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Friday Update

Well, today was a little set back for us. Early afternoon the wind started to roll in. We tied down what we could but the tank was off the car and we didn’t want it to get wet. We lowered the canopies and worked for a bit. It was too much and we all ended up holding on to a leg so it wouldn’t blow away even though it’s bolted into the salt. We tarped the car and eventually got it into the trailer. This was between the rain that also joined the party. So, long story short, everything is still ok but we really didn’t accomplish much. We have to put the tank back on tomorrow and do some tuning. We will have to see how the salt is in the morning. Can’t run if it’s too wet and can’t run if it’s too windy. There is a rookie meeting to go to and then we’ll see how it goes. May or may not get a run in, lots of variables. A little unexpected but we are new at this!
Then you have this…this is “the bend in the road.” People have long pulled off and camped along this road to get to the salt, some only in tents. Any amount if rain makes it a mud hole since the salt is really thin here and you mostly have dirt. There are some other locations to squat but this is the “cool” spot. I’ll take my hotel any day even if I do have to share it with 3 1/2 men!



Friday, August 10

Last night the parking lot car show began. It gives everyone time to talk since you are usually busy during the day. Here are some photos for those car buffs that have been waiting to see what’s here. Signal strength is low today so they may go up slowly.




Tech Inspection

We passed tech with flying colors. I would say Andy is extremely relieved! Got in and out with his suit on perfectly. There were only minor suggestions for future years. Just what I wanted to hear! Now it just has to run good.

We heard a comment from one of the tech guys that this is the nicest roll cage that they’ve seen. We have guys here that have said this is the best car and best build they’ve seen and they doubt they’ll see anything here to top it. I hope Andy can fit his helmet on after this!

Oh, and everyone has commented on how great the polish job is on the tank. THANK YOU Big Al.





On the Salt

Heading to the salt now. I’ll put up photos when I get a chance depending how the cell service is.

Th pit area is going up. This will be home for the next week (hopefully).

So far, very good comments about the car. People taking pics already. Pit going up nicely. Really nice breeze going, great in the shade. Around 91. Time is 9:55.

Andy is sweeping the tarp clean for those of you who were wondering. And…I don’t know how it happened but I got my shirt dirty first and my hands are black! ( I had to fold tarp straps) but, not to disappoint, Steve did get his shirt dirty already.

Ashley, when did u get here? U brought the most important thing. Although I was really excited – I just found an all women jiffy john or as they call it out here, a green house.



Made it into Utah around 4:00-4:30. Below is a pic of “the boys” at a rest stop in Echo, Utah. Outside temp is 96. Only about 2 1/2 more hours.

Mountains coming into Salt Lake. We passed through all the ski areas from the 2002 winter Olympics. Can see big smoke plumes from fires south of Salt Lake City which are probably still a few hundred miles away.
This is the Morton Salt plant outside of Toole. And yes, the big white pyramid to the left is a pile of salt.

Then we have this…

Look what we found!


Wyoming landscape

Here is a picture of the area we are currently in. A whole lot of nothing. A ton of cattle spread out, some prairie dog hills and I did see the antelope playing. There is a large line of windmills in the back of this photo if you can see them.

FYI – our barometric and post turbo manifold pressure is low due to our altitude20120808-115651.jpg
Here is a photo of Sinclair. The town is named for the fuel refinery that supplies the gas stations (the dinosaur one)
Here are some rock formations west of Green River.