So my buddies Bobby Kloetzly and Heath Cofran from Lucky 13 Clothing Co. paid us a visit a couple of weeks back. Bobby and Heath have been in the game for quite some time now, and have developed quite a following in the hot rod industry with traditional threads; and they’re not easily swayed by the latest trends and fads (no slim-fit Emo pants here). When it came time to work on a couple of new items for the nation’s oldest mail order speed shop, Honest Charley, all it took was a call to Lucky 13 and the guys were more than happy to help us out. Look for some exciting new Honest Charley Speed Shop merchandise for 2011.
Here’s a little Lucky 13 perspective on their visit to Coker Tire.
Also on the radar is the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando, FL next week. As I mentioned in a previous post, this is a chance to rub elbows with racing royalty and it’s an honor to have been asked by RPM Magazine and Holeshot Wheels to put my car on display in their booth. Please come by and see them at booth #5716, and while you’re at it, make sure to come see us at the Coker Tire Performance booth featuring the latest in Phoenix and M&H race tires, booth #2159.
The “Inside Drag Racing” TV crew will also be onsite to ask a couple of questions about my sled, what we’re up to at Phoenix race tires, and my racing next season. Look for a future blog with TV dates and times.
I really hope that Steven and Heavy C., get a rental car with a little more juice this year. It took almost two trash cans full of water and perfect conditions to get last years’ rental Dodge Charger to smoke the hides in the Red Roof Inn parking lot!!! Well…that’s about it for now. Look for an update on the Dynamo of Dixie in a couple of weeks.
Ola mi drag racing amigos! Whoa what a minute….last week was when the international spotlight was on dragracetires.com, this week things are a little more home spun, biscuits & gravy style. So after powering down a couple of Hardee’s finest, I got on the road again with my buddy Mike Freeman and headed up to Knoxville, TN for a little 5.70, IHRA “Quick Rod”, style racing. The rule book on this one says that throttle stops are legal, and with no minimum weight limit or tire rule, basically anything goes. If you can start it, you can run it. High dollar dragsters vs. door cars, vs. altereds oh my! (more…)
Cooler temperatures, college football, and red-hot racing…it just doesn’t get much better than this. Frustrated by the inconsistent tune-up and lack of results for the end of July and August, we decided to do some extensive trouble shooting in an effort to get back on track. The fuel system and carburetor were taken apart, cleaned, and re-jetted, electronics were replaced, valve lash was set, and upon checking the timing….the culprit was found. My distributor had somehow loosened just enough to take approximately 10 degree’s of timing out of the engine. I was relieved and amazed to learn that I hadn’t been totally lost on all of my settings…the car had just “detuned” it-self by about 150 horsepower. Now I had the answer why I’d been hitting myself over the head with a hammer and flushing $100 bills down the toilet for the past 4 weeks with no results. It’s the little things that kill… (more…)
Last Wednesday I had a conversation with a good friend named Dan Reynolds who is a pastor for Oakwood Baptist Church. During the course of our talk, he told me about a board game that he had played the night before with his family and how towards the end of the game he needed to have a seemingly impossible set of variables go his way in order to win. He went on to talk about his intuition that somehow, some way, he had this incredible feeling and he just knew that it was going to come together. Sure enough, the completely impossible happened and he won…much to the disbelief of his family, and dismay of his new son-in-law. (more…)
Well it’s my first Fall season in the South and what a magical time of year it is. Change is in the air; the mornings are crisp, afternoons are sunny and warm, college football is the talk of the town and for the most part, the drag racing season is winding down. However, it seems like things are just getting wound up on this end…although it’s been the Summer of discontent with almost every conceivable mechanical/scheduling difficulty you could think of for racing a car…I’ve managed to make huge strides in the past couple of weeks. Recent test sessions have netted several consistent ET’s in the 6.02-6.05 range…which is right where we need to be for the last non-sanctioned, Outlaw 6.0 “heads-up” race of the year scheduled for November 1st-2nd at the Brainerd Optimist Drag Strip in Ringgold, GA.