morning Victoria and I worked on Glinda cutting away rusted areas and brushing and primering the exposed metal. Then Saturday afternoon Loriann and the girls got in her car to run errands and found the check engine light (CEL) illuminated and the engine running roughly. I told her to take the Suburban and I’d deal with her car. As she drove away, I pulled the codes and got 0301 which indicated a misfiring of cylinder number one. As I was closing the car door my cellphone rang. It was Loriann informing me the Suburban’s temperature gage was nearly in the red and not going down. It was as if the thermostat was stuck closed. She had pulled over to the side of the interstate and with the engine idling for a few minutes the temperature dropped to halfway. She said she could nurse the truck to their first destination, so I told her I’d meet her there with lots of water.

I filled some jugs, climbed in my car, and turned the key only to be met with silence. The five-year-old battery had given up the ghost. I coasted down the hill and popped the clutch to get Lucy running and headed on down the road. I met them, sitting in the shade, the Suburban’s hood up, but the radiator cap still very hot. At this point, I couldn’t give my car to Loriann to continue her errand running since she’d not be able to turn it off, so everyone piled into Lucy and I dropped them off at the library while I ran to the auto parts store to get a spark plug and a set of cables for the Cruiser and maybe a battery for Lucy. Leaving the car running and parked right in front of Advance Auto, I got the parts, but decided against buying a new battery. I’d use the battery out of Glinda until she was ready for the road. Back to the library to gather the gals for the drive back to the Suburban. The radiator and its reservoir swallowed nearly two gallons of water to reach full. With more jugs in the back, we decided they would head towards home, but towards their next destination, and if the temp gage behaved normally, they would complete their errands. It did and they did. Yay!

I went home to work on the Cruiser. Since we’re on a tight budget, I was uninclined to just toss good cables and plugs. So, after removing the intake manifold to access the plugs and wires, I pulled each cable and checked their resistance. They all measured less than the new ones and were basically equal to each other, so I chose to keep them. I pulled the #1 plug and it looked used, but undamaged. I cleaned it and re-gapped it to .045”. I did the same with the other three plugs and reinstalled them all in their original locations except for swapping #1 with #4. I figured if the code changed to 0304, then I’d know that plug was bad. With the original cables back in place, I put everything back together and fired up the engine. All sounded good, so I figured I’d just saved $40 worth of parts that I could return.

With that issue seemingly dealt with, I went ahead and pulled Lucy’s dead battery and replaced it with one from Glinda. So, I felt that, other than the Suburban’s leaky radiator, all was right with my little world of cars. Oh how wrong I was.

Sunday morning we took the Cruiser to church and it did not run smoothly. Guess it was time to replace the plugs and wires. After church, I made a quick run to the parts store and bought three more plugs. Then back home to remove the intake manifold AGAIN and remove and replace (R&R) the wires and plugs. Put it all back together and started the engine up and noticed the CEL was still on. I read the codes and discovered I’d neglected to connect a vacuum line and an electrical cable. Irrr. Went ahead and did that, but the CEL still shone. Okay, I thought, I’ll give it a chance to go off with some driving which it did the next time it was driven.

The rest of the weekend’s automotive fun and games was actually Corvair, so I’ll save it for the entry in my blog.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Two in the Fleet Get Some Attention

It was a nice weekend - a healthy mix of family-time, yard-time, house-time, my-time and car-time. Since this blog is about the cars, I won’t bore you with details about spreading mulching, cleaning bathrooms, etc.

Saturday afternoon I installed the engine from Old Betty into New Betty. That went very easily since I didn’t have to deal with an input shaft –just bolting the bellhousing to the differential and then the two nuts of the rear engine mount and Bob’s your uncle. Then, to clear excess parts from the garage, I filled the engine compartment with a bunch of bits I’d pulled off Old Betty including brake assemblies and taillights.

Yesterday afternoon I worked on Glinda. I decided to downsize my patching projects. Previously I’d planned on replacing pretty significantly sized areas, but once I’d cut out and evaluated the panels from Old Betty, that didn’t make sense. The new plan is to replace only those areas rusted out, and not include the areas where Bondo was used. The Bondo is in good shape, so I’ll not mess with it. I cut the rusted areas from the front of the right rocker panel and the top of the left front fender and then cut out the patches from the Old Betty pieces. All that went well. I gave Victoria instructions as to how she should clean out the volumes behind the patches and give them a good couple of coats of Rusty Metal Primer. I’ve still got four more areas that need to be cut out and patches cut before I start welding.

CPotD #109 (Mechanical Fuel Injection)

Back in the day, fuel injection was a mechanical affair with no computers or electronic sensors. Fuel delivery was metered by a valve whose position was based on the air volume flowing into the engine. The fuel was a constant flow to all cylinders simultaneously. Now, a computer takes stock of a multitude of engine and atmospheric conditions, decides how much fuel each cylinder needs, and then triggers each injector accordingly. VERY new school.

Today’s Motor Monday CPotD is of a Corvair engine with mechanical fuel injection. This engine is part of the MuseumBrier exhibit that’s being driven to car events by Pete Koehler. I found this website that talks about fuel injecting a Corvair engine. Good stuff.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Lucy’s New Glovebox Goes In

I don’t like having GUPs lie around. Especially those that don’t take much time to install. I’ve had a new glovebox from the Corvair Ranch for nearly a month while Lucy’s old glovebox was dangling by a shred. Last night I decided to take my stubby Phillips screwdriver and make the long-overdue remove and replace (R&R added to sidebar). The old one came out in pieces easily enough, but maneuvering the new one into place was a bit of a bear. I ended up removing the fresh air vent cable mount so I could move the defroster tube out of the way. After what seemed like a half-hour of finagling, it was finally in place. After installing the four retention screws, the job was complete.

This weekend will be a tricky balance of yard-work (spreading mulch), Glinda-work (sealing the windshield and backlight), and Lucy-work (valance patching and o-ring R&R). Will see how successful I am come Monday.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

CPotD #108 (Whatcha' Got Under the Hood?)

Chevrolet identified which Corvair engine resided beneath the lid by an emblem or lack thereof. For LMs, the 95 HP engine had no emblem, the other engines had the HP number on the emblem. I found a few examples at the Corvair Ranch, so I’m making them today’s CPotDs. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Visit From One of the Triumvirate

Space may be the final frontier, but lately it’s the first frustration for me. We’ve done some bedroom shuffling and the fallout from it is I needed to accommodate parts from a waterbed in the garage. Since my nearly 100 year old garage rafters are already being taxed to the limit, I couldn’t risk adding 100 pounds of lumber. They’ll have to lean against the wall on the other side of Glinda. All that prompted me to go out to the garage last night and spend some time dealing with all the stuff I’d removed from Old Betty. I reinstalled the wheels on New Betty and then proceded to load her inside with boxes with all the LM parts I had lying around. All that’s left to find a temporary for is the sheetmetal and the hood. I’m almost to the point where I can pull a car into the open bay again.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

More Time at the Track

I just ended a wonderful three-day weekend trip visiting family in Charlotte. The only Corvair-related incident involved attending a SCCA event at Carolina Motorsports Park. Victoria, Brianna’s fiancĂ©, my wife’s brother, and I arrived at the track around 9:30 Sunday morning. We drove right up to David Clemens’ pit. So nice to see the Corvair contingency represented by such a fast and gorgeous car. Rick Norris was there to crew for David. He came without his beautiful Sunoco-liveried LM, but he was prepared with posters for the Corvair faithful that made the scene. We watched qualification/practice sessions, including the one David was in, until lunch. I filmed a few of his passes and will post the edited clip on the web ASAP.

After lunch we were only able to see most of the first race of the day because we had to leave for a family picnic. Unfortunately, it was NOT the group David was in. Afterwards, I found out David came in second in his class. Many of the racers were quite surprised with the car's capabilities. Regardless, all four of us had a wonderful time. I gave the still camera to Victoria and the pictures she took can be seen here.