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Goin a Flat Towin
Posted by Adam Goral on July 7, 2012, 12:15 pm CST
Not too long after I made the post regarding Soggy and his great Simca migration, he rings me up asking if I wanted to help him pick it up in Oklahoma, because he couldn't wait anymore for the LeMons supply chain to eventually get it home. We would stay with some lemoneers famous in the southern faction of our little "sport" while down there. The trip will take a couple days at most, with a track day and a Gallagher show mixed in somewhere (yea the watermelon guy). My initial thought, "Oh God he's mad, more than I initially realized". Then I remembered there's a cheap transmission in Iowa for the 900, we could pick it up on the way back. Suddenly a mad idea became oddly intelligent and resourceful. Humorously, didn't know the half of it.
A few days later, he shows up at Carbeque HQ (in Antioch IL, he had just driven from Pennsylvania) at around midnight, and after offering him a bed he refused...bluntly..and somehow a few hours later I found myself in his diesel Jeep, heading south through central Illinois chain smoking clove cigarettes and discussing notably insane females of our respective pasts (it helped us validate the trip as totally normal). The way the math worked out, we couldn't really stop if we were to get to OKC on time to meet up with Mental, so he drove until about 3 or 4am if my memory serves me. We switched off and I drove until I started hallucinating in the late morning fog cover somewhere in...Missouri I think. We each got around 2 hours of sleep in the back of the Jeep which was enough to get us all the way to Okie country. Really, the way the timing of the trip worked out, sleep had been pretty much left out of the plans all together.
The video above starts around then. After we left Casa De Mental (he's the one with the Grassroots Motorsports t-shirt), our terrible caravan headed north to Waterloo IA, to pick up the Q's "new" transmission and spare engine to start getting ready early for Road America. Things were going smoothly until Soggy took a turn a bit too tight in the hotel parking lot with Simca in tow (Oh yea, did I mention we were flat towing this thing?) and twisted its bumper mount. The rest of the trip back was composed of Soggy happily chugging along, while my eyes focused on the passenger mirror praying I wouldn't see a little French onion puff spinning off the road behind us. We had to do several emergency stops to have the bumper welded back to the car, but the problem was how twisted it was, every time we slowed down the tow bar wanted to fold under. Hairy at best, but that's our style.
Regardless, we made it back to CBQHQ around dinner time on Monday, where Soggy naturally refused any food. Somehow, I think we could have coaxed him to eat something if it had bacon in it. He promptly left after we yanked the SAAB engine/transmission out the back of his deez Jeep and preparations to get our SAAB back on the road began shortly afterward. Overall I think it turned out to be cheaper to have both the car and the engine shipped, but we got a memorable road trip out of it, met some insanely awesome people, time for race car.