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Corvair Olympics


By carmerjr - Posted on 11 August 2008

'LET THE GAMES BEGIN'

Mount Olympus, Indiana
Friends, Countrymen, Corvairians, We come not to praise but to compete in the First
Corvair Olympiad. From all corners of the world Corvairs were summoned to vie among one another for the fowl rewards. Individuals, teams, and families struggling to become festooned with the feathers of the large headed extinct Tweeties. Some competitors even being brazen enough to cover their Corvair chariots in various hues of the color yellow as if to gain an unfair advantage in the eyes of the Head Tweety.

The Triad of events unfolded with the running of the Putnam Road Course in the rolling hills of southwest metro Indianapolis. Here the gauntlets were thrown among the teams of BBRT (BoHunk Brothers Racing), GoNed Racing and WTBRT (Where's The Beef Racing Team). Friendly rivals all, these racers were certainly representative of Corvair owners everywhere. They were competitive, respectful, and considerate of one another as well as the facilities in which they competed. Even the 'hired guns', SethMeister (Seth Emerson) for GoNeds and FailingWhalen (Paul Whalen) for BBRT were well behaved considering they both stole rides J
What none of us expected was a Pace Car for the practice runs but sure enough we had our own Corvair pace car driven by TortoiseTerry of GoNed fame.

He ushered everyone around in his Golden Anniversary Sports Sedan at speeds which most were unable to attain as he whisked down the track in excess of 55 mph !!!

The WTBRT # 112 driven by JuniorBeef (Scott Trunkhill) was mixing it up with water pumpers

The BBRT boys were playing with their selves

And DallasJim well we all know he likes to be alone ..

The course was magnificent, the weather great and the racing was awesome

BBRT COMP 36 Norris, Rick 65 Monza 160hp 01:35.84
GoNED SM 2 Dallas, James 64 Corvair 140 / 4sp .. 01:37.72
GoNED SM 14 Madsen, Ned 66 Corsa 140hp/4sp 01:38.10
WTBRT SM 112 Armer, Chuck 65 Corsa 140hp/4 .01:40.20
WTBRT SM 1121 Trunkhill, Scott 65 Corvair 140/4 ..01:41.25
BBRT IS-2 170 Whalen, Paul 64 Spyder 150/4sp 01:41.63
BBRT COMP 73 Sadek, Chuck 66 Corvair Yenko 167c/200?hp/4sp..01:42.11
BBRT IS-2 70 Smith, Smitty 64 Spyder 150/4sp ..01:46.02
GoNED SS-3 22 Kalp, Terry 65 Corvair 500 sedan 95hp/PG 01:56.24

Do you know who was 1st ?? First in Class went to the Sport Sedan driver TortoiseTerry who outraced all those wabbitts. He brung home the groceries and the Laurel wreath. Of course the head BoHunk would have waxed us all but his chariot had valve lifter problems L

The point system that NECC devised was awesome and although our Team rivalries continued in typical light hearted jousting throughout the Oilympics, it was the point system that challenged each driver and rewarded individual effort throughout all three days of competition. The class/point system encouraged all drivers to challenge their abilities and the Corvair they had chosen to drive but at the same time knowing that they could challenge all comers by driving aggressively and within the parameters of their vehicles limits.

Muncie Dragway is located in the corn fields northeast of Indianapolis and was our second challenge of the Triad. We were once again blessed with clear and breezy weather. In drag racing the great equalizer is called bracketing and is a means of handicapping faster vehicles so when they race a slower vehicle they will leave the start line after the slower vehicle has launched. We once again operated in a class bracket to determine individual class winners and ranked placement within the classes. Everyone had plenty of individual runs and we were well received by the Muncie folks who fully enjoyed watching all our 39 to 47 year old Corvairs smoking the track for a full day. Elapsed times for the _ mile runs ranged from Billy Bruce's 12.868 seconds in his early turbo powered powerglide coupe to 21.275 posted by 'T'Terry
Kalp in the GoNed Sports Sedan. The second fastest Corvair powered Corvair was the 'Barge Express' from Juneau Alaska driven by owner Kevin Wilson with an ET of 14.6. Kevin's Corvair is powered by a 3.1 engine with weber carbs.

WTBRT . SM 112 Armer, Chuck 65 Corsa 140hp/4 17.075 total class points 91
GoNED ..SM 2 Dallas, James 64 Corvair 140 / 4sp 16.171 total class points 88
BBRT IS 170 Whalen, Paul 64 Spyder 150hp/4sp 17.178 total class points .. 83
WTBRT .SM 1121 Trunkhill, Scott 65 Corvair 140/4 16.952 total class points .. 79
GoNED SS 22 Kalp, Terry 65 Corvair 500 sedan 95hp/PG 21.275 total class points 76
BBRT IS 70 Smith, Smitty 64 Spyder 150hp/4sp 17.473 total class points 71

Saturday morning found the Corvair gladiators competing at the Bush Forum in downtown Indy. Julius Leveque had entrusted his son to set up our final trials. Citizen Michael set forth a formidable obstacle course for our chariots to pursue. Little did Leveque the Elder realize the trap that was set for him J 'Yon Michael has a lean and hungry look, such men are dangerous'. And so it passed that the Elder DNFed for almost eternity before overcoming the snare layed so cleverly. The last day of the Triad ended as successful as the first and all combatants were given 5 glorious runs at victory.

COMP 36 Norris, Rick 65 Monza 160hp 4sp .. 61.809
SM 114 Emerson, Seth 66 Corsa 140hp/4sp 59.028
SM 14 Madsen, Ned 66 Corsa 140hp/4sp . . 62.109
SM 2 Dallas, James 64 Corvair 140 / 4sp .. 62.380
SM 1121 Trunkhill, Scott 65 Corvair 140/4 62.554
SM 112 Armer, Chuck 65 Corsa 140hp/4 63.333
IS-2 170 Whalen, Paul 64 Spyder 150hp/4sp 63.158
IS-2 70 Smith, Smitty 64 Spyder 150hp/4sp . 69.111
SS-3 22 Kalp, Terry 65 Corvair 500 sedan 95hp/PG 80.687

170 Whalen, Paul 64 Spyder 150/4sp 82.315 83.000 80.772 246.088 5
2 Dallas, James 64 Corvair 140 / 4sp 80.502 88.000 70.063 238.5657 .. 7
112 Armer, Chuck 65 Corsa 140hp/4 74.115 91.000 66.482 231.597 10
1121 Trunkhill, Scott 65 Corvair 140/4 71.528 79.000 68.775 219.302 ..16
70 Smith, Smitty 64 Spyder 150/4sp 75.860 71.000 66.895 213.755 . 20
22 Kalp, Terry 65 Corvair 500 sedan 95hp/PG 79.144 76.000 56.688 211.833.. 21
73 Sadek, Chuck 66 Corvair Yenko 167c/200?hp/4sp 66.047 83.000 149.047.. 32
14 Madsen, Ned 66 Corsa 140hp/4sp 77.290 71.513 148.803 33
36 Norris, Rick 65 Monza 160hp 4sp 71.554 72.011 143.564 34
114 Emerson, Seth 66 Corsa 140hp/4sp 85.089 83.000 83.625 251.714 . 5

We had a total of 10 drivers and 7 Corvairs in the three teams. Our rankings in the John Fitch competition were impressive considering there were a total of 64 drivers and 50+ Corvair vehicles eligible for the JF Award.

FINAL RANKINGS FOR TEAM COMPETION (Competed in all three events)

Paul Whalen .5
Jim Dallas .7
Chuck Armer ..10
Scott Trunkhill 16
Smitty Smith 20
Terry Kalp 21
Chuck Sadek ..32
Ned Madsen 33
Rick Norris ..34
Seth Emerson .5 *** Dragrace results were in a non Corvair vehicle

So the Teams placed 6 drivers in the top 21 drivers and three Corvairs in the top 10. Two of our 2 driver team cars placed in the top 10 and three team cars placed in the top 10 point totals. I would say our outings were a total success and our results speak for themselves. Each team placed two drivers in the top 20.

Proudly submitted, reported and compiled by SeniorBeef aka Chuck Armer WTBRT