UMIGO karting, green track and a good time now open in Livermore

UMIGO Karting

Ok, so they’re not open till Wednesday the 23rd of so. Those Fire Marshalls are sticklers, but of course for good reason.

Mike, Shaun (our San Diegan), and yours truly (Fred) went on Saturday night to try out the new track, and to try out our driving gear. Here’s the results from driving, and of our gear.

In terms of UMIGO Karting, it’s on the north side of the Lawrence Livermore Labs

6538 Patterson Pass Road in Livermore

First of,, the track is HUGE!!! A lap runs over a minute!

The fastest lap of our group was half a second under a minute at full tilt. It’s that big!

When the grip comes in, I’d look to lap times nearing 50 seconds, possibly even as low as 45! For the distance travelled, it’s really something.

The karts are great! Electric start, Big red kill switch on top, and plenty of speed.

The parking is cake (all you East Bay folks, don’t worry, just come on down, you’ll always fit in the lot, and the security is top notch (there’s a national lab across the street with high level security doing driving sweeps often, you’ll be plenty safe!)

Best of all, it’s simply a great time! Click this link for more pictures of our time at UMIGO Racing in Livermore.

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Tires!! (We got the Special Round ones!)

More Tires at Tires to Go!

Well today, on my way to get fitted at the dentist for a face fixing device (apparently they don’t come in size “missing a brain”) I picked up the tires for our racer to be.

At Tires to Go in West Sacramento (we can’t recommend them enough!) Thanks to Dave Komaromi (a noted commenter) and the rest of the gang, we’re now set up with 6 T-rated tires that will fit our erstwhile racer.

I foolishly didn’t write down the guys names (why I didn’t do that I’ll never know) but I did get some mighty fine pics of the gang at Tires to Go, so if you’re in West Sacramento (3001 Evergreen Avenue 95619 is the address) please stop by and buy a whole bunch of tires, they’ll thank you for it, and we’d really appreciate it too!

Tires at Tires to go!

It also looks like we’ll be going with the standard Z seat (a nice one for something older than some of our racers!) and having a removable steering wheel (it’s a safety device right?!) Oh it is, because if it’s missing you can’t control the car! Perfect! (At least I convinced me right?)

Alas poor Numskull, I am him,, true.

this stupidYes, I (Fred) am an idiot (but you really knew that already didn’t you).

When applying I brilliantly left out the fact that I needed the temp license too (my team’s laughter in the background).

I also remarkable just noticed that we need to come together as a team to set up exactly how many crew members we’re going to have and pre-pay them as well!

The “secured crew members” we have so far are:

Our great and all knowing crew chief Scott Schroeder.

My violent and beautiful wife Shannon Schechter (she’s in charge of pounding sheet metal,, not neccesarily our car, but that’s her job).

Likely other crew members who we’ll have to cajole properly

The Jukka-ette’s.

Shaun’s robot army (we will finish,, or others will not.)

Jaime’s partner in crime Beth.

and possibly some other surprise humans (I’ll try and get some serious muscle for jackmen).

More info soon (we’re rapidly hunting a seat, belts, fuel gauge, and left rear hub-brake assembly).

Murilee does it again, we’re paid up, and the cage is on the way!

So special “friend of team” Murilee Martin at Jalopnik (he’s not special in that needs a helmet way, more of a “helpful human who is cool way”) . Though yes, at the race we will have a picture of Murilee in a helmet (maybe even when he’s racing!) Murilee has found on one of his many junkyard forays (I’m surprised they haven’t offered him a yearly pass, no one goes there more, or sends them more traffic!)

We’ve got a new bumper sticker up (to complement the original (get it here!) (don’t worry, more to come)).Bumpersticker2

We’re paid up for the race (don’t worry Shaun, we’ll all pay ya back!)

Also, our autopower roll cage is ordered. Oh yeah,, protecting the team with the power of steel!!! Get your Autopower cage here!

Next task, to get the stuff in the Junkyard Murilee found (don’t touch it anyone else!) Also to order a race seat and safety belts.

Forza Porco!!

So, uhh, junkyards can be fun,,, no,, seriously,, really…

So Mike and Fred went to the pick a part, pull apart,, place with dead cars.

Now, for the low low price of 92 bucks, we got a radiator, 2 electric fans, and a front bumper,, as we’ve been told there will be bumping,, and thus,, bumper.

Junkyards,, what an amazing type of place.  Dirty filthy awesome dead cars.

It’s like the sarlacc pit was on cybertron and all the autobots got sucked down it and the sarlacc pooped all the autobots, then a bunch of people wanted his poop, and then they paid for it.

Yep, I nailed it!

So of course I’ll be going back very soon, (I’ve got Optimus Prime’s appendix!)

Don’t forget to get the team gear, be one of us,, or else.

Scuderia PRC logo

Mott, here’s where we link it up!

Click here to buy our shirts, and other gear.

Check our parts out

Click here for a bunch of pics of parts of the car.

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