We have to admit it,
we are still a little unhappy about how we dropped 3 or 4 positions due to
the way the drag races were awarded points.
That was a pretty hard pill to swallow, but we don’t want to let
it get us down. Instead, we thought of this really great way we could take
advantage of the situation, but we need your help! So here is how you can help Bill and me, and become part of
our racing team in the progress.
could write an email to Brock Yates, Jr.
You don’t have to spend countless hours word-smithing the exact
phrasing, since we have conveniently done that for you.
Dear Brock Yates, Jr.:
We have really enjoyed
following the 2001 One Lap of America.
We especially like reading about Bill and Mark on their website.
It is such a shame Bill did so well in the drag races, but the team
lost over 100 points as compared to their competition.
This is despite Bill’s incredible 2nd place finish in
the bracket drags.
One way you could
rectify the situation is to offer Bill and Mark a Dodge Viper GTS (with
the ACR package, black with silver stripes) to drive in next year’s One
Lap. Or if you don’t have
one of those, how about a <
ok readers, insert your favorite or wacky car here, like a Porsche, Yugo,
etc – have some fun with it! >.
And don’t forget the insurance.
You may need it. Then
Mark and Bill could chronicle their adventures on your official One Lap
Website. Wouldn’t that be great!
< insert your name
< insert where your
from, i.e. city, state >
Bill and Mark did not force us to write this letter, but did
promise us fame and fortune if we did.
There you go folks!
Please send only one letter per email account, but if you have more
than one email account, send another as well!
All you have to do is copy and paste this in an email, and send it
to Brock Jr’s. email address. Here
Folks, if you do this,
copy or forward the email to Bill and Mark and we will keep track of all
the letters that are sent. We
will post a list of names on our website as a way of saying thanks!
Use my email address at
Editor's Update -- Here are some of the
letter writers to date:
Wacky Car for Mark and Bill to drive
1984 Nissan Pulsar
1976 Gran Torino Elite
PT Cruiser - Black with flames!
2002 Yellow Corvette Z06
1975 Ford LTD with Woody Panels
King Midget, R-Type (9 1/2 horsepower!)
2002 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo GT2
2001 Fiat Multipla
Karlsson, Vaxjo Sweden Viper Venom 800
Keep those letters
coming - Brock won't mind, he told us he LOVES getting email. He did
mumble something about "injunction" and "restraining
order", but we know he was just kidding!
Now, on with our
Have you ever seen a
tow vehicle that can tow a trailer 150mph?
Actually he was going much slower than that, but he can certainly
move this thing along pretty quickly.
We figured we might tag along, since if a cop came along, we
wouldn’t even be noticed.
Alan Chavis and his
wife Cheryl treated us to dinner as we were passing through Oklahoma City.
So now you know all you have to do to get your picture on our
website is to buy us food. I
really appreciated Alan’s video and notes on how to drive Heartland
Park, and I am certain it really improved our standings there.
One of the interesting things about running One Lap, is that you
have to pack up and get going before you know the results.
Today we found out that at Heartland Park we finished 12th
overall in the first heat, and 13th overall in the second heat.
Since we had not ever driven that track before, we felt pretty good
We arrived at our
Motel 6 in Benbrook, TX, at about 11:30pm (this is a shameless plug for
Motel 6. We also will accept
free hotel rooms). Actually,
we first arrived at 10:30pm, but we drove right by it, as we thought it
was still several miles further south. Cha-ching, there goes one more lost hour in the sleep deficit
column. We felt all our
stuff was safe in the car, since the night manager, Sandy Rogers, allowed
us to park our One Lap cars near the entrance.
Here you see Sandy next to the Lightning pickup of Brian Healy and
Ed Olkkola. Brian and Ed’s
first Lightning pickup was stolen only a few days before One Lap began,
and this one is a brand new replacement that they struggled to get ready
At 6:30am Bill and I
left the Motel 6, while our competitors still slept, as evidenced by the
cars still left in the hotel parking lot.
Since neither of us had driven the Motorsport Ranch, we decided we
needed to get a jump on our competition.
We arrived at 7:00am sharp, after a delicious McDonalds breakfast,
and Bill set up the car while I walked the track.
Since MSR is fairly short at 1.7 miles, I was able to walk it about
3 and a half times, before I got too tired.
Brian Provost came to
see us, helping us by laying hands on the engine of our RX-7.
This superstition, as we all know, is worth about 100 additional
Horsepower. Brian is a
founder of the Corner-Carvers website, where track junkies figure out how
to get their next fix. Brian
drove several hours from San Antonio to see us, and had to leave at 4:30
in the morning. We ran our first heat, and I did fairly well, finishing 11th.
This finish moved us up a couple of notches in the overall
standings based on the printout I saw, but I’m not sure how long that
will last, as Dale and Greg in their RX-7 are very, very close in points.
Between heats, Bill
and I snapped some pictures that I thought you might enjoy.
We understand that the
wife of Pat Adee has been following our adventures on this website.
So Mrs. Adee, here you can see that Pat is safe and sound, the
Viper is still in one piece, and Pat is staying out of trouble.
Although Pat said the rear spoiler blew off the Viper when they
were doing 200mph on the PA turnpike.
(just kidding). No,
actually the spoiler was stolen when the Viper was parked outside the
go-go joint in downtown Watkins Glen.
(no, I’m kidding again – I
have no idea which go-go joint it was).
Here John Dearing and
Jeffry Coffman are getting more help than they probably wanted as they
prepare their Impala SS for the next heat.
In the background you see the matching Impala SS of Howard LaFever
and Mark Grzella.
I think these two
vipers will have their hands full with this mini, don’t you?
This gorgeous 1962
Jaguar XKE of Gary Hagopian and John Loring deserves a look.
When I was a kid, this was my favorite car, and this silver paint
really shows up the sensual lines of its bodywork.
Linda Cheatham and
Peggi Moore found time during the lunch break to give their car a nice
once over. After about 3000
miles of driving, the cars can get pretty grimy!
Dale Fair and John
Love pilot this 2001 Chevy Impala, which has the full police package,
minus the light bars. This is an excellent way to avoid getting tickets on those
long drives between tracks.
This early 90’s BMW
5 series has an engine that sounds like it belongs in a Viper, and sports
one of the most serious spoilers found on any of the cars.
We know this spoiler is functional, by the message printed on the
bottom of it.
After lunch, I headed
back out on track for my second run at MSR.
Bill and Brian watched from the pit wall, keenly looking for good
photo opportunities. Unfortunately
I spun the car a little sideways on track, right in front of the pits.
The car never left the track, and I was able to regain control and
keep it moving, but I lost a few precious seconds.
The worst part is that Brian has it immortalized on his digital
camera, so now I’m going to have to put up with the public humiliation
of having it posted on his website. That
is one of the dirty little secrets of amateur motorsports – your
successes go largely unnoticed, but your failures will be posted on
countless websites and emailed around the world for all to see!
Hmmm, maybe if I’m
going to drive better, I need to get some really nice driving shoes and a
racing suit, like this Porsche owner has.
After all, everyone knows you need quality equipment to do a good
As you can see, my own
equipment is a little lacking. So
if you happen to own a company that supplies racing shoes or racing suits,
here is your chance to see your product on our famous web site.
No, we aren’t the best drivers, but then again, we work really
cheap. Use the “Contact
Us” link to let us know your interested and we’ll get right back to
Because of this slower
session (due to my half spin), it looks like we will likely give up the
improved position that we had just gained moments earlier in the first run
(11th for that run, which put us 12th overall in the
standings to date). Oh, well,
easy come, easy go! We
really won’t know where we will stand until tomorrow, when we arrive at
Road Atlanta and see the final results.
We have a 911 mile drive ahead of us, and we lose an hour due to
the time zone change. We left
at 1:00pm Central, and now as I write this from the passenger seat, its
6:00pm Central time and we have gone 304.2 miles.
Go Bill! Because of
the long drive, it is expected that several teams will not make it to Road
Atlanta before the 9:00am start time, so they have relaxed the rule
regarding getting to the track on time.
We will be taking turns driving and sleeping the rest of the way.
I hope you are
enjoying these updates. We
have gotten many emails of encouragement from folks that have used the
“Contact Us” email link, and we really appreciate it. From here on
out, we will be on East Coast Tracks which we consider our home turf.
With any luck and a little hard work, maybe we can work our way
back into the top 10.
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