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post #736 of 764 (permalink) Old 04-28-2018, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Racing in the PNW. It is indeed as miserable as it looks. Despite that, I'm still waving in both pics!
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Sure reminds me of how small the Duetto is!

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That's just the optical effect from the enormous cage, Robert. It's just the cage.

BTW, a beautiful and very fast BMW 2002 slid off the track and rolled over in this muck today.

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Well, that may be. I do remember the days before reasonable safety rules when the roll bar was just advice to the driver not to flip. In those days a Duetto with this plexi windscreen could slide underneath most F-100's. And look cool doing it.

Like mine was....

The only car I loved more was the silver-blue D-Jag that was my first experience with sports racing. [I grew up in drag race country]. Oh, I only watched that one. Even then I couldn't afford one.

Anyway, today I love to relive it all with RJ's reports. Thanks my friend.

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Last year I was bumped from the small bore production group to the mid bore group, just as I was nearing the front of the small bore pack. I think the cut off for small bore was under 2L. Here are lap times from today's dry races #3-5. Check out the displacement sizes. Makes me look like I'm punching above my weight. Though my lap times were getting faster with each race, my standings kept dropping. I can say that closing off the gaping holes in the snout were worth about 1.5 sec/lap. I don't think anything I ever do short of a $$$ 2L engine will get me close to that fast GTV. It's a monster! (so are those cheater BMWs)
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The Duetto isn't small? My DD is a BMW 330 Coupe, which is a SMALL (but really fast) car. But when i park it next to my Duetto it looks huge. From the Duetto's drivers seat I have to climb UP to get in the BMW!!

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Just had a great race weekend in Spokane. Always have a good time there, and this time, it was even better because I got there early enough on Friday afternoon to attend the police-escorted race car parade from the track to downtown Spokane. We drove twisty/hilly side roads until we got downtown, and then lined up on a closed street in front of a nice hotel to be part of a car show.

It was fun to see the public's reaction to a bunch of race cars showing up like that. Climbing out of the car with people snapping photos, I felt like something between a celebrity and his sports car versus a space alien with its flying saucer.
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How can I pick out my car from the crowd?
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Oh, there it is.
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As for the races themselves, I had a great time as always. Including my customary camping at the track. Lots of improvements were made to the landscaping around the course; removal of embankments, bigger runoff with gravel, etc. People who don't attend this event are missing out. My fellow Alfa racer and friend Tom commented that in the four years he's been racing with me, he doesn't recall me doing any engine work. He's right, and I hope he hasn't jinxed me.

Here I am in the trailer, enjoying a pickle between sessions.
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The race season ended uneventfully. I was surprised to learn that I got third place in my class for the season. Surprised because I was always midpack in the >2L medium bore group where I was assigned to race, and didn't realize I was still being scored for the <2L class. I was also surprised to see a small picture of me racing in our club's magazine.

There I was, running by myself, midpack in the medium bore group, exiting turn 9 to enter the straightaway at Pacific Raceway during one of the Fall Finale races. It was raining off and on that weekend, hence the dark clouds and sunlight. I think there was a rainbow at some point. Anyway, I liked the picture so much, I tracked down the photographer and bought the image. Here it is, taken by Bert McBride.

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V nice!

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Here I am in the trailer, enjoying a pickle between sessions.
wait...are you Richard Petty?!
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That photo is cool, made me grin!
thanks for sharing

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Red `69 GTV in result`s sheets

Nader, is that car Christian Sniady`s or Jon Norman by chance?

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