Group of military vehicle guys invited me over with the 1915 T War Wagon for a pre race lap at Talladega, AL Super Speedway prior to the Alabama 500 NASCAR race on Sunday.
Don't think I set any track records, but I did make it around the track in one piece.
That's my 25 year old son driving.
What? A T at Talladega?
Steve B is WAY correct Bob!
Maybe that model T magic rubbed off and helped Keslowski win the race in a Ford.
Robert that is a great experience. It looks good on the track! That can feel like a long way around in a car at speed! Driving the t must have seemed like a road trip to your son. Had to have been very memorable with the crowd. Thanks for sharing.
Of course you set a track record, The slowest one lap time.
Now that is awesome
Robert, how high were you able to get on the banked curves? I was told you needed 70 MPH to stay up there with out falling off.
A. No, we were not the slowest military vehicle at that lap. A Vietnam era MULE, had a top speed of about 11 mph and set the pace for those behind it. Fortunately, we ran in order from oldest to youngest, so we were first and the MULE was almost last. EAT MY DUST!
B. They had a double yellos line at the infield side of the track that we were told not to cross and drip oil and fluids on the actual "racing" part of the track. But on the straight away, we all "wandered" a little.
Was told by a pace jeep that we were up around 30mph getting to our staging area and, yes , it did feel like 60 mph. Never thought I'd worry about my hat blowing off in a T until then.
I was gonna ask if you got it up on the bank?
They do track tours there and carry you over from the Motorsports Hall of Fame to the track in a van. They'll take that van and creep up onto part of the bank and it feels like you are going to turn over. And that's not even the steepest part. They tell you how fast you have to go to stay up there on that steepest portion. I forget what it was now. 60-80? Something like that. Otherwise you slide back down.
A few years ago a clean up crew got to high on the banks cleaning up after a wreck and their truck rolled over all the way to the bottom. When it was built years ago the paving machine were hooked to a bulldozer at the top of track by cables to hold them on the banks. Dan
Took laps once at that track in a stock car; the view where you are looking WAY UP at the top of the banking as you enter turn 1 was incredible.
I know from experience, it's almost impossible to even walk on the banked turns at Daytona. It just doesn't look that extreme on TV.
Yep, banking is in 30 degree neighborhood. Crawl is a good word to use if on banking. Drove some laps years back at 160-170mph and had a lot of fun. If you have done any banked oval racing you learn you can't see the exit of the 2nd or 4th turn through peripheral vision because of being on the bank. Fun stuff. Trying to see fence post's on the back straightaway is also humorous at 170. Not sure the old wood spokes are up to those lateral loads though they are maybe stronger than we think sometimes. Still had to have been a great feeling for Robert to be on the track. It is much bigger than you think when cruising around. I felt like you could lost on the front straight the first time through! A lot of asphalt!
Did you ever watch this DVD?
Yes, I have a copy of that DBD. And, listened to it on PBS at one time as well
I wonder what one of our Montana 500 cars would do on that track,this past year I was running at 65mph on the Interstate.