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Last Thursday Mike and I went over to Andy's home to work on teaching him how to pack the parachute and install the required head light and turn signal light on the passenger front fender, making progress to go to El Mirage Dry Lake for the 1st race of the year, we will not race yet, but need to make sure the new race car can pass inspection, we hope to make our 1st race with it in July.
Looks like a very busy day! Long preparation for an exciting race1958 Packhard Hawk wrote: ↑Fri Apr 02, 2021 8:48 amLast Thursday Mike and I went over to Andy's home to work on teaching him how to pack the parachute and install the required head light and turn signal light on the passenger front fender, making progress to go to El Mirage Dry Lake for the 1st race of the year, we will not race yet, but need to make sure the new race car can pass inspection, we hope to make our 1st race with it in July.
Its been a while since I have reported on our progress for racing at Bonneville in Sept, We did go to the May race at El Mirage just to go thru inspection with the new race car and for Andy to do the required bail out procedure in case of a crash or fire. He did fine on the bail out, it only took him 45 seconds to get out of the car, being its a new race car it take 2 inspectors instead of one to check the car for safety issues. They only found 5 small squawks that must be fixed. Then later we found our roller cam is too radical and must be re-ground to a better profile for this engine, we are waiting for the cam to come back to us in a few days, Also we have been completing the wiring for the electric items (engine water pump, intercooler pump, MSD ignition, fuel pump, instrument gauge panel, car lights, car horn, etc). Also had to extend wires 4 ft so the Switch/circuit breaker Panel and the instrument gauge panel can be removed for trouble-shooting systems. So we have been busy, more to come later, thanks.
Hi Packard Hawk car friends, on September 10th thru 13th the Packard racing team will race at Bonneville "World of Speed" race for 4 days, this crew is new to Land Speed racing so they will have to go thru the Rookie orientation session, then start off by racing on the Short 3 mile course as a Rookie and must do between 125mph and 149mph to get their 1st racing "D" license, then later can go to 150mph to 174mph for a "C" license, then if they do 175mph at the 2 1/4 mile point, they get a 175mph sticker to put on the race car, then they can if they wish go to the 5 mile course for higher speeds. They race in the E/CPS class and the current record is very soft at 141mph, so they stand a very good chance of setting a new record, I wish I could go with them, but with heart problems and the high heat at Bonneville can't go, so it will be interesting to see how they do, I will report their results after the race is over, take care, Dave Bloomberg (Avanti Kid Racing).
Today 09/09/21 the 1958 Packard Hawk race car and crew should be taking the car thru inspection at World of Speed race, then get ready for the 4 day race tomorrow, I will try and give you updates on how they are doing each day from the Web site. I know they will have a great time and the salt is very smooth, they will start out on the Short course (3mile), then is going over 175mph can go to the Long course (5 mile). Here are photos of the car right before being loaded on the transport trailer, remember this project started over 2 years ago with just a bare frame, Dave.
Hi, the update today on the first of four days of racing is, around noon they got with in 6 cars from the front to race on the short 3 mile course when the wind pickup too high for racing, so the officials ended the race today. The plan is for them to get ready at 8am to go to the short course again to make their 1st run, so more to come tomorrow. Dave
Today I got good news this evening, Andy called me from Bonneville's World of Speed race and said they made 3 passes today, the existing record for E/CPS is 141.xxx mph and on their first pass they did only 84mph, then 2nd pass did 104mph, then on 3rd pass did 142.xxxmph so they qualified for impound and will make the return run Monday morning for going after the record, The amazing thing about this new race car (1958 Packard Hawk) is that Andy and Dan Sallia started this project with only a bare frame and now its racing 2 1/2 years later and with this progress its great to have in the memory of Dan who worked so hard on this project and died an cancer awhile back. So more info tomorrow and how they do on the backup run for a chance of the record.
I got the bad news this morning that when they tried to do the return run for a record attempt, the clutch would not disengage so while in 1st gear they could not shift to 2nd gear, so they are done and heading home. Its seems the hydraulic clutch linkage to the clutch system most have broke inside the bell housing. Folks that is called racing. On the 3rd run at 142mph the driver saw during the 3 mile the GPS speed indicator was say he was doing 153 mph, so he slowed the engine rpm down because of if he went over 150 mph for the measured 3rd mile on his licensing pass, he would be in trouble with the race officials, it is required that on your "D" license pass you do between 125 mph and 149 then they give you a "D" license, then on the next pass you go for your "C" license (150-174) and that is what Spenser was hoping to go around 170 mph on that pass that the clutch failed. The race team did very well for their first race and can't wait to do it again, they thank everyone that has been following their progress. I'm sure more details will come out later, take care, Dave.