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italcarguy 03-01-2003 11:19 PM

2.5 Challenge
The Vintage 2.5 Challenge will be running at Willow Springs on March 7-8 with HSR-West. About 30 cars are expected to show up. Everything from GTA's, GTV's, Datsun 510's, BMW 2002's, and Ford Cortina and Escorts are expected to show up and race. Admission is $10 for a two day pass. You can pay at the gate when you arrive. There will be about 5-9 other run groups that weekend with everything from vintage small bore production cars to historic Formula 1 cars. Come out and enjoy the weekend and cheer on the Alfa's! Hope to see you there. For more information, go to B Sedan

Laguna Seca 2002 Start Of 2.5 Challenge Race

Sniady 03-01-2003 11:38 PM

I'll be there.

smestas 03-04-2003 12:51 PM

I'm for sure not going to miss it!

Anyone else?

smestas 03-04-2003 12:57 PM

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Hope we get to see a line up like this!

RtbRacer 03-04-2003 06:09 PM

I will be there
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I will be there with my 1969 Alfa Romeo GTV Race Car
It is going to be my first real race and I am pretty excited. Does anyone know how many laps there are going to be?

italcarguy 03-04-2003 06:12 PM

Race Length
The general length of a 2.5 challenge race at Willow Springs is 11 laps. The race is generally 20-30 minutes in length. Last season at Laguna Seca, we were given a 40 minute race. Everyone was running on fumes at the was great, we were all waiting for each other to run out of gas!

RtbRacer 03-05-2003 01:12 PM

I just got a schedule for this weekend
Ok here is the race schedule in its full form for this weekend:

Group 1: Small & Med. bore Prod
Group 2: Formula Ford Pacific Challenge
Group 3: Porsche 2.0 liter Challenge
Group 4: Formula 2.0 Chal + BOSS
Group 5: FIA 2.0 S/R Chal. & CanAM
Group 6: Vintage 2.5 Sedan Challeng (GO ALFAS!!!)
Group 7: Big Bore Prod
Group 8: Lotus Sports Challenge
Group 9: Ford powered Prod. Cars FEATURED EVENT
Group 10: 1-HOUR ENDURO

Saturday March 8
7:00 Tech and Registration open
8:00 Drivers Meeting
8:10 Group 1 practice (not timed)
8:30 Group 2 practice (not timed)
8:50 Group 3+6 practice (not timed)
9:10 Group 4 practice (not timed)
9:30 Group 5 practice (not timed)
9:50 Group 7 practice (not timed)
10:10 Group 1 Qualifying (timed)
10:35 Group 2 Qualifying (timed)
11:00 Group 3 Qualifying (timed)
11:25 Group 4 Qualifying (timed)
11:50 Group 5 Qualifying (timed)
1:15 Group 6 Qualifying (timed)
1:40 Group 7 Qualifying (timed)
2:05 Blessing before races
2:10 Group 1 Qualifying RACE
2:35 Group 2 Qualifying RACE
3:00 Group 3 Qualifying RACE
3:25 Group 4 Qualifying RACE
3:50 Group 5 Qualifying RACE
4:15 Group 6 Qualifying RACE
4:40 Group 7 Qualifying RACE
5:15 Party at Drivers lounge

Sunday March 9
7:00 Gate open
8:00 Warm-up Group 1
8:20 Warm-up Group 2
8:40 Warm-up Group 3+6
9:00 Warm-up Group 4
8:20 Warm-up Group 5
9:40 Warm-up Group 7
10:00 Blessing before races
10:15 Group 10 Enduro
11:15 Group 8 RACE
11:30 Group 1 RACE
12:00 Group 2 RACE
12:30-1:30 Lunch, Track Tours, and Chapel Service
1:30 Group 9 RACE
1:45 Group 3 RACE
2:15 Group 4 RACE
2:45 Group 5 RACE
3:15 Group 6 RACE
3:45 Group 7 RACE

Sniady 03-05-2003 01:41 PM

Thank's for the info.

italcarguy 03-05-2003 09:53 PM

Looks like we got a late race on Sunday.

RTB, wanna pit together? I will be at Willow on Friday testing the #71 car for our customer, so I can get some decent pit space before the Friday afternoon crowd shows up and takes it all with their busses and motorhomes. When you guys heading up there?

RtbRacer 03-05-2003 09:56 PM

Yeah that would be GREAT!!! We hope to be out there Friday as well, just to get tire pressures right and and some idea for laps per tank. It would be great to bpit together though, count me in!!!

Sniady 03-05-2003 10:09 PM

Re: I will be there

Originally posted by RtbRacer
I will be there with my 1969 Alfa Romeo GTV Race Car
In the picture above, I'm hoping you gave those Porsches a run for there money. Inless there lapping you (not trying to offend you, but those **** Porsches are fast). How did you hang with the Porsche's is what I want to know.

italcarguy 03-06-2003 11:38 PM

Ready To Go Racing
#71 is all set to go testing tomorrow. The car was bought in November in "as is" condition. In January, we took it to the track and discovered the oiling system was set up wrong and the clutch was slipping. After about a lap, all the oil would come out and head straight for the rear wheels...scary. We fixed that problem as well as the clutch so, hopefully it will be going strong this weekend.

P.S. I am still going crazy shooting pics with my digital camera.

italcarguy 03-10-2003 07:44 AM

What an amazing race. I am sure Sniady and Simon can agree with me, they were there both days and I bet they are happy they didn't miss a thing. Everyone's times were about 2 seconds faster than usual thanks to ideal weather and having a run group after two races that had cars with W I D E slicks which covered the track in nice sticky rubber. Congrat's to Richard Beard for being the rookie of the race. Keep it up man, you have hte best shot for Rookie of The Year with the 2.5 Challenge. Hey Richard I need to start training for the upcoming 2.5 Challenge races, wanna train with me? I my car is 25lbs. overweight and I figured taking 10lbs. off me, installing fiberglass hood and trunk, I should be at legal 2.5 Challenge weight.

Attached image is of:
Tom Neely Datsun 510 #19
Bob Wass Alfa GTV #85
Richard Beard Alfa GTV #108
Marissa Clay BMW 2002 #22

all three are excellent drivers and have very well prepared cars just as the rest of the field. I threw this pic up because it shows the nice variety of cars competing in the 2.5 Challenge. I will post results with lap times later unless someone beats me to it.

RtbRacer 03-10-2003 01:31 PM

Yeah it would be fun training for races. As you probably know we are 40 lbs overweight and at least 20 should come from my end.
I am gonna try to beat you with the post of the times. May not happen but its my competative nature.


P.S. my neice that was there both days. curly hair, short, thought you were hot. Just letting you know.

italcarguy 03-10-2003 03:17 PM

2.5 Challenge Results
1 #19 Tom Neely Datsun 510
2 #171 CJ Bonura Ford Cortina
3 #830 Kevin McKee Alfa GTV
4 #83 Mickey Cohen Datsun 510
5 #108 Richard Beard Alfa GTV
6 #85 Bob Wass Alfa GTV
7 #66 Dirk Stoehr Alfa GTV
8 #25 Jim McAdory Datsun 510
9 #22 Marissa Clay BMW 2002
10 #65 Chris Kattchee Alfa Giulia TI
11 #12 Don Forrester Alfa GTV
12 #26 Robert Turney Datsun 510
13 #45 Al Bourdet Alfa GTV
14 #60 Les Cannaday Datsun 1200
15 #682 Gianfranco Masdea Alfa GTV
16 #49 Steve Link Datsun 510
17 #18 Alan Denson Ford Capri

Tell her I say thanks. One at a time, unless each one really lives really really far away from eachother :)

I'll email you about the Alfa Romeo weight loss system.

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