"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).
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!