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Helio Castroneves and Roger Penske

I enjoyed the irony of it.
Cloud Dancer 05/31/21 09:00am Around the Campfire
RE: Cost of RVing

Just another expensive pleasure. I'm just glad I didn't borrow money to pay for it. I'm still willing to pay some more cash for it.
Cloud Dancer 05/26/21 01:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gas Vs Diesel Yah-Yah-Yah!

I owned, and used, five(5) pre-owned gas-engined motorhomes PRIOR to special-ordering my diesel-pusher Dutch Star. BUT, I knew from the start that there was NO gas motorhome that would satisfy my basic knowledge of RV design. The problem was, and still is, that I always insisted on paying cash for any motorized vehicle that I bought (including aircraft). This simply means that I've never bought a top shelf vehicle. I always bought a compromise vehicle. I have a lot of experience and education, both of which have significantly enhanced my intuition. Yes, I believe you can enhance your initial intuition (requires explanation, I know). Back to the subject: The Spartan chassis under my Dutch Star has some excellent design features, such as big tires, a 276 inch long wheelbase, a big rear-mounted torky engine with a big side radiator and big hydraulic-motored fan, a great IFS suspension with excellent steering system (with dampers), and a trick-design suspension with OPTIMUM spring rate RATIO whether empty or loaded. I could go on and on, but I'll just say that while the comfort, the directional stability, and the handling are GREAT,....my Dutch Star is far from perfect. HOWEVER, there is no gas-engine motorhome that'll match it.
Cloud Dancer 05/25/21 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas Vs Diesel Yah-Yah-Yah!

Mondooker, Sorry I'm late. It's good to hear we might be BOF's (birds of a feather). I started racing at age 13-1/2, in a 1952 650cc Triumph (my Dad had Harleys). I also seriously got into Enduro Go Karts (won 2 National titles and got inducted into the IKF Hall of Fame). Then, got into dirt Sprint cars (with and without wings). I won several track championships in Sprints. There's a lot more to my racing story, but I want to say more about motorhomes.
Cloud Dancer 05/24/21 05:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas Vs Diesel Yah-Yah-Yah!

I lived through the development of the Country Coach products when Bob Lee was in charge. And, I've done the research on the Eugene Prevost history. I built street rods during my high school years and got into oval track racing during my college years. I studied and practiced the technical elements of chassis dynamics. I became seriously interested in motorhome chassis dynamics due to the fact that I owned several during my auto racing involvement. BUT, I never puffed on a "piece" pipe nor a peace pipe.
Cloud Dancer 05/20/21 10:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas Vs Diesel Yah-Yah-Yah!

So many of these opinions come from lack of knowledge. If you want to know exactly how to achieve the performance features you prefer, you first need to acquire a whole lot of knowledge in the field of motor vehicle chassis dynamics. With the knowledge that I have on this subject, I will say that the only person that I know of who actually knew how to build a great motorhome (and did it) is the person who designed and built the COUNTRY COACH.
Cloud Dancer 05/19/21 01:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Obesity in America

I eat for the pleasure, NOT for the nutrition. Yet, I only weigh 166 lbs. Smaller potions of food, and staying active, is the answer. Actually, I'm not an expert.
Cloud Dancer 05/06/21 06:52am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

Regarding rules for Texas All Star. Kyle Busch loves re-starts and inverted starts.
Cloud Dancer 05/05/21 12:01pm Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

In my experience, many years of racing THEN designing, financing, constructing, operating a racetrack,.....some of the safety rules are dictated by the insurance company. FWIW I agree with this one, afterall; Dega is home of the big one. OK, so what about JJC's resume disqualifies her? She's turned a lot of laps at Daga. * I don't know her resume. IMO she's the one who is willing to do it. But the rule, and the rulebook, are there for a reason. The rules are for all drivers,....even Kyle Busch. When in doubt, I apply vector analysis.
Cloud Dancer 04/24/21 09:34am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

In my experience, many years of racing THEN designing, financing, constructing, operating a racetrack,.....some of the safety rules are dictated by the insurance company. FWIW I agree with this one, afterall; Dega is home of the big one.
Cloud Dancer 04/23/21 10:48am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

Shades of Clyde Beatty cracking a whip and shooting his .38 Special, with gorgeous blondes on the flying trapeze overhead. And 2 years later watching the the mighty midget race cars on dirt (Evans Oval). THEN, came the P-51 Mustang! There sure was a lot going on, for my bucket list.
Cloud Dancer 04/08/21 05:21am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

Yeah, we're going to re-invent the wheel. It took 50 years for the evolution of the NASCAR Cup stock car on pavement. And, for the Late Model Dirt stock car to evolve into a very efficient dirt oval racecar. But, at least NASCAR knows they're in survival mode. I'll be watching to see what they try next.
Cloud Dancer 04/07/21 09:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Moderna vaccine (Personal experiences)

Monday morning wife and I received our second shot of Moderna. With the first one, everything went perfectly. With this one both of us felt discomfort when the needle went IN and when it came out. Driving out of the parking lot we both started feeling soreness in the upper arm and shoulder. Then, my wife lost her appetite, but forced down a cup of soup, which she later threw up. I was able to eat anything I wanted, no problem. This Wednesday morning, all is normaL, AND NO SORENESS. We feel kinda liberated, and grateful. But, we will maintain our vigil and only go to stores where everyone has to wear masks and maintain 6 ft separation.
Cloud Dancer 03/31/21 09:49am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

For many of us it was all predictable, including some of the drivers. For team owners and for NASCAR, it's THEIR business. Actually, there's only a few racetracks where those Cup cars have a chance of putting on a racing show.
Cloud Dancer 03/30/21 08:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

Getting plenty of rain now, and wind, and black clouds. I'm not seeing how they can make todays time trials. Sunday afternoon maybe. Our 5th was rocking. Cloud Dancer.....besides costs, why do not these big event dirt tracks roll out covers/tarps before heavy rains? Like a baseball stadium. Just south of you in Liberty. * The design and layout does not lend itself to accommodating a giant tarp. It's not a level playfield and has too many obstructions. Plus the drainage of the water which the tarp would hold presents a major problem. But, it's an interesting question. I'm not sure if it's ever been considered, thanks.
Cloud Dancer 03/27/21 12:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

I choose to not waste too much space talking about all my racing experience, and all my experience processing clay for my own racetrack (for Saturday night racing). I saw what happened at Bristol today. It does take a lot of knowhow to properly prepare the clay dirt. For Bristol, it wood take custom made equipment and good management of the equipment operators. PERSONALLY, I would not be interesting in trying it on THAT kind of banking. BUT, I'm not Tony Stewart.
Cloud Dancer 03/26/21 08:06pm Around the Campfire
RE: O Rielleys Website Search

Too bad. I truly wanted to go back to my high school years.
Cloud Dancer 03/19/21 09:16am Tech Issues
RE: Moderna vaccine (Personal experiences)

I'm 81 years old, I'm guarding my card, and have 8 more days to go for my 2nd Moderna shot. I hope it goes as well as my first shot. BTW my wife and I have decided to keep wearing our masks (and take other precautions) for ONE more year,....because we enjoy being alive.
Cloud Dancer 03/19/21 08:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

I wish the trend was towards 1-1/2 mile racetracks with just the right ratio of length of straightaway to radius of turns, plus just the right amount of banking. Yeah, just like Las Vegas. AND, if they kept the present rules constant, we would end up seeing lots of good racing, just like we did last Sunday. Congratulations to Kyle Larson, Rick Hendrick, the crewchief and crew and sponsors. BTW my man Kyle Busch ended up with a podium finish, so congrats to him.
Cloud Dancer 03/09/21 09:54am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

I can't wait to watch this. How will the higher banking affect the cars? Congrats to the Granddaughter. * To the best of my knowledge, they've never run 3,000 lb stock cars on dirt at Bristol. It's an experiment I would never invest in.
Cloud Dancer 03/05/21 08:51am Around the Campfire
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