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The January - June 2008 NEWS
The July - December part you'll find here
The Saint from Umeå!
Janne Norberg did it again! He didn't even think that the driver's side
header was trickier than the passenger side. Well, what can you
say? Congratulations to us all! Janne has already impressed the big
shots that daily visit our TBDGIT and I'm sure many others. For an
example: "...that guy with those Umeå-headers..." Lars-Inge
Johansson said today and nodded his head, and he ought to know
with + 25 years of welding headers and cars and what have you!
That # 7 pipe that I thought would be the trickiest to make because
it points straight into the steering, wasn't any problem for Janne.
Kent adds that these headers are possible to mount with the spark
plugs already in the heads. Another trick is that the # 1 and 2 pipes
(furthest to the front on both sides) are possible to loosen separately
from heads and the collectors and that makes it easy to access
all the spark plugs. "Much easier and quicker than with bought
headers" says Kent. This is getting better and better!
Meanwhile in TBDGIT Gothenburg...
...our headers problems!
The Impala King Jonas Mr Alholt Skruv and Lars-Inge Johansson
helped out tonight with the stressy mounting of headers with hardening
black silicone instead of gaskets. (At least two persons needed).
Of course everything happened that never happened before! For the
very first time some bolts were not going straight into the head or
they were too long (gasket is thicker than silicone). We began
very professional and ended up sweaty and had black silicone and
copper paste all over us and the place. We just laughed and
backed off and did it again. I mean, these guys never go for
something that "might be good" - they rather do things over and over
again until they know it's perfect. So it was off with pipes and using
a 3/8" threader and this and that! So we actually ended even more
professional than we began.
I'm not a complete idiot but it's certainly a good school to just have
them around I can tell you! So many years of Hot Rodding they have
combined! Think of the situation for a while - these heavyweighters
Jonas and Lars-Inge suddenly just show up and start helping me
with whatever I'm doing with the car! I'm lucky! Thanks Idols!
Real racers knew all the time. And I knew it already from Birgitta at
Autoshop years ago when she said they only used black silicone
instead of header gaskets. When I this time forgot to order header
gaskets it was time to do the sticky business myself. If just letting
the silicone to harden for 15-20 minutes (not too sticky and not too
hard) it was no problem. Not with the silicone itself anyway...
But I'd rather go with gaskets. That's me. Less sweat.
Well dressed Tony and Lars-Inge showed up in TBDGIT today. It's
always nice to see your friends in your colors!
Possibly the strongest man I know, Dick from the Thriller Team!
At least on par with Christian "Skåne" Holst at Dockhouse. If you
remember I backed into a team truck in too crowded Santa Pod pit
in last September and got a good big dent on right front fender!
I've tried different tools and stuff to press that dent out but I haven't
been successful. Today I asked sheet metal worker Dick if he could
do anything about it, and he pressed it out by hand! Boink! True!
Now, instead of having one big dent, I have Dick's knuckle dents!
Maybe better, but I would still like to get in contact with a real Dent
Remover. Are there any such people in Sweden? Maybe in Norrland
where we'll be going next week. Umeå, Piteå, Skellefteå?
Please call me at 0706-000 303.
Thanks Dick! Amazing performance! Now go back to the Camaro...
Something's wrong with the Thriller Team this time! The car seems
to be ready since several days before leaving to the next race which
will be the FIA race in Finland. They talk about fixing the bus but
they do nothing about it so maybe they do that the last minute?
Then I will be calm. Then I know everything is allright as usual. =)
What do you say about this? As mentioned on NEWS down here at
June 11 I got the queue number 555 at Svenska Bil when buying
gaskets which I thought was funny since that's my old starting
number for the Whiplash Camaro! Funny enough!
Believe it or not - going there again today to buy header gaskets - I
got THE SAME NUMBER! And that's the truth! 555!
It must mean something!? But what?
The gaskets? I can't use them, too narrow and wrong holes in both
ends and shit. But 555 again!? I got chills!
new Swedish film icon!
Jonas Impalakungen Mr Al Holt Skruv suddenly shows us how drag
racing could be presented in an epic non-story way. Just for the pure
enjoyment of it! He took his little little little pocket camera to MECA
Raceway, sneaked around the place and then went home to his little
computer and learned the editing-program which you all have and worked
it out with very good intentions. For the Love of the sport! Result is baffling!
I work in this business everyday and I'm impressed!
No more talk, instead more enjoyment - so click YouTube-link below:
At this moment I also want to say that the best ever drag racing TV
I've ever seen is the "Kings of Nitro" at Discovery featuring the daily life
of Top Fuel champion Urs Erbacher and team! Wow! Let all people in
the world to see it! It explains why we are the way we are, no matter
class. Thank you all involved!
Karl is in
Class: ET Pro. First ever entry signed from Maryland USA for the
classic Midnight Sun Internationals at Pite Dragway July 11-13:
Click Karl's name to see more details.
Kent and I will soon follow...let me start my engine first to see that
everything is good to go...? I filled cooling water tonight..
What did you do today?
I did this. It was a shaky experience with this heavy package up there
in that lift on wheels - on my own - but finally I had secured the
engine/trans down in the car and started to dress all the hundreds of
other things. That will continue for a couple of days.
The vacation from my work has started, lucky me.
Talking about shaky...
Whoa! Ari Körkkö had a wild wheelie today at Aros Nat's in Västerås
in his '69 Super Stock Camaro! Buddy Patrik Jacobsson shows the
whole series at his racing pictures site: www.racebilder.nu
Busy days ahead
The first thing I saw when coming to TBDGIT today, Tommy Aga
reading the latest # 14-15 issue of Bilsport Magazine where Condor
and I had a feature about nostalgia drag racing. Our first real article
for our old magazine in 20 years! Tommy congratulated us.
And it was fun doing it.
Today I finalized the transmission with the cooling lines that were
missing. Now I have one week to fix the whole car and maybe take
it to a test at Bilsport's A Day At The Drag Strip on our local
Säve Airfield on Saturday July 5th? On Monday July 7th we have
a truck transport to Umeå to catch...
Patrik Wikström was finishing his OFAB Thriller Camaro PM5.
They'll leave on Wednesday for Finland and the next FIA-race.
Sören "Fixarn" Fjellstedt. The Thinker. "Hm...this is what we'll do..."
He's the guy that always fixes everything bureaucratic that you won't
touch yourself. He's the expert, talented and he likes it too! When
Karl decided to ship his SS to Sweden, Sören was the first one to
call, and I asked him if he can take care of all the papers and
customs and even make Karl's Maryland-plated SS streetlegal in
Sweden? "Yes, of course, I'll be delighted". Without Sören this hadn't
worked. He's even fixing the truck transport for our Impalas to Umeå
and back to Gothenburg! Sören's place is CCV
Update: The ship with Karl's SS arrives now on Sunday to Port of
Gothenburg. On Monday Sören and I will drive it to our garage.
Exactly a week later the truck arrives to pick up our cars for
transport to Umeå and Kent Edin Gentle Giant HQ.
June 24 - 26
First we had The Day of The Triffids and now this - The Mighty
Return of the SAAB 92's - in the middle of the day at the new
Gothenburg City race track
Chris Condor was in a safe spot during the invasion. You couldn't
say that about our popular client on the ground, Raymond Trantina
from Volvo Cars of North America...
Our weapon of defence was the new Volvo XC60...
Have you heard about City Safety? A feature that comes Standard in
the XC60 (world's first!) which reacts on cars direct in front of you and
makes the vehicle brake by itself! It is for slow moving heavy traffic
where you normally find typically 75 % of all automotive accidents,
which are expensive and of course totally unnecessary for the
distracted drivers. City Safety takes care of this in speeds up to
19 mph! Pretty amazing stuff actually. It works. And that's why
we were making an instruction film about it. Here we rig the
camera to get the funny expressions of our test drivers.
My friend Chris Condor was out driving in Gothenburg in the Aixam
the day after Midsummer Eve and suddenly heard the well known
voice of Smokey Yunick! And then he heard the well known laugh
of Lennart "Bagarn" Bergqvist! He has met them both years ago,
so he knew!
Condor had to jump out of that mini-car and take a picture towards
the clouds in the West from where he heard the voices. And then
he realized that these Engine Masters were talking about me and
my assembly of the Jeezus engine on Midsummer Eve! Then he
thought he heard "Bagarn" say something like "Well, he hasn't
started yet...now let's go for a beer, It's on me this time. And tell
me again the story when NASCAR measured your Chevelle"
Then some laughs from both and voices were gone! Strange!
When Condor later developed the picture shot in Photoshop he
saw their images appear in the clouds!! Isn't that just fantastic!?
If you gently click the image above you will have a larger one.
For me it felt good knowing they have a great time and much to
talk about. Condor also felt like Elvis Presley was present, but
wasn't sure. Probably he was there too?
Thank you Condor for sending me the image! "Bagarn's" true
love Birgitta, "The Queen" at Autoshop also loved it!
Looks perfect Janne!
Look at this header! An absolute minimum of pieces and welds!
Really good work there Janne! Now the world has great expectations
on what you can do on the tricky driver's side...? The cylinder 7 pipe
will be very interesting! Good luck!
And they fit! Remember these are of 2" pipe diameter and are coming
out a bit from the heads because of the needed exhaust plates.
The normal aftermarket 1 3/4" headers you buy can be an issue in
this tight B-body engine compartment. Kent says: "They actually
fit a little better than the headers that Karl lent to us"
3.5" collector looks good in its place! Minus flanges and bung for the
lambda sond. And evacuation pipe/valve - which will be used on the
collector on the opposite side of the lambda sond, of course. We
don't want to drag oil fumes into the lambda sensor.
Bigger pictures and more on Kent's own page:
A concrete Wall?
At the end of a dragstrip?! It killed Scott Kalitta!
I'm as saddened by the death of Scott Kalitta as everyone else.
And I'm angry as well! How is someone supposed to survive a crash
head-on into a concrete wall? "...he cleared the net and cleared
the sand..." Yea, the sand...is it two car lengths?
And then a forest!? It was bound to happen to someone!
And it didn't need to happen.
Good Morning NHRA!
(Clip is gone from the ESPN site)
My closest American SS racing friends were there:
Glen "Stumpy Jenkins" Koenig and I were at Etown and saw Scottie
Kalitta's crash. Etown should have a more robust emergency stopping
system but in their defense the "jersey barriers" at the end of the track
are actually just to keep cars from going to the public road 20 feet
after the end of the track.
They had a net for emergency stopping before the sand and before
the jersey barriers and the poll that held the net was just poking out a
little from the track side walls and Scott hit that pole and then the car
jumped the track-end jersey barriers (those curve to deflect the impact)
and then he jumped the jersey barrier and some of the car hit the rented
"JLG-Lift" behind the barriers, (that is a mobile man lift), and then more
parts of the car and possibly Scott went out of the Etown property
and into New Jersey public land and across a road, (Pension Road),
and into a field. So unfortunately the car somehow missed the
emergency stopping net and it was horrible after that.
That net should be wider, stronger, taller.
Stopped at the Gate!
I realized that some parts were missing on the transmission, parts
that'll be impossible to mount when package in car, like the special
connections which will go to the oil cooling lines, and things.
So we decided to stop here today. A drawback since we planned to
have it all inside the car and a lot of other things mounted.
Lars-Inge called me last week and offered his help in mounting
everything and that is very kind of him. Not only will it take half the
time but it's also much more fun with his company. At least we did
get the flywheel, converter and transmission bolted to the engine.
And some more. The converter is rebuilt by Tony at Danielssons
Bil, it had some broken splines. The 4L80E transmission is
completely renovated by Kenneth Ståhl. Still got the transbrake
in it but that will not be used.
The first thing Lars-Inge did today was to start making order on the
tool wall organizer.
June 20 - Midsummer
Tommy's Ford engine dressed by flowers. It's already a tradition to
celebrate Midsummer with a party in TBDGIT.
However, this year was a bad timing of this celebration for me.
I have had too much to do with rebuilding the house/garage, and also
at work - days, nights and weekends - which of course has seriously
delayed the Blackout project.
Now time is tight to get the car ready and on the wheels and get it
started in time for transport to Umeå together with Karl's SS!
My family is as always understanding and we decided to skip the
party this year and instead have a small Midsummer celebration
with Karl somewhere in Norrland in July.
This decision made it possible for me to work with the car both
Friday and Saturday. Sunday back to work.
So while my family Agneta and Axel were relaxing at the cottage,
this was my Midsummer.
This is the Hylomar I used on the head gaskets. Couldn't find it on
spray like the one to the right (which we used when tuning at
Autoshop in 2006) It was also there we first blew a head gasket
and converted to the MLS type. Also scroll down here and see more
about Hylomar on June 15.
When I had torqued the last head (first round 40 lbs.ft then second
round 70 lbs.ft) I took a little time for some fitting work of the new
intake manifold. I put a pair of used intake gaskets that have small
fixture plastic plugs in them (to the heads) and put glue on their intake
manifold side - then smacked new manifold to the glue.
This will tell us where to make the new bolt holes in the intake (since
it's made for the Gen I smallblock Chevy with a completely different bolt
pattern). Old holes will be welded.
I find more and more issues reagarding the fitting of this manifold
which will take some time to solve. And I don't have that time now so
in order to get car race ready for the Norrland Tour I've decided to go
with the same set up as last year, and hopefully find some time in
August to finish this new intake and then I also will have my 2"
headers done by Janne Norberg that must go with this intake.
After removing the new intake manifold it was time to go forward
again. Nice to have all small things in order.
Then in the afternoon when doing the high-concentration valve
adjustment work, the midsummer party guests started to arrive to
TBDGIT. It was fun talking to all of course, but it really slowed me
down as well. I couldn't drink a beer either and fuzz up everything.
They were very kind to me and offered me boiled fresh potatoes and
herring. But I said no to beer, I wasn't done with the engine yet.
Loud music can also distract. When the light was shut down I still
could work with last things with a hand held lamp. Then I finally
was done around 11 pm - my goal of the day was achieved, engine
was assembled! Yes thank you, now I can have a beer! Cheers!
I was feeling so proud of my work, but I missed my family.
Sorry, another vessel!
Karl got a message from his broker that the shipping company did
not drive his Impala SS aboard the Atlantic Companion as promised!!
Welcome to the shipping business! Instead they seem to have
loaded it on Atlantic Concert, which is a week behind in schedule.
Let's hope so. That means it should arrive in Gothenburg on June 29.
No more surprises please.
2" headers on their way!
Janne Norberg of Norberg Race Cars - Umeå's brightest shining star
in my eyes (without even having met him in person yet), is coming
along just fine with our unique headers with 2" primaries for Kent's
and my SS! There are no 2" headers to buy for the SS, you need
to fabricate them. These will help both Kent and me to take our
induction performance to the next level. (That's why I could invest in
the new race intake manifold). And since that smart guy is welding
them in an evolving jig, you too can order a pair which will fit any
B-body! Make Sweden green - send dollars! My guess is also that
Mr Karl Ellwein of Ellwein Engines will order a couple of pairs for
you Americanos who are interested in boosting performance?
More at >Gentle Giant
New Blackrace racetrack?
We were out walking on the newly built race track in the middle of
Gothenburg - for STCC races (Swedish Touring Car Championship).
This city track was built this year for the first race that was held
June 13-14 which was a big success. The idea is to keep the track for
at least 5 years. The legal streetracing Blackrace community had a
quite bumpy 1/8 mile on this pier until this project, and my guess is
that they now can race here on this new tarmac with rails and all.
Assembly Jeezus V 3.0
Jonas Mr Al Holt overhauled my Airflow Research heads this winter.
We were happy to see that they were pretty OK and no serious work
had to be done, except for the check-up itself. A set of new fresh
valve springs was needed, same type as before. And valve sealings.
Hmm..let's see, mains 75 lbs.ft, 65 for oil pump. OK. Silicone in the
corners and on with the oil tray gasket. And Milodon tray.
Always a check of TDC. It's like an "Amen"
New Cometic MLS head gaskets.
Compared to normal head gaskets, these MLS type head gaskets are
said to be very good in keeping cylinder pressure (that's why they are
on the market in the first place) but they can have an issue with the
water. I don't know if that's true but the rumor is enough for me
to add Hylomar seal on both sides of gaskets
around all water jackets.
Thomas Öhman in Umeå succeeded in getting a satellite picture of
Atlantic Companion carrying Karl's Impala SS over the Ocean!
And if you click the link below you'll see where it is on a map!
Here? In town? Kidding?
Took a chance and called the local Chevy dealer Svenska Bil who is
much more into the other GM brands Saab and Opel. I asked them
for a gasket for the timing front cover for a 1996 LT1. And they said
"Yes" Then I rudely responded with an "You must be kidding!? A
twelve year old gasket!?" "Yes, we have!"
Saved some time there, not needed to order from the USA.
And it was under 200 SKR / 33 USD! And the gasket kit included all
things needed to service a front cover. Like water pump gaskets! Ha!
And the queuing number that I got also had something good about
it - 555 - my starting number for my old Whiplash Camaro...
I put thin oil on both sides of gaskets and mounted them.
Then polishing all the front cover and water pump bolts from old
sealing silicone, with the help of Kenneth Feldthusen's 24 V grinder.
Then new black silicone put on and mounting.
Now Agneta's close to casting the new floor in her working room.
Today she measured the old floor with both ruler and laser. Yes, she's
got so much energy that I've wondered where it comes from?
Köping feels at home
Our giant beloved 60's Köping lathe is feeling more and more at
home in TBDGIT. Tommy has made lightings, aluminium wall and
shelves and more around him. If you can see that tiny Tommy in
this picture I suppose he's sweeping the floor or something? He's
not so easily seen anymore after his minus 25 Kg / 55 lbs diet
(so far!). But he is surely easily heard! All we hear shouted out in
our garage is "Fatty Bostic" and "Fatty Patrik". And that's strange
in a way since Patrik nor me has ever shouted "Fat Tommy"
in our lives. =)
Please scroll down to June 8 to see the updates of both
Kent Edin's race in Piteå and the status of the assembly
of the Jeezus engine.
What a day for Axel!
Here comes my 10 year old son Axel driving a car on a road!
What happens in the countryside - stays in the countryside...
The microcar - the more and more popular "moped-car" Aixam for
disabled and young playboys. 2 cyl diesel, 50 kmh / 30 mph.
16 year old owner Saki instructed Axel on functions. It took 22
seconds and off they went. No traffic in the countryside, once in a
while a tractor. "He actually did very well" Saki said. "I've been
driving a lot of Go-Carts" said Axel.
Cool dudes. Summer. Freedom.
Condor helped with the wash'n'go pitstop.
This era is over now. Condor and Yvonne let Saki and friends build
their skateramps on the second floor of their old barn. Good thing
to both help the kids and have some control of their whereabouts.
- Oh, here are some old pictures too! Hahaha, look at this...
This man has taken fantastic pictures all his life both as an amateur
and a pro. There is a treasure in here! Hey, it's time for a vernissage!!
Yea, in this barn! ...even if the best pictures are still to be taken.
...and for daddy!
Jeezus going back for real. Mr Alholt is giving the calls. It's nice to
see how fast Mr Alholt is working and what focus he has. I think
he likes this even if he'll never admit it.
Jonas Mr Al Holt is not automaticly impressed by much. But there
are things in this engine, like the Oliver NASCAR rods:
"Seriously damn good stuff".
Oliver rods with ARP 7/16" bolts should have 30 ft lbs of torque + 40°
with the torque angle gauge. Oliver says: "Torque does not measure
bolt stretch, it measures friction. This is why we prefer the stretch
method or the torque and angle method for tightening rod bolts".
I guess Jonas also is impressed by this machined clearance for the
con rod bolts (necessary on a stroker). "Oh my God look at this
nothing!" he shouted out loud! Once machined by either Lennart
"Bagarn" or Ed Gordon at Autoshop Racing Engines.
More random engine pics and comments at >NEW_E_INTAKE
That page will host engine issues of season 2008.
The Kent Report
First dragstrip runs with the Gentle Giant SS
11.658 @ 193 kmh / 120 mph
Gentle Giant on 7 cylinders! Full story >Gentle_Giant
Stabilized but no gain
Tube was holding. Kent tried to better the Reaction Time (which
you Qualify on) but it was hard to keep it staged on more than
1500 RPM. Brakes can't hold the car, possibly because of a lack of
vacuum (I know!) So Kent redlit and car died for a second in the 60's.
Picked up strongly but had misfiring on higher RPM. 12 something.
But sparkplugs now looked OK! Janne had taken off 20 % of the fuel
and that seemed to do it! Wow! Usage down to 5-6 L / 1.5 Gallons.
Eliminations soon. Kent has written
11.00 on the window...
TUBE BLEW OFF!
Kent's 2:nd Qualification round.
This time Kent did a good burnout - with smoke. Gears shifting
on 6000 rpm. But then he heard a bang on 3rd. Staged anyway
but felt the loss of power so he just took the car for an easy
transport run down the strip and back to the pits.
It was one of the induction tubes that couldn't hold the 26+ PSI
boost so it blew off in both ends!! Now they're trying to
secure the tube with all kinds of ideas and materials.
One more Qualifying run before Eliminations.
1911 Kg - 4213 lb!
Kent had Gentle Giant on the scales this morning including himself
and the result was a bit shocking at least to me as it was 102 Kg /
224 lb lighter than Blackout SS = 2013 Kg / 4437 lb!
Strange because Gentle Giant is more or less a copy of my car
except for the fact that Kent has his original metal hood! My hood
is carbon fiber! He should be heavier!
There is no justice on Earth! =) But congratulations Kent!
Just to be safe Kent changed to a new belt on Sunday morning.
He also told me they had a 26 PSI boost peak yesterday! And now
he was working with one of the spark plug wires since it was
broken! They don't know if it was broken already during
the yesterday run?
Good luck today!
First timeslip of Kent Edin's Gentle Giant SS:
11.689 @ 181 kmh / 112 mph
And this is after a very careful beginning:
* Burnout on 1:st gear only, spun in the start.
* Way too rich, uneven run, 8 L / 2 Gallon of fuel was used.
* Gearshifts set at 5000 RPM, should be at least 6000 RPM.
* And first run nerves...
A very good start of the car that I think will be very very quick!
No more runs today. Tonight adjustments on issues above
and tomorrow Eliminations and new reports then!
Fun thing is that I've been guessing Kent's first ET to be 11.6,
maybe because that was also my best ET at the premier of
Blackout SS - it was 11.684... 5 thousands!)
Another fun thing is that the quickest Kent ever drove his nitrous
SB Camaro back in the 80's was 11.89
Kent Edin will enter the Dynamic Top ET list at place 50 with his
first timeslip. My guess is that he will take big leaps up on that list
on each run they can make. Certainly looks like a 10-second run
is possible already tomorrow if they can sort things out?
The suspense is killing me!
I'm waiting for Kent to call me after his first run!
We've been talking to each other all day by phone.
* When he was driving there this morning.
* When he unloaded the Gentle Giant from the trailer
and it didn't start.
* When all the interested people gathered around the SS.
* When he was drinking coffee.
* When they started it.
* When they were in line for inspection.
* When they missed first Qualification round because of
a burnt off oil pressure cable.
* When he stood in line again.
"Kent, call me directly when you take off your helmet before
you get the timeslip to hear what it felt like..."
-Yes, I will.
June 6 - Swedish National Day
Gentle Giant loaded!
This looks good! Welcome out of the garage "Gentle Giant"! Hungry?
"Klonk" Oh!? Is it that low now?
Kent Edin and Janne Norberg have had some busy hours to make
Gentle Giant ready and to load it on the trailer. It's time!
Yes, I've even asked the local pro photographer Richard at Ulkhyvlers
to have a special eye on them this weekend so you all will see it!
Ready to go racing! You have been following this >Gentle Giant
project on this site for 18 months and now you'll watch the first
attempt at the drag strip at their first test at Pite Dragway this
weekend! No idle, rich plugs, this'n'that...but now they have to
get out and try it all! Hm..these Hoosier slicks...I just saw them
here in Gothenburg recently...strange...
Good work guys, break a leg! Call me anytime on anything!
On which color on the christmas tree you should go'n'things!
Begin with an 11 something ET. I did.
Go Sweden fresh mood!
That's what does
Hahaha! It's free translation of an old Swedish sport slogan:
Heja Sverige friskt humör!
Det är det som susen gör!
It's our National Day today! We just had our lunch outside with our
Swedish flag on the table. These outdoor furnitures were bought at
Sears in Orlando, Florida years ago and shipped in a container.
"Thou Ancient, Thou Free"
Click moose to get to
know all about it.
Our guests Perra and his daughters Lova and Elin.
Outdoor BBQ always tops the list. But must be in weather like this.
Yea! Robert DeNiro meets Bostic Bolero!
At midnight we found the kids on a backstreet. We heard their
laughs on a distance. Earlier these three kids won a game of
Boule over their parents.
Elin, Axel and Lova. Cool.
- Bye bye Heavy Eliminator! Take care over the Atlantic Ocean!
It's not the only SS Karl owns but it is his first and the one that
started his racing career. So I know he is a little anxious. And he got
the chance to see the ship one more time here in Baltimore Harbor.
Karl left the car in Newark/New York almost a week ago and then it
was (hopefully) driven aboard Atlantic Companion. Now this ship
came to load also in Baltimore Harbor which is nearby Karl's home
so he couldn't resist to wave a last time.
Click to get a larger pic and a historic lesson from Karl. Thanks!
And a little music lesson too. Click for bigger map easier to read.
If it hadn't been for the trees Karl could've waved from his home...
Soon you can pick up the ship's position on this link when
it reaches the open sea:
Vessel : ATLANTIC COMPANION
Direction : East Bound
Captain : CAPT. NICLAS VANSETH
Flag : SWEDISH
Ocean Port Activity - Arrival Departure
New York Faps -EWR Loading 06-02 @ 08:00 06-02 @ 17:00
Baltimore -BWI Loading 06-04 @ 17:00 06-05 @ 17:00
Portsmouth -PTR Loading 06-06 @ 08:00 06-06 @ 20:00
New York -NYC Loading 06-07 @ 19:00 06-08 @ 02:00
Halifax -YHZ Loading 06-09 @ 18:00 06-09 @ 23:30
Liverpool -LPL Discharge 06-17 @ 00:00 06-17 @ 00:00
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Slicks are in the mail
A very nice and serviceminded lady at the Post office at Lindholmen
helped to get my Hoosier slicks shipped in a hurry to Kent in Umeå
who hasn't got his ordered slicks delivered yet - and they're going
racing with "GENTLE GIANT" already this coming weekend!
Spring Nationals at Piteå Dragway! This will be their first real test of
the whole car so Good Luck guys! But don't drive too quick... =)
E X C I T I N G !
Agneta continues to work on the house. She's changed our former
sauna (for wet, drunk and naked people) and is preparing the room
for her own business starting this fall. Curious? We'll be back on
this. Anyway, the changes are done in a way so it'll be easy to
make a sauna out of it again. If and when we sell the house
to any naked people...
Film Director Mr Al Holt
No one knows how many parts it will be in this new series, but it
doesn't really matter. Let it be 100's of parts as long as it is as
good as this! Click picture or link! Same same.
...while at it
...have you seen our promotional film about the best blower belt
ever made? Which we use of course! Only 2 min film.
Click picture or link! Same same.
New All Time High! Again!
I have absolutely no idea what this graph shows! I Googled it and I
think it has something with oil to do? Anyway, it also shows the
growth of this site blackout.nu like if I had drawn a graph myself.
Which I didn't - to save time. New SUPER figures for May month:
Byte: 35.58 GB
Thank you all for visiting! We'll work hard to keep you coming!
How much can we grow together?
Neighbours Hans and Helge were the best customers when Axel
decided to have a "Loppis" - garage sale - at home this Sunday.
They both have small grandchildren so they saved some money on
buying Axel's used toys. And Axel made 150 SKR over the day!
But I remember how much I payed for these toys...
Congratulations on new
PB Team Northrace!
Kenneth Feldthusen has never before raced on the 1/8 mile and now
the first leg of the TSDS - Toyo Scandinavian Dragracing Series was
held on the permanent MECA racetrack in Malmö this weekend.
It was also the first race for the team with complete new shortblock,
Keith Black block and things.
-The track was just fantastic! But I was quite unused to do the trap
procedures as soon as after 4 seconds! said Kenneth.
The team was glad for their new PB for the 1/8 (compared to earlier
notes from 1/4 races): 4.375 @ 260 kmh / 161 mph which was the
quickest of all cars in Competition Eliminator but only good for 7th
place in qualifying due to their AA/A index of 4.63, an index which
not really is active like the indexes of the 1/4 mile times. They
lasted to the Quarter Finals at MECA. Hopefully it will be a little
better chance for Team Northrace at the next races, beginning
at Sundsvall Raceway June 13-15. Good luck buddies!
Stanley got the tremendous shot of the Nilfisk ALTO Altered, click
it to see a larger one! Thanks for letting me use the picture.
Visit EurodragsterNorth.com to see the whole report, both in
Swedish and English! EurodragsterNorth.com is getting better
and better by the race!
Sponsors looking good!