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Congratulations to All SCR 2017 Track Chan pinions and 2nd and 3rd Place Winners!

Barbara and I attended the 2017 Awards Banquet last night. We attended as representatives of Bracket Masters Racing Team.

I was happy to see the Top Doorslammer Winner, Keith "Youngblood" Veal. Second Place was, Jessie Marceaux and 3rd Place was "Bubba" Rhine. Congratulations to all my class competitors.

Wayne Henry won Super Pro (again) and Mike Nicholl won Quick 16.

Top Doorslammer is where my car has run for the past few years, since the class was established. "Outlaw" will not be available to drive this season, so I will go back into the drivers seat. This will be a real challenge, after not driving, except for occasional testing or a round or two, for the past 5 years.


Rain, Wet, No Racing!

we are in the middle of Louisiana's wet season, which just happens to be also Mardi Gras season this year. The parade goers are having to dodge raindrops and us racers are just looking up to the sky and wanting to get on the track for some time trials. Some have new combinations to work out, some of us, like me, just want to practice on the lights and get ready for the start of the season.

Feb. 12, 2018


Skip & Barbara Visit Houston Auto Show

Last week this time, Thursday night, we were just settling down to a wonderful seafood dinner in Beaumont, TX after walking around NRG Arena in Houston all day. We had a very enjoyable time at the show. This was our third time going and each visit is better than the last. They always have something new or different on display in addition to the new cars and concept cars of the future.

This time it was the super Jeep display. It took up about 15% of the display floor. Spectators and actual riders were treated to a actual obstacle course of very, steep hill climes, rocky surfaces, tilts that would put a normal car on its side and many other treacherous paths. The had almost every model of Jeep participating in the ride. It was very impressive (and probably sold a lot of Jeeps!) The admission to the ride was free. (Jeep Photos)

For the 1st time, you could sign up for on-site test drives in the make and model of your choice (most makes participated). This was right off the NRG Arena floor.

They had three other sections of the floor dedicated to vintage cars. The new cars took up the rest of the space. See Photos below.

When I was a little kid, every year my father would drive me to each dealership in Daytona Beach and I would get a new car brochure for that year. I pasted each model in a large album and kept it all year. I was a car nut at a very young age. I still cannot get enough of cars!

Here in Houston was everything in one place and you could get in, sit down, adjust the seats, mirror and look at and feel the upholstery. We had a ball. Barbara had as much fun as I did. One of our very first dates, in 1985, was to a car show in the Centroplex in Baton Rouge.

The show is around the same time each year, 3rd or 4th week in January, for4 days. Military Veterans got in free in the first day. We paid $1.00 each on the 2nd day! Regular admission is $12.00 with many discounts and free tickets available from area auto dealers.


Feb. 2, 2018


Ronnie Jackson, Jr. is better! Prayer Works!

Ronnie is in Rehab and is doing much better.

I just found out that Ronnie Jr. was the paint designer on Morreo's new Pro Mod. The painter did the final tweek on the paint job. Congratulations to Ronnie and to Morreo on the fine machine.


The 1250 Holley Carburetor is Back On The Engine

I will try to start up tomorrow to test my work. It seems to be working just fine right now. As a backup, I left the helper spring on the rear butterfly return. Nothing like extra insurance.

I also changed the front jets from 981 too 983. The backs are 102's. I removes the distributor cap and checked everything inside and used a little sandpaper on the tip of the rotor and all the posts.

Jan. 22, 2018


Visit to Jordan United Methodist Church - Jan. 14, 2918

Yesterday Barbara and I decided to sleep in and not to attend our church, Shiloh M.B.C., that starts at 7 am each Sunday. Jordan UMC starts at 11:00 am. As cold as it was, 25 degrees at 7 am, we just could not pull ourselves from under the covers.

This was the best service we had attended in years! Jordan has a new pastor, Rev. Hadley R. Edwards, from New Orleans, LA.

Sunday was the churches day to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, and celebrate they did! The combined choir did an excellent job on several songs, including a Prayer Chant version of, "I Don't Fee No-Ways Tired", that I just loved.

The Pastor is a fiery young man, about 60 years old, and he is very, very outspoken. He is not your normal, low key, by the book, Methodist Minister! Far from it!

During the service, Rev. Edwards talked about the loss of many of the gains that minorities had made during the past few years. Gains that people marched for, went to jail for and lost lives over.

Brandon Kelly, son of former Baton Rouge City Councilman, the late, Charles R. Kelly, recited the complete speech that Dr. King delivered to a young high school class, just a few weeks before his death. The speech was about being the best at whatever you are doing: "If you are a Street Sweeper, be the best street sweeper that you can be"!

The Pastor also took out his cel-phone and played the complete "I Have A Dream" speech for the congregation. Every on sat in complete silence while we listened.

I was a member of Jordan United Methodist Church until 2007 and had been a Methodist since I was a teen, over 55 years. This experience was the best church program service that I had ever attended. I have heard better sermons and better singing but the combined experience of yesterdays program was the best. I will be visiting Jordan again, real soon!

Jan. 15, 2018 (Celebrating Dr. M. L. King, Jr. Day)


All is well with the computer. I changed back to a PC. The Mac is great, but just not for the purpose that I am using it for. I use too many programs to produce my sites that the Mac will not run. There are other programs for the Mac that will do the same thing, but I would have to purchase them and learn how to use them. At this point in my life, it is not worth it.

Jan. 15, 2018


We are changing this web site over to another computer. This may take a few days. (Done - 1/15/2018)

Jan. 13, 2018


Please be in prayer for Ronnie Jackson, Jr. He is in ICU at OLOL Hospital.

Tarrus Jones' family needs prayers also. This past two months has been very hard on many of our families, including mine. We are all in need of prayers.


I did go out and start the car today, then I removes the carburetor to see is I could fix the problem with the back butterflys not closing all the way. It is soaking in carb. cleaner now. I will work on it in the next few days.

Jan. 10, 2018!


Vacation At Hilton Head Island, SC

Barbara and I had a very nice vacation and shopping trip to Hilton Head Island.

Most of the time was spent off the island, over on the mainland at Bluffton, SC at their two Tanger Outlet malls, looking for that special gift for family and friends.

Unlike most men, I like to shop for nice gifts. The joy it brings me to see how much the receiving person enjoys my selection is worth all the time and effort.

We also took a side trip to Beaufort, SC, about 32 miles NW of Hilton Head Is. It was a very good selection and we will return. Most East Coast Marines will know where this is, just a few miles from the Marine boot camp at Paris Island, SC.

The vacation was very relaxing. While Baton Rouge and most of Louisiana had snow, we missed all of it and had a lot of rain for the middle three days of our trip. We had excellent traveling weather on the way back.

Barbara was driving when we left, and decided she wanted some Georgia Pecans. We took a side trip to a little place called Eaton, GA, where we spent almost 2 hours talking to Rev. Griffin, pastor of two small Baptist churches in the area. This side trip was the most interesting part of our trip.

When Barbara went into a Wal-Mart to ask if they sold Georgia Pecans, she got into a conversation with Rev. Griffin and he said, "I sell pecans"! Now what are the odds of that happening? When she found me outside the store, she told me we were headed to Eaton, GA to get pecans. We had already been off the planned route for about 45 min. and Eaton was another 30 miles, in the wrong direction!

Rev. Griffin met us and had 12 bags of most beautiful pecans you have ever seen. We purchased 3 bags, about 1.5 lbs. each, for $21.00. Worth the trip! Rev. Griffin is also a real estate man and a farmer.

Rev. Griffin, true to the Baptist minister that he is, gave us a mini-sermon (it was Sunday) on, "Eating properly, the value of organic foods, budgeting according to your financial status and the old fashion way to properly raise your children ".

So you can see why we had a two hour side trip! It was very enlightening. Plus we got our pecans! The next time we are in the area, we will tour Rev. Griffin's farm. Rev. Griffin said his collard green leaves are as big as Tobacco leaves.

Dec. 15, 2017



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