Sunday, August 29, 2021
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Some get sloppy. Others nervous. Some others just enjoy their time off in a neutral manor. But there are those who get wild when not tamed by rules, routines and regulations.
I'm on the topic of vacation. In particular longer vacations that goes beyond a long weekend in Paris.
Are there indicators? Obvious risk behaviour to avoid? Like; Your rather heavy drinking? Your summer sex appetite? Your howling at the moon? Nope. None of that. Consider it normal for the season.
Instead, you know that you're getting too wild and leaving the domesticated life behind when you feel uncomfortable and stressed out in a modern nondescript A to B car with A/C and instead start to go shopping and drive long distance in your old or new cool, wild or speedy ride (-s).
When you're driving around with windows down to feel the warm summer wind in your hair and hear every tone in the exhaust melody (or misfire) loud and clear.
When the sun tan on your left arm is more advanced than on the other. (If you're living in UK or anywhere else in the Commonwealth the colour of the right arm is what you should pay attention to).
When you feel that a T-shirt a proper protection as you rev your motorcycle to red in the blazing sun.
When all clothes have a smell of gasoline, diesel and exhaust fumes.
When you, as a car girl, have a 1/2' (13 mm) wrench in your handbag.
When sunglasses has replace reading glasses even after sundown.
Then you're in the danger zone.
You're living a great life, you're on top. But you better beware. Because if all of the above is your everyday, your way back to a normal 9-5 life might be painful, because you've adopted to wilderness, your eyes are wide open and you're feeling fine. But like Mowgli, you've have to get back to the normal grey and behave again. Period.
The Salt Slush team have to adopt. Shape up. Find the daily driver and let it pass the inspection. It will be painful, but we're reporting for duty.
Sunday, August 15, 2021
"Eric worked super hard on the roadster and we ran it at El Mirage a couple of weeks prior to Bonneville Speed Week At that time Ruth ran a record run putting 1 mile on old record.
Eric pulled motor out and went threw it completely. Up pulled heads and did valve job 3 times to get the best results on leak down. That dammed flathead engine just leaked.
Eventually, when got to Bonneville and it's all about Ruth because we all really wanted to her get a 200mph club membership (red hat) and a speed record in her class.
Ruth started with a 197mph (317km/h) run on Saturday. To get the record and join the mentioned club, she needed 204mph (328km/h) to back up for the record and get that red hat.
She ran a 194mph (312km/h), so we went to inspection. Eric pulled the spark plugs on right cylinder head and found one to come out hard. He knew right away
the cylinder was hurt. Engine passed Tech and Ruth got a record but motor was hurt badly. Done.
Next day was my turn. So we went out on the track Monday 9th of August and ran 213.476mph at line 2. We went to inspection for four hours and everything looked good. No complains. Went out next day early in the morning to go for the record. Then I jumped on it too hard and manged to spun at 1st gear.
Consequence; I had to go back to pits. Tech came by, inspected car and tires. Everything was ok, but I had to go back and line up in line 2 on the Tuesday 10th. Ran a 224.629 mph lap (360km/h) and had to go back to inspection same day.
Wednesday 11th early morning; I ran a 231.57mph (342km/h) lap and after the run we celebrated with high fives at return road, went to timing tailor, got our ticket and asked if we had to be back to Tech in an hour for inspection.
The guy said;
-You have as much time as you want.
So we watched Montana Dodge Boys break our record in same class but since we got our record first, we could get the hat, have it in books and go to banquet anyhow.
Well, when we got back to Tech I pull the valve cover off...and managed to hit fire bottle wire...and the bottles did go off... gezzz...they pump engine then the official came over and says; -You guys were15 min late to Tech you gotta leave...
So back at it again. Put everything back together, remove fire bottles from Ruth's roadster and go back out again. In that afternoon cars were spinning out and I were sitting in car for 2 hours at 100 plus degrees F (38degC) at lane 1, the long course,
But finally, I go out on the track and managed to run 245.165mph (395km/h). So back to inspection...
Early morning next day; Back in the car. Ran super straight with an a egg on gas pedal. I was super easy on accelerating with very smooth shifts and reached 243.21mph!
So our average was 244mph (393km/h)
We did this with only 12-14 lbs of boost (0,83-0,96bar)!
Well now we're back in California. Ardun motor still runs fine, but we're pulling it out so can clean everything up and inspect it. Erik has already started working on Ruth's flathead...El Mirage race is coming up soon!
Nevertheless, What a Speed Week! Two records and one hat with this amazing team!
Sunday, August 8, 2021
4. Drive around in a Buick 1941 (behind Magnus hot rod). There are however another set of warnings associated with this type of straight 8 rides...you become more a. more of a Gentlemen. b. a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin fan and c. when coming home you ignore the cold beer and start looking for a Dry Martini.
Let's face the facts. If you're not invited, you're not invited and you've got to find new ways while waiting.
I guess the text (Dylan) below concludes the situation we're in...
"Every man’s conscience is vile and depraved
You cannot depend on it to be your guide
When it’s you who must keep it satisfied."
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Our plans for 2021 were great. At first, a squad of Salt Slush engineers should arrive to sunny California in the early spring. Just like we did back in 2019. The purpose; to prepare our 449 Amazon landspeed racer for Bonneville 2021.
Eventually, just a week before Speed Week 2021 the full Salt Slush team should come together in SoCal to get our stuff in shape and make us all ready to haul the Amazon through the wilderness, find the famous salt desert and make us all race ready mentally. In addition we should SMOG the big block Suburban, wash our race suits, update the safety stuff and prepare our souls for the race.
Failure. The Pandemic forced us to reschedule...to early summer...then to late summer when vaccination in US and EU was complete. Or at least almost complete.
Didn't help. Biden stopped our final fully vaccinated attempt to race at Bonneville and do boost business in the US of A. Because we're not allowed to enter the US. Not welcome.
Hence we're stuck in Sweden, dreaming about the day when slow Joe open US to EU. In my mind that decision will come soon, since EU already opened up to US. I'm just thinking that the virus is not contagious in one direction only? Or is it? An inquiring mind just want's to know...