Well, Kiddies, It's been a bit of a week or two. As admitted, I forgot to take the cameras' case to the Nat's. And I managed to break something or other in time to not take the car to Eagle Field. I've had better months. The Nat's were great though, I managed another "Non-street flathead/inliner" class win (that's two of'em now ), but have decided to re-instate my cooling and charging systems (I've concluded that it's more fun to sip a soda between rounds than to have to fiddle with cooling the car off by hand ). First Qual ...... after missing second (several times ) I posted up a weak 15.585, but with a reasonable 96.94 on a .147 light. She topped out at 4800 (and early), but got there pretty quickly. Q2 ...... an .041 r/t, and finding the gears netted me 13.717 @ 97.97. squeezed'er up to 5000, but still long before the finish line. Q3 ...... a soft .168 r/t, but still 5000, showed a 13.474 @ 96.47. Mostly due to a slightly better 60' of 1.779. Followed lunch with first Elimination round call for my class, but the handler put me in the wrong lane. By the time I got it straightened out they had to run me as a left over. So, solo run. I took my time on the tree at .201, and pushed'er up to 13.459 @ 97.93. Still flat on the top, but slightly better. E2 ...... and made sure I was first in line, but the other two cars left wanted to run each other. So, another freebie. I'd added in a bit more advance, and pulled 13.365 @ 98.38 out of the hat. Still a pancake on the top end, but 5200, and better. E3 ...... and finally an actual race. We both dialed 13.40, so it was heads up. Tree'd him, .033 to .284, and found all the gears. Didn't see him at the end, so pedaled out of it at the traps to keep from breaking out. Took the win with 13.723 @ 94.33 to his 13.977 @ 93.06. Great race, classic, just a quarter second at the end. Worth the whole day. Tom & Patti (Mr. & Mrs. '440) made it, which made it all that much more fun, and even stood in for the victory pics. Several other friends, some from the Trompers and the Old Farts, were there & racing. All in all, it was a really nice day. Even the clouds kept their peace, and mitigated the sun all day. Attendance was down, likely due to the threat of rain, and there's scuttle of possibly losing this race to lack of profit. I dearly hope not. Not only is it a true tradition, but a fun get together. The smiles all day were so good to see, nothing like the amount of "grind" at some other (less) nostalgic meets. Eagle Field was interesting, in that it's been rather a loooong time since I've gone to a meet just to spectate. And never for three days of it. Still, it's Eagle Field. I mean, THE nostalgia meet. What can I say? Great cars, great folks, old friends, new friends, and real flag racing on a genuine old air strip. I mean, what else is there for geezers like us? There was some fuel action, tons of tin, about a million slammers, grudge races (including Revelation vs Pure Hell), and even a smokin' (in BOTH definitions) diesel pick'em up. Just plain good stuff all weekend. Got home, and finally got time to do compression tests on the 'Brick. Number 3's down to 120 lbs, and #6's down to 20 lbs. Popped the head, but nothing visible, other than a slight sign of detonation on all six. Will have to open'er up to see. Likely next week.