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Old 12-01-2020, 11:59 AM   #51
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I'm pretty sure the 8-9 second cars don't say "perfect I have a 14 second or slower car this round." Slow cars are always tough races. I've been around long enough and raced in division one when .530 Mike Smith with his U/SA wagon and Mr. Six cylinder Nova Billy Nees were always in the late rounds.
I drove Larry Zugehoer's spirit of 67 U/SA wagon once. It had a great crisp sound and would snap off the line. I've had neck surgery since those early 70's. Turning around that long looking for my competitor would hurt these days.

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Old 12-01-2020, 01:13 PM   #52
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The advantage of a slow car is a clean tree and very little chance of a heads up. Disadvantage is mother nature messes with you real bad with weather.
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Old 12-01-2020, 04:12 PM   #53
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The advantage of a slow car is a clean tree and very little chance of a heads up. Disadvantage is mother nature messes with you real bad with weather.
Case in point, at the Kearney NE Midwest Class Racer event in October. My best run was -.66 under, index was 15:76. That was with a 10-15 mph NW wind. Track runs SE/NW. During Sunday elimination, the wind switched to the S/SW at 10-15 mph. My last elimination round, I dialed a 14:81 and went a 14.79, -.97 under. -.31 pick up strickly because of the wind change. I made no changes to the car, just tried to dial the best I could.

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Old 12-01-2020, 05:46 PM   #54
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Well, you can believe it or not but my 6 cyl. Nova would move .01 for every MPH of wind. In other words, if we went from a 5 MPH head wind to a 5 MPH tail wind the car would pick up a tenth!
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Old 12-01-2020, 07:35 PM   #55
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I need to correct myself. It was the early 80's. I'm old but adding 10 yrs to my age made my bones ache.
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Two things that really seem to help with the weather changes }



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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^I can agree with that^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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Old 12-02-2020, 07:44 AM   #58
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That would have been a great car to buy when you put it out there in Feb. Another of my poor 2020 decisions to not go for it. Is someone campaigning it now or have a 2021 resurrection planned?

Wonder if we could start a TruStart poll without the drama? Nay, probably impossible unless YoKen can work his magic.
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Old 12-21-2020, 01:58 AM   #59
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I think I will throw this into the mix

I guess the point of my ramblings is to say the driver is as important as the car. Can a slow car win, YES, but I think a faster car is less affected by changes in weather, altitude or other things that affect a car, making it harder to dial. Just ask a guy like Gary Hampton about that.
Ron I will tell you this, I like tracks that are south facing (such as my home track WHPMSP). Vegas being a north facing track is tricky because it has changing wind speeds and directions. However, my last race of 2020 was lost by only .0057 (in spite of a .100rt against a .008). Yes changing weather conditions affect slower rollers more so than faster cars, but I liken our kind of racing to chess or checkers at speed (the moves you choose will either make or break you, and that affects faster cars too)! I love the challenge, and look forward to more opportunities to prove one can win with a FWD or slower classes car!
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