HSR Sebring October 2010

We completed an uneventful first practice session on Friday and then noticed we could not shift into gear from a standing stop; there was a problem with the clutch, and we missed our second practice session. This clutch was new and had only seen action at the Mitty in Road Atlanta last April.

While Alex, our driver, attended the drivers’ meeting, Jamey, Christian and I (Nestor) took out the gearbox and clutch, made repairs and were ready two hours later for qualifying. While we were taking out the gearbox, the Stricklins, who are friends we met earlier at Sebring and have been following our effort, found a loaner clutch from Clark Stephens; Stephens is another competitor that runs a Datsun Z. As it turned out, we had the necessary spares to do the repair and did not use the loaner. There were no other mechanical problems the rest of the event (four more times on the track) and this allowed us to do parade laps on Saturday with our red 510, which was a lot of fun.

The enthusiasm and camaraderie of fans and competitors who are always ready to help in these vintage events is what makes racing with HSR such a great experience. We were glad to have completed our repairs on time to be able to help Ernie Bello get back on track with his very fast Opel Kadett, after he had mechanical problems on Saturday.

Saturday night we attended the HSR BBQ and awards ceremony at the track. A great time was had by all; the food was also excellent and plentiful.

We had some on-track fun with Darrell Fancher, who runs another yellow 510 (#80), but he clearly had better power and could pull away from us. Some improvements in the thrust department are planned for our next race.

We haven’t yet posted photos from Homestead, but are forthcoming…

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