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Beaten by a Girl!!! by: Dr. Clunky
Saturday, 21 April 2001 08:00

Beaten by a Girl!!!
by: Dr. Clunky

I had the pleasure of driving John John Yap's (Racing Zone) Honda CRV (complete with body kit and a full exhaust system) in Street Stock. After going though the field during elimination's, I came to the final round against, get this, a RAV4!

I thought this was just the coolest thing. Two AWD "Sport CUTES" running head to head in bracket competition. What I didn't know was that the driver was a VERY pretty lady. No wonder there was such a crowd by the start line.

The three ambers came down and I was off! The RAV must've cut a good light since it was almost right by my side just passed the 60 foot mark. A quick glance over my shoulder confirms that my opponent was closing fast. Since the CRV was an automatic, all I could do was keep my foot on the floor and hope for the best.

Then, I heard a beautiful thing... a missed shift in the opposite lane. I knew I had this one won! All I had to do was n stay in front at the line. I let off the gas to make sure I didn't break out. "Yes!", I thought to myself. "Finally, I won!"
On the return road, I noticed the person giving out the time slips was holding the "pink" copy in the air. Oh man! I must've broken out!!! Sure enough, that was the case... by .413 sec.!!! Then, everyone was telling me that I was beat by a girl! OUCH!

Seriously, though, I am very happy for Norliza. From what I gathered, this was her first try at bracket racing. Already she is a Champion! Is this a taste of things to come? Will women flock to the drag strip and kick some serious butt? You know, what? I hope so!

Ms. Abanta just proved few fallacies that people still believe to be true. The first being that women can't race. Well, take it from me, SHE CAN! Next is that you need a race car to participate. No offense to Norliza, but the RAV4 isn't exactly a 1/4 mile stormer. But it was more than enough to teach Dr. Clunky a lesson or two about drag racing!

As badly as I felt that night for losing the final round, I felt really good knowing that a newcomer has just experienced one of the best feelings a human being can legally experience... the rush of winning! I'm pretty sure that Norliza has now caught the bug... the drag racing bug. I hope she never recovers. I still need a re-match! ;-)

PDRF Battle by the Bay 04/21/2001 Event Report by: Chuck Montecillo (Clunky Driver)
Saturday, 21 April 2001 08:00

PDRF Battle by the Bay
Event Report by: Chuck Montecillo (Clunky Driver)

Hot and smelly! For those who haven't been to the Manila Harbour Centre, that was the greeting we got upon arriving at the temporary strip.

Gloom seemed to eminate from the team tents of Auto Plus and Redline Racing. Both their Civic EG's were already sidelined! Time trials haven't even officially begun!

Raymond Go's Silver Bullet damaged its ring gear. Prior to this event, broken axles were to the norm for this high-HP hatchback. The installation of stronger axles could now transfer the power, but the tired final drive gear gave way this time.

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Marvin Montecillo's normal carriage had other gremlins to deal with. Last event, they had to trailer the Black EG because of internal parts inadvertently "meeting". It turns out the meeting wasn't over as it happened once again. The top dog in the all motor category was out, before the battle even began.

As usual, people started to arrive at around 2-3pm. Why the PDRF still insists on starting the event early is beyond me. Don't they know drag racers party on Friday nights? Apparently not.

To commemorate the untimely demise of veteran drag racer, Jo Maglonso, "Old School" racers were out in force! Jeepsters, A rotary powered Corolla, an old Corona and even a Ford "Mexico" Escort populated the pit area. We even spotted an Opel Manta, vintage 1972 or so. This car was spotless! A car show quality race car!

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Also present with a large following was MSF Autoworks. Their fleet of Honda Civics were ready for battle.

Since AutoPlus' Silver Bullet was trailered off to their shop, Francisco Blanco enjoyed running one their customer's Turbo EK Civic. His burnouts were truly entertaining! It was nice to see some one HEATING UP their tires. It worked, too. He won the Sportsman category by running consistent low 13's!

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What stood out most in my mind was the fact that most of the field was comprised of 15 second cars. Past events were made of slower performing cars. It seems that slowly, but surely, the development of performance is on an upward plane. Running against a timing system really does help in knowing what does and doesn't work.

Matonetics was present with "Just Two", Willie Chua's Turbo SiR, John D. Chua's All motor EG and Jet Mathay's Turbo EK9. These cars ripped down the 1320 with a vengance! All of them qualified for the PRO Class. By far, the strongest showing for ONE TEAM!

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To further their dominance, Mato Tan ran an astonishing 10.88@132 MPH (in practice). Just to illustrate his performance that day, his first pass was an 11.06 sec., qualifying him for the top spot in the Pro Class. Unfortunately, Mato was unable to set a new official record. In the All Turbo Category, Mato on his first run launch with such ferocity! Upon engaging second... he found out he lost second gear... completely! He was done for the day.

Here are the Winners of the day:

Class Champion Runner-Up
Quick 8 Mato Tan Vicente Pena
Pro Class Willie Chua
Sportsman Francisco Blanco Vic Cruz
HotStreet Jerrick Jarlego Angelo Puyat
Street Stock Mark Garcia Jose Marie Ramirez

All in all, this was one of the best event of the PDRF. A crop of fast cars joined and "Old School" battled side by side with the "New Generation" of drag racers. Though, the event did run long due to paper work that the PDRF insists on using (dial-in time forms) and an erant motorcyclist that kept circling the finish line area. Nothing that some white shoe polish and a more attentive security force couldn't cure.

Next PDRF event: May 12

C U @ D Strip!!!

Race Day Checklist by: Bernard Sy of Goodewrench Racing
Friday, 23 March 2001 08:00

Race Day Checklist
Submitted by:
Bernard Sy of Goodewrench Racing

  1. Additional clothing for unexpected weather conditions or nighttime chill.
  2. Blankets to lay on in the pits, cover up with, or to sit on in the bleachers.
  3. Stadium pads to sit on.
  4. Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellant.
  5. Shade umbrella, lawn chairs, and water-misters.
  6. Small firts-aid kit and any prescription medicine needed by your group.
  7. Ear plugs.
  8. Food and drinks, this includes bottled water. almost all tracks do not allow glass containers.
  9. Identification bands/bracelets for small children.
  10. Cell phones and important phone numbers you may need.
  11. Fire extinguisher.
  12. Helmet and any other safety wear you need for the class you are in.
  13. Flashlight or drop light.
  14. Shoe polish or window marker to write your car's number and dial-in time on the windows.
  15. Tools, including tie-downs, jackstands, floor jack, and tow strap.
  16. Fuel, oil, coolant, and other needed fluids.
  17. Portable air compressor.
  18. Miscellaneous hardware (such as nuts and bolts) and any extra parts you want to bring.
  19. Variety of different tapes, safety wire, and zip ties.
  20. Towels and rags to clean up any mess.
  21. Hand cleaner, towelettes, and a grabage bag.
ProSpeed: "Quarter Mile 2001" 1st Event 03/03/2001 Manila Harbour Centre
Saturday, 03 March 2001 08:00

ProSpeed: "Quarter Mile 2001"
1st Event
Manila Harbour Centre

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Timing Tent
The first event of the year for ProSpeed was filled with frustration and just all around "BAD LUCK".

Like the clouds that loomed over the event that day, gloom filled the hearts of the organizers. In an effort to deliver a first class event, ProSpeed decided to rent the timing system of the PhilSwiss group based in Angeles. The usual timer used at these events belong to the PMA, which at the time, had faulty Pre-stage sensors. Instead of having participants do battle with a timing system lacking in features, ProSpeed called upon the Angeles organizers' equipment.

Alas, that was the beginning of a string of unfortunate incidents. The PhilSwiss timer had problems since its was setup at the venue, the Manila Harbour Centre. After interviewing the owner, DRP found out that the wires connecting the sensors were inadvertently stretched to its limits, leading to a faulty connection. The PhilSwiss crew worked their hearts out trying to correct the problem, so the racers may proceed with their time trials. Unfortunately, it was not be.

After it was deemed hopeless, ProSpeed then called upon the PMA for their timing system services. A 3 hour delay then followed to the dismay of the 50+  participants.

As soon as the timing system was ready, time trials began.

Things were going smoothly, until a racer from Angeles, for no apparent reason, veered sharply to the right and held his course prior to crossing the finish line. This incident led to the demise of a MPH sensor and damaged the finish line sensor (thankfully repairable), in the right lane.

A couple of hours later, after the PMA thrashed to "make do" with just finish line sensors, the event went underway.

Just when you think nothing else can go wrong, the unthinkable happens. After running eliminations, racers noticed that the right lane (the lane with the repaired sensor), was delivering erroneous time slips. With the help of PAD chairman, Dondi Montecillo and his son, Marvin, Team Redline Racing proceeded to make passes in both lanes to compare ET's. It turns out that the right lane was reading .4 to .5 of a second FAST! No wonder break-outs were common in that lane. There was even a run where Marvin Montecillo and the Redline ALL MOTOR EG broke the current All Motor Honda record! (which understandably, will not stand)

Mato Tan claimed the victory in the PRO A category. Due to pressure from PAD, ProSpeed agreed to re-run the remaining categories at a later date.

It was disheartening to witness all that happened that day. ProSpeed, an organizer known for its first class display of facilities (sound system, porta-lets, sponsor banners, food concession, computers, uniforms, ID tags, etc.) had run in to an unbelievable string of unfortunate circumstances, none of which were in their control.

The mood in the pit area was one of frustration. Most people were pointing fingers in the direction of ProSpeed. Seemingly logical, but inaccurate, in this instance. They had no control over the fact that the crew of PhilSwiss damaged their own timing system upon installation. They had no hand in the "accident" involving the Angeles based racer and the sensors. And, they have no say in the fact that the PMA didn't have spare sensors for their timing system.

In retrospect, maybe they should have cancelled the event when they realized that the PhilSwiss system was damaged. It was early enough to have called it quits. But, then again, 50+ racers wanted to race! In an effort to make things happen, they pushed on.

During the "run over the sensors" fiasco, maybe ProSpeed should have said " it's time to end this..." Then again, there was still hope as the PMA was able to make do with the remaining sensors. Plus, the racers were still there waiting.

Could they have done things differently? Sure. But, they would have to be psychic! No one knew that things were going to turn out that way.

All in all, the first event of the year from ProSpeed was as far from ideal as it could have ever been. The clouds loomed overhead all day long. It turns out that those clouds signified more than just impending rain...

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Driver's Meeting
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AutoPlus' "Joe" Asalaniz
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PMA Marshalls
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The Manila Harbour Centre
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Shell-Citibank Mastercard
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Burn-out Area
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The Long Wait (time trials)
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The Aroma of MHC!

It's in the COMBINATION! by: the Clunky Driver
Wednesday, 28 February 2001 08:00

It's in the COMBINATION!
by: the Clunky Driver

Hotrodding is an art only a few can master. Sure, some of us can get lucky now and again, but only a handful of people can really be called a hotrodder.

Back in the fifties and sixties, if you wanted to modify your ride,
YOU had to do it. It was you that had to solve the mystery of the carburator, or the intricacies of cam and ignition timing. Sure, tuners eventually sprang up, but if you didn't know what you were getting in to, your car would probably slow down. Or worse, break!

Decades later, things have changed quite a bit. With the onslaught of computers and electronic fuel injection, things literally became BOLT-ON. Installation of larger throttle bodies, cams (mild), turbos and exhaust systems, are now straight forward and simple. The computer would compesate for the necessary fuel needed for those mods. Even if you just made your choice by reading a catalog or magazine, chances are your car would at least be driveable. It's kind of like the car has a SELF TUNING program (which it does). The modern day hotrodder CAN literally be CLUELESS and still enjoy the mods he or she had installed.

That wasn't quite true before. If you installed too large a carb, or a single plane high-rise manifold along with a cam that only spec'd out at 220 degrees duration with a lobe separation of 114 degrees... well, you'd end up with a pig!... That drank gas like it was going out of style and couldn't get out of its own way to save its life! Nowadays, the computer can change the spark curve enough to compensate with the lower incoming air velocity and feed the extra fuel needed. Sure, the car would still be slow, but today, it wouldn't be unbearable to drive. Throttle response would be ok, gas milage would increase slightly, but overall, very liveable.

But the car is still slow you say. Well, I never said the computer could make up for poorly chosen parts. It's still the COMBINATION of parts

and proper INSTALLATION and PREPARATION that'll make a powerful package. Factor in a good DRIVER and you now have a fast car.

Generally, there two ways to build a quick car. One way is to break open the catalogs and magazines, then just BUY all the expensive parts and have any mechanic install the parts. With trial and error (and lots of mulah), you'll eventually go fast.

The second way is a little tougher. You sit down with books or read tech articles online (like at DRP), read message boards from all kinds of sites, set your budget and target ET, set the purpose of the car (race or street), choose your parts with the WHOLE PACKAGE in mind. Let a good mechanic, whose well versed in BASIC automotive technology and practices, install your parts, as well as tune the car. Then, TEST,TEST,TEST. Then, TEST some more. Experiment with driving styles and find out what REALLY works. Then, finally, you'll have a TRUELY fast ride.

The moral of the story? THINK before you purchase and install that Vtec controller on your car while you still have a STOCK cam, or installing that Sparco strut tower brace thinking it will make your car hook better (dream on). Common sense WILL go a longer way than your wallet.

More HP to you all...
C U @ D Strip!

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