What did you do with your 3 years in Victoria Quinn?
Three years ago I acquired a wagon, pre-sold on my behalf by friends of the province I was leaving for my arrival in a new side of the country. This $50 wagon began it’s life on epic terms, with a certain doom of epic-ness. Over the next three years the car would evolve using literally scrap junk people rejected as unusable condition goods. No matter the situation the car stood in the way of it’s own progress, a struggle and fight to assemble and make function. It’s very first outing on the track, it’s maiden voyage resulted in the 2 wheel drift footage. It’s been bumped and jumped, spun and grumped, on fire with desire, down and out and up and down again. It’s still alive, 3 years of things and stuff happening.
What did you do with your time in Victoria Quinn? Specifically I had fun interacting. Doing my best to make the few times I crawl out of my dark corner cave enjoyable for everyone. Wrenched, helped people learn to drift, got people discounts on parts, and most of all hauled away those unneeded parts clogging their worlds. Positive interaction is always the goal, do something different and have fun challenging those automatic thoughts: What if’s no longer. My answer, I spent 3 years talking to people, accidentally I built a race car and when I was leaving, I raffled it off. One line, summed up.
Thank you dearly to all who joined in on the raffle. It was surprising to see such volumes of support! It’s great!
I also want to thank all those who supported the wagon with in the regular programming as well. Epic breeds epic.
For those who haven’t seen the original post:
Why did I raffle my wagon away?
Raffle winners video!
It’s been quiet for a bit now with little to post. Waiting, lots of waiting, sorting out little small, fiddly bits of stuff. Paper work, waiting, more paperwork, waiting. Although much of it’s not essential to the trip, the more I sort out before hand the better.
I’ve become exceedingly nervous about the whole ordeal. Insane waves of emotion, one moment I’m capped with rage and anger towards myself for starting such an un-achievable project, and the next I’m compelled with impatience for it to begin. I do want it to start soon, and each day I grow closer to doing the dumbest thing I’ve ever attempted.
The v8/turbo debate rages on in my head. It’s becoming ever so increasingly important to be able to match Brocks speeds on the straights. Having fiddled around in various video games on Panorama, it’s become more and more obvious that the straight aways save the most time. Winding the mountain section is the most fun and spectacular of the drive, but means very little to the final time.
Little tricks and ideas keep creeping into my brain of how to make the car handle better, but my lack of knowledge in motor building specifically, leaves me with a fuzzy area: Cheap power. It’s an oxymoron as far as I know, and yet I will have to challenge this.
Luckily my ducks are slowly being organized and I may already have a garage when I land. Bonus, a few parts are even waiting for me. The biggest issue of employment still remains. I’ll need a job with some sort of kick, a benefit of some sort that will help towards the build. Money is the simple answer, but I’m not a fan of it, even just some sort of good resource, obscure as it maybe to give the project a bit of an edge.
Welding will be essential to the whole build. I love avoiding it in my normal builds, but this one seems that it’ll be quite crucial to sculpting the proper final results. Braking will be of the ut-most importance, straight line racing is the most expensive, as it always relies on machine more so than driving skill. It will still be difficult driving task, scary for the most part, but skill will lie in the assembly and acquisition of speedy bits.
I’m hoping my next year is as good as these guys. Super dope video.
Seriously though. I need to get up to 270km/h in a car made from scrap metal and pizza crust. I will die in a fiery wreck in the middle of the night.
Also Darrell Waltrip is a wuss.
I will have no sag. No droop for this trip. The support has been beyond what I expected. Now on day #3 of the raffle and we’ve clicked past the 106 ticket mark of out 300 ticket goal. Seriously, that’s amazing! I never knew raffling a car off, especially one such as this would bring so much love and cheer. I need to thank everyone, and to be honest a feeling hit me yesterday. I want them all to have Lemonade. A majority of the raffle supporters have been good friends. Some which I haven’t heard from in a while, some which I see everyday. The feeling I had was that of a hard one, that anyone of them, but not everyone of them, can win the wagon. This upset me a bit.
I’ve been asking what people would do with the car if they won, and each person seems to have their own goal. No matter what, this whole approach is perfect in relation to the car itself. It’s whole up bringing has been off cue, distempo’d and alternative. Some of the entrants wish to drive it across Canada, some down to the states. Others wish to jump it, a few wish to donate it to others again! No matter what, doing something in a unique way will seem to result in a unique outcome no matter what. Epic breeds epic. This excites me.
To show how much I love the support I’ve been getting, in hopes to get more people winning things I will add the following items to the Raffle as runner up prizes. I will be drawing 5 names rather than 3 in total, and adding prizes to match. Both super chargers are up for grabs, one for the first, and the other for the second runners up. For the 3rd, a set of Silver, wire wheels! Rusty, but good looking. And for the final runner up, a boobie prize! The tiny 12V TV with happy face decal included! More chances to win. (this is purely for my sake, as I’d like to reward as many people as I possibly can.)
Support has come in many other ways too. Many positive messages both from knowns and unknowns. Different people commenting on my quest, offering advice, helpful information and encouragement. This good feeling is a currency of it’s own, a commodity to fuel my fire. It depletes a bit each day as I peddle slowly to my goal. This good feeling commodity is spent directly against the fear that seems to keep reemerging, and upgrading the lock and key keeping my sense of over-reality at bay. To those who have offered their support emotionally as well, I thank you too.
Now onto Shannon’s request: Hyping up SuperChargers. Shannon has requested me to talk about superchargers, and why you should love them more. To be honest, I’m a massive fan, specifically of the ‘roots’ type. These are an old school, read early 1900′s, way of forced induction. Turbos do have more potential and are easier to build systems for, but the good ole roots chargers just provide power in a different way. Working off two impellers spinning together, they are driven off the crank shaft directly and provide a greater volume and pressure of air than natural aspiration. Uniquely though, unlike a turbo charger, or even a centrifugal style super charger, a roots charger provides a power increase directly in relation to RPM. Low end torque, through high end torque is increased evenly, providing an extremely predictable power increase. Many say the only replacement for displacement is boost, but truly they must be thinking of roots type chargers as they are the only boost that results in a similar torque curve to that of a larger displacement N/A motor. What does this all mean? For drag racing, it means more torque down in the low RPM’s. This allows longer gears launches from lower RPM’s and higher top speeds. But for drifting, it means a wider, usable RPM range. Allowing greater control over wheel speeds without ever falling out of boost. Allowing the motor to drop down below where a turbo would normally drop off, you can just step right back into a roots charger and the rpms will climb back up. Ultra beneficial for managing push! So get hyped on Roots type chargers!
Seriously, I’ve lost my entire mind.
Here’s the deal. Starting now, right now, this moment, now then, the one just past when you read that, the Raffle is Active!
$5 a ticket gets you into the drawing. EMT is fine (DiscoQuinn@gmail.com), cash in person is fine too. Draw date is January 23rd. A Wednesday! Where one lucky winner will be selected!
Please, share this with your friends. Win a ‘racing’ car!
Brocks technology: Late 70′s Australia wasn’t quite a technological marvel. In a previous post we mumbled about his gear ratios. 4th seems to provide for him 270km/h at 6000rpm. Either his 4th gear was excessively long, or the rear end ratio is long.