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Nevada Open Road Race Challenge RESULTS


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Marana Rich

I thought I would pass this info on. :burnout2

Malcolm Papa Smurf Johnson ran the Nevada Open Road Race Challenge on Sunday - 90 miles in the 135 mph class.

He hit the finish line 0.027 seconds fast - - yes, 27/1000s of a second. And he won the 135 class.

Think about that. He went 90 miles trying to average 135 mph, and he came that close to being on the nose.

But that's not all. He won the most accurate time award in all classes - - the best performance of 103 cars in the race. That was the final award of the banquet after all the classes - - they consider that the most prestigous award. He beat all of the other folks in all the speed classes.

And he probably ran part of the way on cruise control!!!!!!

A big :palmas: to Malcolm

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That is amazing. :clap WTG Malcolm and thanks for posting up Rich!

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THAT'S INCREDIBLE!! He must have some computer timer device in his car to get that close or maybe just a great sense of timing. CONGRATULATIONS ON AN FAST AND PRECISE RUN. SLAMMER :thumbs

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Thanks all! Rich, thanks for posting. I ran with stopwatches, no computer or gps. I also planned to run the race solo with no navigator. However, one of my friend's cars was unable to run so I gave his mechanic buddy a ride in the right seat. While he followed along with course notes and a stopwatch, I did the work with my course notes and a stopwatch velcro'ed next to my a/c vent (and safety wired to it too). Timing was done with mile marker posts - - time at them vs what time I should be there. I adjusted speed accordingly all thru the race. I made a speed run down a 14 mile straight progressively increasing it from 150 to 163mph to get ahead of the time average in order to slow down for a 3 mile curvey section. Once out of the curves (section called the Narrows), I was 1-2 seconds off with 17 mileposts to check my time and make fine adjustments. I was about 0.1-0.2 seconds off where I wanted to be with 2 miles left and made a 1mph adjustment on cruise control and brought it in for the win. Yes, I was on cruise control for a lot of the race so I could hold steady speeds. It was a blast. To put it in perspective, I was wondering how far I was off distance wise being 0.027 seconds fast. Travelling at 135mph across the finish line, I was travelling at 198 feet per second. 0.027 seconds at that speed equates to 5 feet 4 inches. So if the nose of my car (which broke the infrared beam) was 5 feet 4 inches behind (about where my firewall is), it would have been about perfect. I gotta say, all my preparation and practice gives me a chance to be within a few tenths of a second. The rest of it was luck. Somewhere there is a picture of me with my Gila Bend ACE shirt on beside the car after I took my firesuit off. I'll find it and post soon. And of course, there is an ACE stickers alway in my windshield. So, ACE was represented and ACE RULED!!!! Malcolm

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BRILLIANT! :cheers Sounds like a total hoot, and way to represent! :chris

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Congrats Malcolm!!! Big high 5. You da man!!!!

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SWEET !!! All that math at 135+/- with twistie re-calculations... That's freggin' Awesome! Nice work! :clap:clap

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Loud Pedal

I can't even wrap my head around whoopin' that much arse. Wow Malcolm.. superb!!! :thumbs:palmas::gun6:

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.027 too quick in 90 miles is utterly fantastic. Major congrats. :palmas: The stopwatch was perfect, the car was just 5'4" in front of the stopwatch. :lol

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Desertdawg

Pretty cool Malcolm, I can't wait to see the pictures!!!

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Here are some pics from the Silver State Nevada Open Road Challenge

Here are a few pictures from the car show in Ely, Nevada the day before the race.

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My ride - - I asked for number 427 but it was taken and they gave me 426. Mopar guys were pissed!

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My friend Bob Allyn brought out his 2001 NASCAR Monte Carlo but did not run due to the condition of the new asphalt on the course and the fear that it would cut down his slicks. That was the recommendation of the tech inspectors and Bob did the best thing. Hopefully he'll get to run it in September.

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One of my competitors in 135 class - a McLaren M6GT

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And here is a friend's Pantera. He ran in the 150 class

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And yes, there were a few snakes in the grass

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The next morning, we lined up at the starting line just south of Lund, Nevada. The race started at 8am promptly with cars starting 1 minute apart. These are the guys in the 150 and 145 class - - with workers checking to make sure harnesses are tight and tires are clean before we make the run.

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Just behind, cars in the 140 class are waiting for the start - - the 2 cars in the foreground have their driver/navigators already buckled up and ready to proceed to the start line. Others are about to get into their cars.

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Here, I've just completed my run. Yes, my ACE Gila Bend shirt was under my firesuit and proudly worn at the event

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Note the oversized bug mark on my windshield just left of my left wrist? I caught a bird at about 135-140mph with about 7 miles left in the race. My apologies to the animal and bird lovers....

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At the finish line near Ash Spring, Nevada, we did not know our official times, only what we had timed on our stopwatches. I knew I was really close. We had BBQ and Burgers for lunch, then made the trek to Sam's Town in Las Vegas for the Awards Banquet that night where we would find out the winners for each class. Trophies were given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each speed class.

Here's my trophy plate for winning the 135mph class

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After all the awards were given for all the speed classes, one more was given for the winner of all classes with the most accurate time of the event. I was lucky enough to win it out of the 103 cars in the event with a time variance of 0.027 seconds from the perfect run time (for my class, it was 40 minutes flat - 90 miles at 135mph)

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That's fantastic Malcolm :ok: I think if I were to try that well you know.. Forget it, Wait it was in Nevada so I would come in late by about 36 hours because I went to a Casino. Great job and thanks for sharing the pics

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Wow, a real deal McLaren? Thanks for the pix and congrats again on kicking ALL THEIR ASSES! :rockon2: BTW, you're only a Low Speed Racer until you say something idiotic that the tagline fairies find amusing.

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