I left Saskatoon to go to Moose Jaw on Thursday August 2nd (Shawn・s place) so we could make sure the Dragster was ready to go.
We left Moose Jaw Friday morning and arrived at Medicine Hat Drag strip around mid afternoon.
We were the first people there (racers) so we found someone with the club at top end getting things ready to find out where we should be pitting.
We left the trailer and went to the house of a friend of Shawn・s for the night, where we were treated to a wicked light show from the storm that came through, which actually had a tornado touch down at the race track, there was some damage to buildings at the track but nothing to any of the cars or trailers, that I heard of.
After a good night sleep we were at the track bright and early in the morning to make sure everything was good and we were ready to go.
We were ready to go in the morning, but the track was another story, they seem to try and run on a skeleton staff, with over a 130 cars they decided to open tech at 2:30 and wanted to start running cars at 3:00, so we started running around 4:00 we were able to get in 2 runs before the wall of dirt bombarded us, Picture this 103 degree・s, sweat flowing, and then the wall of dirt comes flowing in. we tried to get the car into the trailer before it got too dirty.
The track was a mess and we decided it was not going to be safe to run until the track was cleaned so we just called it a night(the fact that we were caked in dirt also played a part).
We came back Sunday morning and decided to change to another set of tires, which required pulling the axles and changing the studs to another bolt pattern after we had that done we made a couple of runs to at least get a baseline to run the next weekend in Calgary.
We continued on to Calgary Monday morning and arrived at the racetrack late afternoon where they allowed us to leave the trailer for the week.
We got a site to set up the tent just outside of Calgary, and just hung out there for the night.
Tuesday we went out to the Mountains and Banff, where we hiked part way up a mountain, checked out the shops, and went to the hot springs.
Wednesday we went to the Calgary Zoo which was pretty cool, but imo, not as good as it was the last time I was there a couple of years ago
Thursday we went back to the racetrack to clean the car from the storm and set valves, and make sure we were ready to race on Friday.
Friday we made a few passes trying to find out a good combination too make a little power, to get us down the track.
My friend Adeline had asked if I wanted to race her car for the weekend as she was going to have to be out of town for the weekend, so she was not going to be able to race the car herself, when she came out to the track on Friday, we got my tech card (which she also paid for) and we teched the car in. I made 1 pass on the car before the track closed.
Tracy and Taylor made it out to the track shortly before the track closed, and we took her over to her dads house for the weekend.
Saturday we got a pile of runs in on the dragster, and got a pretty good idea what we were doing for the tune up.
I got a pile of runs in with Adeline・s car as well, trying to figure out the tree, and get a good leave point figured out.
Sunday morning came and we got our last qualifying pass on both the dragster, and the car, the dragster ran very close to what we expected.
In the car ran I the best it had all weekend due to the cooler air, and the lights were in the teens.
First round for the Dragster came with a red-light in our lane and the end of Shawn・s day, we were happy with what we had learned on the weekend about running the car.
With Shawn out I had nothing to do but hang out and race.
Tracy made it out to watch right after second round so she got to see me race a few times
I had a few rounds where I treed my opponents and took the round, but in the semi finals I ended up on the wrong end of a red-light, and poof there went my chance at a Wally
Tracy, Taylor and I ended up getting home around 4:00 AM in the morning after a long ride filled with numerous quick stops to avoid deer on the highway.
I really need to thank Attheline for both the place to stay for the weekend as well as letting me use your car to race and paying for the entry fee that allowed me to do so well in the race
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1984 5.0L LX Conv 3600 lbs 13.41 at 101.89 SIR
[This message has been edited by ragtopjr (edited 08-14-2001).]