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Season Ender AutoX part Deux

By carmerjr - Posted on 08 November 2006

Hey All, I have waited with baited breath for a Central Florida Corvairs report on the Corvair Affair AutoX but since none has appeared I will give you one.

The weather was absolutely perfect. MudButt Meadows aka SwampMan or Fast Eddie had ordered blue skies and temperatures between 59 and 70 degrees for his excellent FAST course. We had 30 drivers and at least 25 cars. Each entrant was given 4 runs and after a caravan through the course, the runs began. We had a big variety of Corvairs with everything from low hp stock to race prepared late models.

The Brito brothers brought Bill Elliotts former car, Papa J Jenkins had his late model Sports Sedan, Ron and Connie Guy with her late model convertible, Central Florida's LM Club car, Yenko clones, Rick Baltrami's V6 mid engine late model, Barry Ellison in his late model coupe and many others including of course the WTBRT # 112 Monza. Competition was spirited and intense as several water pumpers vied for the best timed runs. The water pumpers included two Subaru WRX's, an M3 BMW and an M5 BMW. For the corvairs a mid fifties second time was about average for the high HP Corvairs while the low 60's was average for the low hp models. The water pumpers were in the mid to high 40's. The Beef car was running extremely well with the new Perry Hoffman engine and Scott and I turned in best times of 52+ and 53+ for 1st and 2nd place in Improved stock 5 ( IS-5 ) . The FTD Corvair time for the day was 50+. The driver was Tony Ellison and the Corvair was guessed it WTBRT # 112 driven by Tony. He actually broke the 50 barrier but nudged a cone on his second run.

Tony aka Seth Emerson of the east was very fast in our Beef car and very appreciative for the loan as Barry Ellison broke his car before Tony was able to co-drive. Other broken cars included Connie Guy's convertible which was broken when Madam President Emeritus was driving. There were no accidents or wrecks ........ unless you consider Dan Kidder taking a fun run in the CF Club car and attacking a traffic sign with the front grill bar .........It was a speed limit sign and Dan apparently didn't like it !!! ;-)

As a side bar, Jane Bird of The Flying Pig racing team, designed a very special commemorative T shirt in honor of Eddie Meadows "swamp incident" All the AutoX drivers roasted Eddie by wearing the shirts which asked "Where's Eddie" and Eddie was presented with his own shirt which proclaimed "I am Eddie Meadows". He was blown away and quite surprised. We like Warren, had a great Season Ender AutoX in sunny Florida.

Chuck Armer