Bayfair Sept 12-14 (2014)

San Diego Bayfair has a rich history on Mission Bay with the first race staged in 1964. COR is on the sanction for the 2014 race on Spet 12-14, 2014. Let's get them back on the water!!! Ross needs a boat count!!

We will be on Crown Point this year. Motorhome (1 free per team for Owner or Driver) and additional car parking will be provided, additional motorhome spots (crew, families, friends, etc. will be available for $125 for 3 days.

Host Hotel is the Town & Country, racer rate of $89/night single or double occupancy plus $15/night for parking.
Address is 500 Hotel Circle North, SD CA 92108

http://www.sandiegobayfair.org

007's picture

We need a boat count.

Baker343's picture

343 Is in for Bayfair. Spectating Sucks.

007's picture

We need another 3-5 boats to commit to Bayfair in the next few days or we will have to have Ross remove us from the sanction in order to make room for other classes. What is happening with you all?

Mike, I'm not trying to be snide, but what did you expect with the new rules imposed by APBA? I still have not seen a picture of a roll bar installed on any of the COR tunnel boats and it's been over three months.

Bottom line, we personally would have been in for all the races this past season if it hadn't been for APBA's ridiculous new mandated rules.

I know, I know, that old worn out excuse of, if you want to race you have to abide by the all powerful national "APBA". I got it, but you will not see us abide to them.

After watching live-stream of this past Long Beach race, I tried to imagine two things: (1) what the COR class would have looked like at 80 mph with roll bars atop of their boats and (2) what all the other boats who did not have capsules would have looked like including the cracker boxes had roll bars, it left me laughing.

It was sad to see the COR class as a whole capitulate to the designed rules of an APBA official who's only qualification quite frankly is being an owner/driver of a crackerbox. He obviously has no idea about the structural design of a Mod VP as to what it will or will not be structurally sound . His roll bar design is only a fraudulent band-aid for the real problem that has faced COR and if anyone thinks his roll bar design would have saved the driver of the # 29 boat at Puddingstone, think again.

Nobody has the intestinal fortitude to call out publicly on what the problem really is. It has nothing whatsoever to do with engine set-back, left hand rotation, lack of horsepower or any one of the other ideas APBA came up with. It only has to do with over aggressive driving or better explained, people driving their boats as if they were in race cars at a local town short track, especially in the turns. This is the crux of the problem and roll bars will only embolden those who drive like this to be even more aggressive because of a false sense of security.

But alas, we're out, so in essence it really doesn't matter what I say on this subject. Although thinking back about it now, I must say when APBA had put COR on suspension, all of my immediate predictions came true. Also, even though we will not be racing because of these new rules, I will continue to follow this site to see what the future holds for COR.

Maybe, just maybe, APBA will rescind these new rules when they realize they do not work and will concentrate on the real problem. Then most likely you'll see us back out on the water with our boat competing.

007's picture

Jim, you are correct, it doesn't matter what you say, but it does matter what you do. You control your next action, no one else. I have chosen to volunteer my time to to support this class. I am a volunteer, I am not the APBA, I am not a race official, I am not a race promoter, I am not rule maker. I only work toward what I believe is the best interest of this class, without any real power or authority but only the collective support of what we can all agree on. Unlike car or motorcycle racing, boat racing takes the collective effort of individual participants, like yourself, to make things happen. I have found the sanctioning bodies and promoters are not fully resourced. So we all have to get involved at some level to make the class and races function. I sense your understandable frustration, I (and most likely the others) feel the same way. I would look to ourselves and ourselves only to work within the confines of our situation.

I think people are getting closer on figuring our how to build this bar. John Soares has the material but his bender is not able to make the loop. He has found another bender and once the first few are made, I think the process will go smoother.

Propman's picture

Today we gathered up some steel to make a stand for our new tubing bender and made some progress. We have some chrome moly tubing to make some "driver protection bars" for our boats. It has been laying on the floor for a week for lack of a better space to put it, maybe if I trip over it enough, I will get the bender together and put it (the tubing) in the boat. We are going to try and make it "removable" so that we can compete in the Enduro as well as the COR sprint racing. If there is an upside to this, I think it may be a way to beef up the structure of our boats, and we have done everything we could from a design standpoint to this end.

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chrome moly tubing
JD Tubing bender
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This is a picture of the nearly completed stand

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Stand for the tubing bender
flying finn's picture

At this point, it appears that our COR season ends at end of October. THere will be not enough boats to field a race by then. However, since the COR rules don't apply the the Enduro, there will be entries from the class in that race. I got a post from RON HILL today that he says he will not support the COR class until we have full capsules. Is this our demise, or will we be the "Ancient Phoenix" that rises from the desert again? I was at Long Beach. I saw, then I left.

007's picture

Looks like good progress Kevin and Emilio!

DaBull's picture

Thats a shame. COR needs guys like him.

Propman's picture

Emilio and I spent the day welding and cutting on his "roll bar" We are getting closer.

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A couple of pictures of the main hoop in the boat. We are checking the height of the bar against the height of Emilio w/ helmet.

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DaBull's picture

Do the mounting bolts realy have to go through the bottom of the hull or can they go sidways through the stringers with a steel plate on both sides?

Edit:Ok i read it through and am now up to speed on the cage rule.

007's picture

Nice work Emilio and Kevin!

Baker343's picture

Looking good Emilio. Johnny is working on the Baker hope to have some pictures soon.

007's picture

Some quality work out of the JSR shop.

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Capnzee88's picture

The roll bar on the 343 boat looks great--I would add a bar on the port side going aft and another going forward. Just my thoughts--I am thinking of working my STV back into COR legality. I believe that any reasonable attempt at roll bar protection will be acceptable for future COR rules.

007's picture

Yes. John is going to add a low bars going forward and higher bars going back. Once we get the first few done, the next few should be easier.

Baker343's picture

Johnny finished the Safey Bar on the Baker. Very happy with the results. Who's next? how about a couple Sleeks and a GMT. Time to get to work on rebalancing and extra giddy-up.

Walt good luck this weekend with the new powerhead. Wish we were there with you.

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DaBull's picture

So how did the race turn out?