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Hello, all,

Now that a week has gone by and my brain has landed again, I'll try to write a bit about last week's race.

Early Friday morning the '62 Datsun and I, with Frankendragon on board, headed out from Burien toward Portland. The trip was fairly slow and uneventful. The little pickup managed 66 mph as a top speed in one stretch. We arrived at the Wayland Juice Bar around 11:30 am, just as the EV clan was gathering.

Michael Kadie was already there doing some last minute tweaking on his beautiful Cobra. The battery management system is fascinating. Hundreds of small red LEDs light up the back of the car like a Christmas decoration.

I was expecting to immediately race off for food, but with the new Wayland Diet Plan, there was less urgency. So instead I went and checked into the Motel to nail down my sleeping arrangements.

About 4:30, Roy and I left for the track in order to be first in line when the gate opened, so we could start setting up the EV pit area. We were able to tape off a nice sized area, which allowed us to have non-racing EVs on display. (This worked so well that we did it the next night also.) Soon the whole "herd" showed up and the fun began.

Anyone on the discussion list who can possibly do so should attend one of the NEDRA races somewhere in the country. They really need to see first-hand the performance capabilities of electric vehicles -- these are not just stodgy golf carts we're talking about.

Frankendragon performed much better this time out than last time. The launches were hard, although the top speed was not as high as I had hoped -- only 72 mph at 16 seconds. I was able to get in two runs that night.

Our "show and tell" and brunch on Saturday morning at The Village Inn was as impressive as it ever has been. The hospitality at The Village Inn is wonderful and much appreciated.

Saturday night I was able to make two more runs. We were rain-delayed at the beginning, but that gave us a chance to set up our area and spend a little time on PR. The last run before the rains returned was my best run. I'm beginning to re-learn how to ride the bike. Its hard launches require a slightly different style of riding. My second run was the last of the night for me. On the return leg I came around the end to the return lane and there was zero lighting as well as a jog in the return lane. As a result, I didn't jog. Noticing the roughness of the surface and the weeds, I tried to reorient myself to the return lane, but discovered in front of me a piece of curbing (such as in a parking lot) traveling about 25 mph. It's really NOT a good idea to try to jump a drag bike. Although the jump was completed and I continued back to the pits, I found that the front rim was bent, the rear wheel was knocked out of alignment, and the fork tubes were also bent.

Shortly thereafter the rains returned, so we loaded up and headed out for the post-race dinner and BS session.

Sunday morning some of us gathered again at the Village Inn for breakfast before heading back to our respective destinations.

The trip home was slower than the trip down. The little truck started missing occasionally, and I had to stop periodically to let it rest. It made it home and I parked in the driveway, and that was it. The next morning the truck refused to start, so I've spent most of this week trying to find vintage truck ignition parts. No luck so far. (Any suggestions for '62 Datun parts sources? Please email me.)

I did spend a little time realigning Frankendragon's rear wheel and there appears to be no damage to the rim or tire. I have a spare set of tubes, which I will be changing out shortly. But the front rim is another matter entirely. It's a 14" x 28 spoke rim, for which I had turned a custom billet-turned hub. I hope to be able to relace another rim.

Well, enough of that, I need to finish off this message and go eat my home-made sourdough pancakes made from Jessica's grandmother's 40-year-old (vintage) sourdough starter. (My sympathies to those of you who have never been fortunate enough to try them.)

- F.T.
















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F.T;

When will we get to see some pictures of the 62 Datsun.
I'm working on a 65 320.

Dennis
Elsberry, MO

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Subject: [EVDL] PIR 10th Anniversary Nationals

Hello, all,

Now that a week has gone by and my brain has landed again, I'll try to
write a bit about last week's race.

Early Friday morning the '62 Datsun and I, with Frankendragon on board,
headed out from Burien toward Portland. The trip was fairly slow and
uneventful. The little pickup managed 66 mph as a top speed in one
stretch. We arrived at the Wayland Juice Bar around 11:30 am, just as
the EV clan was gathering.

Michael Kadie was already there doing some last minute tweaking on his
beautiful Cobra. The battery management system is fascinating.
Hundreds of small red LEDs light up the back of the car like a Christmas
decoration.

I was expecting to immediately race off for food, but with the new
Wayland Diet Plan, there was less urgency. So instead I went and
checked into the Motel to nail down my sleeping arrangements.

About 4:30, Roy and I left for the track in order to be first in line
when the gate opened, so we could start setting up the EV pit area. We
were able to tape off a nice sized area, which allowed us to have
non-racing EVs on display. (This worked so well that we did it the next
night also.) Soon the whole "herd" showed up and the fun began.

Anyone on the discussion list who can possibly do so should attend one
of the NEDRA races somewhere in the country. They really need to see
first-hand the performance capabilities of electric vehicles -- these
are not just stodgy golf carts we're talking about.

Frankendragon performed much better this time out than last time. The
launches were hard, although the top speed was not as high as I had
hoped -- only 72 mph at 16 seconds. I was able to get in two runs that
night.

Our "show and tell" and brunch on Saturday morning at The Village Inn
was as impressive as it ever has been. The hospitality at The Village
Inn is wonderful and much appreciated.

Saturday night I was able to make two more runs. We were rain-delayed
at the beginning, but that gave us a chance to set up our area and spend
a little time on PR. The last run before the rains returned was my best
run. I'm beginning to re-learn how to ride the bike. Its hard launches
require a slightly different style of riding. My second run was the
last of the night for me. On the return leg I came around the end to
the return lane and there was zero lighting as well as a jog in the
return lane. As a result, I didn't jog. Noticing the roughness of the
surface and the weeds, I tried to reorient myself to the return lane,
but discovered in front of me a piece of curbing (such as in a parking
lot) traveling about 25 mph. It's really NOT a good idea to try to
jump a drag bike. Although the jump was completed and I continued back
to the pits, I found that the front rim was bent, the rear wheel was
knocked out of alignment, and the fork tubes were also bent.

Shortly thereafter the rains returned, so we loaded up and headed out
for the post-race dinner and BS session.

Sunday morning some of us gathered again at the Village Inn for
breakfast before heading back to our respective destinations.

The trip home was slower than the trip down. The little truck started
missing occasionally, and I had to stop periodically to let it rest. It
made it home and I parked in the driveway, and that was it. The next
morning the truck refused to start, so I've spent most of this week
trying to find vintage truck ignition parts. No luck so far. (Any
suggestions for '62 Datun parts sources? Please email me.)

I did spend a little time realigning Frankendragon's rear wheel and
there appears to be no damage to the rim or tire. I have a spare set of
tubes, which I will be changing out shortly. But the front rim is
another matter entirely. It's a 14" x 28 spoke rim, for which I had
turned a custom billet-turned hub. I hope to be able to relace another
rim.

Well, enough of that, I need to finish off this message and go eat my
home-made sourdough pancakes made from Jessica's grandmother's
40-year-old (vintage) sourdough starter. (My sympathies to those of you
who have never been fortunate enough to try them.)

- F.T.
















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