Black Metal V8olvo Hits Wall In Practice, Sawzall And Come-Along Save The Day

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Whew, it's been a crazy day at Thunderhill Raceway so far, as I switch between Journalist, Racer, and Judge hats/wigs. We had a little mishap in the first hour of practice today...

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It seems that the hose between the Ford power steering pump and the Volvo steering gear was sturdy enough to hold together for all of the LeMons SF '08 race, plus about 15 laps of practice today, and it chose to let go during mid-high-speed chicane. Hello, concrete barrier! Before you could say "Salvage Title Collision Repair," everyone got to work with implements of destruction, while team member Stratocastrator headed into town to get the tractor shop to fab up a new pressure hose. 45 minutes later, back on the track! Yes, the V8olvo has a new paint job now; I'll put up a gallery of its new look later on.

Meanwhile, judging is going quite while; the Chief Perp is subbing for me while I do some practice laps (which involved some serious- if ungraceful- throttle-steering hoonage on this track) and write a bit for y'all. Check back later for some judging highlights!

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DISCUSSION

Murilee, isn't it a conflict of interest to be both a participant AND a judge at the same event? I posed this same question to your counterpart (Lieberman, over at another car blog) but received no answer whatsoever.

Seems like you could disqualify almost everyone, and your team could win be default....