<VV> Roundup Rodeo (long)
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AeroNed at aol.com
Sun Oct 2 22:30:39 EDT 2005
The Great Plains Corvair Roundup in Wichita wrapped up today with our
participation in a SCCA autocross. All of the participants were from the Roundup
host club in Wichita. We only had two trophies up for grabs and the very first
Wheaties. The first competition was for the fastest stock Corvair which was
between a couple of 64's, a coupe and a sedan. Both of the drivers, Dean
Patterson and Dennis Fuller. Both of these guys had never run in an autocross.
Dennis had some initial difficulties finding his way around the course which
resulted in a couple of DNFs. With a little coaching, Dennis did get in a couple
of good clean runs. Dean was running well right out of the box. Both of
their times improved with each run. Dennis won the stock trophy by less than a
The second trophy was for the fastest Corvair. This was a hotly contested
competition even before the cars were at the course. The competitors were Ned
Madsen (me) and Jim Dallas driving Terry Kalp's 66 turbo coupe (pulling a Seth
again). I ran in first heat to set the time to beat. Since I have more
experience autocrossing, I carried a passenger for each of my runs. Only one of my
passengers was from Wichita. It was my "crew chief," 13 year old Jarred
Patterson, Dean son. All of my runs were clean but I did have some fan belt
problems. I had plenty of help from the Corvair guys as well as the SCCA regulars.
Car guys are car guys, always willing to help when someone is in need. While
Jim ran at both events in Iowa, he had never run a "traditional" autocross.
I think Jim's biggest worry was that he would get lost, but that didn't
happen. Jim did a fine job driving the turbo. At the end of the day my best time
of 57.390 was the best time of the Corvairs.
I know the guys had a blast at the autocross. I wouldn't be surprised it
they become regulars at Wichita SCCA events.
I'd like to thank the SCCA guys for making us "old car drivers" feel
welcome. They have always made me feel that way. They gave us plenty of compliments
for our cars.
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