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The Bonneville Report (of sorts)

Postby obiwancanopy » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:24 pm

I was debating whether to write this or not. But I came to the conclusion of what the hell I'll do it anyway. So here goes. As most of you know I have an LSR sidecar. It holds the gas (122.240) and fuel (117.763) records at El Mirage. I built it with the purpose of getting to Bonneville. The records at Bonneville were so pissy (98 gas and 101 fuel) I had to go.

Never having much money is something I've learned to live with so we set off in a 30 year old RV pulling a loaded trailer for an 800+ mile drive. That meant the trip would be a leisurely two day drive. We left Thursday morning and arrived on the salt Friday afternoon.

Got through tech with no problems. The SCTA have a very strict standard for tech and the associated paperwork when running for records at Bonneville. This is one of the reasons their records are recognised worldwide. I thought I had crossed all the Ts and dotted all the Is. I had missed a T or an I somewhere as I would come to find out later.

Joe came up from Arizona and Kenny fom Colorado to crew for me. Having two crewmen made me feel like a real racer. I'm a bit of a one man band and usually I have to club someone, tie them up, drag them out to the start line and only release them if they promise to crew for me.

At Bonneville records are determined by two runs over a measured mile. Not just top speed but an average of your speed over the mile. You start at mile zero and you start the time at mile one. Stop it at mile two and start the time for mile two to mile three. At the 2 1/4 mile mark there are lights to give you your speed at that point. Don't ask why. I don't know.

The first run on the record (98.7) resulted in a mile average of 118+. Woohoo! Off to impound to start the paperwork. Only to find that T I forgot to cross. Shit!! Got to do it all over. Sunday morning on the line. Fire up and take off. Even better. 120.505 for the mile and 125.715 for the 2 1/4!! That is the fastest the sidecar had ever run! Off to impound. Up at 5 a.m. to go to impound to get the sidecar out and up to the line for the return run. The return run was 118+ for the mile and 123+ at the 2 1/4. Back to impound with a big shit eatin' grin on my face. Pull the head. Tech guy measures the engine at 497cc. All nice and legal. Paperwork in order and the record is our!! 119.667 mph.

Normally most people would be happy with one Bonneville record but Joe kept nagging at me to go for the fuel record (101). I sold a welder I had for $300. It was supposed to be gas money to get home. Around four in the afternoon I caved in and we went and did a class change. That was $250 of the gas money gone! We ran about 5:30 and popped off another 118+ for the mile; 124 for the 2 1/4. Back to impound and more paperwork. Up again at 5 a.m., collect the sidecar from impound and out for the return run.

The salt was wet in the morning. As I left the line I fed the clutch in a bit fast and the motor dropped off the megga. pull the clutch, grab a big handful of throttle and feed the clutch. All of a sudden the rear tire lit up! Cool!! But it killed the momentum and the mle speed dropped to 115+ for the mile and 120+ for the 2 1/4. That was OK as the average for the two runs was 117.187 for another new record.

The amazing thing was the sidecar made 5 really strong runs and nothng broke!! Usually I come home with a bag of bits. They say a picture is worth a 1000 words so heres a few photos of the meet.

The happy puppies after the 125.715 run.
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Re: The Bonneville Report (of sorts)

Postby problemaddict » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:06 pm

obiwancanopy wrote:I was debating whether to write this or not. But I came to the conclusion of what the hell I'll do it anyway.


Why the hell would you hesitate?! That's fucking jangleplatz!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

hope you bummed enough gas money to get home:D
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Postby obiwancanopy » Sat Aug 21, 2010 1:13 am

One of the guys in the club was there as well and he spotted me the gas money with a "pay me back when ya can" clause.
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Postby Bigshankhank » Sat Aug 21, 2010 3:40 am

Phe-fucking-nominal!!! Congrats on having something awesome to tell your grandkids when they sit on your knee.
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Postby FastCat » Sat Aug 21, 2010 4:50 am

Con-grat-u-effing-lations!

...but wait a minute... "fuel" is nitromethane, right? It's faster on gasoline than nitro?
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Postby problemaddict » Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:10 am

FastCat wrote:Con-grat-u-effing-lations!

...but wait a minute... "fuel" is nitromethane, right? It's faster on gasoline than nitro?


"Fuel" is anything thats not gasoline or diesel, i think. Nitro, Alcohol/Methanol, or an N02 kit puts you in the Fuel class as well.

Also, the rules allow you to run your machine in a "faster" class. i.e. you can run an N/A motor in a "Blown"(turbo/super) class, or a gasoline motor in a Fuel class. And I think you can run a smaller displacement motor in a higher displacement class. i.e. you can set a 1000cc record w/ a 750cc bike.
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Postby problemaddict » Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:22 am

Quote from the Grassroots Motorsports Magazine forum about obiwan's bike:

Someone is seriously unhinged. That little pad visible on the, umm, rear bulkhead? That's for the driver's helmet. Wow, this thing is nuts.


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Written by Keith, the owner of Flyin' Miata tuning/parts company who was at speed week.
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Postby xtian » Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:37 am

I'd like to see that movie, anyone has it on DVD ?
what?
not a movie? your life ?

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Postby obiwancanopy » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:24 am

problemaddict wrote:
Someone is seriously unhinged. That little pad visible on the, umm, rear bulkhead? That's for the driver's helmet. Wow, this thing is nuts.

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Isn't that the reason most of us are here on the UTMC?



P.S. At SpeedWeek anything that isn't the event gas (ERC) is considered fuel. I simply used VP 110 race gas in the fuel class.
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Postby Pintgudge » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:31 am

That was awesome, and janglepants!

Thank you for this!

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Postby rolly » Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:18 am

Incredible! How does it feel to be the world's fastest?
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Postby calamari kid » Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:09 am

Very facking cool! Way to go Obi!!!
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Postby SomeMook » Sat Aug 21, 2010 5:57 pm

Wow, amazing stuff!
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Postby UndertheGun » Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:12 pm

Thanks for sharing. I love that you've accomplished so much while on a limited budget and by yourself for the most part.

Today, after seeing a couple of the Cretin's land speed bikes (though not sidecar setups) I'm even more fascinated by the notion of budget/garage/grassroots land speed bikes.
What sort of attempts do you plan for next?
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Postby bndgkmf » Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:34 pm

Congrats!!! UTMC FTW.
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Postby obiwancanopy » Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:12 pm

rolly wrote:Incredible! How does it feel to be the world's fastest?


I have to admit that it feels pretty good. I might have to buy a new helmet as the one I have is starting to feel a bit small :--)

Whats next? The plan is to finish off the El Mirage dry lake season and most definitely back to Bonneville. I have a couple of old Hondas that I can sell off to help fund it. I think, despite the fact its only a 500 single, there is about 10 mph left in it. I would love to see 130 next year.

A friend screen printed up some T shirts for me to sell at Bonneville to help with the finances. I spent most of the time in impound and didn't sell them all. I have a few large and X large left. $20 post paid anywhere in the world. If anyone is interested let me know.
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Postby Bigshankhank » Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:26 am

Damn shame a large looks like a tent on me, if you scare up another M I'll contribute to the effort.
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Postby Metalredneck » Sun Aug 22, 2010 3:40 am

Congrats, mate! PM sent about shirt awesomeness.
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Postby stiles » Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:25 pm

jangleplatz! I'm sorry we didn't catch up - I got there later in the week. What a blast that place is. I did get to see the twin-turbo Ferrari Enzo do a few licensing runs...
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Postby obiwancanopy » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:03 pm

Kenny, one of my crewmen, (Jeez I feel like a racer LOL!!) sent me this video he made of the 125.715 run. The first bike out is Willie Buchta on his 1000cc Harley sidecar. Don't know the second solo. Then me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwoRBeNkrTk
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Postby xtian » Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:51 pm

First thing in the morning this just mad evey hair on my body stant stiff. thanks
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Postby MATPOC » Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:23 am

obiwancanopy wrote:Kenny, one of my crewmen, (Jeez I feel like a racer LOL!!) sent me this video he made of the 125.715 run.


You called it (like some famous baseball thing that I still don't understand) I heard you say "Than I will go 125!"

Ossum vid!
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Postby Zim » Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:06 am

Congratulations!
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Postby Bigshankhank » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:48 am

Got my Screwball t-shirt today, wicked awesome. Here's to making a showing at Maxton on the East Coast one of these days.
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Postby obiwancanopy » Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:27 pm

I want to say thanks to all who ordered T shirts. They ae otheir way. I recieved some cool UTMC stickers. This one is no on the nose of the sidecar. UTMCers rule!

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Postby Rev » Sat Sep 04, 2010 7:59 pm

Awesome.
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Postby Jonny » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:08 pm

Damn, I've been hibernating in Aus and missed all of this.

Congratulations, Bill! Fanfuckingtastic work! :D

Oh, do PM me your postal address. I've got something for you.
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Postby Metalredneck » Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:34 am

Check is in the mail!
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Postby xtian » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:59 am

Bill, you managed to have it delivered on the very day of my birthday !! :)

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