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We made the pilgrimage out to Lakeside Raceway again yesterday.

Not a race, just an Historic track day. But I need to get some testing done on a longer circuit to see if my new fueling system worked correctly.

I've been having some trouble with to old system for some time.

But like I've always saif, race tracks are harsh environments.

Well, maybe not your local track in Birmingham Alabama but here in Australia we have the kind of conditions that tire manyfavtirers love for testing their new products.

back in July we raced at Carnel Park and the temperature was 24F when we woke up. It actually got to near 60F later in the day.

But mostly when we get to the track it's wither freezing, blowing a gale and raining or so hot the birds can't fly. They just walk around on the ground flapping their wings.

Yesterday at Lakeside it was 102.2 in the shade.

The track temperature was 159.8 !

Even on Methanol my engine got HOT.

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Wow, sounds intense!

Also, for the record the local track in Birmingham, AL is a world class facility as part of Barber's Motorsports Museum, so not exactly something for the local ham & eggers to putt around on avoiding asphalt seams.
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Not the same, but I vintage raced a Yamaha 650 powered sidecar in the late 1990s, early 2000s. I did a lot of racing at Loudon, NH (now New Hampshire Motor Speedway). The road course used part of the NASCAR oval. The sidecar’s drifting would often liberate pieces of NASCAR rubber from the pavement and send it flying into me and the passenger. Damn, that hurt.

As an aside, that track had beautiful amenities (showers and such) and has only gotten better over the years.
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Sounds like my weather here. At least you got showers. Last run. My shower was a 5 gallon bucket and a hanky.
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I have been to Barbers. What a beautiful park to put a race track in. I didn't get to race there. We tried to negotiate having a run in the USA and nearly got to Daytona but the transport company went belly up just before the load.

My sidecars don't conform to the rules over there and I would have a HUGE advantage over the locals.

But (unless things have changed) the pits at Barbers are the pits. They never opened up the garages for the Historics and pitting in a concrete parking lot isn't that much fun.

I told the organizers for Broafdord at last years Australian Titles that I would bever return unless they guarantee me a garage.
Imagine a bull dozer just scraped off the top 6 inches of you front yard. Yup, down to dirt, dust and rocks.
I paid over $400 to enter the 4 race event and pitted in an open cut mine.

If it had rained they would have just brought the dozer back in and buried me.
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