Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: East of Seattle
The truth about my electrical system is that I jinxed it.
By late Saturday morning, I had completed good runs for practice and then qualifying. I had cut the sessions a couple of laps short because I felt good about my speed on the sessions, wanted to save the car, and I had come up on lapped traffic that would've ruined my drive for the remaining laps. So, any potential electrical issues with a draining battery had not yet been encountered.
Back in the pits, I was shooting the bull with another Alfa driver and my brother (crew chief and designated team photographer). We were discussing electrical issues on other cars, and I started bragging about how that shouldn't be a problem with me, because I had done the wiring from scratch using marine grade wire (heavier gauge to avoid using relays), soldered terminals, heat shrink, dielectric grease, etc.
Conversation quieted down. We were all just sitting around, looking at each other, and my brother said something to the effect of "I'm bored, why don't you go out and break something?" He's kind of funny like that.
So sure enough, for the first full race, the car's ignition started breaking up at high RPMs as the battery ran down. So, my bragging about the electrical system jinxed myself. At least it gave my brother something to do when time came to replace the alternator at the end of the day.
The next day, the car was running great. My main competition, nay, my racing nemesis is that blue TR4. We had some really great, close racing. Like I mentioned, my brother is also a pretty decent photographer. Here's a picture:
69 Spider, 2L, street; pursuit of happiness
69 Spider, 1.8L, race; happiness of pursuit