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06/10/2003 - Up on Stands for the end of the season PDF Print E-mail
Written by slinky   
Thursday, 21 June 2007 21:35

Now that the season is over it's time to put the car on axle stands and do some subtle changes for next year with the help of long time sponsor Peter Knight of Knight racing services and Jon Webster of Webster race engineering.Today though I took the car out for it's final drive for this year,popping to the supermarket for some video footage for the CCSE video"Hardcore Street"(details available soon) and some photos for the Express and Star newspaper.The paper have promised me they'll do a better job than last time.......Going to the supermarket was fun,the weather was fine and It still amazes me how many people crowd round the car wherever I take it,nobody believes it's really a road car,until I drive off in it that is.............

Once again apologies for no news recently.My workload and trying to get the car sorted has meant late nights in the garage.The engine is now sorted,the reason for the bent valves is a combination of things all stemming from the new heads having way bigger combustion chambers.It now has a healthier compression,proper length pushrods and the rockers are centred over the valves.All in all it means I'm confident of having some performance back at the Doorslammers.I've also got some new nitrous ideas that I'll be trying over the weekend(hopefully I'll get more than 2 full passes!).If I do as good as I did at the last Doorslammers I'll be well chuffed.
See ya all there...

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2007 21:38
26/07/03 - Poorly Pistons PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 June 2007 20:46

As you can see this is the first update for ages.I knew I'd damaged the engine at the last meeting but I didn't know how much until I stripped it fully.Unfortunately(for me see pics below) No2 and 4 bores are beyond honing and will need reboring.The engine is now out,stripped and in the very capable hands of Knight Racing services,who will fettle the block and supply all the parts for the rebuild(again!).As mentioned on www.fbracing.co.uk news page the old heads are also damaged beyond repair(for me anyway),again Knight racing have come up trumps with a pair of Grumpy Jenkins Merlin heads.The problem I now have with them is that they're not ported at all and the exhaust ports are 3/4" higher necessitating a full on porting job(££££) and heavily modified headers.This will leave very little time before the next CCSE round so it's going to be panic stations once again!.And I had so many plans for the 2 month break too! Bugger..
See ya all at Shakey.(i hope)



25/05/03 - Matching Up for the Modified Nats PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 June 2007 20:43

Again sorry for the lack of updates,it's been hectic over the last few weeks.As you will have read on Fatty's site we are doing a little match racing at the UK Modified nats at Shakey this weekend.The F**D v Chevy battle recommences between us after Fatty's premature exit from the Excitement nats due to engine woes.Both of us are looking forward to a "tear up" for the 4 runs that are scheduled over the weekend! I have done some changes in the Converter and suspension department that I'm hoping will make a big difference to the performance (good I hope!)of the car.We'll see at the weekend.On a separate note thanx to everybody(almost) for their contributions to the message board,keep em coming....
If you're there over the weekend come over and say hello,if not I'll see you all in 3 weeks at the next CCSE round.Lets hope Fatty and I get a damage free weekends racing!
Till next time

15/04/03 - Busy @ SCR PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 June 2007 20:41

Sorry for the lack of updates but I've been very busy of late.Penn Autos is now very popular after extensive advertising and magazine features.I've also become a contingency sponser at SCR,It's good to put something into Drag racing apart from racing cars! As it's been reported on the FB's site I took the car to SCR to do some more testing.I wish I hadn't as the test and tune turned into a full blown meeting with about 150 cars in attendance.With only 2 runs,queues to the top of the pits and a track that resembled a skating rink( I wanted to go to Jon Websters test day at the Pod but work commitments have put paid to that idea!) there was no startline data to gather but at least I had a chance to test a big nitrous tune. Even though the car was spinning the tyres for at least a 100ft it still ran 160mph which I am pleased about.Let's hope for warm weather and a sticky track and the chance for the car to hook me into the regular 8sec zone.
The T-shirts are now done and I will definitely have them for the Thunderball.Thanx to Mike at JCP Printing and promotions 0121 440 7919 who went the extra mile to make sure I had them for Easter(give him a call for your T-shirt requirements,the prices are very reasonable and the quality is as good as you will get anywhere)Sizes are XL and L and are £10 each.A bargain if I do say so myself !
That's all for now,see you at the Thunderball.........
PS Don't forget to come back next week for the first race report of the season.


Last Updated on Thursday, 21 June 2007 20:42
23/03/03 - 0-nothing PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 June 2007 20:38

Well the 0-60 challenge has come and gone.What an absolute waste of time turning up.As most people will have read on other sites the people who were running the show obviously didn't want us to win(after inviting us there).We smelt a rat as soon as we had the e-mail telling us about the venue change,if we hadn't been committed to the TV show none of us would have bothered to turn up.For a look at a spoof e-mail that could have been pop to www.silverfoxracing.org.uk and click on the latest news button.Choose from the drop down menu and your in. Better news for us is that testing at Santa Pod in the week was quite useful.Apart from some gremlins with the nitrous we got the car launching much better on a very marginal track.Even had the front wheel carrying for 10 to 15 ft.Thanx to Jon Webster for giving me some great advice at the track. As you can see in the pictures below the new t-shirt design is done.Another amazing piece of artwork by Mark Gredzinski Design(01922 720377).If you want one place your order now,quote the size and quantity you need.There will be a limited amount available so order soon to avoid disappointment.





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