Monday, October 5, 2015

Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival 2015

Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival 2015

Our 2015 season began at one RA (Road Atlanta) in April and was completed at the second RA (Road America) in September. Another successful season – no blown motors, no bent metal, no black flags. And overall a good season with consistent top three finishes in Class.

The finale was the Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival. Except for a little rain in the darkness of Friday night/Saturday morning (we can say that, we were in the trailer Friday night; the tent-dwelling Farringtons might beg to differ with the adjective “little”) it was a spectacular weekend.

The prep leading up to this race had promised to be as easy as I have ever had. Only needed to bleed the brakes. And of course I waited until Monday before the race to do it. Trouble was that I found I had no rear brakes when I got ‘done.’ Seems it was time to rebuild the rear master cylinder, and of course I had no spare AP Racing rebuild kit. That’s what overnight shipping is all about, right?

Never a dull moment.

David and Sue Farrington flew into our "new" INTERNATIONAL Appleton airport Thursday night.(air freight directly from Thunder Bay to Appleton, just what I need).  It's always great to have the effervescent, always positive Suzanne in our midst.

Sue’s sister Rachel Durfee came over from Madison. I think I need to send Rachel a P and B  Motorsports T shirt! (John Tuteur photo)

The featured marque this year was Jaguar, with a smattering of really nifty Allards along for the ride too. The Jaguar show outside Turn 5 was beyond impressive. So let’s take a look at the weekend in pictorial form.
Over 80 Jags came from around the nation for their national show and shine

Joy and I helped out during registration. It's a great opportunity to meet people and see all the problem-solving that goes on behind the scenes. Makes one appreciate what our single VSCDA staff member, Laura Hire, has to deal with.

The Friday night Team Dinner featured an Allard show

Maybe they all have history, but this one seems to have a bit more than others

Alex Christopher had plenty of help (?) dealing with a cracked head

It was a picture perfect evening for the annual  Saturday night Gathering on the Green at the Osthoff.

The Gathering provided time for relaxed conversation. Here’s VSCDA’s Laura Hire, Joy and Alex enjoying the company.

Jaguar legend Bob Tullius entertained us at the VSCDA banquet.

Chuck Rydberg and his Jaguar XK 120 - one beautiful machine (David Farrington photo)

Photo op – Perry and Jongen on the grid (David Farrington photo)

Todd Jongen filled Jeff Babcock’s mirrors in Turn 5 (David Farrington photo)

Joe Brabender and Alex Christopher overtake the sole VW at Canada Corner (David Farrington photo)

Mark School and his Saab really put the pressure on Ray Friewald  in Turn 6 (Phil Koller photo)

Race Control at Road America. No one gets away with much with this sort of scrutiny.

This GoPro test resulted in an interesting perspective (Sue Farrington Photo)

Group 1 guys may not be the fastest of the weekend but they are the most photogenic ... (Phil Koller photo)

... and Bill Stelcher's '29 Ford was at the top of the heap. (Phil Koller photo)

I had my best lap time in our Sunday Group 2 Race: 2:49.725. Here's the video along with some commentary and self-assessment.


Perhaps the best race of the weekend for us was the Sheldon Cup, one of the special races for cars that have a typical lap time of 2:45-3:00. Falling pretty much in the middle of that range, I ended up pretty much where one would expect, in the middle. But it was a good race as this video illustrates. Tony Drews had some really great video that allowed me to watch myself from the perspective of another driver. You can see that at

Tony graciously allowed me to use some of his footage to be part of my own video of the Sheldon Cup. Thanks Tony! Here it is:


So what is ahead as we go into the down period? Well, both motors will be stripped down, inspected for wear and new rear main seals installed. The Group Race video will show why that's necessary. All the calipers will be rebuilt. The front master cylinder will be removed and get new seals. The transmission may get a new front gasket. I have a stock Volvo M47 transmission that needs to be gutted, the case reinforced, and then the salvagd straight cut gears from a couple broken ones installed to create a spare. And we will prepare a new motor to be installed in Cameron Lovre's 444 as we prepare for April's  Chihuahua Expess rally.

Mid-development photo of Can's 444 that we will be running in Mexico in '16.
Never one to sit idle, I'm happy to say I will be deeply involved in planning nexy year's ELVF -- the Volvo Nationals: Swedish Speed and Style!

Should be an interesting "off" season.

And as we sign off on the 2015 race season I want to express deep gratitude to the myriad of folks who have helped this all happen.

And espcially these individuals:
  • Joy Perry, P and B Motorsports Race Coordinator and spouse
  • David Farrington, P and B Race Motorsports Race Engineer and email buddy
  • Dave Buettner, P and B Motorsports Crew Chief and consultant
  • Phil Koller, P and B Motorsports Photographer
  • Doug Senk, P and B Motorsports Crew and Northern WI Volvophile buddy
  • Steve Blom, Competition Specialists and P and B Engine Builder
  • Duane Matejka, R Sport Engineering and P and B Advisor On Call