21 January, 2009

Race 17, Snappy Hour

It has been quite a few months since this track has felt our presence - but it hadn’t forgotten us. Last time, the weather had turned, being wet and damp. This time the sun was shining and the dust was flying.

Whispering Assassin focused and ready to go.

With chunky tyres and a broad wheelbase, Ton-o-fun literally ate this run with a well-deserved first place.

Death Machine pushing the boundaries of gravity with a before…


…and after shots.

With eyes of a great white shark, Bootylicious is looking for its next prey.

Talking about facial expressions, check out this stunned mullet. DMax’s first race went exceptionally well and made it to the bottom without any problems.

Chariot of the Dogs catching its breath and admiring the sunrise. It maybe a whippet in size but definitely has a nasty bite.

Rematch time between the rock wall and Quicksilver. Last time saw the rock wall deliver a crushing blow to Quicksilver however this time QS just pulled its pants down and said "screw you".

Death Ray and Red Rocket pushing hard, in fact a little too hard on the right hander, with Red Rocket rolling...

…and rolling.

Followed by some precision driving by Bootylicious.

Not to be outdone by Booty, Whispering Assassin shows some neat drifting skills to miss traffic.

Dust from the carnage ahead meant that Paddles had to drive blind and hope for the best.

The Rocket shows its ticker and get back on track.

As always, we would like to thank all supporting crew that help make this happen.

Official results:
1. Ton-o-fun
2. Red Rocket
3. Death Ray
4. Paddles
5. Whispering Assassin
6. Bootylicious
7. DMax
8. Quicksilver
9. Chariot of the Dogs
10. Death Machine

Race 16, Tower of Terror

Tis the month of festivities so why not spread the fun in suburbia by running the Tower of Terror again. A sharp steep drop followed by a nasty left-hander seemed the best way to commence our Christmas cheer. Numbers were low for this race but didn’t mean that the intensity wasn’t there.

Kymbo sporting the Christmas looks and delivers the goods with ease, taking the win with style and grace.

Off and racing. Bootylicious doesn’t mind mixing it up and splitting the boys. In most cases out muscles the men with ease.

More speed in a straight line? Nah, Death Ray proves that going sideways is not an issue and handles it on any course.

Midnight Special taking the lead and on the way to a first place… whoa hang on, would have been first place but ended up carrying too much speed into the left hander, kissed the curb with enough force to retire for the day and also require a few stiches on top of the dislocated knee! Sorry no gore shots!

A veteran runner but sporting a new set of wheels, Chariot of the Dogs made its debut and survived the Tower. Look out in future races for Dogs as it will be there leading the pack.

As one new kart starts, another one retires. Sad to see but Fruit Loop officially retired after this race to greener pastures (to the back shed – to give the red backs something new to play with). The driver will return with a new ball breaker, but not with the same ridiculous paint job though!

Another race, another podium for Ton-o-fun, this time showing the skills of racing in a straight line and only using three wheels. Four wheels are overrated!

Where there’s smoke, there’s the Death Machine. As usual, from the first ever race to now; only ever applying the brakes after the race has finished. Crazy!

The epic battle of all times – Good v Evil – Luke v Vadar, well maybe a slight stretch but the Force is giving Ton-o-fun some serious pressure.

Just cruisin’, Paddles in the overtaking lane about to round up Fruit Loop. Probably the closest two karts on the day with the Loop just managing to scrape home by a whisker.

Check out Whispering Assassin, the body just reeks of speed and proved so with a podium finish even with a flat tyre after hitting a big pothole halfway down the hill. Can’t wait to see its speed on the longer runs.

As always, we would like to thank all supporting crew that help make this happen, especially this time of year when things are most hectic.

Official results:
1. Kymbo
2. Ton-o-fun
3. Whispering Assassin
4. Death Ray
5. Death Machine
6. Bootylicious
7. The Force
8. Fruit Loop
9. Paddles
10. Chariot of the Dogs
11. Midnight Special (D.N.F.)

04 January, 2009

Race 15, Grizzly Adams Has A Beard

Out to the boondocks for this race. You wouldn't think anyone would call the police on us way out here, would you? You'd be wrong.
But they were very nice gentlemen, professional and courteous. Just wanted to make sure we didn't have any motors and weren't doing anything too stupid. We assured them we weren't and we'd finished anyway. Everyone was happy.
Trollywood was the first casualty. A new driver and a bit too much air in the tires saw a blowout, but luckily just a spin and no flip.
Quicksilver did nothing. Went better in the third race of the day when someone else drove it. Obviously nothing wrong with the cart then...
Agent Orange chugged along nicely until Quicksilver's pilot drove it in the third race. Then it needed a push off the line and lost a wheel at the end. Can you see a pattern here?
Trouble Maker has new paint. Not sure why, everyone liked the teeth. It's said to be inspired by the cover of the 2008 Street Machine Hot Rod Annual. Needs work. Performed well enough though.
This race saw the long-awaited debut of The Force, an awesome Luke Skywalker Land Speeder complete with non-functioning thrusters. One of them fell off, but that will never happen again. This cart doesn't actually have wheels, but floats along the ground.
And eighth in its first time out is pretty respectable. The pilot has been with us since the beginning and has been a regular driver of Trollywood. It was worth the wait.
Another debut was Chariot Of The Dogs, replacement for the retired Superkart 3000. Another good first time result, with better sure to come once pilot and machine get used to one another.
Bootylicious was once again towards the front, skillfully avoiding the Trollywood mishap, making up places on the course with some devilish manoeuvres and racing for position until the very end.
Everyone should have an obsession like Obsession. Politness prevents me from revealing the age of the pilot, but I sure hope I'm still that fast and dedicated when I get there.
Death Machine was the sole representative of Team Death this outing and certainly didn't let the side down. The signature hard racing, flourishes of speed and trademark spinout finishes were all there.
Ton O' Fun also provided a spectacular finish, literally disappearing in a cloud of tyre smoke while doing a 540 spin before coming to rest mere millimetres from the guard rail before the bridge at the finishline. The pilot was worried about trolls living under the bridge and decided to stop before it.
Kymbo made a valiant second place finish despite starting at the very back of the field. Shows how fast this thing really is. Sometimes there's not much footage of Kymbo because nobody can get close enough to record it.
Our worthy winner made a big effort to be a part of the AIGRF. Leaving at 3.00am and travelling from out Penrith way to race with us at 6.00am requires dedication. But it paid off, with Midnight Special taking first place in its debut AIGRF race. This thing not only goes like a rocketship, it looks like one too!
The cockpit is fantastic and it rivals The Force in the looks department.
Magnum PI, although unfinished, had a run in the second race. It probably shouldn't have and is now even more unfinished. Oh well.

Official Results
  1. Midnight Special
  2. Kymbo
  3. Ton O' Fun
  4. Death Machine
  5. Obsession
  6. Bootylicious
  7. Chariot Of The Dogs
  8. The Force
  9. Trouble Maker
  10. Agent Orange
  11. Quicksilver
  12. Trollywood (DNF)
Note: Red Rocket raced too, but not in the trophy race.
Big thanks to support crew for big support once again. Movie up here!