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ragtopjr
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From: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 08-14-2001 05:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ragtopjr   Click Here to Email ragtopjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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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Ed
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F551
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From: Manitoba, Canada
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posted 08-14-2001 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for F551   Click Here to Email F551     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Ed - sounds like you had a great week!
Any plans on racing at Viking September long?

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Fred
68 Mustang 500CID/Powerglide - "No Tubs"
86 Mustang GT Cobra

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ragtopjr
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From: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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posted 08-14-2001 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ragtopjr   Click Here to Email ragtopjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred i really wanted to make it to Viking this year but as things have turned out i have gone everywhere but there
We had planned on going to Bozeman montana for the International Mustang Meet but at this time it looks as though we will be missing that as well

How has your year gone Fred?
Dont be shy about sliding out to Saskatoon for the weekend, it would be great to meet you, and see your car

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Ed
Heart mods:Trick High flow titanium valve ported & polished Listen close: "tic tic tic" No folks thats not a noisy lifter thats the sound of big flow!
1984 5.0L LX Conv 3600 lbs 13.41 at 101.89 SIR
http://ragtopjr.hypermart.net/
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http://mbmustangs.tripod.com/index.htm

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Stewart
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From: Monterey, CA Mustangsandmore Member #437
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posted 08-14-2001 08:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ed, isn't it nice to have a friend like Adeline? Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. Sounds like you had a blast!! Too bad you red lighted though!

BTW, What's a "wally?" And what the heck is this "wall of dirt?"

Stewart

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Ked
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posted 08-14-2001 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ked   Click Here to Email Ked     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like a great trip, Ed....

And, yeah, what Stewart asked??

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TomP
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posted 08-15-2001 12:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomP   Click Here to Email TomP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
sheeeeeeeeesh you southerners!

"Wally" is the "man with a tire" trophy ya get when ya win a major NHRA race, Bob Glidden and John Force have oodles.

"Wall of Dirt" is just like the name says, those poor saps live in the dustbowl(in towns with silly names)... dust=dirt

Ya did good Ed ,congrats! Adeline musta gone to Mission instead eh?

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66HIPO&more
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posted 08-15-2001 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 66HIPO&more   Click Here to Email 66HIPO&more     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NOT GOING TO BOZEMAN????

Darn it Ed, ya just spoiled my Day!!!

There's a whole herd of stampeding ponies coming from Utah.

J.

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ragtopjr
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posted 08-15-2001 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ragtopjr   Click Here to Email ragtopjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Ed, isn't it nice to have a friend like Adeline? Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. Sounds like you had a blast!! Too bad you red lighted though!
BTW, What's a "wally?" And what the heck is this "wall of dirt?"

Stewart


Yes it is great to have friends as great as Adeline

This is a Wally


A wall of dirt is just as Tom had described it, just think of when the wind picks up and drops the entire contents of the dirt field on you

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NOT GOING TO BOZEMAN????
Darn it Ed, ya just spoiled my Day!!!

There's a whole herd of stampeding ponies coming from Utah.

J.


It is not totally out of the question at this point just seems as though we will not be able to afford to do it.

I guess we can just keep our fingers crossed and see what happens(I still really want to go but it will be up to Tracy(she even took the friday off for it) and money)


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Ed
Heart mods:Trick High flow titanium valve ported & polished Listen close: "tic tic tic" No folks thats not a noisy lifter thats the sound of big flow!
1984 5.0L LX Conv 3600 lbs 13.41 at 101.89 SIR
http://ragtopjr.hypermart.net/
http://ragtop-racing.stangnet.com/
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F551
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posted 08-15-2001 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for F551   Click Here to Email F551     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That would have been one of the Wally trophy put up by NHRA for the anniversary - went out first round at our race where "he" was up for grabs!

Ed - been a while since we were at Saskatoon, probably not gonna make it this year - spent too much on new paint. Year was not great round wise until 2 sundays ago - won ProET. Have had traction problems -hopefully now that the weather is cooling off we can make a mid season charge on the points!

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Fred
68 Mustang 500CID/Powerglide - "No Tubs"
86 Mustang GT Cobra

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ragtopgirl
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From: Saskatoon, Sk
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posted 08-20-2001 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ragtopgirl   Click Here to Email ragtopgirl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Calgary was Fun. I got to see my guy race. I was soooo proud of him.
Taylor was going to stay at her dads house but Ed and I got a phone call Fri and Sat night. Mom can I come stay with you and Ed?

Yes, Thanks to Adeline I didn't have to sleep in a tent and I got to watch Ed as much as I could. I'm so proud that he made it to the semi's.

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