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Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by Arizona240DA, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. Chris R

    Chris R Member

    751
    Mar 17, 2008
    Bloomington, Il - formerly in Gig Harbor, WA
    In between boats, now. Former boat: 2008 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons w/V-drives
    Nice! I've had three Jags. The XKR is on my (next Jag) short list; although, after we got up close and personal with the new '10 XJ (Supercharged, not the "R" version, but the mid-range one) at the Seattle auto show yesterday, she says we "must" have one of those. :)
     
  2. CSR_Admin

    CSR_Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    I've watched production car races. Not quite as exciting as watching purpose built race cars. I'm sure the one thing Arizona will bring back with him from the race is the unforgettable sight of a 750HP Nascar Car growling by on the pace laps revving and braking as they swerve. Something so cool about how raw they are. I can't even imagine how cool it would be to see a F1 car screaming by at 225! I don't think many people would show up at a Nascar race to see actual Fords and Chevy's from a showroom doing laps.

    I am strictly talking from the spectator viewpoint. Now if I had the money to go racing on my own the viewpoint from behind the wheel would be totally different. A porsche 911 would be pretty damn cool.
     
  3. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    I had the quickest lap time for the day in a SCCA event in 1986 in my completely stock, 1985 RX-7 GSL-SE, which I still own and occassionally drive. I competed against non-street legal cars with huge, sticky tires, 911's, 914's, and a wide variety of others. The RX-7 is balanced at 51/49 and has a really quick, responsive 80ci 13B engine in the old body style. It was a real sleeper then, and can be today as well.

    In KC, Mo, they have vintage indy car races in a curvy park down town. Multi-hundred thousand dollar antiques scream around the corners sideways like they were vw's or something.
     
  4. Stray Cat

    Stray Cat Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Pool 10 Guttenberg, IA
    2006 300DA Sundancer
    350 Mags / Bravo III
    I'm a NASCAR fan....any engine that can turn 8 to 9 grand for 500 or so miles (and the F1's turn 18 grand) impresses me. I've never been to a race, but would like to experience 35 cars passing by at 190 + mph.

    It may be a rediculous sport to some, but it employs a lot of people, and generates a ton of money.
     
  5. Snopes said that wasn't true. :smt043. :grin:
     
  6. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Hey, they can't know that! It is true. The rest of the story is that it was the only lap in which I took out a cone - plus 2 second penalty : (
     
  7. Arizona240DA

    Arizona240DA Banned

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    All I can say is WOW, what an experience! I can honestly say that I originally thought it was a bunch of cars going in an oval…not so.

    We will be back in April for sure, it was truly a good time.

    C-
     

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  8. Stray Cat

    Stray Cat Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Pool 10 Guttenberg, IA
    2006 300DA Sundancer
    350 Mags / Bravo III
    AZ - How much of the race were you on your feet?
     
  9. Arizona240DA

    Arizona240DA Banned

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    A ton of it!!!

    However, only because the folks behind us were as well, otherwise I would have sat a bit more. I’m a tall lad, so I can imagine that it wouldn’t have been fun to be behind me if the circumstances were different. They happened to be standing on their seats, so it was all good.

    I really do have a different perspective now, truly a cool experience!
     
  10. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
  11. CSR_Admin

    CSR_Admin Administrator Staff Member

    Mar 10, 2004
    Your pic shows my boy Smoke all caught up in a wreck :smt021
     

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  12. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    I've been to dozens of NASCAR events at 6 or 8 different tracks. Jims comment about fully understanding what is going on (not just who is leading & who is in second) is dead on.

    I agree that over the years the sport has become way too commercialized. The multi car teams have pretty much ruined the hopes of over half the field and that is not good. In fact in the long term it is very bad. It has and will continue to degrade to sport as a whole.

    I do care that the cars have little or no resembelance to their namesakes. I can site a dozen current rules that take away from true racing and cram the event into a TV show. However, "pathetic" and "pro wresteling".... I have got to call you on this one Frank. Not true.
     
  13. Half Off

    Half Off Member

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    Jan 25, 2007
    Dubuque, IA
    280 Sundancer 2004
    4.3 Apha 1's
    I go down to the spring race at Texas Motor Speedway every year and have a blast. Being there in person is a whole 'nother experience. Like Jim said, Headset and or earplugs are a must.
     
  14. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    Kind of like baseball?
     
  15. mwph

    mwph Active Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Lake Guntersville, Tennessee River, Alabama
    1998 250 DA
    7.4L, B3
    Very good point John. I've never thought of it like that but that is a very good, accurate observation.
     
  16. Chris R

    Chris R Member

    751
    Mar 17, 2008
    Bloomington, Il - formerly in Gig Harbor, WA
    In between boats, now. Former boat: 2008 340 DA
    8.1 Horizons w/V-drives
    For you car enthusiasts, and it seems as though there are many on this forum, you HAVE to some day go to the Goodwood festival of speed in southern England. It has everything you've ever thought of: F1, Nascar (Richard Petty was driving the hill when we were there) , GT, rally, Vintage, exotic cars, planes, etc. All at speed...We went about 4 years ago, and it was one of the most memorable events I've ever been too.

    http://www.goodwood.co.uk/site/content/festivalofspeed/Default.aspx
     
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  17. VTSeaRay

    VTSeaRay Active Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Northern Vermont
    2007 210 Select w/5.0L 260HP MPI Mercruiser Alpha 1
    8 cyl 5.0 Merc mpi, w/alpha 1 with 19" prop, with the speedo hole on the leading edge just above it
    And Hockey, I went to a pro game a few yrs ago, I hadn't been to a pro game in like 25 or so yrs. Hockey, when I grew up, was 3-20 minute periods of intense skating. So, I'm watching the game, and all of a sudden, about 5 min's into the first period, the play stops, the skaters start skating around, the ref's pick up the puck, and I'm like wtf? Come to find out, it was a sched'd stop for commercials on the broadcast. Completely ruined the rest of the game for me. I haven't been to another pro game since. I go to college games and enjoy those now.

    -VtSeaRay (former Habs fan)
     
  18. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    But what about all of that gas? Imagine the carbon foorprint of a place like that - oh, nevermind.
     
  19. VTSeaRay

    VTSeaRay Active Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    Northern Vermont
    2007 210 Select w/5.0L 260HP MPI Mercruiser Alpha 1
    8 cyl 5.0 Merc mpi, w/alpha 1 with 19" prop, with the speedo hole on the leading edge just above it
  20. cpt. sundancer

    cpt. sundancer New Member

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    Oct 23, 2009
    red wing,mn.
    1981 sundancer 260/425 h.p.
    merc.355 ci, B&M blower
    nhra still dominates the left turning wonders.takes ball's to run over 300mph in less than 1/4 mile,takes endurance to race in a circle for hundreds of miles. a quote from don garlits.:thumbsup:
     

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