Monday, December 26, 2005, 11:38 AMYesterday marked the one year anniversary of our WCR website. There's been a WHOLE lot happen in the past year.
To recap the high spots (& some low ones too), we'll start with Christmas morning of 2004, when it snowed about 8" in Angleton. It was our first white Christmas ever, & Travis & Jonda gave me this site as a Christmas present. Later that day, T&J were out making a snow man and Travis lost his A&M class ring somewhere in the yard. We looked w/metal detectors for weeks with no success and then one night Joey was bringing the empty trash cans in when he kicked it up on the driveway!
Speaking of rings, Joey slipped an engagement ring on Loni's finger in February, which started a major amount of comotion to last thru the year.
The Mustang saw several major milestones thruout 2005 as well. There was a major re-do of the rear suspension. We had the stock stuff changed out w/ladder bars, adjustable coil-over shocks, and wheelie bars.
We then went and played a lil' in the pony until we snapped the factory weld in the axle tube and had to get that repaired. We designed & installed a wing on our pony, and prepared to run in the Fun Ford Weekend event in May. Prior to running in FFW, we went to Dallas w/friends to watch NASCAR, and later to Houston for the O'rielly Super Nats.
Fun Ford Weekend was cool as we attended with our first real sponsorship, and "played with the big boys" in the "Open Comp" class. Most of these guys that run this class travel all over the country in big trucks, and we showed up in our lil' open trailer and qualified 8th in a sixteen car class! The bad thing was, Joey red-lit in the first round.
What came next was a visit from our daughter Beth, who's attending post grad school in NY,NY ( and about to finish in May,'06).
Later in May, I got to take Veronica down the track for a ride. As she was strapped in w/a borrowed helmet & fire jacket, we ran a 6.67 @ 104 mph. This created "quite a memory" (scared the poop outta her) for her (us). A couple of Friday nites and several passes later, I noticed a subtle drop in oil pressure, and decided to investigate on Memorial weekend.... this was one of those low spots -- cracked block. We decided the rebuild would be a "dialed up" one, which meant it would be a timely & costly one as well. About this same time, Polaris went to puppy heaven (still ANOTHER low spot)....but putting us right back on top, we found out that we were gonna be grandparents! T&J are giving us a lil' granddaughter in late February!
Back to the rebuild, it's STILL ongoing, AND ahead of schedule;)... Before the rebuild however, a $30K home remodeling project was to happen, and it did....sounded simple, right? Wrong.........
Somewhere along that time, Joey graduated from UTI w/top honors and landed a job in Arlington w/Penske Trucking. Beth got to come home again to attend the graduation ceremonies. It's always good when she's able to come home. I miss her.
Then there was a wedding... Joey & Loni had a garden wedding in Galveston, a Carribean Cruise honeymoon, and a back yard/Astros World Series reception in our back yard. As a bonus, Beth came down for the third time this year for the wedding. The kids now reside in Arlington w/thier new Cocker Spaniel puppy, Sadie.
That brings us to Christmas... both boys & brides came down and we had an enjoyable evening together on the 22nd.
Joey & I went deer hunting that morning, and he shot a real nice buck!
Beth couldn't make it home this year, but we got to visit with her Christmas morning via Jonda's speaker-phone on her blackberry (don't ask me what that is, but it worked & I'm happy). All & all, we had a very nice Christmas.
Sooooo...the house is finished, the motor's ALMOST finished, and that grandbaby's on the way....I'm sure I've forgotten something, but it's been one helluva ride in 2005!
Happy Holidays to you & yours from WILD CHERRY RACING! Come see us soon!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 01:11 AMI sat alone in the house this evening, as Veronica went to give blood, & I was reading a "Nitrous for Dummies" book. Bruce Springstein was on the stereo trying to sing "Saaanta Clausiscomin'tatown", as the grandfather clock chimed 7 bells. Yeah, 7 o'clock....the time when I give up on UPS deliverin' my stuff I ordered SEVEN days ago from Canton Racing Products. I was dissapointed, & my bottom lip stuck out further than Mr.Ed's.
Then at 7:20 outta no where, there was a knock on the door & a muffled, "UPS!...Merry Christmas!". By the time I got to the door he was gone. I thought I heard sleigh bells as I looked down at the pretty white box with blue letters that said "CANTON RACING PRODUCTS".
I didn't take me long to put the stuff together and now the bottom end of the motor is complete (sans final oil pan installation). The windage tray, main studs, and special made oil pick-up were what I'd been waiting on.
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Bummer...not so Bummer
Monday, December 19, 2005, 10:58 AMComp Cams called Friday and told me there would be a 2 week delay in the "1 day" delivery of our new camstick. It seems they have to order a special billet blank that allows that much valve separation angle. Oh well, I've waited this long, another 2 weeks won't kill me....Bummer...
I sat on Santa's lap the other day and read off my Christmas List from Summit, Jeggs, and various other toy stores. I guess at 49 years of age, I've gained a lil' "willpower" somewhere along the way. I walked by the printer Saturday and noticed a printed out invoice that had in big red letters: "Summit Racing"....That's all I read. I turned around & left the room....not so Bummer....
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Tuesday, December 13, 2005, 11:53 AMJust got off the phone w/Canton Racing Products, where I ordered a windage tray, oil puckup, and main bearing cap studs. Things are beginning to come together.
That's rite, I've been working lot$ of overtime.
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Monday, December 12, 2005, 10:09 PM....Ordered the custom billet solid roller camshaft this evening, from Comp Cams. I went over all the variables that factor into optimizing a custom grind cam with the tech guy at Comp, and he kept using verbage like "wicked" & "holy s**t"..... needless to say, this was a BIG STEP in completing our 'lil pony's new power plant.
On a sadder note, I found out this weekend that ADW will not be reopening next year unless somebody steps up and leases the operation (1 1/2 hr. drive to next closest track - we're spoiled).
Regardless, this little puppy's growin' some teeth, & gettin' closer & closer to the edge of the porch.
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