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    • #99452
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      As requested I am starting a new thread.

      I really wanted to see that other one make 100K views before moving on, that’s too cool!

      Lets hope this solves the speed and loading issues.

      To start, I’m personally SUPER excited about Nelson Ledges getting on a schedule…. and a 3 day GIG at that!!!! Would have preferred to see it replace the FALL MIS date in the schedule but someone much smarter than I must have it all figured out. I have said from day one, my interest in Nelson was to get karts back there and we will be there with bells on. Unfortunately, it will probably keep us from making that long awaited return to M-O. Hence the Aug/Sept wish for a date at the Ledge……

      We have lots planned for the Winter and getting ready for the Spring Test at Grattan.

      So, here is the current status update :

    • #99571
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Just wanted to share this….

      Nelson Ledges, August 25 2017:

      Its just Chuck and I, Bobby K came out too, checkin’ it out and shootin’ pics. Fred is the Track Manager, he shoved me off. No EMT’s or corners on sight so Fred said “just take it easy….”

      I’m told the curbs are in now, that will help with turn in sighting. It looks so different with all the trees gone. Plenty of flat groomed infield grass to camp on too! There is a 5 minute video at the FB page, take a look. It has the repave and some nice drone footage.

      https://www.facebook.com/nelsonledgesroadcourse

    • #99617
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Hope everyone has a safe trip and racing at Daytona this weekend.

      The forcast looks terrible, warm for sure but T storms Fri & Sat with rain on Sunday? Long way to go to not get much done, lets hope they get some track time in.

      I’ll be watching the race monitor to see what shakes.

      http://www.race-monitor.com/

      I am working on something new for next fall, also have reserved dates for Grattan in April AND May 2019. This gives us the best opportunity for a full weekend of testing in the Spring.

      Cool stuff coming, it will be April before you know it!!!!

      Happy New Year Y’all

      RPM

    • #99652
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Under a bit of a rain delay at Daytona here on Saturday… they got 4 races in then have been in a holding pattern since.

      I spoke to JW at the Speedway, was most interested to hear if Jim Brannon actually drove the GSXR600 kart that JW brought down. John said he did… “It didn’t behave…”   So I’m guessing that it just got squirlly at speed. I’ll find out more tonight.

      I can let the cat-out-of-the-bag and tell you I helped in selling brother Kenny’s refurbished track ready enduro kart this week. Chris West is the new owner of this kart, its an ARC PP that he will run on a pipe. Best part of this news, his primary use will be for Track Day action and turning lots of laps! I’ll put him on the top of the list for this Spring!! Welcome back Chris.

      Spent the first 1/2 of the day helping brother Rich move-in a couple doors down. We are both looking forward to spreading out, getting our karts in our garages, and working out some details for the Spring. Can’t wait to start letting the sparks fly on the project karts, especially that 4 stroker…. someone is gonna have fun in that thing!

      More soon!

      RPM

    • #99654
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      UPDATE: Results are Unofficial, last 4 races had been shortened.

      There was a red flag during the F100/Yam S Hvy race group. They did get restarted and finished their shortened race.

      JW set fast lap of the day in Unltd. at 1:54.712 on his 3rd of 10 laps. He held a 23 second lead early, it came down to 19, then finished at 21 over Brian Wilhelm (1:56.557) on his new 250 laydown package. A good number of SK drivers down there from what we saw on the RM and the phone videos on FB. Not sure how many were on twins like JW.

      More from Daytona tomorrow.

      PS: with 12 minutes to go in the last race group (5:29pm edt) its getting dark!!!!

    • #99671
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Again, unofficial results from Unltd Sunday:
      All race groups were shortened due to AM fog!

      JW won again, lost his brakes/brake issue, best time was lap 1 of 10:  1:53.019 and was just able to hold off Brian Wilhelm by 1.184 (thats close!) who ran a best lap of 1:56.189 on lap 9 of 10….. so he must have been gaining the entire way with JW struggling. Good Job guys, glad to hear it was a safe weekend for all.

      I’ll tell ya, that is an astounding feat. 1:53 in a sit uppity type kart like an Anderson is pretty darn impressive. Now that its over, I am looking forward to working on a project for JW this year for Daytona 2019 (GOD willing!) We will see, LOTS to do here now and still tripping over this post surgery recovery. I hurt it this week trying to do more than I should out there, thought I was gonna wet my pants it hurt so bad. At a month out, its still real sensitive and limited on R O M.

      FORTUNATELY….. I can drive my kart with 1 hand!!!! Its THAT good!!!   :)

      So, hope everyone has a safe trip home from Daytona and a safe and Happy New Year Celebration!!!

      RPM

    • #99743
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Some updates from above:

      1. Brother Kenny delivered the kart today, Chris is pretty excited about April!

      2. JW made a transaction with Jim Brannon in Daytona for the GSXR kart, Jimmy is now the new owner of the 600. It just got uncontrollable at speed over any bumps in the track surface. JW and I agree, we should have added a bunch of wheelbase to that kart. With all that HP a standard SK legal set-up was just not going to work as a 250 does. I’m glad he found a home for it.

      3. Got back out in the garage and started working on the Project Kart. Also it was a nice 48 deg day here so we got karts off loaded from trailer. Rich has his kart at home and mine is back in the garage too. (with antifreeze!) Plenty of room out there now to spray sparks without damaging anything!

      Rehabin at home here, its going very well! Instead of 2 x per week at PT I’m doing resistance band training and pully streches at least 1 x per day and if I get sore or stiff I just take a day off. Range of Motion is getting better, slowly!

      I’ll get some video up tomorrow. Its a New Year guys…. cant wait to get going!

      RPM

    • #99752
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      This is the train wreck of a video I shot this afternoon. Its a mess but all the things I have been working on are there….and its less than 9 minutes!

      Take a look:

      If you want to know how we extended the chassis to add wheelbase just visit the channel, the 2 videos from Saturday are right there.

    • #99905
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      The April Test dates are in:

      Saturday & Sunday April 13-14 2019 @ Grattan Raceway

      The intention is to do the full weekend as we had planned last year. I’ll handle it the same way, anyone paying for the full weekend will be refunded the difference if we only do the 1 day.

      Which single day will depend on the weather, obviously.

      Plenty of time for details, but, both of the first 2 weekends in April were available. I chose the 2nd and will stay in contact with the Boys about any developments on the calendar.

      These dates will get filled, the “tuner car” guys are now renting 3-4 times a year and seem to have the same dates in mind as we do. Their group is growing, when they first came out they had maybe 15 cars. (4-5 years ago) Last Mothers Day weekend they had about 50 and are breaking them into groups. They will soon be looking for full weekends as they offered to buy our Sunday last Spring!

      Much much more to come, stay tuned!

      RPM

    • #100086
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Been back out in the garage, this time mounting a rear auxilary radiator for testing in April.

      I have also contacted MIS about doing a track day out there in the Fall. The idea is a pre Daytona test for those serious about finding a hot set up.

      This would be an Oval Only Test. Anyone serious about contending at Daytona would find this a 1 of a kind opportunity regardless of class or kart type.

      Me, I would like to see just how fast my lumberwagon will go!

      Anyway, I have not heard back yet from the Speedway but I do know from a very reliable source that they will not restrict our access or format. Its not cheap, but with the right number of guys (and $$$!!!) anything is possible!

      Be back soon,

      RPM

    • #100246
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Watching the 24 @ Daytona here online and checking in during a commercial!

      Just a heads up, karts will have an opportunity to get on the newly paved Waterford Hills Sports Car Course during Waterford Club – Car race weekends. Full details are coming but it looks like 6 weekends this Season, full weekend program mixed in with all types of race cars.

      I’ll provide all the details and contact info when I get it. Will make a great testing opportunity as well.

      RPM

    • #100362
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      My Bro is heading out to Waterford Hills for their meeting of the racing club this coming Wednesday. Info on what is to be offered to karts will be along shortly after. I believe the noise level is going to be an issue but we will see next week.

      The subzero weather looks to be ending this weekend, here in the Detroit area it will be back into the upper 30’s Sunday & Monday. I’ll get back out in the garage tomorrow and start working on that intake box for the auxiliary rad. Still have to replace the fuel tank yet too. We’ll get a temp plastic tank on there for April just to get out and test.

      More video coming, stay warm out there boys!!!!!

      RPM

    • #100451
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      More conversation needs to take place on the Waterford Hills program. That issue could go a couple different directions. “Racing” during a full car event program OR “Testing” with F500’s and Miata’s on various other dates. Both require a minimum # of karts to be feasible.

      My Bro got into this as a proxy for a friend, now it looks like more work than it may be worth. I’ll keep posting what I hear up to the point I get a solid contact handling it.

      Be back soon!!!

       

      RPM

    • #100456
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      It was cold out there today so my play time was short! Getting the kart ready for April – 1 project at a time!!!

      I shot a quick video, it uploaded OK but is being delayed in the publishing process. I’ll post it when its done.

      The past week has been very productive. Cleaned the joint up and consolidated much of the stuff in the Garage. Well overdue. Moved a bunch of things over to Rich’s place, we will do glass and paint in his Garage!!!! Found our old banner, it was a mess. Had been rolled up and sitting for 10-12 years with tire dust from the Indoor karting place on it. I finally got it looking respectable and hung it on the wall. Think we had that made in like 98′ for the Troy OH Winter swap meet, displayed all the bodywork in the stands at the Ice Rink!!! Good Times! Also found a bunch of framed pics, rolls of developed pics, plaques & trophies…. a bunch of junk! The Garage is getting to feel more like the old place now.

      So, just a heads up, we have just 9 weeks until April 13-14 so start making plans. In a few weeks I’ll come to wake Y’all from yer slumber and start collecting!

      Movies comin’

      RPM

       

    • #100458
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

    • #100462
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Some changes and a lil more progress:

    • #100488
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Back out there today and glued up the “skin” panels on the model. This isn’t the quickest form of Modeling but its dirt cheap. We have many Composite Supply Shops nearby with all the junk you can think of to use but its not at all cheap. And, we are making this “moldless” because its simply a test bit so its much much cheaper than a full blow model-mold-part production.

      If you want to follow this (Part 3 video up now) or other stuff we’re doing just keep an eye on the YT channel:

      https://www.youtube.com/user/F125yourself

      There are almost 200 videos on there, helmet cam… some tech/mech/fab, DIY stuff, Big Daddy even thumps you with some Scripture now and again! We have over a dozen different playlists of things to look at. Overdue for a “Garage Talk” clip with the Bro’s!!!! Soon, very soon!!!

      I hope Y’all are working on yer stuff…. if not, come over and help me!!!

      Be back tomorrow!!!

      RPM

    • #100582
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      No workie today, the weather is just a mess! Digging out melting ice….its WINTER!!!!

      I did shoot Y’all a quick update though:

      “….gimme a break, I’m on a roll!!!”

    • #100590
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I have also contacted MIS about doing a track day out there in the Fall. The idea is a pre Daytona test for those serious about finding a hot set up.

      This would be an Oval Only Test. Anyone serious about contending at Daytona would find this a 1 of a kind opportunity regardless of class or kart type.”

      The Speedway is currently looking into the dates I sent them. I have been corresponding with them this week, no issue has been brought up about running ONLY the Oval with karts.

      Obviously nothing in stone yet but I don’t want to waste my time and theirs for nothing. So….

      This may be a bucket list gig guys. Where else will you get the opportunity to run a Super Speedway without a road course?

      It brings back fond childhood memories of the “Speed Runs” at Daytona back in the 70’s. I spoke with Bob Cole about this today, he has some memories of this long lost opportunity  as well. After practice day concluded you could pay a fee and run what ya brung, one kart at a time, and set an average speed (lap speed). My Pops got a Certificate from the Speedway “100 mph Club” as he ran 118 in a Margay C-Open owned by Gene Kurlonko. Geno had just run 112.5 (he was much bigger than my Pop’s) in the same kart and gave Pop’s some “pointers” on what not to do to go fast! No body work in those days, and they ran 100+ on Good Year Blue Streaks and Carlisle Super Slicks. That alone was nuts!

      So think about it, I’ll update Y’all when I know more.

      RPM

    • #100774
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Still no word back from MIS, not surprising, I was told they work a bit on the slow side out there…

      I have been working on the kart though, among other things……

    • #100775
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Again, you can see all the installments of what we are up to at the YT channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU__d49WpYDlKa7VRiCL9Ww

      Here is the final clip from today:

    • #100776
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Grattan Spring Test Update coming soon. I’ll have all the details begining of next week.

      If you haven’t already, put a big red X on your Calendars April 13-14. I’m getting anxious with all the things we should have to try. Maxxis is working on a front tire for us, we should be testing that and some different config’s on rear tire/wheel combos too.

      Stay tuned, business is about to pick up!

      RPM

    • #100846
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Closed Private Kart Test – Grattan Raceway April 13 – 14 2019

      Friday 4-12:
      Entry
      for Trailer drop off or Paddock/Garage entry and camping after 6pm. Gate closes for the night at 10pm unless you have made prior arrangements for late arrival.

      Saturday 4-13:
      Gate opens at 7am. Only Drivers and Crew Members will be admitted inside the Track unless prior arrangements for non participants/spectators have been made. ALL others will watch from outside the Circuit, Management may require signing a Waiver to be on the Track grounds.

      Drivers Meeting at 8am.  This is mandatory, do not arrive late to the Track. A required Track Prep List for each kart must be correctly filled out BY THE DRIVER of that kart before you can get on the track. It must be signed by an Official and a participant sticker will be issued. No sticker on kart, No kart on track.

      Track is Green at 9am. We will run non stop until a kart is reported off Circuit by a Marshal. At that time a 15 minute clock will start, no one will have to sit for more than 15 min and upon going green if the first kart on track goes off we will always get at least 15 min of testing time before pick-up. Be aware, we may have 2 groups in the AM  for New or Young participants. We will take a Lunch break at 12:30. On Track activity ends at 5pm.

      Sunday 4-14:
      Gate opens at 7am.
      Drivers Meeting 8am
      Track is Green at 9am

      Lunch Break at 12:30pm
      On Track activity ends at 5pm

      FEES:
      Single Day Driver Fee: $220
      Weekend Driver Fee: $320
      Jr Driver Fee: 1 day – $120, weekend – $200
      (if min Participation met, contact for details)

      You must pre pay. Entry deadline is April 1st. (this is not a joke!)

      Send check or Money Order payable to:
      Robert Lawson
      17731 Ivanhoe
      Roseville, MI. 48066 
      *Please include Driver name, number of Crew and kart class*

      *** NOTES:
      > We will not stop Green running for the gate, BE ON TIME!
      > PayPal payments are pending at this time.
      > Pit & Paddock Pass Fees are pending at this time.
      (may be included in entry/or required by Spectators only)
      > Race Gas availability is pending at this time.
      > 2 day Participants are required to date & sign their Prep List each day.
      (this does NOT require a 2nd form, email of advance copy of form pending)
      > We will only accept Single day entries for Sunday after the Weekend
      Lease is secured.
      > Dinner will be provided Saturday Evening for all Drivers and Crew.
      > Camping is Free.
      > Garages are Free and open to First come.
      > Gate Closes Saturday Night at 11pm.
      > All participants to pit in Upper Paddock.
      > All times are tenitive and subject to weather and track conditions.
      > Entry is NON refundable, NON transferable and NON negotiable!
      > A single day Test may be necesarry if participation requires, a weekend
      entry would then be refunded the difference.

      To inquire about late night arrival, format, scheduling or other questions send email here: f-125@hotmail.com

      6 weeks Guys…. it will be April before you know it!

      More soon,

      RPM

    • #100893
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      In speaking with Sam this week we talked about the latest rumors of a pending sale. I had heard yet again of some type of deal to sell the track.

      He didn’t give me the same ole poo-poo story and play it off this time. He said there are multiple players at work trying to cut deals to buy them out. He went on to explain that the bookings this year are in stone and nothing will change, regardless of any sale taking place. IF it were to sell, they (the Family) would contractually stay on through a transition period.

      It sure sounded to me, unlike ALL the other times I have asked him about a “sale” in the works, that they are ready to let the place go. He explained all the possibilities. The good news of a sale is it would surely lead to many upgrades that are long overdue. The bad news is that any change will obviously be reflected in the lease price.

      An annual lessee would probably be given first refusal of any dates from new Management but anything can happen.

      A newly revamped Grattan Raceway, at a much higher lease rate, may be attractive to a healthy Karting Org. Then again, agreeing to pay more may still put you on the outside looking in (VIR). Simply jacking up the entry fee without adding to the total number will not fly when Fee’s have not changed at places like M-O or Pitt Race with the same turn outs. Karters may be cheap…. but they aren’t stupid!

      NO SALE HAS TAKEN PLACE, but……………………

      I suggest you take advantage of all the track time available at Grattan THIS year.

      More to come!

      RPM

    • #100930
      Jerry Revely
      Participant

      Revely’s will be down for the two day weekend.

    • #100946
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Jerry,
      You would have needed a darn good reason to miss the Annual Family Reunion Bro!!!

      Boys,

      Punxsutawney Phil predicted an Early Spring! We have had a cold spell like Y’all but its ending here right quick. We will see low to mid 40’s this weekend and next. No, that’s not “karting” weather but all the ice and snow should be gone from the grounds out there. That’s a start. We will have just 2 weeks to put this all together…… or Cancel.

      The New Year this time has been extremely quite, I am usually chasing stragglers by now but we got nothing going as of yet. No need to post info any earlier because I wasn’t getting any feedback.

      I predict mid 60’s out there the 13-14, I just hope it is US whom are enjoying it and not another group!

      RPM

    • #101003
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I have a date for an MIS Oval Test!

      They are holding Sunday October 13 2019.

      I might be looking at this as a kid looks at a new toy, but you just dont get opportunities like this very often. Very surprised how affordable this is for an ISC Speedway. Maybe because they don’t have to do any prep of an infield, placing barriers and such, or just that they will not need to open any walls (other than the crossover for entry). Who knows, but as details become more clear I’ll pass the info along. Now, the Insurance shopping takes place!

       

      This much I can share:

      *Oval ONLY!

      *It will be an 8 hour day

      *We will drive the karts to and from our pit in paddock

      * I will provide a flat trailer/tow back

      * Lunch is on me too

      Man this would be huge fun, I sure hope we can pull it off!

      More Soon!!!

       

      RPM

       

    • #101016
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I’m starting to get some inquires and e-mails for Grattan so that is good.

      We will get a plug next week on the Real Kart Racing Podcast with Greg Wright and TJ Holingsworth. Not sure just yet how or where to watch live but I can find out. Lets hope that helps!

      Rain here last night removed all but some small bits of snow where it was piled up. Its in the 40’s today and I’m looking at a 62 deg forecast with rain for Thursday. Warming up but also must consider the ability of snow & rain water to find a place to go!

      Just 3 weeks for a go/no-go  call to the Track. I have to give them time to book the date if We don’t get enough interest. Get that check or MO in the mail, I can always send it back guys!!!!

      More to come!

      RPM

    • #101039
      Greg Wright
      Participant

      Robert, I think the fall MIS thing just might have legs.

      Greg Wright
      Rapid Racing Inc.
      Vintage B-Stock Pilot
      "When in doubt Gas it, It won't help but it ends the suspense."

    • #101050
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Glad you stopped in Greg, I was just going to post the link to your Podcast.

      https://www.facebook.com/Real-Kart-Racing-Podcast-1630402147073940/

      If you would, drop in or send TJ over and let us know when its live so we can participate. I spoke with TJ today and will be sending info for April and October for Y’all to share on the Show.  Yeah, the MIS thing is a real strong possibility. Still waiting on a few things but so far we are on the same page. Good sign!

      Was back outside today planning the next bit of work to be done before testing/racing.

      April is coming quick boys, just inside of 3 weeks now to the cut-off point.

      “I’ll be baaaack” :)

      RPM

    • #101175
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      In just about a week you will have to had put something in the USPS to get it to Detroit by the 1st.

      Looking at the expected weather pattern I might be very close in calling for a daytime High in the 60’s. The overnight stuff looks to be a bummer though with lows in the 30’s still.

      I get it, too cold for most….. I feel it too!  The weekend lease at this point is all but lost, any chance at a single day is quickly falling apart as well. Its all good boys, the few of you on board will have to join me in doing it the old fashioned way….. watching the weather for the first race weekend and making a call to go there!!!!!!

      It has been a very strange off season. No interest in October, no motivation through the Winter, Spring bringing mild weather not enough to wake up & get going…… I’m gonna keep pluggin away at it here and maybe July wont be so hot this Summer! (then again, that would be a GOOD test for the aux rad!!!)

      Talk to y’all next week.

      RPM

    • #101196
      Todd Stoffer
      Participant

      Still have yet to rebuild my motor, but I’m in for a test day. Just let me know how much.

    • #101233
      Jerry Revely
      Participant

      Get the money to Robert. He works hard to put together these test days. He shouldn’t have to chase after people.

      Thanks Robert for the work. Hopefully we can have enough people for a single day.

    • #101350
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Spoke to Sam, things are slow so he gave me another week to find enough drivers.

      I have been scratching names off the list as payments came in this week. If everyone on this list sends an entry we will be able to do a Single day.

      Saying that, I dont believe everyone that asked for details is going to send an entry, so, we need to find a few more guys just to cover my a$$. 2-3 over and above the list here would make me feel better thats for sure.

      I have also contacted a few “Car” guys to see if they would be interested in testing if we get close but not quite there on $$$. This will be a last resort as we would then have to split the total time to give them a few runs.

      Good news is we now have a choice between Sat or Sun if weather becomes an issue. Always nice to have a back up plan! Everything is in the mix right now, I’m doing the best I can with what I have to work with Y’all!

      More to come!

      RPM

    • #101405
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I’ve got some deflating news.

      Nothing has really changed on the track day front, we still need every last one of the guys interested to pull it off. As stated above, I guess we’ll give it the rest of this week.

      Bummer is, I’m out!

      My leg started hurting again Friday/Saturday and it got much worse over the weekend. Doc said I have another clot, he put me right back on the Xarelto and said…. “I’m sorry, You may be on it for good.”

      If we get enough $$$ to do the track day I’ll be there to run it for you, but I can not participate.

      I’ll let Y’all know how this thing works out no later than Sunday AM (4-7-19)

      RPM

    • #101469
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      No sense dragging this on until Sunday.

      I would already have informed Sam that we will be canceling if he had answered either of his phones!

      So that’s it, we have officially canceled for April 13-14 2019.

      I’ll get the few payments I have heading back to you Monday, in the mail.

      Myself and 1 other guy, knowing we could not participate, had ponied up an entry so the rest of you could turn laps. This HAS happen in the past as well by a few other regulars. It takes a dedicated group of folks, cant remember the last time we didn’t have a Spring Test at Grattan scheduled….. Times they are a changin.

      I will finish my kart and get it all back in one piece, wrapped up & packed up, ready to run in the chance sometime in the future I can drive it. If not, the plastic tanks will stay bright & clean forever!

      Any questions shoot me a note. I’ll check back in, I have more details about the MIS gig later this year to work out and share yet.

      Talk soon!

       

      RPM

    • #101580
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I sent all the payments back today.

      Dennis, sent your T-Stat back too! Give me a call when it arrives.

      Feeling much better, the leg is pain free and the shoulder is about as good as its gonna get. No complaints! Doc has temporarily kept me out of the garage and away from saws, drillin, grindin, hammerin, etc. Basicly just keeping aware of my surroundings and not to do anything that could result in injury until I speak to the specialist in a couple weeks.

      I’ve turned the corner, if I’m out for good then so be it but I’m not giving up on the chance to get in the kart again. We’ll see. Everything happens for a reason!!!!

      RPM

    • #101619
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Everyone should have received their return payment by now, if not let me know. Todd told me to save my stamp on his, we’ll have to do a video with the Check Burning and the updates done to the kart in prep to test. The fuel tank set up turned out nice.

      Back soon,

      RPM

    • #101906
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      As promised, I have finally got back out in the shop and shot a clip for Y’all.

      I address a few points made by my good buddies and karting friends TJ & Greg from their online podcast/livestream karting talk show. Also, I think its “nice” that the Orgs & Clubs are making alliances to produce well attended events. With each continuing to hold to their own rules & classes its just the SOS with a different wrapper. Not more karts racing for the same award mind you, but more karts coming through the door, period. And the costs still go up! Hmmm…..

      Next Video:

      I will share my oppinion of what went wrong, ID the causes of these issues, and share an idea or 2 on how and where to look outside the box to help get the health of the sport/hobby going forward instead of backward.

      I’d love to do this live and take calls!

    • #102029
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Playing around today and shot a quick clip.

      Got a couple more days before I return to see the Doc and get the results of my blood work. I’m about bored to death and got the fingers crossed I will be able to test my updated cooling system sometime this year.

      More soon

      RPM

    • #102034
      Mike Tracy
      Participant

      Nice fittings.  :)

      I use a little Permatex #2 on the fittings.  Teflon tape is good for fuel, but is meant for filling metal to metal gaps.  With the polypropylene tanks, you need something that will seal potential larger gaps.

      Thumbs up for good news from the Docs!!!

    • #102136
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Thanks for the tip Mike!

      Hope you had a chance to get on the track there at Gateway, I hear it rained all weekend?

      Cher and I went to see the Hematologist and get the test results last Thursday. She doesn’t trust that I’ll tell her the truth of what the Dr. has to say…. so she goes right in the room with me. Of all those tests (30 or so vac tubes) everything came back good or normal, but 1, it was positive. Doc says they sometimes get a false positive for this specific test/problem (I cant even remember how to pronounce it) so he asked if I could come back in late July to give more blood and retest that positive again. But, during the Q&A when he decided to put off making the call for a short term or permanent Med program I asked “How ’bout EARLY July instead???” Cher rolled her eyes, and he looked at me strangely, then Cher blurted out “There is a RACE in July!!!” I go back July 2nd…. hee, hee!!!

      Before that though, I go back to my Vascular D.O. June 3rd to have another Ultrasound and see how (if) the clot (both) is regressing. Knowing my D.O., I could probably talk him into letting me “adjust” my dose so I can race at Mid-Ohio, at worst Grattan. I mean, they’ll let me off it to get a Tooth yanked, have a Colonoscopy, or have my Gallbladder finally removed…. why NOT for some fun???

      So, I really don’t know much more than I did a week ago about temp/permanent med program. But, there is still a chance of something shaking out this year yet! I told the Doc, “Maybe by December huh? If I have to sit out all Summer I want to go to Daytona!” Cherri is sayin’ Hell No, but the Doc was intrigued…. “You mean…” I said YES, the big Speedway!!!! He just smiled…. Now, if I can just get him to write a PRESCRIPTION to go to Daytona I’M IN!!!!!!   Poor Cherri, she has no idea who shes messin with. Or maybe she does!!!!

      More soon

      RPM

    • #102243
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Getting closer to finishing up all the mechanical changes.

      Then the cosmetics, I’ll shoot a video spraying gelcoat and laying up a new Side Panel to extend the body.

      Hope everyone is having a safe weekend at Nelson!

       

      RPM

    • #102297
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      My .02

    • #102419
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      A bit more progress, getting closer to getting back behind the wheel!

      More coming soon,

      RPM

    • #102435
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Fresh Air tube finished, leak testing Tanks & Additional Rad:

      Installing permanent front bumper too:

      Getting ready to do my April testing in JULY!!!!

    • #102490
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Obviously I’m slowly (and very carefully) getting back into the swing of things. If you follow the videos I post new clips just about every day, sometimes a few per day. I have a bit to get done before Grattan, and, another trip to the Hematologist yet.

      My Vascular Dr. said it was really up to me to occasionally take a 3 day sabbatical from the meds to drive the kart. But, the call to be on these meds forever is up to the Hematologist, he is the blood specialist. I’ll know either way right before Grattan.

      I know and accept the risks of going on and off the med. Fortunately its not like PE or A-fib which could lead to stroke. My only risk is another clot, 3 days shouldn’t be enough time for that to happen. I won’t be doing more than 2-3 events per year anyway. A bit of a bummer though, I’m going to sell my CBR250R, THAT risk is just too high.

      We play the cards we’re dealt folks…. I’m just gettin a bit creative with mine while I can!!!!!

      RPM

    • #102579
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      That bumper project is done now, I just have some std. maintenance to do to get ready for Grattan. Just a big test session for me, pricey for the amount of time but have to take what we can get at this point.

      I’ll be heading to Mid-Ohio with Bro Kenny. No kart but it IS a project related trip. When I can share more I will, just want to be sure the bond is strong before speaking out of place.

      Daytona. I know, I know… its June how can anyone be thinking about December already? Well, I am! The above project, and its partnership bonds, are related to Daytona and being successful there. So what does that have to do with Track Days? I’m glad you asked!!!!

      I just spoke to Jennifer @MIS again this week about that Oval Only Test. The idea is to help Daytona bound Northern/Mid Westerners gain an advantage by offering a real simulation for testing. I’ve given thought to a “road course lane” on the very wide back straight. An area way down low where you could slow the kart enough to use its clutch (s) or gearbox.

      If nothing else, its a chance to see how big your stones are. A Bucket List opportunity to drive your kart as fast as you can get it to go.

      The date she originally gave me was Sunday Oct 13th, but, she also has the following Saturday open, the 19th. Maybe that can be used as a r**n date?

      I’ll need at least 25 guys to do this for about $250 per man. Richard Petty has a line of guys waiting to spend that much to ride around on a speed limiter for 12 laps…. 4 laps at a time!

      More yet…..

      RPM

    • #102777
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I’m VERY pleased with the outcome of my meeting at Mid-Ohio. It was also super cool to see so many folks I have missed AND to meet the new folks I have only spoke to on the phone or internet.

      It’s no secret now that I am working on a Modena Engine package for the project kart, with Daytona in mind. The secret WILL be that I’ll record every aspect of the build but will not upload & share it until the kart is finished AND unveiled…. GOD willing, at Daytona.

      If testing goes well at Grattan next month I have a plan to remove the front radiator all together & build a rear mounted radiator only set-up on both karts.

      Can’t wait to get started, one more round of blood testing next week and I can start making plans again.

      RPM

    • #102957
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      So, I gave the blood last Thursday and went to see the Doc today to find out whats up.

      The previous positive result came back positive again. The issue is actually with my blood, an “Antiphospholipid Antibody” known as Lupis Coagulation. I will be on the meds long term. More tests in October then every 6 months after that, a reduction in dose is possible but this is not going to go away or get better. Well, the chances are not great.

      He asked what my Vascular Dr had said back on June 1. I explained how we spoke about getting off and on the meds for Dental work, Surgery, possibly Karting, etc. We both agreed riding the Bike is now History, its just too damn dangerous out there. He is concerned about an accident in the kart and not being able to go right back to the med. He really wanted me to wait a bit longer, maybe Sept, but then he just listened to what I had to say and said OK for Grattan.

      I’m gonna think about it a bit more, continue to go through the motions of prepping & loading, then make a decision by Sunday.

      Maxxis is sending me tires to test since no one makes a 5″ bead tire for our fronts any longer. AND I bought 4 – 6″ bead wheels to disassemble and make 1 useable set since no one will make us a wheel that will clear our calipers!!!

      I almost feel obligated to go!

      GOOD NEWS IS: I lost 17 lbs!!!!! High Protein, low Carbs. I have done no exercise, have not been back to the gym since the clot issue back in April. Walking a bit is OK, walking a bunch is as bad as sitting for more than 2 hours at a time. Its a balancing act. I can feel when I do too much of either, so I take breaks. The compression socks make me look like a dork! The Athletic stores carry some cool looking stuff so I’ll have to go shopping…. maybe some neon orange to match my shoe laces. Its a Fashion Show out there boys!!!

      More soon,

       

      RPM

    • #103004
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I’m a little excited about Grattan… and beyond, when possible!

      The Maxxis tires are not going to work. Gonna try some Hoosiers on these new wheels.

      Got my transponder fixed up today. Did the battery replacement awhile back but didn’t secure them properly and had trouble once the kart got rolling. Shes good to go now, Steve at Battery Giant set me up.

      Brother Rich is selling out. He has sold his kart to Tony Herpolshimer whom takes delivery at Grattan. Rich will do the engine break-in on Friday morning then hand it off to Tony and help him get acclimated to laying down. Its a great deal for Tony, he already has a CR Honda from his CIK kart that will act as a back up to the RS. He intends to race it this weekend!

      Looking very much forward to his expression after his first laps. Only thing better than a guys first laps in a laydown is his first impression of the straight line speed compared to his CIK.

      Tony is already asking about Daytona!!!

      Back soon,

      RPM

    • #103039
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Packin’ and Preparin’ for Grattan…..

      Look what I found!!!!

    • #103121
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      “All’s well that end’s well…..”

      Or that’s what they say!

      I come away from Grattan a bit confused and a bit relieved! The wheel work and tire test went well, very well. The cooling system mod also worked, so I went 2 for 2. The confusing bit was how I could so mildly stick the engine in practice, go for a high speed spin, find the damage almost non exesistant, all after I had run the engine hard at Gingerman last September! Oh I got it fixed and running right before the Green flag flew at race time, even found why it may have stuck to begin with…. but after just 12 or 15 minutes of running it may have lost the lower rod bearing. I wont know for sure until I get it apart but I have heard this noise 2 other times, the latest at MIS last August. Confused because I had at least another 5 hours of safe run time before reaching the rebuild window. Confused because all the data, just like the AM issue, looked safe or good.

      I ran that VP gas. It smells like a damn Meth lab!!! Multiple people questioned the smell, although, others were running it or the same brand/blend. Who knows!

      It was a great weekend though. Met a bunch of folks that look in here, at the YT channel, AND more guys that are interested in April testing that had no idea we did such things!!!

      Not giving up on MIS this Fall but I guess myself and 3 others are the only guys silly enough to think its a good opportunity. We’ll see but they are not busting the door down over here for sure.

      More to come, here is the race video from Saturday:

    • #103137
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Inspection results:

    • #103196
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      OK, So Why???

      This is the inevitable question….. and I have the answer.

      First the Question: Why did the LRB check out well before its scheduled maintenance window?

      Its a bit involved and goes back to the last time I ran it before buying the newer Homologation. You see, I stuck this engine at the April test in 2017…. I have posted the video here. It blew up when I ran it out of gas, it stuck so hard it cracked the cylinder at a mounting point which caused it to leak H2O externally from the water jacket. That cylinder had gone to the plater and back before finding that issue. This was the reasoning behind buying a newer engine…. the spare cylinder for this old engine was also in need of plating so the engine went on the bench. While playing with and testing the newer engine I sent out the spare and my A kit HRC cylinder for Rich to US Chrome for replating. I rebuilt this old spare with new clutch, reeds, plating and top end….. and there she sat until after MIS last year. Another mistake was using the air filter from the newer engine after that rod bearing was launched on this engine. I found debris embedded in the piston & head plus a broken reed after running it last Fall.

      Now, to current day, I stuck this old engine at Grattan on Saturday morning. This was due to a lazy change made at Gingerman last fall, adjusting the needle instead of the main….. I leaned the entire throttle position curve (0 – 100% throttle) by dropping the needle all the way down AND removing the washer that was under the clip. (2 full clip pos.+ washer = a full jet size)  If I had read my notes from Gingerman this would have jumped right out, I went through the carb but not the slide needle!

      So we have a second seizure, a second lock-up and spin, on the same rod bearing. Then to add insult to injury (literally!) I run it to 14.900+ RPM’s when its back together and THAT is the answer to the question of “Why”.

      A hard blow up, ingested shrapnel from a dirty air filter, a second blow up, and to top er off lets run the guts out of er!!!

      Mother always said “Hindsight is 20/20”

      I say, maybe not Mom’s…. cause I’d run it again if we were going tomorrow!

      I’m working on tomorrow right now…..

      Peace Y’all,

      RPM

    • #103244
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I just have to share this with Y’all….

      John West offered to help me with getting this old engine back up and running. In the process he inadvertently sent me out into the nether regions of internet shopping to find the cheapest price for a rod kit and he would match it.

      Guys, I found the honey pot. The poor guy of karting’s paradise!

      John has Pavesi rods kits, so I searched Pavesi parts to source out the cheapest deal I could find. It lead me here: http://www.pavesiengines.com

      When you get there simply click the blue rectangle in the middle of the screen….. then HOLD ON!

      It takes you here: MONDOKART Racing . com Its an Italian online store.

      Many different Manufactures of engines, OEM, Standard or HP parts, even Generic Engine Parts or “aftermarket” in straight English!

      If you have an ICC, KZ, even some air cooled stuff its worth looking at for your parts. If you visit the site check out the “retail store”, its like a Department Store! Huge!! You can look around at pic’s of the walk-in store front & shop. They have a machine shop and offer to “Tune” your pistons by machining to lighten them! Crazy!!

      My Vortex Factory replacement Rod Kit (bearing/pin/washers/rod) is $350 from OTK and only minimally less here. The Pavesi OEM or Std. parts are cheap too but the Aftermarket equivalent was mind blowing cheap. I ordered a rod kit, a Meteor Piston kit, top end bearing, Main bearings, 2 sets of seals and new carbon reeds, all delivered to my door, in just 2 days, for $277.03! Some of the items I looked at just out of curiosity showed 10’s of 1,000’s in-stock. They must purchase in mass quanity to sell these OEM or Std bits so cheap.

      I had an issue with their payment page not being “secure” so I went about payment with the help of my Brother, Jerry, via an unorthodox Paypal deal.

      Parts will arrive here Thursday, I’ll post up some video of the rod kit so Y’all can determine for yourself it is a good deal or not. I figure to test these parts in the old engine and if they pass, run them in the newer Homolo as well.

      Puffy in action, online shopping while my Che’ is fast asleep!!!!

    • #103287
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Parts are here!

      That rod is sweet! Super happy so far, lets get um in an engine and thrash them and see how they hold up!!!!

    • #103333
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      The Crank and Parts are off to be rebuilt, I now have a ton of work to do to the kart itself.

      The new radiator is big, but, according to the “rules” I have 110″ of overall length and 24″ straight back from the rear of the axle to fit it in. The plan is to keep it low, on a very slight angle, between the frame rails, just inside the rear bumper. More extending of the bumper was necesarry but as I said there is plenty of fudge factor to play with back there.

      I tried to link an Italian karting news site here but it wouldn’t let me do it. They actually want you to “subscribe” to read their articles but they give you just enough of a look to see whats up. The story was about the New Line karting folks and their new radiator set up for CIK shifters, obviously for Euro Sprint Racing. Guys, this rad sits absolutely flat! Horizontal, parallel to the track surface. The artice was about the development of this set up and the composite 2 stage “scoop” and deflector used to produce a water temp of 47C (116.6 F) on a Sunny 13C (55F) test day.

      I think you’ll start seeing these things soon, maybe by Daytona.

      Take a look:

      https://www.tkart.it/en/magazine/tech-focus/new-line-presents-horizontal-radiator/#1

      I have no intention of trying to bring in cooling air from under my full bodied, full floor trayed, laydown chassis to feed my rad ….. this practice did not work for us in the past! But I do intended to keep the full radiator under the standard enduro bodywork and duct the cool fresh air to it, AND use the flow of air exiting the  under side of the kart to help draw away the forced air coming in from above.

      With the added length comes added bodywork. I’ll make a new side panel and split it in half using each bit to extend the exsisting right and left sides. A center panel will be worked up too to complete the new extended rear.

      IF we make Gingerman and IF we leave there with a running kart I may try to work out a day to test Pocono before it gets too late in the season. That would be a nice way to finsh off the year.

      More to come, check the YT channel for whats going on….. I record everything!!!

      RPM

    • #103399
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Among other things I have been in heavy contact each morning with a Karting Suit manufacture, having my new suit made. I designed it myself, size and location of logos, cut/crop/trim, colors & tints….. the works. After well over 30 emails its finalized and being sewn.

      I should have it in time for Gman, although the kart will not match until April. (its a fashion show out there boys!)

      I’ll share all the particulars on how you can do the same when it gets here.

      I may need a new helmet now……. hee, hee, hee!!

      RPM

    • #103555
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Check out their website and design your own!

      https://www.sawan.com.pk/

    • #103592
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Attention!

      For those of you whom asked, here is your video…. spread it Liberally!

      Contact me if you are interested in either venue.

      More coming,

      RPM

    • #103663
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I have 5 guys for each venue as of now. Were 1/4th the way there!!!!

      Not getting too excited about it just yet, thats for sure.

      Got the engine rebuilt today so I’m looking forward to Gman in a couple weeks. Chuck has his little project done and will be bringing his Smoker out to the track. Smoked Brisket all weekend sounds good to me! I hear rumblings that the Rumsey Team Boys, Matt & Johnny, will be running a couple of Larry’s shifters in Unltd. That should make the helmet cam video interesting!!!! Again, I’m aproaching this as testing, otherwise its really like a RWYB without a class.

      Its all good, food fun & friends is what its all about. Gonna beat up on this new rod and see how it holds up.

      If we dont get the numbers for either test by October 1st I’ll have a plan in place to get to Pocono and do a config/surface test. There is talk of an event there in the future……

      More to come,

      RPM

    • #103809
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Loading up tomorrow, heading to Gingerman this weekend.

      Got a note in to Steve at Pocono, hope to hear back from him soon with a window of dates to run over there and figure things out.

      These Test Day dates are dead in the water right now, no new inquires.

      More coming,

      RPM

    • #103874
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Sunday afternoon before heading home from Gingerman I took a tour of the paddock, pen in hand, and gathered many email addy’s and stirred up interest in a Grattan test in October. Also, spreading the info of April testing to many whom still had no idea it had been going on for years.

      I’m cautiously optimistic about getting one of the available Sunday’s in October locked down. I need the testing, we broke a piston during break-in at Gman and didn’t learn a thing.

      The MIS gig isn’t dead yet, I’ll give it until Oct 1st as I intended. It certainly doesn’t look good though.

      Never fails, 3 years in a row now I call Pocono and then saw an engine in half before getting over there!!!! I REALLY need to get the laydown 4 banger together so we have at least 1 reliable kart in this garage!!!!!

    • #103903
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Getting 20 guys together for any kind of testing isn’t going to happen.

      Called Sam and made a plea for him to accept a much reduced amount for the lease. He declined!

      I then sent a note out to the list of guys I got a previous positive answer from, asking them if they would be interested in paying more per driver. Some have not responded yet but its only an additional $25, so I’m counting them as “in”.

      We are just 3-4 guys away from getting the Grattan gig financed. 15 is the minimum, I’ll pay the rest, but I won’t go more than that.

      Options:

      • #103927
        Todd Lorang
        Participant

        Hey Robert, I think your absolutely right about the hand-held hone.  Back in the day when we ran the Corsair T-72’s, we always used a hand-held hone whenever we stuck a motor.  We’d fit a new piston, and most of the time it would run just fine.  But every now and again we would stick that motor again and we couldn’t figure out why.  Then one time at Mid-Ohio I stuck it in practice and my dad was having all kinds of trouble with his twin, so he told me to take the cylinder over to Don at LAD and have him hone it for me with his Sunnen.  So I did, and as Don was measuring the cylinder the first thing he said to me was, “so you honed this last time with a hand-held right?” I asked him how he knew that, and he said the cylinder is cone shaped.  The bottom of the cylinder is larger than the top of the cylinder (or vice-versa, it’s been over 30 years so I can’t remember exactly).  Either way, he said that is common for hand-held hones.  So he cleaned it up, we stopped using the hand-held, Dad bought a Sunnen, and we never had that problem again (that is, we never had the cone issue again, but I still blew up a few motors lol).  Good luck at your next test.

    • #103928
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Todd,

      ANY story from the past is a GOOD story, regardless of the outcome!!!! The portable I used was a “mandrel” type hone like my Sunnen midget hone, it was just “well used”.

      I ordered a new piston kit & bearing, from Italy, it will be HERE Monday! Now, it was a whopping $67 with the shipping, so I took a chance and went with the cheap “uninsured” method for $6. Its going UPS, I just hope Jim Carrey isn’t the delivery guy!!!!

      US Chrome will receive the cylinder Monday as well. With the new elevated costs I chose to only send 1 and to wave the $100 “in a rush” fee to get it back right away. So, Pitt is out! Grattan is lurking, I really would like to see a few more guys signed up so I could rest easy. But if it doesn’t work out there is  “The Frozen Tundra of the Corvette Museum Speedway” in Nov.

      Will just have to wait and see how it shakes out.

      Fortunately, I now have a bunch of time to get some other things on the list done. Going to address the trailer roof this weekend!

      Later Y’all!

      RPM

    • #103949
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      The WAITING is the worst part of engine rebuilds….

      ….. what is a guy to do????

      Turn up the SOUND!!!!

    • #103971
      Steve Pasteiner
      Participant

      You definitely need to work on your Toe and Heal techniques Robert!

      Count Max and Steve Sr. in for your Grattan test.

      Steve Pasteiner

    • #104043
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Thanks Steve, I’ll put you guys down in Ink!

      We still need a couple more. I have a few I’m poking at yet so it looks good thus far.

      Yeah, my dancing days are far behind me now. I was watching it on the monitor while recording which makes it more difficult….. like cutting your hair in a mirror!

      The trailer roof project is a toughy…. hours and hours standing on a ladder is killing my feet. It will be worth it when its done though, will outlast the rest of it for sure!!!! In the Spring (or maybe yet this Fall?) I plan to paint the trailer the same color as my truck. The white panels are so hard to clean and the paint is actually getting thin from doing so over the years. It needed a refresh, I’ve done the frame once before but it may need another grind and paint soon too.

      The MIS gig is officially OFF. My contact at the Speedway sent a note yesterday wanting to know what was happening. It never took off so we shut it down.

      Much to do while waiting on the cylinder to return!

    • #104049
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      We are slowly making progress on the October track/test day. A few have sent their $$$ already and others have given me a date to watch the mailbox. I’ll ask the rest of you to pony up at this point as well. Check or M.O. is best, if you are super-tech I can also take PayPal but prefer the old fashioned methods.

      I know late October can have overnight lows in the 30’s with High temps only in the 50’s BUT, the sealer the boys put down in early July right before the CES race had TONS of grip and I do not expect that to change in October. On stone cold new “sticker” tires right out of the pits I had full grip. Curt told me as we circled the course that Thursday evening, pointing out the work they did and how they kept everyone off of it before the event, that a “Track Record”  could be achieved that weekend because of the aggressiveness of the sand/aggregate in the polymer. Guess what happened? Thats right…. track record!

      So, the cold will play a role on your coolant but not so much on your grip level. Its best to transport with Antifreeze if you need to run the engine before arrival, and flush in the AM before hitting the track. Or, bring it empty…. just be sure to empty the engine completely! Much easier to deal with on a CIK as compared to the enduro.

      I’ll want to run the rebuild before getting loaded up so Antifreeze will be the ticket for me. I also finished the roof prep and sealer on the trailer. Man did that turn out nice! A bit of foam insulation inside the roof panels now should make it toasty in there when its cold outside!

      I shot video of the process, check it out on YT.

      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU__d49WpYDlKa7VRiCL9Ww?view_as=subscriber

      More to come!

      RPM

    • #104154
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      John, I did a bunch of research before choosing a product.

      Rust was not the only factor, actually, the bonding & sealing effect and properties of the silicone was most important.

      After calling the tech line, this was suggested for all types of roofing,

      https://www.homedepot.com/p/Henry-0-90-Gal-887-Tropi-Cool-100-Silicone-White-Roof-Coating-HE887HS142/206029976

      and, was best suited for the flimsy thin metal roofing used on Utility trailers. It also claims to stop rust if properly dressed prior to application.

      We used the POR on the chassis about 10 years ago, its still holding up very well! If we do it again, I would not hesitate to go with POR. On the fender well rust, inner and outer, I’m gonna try this:  https://www.autozone.com/paint-and-body/truck-bed-coating/rust-oleum-truck-bed-coating-32oz/827170_0_0

      I used that stuff on the old truck rocker panels and it is super tough.

      24 hours after painting the “trim” it wrinkled up! The Wife says not to worry though, it looks like the hammer tone finish I used on the wheels!!! From 0-8 feet away it looks terrible…. further away you’d never know. I won’t bother to strip & recoat it until Spring.

      I’m adding some support to the AC unit cross member, then the roof insulation and paneling is going on. After Grattan in a few weeks I may remove the rear doors and reskin all or part of them before Winter arrives.

      I’m not investing in another trailer, this one is paid for so we have to keep it together.

    • #104170
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Tomorrow is October 1st, the time will fly right by.

      I asked 1 week ago to get the $$$ moving in this direction to secure the lease and help me sleep at night.

      Thanks:

      Chris West (sent check before we had a date!)

      John & Alan Brasher

      Tony H

      JW +2

      I appreciate the rest!

      I’ll sleep even better when all there is to do is watch the weather!

      We have a full list of drivers, even a couple to spare. If everyone stuff’s an envelope we can all watch the weather together!!!!

      Help dear Puffy fall asleep, and stay sleep. Send that check or MO today!

      Robert Lawson
      17731 Ivanhoe St.
      Roseville, MI. 48066

       

    • #104215
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Thanks:

      Steve Pasteiner Sr.
      Harry West
      Tony Catenaro

      I had a feeling something was wrong at US Chrome when they had my cylinder for 2 weeks and no call.

      Come to find out, they missed something. It was cracked! Had to go back to stripping, be welded, then recoated again. Its in the boring/honing stage now and should be on its way back here Tomorrow.

      More soon!

      RPM

    • #104224
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Thanks:
      John Debats

      My cylinder showed up today! Thats where the good news ends….

      Looks like getting Nikasil repaired, correctly that is, will now require using a Professional Porting Dresser as well as the plater themselves. Its obvious none of these Company’s (Lancourt, Millenium, US Chrome) have a clue what the hell they are doing. Or, they just dont care. US Chrome does provide a porosity free surface, unlike the other 2, but all of them SUCK at using a die grinder.

      I’ll run it, its a spare, but I wont let them touch another one.

      On top of that the spool of wire on my welder “unwound itself”! All knotted up I salvaged just enough to get the roof support tacked in place before running out. Of course the welding shop was closed, Sunday too, so I cant finish that gig till Monday.

      “Que Sera, Sera…..”

      Tomorrow is another day, with any luck, a better one than today!

      RPM

       

    • #104227
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Thanks to Tony C for the heads up! It WAS a better day!!!!!

      I took a ride over to Harbor Freight and got a spool of wire for the MIG and finished the roof support job this afternoon! A couple minor flare ups on the old blankets used as throws but I didn’t burn the trailer down and most importantly the roof coating was not affected.

      Found a NOS Vortex cylinder head for the ole RVS on ebay. $40 shipped to the house, I stole it! Will be waiting on it to show before assembling, should be here mid next week (15-16) so I have time to do more 5 minute jobs before Grattan. Have a couple things I want to set up to try on the back of the kart related to the radiator back there.

      Its the 6th, just 2 weeks to get this thing paid for. If you are watching the weather don’t bother, its gonna be beautiful… Puffy said so! Seriously, if we cancel I send it back. You have nothing to lose. Cold? It might be cold you say??? Girls, please, they are Racing 2 weeks later in KY. Um-K?

      I’m looking forward to getting some laps in, its been a long Summer of watching!

       

      RPM

    • #104232
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Not sure if I posted this here or on the old thread… still impressive.

      -6C is 21F guys…… 21!

      “They cleared the track this morning?”  Wow!

      No need to worry about melting snow running across the surface, it looked to be good and frozen still!!!!

      Chunks of Ice on the floor tray during warm-up??!!!!!!!

      Richard, the rookie, was on it! He ran well and never let the cold weather deter him!!!

      Lets go Boys! Get something in the mail today!!!

      RPM

    • #104251
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Here is more motivation….

      Personally I wouldn’t do this in my Enduro but I would pay my fee to watch you nuts do it!!!!

      The address has not changed…

      17731 Ivanhoe St.
      Roseville, MI 48066

    • #104271

      Any movement on this Robert?

      All I have to say, I have no problems running in the snow as long as I can get a few test laps in.  We have a new cooling system to try.  At least we should figure out if cold weather helps or not LOL!

      Looking forward to it.  I’ll keep an eye on this for updates.

      2008 GP 8 Honda 125 / TM K9B
      Building F125 Enduro

    • #104277
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      H,

      We are sneaking up on the minimum # of dudes. I won’t be able to relax until I have the lease covered, here, in cash!

      Got my brand new head today so I can work on the engine this weekend. The trailer insulation will be finished tomorrow, it really turned out nice. I’m happy. I too want to turn laps at speed to get data on cooling. Will have a couple quick things to throw on to compare back to back.

      Long range weather says 34 overnight and 53 for a daytime high. That’s about all we can expect, anything more is a bonus. We are still more than 2  weeks out so like Y’all I’ll be watching it.

    • #104316
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Thanks:
      James Ferguson (aka “Russell”/ “Rusty”)
      Jeff Peschang
      Randy Johnson

      We are sneaking ever so close to the minimum required to pull this off.

      With what I know is coming in, the few 90%’ers in waiting, and the solid base list of paid participants, we should be just fine.

      Should be done chasing by mid week, thank God. Lets pray for a good, above average day out there! It wont hurt my feelings if I don’t get to run the heat and test my newly insulated trailer till the Spring!!!!!

      More Coming…..

    • #104362
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Thanks to everyone that sent a check or stopped by with some $$$. We will easily make the minimum requirement to lease on the 27th.

      Now we need the weather to play its part and give us, at the very least, a dry day at Grattan. I have been watching some interesting video on YT about the jet streams, the coming Winter and how things are projected to look. Through the end of the month there is this pattern of Arctic cold pushing down then moving away… in cycles of 3-4 days. This results in first a cold trend, then a more normal or average trend, every 3-4 days.

      This is what we are looking at right now:   https://darksky.net/details/43.0738,-85.3717/2019-10-27/us12/en

      That’s about average!

      Keep yer eye on it guys, prayer won’t hurt either!!!

      RPM

    • #104370
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Spoke with Sam this AM. We are all set for Sunday the 27th.

      There is no lease activity on Monday the 28th so I’ll be staying over Sunday night too. Personally, I intend to start late, after lunch instead of right out the gate at 9am, and run to the buzzer at 5pm. I’ll take my time getting sorted and load up in the AM.

      1-5 pm will be the best part of the day amb temp wise. Needing just a couple runs after break-in it just makes no sense to run all day….. especially with my recent luck.

      Bringing a bucket and 50/50 anitfreeze just incase. With the elec H2O pump we can easily pump coolant out while flushing/filling with the other. I may bring it full of AF and flush on Sunday. Friday night looks like it could be close to freezing, not taking any chances.

      I’ll have something for lunch. Bring your favorite drinks.

      Will have the kart running today, work to do!!!!

      RPM

    • #104384
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Well, the 1 good thing going for us right now is there is no chance, or VERY little, of any R***.

      According to the forecast, looks like the early AM is getting colder though.

      I’ll have Tony C’s big Coffee pot going all day for those who want something hot to drink. I heard Greg Wright mention this and I have used this myself at the Indoor track when the ambient was in the teens… wear loose fitting mechanic or medical rubber gloves under your driving gloves. Believe it or not your hands will not get cold from the wind. Lunch should be pretty well attended!!!!

      Keep watching it Y’all….. I know other outlets may be providing a different forecast but this is specific for Grattan Twp, not Belding or Greenville or GR.

      https://darksky.net/details/43.0738,-85.3717/2019-10-27/us12/en

    • #104398
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      One step closer….

    • #104432
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Look at this:

      Corrigan Ave NE, Grattan Township, MI

      Sunday, Oct 27th, 2019
      Clear throughout the day.

      L 41˚7am

      H 61 4pm

        8:10am
      6:42pmRain 0 in

      Maybe if we keep praying it will be in the 80’s….. hee, hee!

      https://darksky.net/details/43.0738,-85.3717/2019-10-27/us12/en

       

       

       

    • #104565
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Looks like its going to Rain overnight, possibly into the morning, ending around 8am.

      You will get laps in your tow vehicle early, if you want them! There will be a good breeze all day, we should be able to get it dried up in short order.

      IF :
      There is too much standing water
      Endless  flowing water over track surface
      Forecast for rain all day

      I’ll cancel.

      Keep in mind, because of my personal relationship with the Management we are never required to post a non refundable deposit upon booking a date. So, we ARE responsible to pay EMT’s and Marshal’s show up time. It equates to about $50 each. Again, this applies only if we cancel AT THE TRACK. (the day of)

      Once we take to the track…. its ours for the day. No discounts.

      I plan to head out tomorrow (Sat 26th) about Noon et. I’ll post again if I have time before taking off. Otherwise, I’ll text you in advance if we are to cancel Saturday once arriving Trackside.

      Back in 24!

      RPM

    • #104584
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I gave it an eyeball this morning.

      Guys, I just can’t do it.

      Dealing with cold AM temps or average Fall daytime weather is one thing. Having to dry/clean up the track for hours after it rains all night long is not something I can ask Y’all to do.

      My concern is the standing, running, or seeping water.

      If it were simply a “shower” we would go for it. All the forecasts have the same bad news, Rain starting at 5pm Saturday (heavy at times) and stopping by 8am Sunday.

      So, I am calling Curt back to Cancel.

      Y’all are welcome to come over to Puffy’s and eat this food though!!!!

      More Soon!

      RPM

    • #104588
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I have some good news, and, for myself, some “feel good” news!

      Just off the phone with Curt we absolutely made the right call. We may have gotten 1/2 a day in as I expected but it would have required a good deal of physical labor. Brooming puddles and track drying was not what Y’all signed up for. So, I’m happy that I made the right call.

      The Good News is, T1 will get milled and repaved Wednesday & Thursday this week!

      I tried boys trust me I tried to get T3 worked on too. The 3 pronounced “bumps” in that corner just kill the lap time of a laydown (at least a fast one) as you just cant get back to the gas when: 1 – you cant see, and 2 – you have no directional control for lack of contact with the surface! I hope to convince the Guys to make an attempt at a manual repair anyway.

      We will be the first to drive on the new turn 1 in April!

      April!!! WTH??? Yeah, April… Chris West and Steve Pasteiner both have said to keep the $$$ and add us to a new list for April! So, we start by setting records already… never have we started working on April before the 1st of the year. And, we hope to set another record by hosting the largest Test & Tune ever by leasing the entire weekend. Financially we pulled this off already, but Old Man Winter was not finished with Grattan Township at that time and we were denied.

      I did a ton of leg work this past Summer at Grattan and Gingerman getting these Testing opportunities out into the ear of the karting public in person. By the surprise reaction of the many I spoke to, it should do well this coming Spring. A large number of CIK shifters are expected.

      There is much more to come this Winter.

      We are building karts and working toward April right now.

      RPM

    • #104714
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      A quick update.

      Just off the phone with Curt at Grattan, rain on Wed/Thurs this past week stopped them from getting the T1 work done.

      They are looking for a weather window conducive to milling & paving. Honestly, the chilly weather now will be better than the colder weather to come. If nothing can be done soon they will look to Spring, in his words: “It has to be done before we get goin’ (20′ schedule opens), maybe April, but it can’t go another year like it is.”

      Also: “We may have them do some surface grinding in places, I don’t know, we’ll see…”

      I’ll let you know whats going on out there as it happens.

      More soon,

      RPM

    • #105107
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Seems I’ve hit the rev limiter of life….

      I feel amazingly well for 4 days post op. Being down for 6 weeks is a massive bummer but a great trade for the level  of pain I endured this past week.

      Getting old Sucks. I may have looked old, tested as old, physically or mentally responded as old…. but I never felt old until this week.

      Well, they can’t keep me off the race monitor!!!

    • #105356
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Hey Y’all!

      Well, things are moving along slowly. I want desperately to get outside but have thought better of it. Staples come out Wednesday, maybe the Dr will clear me to drive and I can get back to the gym and start walking.

      Called Curt @ Grattan since we seem to have a 50 degree day in store for us here this week but he said the repair of T1 probably wont get done until Spring. I certainly hope we see some unseasonably warm weather for April and they get it fixed before our Test date. If not, more of the same temp patching and sealing will be done. He said the permanent repair/repave will surely be done before the race in July. Which brings me to the this…..

      In the News….

      Because I have a different view of the “new  found collaboration” of Karting Orgs and Clubs, sharing race events, many will not understand why I think this is a stinker for “us” the customer or end user. There is far more to this “coming together” than Multiple Orgs lending their name to an event and…. sharing the “love”. The only love that will be shared will come directly from your pocket, as Pit Passes and Entry fees will now jump considerably due to this brain storm of collectivism.

      Expect a PP including Thursday “drop off” to be $45 – $50, and your Friday-Sun fee’s to be $150. Why? Because you now have 2, 3 or 4 Orgs ALL bringing “members” (cough… working together) and will want (need) to get paid for their part in it. Also, each org will be represented at said events and they will need to be paid as well.

      PS: forget about the “weekend pass” or temp license. You will be required to join 1 (or more) of these multi orgs to be eligible for these events.

      Again, why? Extinction. Need an example, look no further than MKC.

      Is all this going to happen right out of the gate? Maybe not. But just remember I told you about it HERE, in Nov of 19′.

      This news will undoubtedly piss some people off, wouldn’t be surprised if I got “uninvited” to attend an event or 2. Listen up, I’m one of you…. never have I indicated doing track days or tests for the sole intent of making money so I could do it again. I love doing it! The challenge to raise the interest, to meet the lease, to motivate, to grandstand if you will, its good fun to me.

      It’s my way of giving back…..

      RPM

    • #105435
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      This injury has me scratching my head. I didn’t crash on a massive triple with a dirtbike, no high side off a sportbike or tumble off a roof! I lifted my kart and that set this in motion. I feel a bit cheated in that aspect! But, I AM a believer in everything happens for a reason.

      Can’t wait to share my X-Rays with Y’all! After removing the staples the Doc showed us the new “Hardware Dept” at RPM!!!!

      I was actually a bit sick at first, when its your body…. its different.

      Getting around well, feeling better and will start walking/treadmill this week. Hoping to get some old VHS back-in-the-day videos up soon, I have plenty of time!

      RPM

    • #105555
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Passing a milestone last night, no more dressing needed on the surgical site. That’s a relief, infection is always a concern. The last couple staple holes have healed and we are not seeing anything on the bandage.

      I’ve been to the gym, walking, but still good to be back over there. Made a few trips into the basement too, climbing steps is getting much easier. My left knee, from nerve damage, seems to want to give out if I’m not careful. Most of the nerve issues have subsided, and muscle spasms have been gone for 2 weeks. The nerve pain in the hip is really all that bothers me and only when standing but its getting better. Doc said it could be 6 months before we know if all the nerve issues will be rectified.

      I’ll be sneaking back outside to the garage here soon, over to Rich’s shop as well….. the snowblower engine needs to be reassembled before we get hit with a storm. As soon as I get the driving privileges back I’ll get things moving on the 4 stroke laydown kart. I really want that kart done and running for April. My Hot Rod could use some front end work but nothing that can’t wait until after April. The only event I would like to run is Nelson. Maybe we’ll break down and hit Pitt this Fall, have to wait & see.

      Working on some other things too, I’ll share details when they are more certian.

      RPM

    • #105703
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Back to driving now, went for a ride yesterday to a Dr app. Getting in & out of the truck requires patients, twisting or pivoting the slightest bit reminds me where I’m at in the recovery process. I can move about though, I actually did a bit too much Tuesday (and maybe today!) and can feel the result of it.

      Its going very well otherwise.

      Ive been reading some old posts here and I wanted to say I am STILL on board for the Modena engine deal. Phil at CPI (Modena Importer) wants to be sure our water temp issues are solved before submitting one of his engines to my thrashing. We have not proved out the current set-up yet so moving forward with it will have to wait. I do want to get out there and start working on both the chassis’ for the project karts. We can certainly build a bunch of the f-125 without an engine AND use what we have for mock up when we get there. Maybe testing that kart would be best with our own engine first time out anyway.

      DKC hasn’t posted a 20′ schedule yet but I hear the Nelson weekend is now late in July. That will work out nicely if our April gig goes off on time, should be able to get the f-125 track worthy by then and still get a shot at another venue or test before getting serious about Daytona. All of this, GOD willing!

      I have been working on something for a few months now. We have just submitted our paperwork for this new tentative venture. If it works out we’ll have some very interesting news, Soon! Big step for us.

      RPM

    • #105782
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Hmm, I just tried it again and still no luck.

      It seems it won’t take a video, but will take text!

       

      Maybe this way will work?

      • This reply was modified 5 months, 2 weeks ago by Robert Lawson.
    • #105784
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Bingo! Enjoy!!!!

    • #105829
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Our Test dates for 2020 are April 11-12.

      I believe the previous weekend (4-5) is also available. Lets hope the weather is mild enough to get that T1 work done by then at the latest. AND we get good weather a week later. To be honest, T3 is far worse IMHO.

      More coming.

      RPM

    • #105845
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I’m back on FB, only to promote these test/track days.

      This didn’t work last Spring, actually, getting on SM was like Kryptonite for me and it did nothing to attract more interest. As you know, for the first time since the 90’s no Spring testing took place because there was literally no takers.

      This will not be the case in the Spring of 2020, I’m hearing from altogether new guys so I’m very hopeful that pummeling folks on FB will ultimately help.

      We have had a few VERY mild days here in Motown so I already have the itch. Working off these added LB’s will be easily motivated by the anticipation of getting in the kart, in my new suit, in just 16 weeks!!!!!!!

      It will be here before you know it guys!

      RPM

    • #105855
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      A very Merry Christmas to Y’all!!!

      I have been watching old VHS tapes from all our trips to Daytona this afternoon. We had some good times, and good runs down there. You almost always seem to run by yourself before the race is finished. I know guys that say “that must be sooo boring!” but ya know, it really isn’t. Racing the clock is very challenging at Daytona because every move is amplified at terminal velocity. Of course you’d like to play IROC cars with a gang of dudes but that just doesn’t happen anymore, even in the low HP classes.

      Anyway, I’m all fired up for the Kart Week  action to get started. I certainly hope the Race Monitor will function and we can watch things unfold as they happen.

      Practice starts on Saturday the 28th, racing 29 & 30. I’ll be watching Johnny West’s progress as he takes a shot at lap & speed records in his West/Gibson DEA FE 250. Also interested in the F-125 times and finish too.

      Wishing all a safe and enjoyable Kart Week!!!!

      RPM

    • #105885
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Practice day was a wash. They may have gotten a group or 2 out but from what I understand no one got any practice today. It was called by 2-3pm.

      I’ve been down there watching it rain all day, it sucks. Long and very expensive trip to get rained on fer sure.

      The Race Monitor site doesn’t even have a listing for the Speedway proper (Dirt & Sprint, yes) so there is a good chance we won’t get real time info.

      We’ll have to wait and see tomorrow.

    • #105886
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      It looks bad for the folks down in Daytona. 70-80% chance of rain most of the day. Tomorrow doesn’t look much better if at all.

      Man, WE have been there! Forecast looks great, then you get right to it and the bottom falls out. I feel for them that traveled a great distance.

      Regardless, someone at WKA has some explaining to do. Not getting the RR series Set-Up on Race Monitor with the other 2, is just insulting.

      Out in the garage today, taking another shot at removing these bearing races from the crank. I’ll share that experience with y’all later!

      RPM

    • #105887
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Well, strange morning to say the least!

      Our livestream feed from Church went dead, refired then was all out of sync before stopping for good. This never happens!

      Then, the weather broke in Fla, still looks spotty at best, and they got a round of practice in. Now, the dang Race Monitor is up AND suddenly has a description for the RR series?????? Its irritating as hell that they wait and piss everyone off.

      I want to see if JW runs the laydown or not. He posted a pick of the Anderson this AM on FB so not sure what going on. He is not answering calls or text???

      Its 76F, 70%  chance of precip and 85% humidy. Tough to turn record breaking laps in these conditions.

      Aaaaaand as soon as I post this it started raining there! The first race (Cadet 206) ran their full 15 min and before the next race could start, it started raining. On hold down there!

       

    • #105889
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Success!!!

      Finally got those main bearing races off!!!

      PS: Ole Puffy must have been sniffin the High Test! Its been 6 years since my last trip to Daytona but we’ve done that ride plenty of times. Enough times to know that its about a 18 hour drive with a trailer on back!!!!

      Still no activity on track in Daytona since the Cadet race this AM. I did talk to JW, he did get a run on the Laydown and saw 154mph so he is hoping to get a dry race tomorrow and see what it will do.

      More coming…

      RPM

    • #105894
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Looks like the weather will cooperate in Daytona today.

      Watching the Monitor I’m surprised that guys are only registering a couple laps. Everyone posting a lap has a transponder. With the few attempts they’ll get and all the down time they had one would just think they would be prepared to crank out some laps.

      We’ll see what shakes.

      I’ll be back…..

      RPM

    • #105895
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      The 1st race had Stk. Honda in it. Its listed as race 2 on the schedule, and it was only a 15 min run. They actually started a bit early as the schedule also lists racing from 11-5 and that 1st race was already over at 11.

      Not sure what they are dealing with down there so we’ll just have to wait until its over for someone to clue us on why things are not to schedule.

      Cadet is up now, they too are a 15 minute race (normal)

      Be back in 15 or so…..

    • #105896
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Enduro group just finished a 25 minute race.

      There must be something they see on radar I’m not seeing. Thats the only reason to cut races short all day…. especially after having everyone sit in the rain for 2 days!

      A Sprint group is next, then the Unltd race. What I have been seeing for entries starting these races looks terrible. Where did everyone go????

      RPM

    • #105897
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      The Unltd race is finished.

      Like everything else down there the listings on the scoring was botched.

      1st and 3rd place, as of right now, were unrecognizable as the were listed as “Waiting for Data”. Denver Liabenow was 2nd.

      I’m guessing 1st and 3rd were JW and B. Wilhelm but I’m not sure of the order.

      NO new track lap record this week, Jim Russell’s time is safe for another year!

      I’ll be back with the who’s who from the Unltds.

      RPM

    • #105899
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      All racing over…. by 2:45!

      Last race group had the only Red Flag of the day. My eyes on the ground say it was at T3 and, it was “bad”.

      I just asked if WKA was going to open the track for practice since it never rained and they cut everyone short. I got a laugh, and the expected answer…. NO.

      Other behind the scenes story’s make this gig sound like a fiasco. I’m really starting to re consider this trip next year.

      Still waiting on JW’s call.

      More comin’

      RPM

    • #105906
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Got a text from JW, he did win the 8 lap Unltd race.

      Denver was 2.38 seconds back in 2nd, and Wilhelm was 3rd,  22.64 sec behind the lead. All 3 turned in their best time on the last lap. Denver Liabenow getting the fastest time at 1:54.611, less than a full 10th better than Johnny’s.

      He is going to buzz me later, I have to know why all class laps times were down this year. Of course the green track could have played a part, the warm humid air maybe, who knows.

      Daytona is over, so its back to reality. My rehab along with diet and exercise program get started very soon. I’m actually looking forward to getting out of here with a goal to chase!

      Happy New Year!!!!

      RPM

    • #105925
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Closed Private Kart Test & Tune

      Grattan Raceway April 11 – 12 2020

      Friday 4-10:

      6pm: Entry for Trailer drop off or Paddock/Garage entry and camping.

      10pm: Gate closes.

       

      Saturday 4-11:

      7am: Gate opens.
      Only Drivers and Crew Members will be admitted inside the Track unless prior arrangements for non participants/spectators have been made. ALL others will watch from outside the Circuit, Management may require signing a Waiver to be on the Track grounds.

      8am: Drivers Meeting.
      This is mandatory, do not arrive late to the Track. A required Track Prep List for each kart must be correctly filled out BY THE DRIVER of that kart before you can get on the track. It must be signed by an Official and a participant sticker will be issued. No sticker on kart, No kart on track.

      9am: Track is Green!
      We will run non stop until a kart is reported off Circuit by a Marshal. At that time a 15 minute clock will start, no one will have to sit for more than 15 min and upon going green if the first kart on track goes off we will always get at least 15 min of testing time before pick-up. Be aware, we may have 2 groups in the AM  for New or Young participants.

      12:30pm: Lunch break.

      5pm: On Track activity ends.

      6pm: Dinner for Drivers and Crew.

      11pm: Gate is Closed

       

      Sunday 4-12:

      7am: Gate opens

      8am: Drivers Meeting

      9am: Track is Green. 

      12:30pm: Lunch Break. 

      5pm: On Track activity ends. 

      FEES:

      Single Day Driver Fee: $225

      Weekend Driver Fee: $325

      **Single day entries will be limited, Saturday AND Sunday**

      **Entry is NON transferable and NON negotiable!**

      **Refunds will be sent if cancellation takes place PRIOR to the date of the event.**

      **You must Prepay. No entries will be accepted at the Track.
      Entry in-hand deadline is April 1st.

      Send check or Money Order payable to:

      Robert Lawson

      17731 Ivanhoe

      Roseville, MI. 48066

      *Please include Driver name, number of Crew attending, and kart class*

       

      *** NOTES:

      > We will not stop Green running for gate traffic, BE ON TIME!

      > PayPal payments welcome. (please use Friends & Family option)

      >NO pit passes Issued, All must sign the Track Waiver before entering.

      > Race Gas will NOT be available from the Track. BYOF

      > 2 day Participants are required to date & sign their Prep List each day.

      (this does NOT require a 2nd form, email of advance copy pending)

      > Dinner will be provided Saturday Evening for all Drivers and Crew.

      > Camping is Free.

      > Garages are Free and open to First come.

      > Participants may pit in the Upper OR Lower Paddock.

      > All times are tentative and subject to weather and track conditions.

       

      To inquire about late night arrival, format, scheduling, to pay by Paypal or other questions (Spectating, or bringing Children under 12)

      Send email here: f-125@hotmail.com

      April deadline is just 3 weeks away!

      More to come,

      RPM

       

    • #105962
      Tom Turner
      Participant

      I have been in karting a long time, I have raced short and long tracks, but I have not been to Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.  I am in the Yamaha Heavy with pipe Class and this will be a so called “Bucket Event” for me as I am not as young as I used to be ;)  So, as to not get blown out on the first lap, I am asking what gear ratio might get me in the ball park. ??  Thanks for any response.  Tom

    • #105963
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Tom, I sent you a PM.

      Boys, (and girls!)

      Its just been 2 days since posting the info for April and we have more interest than all last winter. I’m cautiously optimistic, but, if this thing blows up, I will put a cap on participation.

      The idea of a test day being Closed & Private is the fact that there is lots of open, uncongested track to work on.

      Depending on the mix of 1 day / 2 day entry’s we could be as low as 25, or as high as 40 drivers to pull off a weekend lease. We won’t go over 40, that’s the limit.

      Insurance meeting on Monday, should know more about how that plays in afterwards.

      Were just getting started!

      RPM

    • #105964
      Tom Turner
      Participant

      Thanks Robert Lawson !

      Info appreciated, For sure!

    • #105965
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Your Welcome Tom, that ballpark figure came from Steve Pasteiner a long time Yamaha pipe class guy.

      I see you are from MN, long haul to Grattan Twp. MI but it will be worth the trip. You could come, make a weekend of it, even if you just run on Saturday. Sunday could be used to get back home. You’ll get as many laps as you can handle in 7 hrs!

      Think about it, its 2 full months before Mid-Ohio.

    • #106008
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Well, 1 down and 1 to go!

      That “meeting of the minds” went about as I expected. The next is really a formality, maybe a tiny bit cheaper but much the same.

      Dealing with Insurance Co’s is like sitting with a Lawyer. You get the feeling they do not have YOUR best interest in mind.

      I’ll keep you updated.

      RPM

    • #106060
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      *** The info above has been updated! (1-9-20)

      Yeah, this Ins. thing never goes well.

      So I think were just gonna go with the Track waiver!

      We’ve done it this way for 25 years or more with no issue. Our safety record is unblemished.

      Looking over my lists and notes from 17′ when we pulled off the financing for a 2 fer, most participants were full weekend entries. If that is the case here we will be ok. I do not want Saturday overloaded with single day guys to be able to pay for Sunday. Again, Big Daddy will accept a couple bucks free & clear of the lease… but it is NOT my goal. And most certainly NOT if the safety of all involved is compromised.

      So, I’ll cap it off.

      There is a magic number of mixed Sat/Sun participation to still have the relaxed atmosphere we have all come to enjoy.  I’ll let you know as I start collecting fees how many of each are available.

      Business is about to pick up boys!

      RPM

    • #106203
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I’ve been aware that Easter is April 12th for some time now…..

      It was only a matter of time until someone else raised an eyebrow. Its too early to start changing up the date until we know how it will effect things.

      The  4th & 5th of April were also available, as usual, so it isn’t off the table yet. I’ll have to call Sam to be sure its still open, AND get feed back from Y’all before making any changes.

      Most of Y’all that know me know that I bring a Bible with me everywhere, especially the track. When I can’t be at a Church Service because I’m racing I just do it in my trailer!!! I know a few of you have overheard me in there making a video on a Sunday morning. Its all good. Last June my Bro Kenny and I hit a local Church for Sunday Worship Service on our way to the track in Mansfield. We were not racing so arriving late wasn’t an issue. To be honest I wish there WAS a group doing some sort of Church meeting at the track early in the AM on Sunday’s. Just in the last 2 seasons have I been pleasantly surprised to find others at the track that believe as I do. I thought I was on an Island!!!

      Anyway, April 12th being Easter is not an issue for me personally. If feedback tells us it will become a deal breaker then we’ll see about changing it.

      Send an email guys if this is something you just cant do.

      Thanks!

      RPM

    • #106240
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      GREEN FLAG!!!

      I wasn’t going to start the sales pitch, the fundraising and grandstanding, for a couple more weeks but I got a check today!

      Adding to the October holdovers Chris West and Steve Pasteiner, John and Alan Brasher are first to send their entry for the April test weekend.

      The gates have been opened, it’s on guys.

      I will wear this fact out over the next 10 weeks but as soon as we clear the lease, its done. No more.

      Don’t take the chance of being left out, do like John & Al, write the check & drop it in the box.

      I’ll warn the Postman!!!

      More to come…..

      RPM

    • #106253
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Jerry Revely is our first Pay Pal entrant!

      Thanks Pop’s R and Jr. for being a staple in these Test & Tune Track Days!

      Welcome back Eric Chappell!!! (PayPal #2!!)

      I’m in the garage today, working on the Animal Project chassis. Next week we’ll make our first parts purchase for this rig and really start making ground for an April debut.

      Yes, we finally got Winter here in Metro Detroit… it snowed. But 10 weeks will fly bye and I still have a feeling we will see fantastic weather for April in Western MI!

      Back soon!

       

      RPM

    • #106362
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Another week gone!

      Between the gym and the garage I’m feeling pretty good. Sometimes I think its going to be a stretch getting in the kart by April. This is going to be a longer recovery time than a broken bone. Much more “growth” has to take place for the vertebra spacer to be stable. I keep plugging away though!

      By this time next week I should have 4 corners on the Animal Project kart. From there the ride height can be tuned in and its a-welding-we-will-go! Things will really start happening quicker at that point.

      Got my Primary engine completely rebuilt and sitting right here in the house with me! After testing I’ll get started building the kart for that engine and with any luck should be able to shake it down at Nelson, Gingerman, or Pitt. Worse case, we try to do a Grattan test in October again. This kart is my Daytona project and just needs a shake down before Dec. The plan was to run it with a rented Modena at Daytona so we’ll see if that works out.

      Super busy! All kinds of things going on here but I still can’t explain yet.

      Get off your wallets boys and send Big Daddy some $$$$$!!!!! I would really like to put this thing to rest EARLY!

      See you soon!

      RPM

    • #106427
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Things are slowly picking up.

      We got another Paypal entry and spoke to some folks on the phone who are sending their entries in as well. LOTS of looks here on EKN too! Thanks to Y’all that have posted links on SM to get as many looking at this as possible!

      Like last time we are getting more full weekend participation than single day guys… lets hope that continues!

      I’m tearing it up in the garage building that “T” car. The 4 corners are mocked up, we’ll make a decision on what to do with the front width next time out. Then a ride height check/adjustment will lead to welding all of that in place very soon! Already have a couple guys asking about rides in it!

      9 Weeks to go….

      RPM

    • #106491
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Its Official!!!!!!

      Punxsutawney Phil has declared: “Spring will be early, it’s a certainty.”

      What else do you need folks? Send that check or money order now, or hit us up on Paypal at f-125@hotmail.com

      Packin’ up the long johns, I’m getting my shorts out early!

    • #106537
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      8 Weeks to the entry deadline!!!

      We are already 1 week into Feb, its flyin’ right by!!!!!

    • #106670
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      T minus 7 Weeks and counting……

      Things have slowed right down here at the mail box. The Paypal has been inspiring though! I set up a Paypal only account at a different bank than my Personal stuff and just trying to get comfortable with their online format.

      Nothing new just yet, its the calm before the Storm!

      BBS!

      RPM

    • #106717
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Happy Valentines Day to all the Karts out there!!!!!

      I know you have been ignored since October but your special guy is gonna do something for you that will have you turning laps in no time!!!

      Thats right, he will make a commitment to you to spend the WHOLE WEEKEND alone on the track in Grattan TWP in just a few more weeks! If yer patient, you might just get new Rings AND Shoes!!!!!!

      We LOVE our ladies, do we not????

      Enjoy the weekend fellas but remember…. if you take care of Her, she’ll take care of You!!!!!

      RPM

    • #106774
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      6 Weeks and counting….

      We still have a week or so of Feb so I won’t freak just yet. The mailbox and Paypal have all but stopped dead, but come the 1st of March I am going to push very hard.

      There is much more that goes into to this than typing and phone calls. I too would like to test and participate, along with the planning & logistics of things running smoothly and getting everyone fed.

      I have a huge list of peeps that said “I’m in” but that number is not realistic, it never is. We’ll see, its still early but the time is flying by!!!!!

      RPM

    • #106806
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I know my buddy Tony C. looks in here so I thought I’d share about a road trip him and I will be taking before the Test in April.

      Will be visiting Johnny West in Illinois next month, he invited us out to do some Dyno tuning and testing. Super excited about trying some things in direct comparison to what we already run. Going to feed the ole Girl some different flavored fuel/oil “Cocktails” too and see what it produces.

      I hope to share what I have been working on in the background here since August very soon! Don’t want to jinx it until its set in stone!

      More to Come!!!!

       

      RPM

    • #106862
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      5 Weeks to entry deadline!

      We are getting a great many “views” but no action at the mailbox or email.

      It was 50 degrees here Sunday, far nicer than our planned October date!

      Snowing out there right now, of course! End of Feb weather is unpredictable anyway, but, I feel a beautiful weekend awaits us in April!

      Be back Sunday!!

      RPM

    • #106886
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Its March 1st, that means just 31 days remain for go-no go.

      To be honest I think we’ll easily get a single day in but that just seems like a consolation prize.

      We are a 1/4 of the way to a full weekend, of those paid at this time 3/4’s are full weekend entries.

      The time is literally flying by, its time to drop that check in the mail!!!!

      More soon,

      RPM

    • #106913
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Getting some calls and texts, I guess Y’all are having a few nice days as well!

      I call it our “Kentucky Winter” here in Detroit! I can surely get use to this!!!

      Just off the Phone with Curt on the Grounds at Grattan. No snow out there,  and, the ground never frost/froze just like here either.

      I shared with him my go-to Weather Source, you can literally focus the location very closely to where you are. For Grattan I got Corrigan Ave. NE which is less than a mile from the track itself.

      Type darksky.net into your search bar and go to their site. Set your default location and add a few for reference this Summer (Mid-Ohio, Nelson, Etc)

      It is incredibly accurate. It said rain in 12 minutes and I’ll be… it started raining 12 minutes later! Much to look at there but the extended forecasts are accurate too. Grattan is going to see Sunny and 52 THIS Saturday, and Mostly Cloudy and 58 on Sunday! NO RAIN!

      Take a look and test it out yourself!

      RPM

       

    • #106956
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      27 days to go boys….. maybe a 60 degree day this weekend will change things.

      Talking to guys is one thing, paying this lease is another. Yeah, my confidence is down!

      I’m starting to feel a bit foolish predicting “I think we’ll easily get a single day in….”

      …. because right now we are not doing any better than the dismal performance of last Spring.

    • #106983
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      We now have just over 3 weeks to go-for-launch. 24 days.

      I appreciate the calls and text/email, the nice weather doesn’t hurt for sure.

      Thank You to Joe & Jacob Wallace, they have ponied up for the weekend.

      Started scratching off the names of the marginal from this penciled list here. We’ll see, the only investment made thus far that is non refundable, is time.

      I’ll be back!

      RPM

       

    • #107033
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Just posted the “21 day warning” at the enduro group page on FB.

      I started with a clean sheet and relisted the names on the penciled-in list I had here. Scratched off 7, have 28 remaining, and can probably scratch another 8 or 9 to be honest.

      I’m still healing here from the spine surgery. Its taking much longer than I expected. In some pain, at times, because I was stupid and over rotated trying to force this process, injuring the healing of the vertibre. Visited the Surgeon last Friday, he looked at new films and said nothing has been dislodged or moved so I should stop the PT portion of my gym time and just continue work on the weight loss for awhile. The treadmill work actually feels good on the back. So, why all the history? I may not be able to drive in April, heck, I may not be ready to drive until later this Summer. So I’m not going to get out of joint about Grattan, if it happens then cool. If not, I’m already more focused on hitting the dyno now so it won’t be as great a loss to me in the condition I’m in.

      On the BRIGHT SIDE….. my work of many months is nearing the end of its long and weary path! I have been chasing an opportunity, fighting a language barrier, overcoming a misunderstanding of a foreign system of operation, and generally getting PO’d by the unwillingness of this International Corp. to bend its rules and work with me on making this endeavor possible…… the First in the USA.

      In just 1 more week, GOD willing, I’ll be able to share it with you!!!!  ;)

      I’ll be back…..

    • #107083
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I have to laugh….

      Foolishness will probably be the end to our Test AND anything else you enjoy in life.

      Could a Flu epidemic close down our entire country?

      Our Dem Gov here in MI just closed all schools for a month….. what the hell will they do after that? When the 1st Trucking Co. decides to shut down the rest will follow out of fear of ridicule and the inherent “labeling” that will go with it. Then it could get real ugly. TP will be the least of our problems.

      I can solve this right here, right now.

      “We will be canceling ALL Campaign Rally’s, Conventions, and closing ALL voting polls and allowing Donald J Trump to serve a second term. The National vote will be re instituted after this terrible Global Pandemic has been Completely Contained.”

      THAT will end it.

      Otherwise, we’ll lose our entire summer until he gets re elected in Nov…. THEN it will surely disappear, like a fart in the wind.

      Waiting to hear that WKA has cancelled Charlottle, ya know, because there won’t be any TP at the track!!!!

      RPM

    • #107089
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Spoke to Sam at Grattan on Saturday.

      We are all clear to run the test.

      MI Gov has set a peeps gathering limit at 250 max, we will not be anywhere near that. He also assured me they have sufficient TP!

      I’m dropping the Lunch/Dinner deal and will suggest we all bring our own eats, it just makes sense in this environment. Sorry guys.

      We have 17 days to go, the entries are trickling in but the full weekend lease has not been met.

      I’ll keep you updated on whats going on.

      Back Soon,

       

      RPM

    • #107148
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Just to update Y’all,

      I spoke to Curt Fassen at Grattan Tuesday. He said the T1 Repair is scheduled for April 1-2, Milling on the 1st and repaving on the 2nd.

      I myself AND the Management of the Track have been confident we would not be affected by the panic and mayhem of this Wuhan Flu deal, but we will have to wait and see. The Gov of MI is an idiot, she will have us locked down like CA if she has her way.

      I’ll bring info when its available, as of right now we do not have enough participants to do Sunday.

      RPM

    • #107149
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      We still roll on with the idea we will get to use the track in a couple weeks.

      Just 2.5 weeks to the Lease date and 1.5 to get an entry here. We can assume that Sunday is not going to happen. Saturday is just about paid for and those that responded positively to my calls or email in the past week will put us in the Green.

      If you are one of those who remain to send something, just do it. Keep our USPS folks working!

      I spoke with Jerry Revely in Ill. His State has requested their folks “Stay at Home”. It is NOT a Law, its a request. They can go out, the roads are not blocked, Highways are not shut down. I’m hearing that Our Quack Gov will call for the same on Monday so we’ll wait and see. As I told Jerry, if we have met the Lease, the Track is up for it, and the roads are not forcibly blocked…. I’M THERE!!!

      I have already stuffed individual envelopes with $$$ for all whom sent full weekend funds. Your refund of the difference will be waiting for you at the track unless something changes.

      RPM

    • #107154
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      MI. has joined a few other States now in suggesting we “stay at home” for an extended period of time. This is not a Law, it isn’t even a requirement as I understand it. People in these places are still able to drive and move about, most of the social infrastructure is being throttled back or closed.

      I just posted this at FB:

      Here is a bit of LIGHT in the darkness, and maybe answer to Prayer:

      Just spoke to Sam at Grattan, the Audi Club backed out and rescheduled for October which means…..

      We now have the choice to push/move to the open date of April 25-26!

      Even though we hear MI. has adopted this suggested “Stay at Home” plan and gatherings under 10 peeps, The Management and I do not see how that applies to us at a race track for a closed private test of very limited numbers. If there is clear cut penalty then OK, but if it remains a suggestion and not a requirement I also don’t see why we should not do it.

      The Guys at the Track are looking into it and will notify me if anything changes.

      I’m still building a kart here!

      RPM

      Please, if you have my cell# shoot me a text, or email to let me know if that Late April date is good/bad for you.

      f-125@hotmail.com

      Updates as I get them.

       

    • #107160
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      CORRECTION ABOVE!!!!

      I had the wrong month pulled up!

      Sam said the last weekend in April….. thats the 25-26th

      I have corrected FB as well…..

    • #107161
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Its official, we HAVE MOVED THE DATE to April 25-26.

      2 weeks probably will not make any difference but I have to try.

      The entry has been extended as well, April 15th is the new cut off.

      Anyone thinking they may not be offered a large gathering, like a race event, soon after travel restriction is removed…. could very well be correct.

      Jump on this opportunity for a small group outing, what do you have to lose?? The gig gets canceled I send it back….. no risk Y’all, no risk.

      More as it comes in….

      RPM

    • #107199
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      The Wife has been set up here at home to work for a couple weeks. She has had multiple conference calls but the AM call today was interesting.

      The Big Boss said FORD is shooting for 4-14 to open factories, and, that the MI State order was until the 16th…..

      TRUMP has been saying he would like to see us back to work by Easter.

      We may have gotten a gift Y’all by having that date open up!

      I’m STILL building that kart over here!!!! :)

      Update 3-27: MI order is set to end 4-14.

    • #107245
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Guess you can’t attach a link to a State Gov site without EKN going haywire!

      A new post, then edited and added a link, then a second new post….with that same link, all done today within an hour or so, all of which I can not see!

      This is ridiculous, I give up.

    • #107252
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Guys,

      I have spent most of the day chasing this “loop hole” in the stay at home orders issued by Ill., OH., IN., and MI. I’m sure WI. is the same as they all seem to be using an Outline and adding their specific State’s name to it. The text is practically identical.

      The MI order, being #2020-21 states this:

      “Section 7: Exemptions

      a. Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary:

      1. To engage in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least six feet from other people from outside the individuals household.”

      There are 11 different explanations of exceptions to the “stay at home” Orders. This is the first, and all we need.

      As I said, the other States say the same thing. I called the Indiana State covid call center and asked if I were to travel from Ill. to MI. (or vise/versa) for an outdoor activity fitting the description as Essential in all 3 State’s Executive Orders to shelter in place (IN. order #20-08, MI. #2020-21, ILL. E.O. #8) “would I be stopped or otherwise not allowed to pass through their State to do so? ”

      The answer was: No, I don’t think so.

      I’m just laying the ground work here Boys, the MI Gov will extend this order just as Ill and Oh just have. But, according to their own Orders, we would be within the protocol of these Orders keeping the required distance between us at an outdoor activity.

      Obviously, the final call is Sam’s. Speaking with him today he agrees we should be OK, and, still plans to have us out the last weekend in April. If we must exercise this interpretation of these Orders I would suggest everyone print copies of their State’s Order and the MI Order to present to a State Police rep in case of being stopped. I will also ask for your GO-NO GO before forcing you to come or lose your investment as I did when changing the date.

      Thanks for hanging together thus far, I am actually STILL getting interest here and there.

      More to come!

      RPM

    • #107272
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Lets see, will EKN allow me to post today…..

    • #107274
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Yes…. and NO!

      I just tried to post YET AGAIN the address’s to each State Order to “shelter in place” and the post will not go through! I even removed the “hyperlink” to standard text for copy/paste….. still no go.

      Now, I find it hard to believe that EKN is CENSORING posts.

      Guys, do a search on the particular State and the corresponding Order number as listed above. For Ohio, search “DirectorsOrderStayAtHome” .

      John, what the heck is going on???? The “old” EKN was user friendly, all the BS put in place to keep bots out has destroyed this place. No wonder they all left!

    • #107278
      John Ferreira
      Participant

      Not sure if you were referring to this ‘John’, but. A few things to try.

      1. I noticed that EKN does NOT “remember me” when I log in, either entering from a browser (Chrome, Edge or Explore) or from the daily email notification. You can read/browse without being logged in, but you can’t post or reply.
      2.  Try clearing Cache on the browser you are using. Open EKN. By clearing cache, you should be logged out. If not log out and then log back in.
      3. Try using another browser.

      (lets see if my ‘Reply’ gets through.

    • #107281
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I don’t have too many problems remaining logged-in between visits, actually I only have to log-in every few weeks.

      As you can see I was able to post, just not a link or the addresses after removing the “link” using that option in the bar above.

      I’m on Avast but had been using Firefox after dumping Explorer. I tried to post on both of those providers too, no help.

      I’ll try to log out/log back in and see if that helps.

    • #107283
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Nope…. no help!

      That was a straight copy/paste from a draft in my email. No “link’ to it.

    • #107284
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      So, I’m reposting the info from above.

      To get a printed copy search on the State & Order number and you should find them. Again, Ohio didn’t designate a number to theirs as the Health Dept Director issued the Order. Search: DirectorsOrderStayAtHome for the Ohio version.

      Guys,

      I have spent most of the day chasing this “loop hole” in the stay at home orders issued by Ill., OH., IN., and MI. I’m sure WI. is the same as they all seem to be using an Outline and adding their specific State’s name to it. The text is practically identical.

      The MI order, being #2020-21 states this:

      “Section 7: Exemptions

      a. Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary:

      1. To engage in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least six feet from other people from outside the individuals household.”

      There are 11 different explanations of exceptions to the “stay at home” Orders. This is the first, and all we need.

      As I said, the other States say the same thing. I called the Indiana State covid call center and asked if I were to travel from Ill. to MI. (or vise/versa) for an outdoor activity fitting the description as Essential in all 3 State’s Executive Orders to shelter in place (IN. order #20-08, MI. #2020-21, ILL. E.O. #8) “would I be stopped or otherwise not allowed to pass through their State to do so? ”

      The answer was: No, I don’t think so.

      I’m just laying the ground work here Boys, the MI Gov will extend this order just as Ill and Oh just have. But, according to their own Orders, we would be within the protocol of these Orders keeping the required distance between us at an outdoor activity.

      Obviously, the final call is Sam’s. Speaking with him today he agrees we should be OK, and, still plans to have us out the last weekend in April. If we must exercise this interpretation of these Orders I would suggest everyone print copies of their State’s Order and the MI Order to present to a State Police rep in case of being stopped. I will also ask for your GO-NO GO before forcing you to come or lose your investment as I did when changing the date.

      Thanks for hanging together thus far, I am actually STILL getting interest here and there.

      An extension of the existing State Orders doesn’t change the Exemption Section for Essential Activity. Only a complete shutdown will close this option for us. I have to collect from a couple guys local here, then I think we should just close it up. 1 day is better than none.

      I’ll be back!

    • #107285
      John Ferreira
      Participant

      above corrected by Robert …

    • #107311
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Thanks for the help John!

      Well, we are just in a holding pattern now.

      Over the next 2 weeks the story will become clear.

      Its all good, I have 2 more karts to build…. time is a commodity!

      Hope All are Healthy!!!!

      RPM

    • #107372
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Guys, please watch the update here and let me know what you prefer to do from the options I mentioned. I’m also open to your ideas as well, maybe a Big A$$ parking lot will suffice!!!!

      Email here: f-125@hotmail.com

      Thanks Boys! And Happy Easter!!!!

    • #107430
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Thanks Guys for being decisive and prompt in returning an opinion on the options mentioned above.

      ALL are either open to a weekday OR prefer a weekday at Grattan. Of those, a major majority would rather get refunded than go to MIS on a weekend day.

      I was very surprised by the outcome, surely no one would want to do a weekday anywhere I thought. Boy was I wrong. Thanks for saving me the work of chasing MIS for dates then chasing all of you to coordinate a date that would work for enough of you to pull it off.

      A list of weekdays for the month of May is coming, hopefully today. Once we know what kind of weekday “cycle” of booking is happening we can further weed out particular days that are go-no go.

      Boys, I don’t mind doing the work if Y’all are going to stay with it.

      More coming, hang in there!!!!

      RPM

    • #107436
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Sam sent what he has OPEN for May and June.

      May 1-11-12-14-19-20-22-26-27-29

      June 1-2-3-9-11-23-25-26

      Considering the Gateway date, May 8-10, and the work schedule of a couple others that do not have “regular” M-F jobs, we can narrow this down to a few dates right now.

      What we are left with looks like this:

      MAY: 14 Thur, 19 Tues , 20 Wed, 26 Tues or 27 Wed.  

      Going into June, I think most all will be looking at Mid-Ohio 19-21

      That leaves:

      JUNE: 1,2,3 Mon-Wed, 9 Tues, or 11 Thur


      Let me know what you think.

      RPM

    • #107453
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I’m getting some feedback and some insight, actually.

      We can probably forget about those first 4 dates in May (1-11-12-14).

      If MI. doesn’t extend the order again when it expires May 1st its pretty safe to say they won’t just go “Hog Wild” and throw open the flood gates of freedom to every business’ door.

      Also, June 23-25-26 is the week following Mid-Ohio and that makes no sense either.

      So, IMHO, it looks like Mid – May as an earliest opportunity and 1 of the 5 June dates listed as the latest of prime time weekday dates.

      I’ll share my vote for best date, June 1st.

      Its a Monday so it extends the weekend, allows us to get out there in the afternoon Sunday, and wait to be let in after that lessee is off the clock (5-6pm) to set up.

      Worst case the following 2 days are open (currently) and can be used to adjust for weather in advance???!!!

      And…. its perfectly placed to tune for Mid-Ohio.

      I’m totally open to whatever Y’all want to do! Local Mall, private road, new contruction subdivision!!! I’m flexible, many of Y’all seem to be as well!

      RPM

    • #107510
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I’ll try this again. No “link” and yet it didn’t post my note.

      The “old” EKN never did this!

      So, by unanimous vote, we have moved to June 1st.

      Will find out what/who is leasing May 30-31 so we know how to approach getting in the Paddock Sunday PM.

      A couple Positives:

      1. They should have Race Gas then!
      2. T1 repair should be done too!!
      3. Better Camping Weather!!!
      4. Much Better KARTING WEATHER!!!!

      My guess, from overhearing Cher’s conference calls, this return to normal in MI. will roll out slowly. By demographics based on age/health history & area by number of cases. We’ll see, NY extended to 5-15 but they had big #’s of cases.

      Not sold on all this just yet but all we can do is set it up and hope we get to play a bit ASAP!

      Take Care Y’all, more to come yet……..

      RPM

    • #107519
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Another Update:

      Guys, the May 30-31 booking was a “Track Sponsored” event and has been Cancelled as of 10 AM today.

      That weekend is now Open. Yes, I did ask for 1st refusal. With the additional time we can still take weekend entries and try for 2 days.

      ALL of this hinges on the MI. Gov. In the case she does not extend further AND Golfing (code word for Racing) is returned to the Public, the Track will then be opened and we can proceed.

      SO: Golf Courses Open = Track can also Open.

      We have exactly 2 weeks until May 1.

      RPM

    • #107580
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Well boys, we didn’t have to wait until the end of the month after all.

      Yes, the MI Gov extended the order through May 15, BUT, the Golf Courses can (AND ALREADY ARE!) open with no carts. The 6′ “no mans land” radius still applies, we’ll see how it gets adjusted (yes, it CAN go back) as the next couple weeks pass.

      I had a feeling that rescheduling from early April (that no one wants) to later into Summer (Normally Booked up) would bring some kind of difficulty once things were opened up. We pay much less in April and Oct. than even Summer weekday bookings, so what happened doesn’t surprise me.

      May 30-31 was given to a car group. It sucks, I know, but they are paying double what we would have.

      Sooooooo….

      June 1 it is boys. I’m done, no more playing around. STILL a great opportunity for awesome weather. Just happy to have a goal to shoot for now!

      Details will come, I still plan to drive out Sunday and get in whenever we can. Hang in there boys, it’ll get better!!!

      RPM

    • #107582
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I’m a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason”.

      The 2 dates we had been scheduled to test have not been ideal. Easter weekend was OK, Saturday was clear and cold at 9am (37) topping out at 57 and cloudy by 4pm. Today was our 1st attempt at a reboot and it was mostly cloudy all day, about 40 at 9am topping out at 56 by 3pm. Both days completely dry.

      The outlook on DarkSky.net for June 1st is: Partly cloudy all day, 9am at 58 closing out the day at 70 by 5pm and topping out at 71 between 3-4pm. Currently at a 20% chance of precip.

      A great trade in my mind!!!!

      Yeah, we have an entire month yet, but I’m a glass 1/2 full type of guy so I want to share my optimism. We will be the 20 most prepared guys at Mid-Ohio a few weeks later!

      RPM!!!

    • #107604
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I’ve been getting lots of calls, texts, email from new interest.

      We did actually need a couple additional guys after losing a couple so that was good. But I have shut it down now, we can’t go all-in because of the 6′ radius thing.

      I have a short list of guys that waited too long or never sent a check that would be considered if the reins get loosened up a bit more and can be added.

      Last thing any of us need is to be turned away or worse, get selected to go home, because there are too many for the Track’s comfort. We will have to wait and see what the State will do.

      With that said, at this time, plan on bringing no more than 1 guy to help you per driver. And, unless the regulations change there will be NO SPECTATORS allowed inside the Paddock of  the Track.

      More as it Comes in Boys……

      RPM

    • #107644
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Things are looking better all the time!

      Seems our lovely Governor and her Health Dept leader are being sued in a Class Action Lawsuit by 4 Business’ here in SE lower MI. On top of that, she has had her “Emergency Powers” reigned in and now has to have approval of both State houses to extend any more “orders”. Otherwise, wait for it….. she will be SUED personally by the State she works for! They are saying the MI economy will not be opened in phases but turned WFO on May 1st.

      We will see….

      As for us, June 1st is slowly looking like a return to normalcy!!!!

       

      RPM

    • #107660
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      I have to laugh. The world is upside down and commonsense seems to be a lost art at this point.

      But, the Lawson Boys don’t care what the damn Gov is up to….. we are getting ready to make some noise!

       

       

    • #107704
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Its almost not worth posting here anymore.

      You can’t copy & paste in a post or it just doesn’t show up…….Ridiculous.

      Long post abbreviated…

      Gingerman IS open for test & tune/private rentals. You will have to do a search for their website, if I leave it here…. no post! Take a look at what they are doing to open their facility.

      Red Bud MX Park in Buchanan MI has listed on their website that they too are open, in a limited capacity. Look them up as well.

      These are just 2 examples of like business we are also looking to do June 1.

      I was going to wait until at least the 15th to call the track and see how things are going. But, idiots are running the world and others are freaking this AM out about kart races being run or not on SM. I called the track and Curt who lives on the grounds and got VM from both.

      I hear Bars and Restaurants out by the Lake just minutes from here are opened so I just thought an update was warranted.

      I’ll be back with an update from Grattan.

      RPM

    • #107718
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Well, there WAS an update here for about 8 hours!

      I made a stupid mistake and edited that post with a video, and when I hit “submit”…….. Pppfffftttt like a fart in the wind Its GONE!

      UPDATE: We are all set for June 1st. T1 is being repaired instead of resurfaced due to the Paving CO going right to road work. Race gas IS available, Sunday overnight camping IS available, also keeping some distance/space is expected.

      Personally, I’ll shake your hand…. I’m not freaked.

      More as it comes, but, no more videos….. just ridiculous.

       

    • #107752
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Boys,

      I spoke to Sam today about a max number of karts/drivers SAFELY allowable to stay within the Order of State regulations.

      Mentioning that we initially wanted a full weekend I was persuaded to ask the 2 day guys that were in line for a cash refund if they would be available to do a weekday 2 fer. I don’t have all the responses in yet, but, with what I do have and these new drivers wanting track time it looks like adding Tuesday June 2nd may very well be possible.

      Due to this increased interest I will take New Drivers for Tuesday Only.

      Monday is full, no more karts/drivers will be added to avoid overcrowding.

      New Tuesday only Drivers will NOT be able to enter the Paddock until the Monday Program has concluded and some evacuation has taken place.  Respecting other’s space, as requested by Order of the MI Gov, applies to the entire facility.

      *Tuesday Entry Fee: $225 Per Driver, *must prepay
      *Monday Driver adding Tuesday: $100 *must prepay
      Paid Weekend Drivers: Your Choice, $100 Cash Refund OR Stay Tuesday

      Adding Tuesday is a full day lease, so, I have to know guys are not going to pimp me and sit home & watch the weather. You’re in or you’re Out!

      As JW always says…. “Nothin says I’m IN like a Check!!!!!”

      Did I need this headache? No, absolutely not. But I feel for all these guys that have no opportunity near them. We are very fortunate to have the guys at Grattan working with us as they do…. They don’t need us, that’s for sure!

      More coming!!!!

      RPM

      UPDATES 5-14:
      10:32 am *Money talks, If all “talking” send an entry, there will be only 4-5 spots remaining for Tuesday June 2nd.

      12:38 pm ** Tuesday is NOT in stone until its paid off. For the prepaid 2 day guys that said yes to Tuesday I will refund as planned if this doesn’t shake out.

      UPDATE 5-15:
      The long distance guys have been sending payments so I can say with confidence that Tuesday HAS BEEN ADDED!!!!

    • #107820
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      After all the energy and effort put into this thing, its done!

      Come rain or sleet or snow or hail…. we are going to Grattan June 1 & 2!!!!

      I do have to remind one and ALL…..

      WE CAN NOT HAVE SPECTATORS IN THE PADDOCK

      Please limit your personal group to help/crew only.
      Please park/pit courteously so others can pull in/out easily.
      Please stay in your pit or 6′ from others if they do not openly engage you.
      Please be aware of others around you in the Bathrooms or at a Port a Potty.
      Please coordinate any business (buying, selling, delivering) OUTSIDE the Paddock.

      I will not allow anyone inside that is not on the list of Participants. No Guests or Enthusiasts will be allowed.

      ALL of this is in direct cooperation with State Regulation of the Stay at Home Order. Tell your friends, not this time, we can not take a chance of overstepping the boundaries.

      Updates as they come.

      RPM

    • #107876
      Robert Lawson
      Participant

      Just to settle your nerves….

      I got a few texts about the MI Gov extending the stay at home order. Guys, its been in play since March, Golfing has been off the chain since allowed to reopen a few weeks ago. The track opened last Friday to a small private group for test/tune and they have had no issues with Law enforcement.

      We are going to be fine.

      ALL Monday Only drivers will be positioned in the LOWER Paddock.

      ALL 2 Day drivers will be utilizing the Garages and UPPER Paddock.

      ALL Tuesday Only drivers will begin loading into the LOWER Paddock Monday evening AFTER 6PM  to allow the Monday Only drivers to vacate pit spaces.

      This will help avoid any ingress/egress issues of traffic.

      More to come, just 1 week to go!

      RPM

      UPDATE 5-24:  Spoke to Curt at the track today, things are going very well. No neighbor complaints, no law enforcement visits, and the crowds were much bigger than what we expect to bring. Spectating IS allowed on the grounds, they won’t run anyone off. I still do not want any spectating or visitors/guests in the Paddock during track hours.

    • #107887
      Todd Stoffer
      Participant

      Hi, folks,

      Robert called me this morning and asked me to let you know that he is having computer problems and will be unable to post any news for the next couple of days. We are still on for Grattan next week, the weather is looking great and we are both looking forward to seeing everybody there.

      Todd

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