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White Goose Bar Racing
Live to Die Another Day, El Mirage June 2013
By: Mike Manghelli
For those of you that read last month’s posting for the White Goose Bar, the results of our one and only run for the truck was extremely depressing. And yes, the movie themes keep coming; this time (for June) it is James Bond, Die Another Day.
Update to the status of the WGB truck after the May meet meltdown:
- A bolt backed out of the idler pulley for the serpentine belt and threw it off. Then it got caught in the dry sump belt and broke it. The oil pressure was 65 psi, instantly it was 0.
- When all this happened – top of 4th gear and under full boost, the turbo and other engine components (needless to say) did not last long.
Final score, the turbo seized, 6 rod bearings spun, crank is bent, 6 rod big ends a horrendous blue/black burnt color and of course all bearings required replacement.
Thankfully the WGB team members all pitched in to fund the rebuild, Keith, Pierre, Tom and John. Also a BIG “Thank You” to the quick response for needed parts from our suppliers, Techtonics Tuning and Nick Arias III - Arias Pistons, and Rick Head - Exile Turbo. We were able to complete the rebuild in time for the June El Mirage meet. Also, we must thank Bee Industrial for all the rags, pigs and other items to clean up and suck up all the mess we made. In reality it took long nights and weekends to do the deed, even missed the Bonneville 200 mph party, but the truck was in the Goose Friday afternoon before El Mirage.
We started the meet with a very conservative tune up and set of “engine protection” parameters loaded in the AEM Infinity ECU. So maybe I was a little too conservative or maybe engine shy (the long nights and weekend of cleaning bearing pieces out of everything could have something to do with it) while setting up the engine protection parameter. After a good start and what sounded like the start of a good run, Keith saw the BIG red light on the dash turn on while in 3rd gear. He did what he should do and not what his racing instincts wanted him to do; he shut down and turned off. We returned to the pits for a little forensics on the BIG red light and found the setting to turn on the oil pressure light was set higher than needed. All the rest of the data looked great. A little tweaking and we were back in line for another pass.
Then along came a little El Mirage weather…
The weekend started out warm, OK – it was hot as hell with 108.3 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday according to the SCTA weather station at the timing tower. However, there was a little breeze by the evening and things actually cooled down nicely Saturday night for the standard WGB chicken BBQ, compliments of Spark Plug Gary. Sunday morning there was not a breath of air and the dust hung over the course after each vehicle ran. Fortunately, high clouds kept the temperatures on the cooler side. Before noon the wind started coming up with a head wind at the starting line, but a side wind at the tower. Unfortunately, it continued to rapidly increase and the meet was put on hold while the truck was waiting in line for a second pass. By 12:30 it was constant 20 mph gusting to 30 mph and the meet was called.
So after a weekend of good camaraderie, the truck is alive and will live to see another race and hopefully to die at a much later date, (after all it is a race motor and we do push the limit). After the sacrifice to the “God of Speed”, (a VR6 crankshaft, rods, and turbo) we are hoping for some uneventful racing in July. Stay tuned, as there is always more to come. The truck will run at the El Mirage meet in July, the roadster will run at Speed Week with our guest driver. Also, it looks like Brad’s liner is getting close to completion and Rick promises the Costella, Yacoucci, Waters liner back in the fray soon.