We'll looking back its been nearly 3 years since we started the Living Hamb. Its was delayed by a separation and divorce and a couple of losses of family members from the Big C. But i'm happy to report that Living Hamb debuted last week and apart from a couple of minor fixes everything is still intact. Quick recap= the car was bulit from scratch by myself and my father in law Poppa John(now outlaw lol). Neither of us had built anything before. I've been involved with drag racing for close to 25 years (36 years young this year) crewing on numerous cars from super gas to top fuel but i could never justify the cost of a car considering i had other responsilbilties ( apprentice mechanic, young family , house etc) but the hambster creation was the inspiration i needed. 3 months ago the car was a roller with all the major components in the shed but yet to be fitted. Target was Nostalgia drags at Willowbank Feb 19th. Took the car in early January to local tech inspector for him to inspect the frame structurely and got the ok to finish it off. Final tech inspection passed 8th feb, car totally stripped 9th, parts delivered to paint shop 10th, sanding 10th and 11th, paint 12th, and everyhting back home in the shed that night. Now only have to put it together for license pass Friday night 18th Everynight after work till 12 and as late as Friday morning i was having clutch problems with a loss in slave cylinder travel. Fix= make rod longer!! Got gears enough to get it on the trailer "we'll check it at the track". Quick adjustment at track and first pass time. I decided i was first as i had been on the track before, in street cars. I was SUPER nervous. i was just about to pedal our creation down the track. My $200 engine is breathing hard but a quick flick of the thermo fan blows the smoke away-doesn't look so bad. With granny shifts first pass done 19.86/74.90. Car feels really good. No vibrations, steering good.Sweet. Time running out so Johns turn. He'd never been on the track before but with same granny shift approach 20.81/79.15. And officals signs off on the car and our license passes. Race day and Poppa John is the nominated driver for this event. First pass out and 16.46/82.00. Cool- thats a breathing slanty, haven't set timing yet, stock everything including single barrel carb. We're stocked!!! Following passes are 19.09/77.96,17.52/82.16, 17.90/41.81 and 21.78/68.45 all passes with trouble getting second gear. Offer a quick suggestion to Poppa for our last pass and finish with a 16.74/81.85. First meet done, car performed good considering it's got a smoking habit and we are both very pleased with ourselves. There is nothing like building something and watching it work. That was Saturday, Sunday i picked up a set of frame rails, i beam front end and a diff for number 2. Surely 2 is better than one.