The Plans are planned, now get to work!

So, as we discussed last time, the next two bits of fun on the docket for the Shop Camaro are some local autocross action and a trip to the Ohio Mile. As the car currently sits in full-on bracket race mode, I guess that means it’s time to get to work, huh?

What seemed fairly simple at first has spiraled wildly out of control (of course) and we’re only just getting started on the strict safety rules of the ECTA.

First things first, let’s get a list going to try to make some sense of all this..

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A Screeching Halt – Texas Mile priced out, what’s next?

cones1It seems our plans have been thwarted again. We had emailed the organizers of the Texas Mile a few weeks before registration opened about what the entry fees for the event would be. A reasonable, albeit still fairly large, number was returned, with a note that it may increase by as much as $20.

Cool, we’re all set. The day of registration arrived, and we eagerly clicked refresh waiting for entry to open up. And then it came to a screeching halt.

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Destination: Texas Mile 2014

texas_mile_logoOver the past weeks (possibly months, it’s easy to lose track this time of year) we’ve begun the process of converting the Camaro from 1/8th mile drag race mode to standing mile mode. The destination? Texas Mile in Beevile. March 21st, 2014.

This has been on our list of ‘Things to Do’ with the car from the start, it’s just taken a while to get back to it thanks to many diversions (bracket racing), distractions (other hobbies), and flirtations (the thoughts of returing to Drag Week).

Make the jump to see what we’ve got done at this point, and our plans and goals for the weekend.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation..

Ok, so this isn’t what we consider a vacation, but it is summer and it was fun, despite the heat.

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We hit North Star’s bracket series race Saturday, and overall had a pretty good day with the Camaro finding a nice payday after all was said and done.

The truck’s still experiencing growing pains combined with the normal trouble of not having been to the track much at all this year. It’s still tough to beat rolling into the track with the AC blowing and still managing low 8’s in the 1/8th when it’s 100 degrees.

Look for a more in-depth mid-summer update in the next few weeks, including the plans for the next big adventure.

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Preseason Testing Highlights (in F1 speak)

We made our first trip out to the track Sunday with the new and (hopefully) improved Camaro. With Formula 1 preseason testing going on now, let’s get in the spirit and provide the highlights in F1 team press release speak:

  • Great pace early on in the session (the first pass was the quickest ever: 6.81) but it’s still too early to draw definitive conclusions
  • Pleased with first impressions on the new suspension developments (the sway bar seems to work well)
  • Data gathering on mixture settings will continue in the next test (we’re on a steep learning curve with E85, but practice and lots of research makes perfect)

And with that, on to the video!

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Winter Project: Better, Faster Camaro

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It’s been a while since an update on our project vehicles. The summer was a success, with the Camaro running most of the bracket racing season without issue, falling into a consistent rhythm for much of the year. Our quiet goal when we rolled off the trailer in the spring was to make the Bracket Finals, and at the last points race leading up to them we made it in.

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Black Friday Specials!

So, we won’t be opening at midnight Friday or anything like that. We will, however, be up early to head to Crandall for one last hit of that bracket racing drug before winter sets in..well, assuming it sets in, that is.

Come join us! There may be a crowd, but it’s guaranteed to be more pleasant than all those people fighting over the last whatsit left at the Walmart as the sun rises.

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51 Rod Run – June 9th

Here’s a teaser shot of the Chevy 350 engine we are putting together to be raffled at the 51 Rod Run classic and custom car and bike cruise.

The event will take place Saturday June 9th, and all proceeds will be donated to the V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Stay tuned here and the 51 Rod Run Facebook page for more details on how you can win this 300+ horsepower beast for your project!

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Shop Truck: On-board video from the track

After braving dense fog, near-freezing temperatures, fogged windows, and numb extremities, the truck surprised us again Sunday at North Star’s first bracket race of the year. Results from the driver were highly suspect, but the truck continues to amaze, lowering its best time by another .14 as the temperature came up.

The sun poked through the clouds a few times, but for the most part the first half of the day was utterly miserable with temps staying in the 40’s. It did eventually clear off, and as the track and air temp rose the beast came out. A (hoorrible) red light allowed me to run it out the back door, and my jaw dropped as I read 7.54 | 91 on the scoreboard. Luckily it did it again the next pass, otherwise I would have thought it was a fluke.

So, enough talking, let’s go for a ride –
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Super Saturday

Since winter seems to have skipped right over us (though it is 40 degrees today), we decided to make the maiden trip to the track in our new for 2012 configuration: Camaro in the trailer, truck following behind. Pretty uneventful trip, which is precisely what we were looking for.

Got 5 runs in with the car, no surprises other than the fact that mineshaft air conditions had it bit lean.

The truck was much the same, little bit of a stumble off the line due to lack of fuel, but only managed to make two passes after discovering a little leak out of the back of the water pump.

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