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5500 pound open class from last Weekend

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    Posted: 22 Sep 2021 at 9:11am
Here's a link to an open class NO speed limit. I'm still working out my new ride, The 1650 Oliver. When I can get it smoking like Bill Grime's Either Eater I'll have a ride. Currently I have the stock VE pump and have it tweaked all it will do without spending big bucks, I'll do that with a P Pump. 
 Here's a link for the 6500 pond class the same day


Edited by PaulB - 22 Sep 2021 at 9:20am
If it was fun to pull in LOW gear, I could have a John Deere. If you can't make it GO... make it SHINY
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote allisbred Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Sep 2021 at 3:28pm
Looks good Paul! I could see those tires making some MPH!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PaulB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Sep 2021 at 6:45am
5500 pound class actual ground speed was near to 20 MPH
If it was fun to pull in LOW gear, I could have a John Deere. If you can't make it GO... make it SHINY
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DrAllis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Sep 2021 at 7:08am
20 MPH and a narrow front end ??? What insurance company covers classes like that  ??
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PaulB Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Sep 2021 at 7:15pm
The Fair board covers all of the insurance for all events at the fairgrounds. 
In the 50+ years I've been pulling I see those that have curved pipes pointed toward the grandstands as a more serious liability risk than going fast with a narrow front. All it takes is a piece of hot carbon to land in someone's lap to have a major lawsuit. Most every club I've ever pulled with has a written rule "No Curved Exhaust Pipes". This has been a rule ever since NTPA was first formed. Yet when this is mentioned to officials they just shrug their shoulders and say something like "Oh he's so & so" 
 I've had twin engine a modified that would go faster and had a narrow front.  Real pulling doesn't have speed limits. 
If it was fun to pull in LOW gear, I could have a John Deere. If you can't make it GO... make it SHINY
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DrAllis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Sep 2021 at 7:48pm
No argument about the curved pipes. I've spit an exhaust wheel or two over the years before cross-bolts were required and lucky no one got hit. I'm glad you had a twin engine chassis with a narrow front end and lived to tell about it. Narrow fronts aren't as safe as a wide front and that's just the way it is. There was a very recent wreck that is on u-tube of a Minnie-Mo that upset going down the track. The roll cage saved him for sure and the wide front helped the cage. Safety rules are good.
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