Monday, May 5, 2008

Day two bonus post

Okay, this is a bonus post. No video on this one. One video per day. I know you're all saying "aw", but that's life. I'm tired and we're getting close enough to the end of our journey for today that I couldn't get a video uploaded anyway.

People seem to want to know more about my car. It's a 2006 Porsche Cayman S that had 295HP stock. I ordered it with all the go fast options including ceramic brakes and such, but it still didn't quite "do it" for me. So I sent it to Farnbacher Loles for their "GTR" conversion. That includes things like the 911 (997) front end for looks, but more importantly the X51 engine and limited slip differential (LSD). It's also got Moton Club Sport shocks, custom spring rates and lots of 997 and Cup Car suspension parts. To save weight we've replaced the rear decklid with a carbon fiber unit with a lexan window. There are lots of other little things I've done, but I won't bore with those details NOW. Maybe later.

Another question is about my codriver. His name is Leh Keen, and he's a professional driver from the Farnbacher Rolex GT Grand Am series team. I actually never met him until the weekend before the One Lap started at a Grand Am race at VIR (where he finished third). We had already arranged the codrive deal before then, which is odd. Yes, I agreed to spend a week in tight quarters with someone I had never met. Crazy, but true. How did we come together? Through Farnbacher. I wanted to do this race for quite a while, but as you might guess from the mod list, I have a lot of money invested in this car (I love the word "invested" in this's so wrong, but yet feels so, err, wrong!). I just didn't want to do it with someone who couldn't afford to pay for any damage they might inflict. When I couldn't find anyone willing and able, Farnbacher offered to provide me someone that THEY would stand behind. And here we are! Don't tell Leh, but I'm glad I did it, too. It's been fun so far, and I don't think I'll kill him before it's over. He might kill me, though!

I want to thank Casey Lewis and all his employees at Beechwood Metalworks for designing and building the trailer we're pulling on this little adventure, too. These folks are talented artists in every sense of the word. I feel bad asking them to make something as uninteresting as a trailer, in fact. But we're great friends and they knocked it out for me and it's working great. I don't know what I'd do without their help (on things other than just this little race, too!). I've come up with some major changes I'd like to make already if I do this again in regards to the trailer, but I'm going to keep those a secret until it's time to build that one. *cough*

The one thing I miss outside of the normal stuff (kids, wife, etc) is EXERCISE. This week is going to be hard on my body, I know it. There's simply no way to work hardly any of that in.

1 comment:

Beechwood Metalworks said...

Aww, thanks for the free advertisement! Can't wait to hear how your going to supe up the trailer, but I'm not surprised that it's not customized enough for you ;) Glad the race is going well! -Em