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Photography by Bully  403-921-2859

 

 

Thank you!

We're proud to announce the return of the following sponsors for 2013:

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Mac's Convenience Stores

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Universal Cycle

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Praxair

 

Again we've had a lot of help to get the Mac's Roadster ready for the 2013 racing season. 

Many thanks to:

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Chris Huntley  Crew (long days in the garage)

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Doug Taylor  Crew (also long days in the garage)

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Don Fergin  Universal Cycle (& Mac's Motorsports racer)

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Hugh Williamson  Top Gun Coatings (racing expert)

We compete in the IHRA Electronics (or “Box”) class.  The pits are open at all times, please drop by and say hi and wander through the entire pit area - it's a high-powered car show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 8 & 9, first races of the season:

A double header weekend at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.  You can watch live via webcam at castrolraceway.com, then click on "Catch Live Drag Results" located below the changing picture near the top.  We're in the BOX class.  Run order is NoBox, Junior Dragsters, Bikes, BOX, Top Eliminator.

Prior to these races, we made some changes to the suspension, ignition and timing.

Sat. June 8:

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Practice 1:  Our best time ever!  8.855 at 144.88 mph.  Awesome 60' of 1.267.  Engine stays cool when idling.  Awesome.

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Practice 2:  Better yet.  8.849 at 145.02 mph.  60' was 1.250.  Good reaction times too.  Now we'll see if we can keep it up in eliminations.

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Round 1:  Lost  :-8.914 on an 8.83 dial.  Good 60' of 1/254.  Competitor ran good numbers.  We underestimated the gusty headwind.  Done!

Sun. June 9:

Sky looks scary.  Temperature 12°C.  Shock adjustment this morning.

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Practice 1:  8.866 at 143.72 mph, 60' of 1.258, .014 reaction time.  Only 1 practice today.

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Round 1:  Won!  :-)  8.875 on an 8.84 dial.  Would have lost if not for .013 reaction time.  Margin of victory only .004 seconds!

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Round 2:  Won!  :-)  8.874 on an 8.85 dial.  Reaction time of .002!  ET only .001 different than last pass.  On to round 3.

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Round 3, 1/4 Finals:  Lost with a .006 red light  :-Good day, though.

 

June 22 & 23: 

We were at Hanna, Alberta for a 2-day drag racing event on a temporary 1/8 mile dragstrip at the airport.

 

Thank you to our pit crew, Leonard.  1/8-mile racing on a temporary dragstrip on a runway at the airport.  For higher-HP racecars the traction was terrible.  It was nearly impossible to pick a time and then try to run it.  Usually the Mac's Motorsports Roadster was still spinning halfway down the track!  Interesting fun, but a terrible race weekend.

 

Leonard

August 16, 17 & 18: 

We were at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton for a 3-day drag racing event.

 

Thank you to our pit crew, Doug and Chris.  Recent suspension changes didn't seem to help.  In Friday practices, our 60-foot times dropped off a bit since the June races (maybe the track prep isn't as good?). 

On Saturday we lost in the first round due to a .003 RED light!   :-(   Went into the buy-back round, but lost due to a HORRIBLE reaction time of .206 seconds (I knew at the starting line that I'd already lost).

In Sunday practice our 60-foot times improved (better track prep?) AND we gained power from changing the carb jets.  We set another record for the Mac's Motorsports Roadster..... 8.843 seconds at 146.50 mph.  Then we went on to win rounds 1 and 2 of eliminations with excellent reaction times (.012 and .011 seconds) and some good luck.  In round 3 we chose 8.92 seconds as our "dial-in", and then ran the 1/4-mile in 8.924 seconds!!!  BUT.... We had a .009 RED light at the starting line, so that's an immediate loss.  Good day though.

 

Doug

 

Chris

September 14 & 15, final races this season: 

We were at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton for a 3-day drag racing event.

 

Thank you to our pit crew, Doug.

Sat. September 14:

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Practice 1:  New record 8.817 seconds at 147.78 mph!

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Practice 2:  Another personal best!  8.803 at 147.78 mph.  60 ' time a bit better at 1.265 (not a record but VVG, so shock adjustment helped).

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Round 1:  Was set to break out, but got on the brakes at the top end.  Ran 8.813 seconds on an 8.80 dial for the win!  Probably would have run 8.75 seconds.

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Round 2:  Lucky win - opponent broke out.  We ran only 8.835 seconds on an 8.75 dial.  Traction issue (60' time was off a bit).  But .002 reaction time!  Now to Round 3.

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Round 3:  Lost.  Missed our dial again.  Ran 8.855 on an 8.79 dial.  Weak 60' time (lost some traction).  Opponent within .009 of his dial.

Sun. September 15:

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Practice 1:  8.809 seconds, new mph best at 148.93 mph.

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Practice 2:  8.825 at 148.27 mph.  60' time a bit better at 1.274.  Fairly consistent with P1.  On to eliminations.

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Round 1:  Caught opponent just before finish line, so eased off the throttle.  Won with 8.860 on an 8.84 dial against Ken Thompson in Webster's 27 Ford.

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Round 2:  Lost with a .042 red light.  :-(   Could have won with 8.887 on an 8.87 dial.

Thanks to Doug for calculating dial-ins, and to Mac's for support!

 

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Doug

September 29 - on display: 

The Mac's roadster was on display Sunday at the 11th annual High River Show and Shine put on by the River City Classics Car Club. 

The downtown streets were blocked off and filled with cars.  It's the largest car show in Southern Alberta (approx. 1,400 entries last year).  We had a great spot on 1st Street across from the train station.

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May 2012:  Thank you!

We're proud to announce the return of the following sponsors for 2012:

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Mac's Convenience Stores

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Universal Cycle

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Pepsi - Doritos

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Praxair

 

Big thanks for helping to get the Mac's Roadster ready for the first race of 2012 to:

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Chris Huntley  Crew (long days in the garage)

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Don Fergin  Universal Cycle (& Mac's Motorsports racer)

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Doug Taylor  Crew

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Hugh Williamson  Top Gun Coatings (racing expert)

We compete in the IHRA Electronics (or “Box”) class.  The pits are open at all times, please drop by and say hi and wander through the entire pit area - it's a high-powered car show.

Race City Speedway is Gone!

At the end of the 2011 season and after more than twenty five years, all operations at Race City Speedway in Calgary ceased, permanently.  After a mix-up with the city, their lease was not renewed and the land has been claimed back to use for a settling pond for the nearby landfill.  A sad sight for many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 12 & 13, first races of the season:

A double header weekend at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.

 

Sat. May 12:  Lost in the first round of eliminations.  Red lit (the racecar left before the light went green) AND broke out in the first round!  :-(  Talk about over-ambitious.  I can't explain the red light, it was red by a mile.  I think the break-out (running the 1/4-mile quicker than the time I'd posted on my car) was from underestimating the extra traction available at the starting line due to the rising heat of the day.  The good news in this loss is that I posted a new record 1/4-mile time for the Mac's 1927 Ford Roadster of 8.893 seconds!

 

Sun. May 13:  After breaking out yesterday, we were waaay too conservative today.  We picked a time with lots of safety from breaking out, but then I didn't run quick enough.  I missed my dial-in by 0.15 seconds.  My competitor only missed his by 0.03 seconds.  We had similar reaction times at the starting line, so he got to the finish line before me.  Out first round again.  :-( 

 

Ardan & Bob

June 2 & 3:

A double header weekend at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.

 

Sat. June 2:  Lost in the first round of eliminations.  Another colossally red light! (the racecar left before the light went green).   :-(   We found the problem while visiting with the other racers Saturday evening.....  For the Box / Electronics class, Castrol Raceway uses a feature at the starting line called "crosstalk" which causes both racers get the top yellow bulb AT THE SAME TIME, even though it's a handicap race and one racer will get the green bulb at a different time than the other.  Our delay box will calculate the difference in time between the top yellow bulb and the later green bulb.  BUT.... I didn't know Castrol Raceway was using this feature, so I hadn't set up my delay box to do it!  SO.... I was launching my racecar at the same time as any slower-car competitor, when I was supposed to be giving him/her a head start.  This happened in May too.  A stupid, but complicated, mistake!

 

Sun. June 3:  Lost in the first round.  I had a tolerable reaction time (.069 seconds) but then I "broke out", an automatic loss.  I ran the 1/4-mile in 8.94 seconds which was much quicker than my dial-in of 9.05 seconds.  The dial-in was a huge guess because the track was shut down for nearly 2 hours due to an oil-down, and then I was nearly the first one to race in changed (hotter) conditions on the freshly-cleaned racetrack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris towing the Roadster

July 28 & 29:

A double header weekend at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.

 

Sat. July 28:  The suspension geometry changes we made earlier in the week were a BIG help!  The Mac's Motorsports 1927 Ford Roadster had more consistent traction at the start, regardless of the track temperature.  We went 4 rounds - made it to the semi-finals!!!  :-)  Then lost to a guy who had an incredible reaction time (.003 seconds) and ran almost exactly at his dial-in time. 

 

Sun. July 29:  Won the first round with a good reaction time (for me anyway, .037 seconds) and then ran very close to the 8.97 second dial-in.  Lost in the second round because I was having a nap at the starting line when the green light came on (reaction time of nearly 1/4 second!).  That's what happens when you have a thought go through your brain while you're waiting / staring at the tree.

 

August 17, 18 & 19 - last races of the season:

A double header weekend at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.

 

We were at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton for a 3-day drag racing event – including the IHRA Division 6 Team Finals and Summit Super Series Eliminations.  Division 6 of IHRA covers Western Canada + NW USA, so there were 150-200 racecars, including from Alaska!

 

We were 2nd in Box Class for the 2012 season!

 

September 23 - on display:

The Mac's drag car is on display Sunday at the 10th annual High River Show and Shine put on by the River City Classics Car Club.

 

The downtown streets are blocked off and filled with cars.  It's the largest car show in Southern Alberta (1,250 entries last year).  Come out for the last hot and sunny day of summer!

 

Hours: 10am - 4pm.  Admission is free!

 

Directions:  20 minutes south of Calgary on the #2, west on overpass, follow 12th Ave. to 1st St.  

 

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Car Show Map (ignore the date, they're using last year's map)

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Event Poster

 

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May 2011:  Thanks!

We're proud to announce the return of the following sponsors for 2011:

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Mac's Convenience Stores

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Universal Cycle

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Pepsi - Doritos - Twizzlers - Dairyland

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Concept Metal Works

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Praxair

 

We've had a lot of help in our thrashing to get the Mac's Roadster ready for the first race of 2011. 

Many thanks to:

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Chris Huntley  Crew (long days in the garage)

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Don Fergin  Universal Cycle (& Mac's Motorsports racer)

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Jason Loader  Concept Metal Works (fabrication)

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Hugh Williamson  Top Gun Coatings (racing expert)

This year we’ll run the Mac’s Motorsports 1927 Ford Roadster ALL OUT at full throttle (unlike last year where we backed off the throttle linkage and shifted at a lower RPM).

We compete in the IHRA Electronics (or “Box”) class.  The pits are open at all times, please drop by and say hi and wander through the entire pit area - it's a high-powered car show.

May 15:  This was to be the first race of the Calgary Drag Race Association (CDRA) 2011 season.  However, the race was cancelled because of the wind.  Not a single pass was made by anyone.  It was unload, tech, wait, and load up again.  That's a first for us.  We've had lots of rain-outs in the past, but never a wind-out (if that's what you call it).  Oh well, we're tied for first!

June 18 & 19:  It's a double-header weekend at Race City.  On Sunday, the Father’s Day Classic includes feature cars such as Jet cars, Funny Cars, Dragsters, Altereds, and the Full Tilt Boogie Wheelstander.

July 10:  We lost the race in the first round.   L  The car ran well all day, and the driver did okay.  We got beat by a few feet.  Brent thought he had the other driver covered, so he eased up a bit on the throttle at the very last moment to ensure he didn't "break out" (run quicker than the time he had dialed in).  He didn't realize, but the other driver was gaining on him at the end, just behind what he could see, and the instant Brent's foot came up the other driver's nose poked ahead.

July 17:  We lost in the first round by "breaking out".  L  We ran the quarter mile in 9.146 seconds after "dialing in" (choosing) a time of 9.20.  An automatic loss.

Then we entered the Buy Back competition between all the first round losers.  4 races later we emerged as the WINNER of the Buy Back Group!!!  Not nearly as good as winning on the "A" side, but not a bad consolation prize.  J

August 14:  We lost in the first round by "breaking out".  L  At 9.11 seconds, we ran the quarter mile quicker than the 9.14 seconds that we "dialed in" (chose) before the run.  Not allowed!

August 21:  We were a DNS (did not start) because, well, the car did not start!  L  It started the day before in the garage, but the starter cratered Sunday morning.  We've installed a new starter, and we're ready to go again (and now we have a spare too!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 4, Last CDRA Race at Race City Speedway in Calgary EVER:  Unfortunately, Race City Speedway is being closed permanently in a few weeks, so this is a sad day.  L  After Brent was eliminated from competition, Ron of Mac's Convenience Stores took the wheel for some trial runs - his first time EVER in a drag car.  Impressive burn outs and quick passes for a rookie!  By his smile, he had some fun.  J

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History:   After 10 years of Legends racing on the oval track and road courses, we decided to go drag racing.  A lengthy search resulted in buying a purpose-built, tubular-steel-chassis drag car with a fiberglass body that resembles an aerodynamic 1927 Ford Roadster.  The car was originally built by Brogie Race Cars in California in the mid-90s.  We tore it completely apart, painted the roll cage, and re-assembled it with many additions, modifications, and new parts.  The end result is a 1950-lb. racecar with a naturally-aspirated 750+ horsepower 502 cubic inch big-block Chevy engine, racing Powerglide transmission, aftermarket & heavily-braced Ford 9-inch rear end, and 15” wide x 33” tall racing slicks!

Wow, It’s Fast:   Our fastest 1/4 mile run was 145 MPH. Our quickest time was 9.177 seconds.  That’s a completely different race than our Legends Car on the oval, where races that could be up to an hour long!

The objective for 2010 was to learn the ropes for this new beast called Drag Racing, develop and learn a “pre-starting-line” procedure, improve reaction times, and focus on consistency.

June 5:  Brent’s first full pass down the ¼-mile drag strip, EVER, was in early June at Race City in Calgary.  It was a combination of test-n-tune, new car shakedown, and driver orientation.  Best run was 10.301 seconds @ 130.17 MPH.  And Brent learned how to do a burnout (kind of).

June 12:  The following weekend in Medicine Hat he fulfilled the requirements for an NHRA sub-10 second competition licence. Best run was 9.177 seconds @ 144.89 MPH.

June 20:  The Calgary Father’s Day Classic was our first competition eventWe won our first pass!  Full disclosure..... our competitor was also a rookie, and his reaction was even slower than our horrid .174 seconds.  We also won our 2nd pass, but more legitimately.  Lost in round 3 on a double break-out (where both racers go quicker than their dialed-in time). I ran 9.373 on a 9.41 dial-in, but our competitor broke out by less than broke out by less than .037).  A great first race-day!

July 3:  We made it to the finals!!! J  But lost. L  We had good reaction times (including one of .007 seconds!) and ran close to our dial-in every pass.  We lost the final round on a stupid technical mistake.....  After staging at the starting line (breaking the beam with the front tires), I engaged the transmission brake (button on the steering wheel) and released the brake pedal.  The tranny brake should hold the car in place, but due to slack in the rear end gears, the car rolled back ¼” or so, ROLLING OUT OF THE TIMING BEAM!  That caused a red light, just as if I had launched the car before the green.  There will be an electronic / mechanical mod to the car this winter to prevent it from happening again.

July 24:  Not a great race day.  Won the 1st round despite a horrid reaction time.  Lost the 2nd round after spinning at the line due to an oil-down from one of the cars racing before me. 

September 12:  Disappointing day.  Lost round 1 due to the worst reaction time of the year (aka “having a nap”).  Paid to race in the “buy-back” round, but lost the 1st race after cutting a GREAT light (.020 seconds).

All-in-all 2010 was a great rookie year.  We didn’t even break anything!  Next year - we'll open the throttle!

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We're Back!   (June 2010)

 
We’re Back, and ready for the DRAG STRIP! The Mac’s Motorports 1927 Ford Roadster is ready to race!

First Time Out.....  We took the Mac's Motorsports 1927 Ford Roadster to Race City (Calgary) on June 5 for its maiden voyage – to shake down the car (newly assembled), break in the engine, and break in the DRIVER!  It was my first time down the drag strip in ANY vehicle (not counting my 17 second / 60 mph putt-putt run 1.5 years ago immediately after I bought it).  Best pass of the day was 10.30 seconds @ 130 mph.  We also got some publicity – see story AND VIDEO in the Calgary Beacon.  The video isn’t obvious – click on the empty black box at the bottom of the article.

Licensing.....  On June 12-13 I went to the NHRA drag strip in Medicine Hat to get my sub-10-second license (required to go quicker than 10 seconds in the ¼ mile).  I completed the licensing requirements.  Best run was 9.177 seconds @ 143 mph!  A huge thrill!

The car is substantially de-tuned right now, including a throttle-limiter to prevent full throttle, so it’s capable of going a LOT faster.  But first the driver needs to get comfortable, familiar, and experienced.

So I’m ready to LEARN how to drag race.  Before I go faster, I’ll try to learn how to be consistent and predictable.  That’s what wins in bracket racing – pick the number you’re GOING to run, and then run it.

Special Thanks to the following who were instrumental in building this race car and/or providing expert advice.....

Don Fergin, Universal Cycle (& Mac's Motorsports motorcycle drag racer)

Stewart Schabert (custom metal & fiberglass fabrication)

 

Jason Loader, Concept Metal Works (welding)

Hugh Williamson (Top Gun Coatings, drag racing expert)

Greg Westling (Mac's Motorsports motorcycle drag racer)

Click here for a video of burnout and licensing pass at Medicine Hat. (7 MB)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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