Friday, July 10, 2009

Time for the NASA All Star Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway...or something like that.

Our normal events are Saturday and Sunday, racing both days. This race at Lowe’s was a little different. Since this was July 4th weekend, we ran a one day event, Friday July 3rd only. This meant we would cram a weekends worth of track time into on day. Sounds like fun right? I enjoyed it, except for one small mechanical problem.

Much like Rockingham, we run the Roval. 3/4 of the oval and the infield road course. See track map here:

This was my first time at Lowe's and I was really looking forward to it. You could tell from the time sheets in practice that it was also the first time for many others as well. I was surprised to see the times drop so dramatically and consistently all the way thru the grid. Not that the track is overly technical or anything but there are a few tricky spots. I am always amazed at the skill level in Spec E30, we really don’t have any "bad" drivers amongst us. Fortunately we were also very clean this "weekend" too, which is nice.

I was feeling lost on track in practice but qualifying was much better. I qualified 7th for the first race with tires that I knew were on their last leg. I had almost zero tread pattern showing on my 888's before the first race. As I headed toward pre-grid I heard an awful, unmistakable sound of a completely toasted wheel bearing on my left front. It sounded like ball bearings in a blender...hmmm, probably shouldn’t rip around the banking at 130MPH like this. I turned the car around and watched the first race from turn one with Al Taylor who had toasted his motor on the first hot lap in practice.

Robert Patton had a wheel bearing (Robert, by the way, please send me your address and Ill pay you back immediately, thank you very much) that he graciously gave me and told me to "get to work" fixing it. As always, Jim Levie was nearby and with his help, I had the wheel bearing changed in no time flat, ready for the afternoon race. Big thanks to Jim for the help and Fred for a couple of tools.

As I have said before, its the people in NASA SE and Spec E30 in particular that make this hobby of ours so much more than just driving on track for a few hours a day. I feel lucky to have met such a great group of people, even if the ones ahead of me are all dirty, dirty cheaters.

The grid for both races was a combined group start, not done by separate classes. The grid was set for the second race by times from the first. This meant I was starting dead last, in 33rd spot since I did not turn a wheel on track in race #1. As you can see from the video below, I got a great start and had lots of close racing in the first 1/2 of the race. I made my way up to 7th in Spec E30 where I would eventually finish. I ended the video before lots of open laps where I eventually caught the blue and white Miata on the last lap to finish 18th overall. Not bad for having two corded tires on the right side and one on the left. They weren’t too bad but certainly explained the lack of grip in the infield. You can see in the video that people were certainly eating my lunch there but man, was it fun!

I really liked the format of squeezing almost a whole weekend's worth of track time into one day but you really do miss out on a lot of the off track fun that is the SE. It was great seeing everyone once again. I hope you enjoy the video. Have fun at RA in August; I will miss that race due to work.

Looks like my next event will be The 24 Hours of LeMons South Fall event on September 12th and 13th. BeerTech Racing was accepted again! This time the car will run more than an hour or so. Stay tuned for updates!

-BeerTech racing #380, Brian Jones

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Being slow was never so much fun.

This weekend found your favorite race series visiting Barber Motorsports Park in lovely Birmingham Alabama. Mr. Barber spent $55 million dollars building one of North America’s most beautiful facilities complete with a motorsport museum containing over 1200 motorcycles and many, many race cars alike. He is very proud of this facility as well, $15 per person to tour the museum and more paddock “police” than you can shake a broken half shaft at. Fortunately it was much more laid back than I was led to believe.

The Track:

Barber is a 2.38 mile purpose built road course with 17 turns. It is a very technical track with lots of elevation changes. The video below does the elevation changes no justice.
I took vacation Friday May 29th to make the 5 ½ hour tow to Barber a little more relaxed. I headed down Thursday night with Warren Turnipseed. Turnip happens to have some family that lives Alabama that was nice enough to let us crash with them. They also live 15v minutes from the track, which is nice. Partying with the Turnipseeds is where it’s at. I had one of the best times I’ve ever had on and off track. We managed to convince Scott McMennamy and Johan Schwartz to hang out as well. Fun was had by all and many beers were had.


We rolled into Barber Friday at around 4 PM, waited in line for about an hour it seemed and then went in to set up camp. We were parked on the skid pad and it was sealed black top. Hot. Luckily we had two EZ up tents to save us from the heat all weekend. After talking some smack and getting set up we headed back to the Turnipseed Compound for dinner and some downtown Birmingham night life.


6AM came early after going to bed at 3:30. Driver’s meeting at 7:00AM. Ouch. This was my first time to Barber and as practice came, I was getting around okay. I watched a little bit of video before coming to the event. Qualifying came and I managed to qualify 12th out of 18 Spec E30’s. We had a great turnout for this event. I was using some old RA1’s for Practice and Qualifying and felt that I didn’t have enough grip so I switched to R888’s for the race to see how they would do. They felt awful. These tires are just about spent as well but I had a great battle with Jonathan Stroup and Steven Lako. The three of us battled for most of the race with some good close racing from the drop of the green on our standing start till the checkered flag. I ended up finishing 13th.We didn’t have a single double yellow all weekend during our races.

Saturday also offered the 60 minute “enduro.” I agreed to fuel for Turnip, Worrell (E36M3 guy) and “Bitter” Jim Robinson. The endure was only 60 minutes but the rules mandate one stop and adding at least 5 gallons of fuel. It was nice and hot out there on the hot pits in a full fire suit! The only source of entertainment for us was listening to Brendan Diegel talk to Jim over the radio. Jim, don’t drive angry buddy! Jim showed up only for the enduro and then quickly left afterward. Shouls have stuck around for the sprints, they were a blast.


Here is video from Scott McMennamy's Car in Sunday's race. Its pretty good coverage of my car until his battery dies and then he gets by me on the white flag lap.


I qualified 11th for Sunday’s race and decided to keep the R888’s I had on the car from Saturday’s race. I rotated them and changed the air pressures a bit. During qualifying the tires felt good for about 3 laps and then got really greasy. They fell off very fast and became almost un-drive-able. I had to back off considerably but wanted to stay out to get a little more practice on the track. After another air pressure adjustment I went out for the race and had the most fun racing I have had yet. I had an absolute blast with Jim Pantas and Scott McMennamy. We were swapping positions and running nose to tail for the entire 45 minute race. I was holding them off for most of the race but toward the end Pantas got by me for the final time after one of my many mistakes. Scott Mc waited me out and got by me on the white flag lap as I botched the hairpin turn in the middle of the track. He went to the outside of me into the turn as I defended the inside. My plan was to over slow and pull second gear and keep him behind me coming out of the turn. Unfortunately, the tires were done and I ham fisted the downshift getting the car sideways and allowing Scott to cut underneath me and drive away to a twelfth place finish, putting me in 13th for the second race in a row. Nice racing Scott and Jim!

I was completely exhausted when I got out of the car and felt a little sick…I wonder if the CO has anything to do with it racing behind Jim for so long? Hmmm, maybe Ranger can look into it further for us?

Barber is a great track and I hope we get back to race there next year. I also had a blast with the Turnip’s family. All in all, a great weekend at the track and very little damage done to the cars. We had some minor contact in our class. Unfortunately Turnip was involved in an incident in Saturdays race which ended in two totaled Porsche’s and a banged up right front fender for Warren. Hope you enjoy the pics and video, sorry for the poor quality on video, Ill be getting a better camera soon. I also apologize for the boring read. I am feeling a little sick and want to hammer this out but you can deal with it right?


1. I think Indy Jim needs a hug. Craig?
2. Barber is awesome, you guys are crazy.
3. Warren has some great family and I really appreciate their Alabama hospitality.
4. Warren is “One spin away from death” according to 944 drivers.

Our next event is Road Atlanta in two weeks but I will miss that race, hope everyone has fun there. My next event will be Lowe’s Motor Speedway on July 3rd. If you are near come and check it out, until then remember, if you spill anything in the paddock tell the Barber cops.

BeerTech Racing #380, Brian Jones

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cheaters never win…but sometimes winners cheat!

Round 3 of the Spec E30 season brings us back to Carolina Motorsports Park in lovely, scenic, historic Kershaw SC once again. I think they filmed Deliverance there…oh well, whatever. I was certainly hoping this weekend was better than the last one, which was a demolition derby if you recall, and thankfully it was better. With the exception of damage to Steve “Lucky” Divinney’s car the weekend was relatively incident free. My car was also hit by the same car that hit Steve but c’mon…have you seen my car? Yet another reminder that body work is overrated.


I pulled in early to CMP just before the start of the enduro. I was there to crew for whomever needed help but mostly I was there to instill fear in my competition and intimidate Jim Robinson. Check and check! I was promptly put to work as the re-fueler meaning I was fortunate enough to wear my fire-suit all day and not get to drive. Sweet. Dave White and “Jack Handle” Jim Robinson brought Craig Geiger’s #82 Cheater Wagon home for the enduro win in E2. That car is making so much power; Dave completely ripped apart the left rear tire. It was either that or the extra ballast the driver carries at all times. ;)


Practice went well. I was using some old RA-1’s and just taking it easy to get back in the groove. For qualifying I switched over to my R-888’s and tried to give it a run after being laughed at by everyone in the paddock once they learned the last alignment on my car was performed in 2007. I haven’t had time to mess with that, besides an alignment doesn’t contribute to the cars handling and performance right? I had enough time to nut and bolt the car and replace some wear items for safety before this event. That would be good enough. Oh and Dyno? Never been on one but the car feels fast. After this weekend, Ill be getting an alignment. Thanks 944, I needed one anyway.
Unfortunately I have no in car video from the weekend. I brought my camera, pulled to pre-grid and remembered the camera. Damn! I jumped out of the car ran back to the truck, grabbed the camera, ran back to the car. “Where the F is my camera mount??? Oh yeah….its safely mounted to my roll cage. In my LeMons car. Awesome. So I gave it to Turnip and he recorded the race from trackside. Nice work by the way and thanks again Turnip. Ill get it put together and add it later.

I managed to qualify 4th, was asleep at the wheel at the start and DiVinney got by me immediately putting me back to 5th. I thought about wrecking him but couldn’t quite get close enough….maybe next time. I settled in line. It was Dave White, Johan, R Patton, DiVinney and then me. Patton, Divinney and I were nose to tail for the first 3 or four laps. That was an absolute blast! Nice racing guys. As they say, the fun always comes to an end. On the next lap the three of us entered the carousel nose to tail again but a 944 was right in front of Patton mucking up our race.

Patton broke for the entry to the carousel as is the normal method if you want to stay on track. The 944 decided he didn’t need to do that. He promptly over cooked the entry and went off to the outside of the carousel. This let Patton drive right by him. Next in line was Steve D and I was right on his tail. Steve and I both watched in disbelief as the 944 yanked the car back toward the track. We both slowed and Steve took evasive maneuvers to avoid the now out of control Porch. Steve hit the brakes and swerved to the infield. Just before he got off the track, the 944 slammed into his left rear taking him out of the race.

I was on Steve’s bumper and hit the brakes as well. As the 944 came veering across track to the inside I went to the outside to avoid the mess. To my surprise the 944 was not done! He kept his foot in it, bounced off of Steve and was coming toward me at what seemed to be a bad angle. Oh sh*t is this guy going to hit me too!? At this point I was already off track on the outside of the carousel and the 944 slams into my right rear wheel and bumper. I was 10 –15 ft off of the track at the point of contact. Nice driving ace. He knocked me sideways in the dirt but I gathered it up and drove back on track to finish the race in 4th place.

Here is video from Steve D's car of the incident. I am right behind him, you can see me in the rear view mirror. Right after this video footage ends, the 944 comes to get me!

STEVE D'S VIDEO<<<<<<<<<<

My steering wheel was now a bit off center. Hopefully he just knocked the rear wheel out of what was already poor alignment, otherwise, Ill be shopping for a new trailing arm. See, how pissed would I have been if I just had the car aligned? The rest of the race the car didn’t handle quite the same and was unpredictable in the carousel. Could have been a combination of the worn tires as well though. I was later DQ’d for being 13 lbs under weight. We raced withought a single Double yellow flag. I’m convinced that would have saved the two gallons of gas I needed to make weight. Poor planning and poor cheating? A few others were underweight as well. Pantas was 90 lbs. underweight! Ooops


Saturday evening after the race I rotated the tires and flipped the brake pads. I thought about changing the right rear alignment but then I remembered I don’t know what I am doing, so I didn’t. Ill just drive it like it is. I made sure nothing would fall off the car and then drank beer. Nicccccce.

I managed to qualfy 5th after having a slow qualy and going off track at the carousel. I was driving the normal line thru, had decent grip and then the rear end just gave up. I was ¾ of the way thru the turn so with Johan right behind me and some decent momentum going, I had to open the wheel, drive straight off and gather it up. The other option would have been to spin in front of Johan, that didn’t seem like a good idea at the time.

I got a much better start this time and was able to stay right on Steve D’s bumper again for a few laps. We were running well but Johan was checking out on us all. A few laps in, into the carousel I go and again, the rear gives up. I drive off again. Back to 8th place. I spent the rest of the race working my way back up to eventually finish in 3rd, well behind Steve D. Billy Gropp and I had some fantastic racing with a few passes made by each of us for the rest of the race. He was right on my tail at the end of the race. We battled hard and looked like professionals as we executed the perfect over under in T11. He came screaming to the inside of me in the brake zone, a nice move, but couldn’t make it stick. I waited, pulled third a little early and turned in to miss his bumper by a few inches diving to the apex to re-pass him. Hey, maybe it wasn’t so pretty, but that’s how I remember it! Don’t you ruin this for me!

We didn’t weigh after Sundays race but I added a spare wheel and tire and a full tank of gas to make sure I would make weight. The race was also made interesting as Johan decided he didn’t like the sound of his exhaust and dropped it on the track in T11 like this was Mario Kart or something. I’m pretty sure he did it on purpose.


Overall this was a great weekend. Once again the people are what make the racing and bitch and moan as we all do, we all get along and have a good time at the end of the day. I still wouldn’t want to race with any other group.


1. Alignments are overrated?
2. If the scales are open before Qualy or Race, stop being lazy and go weigh the car.
3. Body work is for suckers.
4. Steve D. should stay away from Vegas with his luck as of late.
5. 944’s aren’t as soft as they look.
6. Safety-wire your Spec Exhaust, or leave it on the track.
7. Al Taylor is going off the grid and is terrified of FaceBook.

The next race is in Birmingham Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on May 30th and 31st. If you’re in the area come check it out!

-Brian Jones, BeerTech Racing #380-

Friday, April 10, 2009

LeMons (again)

According to the genius who run this monkey show, our car in its current condition qualifies for $380 worth of crap, so we should easily be able to get it fixed and running strong again for the fall race.

I personally pity the fool(s) that think they can A. rat out the B team with no consequences B. dock us a ton of laps on simple heresy with no consequences and finally C. Get in front of the B Team car on track with no consequences.

Murdock is pissed off, fired up, a little bit drunk and a lot crazy. Can't wait till September. Punks.

A few more pictures:

F- the judges and their E30 hatred:

Thursday, April 9, 2009

BeerTech Racing Presents: “The B Team” at the 2009 24 Hours of LeMons at CMP Spring Event.

Well, here we go again. April 4th and 5th of 2009 brings us to the first of two 24 Hours of LeMons events this year. Since I’ve already written about the car, I’ll spare you the boredom of that part and get right to the team and the racing. I’ll let the pics do the talking.


“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune.
If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire... The A-Team.”

Yeah! What he said….except, its not 1972 and we are a much cheaper knock off version of the A-Team with no discernable skills between the four of us. Hmm, I guess that makes us The B-Team! Let’s go with that.

This year we only had four teammates so this worked out nicely for our theme. JP was Face, Ian was Hannibal, Rob was Murdock and I was B.A. Barracus. We were also lucky enough to have Big Tom as our Crew Chief again. Thanks Tom.


Already covered and as you can see, my attempt at turning a BMW E-30 into The B-Team van was highly successful. In fact, many people asked us if that was the van from the TV show. Ok, no one actually asked us that but they should have.

Because BMW’s are perfect cars for an event like this, the LeMons races seem to see a lot of them. The judges and promoters now hate all things E-30. So much so, they have a stencil they spray onto all E-30’s now and asses bogus penalty laps on top of that just for having an E-30. Well, this year an E-30 won the race! Not ours mind you, but an E-30 nonetheless.


This year’s configuration was much like last year’s except this time there was no single car wide chicane in the middle of the front straight. We had an all out sprint race from the last corner to the first turn. We reached a mind-boggling 80 miles per hour or so. Hey, you don’t want these heaps of junk going too fast, they all should be in a junk-yard as it is.

Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) in Kershaw SC. TRACK MAP<<<<<<


Ian and I got to the track early on Friday and unloaded everything hoping the rest of the team would show up in time for the tech inspection on the car as well as the infamous judging. Time was running out so Ian and I decided to tech the car and wait until the last possible minute to get judged. Besides, JP was bringing some liquor to bribe the judges with to keep our lap penalties down.

We went thru tech only to be told we needed to add two backing plates to our cage or we would not pass. Great. Let’s go find some steel and get to work. I was sick and tired of working on this car a month or so ago so I was a little unhappy with this news. We were lucky enough to find a truck garage a few miles down the road that had some free scrap steel and he even cut it up for us. Score! We got back to the track and Ian took the car back up to tech to get, well, tech-ed.

We got good and drunk waiting on the others all day but at 5:00 it was time for judging. Ian and I threw on our costumers and we headed to the judging with only one bottle of liquor to bribe the crooked judges. Our ride looked sweet, is an E-30 and has part of a motor swap. We knew we would be in for some laps for sure.

They looked over the car, gave us a bunch of crap and painted some stencils on the car. They demanded that we paid $500 for the head on the car and I got them down to $100. This put us over budget by $60 so we got 6 penalty laps. Sweet! we can make that up in no time! The Mr. T and Hannibal costumes definitely saved some serious laps. Until….

I’m pretty sure it was Evan, though he still denies it but someone told the judges we installed an M5 differential in the car. First of all, impossible, and B), what a D-bag! Ratting us out? Who ever it was deserves a good crushing. Anyway, the judges told us that was worth $800 and gave us another 80 laps. Oh yeah, this was Saturday morning by the way, an hour before the race started. We were the second most heavily penalized team behind Team Cockroach with 125 laps (another E-30).

Executive Summary of our Performance:

We finished 90th of 94 cars. Our car was very fast when it ran but crapped out early on us on Saturday with fuel delivery issues. The rest of the weekend was spent drinking beer and heckling other teams while being bitter and calling everyone else a bunch of cheaters…….which, they are by the way. J

We didn’t race for very long but there was some contact during Ian’s stint with the talent-less wonders who won this: JUDGES' CHOICE AWARD FOR EXCESSIVE WHINING: #50, Team Thunderturd II (1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, Bradenton FL) This car slammed into the back of our car completely destroying out exhaust. They also managed to cave in our right side door and rocker panel. Nice driving A holes.

Full Race results:


  • OVERALL WINNER: #90, Dorifto Dogs (1986 BMW 325e, Bahama NC)
  • INDEX OF EFFLUENCY: #21, Heavy Metal (1972 Ford LTD, Charlotte NC)
  • DANGEROUS BANNED TECHNOLOGY: #66, Our Lady of Perpetual Downforce (1988 Honda Civic, Atlanta GA)
  • WINNER, CLASS PW: #95, Lightning McQueen (1990 Volkswagen Jetta 16V, Richardson TX)
  • WINNER, CLASS NPW: #02, Ponticrap: We Are Driving Excrement (1986 Pontiac Fiero, Cincinnati OH)
  • ORGANIZER'S CHOICE: #44, Team Turbo Schnitzel (1987 Merkur XR4Ti, Atlanta GA)
  • I GOT SCREWED: #86, Greyman Motor Club (1989 Mazda 626, Charleston SC)
  • MOST HEROIC FIX: #55, Tunachuckers (1966 Volvo 122, Travelers Rest SC)
  • MOST LIKELY TO LAND IN A POND FULL OF POISONOUS SNAKES: #29, Scuderia Gonzo Alonzo (1987 Alfa Romeo Milano, Milton NC)
  • WINNER, PORSCHE CUP: #81, More Cowbell (1984 Porsche 944, Richmond VA)
  • BEST MOONSHINE OR APPLEJACK: #55, Tunachuckers (Triple-Row Radiator Distilled Apple Pie with Vitamin Pb)
  • LEAST HORRIBLE YANK TANK: #47, LeMons Vuitton (1998 Plymouth Neon, Fort Meyers FL)
  • GRASSROOTS MOTORSPORTS MOST FROM THE LEAST AWARD: #191, (1985 Saab 900 Turbo, Aliquippa PA)
  • JUDGES' CHOICE AWARD FOR EXCESSIVE WHINING: #50, Team Thunderturd II (1987 Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe, Bradenton FL)
  • PEOPLES CURSE: #32 Ford Mustang:


Thanks to JP’s camera that likes to turn its self off every 28 seconds, I have no video of my stint but I can assure you, it was spectacular. With 94 cars on a one-mile track, there was racing everywhere. The car ran great for a little over an hour until the rusty fuel was stirred up enough to clog our entire fuel system and choke our car to death. I think I made up around 40 laps of our 86 lap penalty in that hour. I was passing 8-10 cars per lap every lap and I was racing like I stole it. I was making it happen at every corner and being as aggressive as I could. Just like real racing, and if you don’t like it, go back to DE’s. Period. It was a blast. It’s so much easier to pass when you have a lot more power than everyone else. I’ve got to get a cheater motor in my Spec E30. Now I know what it’s like to drive Jim Robinson or Geegar’s car.

It was fun while it lasted! The motor starting choking and I brought it in hoping we were just getting low on fuel and we were beginning to starve. No dice. I came in, filled up and the same problem was still there. Coming out of the turns the car would fall flat on its face for a few seconds and then come back to life. The problem was getting worse so I brought it in.

We changed three fuel pumps, thanks for the help Jessie! This worked for a while. We got about 20 – 30 mins out of the car until it would happen again. We finally retired the car Saturday afternoon and called it a weekend. We will have to change the entire fuel system from the tank to the injectors. Good times ahead. This is what I got out of the fuel filter:

We did get a residual value for the car of $380 from Jay Lamm so we can spend another $120 getting it ready for the next event, which will be plenty. We will definitely be back in September to contend for the win. When this car runs, its fast.

I hope you enjoy the pics! Stay tuned for next time!

-Brian Jones, BeerTech Racing #380 / B.A. Barracus,The B-Team #25

Sunday, March 22, 2009

LeMons car preparation update!

Me replacing the radiator hose. Rob Changing the AFM

With the LeMons South Spring race fast approaching in two weeks, we were back at it. I've been putting in a lot of time during the past few weeks and weekends when I haven't been racing getting our whip buttoned up and ready to go.

A few weeks ago I fired the car up, warmed it up and bled the cooling system to get all of the air out to hopefully avoid overheating our car during the race. All went well then I shut the car down, worked on my real race car for a while and went back to the LeMons car to pull it back into the garage. No start. Just fires and immediately dies. Great, what now?

I assumed it was a simple electrical gremlin in our now 22 year old Frankenstein race car that we cobbled together. This should be easy to diagnose with my years of highly refined electrical knowledge. This was about two weeks ago and the next weekend was our Road Atlanta race (see post below) so I was running out of time and patience with this car.

I called around, got some ideas on the thousands of issues it could be an decided to put it on hold until I could get Rob down here to help me troubleshoot. Which was this weekend. Thanks again goes to Jim Levie who offered lots of help and ultimately led to the solution. Long store short: we have a bad AFM. I'm not sure where JP got this AFM and if it ever ran a car he owned or not but it was confirmed bad when I tried it in my Spec E30 race car. Another donor part from #380 and we are back in business. Side note: Jim also has a writeup on how to repair the bad AFM so hopefully we can fix this one.

Once we got it fired up I took it for a spin thru the neighborhood. Car feels great and will get sideways fairly easily. Should be a handful at speed with this ancient suspension. Oh, and we really need a new caliper out back, the brakes are just plain scary.

After a successful test drive I bring her back in the driveway, call Jim to thank him and let him know its running great. As I'm talking to him on the phone I see lots of steam and fluid on the driveway. This is not good. I pop the hood and quickly look at the front corner of the engine where the head meets the block. There is steam pouring out and I quickly deduce that we just lost a head gasket and cooked the motor. Jim laughs at me and says look at the hoses. Hoses? You mean the original 22 year old hoses we reused? Those are fine. Except they aren't are they? there was no a big crack in one where the hose clamp is and it is conveniently spraying on th engine right where the head meets the block. I told you I was no pro tech. We let it cool off and replace the hose, all is well again...until the next issue arises that is.

Weekend Summary:
This weekend we:
1. got it running...again. Installed the kill switch, finished the harness mounting and Rob helped me move all of my garage crap to the new house. Thanks again Bobert.
2. Churched up the inside of the car a bit with some rattle can primer to cover the surface rusted metal.
3. Went to Mac's on Main again, great little place with live music and a sketchy waitress. I'm pretty sure she eats everyone's leftovers.
4. Went to the club to check out our New Amsterdam promotions. Blame it on the New Am...not feeling great today.

The paint job is done!

Paint is still wet. Wet sanding the first two coats of gray.

The car sanded before painting. Safety first!

A lot of the time I've put into the car has been getting it looking nice. I've always wanted to paint a car with rollers and see how nice I can get the paint. Since this isn't a real car its the perfect candidate. This way, if I screw it up who cares right?

I used Rustoleum and went with the three color scheme reminiscent of a once popular 80's TV show featuring a sweet van. It goes along with our LeMons team theme which will be revealed in the race recap blog. If you can figure it out for yourself by these pics and my clever clues, consider yourself average at best and go ahead and eat that extra cookie. You've earned it.

Bobert wiring up the kill switch. Two E30's ready to race?

The proper method of painting with a roller is to thin the paint to almost water like consistency so it levels and apply several coats, wet sanding in between. I had intentions of doing this for the whole car but decided against it once time began to run thin. No pun intended. I did thin the gray and added a few cots but most of it is thinned slightly and applied heavily. I did wet sand, compound, polish and wax afterward so the paint looks great for a LeMons car. As with any paint job 90% of it is in the prep work. Getting a smooth surface to start with. I sanded the car and that's about it. Again, LeMons not concourse.

This car will be smashed to pieces in the race anyway so it doesn't matter. Enjoy the pics!