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of LeMons... all while making barbeque under the hood.
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Willy is BACK
Posted by on July 7, 2012, 8:27 pm CST
Be shocked, veteran race driver and father of a Spec Miata racing Champeeeen Willy Thompson WILL BE BACK to race/bbq with us in August! He's got it all folks, experience at Road America, a big ol trailer to fancy us up a bunch, and a pension for BBQ (which is actually on the contract when signing up to the team). We can't imagine any other reason for him to like us so much.
I spent some time looking around and emailing different tracks to see if we could get some track time before the race. I thought it would be handy to dial in our handling and braking to be ULTIMATELY ok, so when Blackhawk Farms replied back with a crapcan test day, we signed up and asked Willy if he wanted to join us. He jumped on, seeing as Blackhawk Farms is his team's home track (BTDT Racing). Check out that stripe, hellllz yea.
As usual, some problems were encountered during the transmission/engine pull so when we told Willy we weren't going to make the date, instead of calling us jamokes he offered up his Spec Miata race car for us to lap in. So Dan, Willy and I found ourselves on a beautiful early spring day (unseasonably hot actually) doing laps in a real race car. The best part? It helped us to realize our crappy SAAB isn't actually as crappy as we had previously thought, and the experience we had on track at Autobahn and Gingerman kept us from having any major incidents. I just wish we were allowed to put some slicks on the 900! Those spec tires were SWEET.
Willy gets behind the wheel to show how it's done..
While we were setting up, a familiar car rolled past...I double-taked. It was the old RBank Racing SAAB 900, a past LeMons overall winner, apparently with a new team getting ready for the 2012 season. The new team was appropriately named "Failcar", full name "Team Failcar III: The Battle for the Chumpionship: The Movie: Game: In 3D!". They could be described with many words, unfortunately all are synonyms for SLOW. I knew that they had a problem due to the car's quick history, but they were smart in getting their teeth cut at a track day instead of pulling a Carbeque, and turning the first on track laps in green flag competition. They were great guys, and I hereby name them as official allies. Their hood came off on track.
*queue Le Mans theme music* oh wait, I have it right here, thanks youtube! starts at 1:18
Here's our onboard video footage for the event!