Saturday, December 10, 2011

2011 Mooneyes Xmas PARTY!

This years Mooneyes Xmas Party was Bigger then ever in every way!  I'm so glad I went, because it took a lot of willpower to get out of my warm bed this morning.  I got there at about 9am, as a spectator only, and the parking lots were filling up fast.

First thing I noticed, nobody couldn't have asked for better weather!  Having an outdoor show in December is risky, use last years rained-out show as proof.  This year everybody was having a great time --the sun was warm, and even the ladies could dress up (or down).

Car styles for everyone! Yes all genres of classics were represented.  So in this post, rather then my usual ramblings, I'll give you one-word descriptives:

(the ladies are at the bottom, by the way)

Vans are getting crazy popular again, who would have thought!

I like the hot-pink ones, what can I say!
I saw Iron Man drive in.
The most popular place at the show.


It wouldn't me Xmas without Moon.
4 cars, 10 scoops
7.50x16 front and back

Thankx ladies.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Vintage Sprint/Midget Dirt Track Meet at Willow Springs

It's a rare opportunity to get to see vintage sprint cars race around a track.  And for me, it was my first time seeing sprints or midgets run, ever.

November 25-26 was the 19th Annual Walt James Classic hosted by the Western Racing Association (WRA).  It's held every year at Willow Spring Motorsport Park in beautiful Rosamond, CA, just over the Kern County line.  Among the 7 races courses at the venerable Willow Springs is Walt James Stadium --a 3/8-mile clay surfaced track with no walls, perfect for track-roadsters, Sprints, and Midgets.

This was an awesome sight to see.  Although it wasn't  a real competition, all these people were really here to do was celebrate these old racing cars with a go around just for show & fun. Owners get to drive their pride-and-joy for about 10 minutes before another class of car gets their turn, in a rotation that lasts until dark  Nobody get hurt and the cars get to do what was meant of them: get dirty, or at least that's the plan.

Awesome cars were all around. Vintage racers from the 30s to the 60s.  With Halibrands, V8-60s, Hilborn injectors, long tail pipes, nerf bars, chrome & aluminum galore!

I really went to see how they were made, but I saw so much more.

1936-1940 Ford V8 60hp, here with dual intake, 81 carbs, and magneto.

Fortunately there was one vintage track roadster there.  It's a '27 Ford with Dodge turtle-deck, on an Model A frame, Ford suspension parts, ans a highly modified Ford 4-banger.  It had an airplane seat and a real Bell steering wheel.

The owner also owns the vintage sprint car behind it.  These were the two roughest cars there, can you believe it?

The driving was intense!  Not really.

The cars had to maintain distance from one another or be black-flagged.  But that didn't stop them from going fast and kicking up some dust!

Even with all the cautiousness an accident did accrue.  Late in the day two sprints tangle tires, spun around and got airborne for a short distance.  Flattening the tire on one car at least, denting the other.  No one was hurt, just some bruised egos I guess.