El Mirage July 2010
By Dan Warner
The July meet can be wrapped into one word – WOW! Weather was real nice for this time of year on the desert, low 100s with a cloud cover at times that brought the temps down. A brief rain misting on Saturday and Sunday was welcome but brought the dreaded humidity that our friends on the East coast love so much.
Before going further, I want to congratulate John Noonan and the Noonan/Derwin/Moreland entry. Their 1650-APSBF Hayabusa ran the fastest open bike speed ever at the dirt, a 252.924 record. Clearly an amazing accomplishment by all involved.
We got our first Dirty Two club member of the decade with Doug Macmillan driving his Hondata CRX entry in G/BGAlt class to a new record of 201. The past two years Doug knocked around the 200 MPH mark by setting records from 195 to 199. Congratulations Doug, welcome to the club.
There were a further 10 car and 9 motorcycle records in addition to the two mentioned above. John Rank and the Salty Dogs Racing AA/GMR set their third class record of the year, bumping last month’s record to a new 224. Rick Yacoucci drove the Costella-Yacoucci-Pappas-Stevens XF/BFS to another record, 238.9, just a small jump over the 238.3 from last month. This small move allowed Michele Brading, Costella-Dennee K/GL moved to within one point of Rick. Michele was on course early and ran 156 in class, a huge jump over the 143 record. SCTA Secretary/Assistant Starter Miriam Macmillan took a few minutes to take her Hondata CRX entry in the F/FCC class to a new record of 184, a another huge jump over the old record by over 16 MPH. This allowed Miriam to move into third place in points -10 to the leader and one above her husband Doug who was mentioned earlier. Richard Reed took the V4F/BStR of R2 Racin’ to a new class record at 124.9 MPH. Mark Lintner took a lap at 161, 10 over the class record, in the Eyres-Moreland-Lintner H/BGMR. Greg Martinez had a blown head gasket last month in his new V4F/BGL. This is a beautiful car and Greg was rewarded by a class record of 147 over the minimum of 140. I made him remove the head in order to measure the engine for class. We sealed it up so he will good to go for Speedweek. The third Jack Costella designed streamliner running the dirt this year belongs to driver Tim Cunha. The Costella & Cunha J/GS ran a fine 149.6 MPH. The final car record fell to Peter Shotrosky and his Steve’s machine F/PMP Ford Ranger at 137.6 MPH, 1.5 over his old record.
In addition to Fast John Noonan Ralph Leclercq on the Honda Racing 650-P-P added .8 to the record, 164.9 MPH. Wink Eller and his Tri-Pod II 3000-SC-PF rig set the class record up to 170 MPH. Dave Iverson Knuckle Head entry, 1000-A-VG, set a record at 132.5 MPH and Derek McLeish had the Team McLeish Bros. entry up to speed with new 750-SCS-F class record. David Isley rode the Islet Racing 1350-SC-PG entry to a new record of 159 MPH. Jamie Wagner's bikes set two records this meet. Jamie Wagner rode his 1000-A-G bike to a record speed of 172 and Jeannie Pflum rode his 1000 P/P to a 193 record. Good job, Jeannie! Harry Meeker wraps up the motorcycle records with a nice 132 run on his MPH Racing 750-SC-PBG entry.
As you can see there were a lot of big jumps in speeds. I will go on a limb and suggest that the course relocation and cloud cover helped quite a bit this weekend. I did notice some entry code errors which nullified some runs. Please be careful when filing out your entries. The coding cannot be changed after the first vehicle runs.
Well, its off to Bonneville in a little over three weeks. Good luck to all attending Speedweek and we’ll see everyone else at the September 12th lakes meet.