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California98Civic 04-02-2018 01:45 PM

El Mirage, CA
 
There is a two day land speed racing event May 19/20 to which I want to bring "black & green" and camp in the lake bed. A small contingient of EM members to join me & friends?

El Mirage

This is the site where that HASport first gen Insight famously rolled at nearly 200 mph a few years ago (the driver survived remarkably well, thankfully). I was at that event with my daughter but we overslept that morning and arrived as the FD & EMTs drove up:

Https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=McJJeukIWSA

On a happier note, the cars are awesome aero projects. And it is one of the oldest such race sites in the USA.

RustyLugNut 04-02-2018 05:53 PM

I haven't been in a few decades. I'll check my schedule and see if I can drop in. I pingpong between San Diego and the IE so I'm often not too far from the Lake.

California98Civic 04-02-2018 05:58 PM

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Originally Posted by RustyLugNut (Post 565656)
I haven't been in a few decades. I'll check my schedule and see if I can drop in. I pingpong between San Diego and the IE so I'm often not too far from the Lake.

Cool. Just realized I left dates out...May 19/20.

MetroMPG 04-25-2018 03:54 PM

I'd go if I were in the neighbourhood!

I've seen too many streamliners in pixels and none in real life.

California98Civic 04-25-2018 10:06 PM

And the Lake Bed is open! Just saw the announcement today. Good news, that.

California98Civic 04-26-2018 03:08 AM

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Originally Posted by MetroMPG (Post 567767)
I'd go if I were in the neighbourhood!

I've seen too many streamliners in pixels and none in real life.

Wish you and lots of other modders were available. We can use the dirt to observe aerodynamics through dust deposits and photos. See the LSR cars up close. Awesome star cover. $15 USD per vehicle total cost.

Here is a pair of people who did the kind of camping I am talking about:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=J8A01zgYodY

(Not sure his date was a success, tho. Haha!)

California98Civic 04-30-2018 01:35 AM

El Mirage Land Speed Racing documentary. Note the 49cc 140mph streamliner starting and running at 3:22:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwMxf7klrks

Also a Corvair, a Citroen, and lots of roadsters and motorcycles...

freebeard 05-11-2018 12:32 AM

Would if I could. :(

This is my favorite dry lakes picture:

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-fr...4-hpim1176.jpg

If you look closely, the front wheel carries dirt over the top of the tire, until it's blown back by the air. It forms exactly the shape you'd want a teardropped cycle fender to have.

California98Civic 05-11-2018 10:20 AM

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Originally Posted by freebeard (Post 569344)
Would if I could. :(

There is a chance I can't go, either. Gotta have the engine together and running right. I am confident that I can do it by this weekend, but if I have made or make a costly mistake, I'll never be ready to go in a week, I bet.

Quote:

Originally Posted by freebeard (Post 569344)
This is my favorite dry lakes picture:

http://ecomodder.com/forum/member-fr...4-hpim1176.jpg

If you look closely, the front wheel carries dirt over the top of the tire, until it's blown back by the air. It forms exactly the shape you'd want a teardropped cycle fender to have.

That is an awesome photo. I think it instantly becomes my favorite too. Wish I have the photo tech to be able to try and make more close up action shots like this. In the past, long distance dust trail shots, showing the long wakes and their turbulence, have been my best.

California98Civic 05-13-2018 07:27 PM

"Black & Green" is running! I'm going to El Mirage. (Unless, something blows up between now and Saturday.)

California98Civic 05-20-2018 12:42 PM

photos from El Mirage
 
14 Attachment(s)
Raw dump of most of the car/bike photos in low res format... gotta run to an appointment with a friend. But here is "young girl digging the bike about to race" for your Sunday. The man with her stepped aside and a woman, maybe the girls Mom took the handlebars for the pass. Announcer had "no information" and I forgot to note her speed. But she got going great.

http://ecomodder.com/forum/attachmen...1&d=1526830738

freebeard 05-20-2018 06:52 PM

Thanks. Just A Car Guy posted some as well. He chose the Omega and the Starlight coupe too.

Did you see these?

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QJ1QqUhoS...0/DSC_0020.JPG
http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2018/05/cool-late-40s-delivery-van-mounted-on.html

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uaxkrL3_j...0/DSC_0006.JPG
Just A Car Guy: I didn't get a chance to see this open up and unfold, but the back looks like a mobile workshop/ viewing the races platform

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vAIY8IxSI...0/DSC_0025.JPG
http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-hop-up-t.html

The Hop Up T is significant because it was in the Stroker McGurk cartoons in Hop Up magazine.

California98Civic 05-20-2018 08:45 PM

Didn't see the trucks this time, but I was in motion a lot, exploring the lakebed and surrounding towns. Met a couple oldtimers, one a 200 Club member. Lots of stories. I did see the little roadster pack that I think this car was part of, though I don't remember this car. There was a different "Hop UP" roadster there that I did see... all paintless rusty metal patina. These were pretty machines, in that mad max kinda way. Snapped a pick of a few of them doing donuts in the dust, kinda like a roadster tango.


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