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September 11, 2017 at 8:59 am #85744
We tested the clutch this past weekend at LAKE AFTON for the last time.
RESULTS: NO CHANGE!! It worked flawlessly the entire weekend.
1) Is it faster? NO. The past 2 races I had Lindsay set up for the WIN and she battled for the lead. Did she win, NO. Could she, ??. Even if she would have, it would have been close!! Just an FYI, she pulls in at the end to not interfere with the others who are in the points. Even Lindsay can’t say if she would have won.
2) What about maintenance? With 4 races along with several hours of practice, all I have done is changed the oil and measured the springs.
3) What advantage does it have over a engine clutch? 1) Can’t cheat!! What I mean by that is that those who spray there friction hub to help the clutch slip off the line to get a jump on the others, that is cheating in my mind. 2) Being experienced with the engine clutch, I spent a lot of time on friction hubs & drums being sure that the drum is perfectly round as possible and the linings on the friction hubs were tru to the drum. Plus, let alone spending several hundred dollars keeping fresh clutches. It doesn’t take much especially if you are new to the tag classes with destroying your engine clutch. 3) BIG and ONLY advantage I see is, COST!!September 11, 2017 at 8:28 am #85737
The READ family would like to THANK ALL of those drivers, families and friends who supported our fall race of 2017!!! Big thanks go out to my family, friends and troop 494 who help me put this event on. I could not do this without having them!!!!!!
As for the weather, what better could it have been with “THE MAN” promoting this event!!! LOL
As for the racing, AWESOME!!! I even had to use transponder placement as the final result in a couple of classes due to not even my own KEEN EYES could tell which kart crossed the line first.
As for the kids (Brad, Lindsay), they both ran and had super races in the B&S ANIMAL SPORTSMAN classes. It was nice to see Brad come out of retirement and come run!!! Lindsay in her SPRINT STOCK LEOPARD kart ran well and up front both days with 2 other top drivers battling for the lead. Saturday she lost the air box on the next to last lap and pulled in (THANK YOU!!) and on Sunday, she pulled in on the last lap to not interfere with the other drivers who are in the points championship battle as she is not legal at this time due to running the Horstman axle clutch that we have been testing this year for HORSTMAN. You can see my updates on this clutch on another forum.
Good luck to everyone at the KART ROAD RACE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS at Hallett!!August 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm #84967
Being there myself on Tuesday and again on Thursday this week, I am glad to report that Mike is moving forward in his recovery. Thursday he reacted to me when I was there and I could tell that he wanted to say something but was unable to with the tube in his throat.
Lindsay is up there today as I speak.
As Linda says, Mike is strong and will get through this!!!!August 14, 2017 at 11:01 am #84809
I hate to do it (LOL) but, I 2nd what Linda says!!
SUPER turnout!!! AWESOME racing!!!! Weather OK (LOL)!!!
I think this needs to be the sight for future KART ROAD RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS!!August 14, 2017 at 10:42 am #84807
Testing the clutch at HPT this past weekend had the same results as the other tests went, AWESOME!!!
On the previous test sessions I did not go after a win, I went after what would the clutch do or not do. At those races, I put gearing CLOSE but not right on and had our flex length not where we would normally have it and set clutch from anywhere from 3000 – 6000 clutch engagement and worked the piss out of it so Horstman had facts.
At HPT this past weekend, I dialed Lindsay in to win!!! I had the clutch engagement at 5500. She had a great battle with 2 other drivers for the lead from the start up to the final lap at which time she pulled in to not interfere with the other 2 drivers as they were in the points championship and she couldn’t have placed anyway as we were not legal due to the axle clutch. You can see a pic of this on her facebook page.
My opinion, this clutch WILL save the racer money let alone the work and time to change clutches out at the track!! I had a KART director tell me this weekend that he had a TAG competitor tell him that KART needed to approve it as he himself was spending $200.00 a weekend on engine clutches and if we want to keep racers in our sport, then this needs to be approved. This made me happy to hear as I have said this before but having someone that I didn’t know say the same thing, that is good!!!
I have recommended to the KART directors to approve this new clutch in the TAG classes (only class that runs clutches outside of the 4-cycles that axle clutches are not legal in) for the 2018 season.
Anyone have any questions, contact me at either 316-218-3645 or Kelly.email@example.comAugust 7, 2017 at 1:07 pm #84523
Testing at Hallett with a low gear ratio went good. We didn’t even have to change the springs from the higher gear ratio we had ran at another track.
Next up is HPT (mid gear ratio between what we have ran so far) August 11/12.
Talking to the driver who is testing the clutch for all other 2-cycle motors, says his has been great. He has even taken his apart and all looks good.August 3, 2017 at 10:28 am #84402
READ RACING ready to go!!! 1 Tag and 2 Animals. Could possibly need a driver for one of the Animals if Brad can’t make it and it doesn’t look good for him. Know someone, have them contact me at 316-218-3645. Last time kart was out it won the KART nationals.June 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm #83035
It was actually KART & WKA who got behind this.
THANKS for posting the above. Been kind of busy especially with 2 kids getting married in the same year!!!LOL
As for the regular enduro kart clutch, I was told it was great.
As for availability, the clutch as a whole is currently in production and will be available come September. As for parts like floaters & discs, they are now available. This should help those with the older clutches as the new floaters & discs fit that clutch also.
As for the clutch for the tag karts we are testing, we will be going to Hallett July 15/16 to test it there as this is a low gear ratio track and probably the lowest gearing any of us run anywhere I’m guessing (16-84 on a stock Leopard). I’m interested in seeing if the springs we currently have for when we ran a 16-76 ratio works for Hallett. I will have a softer spring just in case.
Keep you postedMay 9, 2017 at 11:47 am #81460
THE MAN along with my family and friends who made this happen would like to thank all the racers who attended this past weekend!! Great racing and SUPER WEATHER!!! I was asked by a couple of racers that for in September if I could take 1/2 the breeze we had on Sunday and move it to Saturday to make it a PERFECT weekend LOL.
As for the new HORSTMAN axle clutch we tested for them on a tag (Leopard), AWESOME!!! They hit on the nail!!
GOOD luck to all this 2017 seasonMay 1, 2017 at 11:34 am #81118
Finally the week has came!!!
Not looking forward to Wednesday as this is when all the fun begins putting out bales and fencing but it must be done.
Weather wise looks great for the weekend!!!
Turnout looks promising up to including some racers from the Chicago area that are coming. MKA (Read family) look forward in seeing all those road racers who plan to attend.
Reminder, gates will be open from Friday afternoon to the completion of Sunday’s event. All information is on the KART web site (www.kart.org).
Questions, contact myself at 316-218-3645 (C)February 23, 2017 at 11:45 am #78552
I personally went and checked out the repaving a few months back. Just as you come out of the corkscrew to the lower bridge area leading to flatiron is baby butt smooth!!!! This area was getting really bad so, everyone should love the improvement!!! As for the rest of the track, it looked pretty good and should not be any issues.November 4, 2016 at 7:59 am #73805
Being one involved with Lynn and Gary on this project from when Lynn first contacted me for input, let me clarify something. It’s mainly the TAG motors low stall speed their trying to figure out not the other motors. As for 4-cycles and being experienced with 4 cycles, I can’t see running ANY axle clutch on a 4-cycle in my mind (Just saying). As I told both of them, with the TAG motors having a 6,000 (SR), 7,000 (JR) RPM maximum engagement by the rules, this clutch would need to fit these applications before it was allowed in the TAG classes (for sure in KART). NO, I am not in favor of changing the clutch engagement rule mainly due to that the current MFG’s of the engine clutches are set up that way now. Gary said that this will take some work but feels they can figure it out. This I don’t doubt as these guys have done a SUPER job in the past with both axle & engine clutches. Why not open the market??
This clutch will be wide (4 1/2″) due to the size of bearings needed to make a clutch to fit from 1 1/4″ – 50mm vs the old one that went from 1″ – 30mm. I don’t see a issue here as for the karts I seen, there is room between the bearing hanger and wheel for it unless you run your wheel in real tight. You can bet for sure that when this does come available, it will be first class and work!!!
I know that I for one am very interested in seeing this come out especially now that Lindsay is going to TAG (sit-up). From experience when she drove for some people along with when Brad had his Tag, I spent enough money on engine clutches to keep under the MAX RPM per the rules to pay for more than one of these. Having the ability to make an adjustment on the kart vs installing a new friction hub and possibly even a new drum to be legal, sure will make it more feasible in the long run. I don’t know how many times I have been on the starting line and heard karts leave that were over the MAX stall speed!!! With this, WE have no excuses why we are over the max engagement. I believe (HOPE) that when they do figure out how to get the low engagement needed for a TAG motor, ALL organizations will allow a axle clutch in their TAG classes. Currently, KART allows axle clutches in all classes but 4-cycle & TAG that could possibly run one. I’m hoping this changes after this new clutch comes out and is proven to work with the current rules.October 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm #72931
If your looking for a Horstman, I have 3 left that are 1 1/4″. All fresh. 2 with external adjusters.
Need more info, contact me at 316-218-3645.October 10, 2016 at 8:40 am #72755
Must admit that the crew pulled it off without THE MAN!! Good job Jim, Maysha, Roger, Jackie, those who helped pre-tech and all the HMRC staff. Also want to pass on to the Baldus Racing Team as I had several compliments of the count down clock this team supplies at all our KART/MARRS events. It seemed to help some make there move at the right time I was told!! ALL YOU RACERS who supported this event, THANK YOU!!
As usual SUPER racing!!!
Do want to apologize that coverage wasn’t available on race monitor due to computer malfunction.September 30, 2016 at 7:49 am #72380
Plans are to have live coverage on RACE monitor (guess that’s what it’s called!!)September 30, 2016 at 7:46 am #72379
Check your message box.September 28, 2016 at 6:55 am #72266
THE MAN is looking forward in attending his 3rd event of 2016!!! One month ago I wasn’t going to be able to make it but now, I will be there to support this super event put on by KART/MARRS as just a spectator.
Even though my drivers (Brad, Lindsay) won’t be there since we have sold their karts, I will still be bringing a trailer load of karts and wrenching for a couple of drivers.
Get a chance, drop by my trailer and check out the remaining items I have to sell. Everything is priced to sell and is good stuff!!!
Se you all soon.
THE MANSeptember 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm #72148
If it isn’t right, clutch won’t be right either. Clutch is like a dummy (not you Ric)!!! Clutch only puts the amount of power to the axle as the carb and motor puts to the clutch. I proved this to a competitor at Afton a few weeks back.
You all keep this up and you will have ALL my SECRETS!!! LOLSeptember 26, 2016 at 8:40 am #72140
If this is the question, Ric pretty much hit it on the head!! Glad I taught him well!!! LOL
Getting it close in the pits keeps you from over/under slipping it to much once you hit the track. With this, on track is the true final setting as this is where everything gets up to temp.
As for where to set the clutch engagement, most generally it is within 200RPM of the max torque of the motor.September 12, 2016 at 8:36 am #71590
The event information is on the KART web site (www.kart.org).
The schedule posted will be revised as that there will be a SPRINT ROTAX SR class added to the sat & sun schedule. This class will run in races 3 & 11. Rules are:
Fuel: Gas/Oil (per KART tech rules)
Motors: Rotax Max FR125, EVOSeptember 12, 2016 at 7:34 am #71588
The READ family would like to THANK ALL THE RACERS, FAMILIES & FRIENDS who supported this event!!! Even thou we haven’t been able to race this year due to certain circumstances, it was well worth all the work it took to put this event on with what mother nature dealt us from Wed-Fri. It’s been awhile since THE MAN has had to work that hard to get a track green and ready by Saturday morning!! THANKS to everyone for your patience while we worked to get the track ready to go. Only being 1 hour late starting is amazing to me!! I owe a big THANKS to my family (Donna, Brad, Lindsay), All our friends (YES, I do have a couple) who were there to help including way early Saturday morning to help sweep the track.
As for the turnout and the racing, AWESOME!!! Turnout was up from the April event. Racing was once again unbelievable!! I lost count on just how many races were decided by the main flagman and Maysha in scoring as there were many finishes that they had to visual decide who went across the line first.
Congrats to all the lucky winners of the items that were given out throughout the weekend.
We look forward in seeing everyone back in 2o17.August 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm #70937
Just an FYI!!!
You want to be at this event!!!!!!!
Lindsay has been doing some great work in getting things to raffle off for this event. She has $50.00 Carlos O Kelly’s gift cards, gift baskets, free motel rooms, Spangle gift cards, free entries and working on more!!! I may just have to throw in a “THE MAN” autograph!! LOL !! PLUS, it’s not costing the racer a penny (outside of entering) to have a chance to win any of these items!! You get a ticket when you enter. Be sure to enter before noon on Saturday (hint hint).
Just come and have a FUN FUN time!!!! The READ family is getting fired up as we have missed not racing this year and want to show our appreciation to everyone for supporting our event.August 11, 2016 at 8:03 am #70317
READ RACING wishes everyone a SAFE & FUN weekend!!!! We wish we could attend but HAYWIRED (Brad) has shows both Friday & Saturday nite.July 25, 2016 at 12:58 pm #69635
I don’t like getn the shaft either (been there done that over my many years in karting) BUT, there are always 2 sides (even more at times) to a story. I’m not here to pick sides as there is no one here or even the people involved that I am BEST friends with!!!!
I took it upon myself to look into this and after talking to several people including reading some texts that went back and forth (including some who have posted on here), there is more to this then what it sounds to be from the original post. Not saying that some things are not right from what I found out but, there is more to the story!!!! Without making some people look bad, I will just leave at that.
I will say that rather it’s myself or whoever, I don’t believe this is the place to discuss things like this here or on any forum (my opinion only). Tell your friends, fellow racers, etc, but here??July 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm #68895
I’m not askn you to post the name on here but would you mind sending me a PM??