Just thought I would let our friends know that Sue and I got back from another great weekend at the Silver State Challenge in Ely, NV. As some of you know Sue has “retired” from racing. My brother and I ran the event this year in honor of our dad and had decided to drive his ’07 Z06. We entered the 140mph class – with our Tech or top speed set at 165 mph. My sister and boyfriend, decided to run the event also, they went to rookie school and ran in the 100 mph class with a top speed of 124mph.
Liz and David finished 2nd in their class at 100.0158 mph with a time variance of 0.5125 seconds – which is about 75 feet off.
Bryan and I also finished 2nd in our class at 139.9805 mph with a time variance of .3229 seconds – which is about 66 feet. Bryan and I were also part of the 3rd place team with friends from Vegas Vettes.
Ron and Lori Galt and their son were at the event again serving as course workers. Last September, Ron’s son took pictures of every car as it went by their checkpoint and gave the pictures to the racer – which was very cool! I bet he got pictures this year also, maybe we can talk him into some more photos of the cars. Being a course worker is a very long and lonely job, but critical as they serve as eyes along the 90 mile course to tell race officials if there are problems and to help cars/drivers if they break down. They had to be at their position on the road by 5am – which really means “0 dark thirty”. And they could not leave until the last car was done which can be as late as 4pm. So Ron and Lori on behalf of the 100+ racers this Sunday – Thanks again.
The big news was that Car 330 driven by Jim Peruto driving a 2006 Dodge Charger set a new world record. Jim averaged 217.5570 MPH – yes over 200 mph for the 90 miles. The sheriff got him at 187 MPH on a radar gun at the first curve of the race, the prior high at that point at been from a 2010 ZR1 at 160 MPH. Jim was clocked at 254 mph as he crossed the finish line. The new record will be submitted to Guinness and replace the old record of ~207 MPH set back in 2000 by the Camaro known as “BIG RED” .
We did not win anything at the Saturday car show. A custom Yellow GTR, and a Lamborghini were the winners. Friday nights Hookers Choice Car Show was won by a jet stream blue ZR1. But some participants were demanding a recount of the votes as it appears the owner of said car may have cheated or swayed the girls, I mean judges to vote for his car with the promise of giving them a jacket belonging to a member of Las Vegas Vettes. I can neither confirm or deny any of these comments as I have never been to this specific event.
Below is a picture of Bryan and I going through “the narrows” or the canyon at 123 MPH. Our top speed was about 162, not real sure I had my eyes closed at that point (just joking) – I was screaming……
This is a picture of David and Liz in David’s 2012 Challenger as they go through the same narrows
Since we did not win our class, I guess I am going to have to go back and try again in September. I may need a navigator as my brother may be driving dad’s car in September.