DRP Articles
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
04/21/2001
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!!!

 
Event Report: ProSpeed 03-31-2001
Saturday, 31 March 2001 08:00

Event Report:

ProSpeed

Manila Harbour Center
03/31/2001

reported by: Chuck Montecillo

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March 31st was another great day for drag racing at the Manila Harbour Centre. The morning was dedicated to running the continuation of the cancelled event from Mar. 3rd. Most of the winners, as it happens, were from Pampangga! It seems that the out of towners gave the "locals" a little taste of "Northern Style" drag racing.

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In the afternoon, the second event of the year for ProSpeed commensed around 4pm. The organizers tried to delay the start of the event, in the hope that more participants would show. Unfortunately, only 20 official entries were present.

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Time trials ran smoothly. Well, for most participants, least. Team Bolt-On's silver Civic EG broke an upper engine mount. Most teams would've packed up and gone home if this happened to them. But not Bolt-On. Some how, they were able to get the damge repaired at local welding shop and continued to run the car during elliminations. Talk about determination!

The Redline Racing Civic EG was sidelined during the morning race, when their number two spark plug decided it was time to meet its counterpart piston! SMACK!!! End of story. Though, Marvin Montecillo was designated to drive a Mitsubishi Lancer, owned by one of the team's customers. This car was also suffering from the case of bad racing luck since its engine was unable to reach its true redline (ironically). Marvin drove his heart out, right in to the semi finals, where he was summarily dispatched by one of the GoodWrench Racing drivers.

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There were many attractions at this event. One of the most 'tasty" were the Velocity Girls from Shell. They gave out Velocity stickers to all the racers as they entered the burnout area. Check out our upcoming Photo Gallery for more details!
Complimentary magazines were also handed out to the participants and spectators. Probably part of a sponsorship deal with ProSpeed, Emerald Headway Distributors, Inc. was offering a 20% discount, plus 5 complimentary magazines if you subscribed to any of the numerous titles that they handle. For more information, head to www.emeraldheadway.com.ph

Of course, there are the sporting t-shirts from Shell Racing, given to all participants of the event.

All in all, the event went on with out much drama. For some reason, though, there was some delay between time trials and elliminations. I did not expect this considering there were only 20 participants and no second chance rounds.   Hopefully, future events can be run a bit more quickly, especially during times when there are hardly any competitors running. For 20 cars, the event should have lasted no more than 2 hours. At least the day was trouble free.

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Next ProSpeed event is on April 28, 2001. See you there!

 
Event Report: PDRF Manila Harbour Center 03/24/2001 reported by: Dondi Montecillo- P.A.D. Chairman
Saturday, 24 March 2001 08:00

Event Report: PDRF
Manila Harbour Center
03/24/2001

reported by: Dondi Montecillo- P.A.D. Chairman

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HERE ARE SOME EXCERPTS FROM WHAT HAPPENED ON PDRF'S BATTLE BY THE BAY YESTERDAY.

AS USUAL PMA CHRISTMAS TREE WAS INSTALLED IN THE MORNING, THE AMBULANCE WAS PRESENT AND SO WAS THE FIRE TRUCK. TEAM AUTOPLUS HEADED BY RAYMOND GO WERE THE EARLY BIRDS. THEY CAME IN BEFORE LUNCH GIVING THEM THE CHANCE TO TEST AND TUNE THEIR CARS BEFORE THE RACE. TWO TOP GUN CARS WERE ON THEIR TEAM, NAMELY THE FASTEST CAR ( HATCHBACK) AND THE EVOLUTION 5 OF VIC PENA. ALSO THEIR TWO IMPORTED TUNERS WERE PRESENT.

NOT UNTIL AFTER LUNCH AT ABOUT 3PM THE OTHER TEAMS STARTED TO ARRIVE. WE ARRIVED AT ABOUT LUNCHTIME WHERE ONLY AUTOPLUS AND A FEW OTHER INDIVIDUALS WERE PRESENT. ANYWAY A TOTAL OF 36 CARS ENTERED THE EVENT. THE ORGANIZERS FOR SOME REASON DECIDED NOT TO RUN THE QUICK 8. SO THEY WENT ON WITH THE BRACKET RACING. IN AN EFFORT TO ACHIEVE ANOTHER TEN SECOND RUN, TEAM AUTOPLUS' CIVIC HATCHBACK USED THE 26" M/T SLICK TIRES WHICH RESULTED TO A BUSTED AXLE AND SOME OTHER MECHANICAL GEARING PROBLEMS THAT FORCED THEM TO RETIRE EARLY. TEAM MATONETICS WERE ALSO PRESENT WITH THE JUST TWO AND THREE CIVIC TURBO HATCHBACKS, TURBO SIR OF WILLY CHUA, AND SOME OTHER ALL MOTOR HATCHBACKS AS WELL. OUR ENTRIES WERE A COUPLE OF ALL MOTOR CIVIC HATCHBACKS, ONE A STREET CAR AND THE OTHER ONE THE BLACK FULL RACE RECORD HOLDER DRIVEN BY MARVIN.

TIME TRIALS KICKED OFF AT ABOUT 4PM, IF I REMEMBERED RIGHT. MATO TAN AS EXPECTED BESTED THE FIELD WITH A TIME OF 11.2 ET FOLLOWED BY OJIE MAMURIC WITH THE JUST 3 HATCHBACK AT 11.5 ET. I'M NOT TOO SURE WHAT AUTOPLUS BEST TIME WAS BEFORE THEY RETIRED. MARVIN GOT A 12.9 ET DURING TIME TRIALS, JUST ENOUGH TO QUALIFY HIM FOR THE PRO CATEGORY. OUR RED ALL MOTOR HATCHBACK BEST TIME WAS 13.9 GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE SPORTSMAN CATEGORY. ONLY 2 CARS AND 1 JEEPSTER QUALIFIED FOR THE SPORTSMAN CATEGORY.

THE CHAMPION FOR THE PRO CATEGORY WAS VIC PENA ON AN EVO 5 WITH MARVIN AS RUNNER UP ( BROKE OUT). THE JEEPSTER CHAMPION AND ME RUNNER UP ( BROKE OUT TOO.). I CAN'T REMEMBER THE TWO OTHER LOWER CLASSES.

AT THE FUN CLASSES I GOT THE ALL MOTOR CLASS. VIC PENA FOR THE ALL BLOWN. AN SIR FOR THE ALL HONDA. I CAN'T REMEMBER THE OTHERS.

MARVIN AGAIN BROKE HIS RECORD WITH A TIME OF 12.7 ET AND BACKED UP BY 12.686ET AND 12.565 ET@105.88mph WHICH IS NOW NEW ALL MOTOR HONDA RECORD.
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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.
 
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