2013 RUN ON THE SALT

WE LEFT OUR GOPOWER HOME BASE IN MIAMI, FLORIDA AND HEADED NORTH ON MONDAY JULY 29 AT 6 a.m. TO CINCINNATI TO REUNITE WITH OUR OFFY ENGINE..(Debra Emery photo)

WE ARRIVED AT ZAKIRA'S GARAGE(WORLD FAMOUS OFFENHAUSER AND MILLER SHOP) TUESDAY NIGHT AT 8 p.m. JUST IN TIME TO SEE THE LAST PARTS INSTALLED ON THE OFFY..HERE JIM HIMMELSBACH, WHO IS RECOVERING FROM ROTATOR CUP SURGERY, IS WATCHED BY JERRY CARBONE AND BILL WENDT FINISHING THE DYNO TEST RUN..(Debra Emery photo)

SATURDAY AUGUST 3, 2013 UPDATE

The Offy ran purrfect on the dyno (actually just a test stand) with the rebuild daddy's and us all smilin.. That was Tuesday night.

46 hours later the Offy was installed, running, everything working, and the trailer reloaded with almost everything that we brought, Jeeplet loaded, re-hitched to the bus and ready to hit the road. Did some bus and trailer maintenance and left Cincy at noon today.

Just as we got to Indianapolis we blew a left front tire, and it came off the rim and landed in the center of I-75. Ground to a stop, a hundred cars behind us stopped and Jerry ran out and dragged the ninety pound tire to the side. Six hours later, a new Alcoa rim and eight Michelin's we were back on the road...She sure rides nice.

SEEN ON THE WALL AT ZAKIRA'S GARAGE..(Debra Emery photo)

BASE CAMP HAS BEEN SET UP AT ZAKIRA'S GARAGE TO INSTALL OUR OFFY ENGINE..JERRY CARBONE AND BILL WENDT ENJOY THE COOL OHIO WEATHER TO MATE THE ENGINE TO THE CAR..(Debra Emery photo)

DAVID JOHNSTON, JERRY CARBONE, AND BILL WENDT HOPE TO HAVE THINGS BUTTONED UP IN A COUPLE OF DAYS AND THEN HEAD TO BONNEVILLE..(Debra Emery photo)

HERE WE ARE ON THE SALT AND READY TO BE BBQ BY THE SUN AND DRIED UP BY THE SALT..(Debra Emery photo)

UPDATE:8/8/2013--WE PASSED TECH TODAY AND ARE READY TO MAKE OUR RUNS TOMORROW..NOW FOR A TALL COOL SODA POP TONIGHT..

UPDATE:8/11/2013--Jerry made his 150 mph licensing run, everything worked great. Next run the throttle linkage slipped, only went 140mph. Also have a water leak into cylinder #1. We, like a real racer, put stop leak in it and then, before we fire it we crank it over with plug #1 out, blow the water out of the cylinder, put the plug in and fire it up. It is a tiny leak and will not hurt anything when it is running. Not the best scenario but it is workable. We called Himnelbach, and AJ Watson, and they both said to do what we did. They are the old school racers. Won’t let a lil water leak into the compression chamber stop us from running..

On his third and last run for the day, the throttle linkage only went about 3/4 throttle and would not exceed 170mph. Working on it this morning, don’t need a lot more to exceed the 176 record. That is our main goal, to break the record that the President of SCTA (Bonneville governing body) has held for six years (and it took him 10 yrs to break the previous record). The president, Bill Lattin, and his dad Jim are still pulling for us cause they know how hard we worked and that in theory our car is heads and shoulders above anything that has ever been in that class. They say “records are meant to be broken”.

This morning we are re-engineering the linkage and will make another run around noon.

I have some video footage but have to figure out how to get it on Utube..

MONDAY AUGUST 12, 2013 UPDATE--Seems the racing devil has struck again. This occurred when we were warming it up in neutral, in the pits. Jerry was in the cockpit when he got hit with shrapnel. Imagine what might have happened at 200 mph.

We are flying in another transmission from Winters today for delivery in Salt Lake City tomorrow early am. We will be at the airport terminal to pick it up and hopefully have it installed and ready to run by noon tomorrow.

TUESDAY MORNING AUGUST 13, 2013 UPDATE--Picked up the new transmission at Delta at 8pm Monday night, installed it this morning, and were on course #1 before noon.

Strapped Jerry in, off he went, shifted smoothly, ran mush stronger with the 115 pill (from 110), spun out at 181mph in the soft wet salt. So far today there have been 22 spin outs on course #1. We have a nice video and will upload it to Utube later.

Went back thru tech, got a gold star, now ready to go again. We are researching the three courses to see if we are going to make another attempt or wait till tomorrow am when the track is the best.

TUESDAY EVENING AUGUST 13, 2013 UPDATE--Jerry ran 175.996 against the 5 year 176.526 record. Wouldn’t go over 5300 RPM. Drug it back to the pits (10 1/2 miles), looked at lots of things, including the GoPro video, which told us a lot cause we could read the gages. We deduced that the oil pressure was reduced and then focused on the lower end. Ouch! Cut open the oil filter found it filled with bearing material.

Since we don’t want to hurt the Offy any more, we are folding our tents..Bonneville is very humbling..However, we all had a blast!! This place is an unbelievable rush.

FRIDAY AUGUST 16, 2013 UPDATE--HERE IS A NEW VIDEO OF THE CAR WARMING UP IN STAGING..CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO OR GO TO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaY8tPssgkc

WEDNESDAY MORNING AUGUST 14, 2013 UPDATE--Here’s the video of what we thought was a complete spin at 170mph, after viewing the film we know Jerry saved it from a spin in the soft wet salt. Before the end of the day yesterday there were 33 spinouts on course #1 at that point. They closed that course finally.

Our grand plan was for Jerry to break the existing record, then Bill to take it to 200 mph and get the red hat (must break a record and exceed 200), then for me to take it all the way (in theory 212 mph). That way we would each have a world land speed record, be in the 200mph club and hold the fastest record at the end of the day. Bummer we had engine issues. This guarantees we will be back again next year!!!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO OR GO TO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZU5JGyqcW8

JERRY CARBONE GETS THE OFFY PREPARED TO BE SENT TO THE ENGINE SHOP FOR REPAIR AFTER THINGS WENT SOUR AT BONNEVILLE..(Debra Emery photo)

LOOK OVER THE SHOULDERS OF JERRY CARBONE AND BILL WENDT AND FIGURE OUT WHAT THE NEXT PROJECT MAY BE IN THE NEAR FUTURE..(Debra Emery photo)

THE SHORT TRACK MIDGET TOYS..(Debra Emery photo)

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