If you haven't already, we recommend you read the materials about our first year's efforts, found in the "about our machine" links above. In particular, many have reported enjoying the various sections that describe specific parts of the machine and then going through the (photographically illustrated) "blog" section as the narration there gives the back story and carries you through the process. (One reader opined, "Rivetting!!!!! Like a great novel, I couldn't put it down and wish I had been there to help.")
After achieving our goal as first Karmann Ghia to enter The One Club, we are now focused on entering The One Thirty Club!
We retained all our claims to "fastest" from 2009 and merely pushed our numbers up; our new speed was 105.777. (No one managed to beat our 2009 numbers, by the way.)
- Fastest Karmann Ghia campaigned as a part of the 36hp Challenge.
- Fastest Karmann Ghia in the DSS class of the 36hp Challenge.
- Fastest Karmann Ghia in The One Club.
- Fastest Denzel powered vehicle to participate in a 36hp Challenge event.
- Fastest known Denzel powered vehicle (with certified timing slip from a sanctioned event)
Britt Grannis made up three of these emblems and gave one to us and one to Craig Smith - Our machines wear them proudly!
During the off season we didn't do very much to the vehicle.
However, we did get the engine out. Britt Grannis took it to Salt Lake City for us, and we dynomometer-tuned the engine at altitude there. Art Thrain did the work in his shop. So, we expected the engine to be tuned properly and therefore we'd do better...
Just as we pulled off the Interstate at our exit, we realized we had a flat tire on the race car!
We pulled into the Salt Flats Cafe and changed the tire:
We then headed to the Bend In The Road and waited for Dawn.
As the first V-Dubber on the salt, well before dawn, we picked out the best spot for the pit area for (hopefully) all the VWers - and we got as much space for us as we could! Here it was at setup - that's Babe, our Blue Ox pickup truck and the end of the tarp in the distance with those tires are what we put out to mark the end of the space we were reserving.
Above is north, below is south.
We got ourselves through tech and were the very first car teched that day. It was a breeze!
The first two images below are Craig Smith and his entry.
These next two are Britt Grannis with our 1500cc Okrasa engine in his vehicle - he planned to run two different engines in his vehicle...
Note also that the badges on the rear say, "Okrasa", "1500", and "Bonneville Ghia".
Unfortunately, we had taken the heads off to bump the compression ratio a little and didn't use new rings, the rings old in our engine didn't re-seat promptly. Yes, we made a mistake!
On this day we did our very best run to date. We were the first to run that day, and it was on that run we did 105.777.
Note the red Miata ahead of us. The lady who was the driver of that car realized she wasn't ready to run, and pulled out of line well before the race officials even showed up!
These are before dawn:
And these are at the very moments of dawn - when direct sunlight first shone on the vehicles:
These next few are after our first run:
Then getting ready for another run!
This next one is a guy named David, from Colorado running a Wolfsburg West Okrasa engine.
Then Britt ran again:
Note that Britt has a different engine installed... (the exhaust gives it away)
Next up, Craig Smith:
Then David from Colorado:
Then Britt ran yet again:
The next Ghia up was that of Bill Smith - stone stock, 1956, and a real beauty!
Later, Burlie got us all together for a group photo - it almost worked!
We headed home. I know we have photos of this, but they seem to be missing from our archive. If we find them, we'll add them here!
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