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|Big Easy Mopar Cruise to Southland Dodge in Houma, LA|
|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...