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It's going to be a big weekend in Mississippi if you like powerboat racing and airplanes. We have the first annual "Smokin The Sound" as well as an airshow at Keesler AFB. I'm within walking distance of both events.If interested at taking a peek, you can click links in the yellow box on the right side of the screen.http://www.gulfcoast.org/index.htmThe boat races are called offshore racing and normally not good spectator events. But, as you can see, the course is hardly offshore. Hmmmm...usually these racers have some really nice looking gals in their entourage. I'll keep my eyes open, take notes and will do a follow-up report.http://forums.avsim.com/user_files/72565.jpg http://myweb.cableone.net/joesumralliii/hook5.gif

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No late mornings in bed for you this week-end, Joe. Those engines must make a heap of noise!Please take plenty of pictures of the "sights", you know, the "landscape". You get the hint.Best regards.Luis

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Please take plenty of pictures of the "sights", you know, the "landscape". You get the hint.===========================================================WILCO, Luis!I just heard a few minutes ago that tragedy has already struck for the boat racers. A single boat practice run has killed one of the racers and critically injured one of his crew. Mercy!http://wlox.com/global/story.asp?s=1810233...tType=Printablehttp://myweb.cableone.net/joesumralliii/hook5.gif

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>Hmmmm...usually these racers have some really nice looking gals in their entourage.When I first got involved in big-time road-racing "on the inside", I thought the terrific womenwere attracted to "the excitement and danger" of cars AND drivers. Maybe some were.But then I realized there was ONE HELL OF A LOT OF MONEY AROUND.I don't blame them. In that arena, like many others, a woman can never be too thin, too beautiful, or too rich.Or, especially, too young. :-)Personally, I like them a little bit more real world "womanly". :-sun1Then I read below, and as always, the danger is real.We had a few real bummer times too, casting a pall on the weekend.

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No doubt about it, Dan, money talks, for both sexes. It is a lot better to be young, good-looking, rich, and in good health than old, ugly, poor, and sick.What kind of racing were you doing? that is, what do you mean by road-racing (my favorite type of racing!)?Best regards.Luis

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>What kind of racing were you doing? that is, >what do you mean by road-racing (my favorite type of racing!)?WAAAYYY more history than needed. Unfortunately for you, I can touch-type.Peace to you and yours,DanI never drove cars (ok, some drag-racing in '66-'67), but I did race motocross from 1974-1995. My best state-wide finish was 15th in 1983. I was in 7th near the end of the season in 1984 when I "folded" the five bones in my right arch around the footpeg. I won a couple of local track season championships in the early '80's, but really was just a journeyman racer having fun.I was on the crew of John Greenwood's Corvette effort from 1969-1973.He had a team of about 10 full-timers. I was one of several GM engineers who "moon-lighted".He was a real "innovator", both with the cars and with pit equipment.John's trademark was the American Flag paint scheme. Went over REAL WELL in France.John is "famous" among Corvette folks, unknown to others. "Our" cars had aluminum block ZL1 500+ cubic inch engines (soon provided by Chevrolet). John's initial efforts were SCCA A-Production and the "endurance" races. He talked BF Goodrich into a VERY large contract. For which he promised to win one of the endurance races on their then fairly new radial T/A street tires. They had to promise to make the tires live at 205 mph (back straight at Daytona). I made the brakes for the cars, and originally changed rear tires. Until John started hiring NASCAR guys because we were too slow.We ran at the Daytona 24 hr, Sebring 12 hr, Watkins Glen 6 hr, and the LeMans 24 hr. John had a two car team. John won at Sebring, with Dickie Smothers co-driving. Don Yenko was one of the "hired" drivers. Later, after I left, John was a major player in the Trans-Am series.I also built a Trans-Am Camaro with Dick Hoffman (driver and builder/owner). Greenwood bought this car, and it raced the '71 Trans-Am season with Hoffman driving. Our best finish was 5th at Edmonton, Alberta, with me as crew-chief. We were pitted next to Penske, when Mark Donohue was his driver. This was the high point of Trans-Am, with pure factory teams from Ford, Mercury, AMC, and Dodge. This Camaro still runs the antique races which require "real and original" cars. It's "the Hoffman Camaro". I had a brand-new '70 1/2 Daytona yellow/black stripe Camaro Z28 street car at the time. I have a '71 placer gold/black stripe Z28 with 34k miles in the garage right now. {:^)In 1974, I "chose" life with my wife and two kids over John's team. In retrospect, a good decision.In 1974 a friend and I built an '67 F-Production Sunbeam Alpine in my garage, for him to get his SCCA license. It had a LOT of trick stuff, including a terrific "suspension point" cage. That's because we were going to run in the IMSA endurance racing series as a Ford V-8 Sunbeam Tiger. But, the "nameless" series guru wouldn't let us run an "old" car, even though it was legal. After Jeff got through the driving schools, he won his first SCCA F-Prod regional race he entered. I had to replace the rod-bearings after every race to get it to "live". It's passed through several owners, but still runs in the Detroit area with my aluminum panel work.Oh, yeah, my last race bike, a '94 Yamaha YZ 250 motorcrosser is out in the garage.Next the the '85 Jeep CJ7 built for four-wheeling.Life IS good. {:^)

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Saturday morning I drove into Keesler's South Gate mainly with intentions of seeing and taking pictures of some of the static displays. Parking was already in the North Forty. But, I could deal with a little walking. Happened to drive by the gate to the airport and folks were in a line that looked to be at least 1,000 yards...Security! Not willing to participate in any of that, I headed back to the house.The only act that I really had some interest in seeing was Bobby Younkin flying his Lear 23 and was able to do that from the shade of a tree in my front yard. He put his Beech Model 18 through the paces too. But, I missed that.http://forums.avsim.com/user_files/73367.jpghttp://www.younkinair.comSunday, we had the boat races in the afternoon. The western end of the course was about 5 blocks away. I heard the engines. But didn't have the first inclination to head down to see any of it. I was told that traffic down at the core of the activities was HEAVY.After all, I'd seen it before. In '61 or '62 the family made a trip to Miami during the running of the Orange Bowl Regatta. I still remember the beauty of the natural finish of the wood hydros. They had bright enamel trim that contrasted so beautifully with the wood colors. Then, of course, there were those big 'ol Allison engines sitting on top of them.http://www.thunderboats.org/restorations.shtmlSorry that I don't have a better report. http://myweb.cableone.net/joesumralliii/hook5.gif

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