21 April 2016

2016 Chihuahua Express: Prep and Day 0 Prequalification and Señor Lechuga

Everything is going so smoothly we can't believe we are racing in Mexico! And then we remember we are at Chihuahua Express, not La Carrera Panamericana! This is a super well organized race with a classy and personable race director, Chacho Medina, and a great staff, and we love it. 

It is so great to see our wonderful once or twice a year racing friends. It is amazing the friendships we've built here over the last 10 years; these are the tops of the most positive, joyful, spirited, funny, sassy, generous and fun-loving people I know. 

My welcome crew at the airport was funny - El Fer standing alone holding a BABY CHICKEN sign, with Geezer appearing next and finally Rene. I wanted to hug them all forever. 

My welcome crew in Chihuahua - El Fer - love this man!

Geezer's Saleen is super cool and he loves it. He saw it for the first time in almost 9 months on Monday night. El Fer said he was like a little kid at Christmas. 

Geezer sees his Saleen for the first time since purchasing it in July.



I swore I was going to only have one tequila and go to bed before midnight the night I arrived, because it was the calm before the storm and only a handful of teams had arrived yet and most of those people were in bed early. But of course we ended up in the hotel bar until almost 1am and our regular waiter, Santiago, had already gone home. Jaja. Had a great time catching up with Rene and Ralf and El Fer after The Geezer went to bed. We talked about and were definitely missing some of our pals, Sarah MacKenzie we miss you!

Tuesday morning I woke up to this beautiful view of Chihuahua City from the Hotel Soberano on the hill. Yes, it's a Sheraton now but I'll always call it the Soberano. There is just something very funny about the word sober being in the name. 
View from our hotel room at the Soberano in Chihuahua.
We had a busy and productive day visiting with old friends, checking out everyone else's cars and checking our phones for the status of our friends who were stuck at the border in Presidio due to protests about the border patrol stealing cars. But eventually they got across. Quite a few people passed through El Paso/Juarez with no trouble at all and it seems the delays were mostly at the smaller crossings. Our friends Jake and Ralf were stuck at the border in Ojinaga for 9 hours, because Jake's truck was deemed "commercial." Jake is from Texas so you know his truck is big but it's not even a dually or quad cab, just a good ol' Texas truck. 

We passed both cars through Tech very smoothly, thanks to the excellent pre work Geezer, Rene and the whole TBZ Racing crew do. Geezer is a mechanical engineer and project manager and built aluminum beer can plants most of his career; turnkey operations from breaking ground on the building to running the plant once it was built. So in his planning, no stone goes unturned!  Even from our start at LCP in 2006, he built a bombshell of a car, super durable, he understood he needed a car that could be abused for 2,000 miles and still run like the wind. And 10 years later he and Rene have the annual rebuild down to a science.  Rene gets a lot of credit here too - he can diagnose and fix anything, and fast!

Checking out the Saleen for the first time Tuesday morning.
Last night at dinner El Fer had a local friend join us. We were going around the table introducing ourselves and Geezer said, "I am Hector." We all cackled quietly while Fer's friend tried to figure us out. Then he said, "Hector Lechuga, mucho gusto." Where does he come up with this stuff? Lechuga means lettuce, Mr. Lettuce to you! So now we call him Señor Lechuga. 


Senor Hector Lechuga
Although we've been to and raced ChiX collectively many times since it started over 10 years ago, we have never run El Jefe until now. So this will be fun! And we've never been in The Tour so we think that will be fun too. 

Geezer and Baby Chicken going through Registration and Medical.


Rene is the master at putting on stickers!
Tavo, Tio Rene y Tonio
Racers are just beginning to arrive.
Kaming Ko's Dart - always the wild one.
BABY CHICKEN
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Yeri Bledsoe's new Nova
Rene, Yeri and Yeri's brother Guy
Tuesday evening we had a young boy and his family join us from an organization similar to Make A Wis Foundation. He wants to be a race car driver and he's not going to let leukemia get in his way and neither are we. He arrived in a Lightning McQueen race suit and got to sit in the cars, wear transit headsets, and go for rides in both El Jefe and El Bandido. They took hundreds of pictures which will be sold later for the cause. What a cute and joyful kid, his name is Julian and he was so stoked he was actually pretty quiet but his smile was not quiet! Thanks to Erika Serrano and El Fer for organizing it, and the organization leader who said a beautiful prayer for Julian and his family and also the safety of us racers. 

Julian, our little amigo with the dream of becoming a race car driver!
Julian, his mother and Rene.

Kristin and Julian's father.

Today was the Day 0 prequalification run (named for our amigo, the late racer Steve Waldman) and Geezer and I watched the 10km speed stage from about the middle with our crew, Tonio and Tavo it was super fun and El Jefe ran great with Rene driving and The General navigating. 

Tonight there is a super cool ceremony downtown to show off the cars and be treated to native dress and music and a ceremony where they sage our helmets as a blessing of safety. I am going to miss this because I have been in bed with Montezuma's Revenge for 7 hours, grrr. I need to be well by tomorrow morning to drive El Bandido!
First team meeting for the Schellers and the Gregorys - sometimes it's a family affair!
The Old Guard:  Guy Bledsoe, Gerie "Yeri" Bledsoe, Frank Oliveto and the Geezer.
Shady characters Tavo and Baby Chicken in the country north of Chihuahua watching the Day 0 prequalification run with Geezer and Tonio in the background.



El Jefe roaring by during prequalification with Rene driving and Stewie navigating.

Tavo

We are 20th overall but not everyone ran. Day 0 just determines your place on the starting line tomorrow. Best to be cool and go medium speed. 

This stuff saved me.

14 April 2016

2016 Chihuahua Express

Equipo Tumba Burros de Zacatecas (TBZ) is in final preparations to run two cars in the 2016 Chihuahua Express in Chihuahua, Mexico.  

We will be running El Jefe for the first time at ChiX, with Vance Stewart III and René Rodríguez N.  sharing driving and copiloting duties.

El Bandido, Geezer's 2005 Saleen Mustang, took 8 months to legally cross the Mexican border so we weren't able to do a race car build on it.  As a consolation, the Geezer and I will be running it in a class called The Tour (a time/speed/distance format).  We agreed that we will probably both be horrible at this format as we are used to all out speed rallys, but also agreed we are just there to have fun!

He says I'm driving and I think once he sets eyes on that gorgeous car for the first time, he is going to want to drive!

I am excited to race but more excited to see all of our dear racing friends in the beautiful setting of Mexico's Copper Canyon, and experiencing with these friends all that Mexico and its people have to offer!

El Jefe, ready to roll the canyons and valleys of Chihuahua.

Flashback to almost 10 years ago at our first La Carrera Panamericana finish.  Where does the time go?

El Jefe shiny like a new penny.

Introducing El Bandido - 2005 Saleen

El Bandido in Colorado with El Fer

2013 Zacatecas during La Carrera Panamericana
A gorgeous Tarahumara child in Creel.

Ralph Carungi with some fans in Creel.

Anthony Strelzow with a very young vendor at the Copper Canyon.  Photo courtesy of  Lee-Ann Strelzow

Tarahumara vendors at the top of the Copper Canyon.  Photo courtesy of  Lee-Ann Strelzow

Tarahumara child at the Copper Canyon.  Photo courtesy of  Lee-Ann Strelzow

01 August 2015

For Sale: My 1977 Honda Civic CVCC Hatchback $3500

S O L D $4,000
1977 Honda Civic CVCC Hatchback
  


1977 Honda Civic CVCC 1500  
3-Door Hatchback
92,700 miles
4-speed manual
1488 cc
Engine #: ED3-3512748
VIN#:  SG-C3006744

$4,000

Please leave me a comment on the blog with your contact information and I will contact you. 


This super clean and original 1st generation CVCC has 53 hp and was rated at 39 city/50 highway mpg!  It was sold new at Thunderbird Motors in Oklahoma City to a couple who drove it 91,000 miles into their twilight years.  After they  passed away the car changed hands quickly and was purchased by the current owner.  There are not many of these vintage CVCCs left and very few unmolested and in this nice of condition. 

The Lowdown:
·         Drives and stops like a dream, very zippy even up Colorado mountain passes
·         Very clean interior, new carpet, vinyl seats are in excellent condition
·         Good exterior paint, has been repainted once
·         Air conditioning
·         Passes Colorado emissions
·         Non-smoking car
·         Original 12” Honda OEM factory steel wheels with 95% of tread left on the tires
·         The original spare is intact, as well as the jack and tools
·         Also included are 2 Honda shop manuals

Recent Upgrades:
·         New master brake cylinder
·         New plugs and wires
·         New oil and oil filter
·         New camshaft
·         New o-rings on auxiliary valves
·         New rear shocks
·         Carburetor rebuilt and tuned
·         Timing adjusted

Old Car “Features”:
·         A few small cracks on the dash
·         Some surface rust in door and hatch jams
·         Windshield washer bag/reservoir is missing
·         Produces a minimal amount of white smoke infrequently upon cold startup but clears out quickly(typical for 1st Gen CVCCs)
·     Horn doesn’t work
·         Missing 1 plastic cover on the back of the 3-spoke steering wheel



















1977 Honda Civic CVCC Cold Start

SOLD Hood, fender and set of 12" wheels and single 13" wheel.

SOLD -- The set of four 12" wheels:


SOLD -- The single 13" wheel below:


SOLD --  The hood and fender: