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Off The Jack Stands!

The car is out of the shop and in the trailer for the first time since October! We will try to make a few passes on Friday night and get some seat time in during eliminations. This will tune us up for Saturday's competetion. I charged the batteries in the car and the trailer, checked all the tires on the car, truck and trailer. I put all the tools back in the truck, along with the folding chairs. Everything seemed to be in goo working order when I put the car in the trailer.
April 2, 2015

 

Welcome Granddaughter, Tynesha Holbert! Moving From California too, "The Heart Of The South".

 

Installed New Carburetor

I could not resist! I installed the new Holley 1250, after waiting on the recommended open spacer to go under it. I had been running a 4-hole Super Sucker for the past 2 years. Before that I had run a stack of of a 4- hole over an open-hole spacer. Both combinations seemed to work. Somewhere I read that each 1' of added spacer moves the power band of the engine up by 500 RPM. I did not need that at all, in fact, running 1/8 mile, I may be better off with no spacer. later on, I will have to run a test to see what is best.

This carburetor was suppose to be for the new engine. I started it up yesterday and meed all the adjustments to the idle screws, idle RPM and float level. It sounds super, and the response is great, it usually is when I finish with them! This one seems to have a little better response than most. Maybe it is the Power Valve in the front that I did not remove and toss in the trash can. Holley insists on putting them in their carburetors and I always remove them, install a plug, and normally get better performance, I don't have to worry about blowing it out if I backfire, and I don't have to worry about low engine vacuum making me too rich at low engine RPM. I decided to try it this time. The setting on the Power Valve is 4.5 in. of vac., which is fairly low and is most likely lower than my idle vacuum. The carburetor came from the factory with 92 jets in the front, with the power valve, and 102 jets in the rear, with no power valve.

I would love to go try it out this weekend, but there is not much chance of taking the car out. My neighbor passed away and her funeral is Saturday. Maybe I can go and park on Friday, get a few passes in, and make it back before eliminations on Saturday afternoon.
March 30, 2015

Looking Good For This Weekend!

The weather looks good for Friday, Sat. and Sun. this coming weekend. The Temps. are suppose to be in the 60's and no rain. Maybe I can get out and knock the newness off of my slicks and get the new shocks adjusted.

I have been accumulating parts for my new motor, AFR heads and head studs, Victor Jr. intake and 1250 Holley carburetor. Trying not to go too much in debt and that makes it a slow process. Many of the parts for the new engine are still on the old engine, which is still running good at this point. On that note, I am still trying to decide what will be used again and what will be replaced. I know I will use the crank. I want new rods and pistons. The block is the biggest decision point. It cannot go back as a 555, but with new pistons and bore to 4.600", I could make it a 565 cid and that's what I really want.

The new camera, Nikon D7100, is great! Take a look at the photos from the Nitro Jam - Saturday. For the most part, they came out excellent. They would not let me go into the staging lane area (I did not try very hard) so most of my shots were taken from the 1st grandstand and walking around. The camera, with the 18-200mm lens, lets me get a lot of real good shots from almost anywhere.

My oldest daughter, Cynthia, is enrolled in Jr. College right now and is taking a course in Photography. She is as good or better than I am. Cynthia got a B+ in her first semester of Photography. She learned how to handle a camera when she was very young, maybe 7-8 years old. She is a Sony person and has some real nice Sony cameras and lens. Cynthia took 4 classes this semester and got, A, A, B+ and B+. I am very proud of her. She wants to be a Fashion Designer. She is also a very good artist (from her mothers side). I cannot draw a straight line!
March 24, 2015

 

State Capitol Raceway and IHRA Did A Good Job
The Mardi Gras Nitro Jam Was An Excellent Event

Although I did not run, I still enjoyed watching all the fast cars and the production of the live event. State Capitol posted a reply to a upset biker about the parking that I thought was a very nice responses. Go on the SCR Facebook page to see it. Mother Nature is hard to deal with sometimes and we cannot always have the best of conditions for outdoor events.

PHOTOS - Friday       Photos - Saturday

 

Did Not Race...

No excuse, just not feeling it after all the rain and forecast. I did go out to the track on Friday and looked at the conditions and parking availability, and decided again not to bring the car.

Congratulations to Silas, Jr., who drives the black S-10 truck, on winning Top Doorslammer class! Since 1320go did not post the runs for eliminations in Top, I could not see all the results. I was told that Silas made his final pass around 3:30am, Sunday morning.

I left the track around 10pm Saturday night after being out there for 11 hours and feeling very beat. I would have been in worse shape if I had the car. Old age is not a lot of fun, but the alternative is worse! I thank God all the time for letting me do what I can do at this age.

I will post photos later. Some from Friday and a lot from Saturday.

I just happened to be sitting at the end of the pit side grand stand when the little truck from "Street Outlaws" went over the wall on the other side of the track. It had gotten dark and I was not taking any photos at the time. The lady is very blessed that she walked away. I had just taken a few photos of the truck in the pit area. She had made a great pass in the same lane earlier in the day. I watched the episode of the "Street Outlaws" show when she turned the truck over at Thunder Valley drag strip. She might consider staying on the streets of OKC and away from the tracks!
March 15, 2015

 

Mardi Gras Nitro Jam - Requirements To Run

According to the State Capitol Raceway Forum, there will be NO requirement to have (don't have to have) a IHRA License or a IHRA Membership to participate in the Sportsman Bracket Program at the March 13-14 Nitro Jam. You are required to have all of your safety equipment for your class. A.J. will do the Tech. for all the Sportsman classes, Quick-16, Top Doorslammer, Super-Pro, Non-E and the Junior classes. This is from Track Manager, Gary Carter.
March 12, 2015

Rain, Rain Go Away! Skip Wants to Race!

The car is ready (since October) to go! We will be at the gate early Friday morning for the Mardi Gras Nitro Jam at State Capitol Raceway. We would like to get a good parking spot. I plan to run the car in Top Doorslammer, with "Outlaw" Kevin Gray driving. The only changes are the shocks in the front and the new M/T slicks. We should not have any trouble making the field.
March 11, 2015


Getting Ready For Mardi Gras Nitro Jam At State Capitol Raceway - Mar. 13-14, 2015

I have been on a buying spree lately. I purchased a new Digital Delay Mega 350 Delay Box to replace my 20 year old Digital Delay CTC delay box. I also replaced my M/T slicks and the front Koni adjustable shocks. We are trying to keep the front end on the ground, or at least no more than a few inches up in the air on launch. We will be making wheelie bar adjustments too.

Only a few days of testing left before Nitro Jam. I have not made up my mind about the March 6-8 Super Brawl. Probably not going to make that one.

 

No Problem Raceway - Photos From OKC Street Outlaws - Feb. 15, 2015


No Problem Big $$$$ Race - Sunday, Feb 8, 2015 - (A Few Photos)

 

Superbowl: Great Game, Bad Play Call! Pats - 28, Seahawks - 24.

 

IHRA Has Announced Mardi Gras Nationals Nitro Jam Will Return To State Capitol Raceway on March 13, 14 & 15, 2015.

These dates were scheduled for the San Antonio, TX Nitro Jam, but due to problems and uncertainty, IHRA made the decision to move the event to State Capitol Raceway.

The second part of the announcement was concerning event classes. Bracket Racing will be conducted as a part of this Nitro Jam! See http://ihra.com for more details.

IHRA sent out an email to all members dated Jan. 28, 2015 that gives a lot more detail than I mention here.
san-antonio-nitro-jam-postponed-baton-rouge-added-to-the-nitro-jam-schedule

 

Our sympathy goes out to James Allen on the loss of his sister on Jan. 24th, in California. Our prayers go with James as he travels to the service.
Mr. Skip & Barbara Holbert


Our Sympathy Goes Out To The Robinson Family

Gaile Robinson, wife of Charlie Robinson and mother of David and Clay Robinson, passed away today, Jan. 15, 2015, of a heart attack. Our prayers are with the family.
Mr. Skip & Barbara Holbert

The Car Is Still On The Jackstands!

I don't know when the car will come down, it is completely ready to go, since October. To tell the truth, I don't really feel like racing right now. I guess at 76 years old, it has started to set in that I am not having as much fun as I once did when I was driving. I suppose I will get use to watching the car go down the track, but right now, it is hard.

Outlaw has turned into a good driver and I trust him with all that is mine on the track and in the pits. As far as I can see, there is no other driver in my future.

When Outlaw gets his truck up and running, the Mr. Skip Camaro will be put back on the jackstands (except for the Father's Day Race). We will show up for Father's Day!

Photography

I have a new Nikon D-7100 camera and it is great! This year I expect to get some awesome shots at the track and on vacation.

The camera has a great Autofocus Telephoto lens and can shoot several frames per second (6) to get some great action shots. The focus system is much better than me trying to get the same results manually. It is super quick, with almost no warm-up time from off to the 1st shot. It will do so many things (almost like a Smartphone) that I will never use all the features. I can customize it to have the features I do use quickly available.

I have wanted to own this camera for a few years, back when it was the D-7000. I waited and waited until they put it on sale just before Christmas. This usually means that a new, improved, version is about to be released. If that new version is better than this one, I really don't need it. Nikon does make some much more expensive, much better cameras, and when I hit the lottery, I may get one, but right now my D-7100 is all I want.

I was walking around the track in November last year and stopped to say hello to Earl Folse. I did not have my camera. Earl said, "Skip, I almost didn't know you without the camera"!

My oldest daughter, Cynthia, is a photographer. She loves Sony products. She just purchased a new hi-tech Sony mirrowless DSLR camera and she is convinced it is the best camera on the market. We have this friendly competition that neither of us can win. She does Landscapes and Weddings, I do Cars. There is nothing to compare.
January 15, 2015


Christmas Season Vacation! Welcome Home Ryland!

Merry Christmas!

As always, the Holbert, Herbert, Morris and Gardner families enjoyed a very merry Christmas at our home.

Christmas Eve night, I cooked a big mess of collard greens and a big pan of Dirty Rice. We took care of the gift wrapping and did not get into bed until after 2:00am. I got up at 9:30 and started on my Gumbo. I had shopped for all the ingredients earlier in the week, but the large crabs had been prepared about a month ago. Good size crabs are not available at this time of the year. I had my Manda "Hot" sausage and all of my other ingredients, crab meat, shrimp (large) and the seasonings. We don't put any chicken in ours, but if that is what you like, have at it. I per-boiled my Okra in a little vinegar and water to take the slime away. Cut up my celery, bell peppers, garlic, green and white onions and a whole lot of seasonings. A dab of this and a pinch of that, a little of this and a shake of that. The rue is the key to the whole thing. After all of that, it came out excellent! The dirty rice and greens were awesome!

Barbara cooked some turkey wings and a good friend sent a roll of Tue-Du-Ken, which we had also. Other friends provided sweet potato pies, pecan pie, coconut pie and lots of other sides

The gift opening went very smooth, with the star of the show being little "Tray" Morris who insisted on opening his gifts one small strip of paper at a time! We all enjoyed watching his joy as he enjoyed his 3rd Christmas.

I think I got more gifts than anyone else. Barbara got the most expensive, classy, beautiful gifts. The Queen was very happy with her Christmas and the way her dinner came out. We probably had about 15-20 people cycle through during the afternoon and many phone calls.
Dec. 26, 2014

Vacation!

Mrs. Barbara and I just returned from 10 days of vacation. I must say, much needed vacation. We were due for another break. The short stay in October was the first time we had been away since Dec. of 2011 and all that did was make us realize that we needed more time off.

This time we were alone, just the two of us, and we really had a ball. The weather was wonderful in South Carolina (Hilton Head Island), and we did not have any problems on the road or where we stayed.

Our only challenge came on the first Friday we were gone when our granddaughter called and had an electrical problem in the house. I called fellow racer, Dave Walker of Double D Electric, and he sent a crew over to the house and corrected the problem right away. It is so good to have friends that you can count on in an emergency. That was not the 1st time that Dave has helped me or one of my other grand kids that had electrical problems. I guess Dave is paying me back for all those times he has eliminated me in Top Doorslammer!

Barbara and I seem to go on a lot of vacations in the 1st or 2nd week of December. We get to do our Christmas shopping and get gifts that you don't see here in Baton Rouge. You also get to see the nice Christmas lights and displays in other cities.

In addition to Hilton Head Island, we also got to take a guided tour of the city of Savanna, GA. That was the highlight of the first part of the trip. This is one beautiful city, and if you ever get a chance to visit, don't pass it up.

We took the City Trolley Tour, but there is another tour, that "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" took in one of their recent episodes, that features a special "Black Heritage Tour". This one shows many of the homes and churches that participated in the "Underground Railroad", allowing slaves to escape to the north and all the way to Canada. We will take that tour the next time we go to Savanna.

I am glad we took the city tour first. We learned so much about the city and we got to see some places that we want to come back and spend some extended time looking over and to do some shopping. The rumor has it that the "soul food" is excellent in Savanna.

Ryland Comes Home! (Photos)

The second part of our vacation consisted of a short trip down the coast to Mayport Naval Station outside of Jacksonville, Florida. Our Sailor, Quartermaster 2nd Class, U. S. Navy, Ryland Gardner returned from a 6 month deployment to the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. This is the 3rd deployment that Ryland has been on over in the same area. His ship, the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58), is due to be decommissioned in June of 2015. Ryland will be sent to a ship stationed in San Diego, CA sometime after the 1st of the year. Ryland will be home for 10 days of shore leave starting on Dec. 19th.

Upon arrival, after being greeted by all the families of the 200+ man and women crew of the Roberts, the ship was open for tours given by each member of the crew. Barbara and I toured the ship and then we went to Longhorn Steak House for a good meal. Ryland was so happy to be back and we were happy to greet him. We had been praying for his safe return and the Lord answered our prayers. More Photos

Barbara and I drove home in a little over 10 hours from Jacksonville. No car troubles, many COPS in Florida, especially in West Florida, seemed like one for each 10 miles! Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana was smooth sailing with very few state troopers or county mounties.
December 17, 2014

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