It'* only been a couple months, but it'* always a pleasure. Despite your cam sensor issues, you stuck it out to the end, competed, and showed yourself well. You're still a true friend of mine. 3 years in a row WCBF'ing together. Next year, we make our 4th consecutive test run at Woodburn side by side again.
O'Neil, Nichole, Jessica and Andrew:
The original Pfamily. You are truly my family. It was GREAT to see the kids again, and for the old folks, I can't thank you enough for your leadership and organizing, not to mention cooking dinner for the entire group out of your own pocketbooks. You deserve the respect and praise from everyone who ever met you. Happy Birthday again, Andrew! I ate birthday cake for breakfast today. Our thoughts and prayers are also with you for your loss. Get home safe.
Paul, Laura and Victor:
Despite your troubles with the car (thank god you got it fixed now), you stuck to it and kept the same Bernardo attitude you've had forever. It was great to see you all again, and Bo misses you! Happy Birthday old Man!
What can I say?
3 SSEi'* at the age of what? 14?
Matt, you're a good friend. It was fantastic to see you again, and to have you show the same excitement for the meet and your new ride as before. I can honestly say I've never seen or heard a bad attitude out of you yet.
Jolson the Canadian.
I'm drinking a Molson (leftovers) for you as I type. My tires (is that Tyres in canuck?) are still screaming in pain because of you.
Good to see you again, bud. Your help in the pits the last two years in a row were keys to our success. See you again next year! (Get a tan before you come).
Stock-Bob. Who would have imagined? That trophy couldn't have gone to a better home. I hope the girls are as proud as we are. You've become like a brother to me. You are a cool class act through and through. It was GREAT working on the awards with you. Looking forward to it next year! Say hello to Thomas for all of us when you shove the trophy in his face!
You're still Eastbound. I'm still hoping for your safety. You cleaned house in the awards out here for a reason, particularly the Gearhead Cocktail. We knew each other pretty well before you got here, and you confirmed my suspicions. You are a NUT.
For a track noob, you did pretty damn well, old fart. Pretty damn well. One of my 3 highlights of the meet was 6 runs of heads-up test/tune runs at Woodburn. Hilarious fun.
I'm glad that SSEi worked out for you too! It'* amazing how that whole deal went down. I look forward to watching it improve between now and WCBF07! I can't thank you enough for the hospitality you showed by opening the potato-shack for the Westbound crew! You're a kick in the shorts, Hans. Especially around the campfire and on the strip!
Talk about a nut. I still can't believe you pulled it off. I just talked to Boost (in Indiana) and he told me you're less than 5 hours from the end of your journey. The best pic I have of you here sums it up the best. Bending over my jack between two cars that weren't even yours. And the whole time you were here, it was about everyone else but you. You're a character with a ton of character.
I swear to god, every time I hear the name TRACY, I'm going to laugh and be grateful at the same time. The NE 'Mom'. Organizing, watching out for everyone, and most of all for me, the friendship and FANTASTIC moral support in the staging lanes. That meant so much to me that I can't express it. Keep an eye on the NE'ers for us, will you?
Old friend. I'm so happy you made it out here. I hope in some small way we helped you through a tough time. I never thought we'd meet due to the miles between us. I hope and pray you can make it next year, but promise me something, Mice. Take fewer pics, ok?
(your vids are amazing though!
Rod and family:
FINALLY we got one of those damned cars from my Native State! I was tickled pink to see you at the KOA and I'm grateful you could fit the meet into your schedule! All four of you are GREAT people. The best of the best. You're coming next year if I have to come down and get you!
You sir, are the most insane of the insanity-bound idiots. I can't believe you did it. If I had to be eliminated in one class and scramble to compete in another, it couldn't have been better with anyone else. You're pretty cool for a grampa. It was pretty damn cool watching that car do what it did, and hanging out for an extra round in another class with you. We raised some eyebrows and pissed off a couple people, methinks.
Glad you made it home OK, and I hope it was memorable enough to bring you back next year!
Get back to work. And when you're done, find me some local 5x115 15" steelies for my drag slicks. That Pit Crew award better be on your mantle away from the cats.
Caddy Matt. You were new this year, but I already knew alot about you. Almost like I new you already. You fit in like a veteran, and your help was crucial to our success. Next year, ICE RUN! But bring a bigger trick, will ya?
Wildman. The aftermath here has been just as exhilirating as watching you run again! We are forever the reaction-time-brothers from Woodburn. You, me, and the other idiot from WA. August. 3 more PB'*. Be there. And quit making Pmom cry. That was almost too much to keep quiet.
Now on to the awards. If I can read the list Bob and I made after Pdad spilled beer on it:
WCBF '06 Survivor. Laser engraved plaque. Everyone got one!
WCBF '04 and '05 were reintroduced and presented.
Best ET-2000SilverBullet. 13.5ish! And this was with a shaved belt?
Highest Trap- Shadd with a 103.xx? Insane.
Best Reaction Time-willwren with a 0.008. Damn proud of that one.
Best 60'- Pdad, again? 3rd year in a row probably?
Best Burnout-presented the guy running on rims right now. Shadd again!
Best whiner (car related, not attitude related) - willwren. We have to rename this SCREAMER.
Best Exhaust- rrounds (it'* really Cindy'* car). Amazing!
Best Performance Mods- Travis. 2 weeks before the meet, the visit to INTENSE at CEBF did the trick, eh?
Best Cosmetic Mods- Boosty, with his custom interior mods and amazing attention to detail.
Best interior- to the mint 2000Silverbullet and classy Pontiac shoulder pads.
Best Exterior-to Echo SSEi, and it'* gorgeous girlie-color!
Best Engine- To my CD2 Padwan, Matt. Amazing use of the goop!
Best Audio- Cheetah. Not just the audio, but the other gear.
Renaming this car the Porcupine would be good!
Long Distance Award- Boosty. By a mere 30 miles over sse1990!
Bonne Personality- Hans. For his hospitality at the potato shack for th westbound crew. This stopover was critical for the logistics and safety of our members.
Bonne Adversity- to sse1990, who put adversity behind him to come out here. Despite his worries and grief, he kept high spirits throughout the meet.
Bonne Originality- driverjohn. Who else would put a www.bonnevilleclub.com
banner on a Ford? And drive a bubble-butt with cloth seats?
Pit crew awards: Pmom, Greyhare, Caddy Matt, and Jolson the Canadian. Your help was the team effort that pushed us to success again!
OUTSTANDING Pit Crew member- Boosty. I've never seen someone gang-bang a bonneville before this. It'* scary.
Most Improved Member- Tracy. All-around great person. From new member obscurity to a key member of the forum and the NE crowd. Always watching out for others.
Most Improved Car- driverjohn. Gravenge has come a LONG way (but still lacks the spoiler I GAVE you for Xmas). Keep it up!
Tracy was presented with a special award and recognition for July COTM. We took care of her.
An identical print hangs on my wall of fame.
Matt was presented with a memorial for Red Deer by driverjohn. Beautiful work.
Boost was presented with a Gearhead Cocktail. We'll leave the description and pics to him to share.
The bracket racing trophy has gone to Arizona for the year. Well deserved, and proudly won and earned by Echo SSEi'* pilot.
Hans recognized John for his help in purchasing the Potato-mobile.
And others I probably am too embarassed to share, or can't remember through my sleep-deprived fog.
Gnight, all. Save journey.
Final tally on the race gas? 73 gallons for a total of $441 US! (that'* $7,890.45 Canadian, eh?) Good work!
And to whoever mixed the **** in amongst all my meet vids on my desktop? Revenge will be served in 07.