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Big Easy Mopar Cruise to Southland Dodge in Houma, LA
2003-11-16
On Saturday, Nov. 15th our local Mopar club cruised over to Southland Dodge in Houma, LA. ( around 25 Mopars from New Orleans area made the cruise). It was an absolutely gorgeous south Louisiana day for crusin' ... We had another 20 or so Mopars from the Houma area join us for a very nice display along Hwy. 24 at Southland Dodge. In addition several local race cars and all the race cars from the Southland stable were on display... There was even one super bird that came out of the barn (that will be quite a project car for someone)... Thanks to Joe, Jeff and Frank Teuton for the invitation and hospitality. They had a catered lunch of BBQ hamburgers and sausage along with soda for us... Very nice... Thanks again for all the support to our club. While there we got to see one of our members (Bruce) get his new crate 426 Hemi motor tested on the engine dyno... It turned in 448 HP at 5900 rpms... This is right out the crate without any tuning yet... They had made a run on Friday and had 452 HP... We had two Prowlers in attendance... Pictures in the scrapbook ... -------------- Than on SUNDAY, I went racing in the Grand Bayou Road Race at No Problem Raceway. There are eight classes of Sports and Stock cars battling wheel to wheel on the 1.8 mile Grand Bayou Circuit. The Formula class cars (indy type cars) run in a group by themselves. The other classes are split into three groups running on the track at the the same time but, are timed within each specific class (like Lemans type racing).Well, we had a blast yesterday. Jimmy & I ran the car through two set of races in two classes and the car was still working at the end of the day... Jimmy ran in one of the bracket classes and I ran in the Vintage V8 class. There was some great racing in the feature races. There were three to four cars in each of these classes that were running very similar times and made for some close racing. Johnny Walter and John Cenatani ran their Corvettes in the Super Production class. I can give a first hand account from this class since the Vintage V8 class ran at the same time... I got lapped twice by the Johnny & John & the two Porsches (over 700 HP motors). Those four cars were running bumper to bumper in a close pack the whole race (John Centani pulled out late in the race with a miss in his motor - just after passing me in turn #12 side by side with a Porshce). So, toward the end it was the two Porsches against Johnny Walter's GT1 Vette... Johnny led most of that race and on the last lap they were three wide in turn #4 and one of the Porsches got by Johnny and held him off to finish 1st. Actually, Johnny had the fastest lap of the day at 1:17 seconds. Having the two classes racing at the same time makes for some great racing. It probably slows the lap times down for the Super Production cars when they have to pass slower traffic...I think in the Super Production / Vintage V8 feature race we had nine Super Production cars & five Vintage V8s cars on the track. One other thing - I was whipped at the end of the day. My arms were sore from the holding onto the steering wheel. My fastest lap was 1:35. This was the first time I've been able to complete all the races without experiencing some sort of problem (and, we actually completed two sets of races on Sunday)... While Jimmy & I each had one hour of racing, the 78 Vette had two hours on it... It was a good work horse today...

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  BEMA at Southland Dodge in Houma, LA. Visited Teuton's Hemi Racing Garage... 
 
 
  Ronnie Chaisson 
 
 
  Mopars on display. 
 
 
  More Mopars on display. 
 
 
  More Mopars along with Black Prowler. 
 
 
  Super Bird project car... Looks like it just came out of the fields near the Bayou... 
 
 
  Teuton's Racing Garage. 
 
 
  My Yellow Prowler in LSU colors... 
 
 
  One of the new race car project cars that came over for display.. 
 
 
  Catered lunch of BBQ hamburgers & sausage provided by the Teuton's (Joe, Jeff & Frank). Thanks for the hospitality... 
 
 
  Two 5.7 Hemi crate motors... 
 
 
  Teuton's racing trailer... 
 
 
  Bruce's 426 Hemi crate motor on engine dyno. 
 
 
  Plymouth getting new motor... 
 
 
  More Mopars on display... 
 
 
  Getting ready to run engine dyno on Bruce's 426 Hemi crate motor... 
 
 
  One of the computer screens setting the parameters for the test run... 
 
 
  Here's the results. 448 HP at 5900 rpms... 
 
 
  Here's pic of graph displaying HP & Torque curves... 
 
 
  Sunday we ran our 78 race car in the Grand Bayou Road Race. Here's the cars unloaded and waiting on the divers meeting... 
 
 
  Alan McDonnel's Speedvision Viper (it was at our Kenner Welcome Center meet point on Saturday for our cruise to Southland Dodge), John Centani's Blue Vette, Johnny Walter's Yellow Vette. 
 
 
  Laddie's Yellow Vette (Laddie & Jimmy drivers), Ralph's C3 Vette, Stephen's c4 Vette both from MS. 
 
 
  Jimmy running in his Heat race for Blue & Green Bracket Class through turn #13... 
 
 
  Laddie (on left) & Jimmy (my racing partner and car builder partner). This is just after I completed my run in the Super Production / Vintage V8 race. I ran in Vintage V8 and ended up 2nd in my class... I got lapped twice by the four fastest cars in the Super Production class. But, I had a ball... Super Production were running laps in the 1:18 to 1:28 range. The four fastest were in a group by themselves at the low end and the other group up around the high end. Vintage we were split in two groups with one around 1:28 and the other 1:35.  
 
 
  This Yellow/White Porsche (700+ HP) won the Super Production Feature race. The Yel/White GT1 Vette of Johnny Walter had fastest lap time of the day 1:17. In the feature race, Johnny led until the last lap as they went three wide in turn #4 and the Porsche squeezed in front of him and held him off to finish line... 
 
 
  How many cars do you see??? Actually these are the top four Super Production cars. Johnny (Yel/wh vette), Randy (Yel/wh Porsche), Scott (Wh Porsche) & John (Blue vette)... 
 
 
  This is either me or Jimmy. I think it was Jimmy... picture sent to me and taken by someone else... 
 
 
  No Problem Grand Bayou Track layout. White outline is road course you can see some of the turns numbered and the start finish line (14 turns in all). The straight away before turn #1 is around 2,000 feet... 
 
 
  1.8 mile Road course track outlined in red. 
 
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