A Few Thoughts
by John Dearmore
Well I made it back to Texas after having a great time at Bowling Green, where I got to see a lot of my friends, including Jim Murphy, whom I got to help with his N/TF car. They came all the way from California - a very long trip no matter how you look at it. I was kind disappointed this year as the cacklfest was held during the daytime which did not allow the fans to see what we work so hard to do – making those great flames. There were several of the Legends of Racing cars at Bowling Green, such as the world famous Bobby Langley Scorpion V, owned by Bill Crosby; Brian Perrenot’s Lincoln-powered Grizzle Hopper competition coupe; Bob Gibson and the original Buddy Cortines-driven Top Fuel car and Glenn Cupit with the world's fastest Chevy-powered dragster. Everyone had a great time and we’re all looking forward to next year.
I'm not sure just what all the people want to know about in my column each month. You'd have to be dead to not know about all the racing taking place this year. There’s lots of opportunity to go racing and not have to travel all that far; it seems as if when you set up and run faster you have to have more time to do that traveling. That means time off of work, so this is when the love of the sport comes in: taking time off and keeping your job. The maintenance that is required for these cars is unbelievable; gone are the days of being able to just bring your car home and park it until you go out again. There are lots of guys trying to still do that but that racer just ends up breaking his car until he finds the money to fix or rebuild whatever is broken.
I know that when you finish racing you are ready to head home but you need to take the time to service your car before loading it up. I know you do not want to back off the valves so there is no pressure on the springs, but it is a good idea, if you run anything other than gas you might need to drain it out of the system and purge the lines to keep it clean. This post-race maintenance after a long day or weekend of competition sounds like a lot of work but it will pay off in the long run!
Nostalgia Drag World - by John Dearmore; photo by Connell R. Miller
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