Atco turned out to be a great event
Heading into Wednesday evening staring at this out the window, I had my doubts as to whether I'd actually be able to make it down there
After picking up JPS043 at the train station, we made our way down to Atco. The drive down was eerily uneventful. But, after two weeks of "events' including Sandy, 7 days with no power, and then a Nor'Easter, uneventful would be a welcome change.
My plan, and I use that term very loosely was to get a few quality runs in, to see what the Jeep did on pump gas, and with the "orange gas"
It was awesome to see all the characters again. Last time I was at Atco I was running my Maggie. Things were gonna be a little different this time
I made a few runs on pump gas/wastegate to see what I would do in my "street clothes".
After putting a new TCM in I let her rip. My first few runs were in the 10.6-10.8 range
Slowly the boost went up. AJ made a tweak and it was back to the track. My trap speeds showed I was making the power but alas a less-than-stellar 60-foot was keeping the ETs from where I wanted them to be. At the same time it was disconcerting to see the "Founding Fathers" fall one by one due to driveline issues.
I made my way over to the Stage6 Tailgate/Trailer to check out the 94mm pumpkin.
I turned around and Dwight was already half done putting a 2-step in my Jeep. Can't beat that with a stick !
"Go see what she does now," Senator Zauke said with a smile and a hearty chuckle.
And I did,
even with a 60-foot that was still not where I wanted it to be.
Next up, HemiShopJim gave it a go
daily-driven Turbo 6.1 that runs consistent 9s, oh my ! These were on 18lbs boost
At that point I was complete, the realization of a 1-year build was finally complete.
The event finished with the Winner's Circle meeting/ceremony and I packed everything back in the car for the trek home.
Strangely, I was still getting this nagging from within. Atco was now running open test and tune. I was a little jaded after seeing some nastier times all day. I needed the WTF experience. So I made one last run, car loaded, and on street tires, "for sh!ts and giggles."
I laughed after I picked up my timeslip, the driver of the car in the next lane tracked me down and, you guessed it, asked me, "WTF"
Next stop was Applebee's for the post-game show, which is exactly what it is.
As has been mentioned ad nauseum, we have great group of people, like a big family.
Before this becomes another 10-page post, I just wanted to give out a few shout outs.
Jim/Brian - thanks for keeping my Jeep going strong and for listening to my crazy ideas. Top notch guys.
Peter - always a pleasure seeing you. Thanks for the provisions, and I ll see you at the HemiShop soon.
Keoni - great guy. I didnt know your brothers were with you till the end of day. It was like Goldilocks and the 3 bears. I see a big Keoni, then a small Keoni, then a medium Keoni.
AJ- congrats on your well-deserved win. Your tireless efforts are much appreciated. Even when dialing in his own car, he ll take the time to go through my logs and adjust as needed
TwinTurbo Creations - thanks for the fire jacket....and for making a quality product
Stage6 - full of advice, good jokes, and trash talking that cant be beat. Their track support isn't too shabby either. HZ/Dwight/Nikita - thanks so much for your help with my car
If I didnt mention you, "thank you"
So where do we go from here?