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Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2004 01:44:59 -0400
From: Neal Tovsen
To: Scirocco-L
Subject: Re: GRM Update, pics + story for Busted Knuckle Racing

That car is already something to be very proud of, and it has the potential to be truly AWESOME. Now, if we can just get Brian to mostly leave it intact for the next 12 months and TUNE it (instead of building another one from scratch), I'm confident they'll finish in the top-15.

Seriously, look at it: The car should be capable of low 13's at least...if not high 12's with nitrous. That'd put it near the top-10 in the 1/4.

And it already handled pretty darn well. With a good alignment, a bit of engine tuning, and maybe some different tires, it has real potential to be in the top-five there. Heck, it was already 13th as-is! And that was a run where I drove OK but the car bogged...unfortunately I pooched the run where the car ran best.

No kidding. It's got all the right parts. It just needs SORTING.

And you guys should have seen all the people standing over that engine bay once we started posting some good times in the autocross. Suddenly, everybody was wondering what was under the hood. There was some fantastic grassroots-style *chassis* engineering at the event, but IMHO that engine setup was the most innovative there. Most everybody else was doing carburated V8 swaps...not exactly special. One of the best representations of true grassroots race engineering.

Mega-thanks to Brian and Brett for letting me drive the beast. That was some of the most fun I've had in a while.

Neal (the arm waving from out the car in the pics!) ...out of lurk mode

Getting all the directional tires proper.  The car is so stiff, that jacking up the front sometimes gets 3 wheels off the ground
Getting all the directional tires proper. The car is so stiff, that jacking up the front sometimes gets 3 wheels off the ground
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Tires almost ready, Neal making adjustments.  This is right after we had to make a super fast run to Advance Autoparts for fuel injector orings.  One of ours had checked out and we had fuel spraying all over the front of the motor.  Nice!
Tires almost ready, Neal making adjustments. This is right after we had to make a super fast run to Advance Autoparts for fuel injector orings. One of ours had checked out and we had fuel spraying all over the front of the motor. Nice!
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I think Neal actually liked the car. :-)  He's quite a good autocrosser, and still campaigns a supercharged Mk1 Scirocco
I think Neal actually liked the car. :-) He's quite a good autocrosser, and still campaigns a supercharged Mk1 Scirocco
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100_0675
100_0675
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"What would it take for me to put you in this car today?  No money down."  Brett takes a fashion shot with Neals arm shooting off the A-OK approved sign.
"What would it take for me to put you in this car today? No money down." Brett takes a fashion shot with Neals arm shooting off the A-OK approved sign.
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Brian.  MadMax Scirocco.  Brett.  Neal was fed to the car in an effort to get it run better.
Brian. MadMax Scirocco. Brett. Neal was fed to the car in an effort to get it run better.
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It may not look it, but we really busted our asses to get here and run this car successfully.  110 teams entered.  About 90 showed up.  83 competed.  Some cars didn't get off their trailers, and we ended up 29th overall!!!
It may not look it, but we really busted our asses to get here and run this car successfully. 110 teams entered. About 90 showed up. 83 competed. Some cars didn't get off their trailers, and we ended up 29th overall!!!
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Cookin' along the back side
Cookin' along the back side
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Neal in action 56.0s 1.5 sec off fastest time of the day. No alignment, boggin motor, Old Toyo's, there is lots of motor left.
Neal in action 56.0s 1.5 sec off fastest time of the day. No alignment, boggin motor, Old Toyo's, there is lots of motor left.
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Spy photos stolen at great peril of Neal sliding gracefully around one of the road course cones.
Spy photos stolen at great peril of Neal sliding gracefully around one of the road course cones.
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1st run
1st run
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Madly reprogramming the Megasquirt, looking to erase the low and midrpm bogging while maintaining the very powerful high end.  Short tube intakes, 268 / 272 cams, about 5 degrees cam retard can equal a lot of power up really high in the rpm band.
Madly reprogramming the Megasquirt, looking to erase the low and midrpm bogging while maintaining the very powerful high end. Short tube intakes, 268 / 272 cams, about 5 degrees cam retard can equal a lot of power up really high in the rpm band.
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People like the car, and dig the motor.  It does sorta sound a bit like a bike at high rpms. :)
People like the car, and dig the motor. It does sorta sound a bit like a bike at high rpms. :)
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Neal adding more rear tire pressure in a attempt to combat our weak stock bars and get some rotation
Neal adding more rear tire pressure in a attempt to combat our weak stock bars and get some rotation
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Ausgeiseighnet (I bet that's too obscure and spelled wrong!)
Ausgeiseighnet (I bet that's too obscure and spelled wrong!)
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People "oooh'd" when Neal took the cone slalom, making it look almost straight.
People "oooh'd" when Neal took the cone slalom, making it look almost straight.
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Tune that motor.  "Too Rich, Too Rich" was the advice in my ear. :-)
Tune that motor. "Too Rich, Too Rich" was the advice in my ear. :-)
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One of Neals runs.  An appreciative ripple of "...Scirocco..." runs through the crowd.  People dig the car and Neal's driving. :-)
One of Neals runs. An appreciative ripple of "...Scirocco..." runs through the crowd. People dig the car and Neal's driving. :-)
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Neals last run, making us look great. :-)  Can you find Brian, Brett and Katy in the crowd?  (Thanks Jim for all the pix and video!!!)
Neals last run, making us look great. :-) Can you find Brian, Brett and Katy in the crowd? (Thanks Jim for all the pix and video!!!)
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