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Nebraska weather takes out dad's plane

By kartrac3r

We'll after finally getting back power and watching some news, I realized we made national news and so did my dad's Jet. The bird is a Cessna Citation X. This jet was bought about 5 years ago and the hangar it was in had to be built for it as the pre existing one was too small for it. The irony of ths situation is 2 fold. 1) the new hangar was an addition to the old one which they kept and connected with a breezeway. The old hangar which was built in 1977 still stands with the only damage being from panels form the new one blown into it. 2) The plane that was in the old hangar left on a trip an hour before the weather rolled through...the catcher on this part? The passengers on the trip rented the corporate jet for a personal trip and was "too cheap" to rent the big one that got destroyed. Had he rented the Citation X, both planes would have survived, as the Citation X would have been on the trip and the smaller Citation would have been in the hangar left standing. I'd add some links to articles and videos of the aftermath but its nothing different then the photos I have attached. Needless to say the jet is totalled

World of Wheels 2008-I got FOOSED!!!!

By kartrac3r

Wow!!! What a show. I work in Glade, Kansas for Ron's Restoration and the shop had 3 cars there, and I was informed today that they took home 7 trophies over the weekend. But the highlight for me was seeing Chip Foose. My buddy and I stood in line for 2 1/2 hours to meet him. He signed a mailbox I painted and drew a picture of a 32 roadster. That was awesome!! Troy Trepanier and Jimmy Shine also signed my mailbox. Pics are linked on this blog

The Off Season

By kartrac3r

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Well "Flash" helped me to 2 track championships this year almost a 3rd if I would have been able to make all of the races at a track in Kansas. If you take a look at the photo album the kart hasn't just been sitting around. Right after my last race I took the body off and started on the fiberglass work. I covered up every hole even the chassis mount holes cuz the body was a little off center. I got all of the body work done (fiberglass and filler) and started painting once Christmas break started. The theme next year is a WWII fighter, I think it turned out pretty decent since I didn't have near the resources as I did when I painted it as McQueen. Feel free to leave comments if you'd like

The Aerocoupe's sister car: 1986 Pontiac Grand Prix 2 + 2

By kartrac3r

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The birth of the 2 + 2 and the Aerocoupe of the 80's are much like how the Superbird, Daytona and Talladega came to be in 1970. As 1970 approached Nascar teams were all looking for a competative advantage. At the time, as long as it was offered in showrooms you could run it. So through the 60's Ford and Chrysler all beefed up their motors and the maufacture wars were on. Motors got to the point where you could get bigger, but for everbodies benefit they maxed when the 426 Hemi rolled out. To continue to find that competative advantage Dodge and Plymouth came out with the Daytona and Superbird, respectively. The cars were aerodynamically superior to the competition. With their arrow shaped noses, and tall wings. Ford had no choice but to watch as these cars walked away from them.

Nascar tightened down on engine size as well as other rules to make the cars more competitive to one another. So for about 15 years things calmed down. Engines were eventually maindated to be 358 CI and the cars gots boxier of the assembly line as the aerodynamic rules changed after 1970.

Although Plymouth and Dodge opted out of Nascar by 1986, Ford and GM will still going hard at it. The Ford Thunderbird, Chevy Monte Carlo, Buick Regal, Pontiac Grand Prix and Olds Cutlass were all relatively boxy looking for the time save for the Thunderbird. The decade was about to see the technology age come to be with wind tunnels and all sorts of other test labs out side of the Dyno. With Ford looking to take charge Pontiac and Chevy Introduced more aerodynamic models of the Grand Prix and Monte Carlo SS. These would be known as the 2 + 2 for the Grand Prix and the Aerocoupe for the Monte Carlo SS. These models had more aerodynamic rear windows. They weren't the typical notchbacks that most people think of and known from this generation.

The "Bubble" window as most people refer to them. Reduced the drag on the car and subsequently got 5 MPH higher speeds on tracks such as Daytona and Talladega. They were produced in 1986, with Pontiac producing 1,225 and Chevrolet Producing 200. The 2 + 2 was still raced in 1987 but was not made on the production line, but as for the Monte Carlo Aerocoupe, they produced 6,052 and like the 2 + 2, used it in competition in 1989 but did not produce any.

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