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Old 02-20-2012, 02:37 PM   #1
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A million years ago (it seems) i used to get in my van and head south for the Winternats at the old McCoy airport in Orlando. I was running a Delta Super J pan car and it was all very exciting. (especially the part about leaving Long Island to head south for a week of nonstop racing). I must have done OK or something because when I got home I got a call from somebody who didn't identify themselves. He just asked me "who is the biggest racer you've ever seen". Well I didn't have to think too long before I blurted out Tony P. Well Ron introduced himself and asked if I be interested in running his stuff. Does anybody recall the K&B 8800 series Stage 1, 2 and 3 motors from Ron? Man I miss that guy....what a class act
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I met him at the Drag Strip when he was racing. Followed him to the Ranchpit in Pomona, Ca when I started with a Serpent Quattro in mid '80's. He was the god-father of RC engines, and I still use his method of breakin' in. Yes I do miss him alot also. RIP my old friend!!!
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:19 PM   #3
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I was on vacation in California and drove over to the Ranch Pit Shop to purchase a couple of D&D graphite box chassis for the RC 500. While there some guys were practicing and I noticed they were painting the tires with some godawful stuff to increase traction. The arse end of one of the cars was hanging off the pit table and the drippings from the foam were actually melting the asphalt in the pits. They were painting the stuff on with 2 inch wide brushes. Of course it was so hot you probably didn't need much to melt the tarmac. Anyway, after seeing that I would paint my 1/8th tires with oil of wintergreen and put them in a plastic bag outside my house (the smell) the night before a race.
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lol!! A concoction with MEK. It soften the foam. Smelled purdy bad, and get high off it!! Hot in the summer months. Miss the Pit, Ron Place.
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If there wasn't anything going on at the track you could always go thru the back and do some hot laps on the cart track. Or you could head inside and do some laps on the slot car track....What options! Where can you find that today?
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