Posts made in March, 2012

Say hello to Freddie

»Posted by on Mar 26, 2012 in Current projects and Tech Notes | 9 comments

Say hello to Freddie

Freddie Krueger and Freddie Mercury are both in there, and I detected some brief glimpses of Fred Astaire too. Brand new race cars never run flawlessly right out of the box, especially if the final part of the build was an all-out thrash. Except for the one that I built, that is. This is the Swift DB-6 that I just spent the last 10 months building up from a bare frame. By myself. Due to the timing of arrival of the final flurry of parts, it first moved under its own power about an hour before the start of a 2 day SCCA driver school at Buttonwillow, California. And it ran like a top through 6 hours of track time. The brand new Honda FF engine and the brand new gearbox were perfect the whole time, along with everything else on the car. I’m...

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Standing on its own feet

»Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in RB6 Formula Ford | 1 comment

Standing on its own feet

Blogging about the DB-6 project has not been as frequent as I intended. I’m in the final push to completion right now, so almost every available moment is going into getting the car together. I have a hard deadline to meet: the SCCA Super School at Buttonwillow this month. I like hard deadlines because they simplify the problem: You know for sure when you are going to be done. One of the great things about racing is that you get used to working to deadlines that never move. That makes a racer a high-value team member when crunch time arrives. Today marks a major milestone in the resurrection of my DB-6: It’s standing on its own feet. The only remaining milestones are engine start, paint, and on-track action. Right now, I feel a bit like Dr....

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