Parker Thanksgiving Classic

Who's in for the Thanksgiving race? If you're going it's time to register, visit the APBA website and go to upcoming events. I have been working on completing my roll bar, but it is going slowly. Right now it looks like Greg, Keith, and me, possibly Emilio who has decided to flip his boat and work on the bottom so time is running out on him racing at Parker.

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I took some pictures of the nearly completed roll bar on the Stoker. It is nearly finished, Craig is tacking the pieces in place.

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R&R Prop Shop Roll bar
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welding in the shop
Craig is doing the finish work
in the shop, the roll bar is easier to work
on when not in the boat.

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007's picture

Looks like good progress!

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This is made from chrome moly steel and is really stout. We tried to make some "adjustments", three of us stood on it, couldn't even get it to flex.

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The Enduro took it's toll on the Baker and some bottom repairs will be needed to be ready for 2015.

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New engine will be finished up this weekend.

James Perry

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I seems we are the only district to have a race this early in the 2015 season, comes too close to the enduro for big repairs to be accomplished. Add the new rules and we are scrambling to get three boats to give up Thanksgiving to race on the following Friday and Saturday. We will miss you Keith.....

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Just picked up my new GMT with my new roll bar custom made by John Soares. Thanks John, you did a great job, very clean. I will be ready. Emilio, Emilio! where are you? We need that third boat.

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We installed the roll bar on the Stoker after painting it with some anti-rust paint. We had to "levitate" the Stoker to bolt through the bottom, we supported it with jack stands and worked most of the day drilling, bolting, sealing eight plates from the bottom up. I am pleased to report that Emilio, Craig, and I are nearly finished with his roll bar, which will be fitted to the old Baker 04 boat. It will also fit the 09 Baker when the repairs to the bottom are completed. Leave it to Emilio to figure that one out with a little clever "Mexican engineering."

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Marathon back plating and bolting complete. Put the GMT on a high calorie diet to put on weight. Legal 26cc heads (vertified by Rod Zapf) going on. Can't turn my head with the new lanyard system.
So, NOBODY COME UP ON ME ON THE INSIDE!

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Looks like Emilio will make it for the race. The 04 Baker gained a powerhead and a lower yesterday, Roll bar is finished, some assembly required.

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Got my first look at Greg's "new" GMT ready to race. Don't know how fast it will be but it sure gets a "first" place for looks. If it goes as fast as it looks, it will be a boat to be reckon'd with in the future of COR. Nice going Greg! and hats off to Johnny Soaries for doing a nice job of installing the "roll" bars. There may be a future for COR after all, let's hope! Run safe this week-end. Rod

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Doing some last minute preparations before the race in Parker. Emilio and Carl are testing the motor and setup in the old Baker. Craig is posed in front of the Stoker sporting a new rollbar.

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interested in your ''Allison'' type tabs and what they do / performance wise!

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I keeps the air in the "tunnel" longer and effectively moves the aerodynamic CG back.

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I has been a tradition for the race winner to write the recap of the race, and I think it has been way too long since I wrote one of these. I think the real story begins in the shop of Jonney Sories and R&R Prop Shop. We spent some late nights making roll bars for Emilio's boat, and mine. Jonney made the roll bar for Greg's boat, but it too came together at the last minute. Without these efforts the race wouldn't have happened.
In the first heat I got a good start, Emilio couldn't believe it was a start because the flag was out before we even cleared the corner. Greg has some issues with his trim guage and never was able to get the power to the water. Kevin 1, Emilio 2 Greg 3 In the second heat Emilio drew the inside position I was in two and Greg opted for three. Emilio and me had a good start and he had a good first turn and I found myself chasing him for four laps. I had just about given up on him, but I stayed close, hoping he might make a mistake. Sure enough at the very last turn he did one of those slow spins, leaving me a lane and the checkered flag. Greg was off power due to some flooding carbs. We all worked on Greg's carbs and fixed that problem. By the following morning, Greg, I and Emilio put some new plugs in and did a timing adjustment on his motor. Greg drew lane one, Emilio two and I got the outside. After a good start Greg pulled Emilio and I down the back straight and left Emilio and I fighting for the #2 spot. Once again Emilio bobbled in the corner and I took over the #2 spot. There was no catching Greg. His new GMT was turning better, and running even faster than I have ever seen. I think Greg has been practicing from the back of the field for all these years. I had a chance to follow him and he he didn't flinch. In the last heat, I had lane one, Emilio two and Greg was in three. We had a good start and a good first turn, and I put it on the wood and didn't let up until I saw Emilio and Greg on the back straight when I was on the front on lap four. What a great time. For the weekend It was Greg in third, Emilio in second, and I managed the win.

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I`ve been waiting a year to read a COR race report. Thanks.

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APBA points total
Friday Saturday
Kevin 400 400

Emilio 300 225

Greg 225 300

What this means is that I have 800 points, and Emilio and Greg are tied for second at 525 points each.

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Congratulations Emilio, Kevin and Greg for going above and beyond to pull together 3 COR boats for the Thanksgiving race. The racing looked competitive on Surfrat TV. Again watching racing from a computer BITES. Is 3 boats the minimum now for a COR boat race. It's hard to believe that Gregs new rocket would not perform because of a bad trim gauge. Way to represent....

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I had Craig record some videos from the shore, I know these are not the best quality, but they are something to look at if you couldn't make it. Here is a link

http://youtu.be/lOSqE7FtFYQ Heat two

The actual race starts around 4:30

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Congratulations Greg on your first Win in heat 2. The boat looked good and turned tight to the pin. Way to fly that thing.

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Thanks man. I enjoyed the vids.

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thanks for the ride, hope to see more boats in the future GMT looks good when it's dialed in, thanks for sharing!

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Last heat onboard with Emilio

http://youtu.be/lyExWHUwm8k

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Your motor mounts and/or steering is loose. Thats why the boat wiggles when you back out of the gas. Could be why it hooks to.

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I do believe that Da Bull, as did I, picked up on the loose engine from the rear facing camera on Emilio's boat. It seemed to get progressively worse as the vidio plays out. My first thought went to loose solid mounts. I'm sure Emilio has already chased the problem down. Nice safe racing for the week-end guys. Rod

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Back at Long Beach, we put solid motor mounts in either the top or bottom of Emilio's motor. But the the others where older rubber mounts. Might be time to consider new solid mounts top and bottom.

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Do not mix hard and soft mounts.I believe torque on top mount Bolts is around 115 ..be sure of this number .Double check

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Thank you all for watching, It will be fix by the next race! hope to see you all ready to race by then. The # 04 Baker is for sale and it is" COR legal " The # 9 Baker is getting a mayor repairs do to some abuse on the 336 Enduro, but it will be ready by the next race,
and the # 05 Starcraft is waiting for its turn to be back, I can only drive one at the time so most like it it will be for sale too, I just acquire another one last weekend and I am ruining out of room, don't want nor need to sale any but the city and my wife think that 6 boats is to many!!??!!?? Don't know why??

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Well, I am happy to have won a first place for heat three. It has been 38 years since I won first place in a boat race. Last time was in Alexandria, Lousiana, summer of 1976. A displaced Califorian with a little 16' Rayson craft with a 135 Evinrude. A original Classic Outboat Runabout race. Race what you brought, classes by weight and "approx" horse power. Any hull style. I edged out a hot bass boat for the win.
Had to sell the boat in 1977 as I was transferrred overseas for another construction assignment. Started up racing 3 plus years ago with COR and finally put it all together for at least one race. By the way Mr. Da Bull, I do miss those craw fish boils on Friday night. Maybe we can get the COR show to Louisana someday.

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Congrats Greg! You've certainly put in the effort and got your well deserved win.

What class was that back then? FJ (Family J production)?

Keith-

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And by my picture, I am John Soares lost older brother

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38 years later, thats awesome. It was great to see my old boat take the win, it was a thing of beauty to see it aired out running hard on the pad.

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I would like to congratulate Dave and Tim Caranza on a strong showing in the newly formed SE inboard class. I believe it was Tim who "out foxed" the other racers and started #1 on the clock start and proceeded to win the heat. Although not at the awards banquet they did manage a podium finish for the weekend. Good job guys... the COR class was rooting for you at the race.

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Greg, that is a fine looking trophy, they don't seem to make'm like that anymore! Rod

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The STV 88 is "IN SHOP" at this time being worked on by Scott Schatz with a goal of being ready for the next enduro. If she can be made to turn safely we should see her on the race course in '15. The HST 88 is also on the list for COR conversion. Nearly ready for a Soares "roll" bar, when ever Johnny is ready. The HST will compete in the COR races but will run as a "Sportsman" with a claimer power head. In this manner I believe the Sportsman can support the COR class, making it stronger, but at the same time provide an opportunity for those who just don't have the starter money for an "up-front" running engine. Officially, the Sportsman boats will be legal COR boats, and will be scored as a COR boat so as not to cause any confusion among the APBA officials. As stated in the Sportsman rules, previously posted, we will keep our own scores among the Sportsman runners. Simply said; the Sportsman class will once again provide an opportunity for a person to get into racing at an affordable price while at the same time supporting the COR program and have the opportunity to "move-up" at any time.

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Welcome back Rod. We might have two more Sportmans boats ready for next year. Merry Xmas to all and a happy New Year.

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Merry Christmas to all you boat racers, may you all have your many wishes rewarded in the New Year. Bakersfield is next up and may I remind you that it is one of the finest bodies of racing water in the United States. No one ever had a legit reason for not racing on Lake Ming other than just not wanting to race and that is personal and understandable. Once again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! COR #88

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Let make some noise tonight and the rest of the 2015 season. :)