22.04.06 - not out & not
UK Super Pro ET racer and Eurodragster.com News sponsor
Derek Flynn says that his Gold
RV Racing team has just about recovered from last weekend's
Easter Thunderball disasters. "I heard a pop followed by
another one of my infamous tinkles and then a warm and wet
feeling as the car caught fire and the fire crew put it out!",
"I would like to say a huge thanks to the fire and safety
crews at Santa Pod, you are all truly first class. No sooner
had I got out of the car - and believe me I was out like
a shot - the fire marshals were there and the fire was out.
They even apologised for getting me a bit wet, as I stupidly stood opposite them
busily squirting water!
"We now believe that the sequence of events was that the torque converter failed
and overheated allowing the revs to rise above normal and then one of the blower
rotors failed and came out the side of the blower (as the burst panel did not
go, nor did any of the ally studs which hold the blower on). This allowed the
fuel to go everywhere and put bits of the blower into the engine, holding a couple
of valves open which then ignited and the resulting fire burnt out the front
pump seal and hence the gear box oil fire. Apologies to Rick Cooke who apparently
saw it all unfold in front of him and was a little to close for comfort and had
to back out! Also apologies to all the crew who had to clear it up and to my
competitors who obviously got delayed.
"Once back at the pits we assessed the damage and after a couple of hours it
was decided we could rebuild it, mainly due to the quick actions of the fire
crews which meant nothing was seriously burnt apart from the converter. Amazingly
the bottom end was fine and not too much damage to our new heads, we had spare
heads which would save a little time and we were just discussing where we could
get a blower from, as Mark Flavell's team reckoned our blower was a little beyond
even their welding capabilities when in came two saviours, Clive Bush and Andy,
who said "We have got the same blower, you can borrow that if you like, only
problem is it is in Devon"! They said to let them know before it was too late
as Clive's wife would put it out in the camper so we could collect any time in
the night, just don't wake the wife!
"OK, if we can now get a converter, and the team are happy to thrash most of
the night and tomorrow morning, we could make eliminations tomorrow afternoon.
A quick trip over to Jeff Bull and he had a converter which would probably do
the trick, the only problem was it was at his workshops in Colchester. He telephoned
Steve (sorry don't know his surname) who had already been to Wales the previous
night to get a box for Ian Tubb and was on his way home only to be asked back
to collect some keys from Jeff and collect the converter for us in the morning,
again many thanks guys.
"This is where the Gold RV Team really stepped up to the plate and put in a superb
thrash to strip the car, engine and gearbox down and then rebuild it all, thanks
also to our honorary team members Lee and Richard of J&W Automotive (Bob
Glassup's crew) who also helped late into the night.
"Words cannot express how proud I felt of the team when we fired up in the pits,
and when we pulled down the fire up road it felt like I was on a magic carpet
pulling down through some of the other classes to tag on the end of Super Pro.
The amount of comments we got suxh as "We didn't think we would see you out again" and "Congratulations" was
reallyup lifting, although I must admit to feeling a little apprehensive. Had
we missed anything? Were all the fittings tight? I should not have worried though
as the majority of the team work for Gold RV and fixing most things American
is what we do best, although for any customers reading this, no we cannot collect
all your spares and rebuild your RV's engine and gearbox over night!
"So now it was time to run. We totally overpowered the launch and shook really
bad as the new converter hit hard at nearly 5000 revs. I had to pedal it twice
and then it flew, 7.4/191, well done guys absolutely awesome! It was decided
that we would launch without using the transbrake for eliminations which got
moved to the next day, so we all enjoyed a good night's sleep. We had no idea
what time the car would do, nor had I ever launched without a transbrake before
and I must admit I was terrified of pulling a cherry after all the effort the
team had put in. It launched hard and straight with our first sub-one second
sixty foot and our quickest and fastest eighth and I knew I was really on one.
I think we overtook Vince Gibbs at the eighth, I got out of it very early but
alas still broke out with a 7.0 and less speed at the stripe than we had at the
"Even though we were out, we all had silly grins on our faces at the top end
collection area and we just can't wait for the next event where we hope to finally
nail that double deuce!
"Once again thanks to everyone for their help and support,
it was very much appreciated. We had numerous visitors to
our pits wishing us all the best and amazed at the state
of our blower! And again thanks to all the crew at the Pod
who ensured we still had a car to fix."
Original article taken from Eurodragster.com.