30 October 2009

2009 LCP: It's Over But More Posts to Follow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTVn-uHDuTs
Video courtesy of Jorgeav1 via Gary Faules' blog

By now everyone has checked out final results and knows that Stig won the 2009 LCP! CONGRATS to Stig Blomquist and Ana Goni as well as Mats Hammarlund and his team for putting so many stellar racers on the podium this year - felicidades!

Gerie and Coop had a solid finish in Nuevo Laredo and all is well!

Hot Rod Lincoln Ralph and Bill (#101) and Geezer and Team (#11) both finished, even after both had off road excursions.

Fernando and Albert got 2nd place overall in Historic A class!!!!! !Fantastico!

Will upload some photos tonight and restart the blogging when I get home.

Pictures from Day 5: San Luis Potosi to Guadalajara:







Maserati off roading in the mountains - ouch.


Gerie coming off a transit with Bill Shanahan in pursuit.

One of the Euro Latino Falcons.


Smashed up Jaguar.


Coop and Gerie





Pictures from Day 6: Guadalajara to Zacatecas

El Jefe off the pavement on a downhill right 2 or 3 just after service on Day 6.



28 October 2009

2009 LCP: Day 6 Guadalajara to Zacatecas

The Robertsons had to sit out the rest of the day after they lost the clutch on their Turismo Mayor Studebaker. I got a kick out of Stuart asking Linda what place they are in ...... and she won't tell him. Remember.....the navigator is always in charge!

27 October 2009

2009 LCP: Tallying the Sidelined Cars

Yesterday we went from Queretaro to San Luis Potosi. I am behind on the blog so will just catch up to the present day. Up until yesterday it seemed there were a normal number of cars dropping out to due mechanical troubles, but not too many dramatic crashes, which is good.

Yesterday took its toll on the racers. Todd and I keep a running list in the truck of cars that have fallen out of the race. Of course we are sweeping so we may not see all the vehicles that have been put on trailers and taken away. And of course, some of the cars trailered out will be fixed in the evening and back in the race the next day.

On Day 1 of racing we saw 14 cars on the side of the road, all mechanical problems except #101 Ralph and Bill who smashed into a curb but got running again. Studebaker #58 was on the side of the road, as well as a black Mustang coupe. The red "Akron" Mustang and a red and silver Porsche, the red Chevelle, #117 a blue Chevy, and #303 a red Porsche were all sidelined.

In the afternoon we saw Mockett on the side of the road with the hood up and later learned he had to change his motor which means he went from 600 to 500 hp. I sure hope he can limp along with only 500! We saw Jorge Silva's #377 white and gold Mustang on the trailer, and stopped to talk to Jake Shuttlesworth and Tony who thought they threw a rod and might be out for good. Also saw #130 Studebaker out, and the red Jaguar with our friends from Canada had its 3rd flat tire of the day.

On Day 2 we saw 5 cars out: a Hudson who broke suspension and their brake line when they hit a speed bump too hard and fast, a little red convertible Maserati who did some 4-wheeling on a rough rocky shoulder and who is still out of the race, a Studebaker who ran out of gas, #363 a blue Volvo on the side of the road, and #298 a VW Bug on a trailer.

On Day 3 it was quiet and we only saw the gray and maroon Studebaker who had damage on the front driver's side fender and quarter panel and it was binding the front wheel. Gerie burned up his brakes in the Queretaro Autodromo and the buzz in downtown Queretaro was that Gerie was going pretty good at the track and even sideways! The brakes cooled down and he was able to get downtown and Todd changed the brake fluid that evening, as well as the exhaust manifold which was difficult as there is very little clearance to work with.

Day 4 brought a little more excitement as we spotted 10 cars out of the race, at least temporarily. Fernando and Albert in the Saab needed a new master cylinder and Tony replaced that for them and I don't know how they did it, but they were able to get by all the service vehicles on the one lane mountainous transit and catch up to the race at service. Fernando and Albert were on the podium in Queretaro - 3rd place in Historic A. We are so proud of our Fernando and are starting to hear that Albert is a very good driver.

On Day 4 on the sidelines we saw the rainbow colored Oacaxa Studebaker, and then we came around a corner and the red 914 Porsche that was so fast on Day 0 was in the gutter and not looking like it would run again. We saw a silver Chevy or Oldsmobile on a trailer, and our friend Benjamin from Cancun on the trailer in his silver Mercedes - and we found out later in the day that they were changing out the clutch. #253 a blue Volvo was on the side near the Pena de Bernal, and the Predator blue Jag was in the ditch and just 50 feet away a red 911 Porsche was on a wall. It was impossible to tell from the double skid marks which happened first but even in our quick driveby we could see that all 4 occupants were okay. We also gave water to a Federale to get him back on the road.

26 October 2009

2009 LCP: Day 4 Queretaro to San Luis Potosi

We arrived in San Luis Potosi - Gerie just rolled in, all is well, the car is good and we won't have much work to do tonight..... which means we are sitting down eating a square meal (haven't eaten all day) and are going to crack open a bottle of cabernet we bought yesterday at a vineyard near the Pena de Bernal.

Albert Fellner and Fernando Garcia with an impressive (and chirpy) speed stage start today in the fast little 1969 Saab.


Gerie and Coop with a sweet speed stage start.

The day started heading out of Queretaro towards La Pena de Bernal.



Cute lil' asses near La Pena de Bernal.









Trimming the bigote enorme on the road.










Albert and Fernando fly by us to catch up with the race at the noon service stop after replacing their clutch master cylinder this morning.



Two sets of skid marks - two separate crashes here....first the blue Jag.....


Then the red Porsche.


Day 4 brought some more excitement as we spotted 10 cars out of the race, at least temporarily. Fernando and Albert in the Saab needed a new master cylinder and Tony Bogovich replaced that for them in the morning and I don't know how they did it, but they were able to get by all the service vehicles on the one lane mountainous transit and catch up to the race at service.

Today on the sidelines we saw the rainbow colored Oacaxa Studebaker, and then we came around a corner and the red 914 Porsche that was so fast on Day 0 was in the gutter and not looking like it would run again. We saw a silver Chevy or Oldsmobile on a trailer, and our friend Benjamin from Cancun on the trailer in his silver Mercedes - and we found out later in the day that they were changing out the clutch. The #253 a blue Volvo was on the side near the Pena de Bernal, and the Predator blue Jag was in the ditch and just 50 feet away a red 911 Porsche was on a wall. It was impossible to tell from the double skid marks which happened first but even in our quick driveby we could see that all 4 occupants were okay. We also gave water to a Federale to get him back on the road. Todd gives the Federale some water for his overheated squad car.






Fernando and the Swedish Saab.





Tom's beautiful Lincoln.


We stopped to talk to Rick Row's son, James, the navigator of the beautiful little BMW. The aluminum wheel was literally torn to shreds by the caliper - they'd been having this problem for a while and it finally broke. Rick had taken off with a Mexican guy who didn't speak English to repair one of the wheels. We gave James Gatorade and when I asked him if he wanted to send a message to Rick if we saw him he said, "Tell my mother I love her."

We left him there because we knew his service vehicle was on its way. About an hour later while stuck in the lineup for the speed stage I ran almost a mile to the start and after watching Gerie, Fernando and Tom and Paul in the green Lincoln make impressive starts, I was so surprised to see the Row's white BMW pull up. I looked at them and said, "Whaaaaa? I just saw you broken on the side of the road!" James laughed and said, "I know!!!!" I apologized and said I did not have time to get the message to his mother, it had only been an hour or so!



Todd and Rick's son discussing the brake caliper problem while Rick took off with a Mexican who knew a welder.


The brake calipers were biting the wheels......they were back on the road within an hour!


The school children - our finest fans!

Albert in the little Saab.

On that speed stage some crew vehicles were blocking the race cars from getting to the start. In the rule books your race car can be penalized if your crew vehicle gets in the way. It was a cluster and I was in the middle of it thumping on trucks and telling them to move. The problem was that there wasn't a shoulder though one crew pickup went off the roadway and when he came back on he scraped his underside pretty hard. When you are in the race car it is really frustrating to be blocked by traffic and you can note the numbers of the blocking service vehicles if you want to avoid a penalty for being late. The blue Chevelle was being blocked and sitting still waiting to get through and I told him I had pictures of the blocking vehicles in case he needed the numbers.

Benjamin's Cancun crew replacing a clutch in traffic while waiting for a speed stage to open.

The red Chevelle ready to rip.

The blue Chevelle being blocked from the start line by service vehicles.





Gerie, happy after his Day 4 finish in San Luis Potosi.

My favorite dinner - tacos de arrachera.


25 October 2009

2009 LCP: Day 3 Mexico City to Queretaro

The early morning lineup outside of the hotel in Mexico City. Surprisingly it was quite orderly and calm!

My girlfriend, Dyana Marlett, navigating for the speedy Karl Scheible in a Mats Hammarlund Volvo.





Anders helps push a stalled Studebaker away from the start line.

Paul mugs for the camera at the starting line.


#433 Lincoln, Carson Scheller and daughter Lauren off for another day of racing.

Lauren Scheller gives the thumbs up.

Alexander Davidis and Jorge Arroyo watch the cars start the day.

Bill Shanahan's crew takes advantage of the beautiful sun and some down time at the noon service at a vineyard outside of Queretaro.

Nap time - get it while you can.


Angelica Fuentes sports the "Real Women Don't Need Guard Rails" tshirt I gave her at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2008.

The Durango Deuce II doing well at the noon service under a majestic sky.

More naptime from one of Mexico's Fastest Taxi crew members.

So this guy builds and sells these amazing, giant metal sculptures and I want one! Saw them last year and Todd and I were able to stop this year. But we do not have our truck and trailer here so I will have to wait another year.

Jake Shuttlesworth's Siempre Joven, sidelined for the duration. But Tony Bogovich, his navigator, is happily driving the Lucky Taco, now that it is back in the race.

Gerie burning it up up on the Queretaro Autodromo.

Paul Wendt signs autographs in Queretaro.

Tom and Paul in the Original Panam Lincoln.

Tom Overbaugh is famous.

Helllloooo Superman.

Fernando and Albert pose with Queretaro locals. "Los Pelones!"


Handsome Fernando.



Albert and his evil twin - seriously, you cannot tell these two apart!

Geezer, Kristin and Jorge.

Jorge, fearless photographer in front of the beautiful catedral Queretaro.

Kristin, dear friend Rudi and Carina in Queretaro. Always glad to see these guys!

Fernando not so sure about Stewie hopping on the back.

Juan y Alma come out every year to see the Geezer in Queretaro.

Fernando apologizing for Stewie getting on the back of his Harley.

Fernando, Gerie and Coop. Gerie smiles because he knows Todd will fix his burned up brakes later and it was worth the fun going sideways on the track.

Hugo and Bimbo snuggle up in El Jefe to avoid the taxi back to the hotel.

Fernando - on the Historic A podium again!



Todd happy fixing brakes late at night.