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We are now past the middle of the season and things have been great so far for us on the race track.
The spec racer won multiple times in the capable hands of Bill Boesen, and I too won my class a couple of times. Lorrie Ann Fisher was the third winner in the car at Blackhawk this year.
So far this year we only had one failure at the track when a freak thing happened. A water plug came out of the motor and the engine overheated to the point we had to take 12 thousands off the head. The Renault Spec Racer did great after the repairs.
On the track we serviced other Spec racers. Caldwell Buck became a customer with his Renault. Welcome to the team Caldwell!
At the recent Blackhawk school Tracy Shepard had his first outing of with his magnificent 185 HP TC Lotus Seven series 2. Tracy passed school and was one of the students who showed the most improvement during the sessions.
The car ran well, however while avoiding a spinning car, Tracy took a detour over the curbs. The concrete hit the bell housing (probably more the other way around) and damaged the transmission to the point where we preferred to check the drive train before going out again.
Tracy proved to be a great team member, and I think he had a fabulous time at the track with us.
At the same event Peter Taft tried out his "new" race car, a Datsun 510. The car seems well prepared.
The last good news is that Tim Pecenka made his come back to the track. With the capable hands of Tim around I am again open for providing track services. Please contact me if you want to be part of our paddock.
At Historic Race Car we are looking forward to the 2012 race season.
Our whole group will be around most weekends so come join us. Deb will be taking pictures for our customers, and Joe is planning to be around to help wrench.
The Spec Racer is already booked for several events, and when the car is not booked, I will be in the driver’s seat as often as possible. At the moment we are investigating purchasing a second Spec Renault to add to our stable.
The team will most likely expand this year. Usually there is a little red Lotus Europa around our paddock (owned by Pete Taft) and this season there will be another Lotus in our care; a Seven Series two with a Twin Cam Lotus engine.
The Twin Cam Lotus was recently purchased and is being made ready for the April Council School at Blackhawk Farms.
Gretchen Patey will again be running her Mini Cooper and hopefully Gary Schaefer will be taking his TR4 out often. What a sight it was during the last Looooong race, watching Gary race in the rain on slicks!
Our good friend Bill Boesen is on the lookout for another race car. In the meantime Bill may also run the Spec Racer this season.
All together Historic Race Car is ready for the season! We hope to be at all Council races, the VSCDA Blackhawk Vintage races, and for sure we will be at the ELVF at Road America in the fall.
If you are interested in having us service your car at these tracks, please contact Yves. I am sure you will appreciate our hospitality; not to mention the Panini’s, beer and all the action pictures. I will burn your action photos to a CD for you to take home, and I hope to be able to burn those to a CD before we leave the track!
Here’s to another great year of racing!