Friday, April 18, 2014

Fresh Oval Kart

Made it out to the track tonight.  Track was really green and dirty and slick.  Had a lot of fun and a couple of really wild spin outs smoking the right rear tire.  Made a few adjustments and really picked up speed taking a second off my lap time and getting just about to where we were running last season on a green race track.

Pics of the freshened up kart:

The last run out, my dad and I switched karts, similar setups in them, but they handle a bit different, he was slower driving my kart, I was faster than he was in his kart.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Adepticon is Coming...errrr....Here.....errrr...There....

Adepticon is coming, well actually its here, or technically in Lombard.  I’ve been going to Adepticon since 2003, I believe was my first time there.  This year I’m not attending the event.  My hobby budget for this year is being applied to my racing karts instead as I plan out the racing season.  I’m not getting any younger and so there are some racing things that I want to do while I’m still somewhat competitive.  I’ll come back to tournament / convention scene when I’m old. 

So plans are not to play any tournaments, not to go to any conventions, but instead to race on the oval locally, race at least at one of the asphalt ovals in a new Midwestern Oval track series, race in the Grand Prix in Illinios, race 4-5 vintage events, race some sprint track events here in Wisconsin and Iowa, and partake in two Midwestern sprint series races.  That does not mean that I don’t have hobby things planned, just a taking a break from the events.   As part of that, I’m physically trying to get in better shape, and get prepared for all of the racing, which in karting means core strength and cardio.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Bug update...

So the Bug is moving along also.  Basically ready to take to someone to do the upholstery.
 The fairing turned out pretty cool, my dad did the paint work on it.
Good picture of the backend.  Not much room on that axle to mount the brake caliper.  This thing is going to be very cool.

Friday, March 14, 2014

A Coyote update....

So one of the local wargamers here in town manages a sign shop.  I had him make up some number and letter decals for me as now I have a bunch of karts without some decals on them.  I'm not real good with vinyl installs, maybe I should have had him do it.  I guess it turned out okay, accept I put the W in the wrong spot, not sure what I was thinking.  Oh well.  This is the side panel is one of two for my Coyote.  I still need to put all of the decals and numbers and such on my oval kart.

Below and update on the sprint kart.  The seat is one that I bought used for my dirt oval kart, not right seat.  I stole the steering wheel off of my dirt oval kart and bought a used oval kart wheel off ebay.  Getting closer.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Some old photos

I don't know what is going on with Blogger and Internet Explorer, must be a compatibility issue as I could not post any pictures using the IE and Blogger.  I downloaded Firefox and now everything works like it use to.

I was going through a lot of stuff over the weekend and thought it would be a good idea to scan this stuff.  A bunch of old photos.  My grandfather owned a kart racing track back in the day, outside of Peoria, IL.  These are some pics from 1960. 
 This is one of my favorites, you guessed it, the kid with the 71 on the helmet is my father.  The story was that the kart he landing on came out of the corner clipped the hay bales and they locked wheels and that launched dad up in the air.  Safety gear was kind of nonexistent back then, nowadays people want to be wrapped in bubble wrap flame retardant injury proof stuff, which is fine, but a lot of people survived doing crazy stuff back then and are just fine to this day.  Sometimes all of that safety equipment, gives people that feeling of indestructibility so that they have their collective heads up their arses when racing.
 Checkout the old cars in the background.

And then quite a few years later, 1976, yep that skinny little 6 year old runt is me driving a full sized kart.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Birth of a new Bug....a Fly

As I stated in the last post, we've been a bit busy in building some other stuff.  After driving my dad's dual engine vintage kart last year, I decided I needed to have one of those.  My dad was looking at building some stuff, so I got him to do some work.  So now I have a Bug Fly to assemble. 

 We had the frame powder coated Candy Blue, just like my oval track kart.  My dad did all of the aluminum work.  While I assembled the rearend, he assembled the frontend. 
As you can see, the two chrome plates, those will soon have a pair of engines put on them.  That's alot of stuff on the rear axle.  This should be a real hoot to drive.  As often said in racing, the brown stain in your shorts is priceless.
Now my dad has been busy on his own ride.  Its a bit further along, as he is retired and has more time on his hands to actually get things done.
He sold his Rupp Chaparral from last season, but kept the flamed fairing.  He replaced the Chaparral with this Dart A-Bone.
This should be a really nice kart to drive.  Will be a single engine setup, to run the Mc49 Vintage class.