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31 Aug 2019
Has anybody tried DirtFish up in WA?


I became aware of this rally cross driver's school on an episode of "Roadkill".

Looks interesting, challenging, and fun.
31 Aug 2019
While gone from autocross for several years I have been focusing on vintage cars before 1972. In that time I now have a couple of old Fords.

Let's call them "salt and pepper"..... so, maybe I need to thrash them out on an autocross course? Both could fit into the new CAM classes?


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31 Aug 2019
I have entered the 2018 and 2019 Great Races (www.greatrace.com). The original intent was to run my restored 1949 Ford, but in 2018 it developed a rod knock two weeks before the event and I substituted my 1970 VW Karmann Ghia. In 2019, after a complete engine rebuild it was found that it could not be driven smoothly at speeds below 30 mph, so the 1970 Karmann Ghia was used again. Turns out the 1970 Ghia was more robust than most cars in the event, anyway, but lacked power (50 hp) for steep grades and no A/C (temps up to 100F in 2019). Some pictures of the Ghia showed up on-line, one case is further down on: https://www.greatrace.com/news/great-race-2019-day-5.html

So I procured a 1965 Ford Mustang with 289-auto which has enough power and can have a factory-like A/C installed.

The question is, who can be my navigator? My 2018 navigator was a long-time friend who helped with the 1949 Ford resto, but only wanted to try this 10-day event once. My 2019 navigator was technically skilled, but let's just say "lacked the ability to stay calm under pressure"....:-)

The 2020 event runs takes 10 days and covers at least 2000 miles from San Antonio, TX to Greenville, SC. Mostly going up to Missouri and over across Kentucky and then down the east coast.

This is a classic event and worthy of being on anybody's "bucket list."


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18 Jul 2018
I need to pull the flathead V8 in my 1949 Ford to get it shipped off for a rebuild. Making some nasty knocking sounds down in there somewhere....:-(

I have a four-post lift and a cherry picker in my garage and all the other tools needed to dismantle it before pulling. It needs to then be bolted to a cradle mounted on a pallet in the back of my pickup so that I can carry it over to CA for full rebuild. Should take less that a day with me and one other person, faster with two other persons.

My garage is air conditioned, and I am willing to pay $100/person, provide Subway lunch and drinks, and beer at the end for you time and effort....:-)...:-)...:-) I live in Casa Grande.

Send me a PM if interested.



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10 Jul 2018
I just finished running the 2018 Great Race.... a vintage car rally from Buffalo, NY to Halifax, NS. Logged over 3400 miles on my 1970 VW Karmann Ghia in this event and finished 76th out of 117. The real test is actually finishing..... about 31 cars failed to make it through the whole event! Combination of endurance and rally skills. Check out www.greatrace.com for more details.

This is a car rally, except that you cannot use an odometer to determine if you are on time! It requires using only a precision speedometer and some dead reckoning skills to handle stops, turns, speed changes, etc. Sounds tricky, but we managed to get three Aces (zero error) out of 57 legs and many other legs within 10 seconds of ideal.

The 2019 Great Race runs from Riverside, Ca to Tacoma, WA and the whole event lasts about 11 days.

For 2019 I am prepping my 1949 Ford flathead V8 with performance mods and a complete mechanical rebuild. I will cover the entry fee and getting the car to the event and back. Navigator costs will be hotel rooms and any air flights if you do not accompany me getting to the start and finish in my Ford. Making a "donation" towards the entry fee would be appreciated...:-)

Let me know here or in PM.


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