El Mirage Season Finale 2012…

El Mirage Season Finale 2012…

The SCTA’s El Mirage November meet. It was the last one of the year, and a two day event at that. I moved some things around on my plate so I could attend for the first time in many years. The forecast promised fair skies and light winds for the weekend. I headed out Friday evening to see how set up was going and it was lightly raining and a bit cold, but not too bad. Most of the racers gathered around a wood fire predicted the clouds would pass and that Saturday would be a good day on the lake bed. Well… It was and it wasn’t. The wind was howling and gusting up to 30 miles per hour. It was cold enough to numb your hands stiff and keep your extremities well chilled. For once, those Nomex racing suits looked like the perfect piece of clothing for the correspondingĀ temperature. Powdery dirt was kicking up with every tire movement and items left out were mildly sand blasted. I walked the line to see what vehicles were in the cue: Shinya’s Knucklehead, Bobby Green’s Belly Tanker (running “topless” with an experimental intake set up), the Bombshell Betty Buick, and Elmo Rodge’s flathead-powered fiberglass tank was there too. The good news about the strong winds was the direction she was blowing– In the tail. Cars and bikes were scooting off the line with good authority, often going without the usual push vehicle. This wind was especially good news for the less aerodynamic vehicles. Richard Reed set a new V4F street roadster record at 119.9 on a 114 record. This is fairly stock ’29 street roadster with rear fenders and a deuce grille, so it’s quite an accomplishment. Harsh conditions aside, it was a nice way to wrap up the SCTA racing season…

Here’s a video I found from the season opener, just to give you a flavor of what it’s like out there:

El Mirage 2012 Opening Day from Sunny & Mild Media on Vimeo.

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