Klamath 1998 June 5th, 6th and 7th
- Friday June 5th was tech inspection, racers dinner and calcutta.
- New at tech this year: Everybody's motor was pumped for displacement.
Tim Harding performed this
- test with a large ominous looking black tube. Kinda looked like an
m79 grenade launcher. Anyway, you
- had to pull all your plugs then back the rocker arms off on a cylinder.
Tim hooked this tube up through the
- plug hole and then you motored your engine over. The tube reads out
one cylinders volume. Cool! I wasn't
- prepared, so had to borrow a plug wrench, (lame) and then the flange
on those %#$@!^ headers kept me
- from pulling a couple of the plugs. Vise grips to the rescue. I now
know the displacement of one cylinder
- in my motor. It's 42 point something c.i.
- June 6th First race day.
- 4 Unlimiteds
- 2 A- boats
- 6 B- boats
- 3 C-boats
- The Klamath River is very high this year. I watched the level on the
net all week and it went from 12.5 feet
- on monday up to 13.2 feet on friday. The result is the lower river
is one big freeway, Coon Creek and up is a
- continuous series of rollers.
- Good close racing in all classes. Jeff Laird was out on the up leg
with motor problems. Ouch! Glory, Leigh Johnson's
- old boat is back! It was nice to see Glory running again. Two young
men from Corvallis, Mike and Noel, were
- campaigning her, thanks guys.
- All the Unlimiteds finished with no mechanical fatalities. I can sum
up the four boats like this:
- Donnie Smith's boat, a blown big block Chevy (Yes, a 6-71 blower!),
357 Magnum, is an all american type
- boat: raw power and all kinds of clever innovations. Donnie is an ex-drag
racer. It even has a parachute on
- the back of the blower! I love the sound of Donnie's boat, it makes
me think of a locomotive for some
- reason. You can hear a whole lot of power being made. He ain't afraid
to run it, either. Phyllis, Donnie's
- navigator, is a sweetheart and kind of puts the finishing touch to
the whole thing..
- Justin Boice's 316 boat is the future of unlimiteds. Dual Turbos, valid
aerodynamics and an obviously well thought
- out machine. The whole effort is organized and run very professionally.
Justin sent me a psa for the race
- program and I was very impressed by the emphasis on "team".
The Boice Marine boat is capable of 128 mph!
- Talk about blowing your hair back!
- Tim Hardings 333 is an injected Big block. No blower, no turbos. It
has a very interesting adjustable nozzle system
- designed and built by Tim himself. It's not at all like a Place or
Jet-o-vator, it's a complete new design by Tim. The
- boat is disgustingly fast and Tim is a really excellent driver. He
is also apparently a thoughtful and contemplative
- kind of guyr: That nozzle system he built is simply the best solution
to a problem I've seen in quite a while. It
- takes the whole cone as used by jet racers and articulates it with
a beefy lever and hydraulic motivation. It let's
- him trim the boat for varying conditions as encountered whilst racing.
It works! Any drag racers or records
- attempt people reading this? You ought to check into this nozzle.
Tim owns Precision Machine in Gold
- Beach Oregon.
- Then we come to 354 "Kiwi". This is really interesting. Kiwi
was purchased by a "Guamanian"? who has been
- racing off-road trucks. He was tired of the expense and the extroirdinaire
logisitcs required to race off-road trucks
- in Mexico, all co-ordinated from Guam. Kinda of like organizing and
supplying an expeditionary force in Quebec
- from Bogata, Columbia. He was searching the net for "off-road" and
somehow ended up on this page. Brian made
- a few calls to Chub Morris, the Klamath Chambers Vice-President, and
decided to check it out. He came to the
- Grants Pass race and there met Mark Cromie. A deal was in the making!
Anyway, I got to meet Brian and his crew
- this weekend. They are going to be a great success in jetboat racing.
Saturday they worked their way up speedwise.
- (Kiwi is a rocket!) It's apparent they have lots of racing experience
plus a very healthy dose of good sense.
- Sunday I think they were getting Kiwi up to were it likes to run, they
were 3rd up river! The best of luck guys and
- I'm glad you found your way to the sport. They will be racing at Gold
Beach. I wonder what they'll name her?
- It's odd as hell to see Mark on the beach waving good bye!
- I'll be posting the official times as soon as I get a sheet... Please