Heading up to Northern California, 3 race cars in tow and our right feet getting a day off as we make the journey 12 hours North West @ 55 mph.. We patiently arrived with a feeling of excitement in the air and a reminder that California can't build roads.
Day 1 would prove exciting and set the precedent for what was to come on race day.
Roll overs, roll overs and more roll overs!
Action packed weekend that didn't disappoint, Goodall stepped up first with not only a roll over but a recovery to continue on and finish his heat. I checked the judges score cards and the landing must have won them over.
Andrew in the Letzroll 4493 would start his heat race in the 8th position. On his quest to advance to the front someone got the same idea that this was a race and tangled up in his rear taking out the rear brakes. No brakes..no problem proved to be the theme of the day as he made his way to the front of the pack where he would get comfortable and finish first with our bud Wayland Campbell rounding out a top 3 with us.
Shannon decided to do what Shannon does and got a little crazy for the crowd and bicycled his 4400 class, setting himself up for a nose dive finish over the gap jump..you crazy guy you.
Saturday would prove to be exciting with Alan up to bat to compete with Goodall for the best roll recovery but he spiced it up by doing so over the front end, he wiped the lip stick off the pig in the first lap and when the dust settled she had more of a boar face:p
Alan kept the pedal down and it rewarded him with the ability to continue on to finish the race and still in first out of the roll to boot!
During his main, a mechanical issue brought it to a stop early in the race but a great showing none the less and the car is only getting faster with each race.
In the thick of all this action the team managed to deal with the fact that Andrew had finished the last race with a blown rear pinion.. This left us with a short time span to swap a "not quite right but we can make it work" replacement 3rd into the rear axle.
All hands on deck from our friends on site with crew chief leading the repair. Keeping the team on pace, got the job finished in time and the car to the line in its well earned 4th starting position.
Onto the main event.. The gloves were off and we didn't have the same fight plan as Mayweather & Pacquiao. These boys dropped the gloves and went wheel to wheel and put on a show!
Shortly after the start Campbell, Healy, Andrew, Wayes, Goodall and others quickly let each other know who was there to race with the pack of our Arizona boys out in front like they all were fighting to be the parade marshal.
Cars started dropping like flies, with a couple cars attempting to race while on fire and giving race ops a chance to earn their money for the day.
Spectators were rewarded with drivers racing on flat tires, a driver who took off backwards, one car racing on 7 cylinders with his smoke screen behind him. The fans must be happy not every one has a shock tuner like our boy Brian because some cars were down right pogo sticks setting themselves over for some fun landings :)
The recovery of the wrecks from the Norcal Rocks crew was impressive to watch with Dave on the the radio while zipping around in his KOH edition Polaris Razor working hard to keep the rolled over drivers safe and the other racers informed of the oncoming wrecks being cleared. Their efforts and execution were simply amazing. Did i mention the water truck putting out a driver on fire..ya that happened.
Near the end, Andrew would go to pull off an inside pass over the boulders like the rock crawler turned racer he is. A move that just a lap earlier rewarded him the ability to advance around 4 cars but sadly the 4493 was struck this time and turned over by another competitor right after he passed several cars successfully. :/ That's racing!
Turned back over by the Norcal Rocks bronco after a few tugs, he went on to finish the race allotting him a qualified spot for KOH 2016.
On the back stretch team Goodall would fall victim to another roll, this too would loose them their position they fought for, as the dust settled Kennith and Jack would still finish and acquire their entry into kOH too, a very nice piece of mind this early in the season.
With the race over, the CAR-B-Q's were pulled off course and the mangled cars recovered, the drivers parked front and center to enjoy the moment their families, friends, racers and excited spectators.
With the Healy taking first, Shannon Second and his son Wayland 3rd there were plenty of smiles but none as wide as a happy little kid that Shannon rewarded with his trophy as a race day memory to enjoy for days to come.
No doubt that little guy will be educating other kids what ultra 4 racing is about come the next show & tell day at school.
Big thanks to all of our friends we call competitors for an awesome weekend!
Thanks to White Collar publishing, ShotsbyTBars, The Redline project and others for the killer pics! Lots more of them to come over the next few days.
With all that said..this is just a sample of one persons perspective..there were hundreds other people with teams there, these events do not disappoint!
If you haven't yet checked one out..DO IT