The air was crisp.
The temperature was mild.
The sky was cloudy.
The Bonnevilles ripped down the track like screaming eagles.
Those who ran at the track were as follows:
Me and Rogue lined up for some 104 octane fuel at the track, both of us agreed the 3 gallons was the best $15 we spent in our lives. We lightened up the cars be removing jacks, spare tires, any extras, and some of us removed the back seat. Some of us also removed the wheel speed sensors.
This is how the day went from my own eyes, to hear it all I encourage all of those who ran on Saturday to post their races as well:
I was first to jump into our own lane for the event to do a time run. Shortly after Jason (BonnieMeMN) lined up behind me and the rest followed. It was slow to race because over 200 motorcycles were there...some sort of bike bracket race from hell that lasted all day.
Anyway, first practice run was me on the left and Jason on the right. Well guys I never owned an SSEi before and never ran this Bonnie at the track before Saturday, so I was not sure what to expect. The lights went down and we both took off...well Jason did, I just sat there.
I sat there for a long time...
In fact I was doing a burnout almost the entire length of the track and left a huge cloud of smoke behind me. I kept thinking, "It will hook up, it will hook up, it will hook up"....it didn't hook up as you could imagine.
I was handed a 16.5 time slip and laughed. "Ok time to figure out how to drive this car", I thought.
Rogue gave me some good tips and we were off again. 15.0 flat...still not happy.
No more time to mess around, bracket racing started and I was confident that I could run much faster so I dialed in a 14.45. Seth dialed in a 15.50 as well. It was me and Seth for the first round and we both had strong starts. Seth did very well and got a 2.251 second 60' time with a 15.572 second quarter mile time. However, I ran a 14.475 and my dial in was 14.45!
Now for some reason I thought that was as fast as my car was going to go. Well I was wrong...but Jason thought the same about his car.
I kept my 14.45 dial in and Jason dialed in a 16.09. It was me and Jason in round 2.
Jason hooked up nicely with a 2.259 60 foot and I was stick lacking with my average 2.3 60 foot. However I had a nice reaction time and felt the car pull very hard. I made my way past Jason before the finish and felt good...but worried I broke my dial in because Jason ran strong. Well we BOTH did!
I ran a 14.303 and Jason ran a 15.995, breaking the 16.0 second barrier in an N/A L27.
Jason won due to the smaller margin to his dial in.
Rogue broke his dial in long before all of this, but he'* going to tell you all about that.
So it was down to Taylor and Jason in the final round. The lights when down for Jason and he sat there looking at the pretty color green, then finally went.
Taylor took off like a bat outta hell and ran down Jason will steel the win. Congrats to Taylor for winning the BonnevilleFest 2004 Bracket Race! His trophy is being engraved as I type this, so you better take pics when it arrives.
Rogue won another trophy, but again...that'* for him to tell.
After the bracket racing there was a just enough time to get another test and tune run in so a few of us lined up for the finale. This is where my car really shined. She was strong out of the hole, hooked up almost perfectly, and ate up that 104 octane with pleasure. Here were my results:
1/8 MPH: 78.31
1/4 MPH: 96.27
Afterward I weighed my car in on the track scale at 3690lbs.
Taylor weighed in at about 4100lbs with his stereo.
Rogue was at 3900ish I believe.
Rockers, springs, retainers, and pushrods are coming...here comes 13.9!
It was a great time and the weather was just about perfect.