Ok now there’s no debating that I’m a two bit blogger with no car industry pull. So Chevy, Ford and Mother MOPAR aren’t dropping cars off for me to beat up or even just to test drive.
Nope, if I want to test drive a car I have to hope a friend buys one (and let’s me drive – given my rep it’s a tough sell) or I have to go to the dealership. I’ve drove 100 miles out-of-town to test drive a C6 Corvette. You really have to convenience the salesman you are serious and in this particular case I did and the salesman accompanied me out on to highway and on a remote entrance ramp allowed me to open it up. That’s rare, normally you are lucky if you get to travel a couple blocks and maybe a spirited lunch at a traffic light.
Ok enough whining.
At Barrett-Jackson the dealerships – well at least Ford and Chevy have a venue set up where you can actually test drive some of their latest offerings. The lines are long and you aren’t going to be able to drive the Shelby SuperSnake or Z06, but there are some good rides there. What’s more, you aren’t driving on a city street….yeah…you are driving on an auto cross track – short but effective.
So I got to drive the 2013 Mustang 5.0, 412 hp on this short track.
That did I think? That coming up in the next post.
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A number of Ford drivers were involved in a 12 car wreck early in the afternoon drafting session at Daytona Preseason Thunder testing Friday afternoon. The wreck ended the day for the No. 99 of Carl Edwards and the weekend for Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola. Ford Racing caught up with several of those affected to get their thoughts.
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 9 Stanley Ford Fusion — HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO SEE WHAT TOOK PLACE BESIDES WHAT YOU WITNESSED FIRSTHAND BEHIND THE WHEEL? “No, I haven’t seen it yet. But it doesn’t really matter. I just feel bad for my Stanley and Richard Petty Motorsports team. You know, I had junior pushing me. He’s just a great drafter, really can feel it well. I guess I just got caught on the edge of the bumper there and with the shaped noses and the tires, just spun me out. It was hardly even a bump. It was just enough at the wrong angle, wrong time and just went for a spin. I feel bad for everybody because quite a few cars were torn up there. But we’ll repair this one and probably build a couple new ones and get ready for Speedweeks.”
WAS IT MORE OF AN INCIDENT OF A TYPICAL DRAFTING TYPE DEAL WITH THIS OR WAS THIS MORE RELATED TO THE NEW CARS? “Well, certainly we used to get greedy with the old cars. It was very easy to bump draft. You really had a good square surface to push from. You could get across on an angle and still get away with it. So I guess we are used to that. I didn’t think anything of it. I got a couple shots from him down the backstretch and we carried some steam. Just the third shot just spun me out. So I definitely think it’s a consequence of the new shape, and like a downforce, the car’s very light and it doesn’t take much.”
ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 43 Smithfield Ford Fusion – “I actually had just gotten in the draft two laps before that. We came in and made some adjustments and it was a lot better. I am not sure what happened. I saw Marcos get hooked but couldn’t tell who it was. It is just part of this kind of racing. We are in a big pack and if something goes wrong at the front we are all in it. Maybe the bad luck is out of the way before we come back here for Speedweeks. You never want to tear up race cars, that is no fun. The bright side is that the change we made is better and hopefully when we come back down here for Speedweeks we won’t be in that big one.”
WHAT IS YOUR SITUATION WITH A BACKUP CAR? “I don’t know. We get a ride from Roush and I know the 99 was in the wreck as well and our two cars were in it. I don’t know if we will go home or wait for the other Roush teams to finish testing. We will have to wait and see.”
BRAD KESELOWSKI, No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion – WHAT DID YOU SEE? “I didn’t see anything. I saw cars smoking and wrecking in front of me. I think I ran into the back of the 43 and someone ran into me. That is just the way this deal is. It is unfortunate but sometimes you have to wreck ‘em to learn.”
WHAT DID YOU LEARN IN THE DRAFT WITH THIS NEW CAR? “The sport is rewinding. That is the important thing to say. The sport advanced to the two-car tandem three or four years ago and there were certain things you could do then that you couldn’t do in the past without wrecking. Now the rules package is back to where we were in the early 2000’s when the fans enjoyed the racing better. I think we as drivers have to rewind to how we used to drive those cars. This is how you do it. You make mistakes and learn and that is part of it. I might be the guy that makes the mistake next time so I can’t be mad about it. It is unfortunate that there are torn up cars but lets be honest, it is January and we have another month-and-a-half to build them right. Nobody if the field was going to race these cars anyway. We will build another one and have the Miller Lite Ford ready for the Daytona 500.”
IT LOOKS LIKE YOU CAN’T GET PULLED UP TO EACH OTHER TIGHT ON THE BACK BUMPER. CAN YOU NOT DO IT OR IS IT NOT THE FASTER WAY? “I think you can see from Dale that you can do it but we are all learning the consequences and nobody wants to be that guy. Unfortunately somebody has to be that guy. That is the way it is.”
JOEY LOGANO, No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion – “It is unfortunate that we tore up the Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion. We weren’t taking this one back anyway so the chances are we were going to cut the body off it and do something different anyway. It isn’t the end of the world for us but I would have liked to get another day of testing. That would have been more valuable than the car for us even. It is a bummer for the guys that work on these things. I don’t even know how that started. I just saw smoke and we all ran into each other. It all happened too quick.”
WHAT WAS IT LIKE IN THE PACK? HOW WAS THE CAR HANDLING? “It was good for me. The car didn’t have a ton of speed but it handled really good. We were making pretty good gains. Hopefully we will bring back a car that handles good with some more speed and we can go out there and get some trophies when we come back here for Speedweeks.”
CARL EDWARDS, No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion – “This is okay. The car is barely tore up. It isn’t like we flipped or anything. It is really too bad but I don’t know how hard you are supposed to test. You want to learn everything you can. We made it almost 90 minutes. That is pretty good for us as a group of guys (laughter).”
BIFFLE SAID THE BACK END FELT LIKE IT WAS LIFTING. DID YOU FEEL THAT? “Yeah. The cars are stuck less and they are looser. That is good for racing. It is good for the fans. It will make it more exciting and make pit strategy come into play. If you put tires on you will be able to go faster. I think all of that is good. This is going to be a heck of a race. I like that the cars were sliding around and hard to drive. It will make it a fun race.”
Well they’re cool! Yes, that’s true. But what makes them cool?
The shine of the chrome, the rumble of the engine, the ear-splitting sound of no headers that lead to the high-pitched sound of rubber over coming friction. Yup all that too!!
If you are an owner, working on them make it pretty cool too, despite the mess.
I was reading an article in GoodGuys magazine where the writer (a hot rodder) would love to greet new neighbors by revving his hot rod and laying down some rubber in front of their house. In the course of article he matured a bit which improved his standing with the neighbors.
I’m glad he did because frankly he wasn’t doing the hobby of hot rodding or muscle car ownership any favors. It reflects poorly on us and makes it harder to protect the ability to pursue the hobby at home. There’s no reason to be a “Richard Cranium” (I have friends whose kids read this)!!!!
Let me share a story from my own neighborhood.
A few years back a guy moved in next door who was a DPS (State Trooper). I was glad to see that since I’m a former cop and I was “DELIGHTED” when a couple of days later a bright yellow 1962 Chevy II drag car showed up on a trailer outside his house. It was all I could do to keep from running over there and take it off the trailer for him. The car was beautiful. And the first day he fired it up – windows rattled 1/4 mile away. It was awesome!!!
After a couple of months the thrill ran out. The owner would move the car out of his garage on to the driveway and running for long periods of time – while tuning and most of that was a the same decibel level you get at the drag strip that’s just 7 miles way (you can actually hear it on a calm day in my front yard). As much as I enjoy cars, especially those that are fast and loud, there became a point where I starting to think my other neighbors were right to complain.
Now listen, my Mustang is pretty loud, and I’m sure a few of my neighbors are bothered slightly – but this guy made me look like a saint!!!
But, I think the tipping point for me was when he and a buddy (I would loved to help – in fact it might have been better if I did…the ‘why’ is coming up) decided to tear down that monster power plant in the driveway. “Well what of it?” You might be tempted to ask. Well they did so while allowing a wide stream of all the fluids (oil, antifreeze, fuel) to run down the driveway (driveway has a steep angle) into and across the street (which is mid-way a slope) and down the gutter on the opposite side. It traveled about some distance passing about 4 house/driveways. Needless to say neighborhood cars’ tires spread it further down the street and into their respective driveways.
Now, I like working on my cars and the “why” it would have been better if I had helped is the fact that I have all the containers I personally use to capture, hold and properly dispose of these fluids. Oh, I’ve had my share of spills, but nothing as offensive as their failure to even attempt to stem the flow, much less clean it up.
Adding insult to injury, they left that big block GM motor open and dripping for two more days.
This was of course unacceptable to most on the street and as a car guy, I was horrible disappointed that a follow enthusiast had such disregard for those around him and the environment. It wasn’t much after that I saw the car on the trailer and a moving van followed.
Now I know that owning a hot rod or muscle car isn’t perfectly clean but there is no excuse for such behavior.
Do what you can to protect the environment, and the image of the hobby. Don’t be a Richard Cranium and ruin it for the rest of us.
So be reasonable and responsible!!!
1. Keep the mess contained to your garage or property.
2. Capture your fluids in the proper containers and have it disposed of properly. Make friends with the local auto repair places and they may even take it off your hands. Even auto parts stores will help recycle some fluids.
3. If you can’t afford the containers or to have the fluids disposed of, then maybe you should have the car.
4. Don’t run your car at inconsiderate hours and for extended periods. (I try very hard to warm up the Mustang and get out of the housing development a soon a possible. I also do what tune up and testing as necessary but if I have to upon it up I’ll take to outside housing area to do so.
SEBRING, Fla. (January 6, 2013) – A foggy Florida morning cancelled final qualifying and led to an auspicious start to the final day of the BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour, but fantastic racing from six group races turned the tide and established the leaders in the Eastern Conference Majors Tour and SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series on Sunday afternoon at Sebring International Raceway.
The grids for Sunday were set based on Friday’s afternoon qualifying session, and when the fog lifted and the sun appeared, the Spec Racer Ford class cut right to the heart of the action. The No. 61 PM Racing polesitting machine of Brian Schofield, the No. 17 Meco Inc. Spec Racer of Saturday winner Franklin Futrelle, and the No. 58 Cottage Senior car of defending National Champion Cliff White turned up the heat. Joined by Tray Ayres’ No. 07 Ayres Racing Spec Racer Ford and tailed by Richie Stanley’s No. 66 PelicanWater.com entry, the five broke away from the field to sort out the podium.
White, Futrelle and Schofield all took turns at the front of the field, mixing it up in an encore performance of Saturday’s show.
With one to go, Schofield and White crossed the line in a virtual dead heat. White led in the run through the Gurney Bend but couldn’t fend off the draft of Schofield and Futrelle into Turn 7, falling to third. Schofield led Futrelle down the back stretch and into Sebring’s final corner, but Futrelle got just enough of a run to the checkered flag to inch in front for his second win of the weekend.
The final margin was so close that transponder placement in those two machines actually showed Schofield in the lead, though Futrelle was visibly in front at the stripe.
During Saturday’s races, the No. 40 Hoosier Tire/Hasselgren Engineering Swift 014a/Toyota of Keith Grant dominated the Formula Atlantic field through a host of full course cautions. Though Grant was passed near the finish after the final yellows flew, race officials corrected the final results, and awarded Grant the victory.
On Sunday, Grant left little doubt again, racing off to the overall and class win during the Group Five race to sweep the weekend’s pair of races, grab the pole, and take the Eastern Conference Majors Tour point lead in the Formula Atlantic class. Grant took an 11.838-second win over Jimmy Simpson, who finished runner-up two days in-a-row in the No. 01 RacePro Marketing Swift 008/Toyota.
Among the closed-wheel machines, Greg Ira had an impressive showing in E Production. Ira swept the weekend in the No. 2 Starbrite Startron Datsun 240Z. In that same Group Three race on Sunday, Peter Shadowen’s GT-Lite class No. 72 Road N Race Automotive/Goodyear Honda CRX Si held off the No. 71 Nissan Sentra piloted by Paul Mevoli by just 0.250-second to take the win. Mevoli chased Shadowen through the entire race, with both running in the top five overall throughout.
The busiest man of the BFGoodrich Tires Sebring Super Tour was Andrew Charbonneau. Charbonneau, of Delray Beach, Fla., ran six races over the weekend with the doubleheaders in Spec Racer Ford, Super Touring Lite, and Spec Miata.
The Spec Racer Ford races didn’t go as planned for Charbonneau, who started from the rear of the field on Saturday but still made it up to 18th place in the 54-car field. That would be his best finish of the weekend in that class, as his car experienced mechanical issues after just one lap on Sunday and ended his race prematurely.
His No. 01 Jeffy Boy Racing Mazda Miata swept the weekend in Super Touring Lite, and impressive third and fourth-place finishes, respectively, in the 52-car Spec Miata field capped the weekend’s performance.
Rounds three and four for the Eastern Conference Majors Tour take place at Road Atlanta, March 15-17. The next scheduled BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour weekend heads across the country at Auto Club Speedway, January 25-27, at the BFGoodrich Tires Western Super Tour presented by Porterfield Brakes.
More information, including complete results, is available at www.sccamajors.com. Follow SCCA on Twitter @SCCAOfficial, and like the club on Facebook at facebook.com/SCCAOfficial.
SEBRING, Fla. – Final race winners from Sunday’s BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Sebring Super Tour at Sebring International Raceway. Drivers are listed by Class: name, hometown, and car.
American Sedan: Jeffrey Werth, Silver Spring, Md., Chevrolet Camaro
B-Spec: Robbie Davis, Irving, Texas, Mini Cooper
C Sports Racing: Jacek Mucha, Laval, Quebec, Swift JMS 01
D Sports Racing: Jim Hallman, Kitchener, Ont., Stohr WF1/Suzuki
Formula 500: Cory McLeod, Charlotte, N.C., Red Devil F500/Rotax
Formula 1000: Glen Cooper, Roswell, Ga., RFR F1000/Suzuki
Formula Atlantic: Keith Grant, Germantown, Pa., Swift 014a/Toyota
Formula Continental: Christopher Miller, Edina, Minn., Van Diemen/Ford
Formula Enterprises: Scott Rettich, Camden, N.J., Formula Enterprises/Mazda
Formula F: Lewis Cooper III, Grosse Point, Mich., Van Diemen/Ford
Formula Mazda: Carson Weeder, Winter Haven, Fla., Star Formula Mazda
Formula Vee: Steven Davis, Danielsville, Ga., Racer’s Wedge/VW
E Production: Greg Ira, Plantation, Fla., Datsun 240Z
F Production: Don Ahrens, Gainesville, Fla., Mazda Miata
H Production: Bradley Davis, Summerville, S.C., Mini Cooper
GT-1: Simon Gregg, Ponte Vedra, Fla., Chevrolet Corvette
GT-2: John Kachadurian, Chicago, Ill., Porsche GT3 Cup
GT-3: Mark Ward, Loxahatchee, Fla., Toyota Paseo
GT-Lite: Peter Shawdowen, Loxahatchee, Fla., Honda CRX Si
Spec Miata: Danny Steyn, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Mazda Miata
Spec Racer Ford: Franklin Futrelle, Augusta Ga., Spec Racer Ford
Sports 2000: Bart Wolf, Elkhart Lake, Wis., Carbir CS2/Ford
Super Touring Lite: Andrew Charbonneau, Delray Beach, Fla., Mazda Miata
Super Touring Under: Jim Taggart, Cary, N.C., Lotus Exige
Touring 1: Joe Aquilante, Chester Springs, Pa., Ford Mustang
Touring 2: Albert Nocerine, Forty Fort, Pa., Ford Mustang
Touring 3: Brian Kleeman, Baltimore, Md., Nissan 350Z
Touring 4: Lance Stewart, Coconut Grove, Fla., Ford Mustang
Image: Keith Grant swept the Formula Atlantic races this weekend in Sebring.
Credit: Dave Green
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Few post back I mentioned the issues with being able to shift the C6 into reverse and then generally the shift began to get worse. Additionally the clutch fluid would become low.
As most Corvette owners know, the C6 has a separate hydraulic clutch. I had the fluid flushed numerous times and eventually we found a small leak at the clutch slave cylinder.
Replaced the cylinder and stopped the leak. This stopped the fluid usage and shifting improved, but only slightly.
Eventually it began getting much worse. With the ignition on the car would not go into reverse at all. The only way to get it into reverse was to turn the car off, put the that trans in reverse and start the car. Even then, it would sometimes kick itself out of gear when started Then highway shifting began slipping and RPM when up.
I do auto cross the car and I guess some spirited street driving. Here is what my clutch and flywheel now look like, yes… I saved them!!!
Those shiny rivets – not a good thing!!!!
The Flywheel, interesting coloration, don’t you think?
Yes it was time for a replacement.
What was the replacement?
That is coming up next.
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