April 29, 2008

It seems that thanks to a certain overseas trip falling through for ER and the gang, we could be racing sooner than expected. We’re currently gathering the bits and pieces we’re missing to start our beloved Bianca, but should the planets align, we will be hearing grumbles on Friday morning! Our current plans are to try to make it to the Island at the start of June. Deadline is set.

Phillip Island Historics

We’ve both been busy with work and study recently, but we did manage to squeeze in a trip to the Phillip Island Historics last month. It was a fantastic day, typical Phillip Island weather (freezing and spitting rain one minute, burning hot sunshine the next) but luckily the blue sky won out, and allowed for a spectacular display of some of Australia’s best historic cars. It gave us an opportunity to see how other budget racers overcame many of the same problems we face, and to meet some suppliers and manufacturers that seemed only too happy to take our money from us.

Ferrari F5000

My personal highlight was the F5000 display, with more than a dozen screaming 70’s and 80’s V8’s roaring around at a speed which belied the age, fragility and pricetag of the golden-era beauties. The Toranas were also out in force, and were racing for sheep stations, providing more than a few spills.

Back at the coalface Julian’s been hard at work with my pet hate, the electronics. Cleaning up wiring to a standard the Swiss would be proud of.

In the race-prep department, we have big plans for a custom airbox, we’re just waiting on some time to fabricate it and take it to our favorite local welder-man. Similar plans go for a vernier cam wheel and a sweet cam. The brakes were bled on Saturday, revealing a chunk of entecar (the red tennis court gravel) from the driveway in one of the lines. It makes us wonder what else is in there…


The pipeline

April 22, 2008

Has there ever been a better word for the backburner than the “pipeline”?

Good news has been happening over the last few weeks, we just haven’t had the chance to write about it. The distractors have been made, picked up and are now on the car. AND they fit. How good is that?

Thanks to Ash, we also have a new strut support in the rear welded in, which the carbies and extractors now can co-exist peacefully.

Other good news is that I’ve bought a GPS for work and a colleague has shown some interest in developing a budget GPS data logging/lap timing system for us. Another distraction from actual racing!