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03-27-2013 07:37 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by NoobRodder View Post
Yeah Brian that video made me think of one of my all-time favorite movies - World's Fastest Indian, great movie.

Pat
That is a darn good movie Pat, very entertaining and educational.

Brian
03-27-2013 07:36 AM
MARTINSR Swam in the Great Salt Lake in 1972 and remember it well. Someone had a few WWII amphibian troop carriers out there that you could get a ride in. I had to go there when driving thru on a long road trip and I went looking for this spot where I swam, it was all gone! All the buildings and wharf and docks it was all gone. The Saltair dance hall was still there up the road aways on the shore of the lake.



It sure must have been one heck of a place 50 years ago. They had some photos of the place packed with dancers and a live orchestra. It was a neat building, hopefully it survives.

Brian
03-27-2013 02:01 AM
techron Brian, I live in Santa Rosa now. I lived in SLC Utah in the late 60's. Wendover was just a cool cruise in my 66 396 at the time. Breedlove and Arfons (SP) were cool to watch. On the off season we would ride dirt bikes on the wet salt flats, ever seen a dirt bike go underwater on the flats. Being a teenager it was funny. When you were up there did you ever go for a swim in the great salt lake? You just float!!!

I love your basics of basics posts, the one that I love is the windshield installed kit. I rode my Harley up to and old school glass shop and before I could get my helmet off some old guy came out greeted me. He said "I heard a Harley. I kind of liked that. I asked about Butyl tape, He said we use urethane, But I have some Butyl tape.
03-26-2013 03:23 PM
NoobRodder
Video

Yeah Brian that video made me think of one of my all-time favorite movies - World's Fastest Indian, great movie.

Pat
03-26-2013 09:49 AM
John long Finally got to watch this. Great video... Thanks Brian.

John
03-26-2013 08:36 AM
MARTINSR Isn't that awesome Noobrodder? Man I dig that video and on HD full screen what a great film!

Brian
03-26-2013 01:25 AM
NoobRodder
awesome

Wow ! awesome video thanx Brian !
03-25-2013 01:37 PM
AutoGear BRIAN

If you want a lot of salt on your car; just come to syracuse NY in the winter; we're not called the 'Salt City' for nothing. LOL I have a DVD my friend Ron Van Allen made of he and Corky Stockham (owner of the Parts Peddler racing paper here in the Northeast) built around 2000. If I can figure out how to copy the DVD to my computer, I'll send it to anyone who wants a copy
03-25-2013 10:35 AM
boothboy Great video Brian Thanks!

BB
03-24-2013 11:33 PM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by Dave57210 View Post
There are snack stands, ice creams stands, bottled water sellers, sunglasses sellers (expen$ive!) and rental porta-johns around, as well as a place to stop and wash all the salt off your ride at the end of the day. Admission is quite reasonably priced and buying a program and a rule book is highly advised.
Your whole post is very informative thank you. I am going to print it out and save it in my file, really helpful thank you.

When I ran out there with the family truckster I left the salt and it stayed there for a long time. Coming back home and months later before it dropped off, bummed me when it did.

Thank you so much for the info.

Brian
03-24-2013 06:41 PM
302 Z28 Great video Brian, thanks for posting it. I was a the flats in 1970, it's a completely different experince now.

Vince
03-24-2013 05:47 PM
Dave57210
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
Dave, that is too cool. Tell me, how are the crowds out there? Is it all open to everyone, the pits and all? How good can you see the cars going by, how far away are you really?

Brian
A couple of things. If you are going to stay "in town" - you are probably too late for reservations this year.

I took my travel trailer along, but missed one VERY key thing. It is VERY (very,very,very very etc) HOT there and I did not have enuff brains to bring a genny for powering the A/C in my TT. Luckily, the temps dropped to the 95-100 range at night

If you are sleeping in the van, under your pickup, in a motorhome (a moho) a travel trailer or in a tent - you can stay for free. Just park on the salt, near the bend (where the access road curves) and there you are. Bring EVERYTHING you will need, as you will be camping in the "basic unserviced camping area". In the case of my trailer, we had everything needed including water and toilet and shower a stove, a microwave and a fridge to keep the bottled water cold. We froze a dozen bottles every night and cooled another dozen to take with us to the scene of the action every day. With the frozen ones plus the cold ones in the picnic cooler, we were OK for hydration. (If we had brought a generator for the trailer's A/C, it would have been perfect!

Take a LOT of "SPF a million" sunscreen and wear long sleeves and long pants. The stories of the sun reflecting off the salt and burning your "don't touch'ems" are true for those in shorts

Welding glasses shade 6 -9 are about right for eye protection. A wide-brimmed hat is mandatory.

You can walk around in the pits, most teams are VERY friendly, you can stop & chat with 'em. My son & I chatted with the Poteet & Main crew and passed wrenches when they were in a thrash from burned pistons due to a screed up fuel line. We stopped and chatted with the university team running an electric car, and with various other teams running all sorts of different vehicles from a Renault with a Hybusa engine to a team with a huge Kenworth running V16 Diesel power.

At the start line, you can (if you don't make a jerk of yourself) walk among the cars waiting in line for their turn, and at worst you stand about 3 -4 feet away from them.

Downtrack, you are about a mile or so from the cars as they go past, for safety reasons - if someone cranking 300 plus gets off the "track" and outta control, you gotta be LONG ways away if you are going to live through it!

Despite the "million miles per hour" speeds, the whole thing is very laid back, very friendly. Teams loan each other tools, help each other etc.

That fact is most notable at the start line. Instead of the Christmas tree or the frantic waving of a green flag, there is a guy on the radio who stands in front of your car when you are next up, listens to his head set for messages about when the last car has finished its run and the track is now clear and then he turns to you and double-checks that all your latches & catches are done up, your safety pin is pulled on your chute and then, with an "After you" sort of gesture, steps aside. "The track is yours for the next 4 minutes"

Your push car starts up and takes you out and up to 40 (or 50 or 75 or 100 MPH) and you get on it and go, while your push car drops back and peels off to the left to meet you down track and pull you back to the pits. Maybe you don't use a push car and just drive away from the start line. If you're on a bike maybe someone pushes you while running for the first 20 feet.

Oh yeah. Take an AM radio, and FM radio and a CB radio along for listening to track announcements, track news and for listening to communications between officials and teams. ("Um this is car XXX - I just pulled off to the right at mile marker 4 - my motor let go all over the track - some pieces came right through my hood. You better get a safety clean-up crew out there before you let the next car down. Hey Frank - I'm back just past mile 4 with only about half an engine left in it - wanna bring the trailer and come get me?" ) (That's a direct quote of one racer's call on CB radio)

There are TWO tracks - the long course for the "big boys & girls" and the short course for vehicles running less than 200

There are snack stands, ice creams stands, bottled water sellers, sunglasses sellers (expen$ive!) and rental porta-johns around, as well as a place to stop and wash all the salt off your ride at the end of the day. Admission is quite reasonably priced and buying a program and a rule book is highly advised.
03-24-2013 11:46 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by CrashFarmer2 View Post
Cool video! It's hard to imagine shredding the tires at 320 mph.
That is a frightening thought isn't it!

Brian
03-24-2013 11:44 AM
CrashFarmer2 Cool video! It's hard to imagine shredding the tires at 320 mph.
03-24-2013 11:34 AM
MARTINSR Dave, that is too cool. Tell me, how are the crowds out there? Is it all open to everyone, the pits and all? How good can you see the cars going by, how far away are you really?

Brian
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