March 2012 Chevy High Performance Garage - Garage

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I am an Open Road Racer (ORR). Been running ORR since 1997, participating in the Silver State events (Nevada), the Big Bend events (Texas), the Sandhills Events (Nebraska), and the MKM events (Nevada) in classes from 95 mph up to unlimited. At the urging of my wife, Vicki (am I a lucky guy or what?), I participated in the Corvette Level 1 Ron Fellows Driving School at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada, last fall. Man, what a blast. It was a three-day schedule, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Some early time is spent on braking, shifting, and cornering exercises and then it is on to the road course. An instructor will occasionally take a lap with you, but you are mostly on your own.

After some classroom discussion, each day you take to the track in new Corvettes. You get a lot of track time in Grand Sport and Z06 Vettes. Although they also had ZR1s, only those who already owned one or had one on order could drive them. But from what I could see, the only place that the ZR1 had an advantage was in acceleration. The cars were bulletproof and I was very impressed with their performance. The instructors were great. They could tell you how to improve your performance without making you feel like a dunce. It was an outstanding experience all around. Go do it.

Just for the record, my street legal ORR car will out accelerate a ZR1. How do I know? I have run the MKM Mojave Mile and my “slightly modified” ’65 Corvair ran higher trap speeds than the ZR1s in attendance.

OK, slightly modified … in this case is a Gen-1 400ci aluminum small-block in the “back seat”, Porsche 930 transaxle, C4 Vette suspension, steering, and brakes. The car weighs 2,700 pounds and I’m guessing the engine output at around 600 at the clutch. My fastest trap speed during an ORR (Big Bend 2011) was 209.7 mph. Unfortunately shortly after the speed trap, I fragged a distributor gear and was a DNF.

Charlie Friend Alamogordo, NM

Charlie, thanks for sharing your experience. I haven’t had the opportunity to check out their program, but I can tell you that I am definitely going to look into it. Also, be sure to send us a few pics of your ride, I’d like to check it out!

Weld Racing is Back in the Truck Wheel Business!

Weld Racing introduced their forged aluminum truck wheels to the attendees at the 2011 SEMA show. The U.S.-manufactured wheels are available for single rear-wheel trucks, dualies, and trailer wheels in matching styles and finishes. The line offers 10 classic and new styles in polished and machined after black anodized finishes. Single rear-wheel truckload ratings of 3,500 pounds using 44-inch tires put these wheels in a class of one. Forged aluminum construction adds durability and sheds the excess weight of cast-aluminum wheels. Single rear-wheel truck sizes are 17x8.5 to 20x14. Direct-mount dualie sizes are 17x5.6 and 19.5x6.75. Trailer wheels are 16x6. Currently eight-lug applications are available with five- and six-lug wheels along with trailer wheels available beginning in January 2012.

Goodguys Rod & Custom Association 2012 Event Schedule

March 9-11, Scottsdale, AZ

Goodguys Third Spring Nationals
WestWorld of Scottsdale
Rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1972
Super Sunday Get-Together, AutoCross, Vendors, Swap Meet, and Car Corral

March 16-18, Fort Worth, TX

Goodguys Second Spring Lone Star Nationals
Texas Motor Speedway
Rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1972
Super Sunday Get-Together, AutoCross, Vendors, Swap Meet, and Car Corral
 

March 24-25, Pleasanton, CA

Goodguys 30th All-American Get-Together
Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
All years American-powered cars and trucks
AutoCross, Vendors, Huge Swap Meet, and Car Corral
 

March 30-April 1, Del Mar, CA

Goodguys 12th Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1972
Super Sunday Get-Together, AutoCross, Vendors, Swap Meet, and Car Corral
 

May 18-20, Nashville, TN

Goodguys Seventh Bridgestone Nashville Nationals
LP Field, Tennessee Titan Stadium
Rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1972
Super Sunday Get-Together, AutoCross, Vendors, Swap Meet, and Car Corral

June 2-3, Pleasanton, CA

Goodguys 19th Summer Get-Together
Fairgrounds, Pleasanton
All years American-powered cars and trucks
AutoCross, Vendors, Swap Meet, and Car Corral

June 8-10, Loveland, CO

Goodguys 15th Colorado Nationals
The Ranch Events Complex
Rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1972
Super Sunday Get-Together, AutoCross, Vendors, Swap Meet, and Car Corral

June 15-17, West Springfield, MA

Goodguys 21st East Coast Nationals
Eastern States Exposition
Rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1972
Super Sunday Get-Together, AutoCross, Vendors, Swap Meet, and Car Corral

June 29-July 1, Des Moines, IA

Goodguys 21st Heartland Nationals
Iowa State Fairgrounds
Rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1972
Super Sunday Get-Together, AutoCross, Vendors, Swap Meet, and Car Corral  

July 6-8, Columbus, OH

Goodguys 15th Goodguys PPG Nationals
Ohio Expo Center
Rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and trucks through 1972

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