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Last race of the year

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by broc944, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. broc944

    broc944 1/2 ton status

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    This is what my Ice Racer looked like this fall before the first race, actually it looked like this up to the last two laps last week.

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    What it looks like after a minor incident out on the ice.
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    did you win?
     
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    Someone thought they were Tony Stewart.
     
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    Unfortunatly this put me into second place overall, next year I will have something with more power, I always got blown away at the start, and had to fight my way to the front every race.
     
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    spikes or no spikes or studded?
     
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    minor huh?
    hate to see a bad wreck:)
    ice racing rocks butt
     
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    Ice races are fun....

    My older brother used to race on the ice on a few lakes in MA and NH not too many years ago..still does it once in a while,and always goes to the club meetings and watches the races--- when we get enough ice to have them that is..its been a mild winter here this year,and only a few races in northern NH were able to be run..many years we dont get enough cold weather to make the ice thick enough to race on..

    He's had many different cars..one was a 86 Ford Escort GT,and it did very well in its class...I never knew you could buy hot cams and headers for an Escort until then!..it ran well for two seasons,then developed a weird high rpm misfire we couldn't diagnose..shortly after that,it looked much like yours,after a high speed crash..ended up parting it out..

    His first ice racer was a 80 something Chevy Citation we bought from a junkyard for 55 bucks!..then we found a 78 VW Wabbit for free,and his girlfriend raced it in the "powderpuff" races..she grenaded the clutch and flywheel while taking what would have been the winning lap(she was in the lead!,wide open in second gear,winding it out as high as it'd go!)..but when the clutch and flywheel blew apart,it shattered the bellhousing, and even tore out a peice of the firewall near the gas pedal!..:yikes: --we were concerned she was hurt,but after we learned she escaped unharmed,we had a good laugh at the carnage..the engine was dragging the ground,and it was junk..had a big hole in the bellhousing area of the block..:rotfl: :bow: ..when she blows a car up,she goes ALL OUT!..:p: ..it was quite a chore loading it up onto the trailer...

    Ice racing is about the last "cheap" form of racing you can get into ..now many places are no longer having them due to environmental concerns,and lack of funding to keep the places safe and useable..I think only NH still has them,the one place in MA we used to race no longer allows it..:(
     
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    120 studs per tire, does not seem like much, but it hold the car in the corners at 55-60, after that the back ends starts to slide a bit.
     
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    Chains!...

    We ran conventional tire chains on the front of the FWD cars,on studded snow tires,and a single strip of #80 roller chain in the center of the rear tires..my brother used to get the Escort up to just under 70mph in second gear on the tracks we ran at,it would bog it down if you tried using third gear..you were better off leaving it in second,and wind the pee out of it..you'd be just about to the corners when it would peak in second gear anyway..


    The chains gave great traction for acceleraction,and the chain on the rear tires helped keep the rear end from sliding sideways..we even used space saver spares one season,and nearly got disqualified,when other racers complained we were "cheating"...but the rule book only said "Stock tires only,no special compounds"...

    Space saver spares were OEM equipment,so they said "run them if you want,but we think your nuts driving 70 mph on those doughnuts!...we found them very dfficult to puncture,compared to normal tires...the car stayed in the ruts better too,almost like riding on rails,you just about had to make the car slide!...:crazy:
     
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    I did the space saver tire on the inside rear, it worked well in the corners, but left a little to be desired in the straights. My class was not supposed to have any engine modifications. I used a 20 percent mix of nitropropane with 110 race gas:D , read about it here http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/42018/
    it made a huge difference, also overheated the engine by the end of the race. Most of the fun was how much one could get away with cheating. I think they are going to ban any car that is all white next year. Very hard to see when the snow is blowing up in the air!
     

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