Think of this. It was so cold that our Elsmere team took turns sitting inside the mini-pumper with the heater turned on, and on top of that, Olean was so long ago, that we were listening to the 8-track tape player. We were running a stock truck engine that ran on regular pump gas. We also placed 4th in B-Hose How times have changed.
This drill was held high on a mountain top at an airport. Some of the haulers had a difficult time negotiating the very steep and rather narrow road leading to the drill site. And to this day I have never experienced a colder day in August. As the local committee was setting up for buckets we were treated to snow flurries. All we could do is laugh as we watched the reaction of each team as they froze during the bucket contest. Great pictures.
F-man: Cow, cattle, mechanical bull, they should all be the same for you. Sleeping with one though, now that's different ! Yee - HAW !!!
I have many more pics of this state drill, mostly of Nassua / Suffolk teams. My scanner is still packed away though. Strangest day I ever experienced as far as racing is concerned. First it clouded over, then it drizzled while temps plummeted through the 40's. Not a total washout, but I remember there was a flake or two, then the clouds began to break up a bit during motor pump. Froze our asses off !
"I don't always drink beer at the shooting range. But WHEN I do... I prefer dos AK's" ~My quote
Post by unclekevie on Jul 25, 2007 17:19:01 GMT -5
In the sixties and early seventies when teams were buying crate engines from the dealer, such as a 427 chevy, 426 hemi, 427 ford or 428 cobra jet ford engines with 10.5 to 1 or 11 to 1 compression ratios they wound run Sunoco 260 right from the gas station. It had a octane rating of 103 if I remember correct. When the gasoline market switched to unleaded fuels the need for leaded race fuels came to bein the mid seventies
Post by unclekevie on Jul 25, 2007 17:24:48 GMT -5
Also at that time many teams were going to the airport and buying aviation gasoline (av-gas) as an alternative to race fuel. At the time it was readily available and easy to get. They didn't worry who was going to the airport in those days. That came to an end when it was discovered that people were using it on the street and no taxes were being collected on it like in a gas station. Taxes that would be used for road work.
Love all the pics, was surprised to see the first one was our old C-Truck. (Copenhagen) I remember we all camped out on Maurice Doyle's yard in Yorkshire NY. Maurice was our past chief that relocated there in 1981. The weather that day reminded us of Copenhagen in the fall, could snow anytime!