July 11th was supposed to be the aforementioned race at Auto City Speedway. Instead we trekked over to “home” for the Moonshine Run, a local event at Springport Motor Speedway. Traditionally this is not for Mods, but we were added due to rainouts. Time trials were good, we managed 6th, which netted us a 2nd place starting spot for the heat and the feature.
We felt we were “high” for time trials, so lowered the car for the heat. Sailing off into turn 3 on the opening lap we bottomed out – hard. It washed up the track. Once up there it turned like a beast and we got a great run outside the car that ducked under us when we went highside. Unfortunately, he didn’t think we would get said run.
We were outside him and unable to “get back out” before the wall came up. We hit hard, well hard enough anyway. It broke the panhard bar mount…and shifted everything to bust ANOTHER radiator. This was the start of the heat, just before the incident (courtesy of Photos by Woody)
It would have been easy to pack up at that point, but that’s not how the team rolls. Everyone sprung into action, from switching the bad wheels out for new ones, to getting the mount rewelded, to removing the radiator and actually “closing off” the broken passages in the radiator. The previous mounting of the radiator took 2 hours. This was done in ten minutes. We pulled into line for the feature with 2 laps to spare (the previous feature was getting the white flag.)
We had no idea how the car would behave, or if it would even make it through without overheating. Well, the car held on – getting a little hot in the last few laps. It handled reasonably well, despite bottoming out at every opportunity. We started 2nd, and still managed to get a 7th out of it. Given all that went in to even making the grid, that was a very pleasant result.
At that point, we had a decision, it was 7 days to the first North South combination race…in Indiana…