I'll be there with the family in the '25 Touring.
Is anybody else from the forum planning to attend?
Pictures from last year posted here:
Derek, I'm planning on going but I will not have the speedster.
Hi Derek, think I'm headed to Bonneville this year but had a fun time there last year.
This is coming up this Saturday.
How many people usually show up for the picnic Friday night?
Hi Derek, there were about 20 or 25 people there last year. It was a good time.
Looks like I have too much to get done here tonight, so I won't make it down until tomorrow morning.
We're trailering to my parents' house, then driving 2 T's over from there (about 35 miles).
We'll have to dress warm... it's supposed to be 39 degrees when we plan to leave, with no side curtains or top.
Mike, Derek and Jenna have a great weekend. 39 is a heat wave we were at 21 this morning, spit snow yesterday. Post pictures.
Derek, how did it go? Pictures?
John, the hill climb went great!The turn out was light,eight cars four modelt's and four of those Model A 's. Fastest Model T 52.53 MPH E.T. of 10.27 driver and car owner-builder Don Cusak AKA Grumpy, fastest Model A with a B and an automatic 59.28 MPH with a 9.61 E.T. car owner builder Hank the tank Schlomka. We had two stock Model T Tourings running time only the fastest 32 MPH. I do not have Photos at this time, i will try and add them. FYI this is the first time on any Discussion board, if it does not come out good bear with me i will keep trying to get better.
Grumpy runs good remember last year we had to put the "lite weight" John Steel in the car to beat him. It is all about weight to horse power. I told Nick we needed to lose 50 lbs or strip the weight of the car. LOL
Sorry had other plans and wasn't able to attend.
I attended it for the first time this year and enjoyed it a lot! Maybe next year I'll try to bring something down.
Thanks for the update! I'll be there next year, I broke my car a couple of weeks ago so I did not make it out this year.
HI From Cold In Iowa! Wow I finally Made it all the way to Northern IA (only 3 hrs away) for this fun event that I have wanted to come to for years!!! I finished the car ( X NWVS Rattler Fronty Speedster) late Friday and loaded. Sat was great Weather and People and the ole T Ran very well! I'm just learning how to drive her, but am having problems with that cast iron Warford!! Not much of a chance winning against the nice car Grumpy was fielding, but 2nd place isn't so bad? It was lots of fun - finally - and I have plans for next year already!! It is so much fun I think more cars should make the TRECK as my vintage GPS was able to locate Northwood so yours should as well? Thanks to everyone who made the event possible!! John
It was fun! I didn't get very many pictures, as we went to help Grumpy change wheels and load his car in the trailer after it broke.
Compared to last year, there were fewer cars competing, but I think there were more spectators that brought their stock T's and A's out to the event, including myself.
Bill, Derek and John thanks for the report. I think Don ran slightly faster last year. He is a true craftsman. I think there are more parts on that car that he machined or hammered out than there are factory parts. Just an amazing guy. Hope to be back there next year.
Might get a better turnout if it wasn't on the Iowa/Iowa State football weekend. Glad to hear the old car ran well John.
Don only got one decent run in before his car broke. He tried to make a second run, but it started popping and missing pretty bad... either a dropped valve or broken rocker arm I would guess.
Don's rockers came loose last year, several of us helped him tighten them up before the hill climb. What a neat guy, very talented. Here is a picture of Don's car from last year, one very fast Model T.
I've had the pleasure of knowing Don for many years. He helped me with my first Model T. His nickname of Grumpy, doesn't really fit. He is one of the kindest, most helpful people that I've ever known and he has an infectious smile (when he shows it). His talent as a craftsman is unrivaled. I don't believe there is a part on that car that he didn't fabricate or modify in some way.
Here's a video of his car from a few years ago, before he put those great bit racing wheels on it.
Eric, he even built the spoke wheels that are in the picture above. His wife is a pleasure to be around too.
I remember the day that he bought the House wheels that were on the car in the video. I was sitting with him at Chickasha, looking them over. I teased him a little about how long it might take him to find a decent set of hubs to make his newly purchased wheels usable. He laughed and stated "I'll probably find a brand new set on my Bridgeport in a couple of weeks." It didn't take him very long to make his own hubs. He re-laced those wheels too.
don is currently building a rear engined T dragster with rear independent suspension similar to the early VW's, only using all model t u joints up near the differential carrier he made from billet. at 82, he thought its time to build another race car! hard to find a nicer, smarter guy than don