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PDRF, Inc. Event 02/24/2001 Manila Harbour Centre
Saturday, 24 February 2001 08:00

PDRF, Inc. Event
02/24/2001
Manila Harbour Centre

 

Records were meant to be broken. The PDRF event at the Manila Harbour Centre this last Saturday was probably the fastest drag race event in its history.

To make things a bit interesting, there was a head wind, more prominent than usual. But, this was not to deter the combatants of this events from showing off their mettle.

First, there was the Silver Bullet of AutoPlus, running time trials DEEP in the 11 second range. All this, without the help of "laughing gas"!

Then there was Matonetics, whose "Just Two" Civic hatchback was running in the low 11's as well.

Redline Racing showed with the familiar Lancer EVO IV, piloted by Dondi Montecillo and their ALL MOTOR terror, a black EG driven by Marvin Montecillo. They also brought down a red Civic Hatchback, powered by a turbocharged B18C, which unfortunately ran in to engine problems. The EVO IV also met with an untimely engine failure, ending its day early, during time trials.

JAC Racing's Vic Cruz was also present with his "old school" Toyota Starlet.

P.A.D. represented sporting a "new" sticker design!

The event started later than usual, due to the late arrival of the participants. As a matter of fact, DRP arrived quite late also, due to the "Clunky Junker" (but that's another story).

Tuned by Matonetics, a Nissan Skyline was present to delight the crowd. It's Motec fuel injection system was still being tuned by master HP guru, Mato Tan. Despite that, and the fact it was still running 14.7psi (1 bar) boost, the all-wheel drive Skyline still managed a 12.4 sec. ET.

In the Final round of the Quick 8, Mato Tan of Matonetics squared off to Raymond Go of AutoPlus. Go had lane choice and positioned his Civic in the right lane, due to its better bite characteristics (when compared to the left lane). With both cars staged, the lights came on and they were off! Launching with such ferocity, like no front wheel drive car has a right to do, AutoPlus quickly got the advantage. Alas, a redlight on the right lane, meant that the Mato had the win. His SECOND Quick 8 title, in a row!

Prior to the Shoot-Out's, AutoPlus decided to try for the record during the time trials. I remember walking towards the PDRF tent when as the Silver Bullet lauched from the line. Going through the gears like a true PRO, Raymond Go looked like a man on a mission. As he crossed the line, all eyes went to the printer. The time was announced, "10.86 sec.@135mph!!!" The AutoPlus crew jumped up for joy, high-five'n and hollering in celebration.

Their day wasn't over yet. AutoPlus still had to back up their run. According to PDRF rules,  Raymond would have to make another run that would at least beat the existing record of 11.057 sec.

Back at the line, the Silver Bullet didn't even do a burnout (probably due to the better bite of the taller tires). Lined up agaisnt their own team mate, Vincent Peña (in an EVO V), Raymond was poised to go. Another great looking run... "10.86 sec.!!!" Dondi and Mato's eyes shut while their heads turned south upon hearing the news. The record now belongs to Raymond... The Fastest Car in the Philippines! (fastest Honda, too)

Record breaking performance continued in to the ALL HONDA Shoot-Out. Marvin Montecillo of Redline Racing ran a 12.78sec pass, surpassing his previous record of 12.817 seconds. Unfortunately for Marvin, he was unable to back up his record setting run. Making two passes more at 12.82 and 12.83 seconds, his old record stood.

All in all, Feb.24 was a truly historic event. Low 11 second passes from Honda Civics, all motor performance in the 12 second range and the Philippine's FIRST 10 second run all happened on the same day! As the President of the PDRF (Nonoy Jarlego) said "Only at the PDRF..." So far, he's right!

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Records were meant to be broken. The PDRF event at the Manila Harbour Centre this last Saturday was probably the fastest drag race event in its history.

To make things a bit interesting, there was a head wind, more prominent than usual. But, this was not to deter the combatants of this events from showing off their mettle.

First, there was the Silver Bullet of AutoPlus, running time trials DEEP in the 11 second range. All this, without the help of "laughing gas"!

Then there was Matonetics, whose "Just Two" Civic hatchback was running in the low 11's as well.

Redline Racing showed with the familiar Lancer EVO IV, piloted by Dondi Montecillo and their ALL MOTOR terror, a black EG driven by Marvin Montecillo. They also brought down a red Civic Hatchback, powered by a turbocharged B18C, which unfortunately ran in to engine problems. The EVO IV also met with an untimely engine failure, ending its day early, during time trials.

JAC Racing's Vic Cruz was also present with his "old school" Toyota Starlet.

P.A.D. represented sporting a "new" sticker design!

The event started later than usual, due to the late arrival of the participants. As a matter of fact, DRP arrived quite late also, due to the "Clunky Junker" (but that's another story).

Tuned by Matonetics, a Nissan Skyline was present to delight the crowd. It's Motec fuel injection system was still being tuned by master HP guru, Mato Tan. Despite that, and the fact it was still running 14.7psi (1 bar) boost, the all-wheel drive Skyline still managed a 12.4 sec. ET.

In the Final round of the Quick 8, Mato Tan of Matonetics squared off to Raymond Go of AutoPlus. Go had lane choice and positioned his Civic in the right lane, due to its better bite characteristics (when compared to the left lane). With both cars staged, the lights came on and they were off! Launching with such ferocity, like no front wheel drive car has a right to do, AutoPlus quickly got the advantage. Alas, a redlight on the right lane, meant that the Mato had the win. His SECOND Quick 8 title, in a row!

Prior to the Shoot-Out's, AutoPlus decided to try for the record during the time trials. I remember walking towards the PDRF tent when as the Silver Bullet lauched from the line. Going through the gears like a true PRO, Raymond Go looked like a man on a mission. As he crossed the line, all eyes went to the printer. The time was announced, "10.86 sec.@135mph!!!" The AutoPlus crew jumped up for joy, high-five'n and hollering in celebration.

Their day wasn't over yet. AutoPlus still had to back up their run. According to PDRF rules,  Raymond would have to make another run that would at least beat the existing record of 11.057 sec.

Back at the line, the Silver Bullet didn't even do a burnout (probably due to the better bite of the taller tires). Lined up agaisnt their own team mate, Vincent Peña (in an EVO V), Raymond was poised to go. Another great looking run... "10.86 sec.!!!" Dondi and Mato's eyes shut while their heads turned south upon hearing the news. The record now belongs to Raymond... The Fastest Car in the Philippines! (fastest Honda, too)

Record breaking performance continued in to the ALL HONDA Shoot-Out. Marvin Montecillo of Redline Racing ran a 12.78sec pass, surpassing his previous record of 12.817 seconds. Unfortunately for Marvin, he was unable to back up his record setting run. Making two passes more at 12.82 and 12.83 seconds, his old record stood.

All in all, Feb.24 was a truly historic event. Low 11 second passes from Honda Civics, all motor performance in the 12 second range and the Philippine's FIRST 10 second run all happened on the same day! As the President of the PDRF (Nonoy Jarlego) said "Only at the PDRF..." So far, he's right!

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Saturday Nights at Libis by: The Wicked Racing
Tuesday, 20 February 2001 08:00

Feature Article: Saturday Nights at Libis
by: The Wicked Racing Webmaster

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Yesss, Sabado na naman. Oras na para magpa-cute sa Libis mamayang gabi. Marahil ay ganito ang iniisip ng iba sa mga pumupunta sa Libis. Well, isa ako sa mga palaging pumupunta sa Libis tuwing Sabado ng gabi. Pagpatak ng mga bandang 12 midnight ay unti-unti nang dumadami ang crowd. Pati mga nagtitinda ng yosi ay pumupwesto na rin upang makapaghanap-buhay.

Marami kang mapapansin sa Libis bukod sa mga nagsulputang mga bars doon. Madalas ay aakalain mong may fashion show dahil andaming chikababes na labas ang mga likod at hita. Siguro yung iba dun sa mga babae ay na-pulmunya na dahil halos exposed lahat ang kanilang likod. Hahahaha, kunsabagay kahit minsan nakakakita din ako ng mga chikababes dun na anlalaki ng mga braso (parang pamalo ng dalag) pero naka sleeveless pa.

Grabe rin ang mga apog nung mga yon. Tapos eto naman yung mga guys na kasama nung mga chikababes. Yung iba, gwapings ang auto pero pangit ang face, meron namang gwapings ang face pero pangit ang auto, at shempre meron ding mga gwapings ang face at gwapings din ang auto. Wag na nating pag-usapan yung mga pangit ang face at pati auto ay pangit din. Hay naku, ang dami mo talagang mapapansin sa Libis basta Saturday night.

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Pagkatapos ng konting inom sa bar ay deretso na ng karerahan. Eto na ang mga taong hot na hot sa karera. Walang ibang gagawin kundi magpaikot-ikot dun sa strip at maghanap ng makaka-guage. Minsan kahit walang kalaban ay basta na lang bibirit para lang ma-satisfy ang need for speed. Ratrat lang ng ratrat hanggat may gasolina pa, ganyan ang mga karerista sa Libis. Kung minsan, kala mo ay may transhow dahil nagpapagandahan ng auto, pero shempre ay pabilisan pa rin ng auto ang pinag-uusapan. Marami ring iba't ibang klase ng mga tao na nasa gilid-gilid ng Libis. Allow me to classify them: Yung mga kumakarera na nagpapahinga lang. Yung mga kumakarera na natalo at ayaw nang mapahiya. Yung mga naghahanap ng kapustahan. Yung mga pumunta ng Libis para lang manood ng karera. Yung mga napadaan lang. Yung mga nagtitinda ng yosi na nakikinood sa mga karera. Yung mga magsyota na walang mapwestuhan. Yung mga addict na wala ring mapwestuhan. Yung mga gusto pang kumarera pero wala nang gasolina o kaya ay may sira ang auto. Yung mga pulis na nakikialam sa mga karerista.

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Teka, mukhang lumalalim na ang gabi pero andami pa ring mga tao. Yung iba ay nakikita kong naghihikab na pero ayaw pa ring umuwi. Parang may hinihintay na main event. Yung mga strip pimps naman ay panay ang lapit sa mga prospect nila. By the way, yung sinasabi kong mga strip pimps ay yung mga taong lalapit sa isang karerista tapos maghahamon ng pustahan.

Eto ang usual dialog ng mga strip pimps. "Pare, gusto nyong itakbo auto nyo?" At shempre yung mga ayaw namang lumaban ay may usual dialog din. "Pare next time na lang." o kaya ay "May sira ang auto ko eh."

Tapos biglang may dumating na pulis!!! Takbuhan na!!! Kanya-kanyang sibat. Yung mga auto maguu-turn lang tapos balik ulit sa dating pwesto pero kung ayaw umalis nung pulis,,, malamang ay uwian na. Pero this time ay swerte ang mga karerista dahil after 15 minutes ay umalis na ang mga pulis. Tuloy na naman ang karera.

 

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Marami kang makikitang mga matutulin na auto. Hit dito, hit doon ang ginagawa ng mga drag racers. Kung minsan ay may plus pa kung medyo mabilis ang kalaban. Yung mga gusto namang mangulit ay nasa likod ng mga magbibitaw tapos bubuntutan hanggang sa dulo.

A few more hours at magliliwanag na. Alas-tres y media na ng madaling araw at mukhang may matutuloy nang pustahan. Sa kabilang side ng Libis ay may nagkukumpulang mga tao. Tila may tinitingnang makina ng sasakyan. Tapos ay lumipat sila sa isa pang auto at binuksan din ang hood. Makalipas ang kalahating oras ay naglabas na ng mga pera itong mga grupo ng kareristang nag-uusyoso sa mga bukas na hood ng kotse kanina. This is it. Mayroong pustahan!!!

Medyo matagal ang simula ng bitaw dahil andaming sukat na ginagawa bago simulan. Kung pantayan ay matatagalan lang kung jumpstart o kaya ay bobo yung flagman pero kung may plus ay mas matagal dahil susukatin pang mabuti kung eksakto yung plus na binigay. Best of three ang labanan. Considered talo kapag naka nitrous.

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Ang maglalaban ay SiR atchaka VTi na naka full race. Plus 1 yung VTi. Heto na, nagsimula na yung race. Unang bitaw ay panalo yung SiR. Ikalawang bitaw panalo yung VTi kse nag misshift yung driver ng SiR. Huli at ikatlong bitaw ay nanalo pa rin ang SiR. Sigawan sa tuwa yung mga ka-grupo ng nanalo at nakayuko naman ang ulo ng mga talunan.

That's life, kung minsan ay panalo pero minsan ay talo din. I guess it's time to go home na. Nang tingnan ko ang aking relo ay quarter to 5 na pala ng umaga. Oras na para umuwi at magpahinga. Next Saturday na lang ulit. Same time, same place, same face.

 
It's NEVER over until the FINISH LINE! by: the Clunky Driver
Friday, 16 February 2001 08:00

It's NEVER over until the FINISH LINE!
by: the Clunky Driver

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During one event, I witnessed a remarkable race between two Honda Civic SiR's. It illustrates the saying "It's NEVER over until the FINISH LINE!". Here's what happened.

Car 1 (left lane) dialed in at 15.50 sec. while car 2 (right lane), dialed in at 15.70 sec. As the lights went down, the reaction time on the right lane was a so-so .736, while the right lane had a dismal 1.055 RT. Car 2's driver, thinking since he had such a bad RT, decided to give up and just coasted to the finish. Car 1 on the other hand, no knowing that car 2 had let off the throttle, kept on going.

As car 2 crossed the finish line, I couldn't believe the time...15.674. He BROKE OUT! Meanwhile, car 1, still thinking he had already lost, was still coasting. He eventually crossed the line with a 23.265 ET. HE WON! (and didn't even know it at the time)

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That race clearly illustrates what bracket racing is all about. It's not having the fastest race car, or the car with the most HP. It's all about driving! And part of driving is paying attention. If car 2 had kept his attention on what was going on around him, he would have noticed that car 1 let off already. All he had to do was cross the finish line ahead of him. Instead, he had "tunnel vision", and tuned out the other car. To his disadvantage, he even broke out.

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So, the lesson here is, if you KNOW that you are going to cross the line first, DON'T risk breaking out. Let off a bit, just to insure you'll run within your dial-in. Also, one of the important skills of any racer is the ability to PAY ATTENTION to what's going on around him. Learn to spread your focus. This will not only allow you to keep track of your opponent, but also, and MORE IMPORTANTLY, avoid any dangerous incidents.

 
Project Car:"Clunky Junker"
Thursday, 01 February 2001 08:00

Project Car:"Clunky Junker"
1981 Toyota Starlet
Photos Taken by: Mr. Jude Crisostomo
Article by: Clunky Driver

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Since we have been working the past few months to bring you all the news and photos of the best looking, fast and quick cars from the top teams and drivers, DRP thought it was time for something different. And believe me, this is about as different as it gets!

With the plethora of fuel injection systems, high-tech electronic gadgetry, turbos, superchargers and more, DRP is proud (?) to announce its First Project Car... the "Clunky Junker".

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Specifications:
Body
- 1981 Toyota Starlet 2 dr. (barely)
Engine- 2TG Twin cam, 8-valve, 1600cc
Induction- twin Solex 40mm carbs (running on 1 barrel each)
Transmission- T50 5-speed

Modifications:
Body- stripped (might have been stolen) interior, tubular front-end (cheaper than actually repairing the front), 6-point roll cage (great place to hang your laundry), TRD (like) body kit (made from left over tupperware), one peice (left) front end
Suspension- Lowered springs (mangled), 6-link rear (had extra parts)
Engine- headers (why is my sink leaking?), used Mallory coil with used ignition wires, custom oil leaks
Rear Differential- Posi weld, 4.something...

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This little beast is powered by the venerable 2TG, 1600cc engine from Toyota. In stock form, the equivalent of 110 horses is generated. In its current form, probably 50hp! Induction duties are managed (barely) by twin Solex side draft carburators (complete with spitting and sputtering).

Power (?) is then directed to the T50 5 speed transmission (grinding in every gear), till it all finally reaches the posi welded rear diff.

Weight up front was cut (literally) by the use of a tubular front clip and a one piece nose (or part of it anyway).

Present rolling gear is a set of 16" Wildcard wheels in the rear and a pair of 13" Tom's look-a-likes up front.

Why do we want to build this car? Well, DRP wants to show people out there that it doesn't take a ton of money to go fast and have fun.  We also want to make this car a platform to help teach the novice drag racer out there the basics of drag racing. We will cover every thing from suspension theory to engine tuning. Even some body work tech!

Our goal- to build a consistent 13 second bracket car, join races and teach people about setting up an affordable race car.

If you have a shop, please contribute your efforts to build up this car! We'll gladly post your shop on our "credits" page. Ms. Clunker (as we fondly call her) NEEDS your help. The dust collecting in our wallets is not enough to keep her going. Please donate your used parts so they can be used in this noble effort. All contributors will be named in the credits.

Be a part of DRP's
First Project Car!

Help save the "Clunky Junker"!

When we first purchased (yes, we actually bought this car!) the Clunker, it's flares were falling off, the front nose was just sitting on the front end, one wheel was facing the north star while the other was looking the other way. Towing it home was a like watching a truckin front of you, with its tail gate open, doing 160kph (just waiting for things to fall out).

After spending a few days bolting the flares back on, welding a mounting system for the nose, installing a new battery, flushing out the bad oil, brake fluid and gas, as well as spraying the whole car in primer black (the rainbow look is out), she was finally ready to start. (not to mention sweeping all the dried leaves and cob webs from every nook and cranny)

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Believe it or not, Ms. Clunker started without much drama. After fiddling with the carbs a bit, she even idles smoothly! Because of this, we treated her to some more black paint around the engine compartment (to hide the numerous blemishes).

All she needs now is an alignment. We tried to get it close enough, so we won't eat anymore rubber than we already have driving it around for testing.

Finally, the Clunky Junker is half way decent enough to snap some photos for this web page. With any luck, you can gaze upon her in living color (dying is more like it), this Saturday, Feb. 24th, at the Manila Harbour Centre. Keep your fingers crossed! Maybe she'll do an 18 sec. pass... let's just hope she makes it there first!

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Saturday, 20 January 2001 08:00
PMA considers licensing Drag Racers
by: Chuck Montecillo

While listening in to the driver's meeting at the recent ProSpeed event (01/20/2001), I heard very disturbing news. The drivers were being polled on how they feel about racing licenses for drag racers.

Unfortunately, not everyone was really paying attention. Because if they were, they'd realize the impact if this is ever implemented.

The idea of the PMA is to have licenses for all participants of drag race events, just like the slalom, circuit and rallying counterparts. This would entail tests, both physical and written. Of course, this would also require a fee for these tests.

Now, let's think about this for a minute. The PMA now requires licenses from participants of slalom events. This is NOT a usual situation. In other countries, since slaloms or autocrossing, as it is known in other countries, is a grassroots form of motorsports, licensing isn't neccessary. The low speeds and very controlled nature of the sport creates a very safe personality. This enables newcommers to participate very cheaply and safely.

Generally, licenses are used to verify the qualifications of a driver. In circuit racing and rallying, this is a very neccessary step due to the higher speeds and danger factor. If a driver doesn't have the proper skills to keep their car under control, the consequences can be very disasterous!

Drag Racing is a grassroots motorsport. For most of the participants, their trap speeds (speed at the end of the 1/4 mile) are well below 90mph. Add to this the fact that this all happens in a straight line. This is the primary reason that drag racers DO NOT require to have racing licenses in other parts of the world, including the US.

This is not to say that all drag racers do not need racing licenses. The Pro categories do have this reequirement world wide. Of course, this means that cars that go 9.99 seconds or faster in the 1/4 mile, thier drivers need to be qualified. And with good reason. The traps speeds for these cars are above 145mph.

To be fair to the PMA, I'm sure their main objective is to make sure that drag racing continues to be a SAFE and enjoyable sport. But, I think that requiring everyone to hold a racing license will only hinder the growth of the sport. Let me explain.

Right now, there are still more illegal racers than there are participants at the events put on by various organizers. Just look at the numbers. ProSpeed had an all time high patricipation of 120 drivers. The recent race in Clark, put on by PhilSwiss, had 17 drivers. On any given Saturday night, you can expect at least a 100 drivers! Then there are the spectators. In illegal street races, at least 500 people stand along the road side cheering on their favorite cars. The most I've seen is 500 people at an event. And that was years ago. Why is this so? Simple, LESS HASSLES.

To race on the street, all you need to do is show up. No tech inspections, registration forms, dial in forms, parking fees or any kind of other nuisances. Just gas up and go to the nearest national road and start racing. This is the biggest hurdle that organizers STILL have to get over. Running events SMOOTHLY enough that the local speed freak will consider showing up for the race.

If the PMA pursues this licensing scheme, this will have a very negative effect on the sport. It's just one more excuse NOT to race legally. We may even lose some of the "converts" that now regularly attend the events.

Here's a suggestion. Why not limit the licensing to just the PRO categories. Since these are the only classes where cars go ridiculously fast for the conditions that exist in todays racing venues. Say any driver that pilots a car that runs 11's must take a written test, physical exam as well as a driver's test to make sure they are qualified enough to keep their car under control.

The goal of every event organizer is to HELP MINIMIZE racing on the streets and promote a much safer, but no less FUN form of motorsport. I hope that the PMA decides to help in this effort of the organizers under them. By allowing anyone with a car to participate in drag race events is one of, if not the greatest incentive to the budding drag racer. I truly hope that they won't take this away from this sport that we all love and support.
 
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