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It was with a heavy heart that I pulled out of our camp on Saturday with a badly damaged race car, knowing that I had probably made my last pass down that stretch of graded salt that I love, yet hate!, but on the other hand I was glad to be able to say thanks to the fire crew, the emergency response guys, the many people there to help and all those who showed so much concern. A big thanks also to those who got their extinguishers to the fire thus saving a total loss of the car.
There was no sign of any trouble on the run, we pushed the car to around 50 mph, running up to around 125 in first, knowing how wet the track was I went straight to 2nd gear trying to avoid wheel spin and shifted into 3rd just on 200 mph and hitting the first timers at 225mph, I made a quick check on the fuel pressure and pressed the NOS button which immediately cut the motor completely, so released it and pressed it again, the same thing happened, so as to not waste the run altogether just wound it to the 6 mile and a 240mph run, I was getting off the power slowly and knowing there was wet salt ahead I pulled the chute, but nothing happened, so started down shifting to around 100 before touching the brake, it was then things started to go wrong. I noticed smoke coming between the bonnet and the front screen, then smelt oil, I then killed the ignition, turning to get well off the track and jamming on the brakes before hitting the extinguishers, which was when things really got serious. I was instantly blinded and gasping for air. I hit the electric window switches before realising they don´t work without the ignition being on. It was then I thought I had better do things in order, I got the wheel off, got my belt off, reaching forward along the net I found the door handle and got that open, then I started on the net having real trouble getting the strength to get the pin out, I finally got it out and started to get out, but remembered my head not following my body because the fan lead was still connected to my helmet, but the net was the main trouble, it was not down and that is all I remember until someone was saying something about ´move your legs´, then realising the emergency guy was wetting me down and Norm Hardinge was there along with my brother Mark and Debra Dawson all having worried looks on their faces. Thanks guys.
It was a close call and things would have been really serious if the fire crew wasn´t there. What it appears has happened, sometime after leaving the line the pressure line from the dry sump pump had split, spraying oil onto the left hand header, setting fire to it, burning through the main battery power lead which then dropped onto the steel extinguisher line, completely cutting it in half and when I hit the extinguishers nothing came out of the nozzle on the left side, the fire had burnt through one of the two fuel lines from the tank setting fire to the tank which blew up instantly heating the NOS bottle so quick the relief valve hadn´t gone off and it consequently exploded completely destroying the front of the car, buckling the chassis, wishbone, firewall and body, all fuel pumps, regulator, front tyres, wiring etc. Nothing is impossible to fix but I can´t justify the cost involved, every bit of $150.0.00 would be needed. The motor appears to be o.k. and the computer appears to have done its job as it was programmed not to allow the NOS to come in under any one of four conditions: low fuel pressure, low oil pressure (which is what we must have been getting), excessive temperature or excessive RPM.
There are many lessons to be learned from this ride: All drivers must be timed to see how long it takes them to get out of their vehicle fully suited, electric windows must be wired to be live when the ignition is off, extinguishers charged with contents that don´t overcome the driver (which is now available but wasn´t when we built our car), engine bays must be completely separate from the interior, it is no good having extinguishers going off where there is no fire and possibly the biggest lesson of all is that the fire crew couldn´t get to the fire because of the completely sealed front. All these problems could be easily overcome and I have written to the new Chief Steward with these and other suggestions.
This year´s event was by far our biggest entry list and losing two days with the water blowing in really put us in an almost impossible position. Many people didn´t even get a run, anyone who paid and didn´t get a run please let us know and we can make sure it carries over for next year´s event. I ask people who were affected not to get too upset as it is all a learning curve and streamlining will be introduced as we learn. Remember we are all volunteering our time.
On a happier note the Ranger was happy as were Len and Joy Newton, our auction was a very successful event and the U.S. team went away with praise for our efforts even though the water ruined any chance they had to get the record they wanted, under normal conditions 90% of the previous meetings would have seen them get it. I feel really bad as I talked them into coming at the last Bonneville meet. I talked to Mike Akatiff at length on the Friday night when they decided to pull the pin on it and he was very disappointed but said he had learned valuable lessons in many areas. When they pulled out they left the club some oil, 5 popup shade covers, a ground sheet and 6 drums of fuel which I bought home and have given to Bob Fisher Superchargers to sell for us, they also left us the money given to us for expenses which they well covered and I will write to them with a thank you from the club. I will also be sending thanks to the Fire crew and Firejack Pty. Ltd. who Peter Noy works for, as they fuelled our extinguishers at no expense.
There were many people who worked hard to make this event happen, but from my observations the ones that need special thanking were: Gary Brennan, who worked tirelessly from an early arrival to a late leave along with conducting a raffle that raised around $300.00 after expenses. Mark Hadfield and Debra Dawson who didn´t see any of the event as they manned the Merchandising tent from the start to the finish. Animal and his team right through to the cleanup worked to make it happen. Trevor Beck and Kevin Saville were always ready when something had to be done, Garry Baker in his role as bike scrutineer was flat out but undoubtedly Bob Ellis needs a special thank you, Bob stepped in to work as car scrutineer helping Len Souter who was under a lot of pressure when our replacement scrutineer we had organised couldn´t make it. Bob was still helping out on Thursday when he has supposed to be running, a big thanks Bob. Andy the Camp Commander was also flat out keeping the toilets, showers and the camp sites organised, thanks Andy. Tom Carroll and Stan did whatever had to be done to help Rob and all the Stan´s again at the cleanup showed their expertise.
What about the American lady who said to Mark that she was running a little short of cash and asked was there an ATM in the area!!!!
The total number of entries this year was 112 and the total number of runs made was 268, which is not too bad considering the circumstances.
If you have any ideas that could help in any area or if you can help with the running of the meeting please send a letter to DLRA, P.O. Box 349, Castlemaine. Vic 3450 or an email to:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now to the race car.
Brian Nicholson member 131
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Offical Results of DLRA Speed Trials, March 6th - 10th 2006 - Peter Noy, Chief Timer.
Any application for amendments to these results must be made on the Results and Records Amendment Form.
119 drivers/riders entered, 268 total runs completed.
Records shown are either Open or a Record prior to this meeting.
Speeds shown in RED are records set for this year
|Rod Hadfield||#003||96 VS Commodore||AA/FALT||240.0||259.067|
|John Lynch||#092||Belly Tank||A/BFL||253.860||301.729|
|Ray Charlton||#096||32 Ford Roadster||C/STR||175.618||189.294|
|Brian Nicholson||#131||1973 XA Ford Coupe||C/PRO||183.879||193.579|
|Vic O'Neill||#132||32 Ford Coupe||B/FCC||120.292||Open|
|Vic O'Neill||#132||32 Ford Coupe||B/GCC||125.918||Open|
|Steve Charlton||#151||EF Falcon||C/PRO||184.614||193.579|
|Steve Charlton||#151||EF Falcon||C/STR||170.672||189.294|
|Bob Bowman||#194||27 Ford T Roadster||D/GMR||165.812||171.159|
|Norm Hardinge||#201||34 Ford Roadster||B/GR||195.577||190.003|
|Bob Ellis||#202||65 XP Ford Falcon Coupe||C/GCC||181.983||202.520|
|Mathew Saunders||#207||Fiat Topolino||E/GCC||170.228||126.404|
|Steven Stamp||#214||28 Ford A Roadster||C/GMR||181.910||180.704|
|Wayne Belot||#247||34 Ford Roadster||B/GR||195.397||190.003|
|Graham Cain||#249||72 LJ Holden Torana||D/GC||129.701||195.047|
|Norm Golgerth||#250||72 LJ Holden Torana||D/GC||159.101||195.047|
|John Dent||#253||68 Ford Mustang||A/GC||189.823||202.440|
|Lionel West||#272||96 VS Commodore||AA/FALT||224.536||259.067|
|Nicholas Bown||#274||86 VL Holden Commodore||C/PRO||193.850||193.579|
|Roy Brand||#277||XF Falcon Ute||A/M-Ute||124.584||Open|
|Don Noble||#281||Nissan Sklyline||F/GC||141.187||137.988|
|Dennis Boundy||#283||54 FJ Holden||XO/PRO||113.075||111.124|
|Phil Stelling||#285||68 HK Holden Monaro||C/PRO||188.758||193.579|
|Mark Bryan||#292||69 XW Ford Falcon||C/PRO||175.168||193.579|
|Norm Bradshaw||#295||68 Ford Mustang||A/GC||168.082||202.440|
|Aulis Soderblom||#296||28 Ford A Roadster||C/GMR||185.013||180.704|
|Robert Murdock||#299||EL Falcon||E/PRO||152.892||160.007|
|Gary Brown||#259||XF Falcon Ute||A/M-Ute||119.724||Open|
|Bruce Fisher||#321||1973 XA Ford Coupe||C/PRO||186.518||193.579|
|Greg White||#322||1973 XA Ford Coupe||C/PRO||199.225||193.579|
|Daniel MacDonald||#328||XB Falcon Coupe||C/PRO||169.379||193.579|
|Derrick Borgas||#335||80 XD Falcon||AA/GALT||216.467||Open|
|Graeme De Courcy Cann||#336||2005 Lakester||H/GL||68.609||57.182|
|Steven Vorwerk||#343||50 International Truck||NA/DT||111.707||Open|
|Graeme Turner||#346||80 XD Falcon||AA/GALT||211.764||Open|
|Michael Bowden||#360||72 HQ Holden Statesman||B/PRO||177.909||175.781|
|Chris Matherson||#380||97 Ford Thunderbird||C/GALT||196.461||218.512|
|Bill Cannon||#381||Nissan Bluebird||G/BGCC||100.747||Open|
|Daryl Chalmers||#390||EF Falcon||C/PRO||187.724||193.579|
|Dean Soderblom||#395||28 Ford A Roadster||C/GMR||182.116||180.704|
|Wayne Pickles||#397||68 HK Holden Monaro||C/PRO||187.090||193.579|
|Don Hudson||#417||HQ Holden Monaro||A/GC||151.674||202.440|
|Stewart Pennycook||#430||EF Falcon||C/PRO||157.659||193.579|
|Ryan Culpitt||#438||Nissan Bluebird||G/BGCC||75.2722||Open|
|Rebeka Tucker||#445||Suzuki Swift||H/PRO||125.226||123.416|
|Justin Clarke||#453||HQ Holden Monaro||A/GC||151.006||202.440|
|Adam Rosenberg||#456||EL Falcon||E/PRO||159.419||160.007|
|Adam Pickles||#466||68 HK Holden Monaro||C/PRO||181.296||193.579|
|Darren Visser||#506||Chamberlain Tractor||/Tractor||55.878||Open|
|Steven White||#507||Ford T Roadster||E/GMR||84.352||126.11|
|Kyle West||#521||Nissan Bluebird||G/BGCC||122.440||Open|
|C Pettigrew||#529||UC Holden Torana||E/GC||108.169||Open|
|Neal Coglin||#537||HQ Holden Monaro||A/GC||146.353||202.440|
|Alan Jacups||#217||HQ Holden Monaro||A/GC||124.193||202.440|
|Neil Davis||#549||34 Ford Roadster||B/GR||126.662||190.003|
|Phil Cvirn||#135||'63 Harley Davison||MPS/PF 1650||147.947||Open|
|Phil Cvirn||#135||'63 Harley Davidson||MPS/PG 1650||144.906||Open|
|Trevor Clare||#139||Special Construction||APS/BG 4400||88.945||141.978|
|Nigel Begg||#177||Yamaha 77||P/G 500||110.846||Open|
|Chris Fraser||#120||Special Construction||APS/BG 4400||143.626||141.978|
|Ron Stayt||#178||Kawasaki||MPS/G 1350||204.0||204.603|
|Bob Prior||#205||Suzuki GSX||MPS/BF 1350||173.226||159.602|
|Terry Prince||#280||'56 Vincent Sidecar||SC/MVG 1350||113.293||Open|
|Gary Baker||#282||Special Construction||APS/F 1000||131.950||202.065|
|Laszlo Molnar||#347||Harley Davidson||P/PG 1650||122.925||Open|
|Trent Clare||#365||Honda CBR||MPS/G 250||106.521||Open|
|Grant Schlein||#371||Suzuki GSX||MPS/G 1350||195.514||204.603|
|Greg Watters||#379||2001 Suzuki Hayabusa||MPS/BG 1350||196.699||223.325|
|Alex Musson||#387||Ducati||M/F 900||102.322||Open|
|Ben James||#389||Kawasaki||MPS/G 1000||135.108||170.261|
|Steven Barnett||#391||Suzuki GT||MPS/G 750||143.972||155.925|
|Paul Bushell||#392||Honda||P/PG 125||68.006||Open|
|Paul Bushell||#392||Honda||M/PG 125||77.666||Open|
|Gary Peterson||#394||Suzuki GSX||MPS/G 1350||197.541||204.603|
|Bill Brice||#411||42 Harley Davidson||M/VG 500||106.002||63.073|
|Bill Brice||#411||M/VG 175||63.649||Open|
|Robert Bishop||#422||Special Construction||APS/BG 3000||144.848||Open|
|Andrew Rogers||#431||80 Suzuki||M BG 1000||137.242||114.434|
|Martin Hicks||#439||Suzuki||M/BG 1000||136.147||114.434|
|Evelyne Scholz||#443||Yamaha TZ||MPS/G 1000||151.789||170.261|
|Dave McLachlan||#444||Yamaha TZ||MPS/G 1000||177.988||170.261|
|Jeffery Lemon||#454||Kawasaki||MPS/G 1350||166.097||204.603|
|Peter Dean||#474A||Ducati||MPS/G 900||136.033||Open|
|Peter Dean||#474B||MPS/P 900||Open|
|Bob Lambert||#484||Honda CT||M/F 175||71.574||Open|
|Trevor Neilson||#490||Honda||M/BG 1350||125.278||126.778|
|Kim Krebs||#495||Hayabusa||MPS/BF 1350||166.666||159.602|
|Paul Tucker||#498||Harley Davidson||P/PG 1650||118.347||Open|
|Steve Sharpe||#501;||Yamaha||MPS/G 1000||162.491||170.261|
|David Hager||#502||Suzuki GSX||MPS/G 1350||155.012||204.603|
|Malcom Storrock||#504||Triumph||P/PG 1000||153.485||181.241|
|Brett DeStoop||#509||Suzuki GT||MPS/F 1000||164.024||Open|
|Richard Assen||#519||Hayabusa||MPS/BG 1350||186.075||223.325|
|Blake Clare||#522||Honda||MPS/G 250||97.423||Open|
|Blake Clare||#522||Honda||MPS/F 250||109.117||Open|
|David Argent||#524||Suzuki GSR||MPS/G 750||136.306||155.925|
|Wayne Macdonald||#527||Hayabusa||P/PG 1350||173.858||121.424|
|Wayne Macdonald||#527||Suzuki GSX||MPS/G 1350||198.565||204.603|
|Joe Amo||#534||P/PG 1350||198.259||121.424|
|Joe Amo||#534||Kawasaki||MPS/BF 1000||174.536||Open|
|John Noonan||#535||Hayabusa||MPS/BF 1350||235.740||159.602|
|Richard Suter||#539||Honda||P/PG 1000||156.236||181.241|
|David Russell||#540||Hayabusa||P/PG 1350||125.909||121.424|
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Photos courtesy of "Wacka", Phil Stelling, Don Hudson, Justin Clarke, Alex, Don Noble, Max Ellery and Terry Prince.
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