Whew,, we made it!!! (well so far)

So we’re now ensconsed in that which is Altamont Motorsports Park.

It is a crazy sight that is just tough to manage, so here are a few word based snippets (having trouble linking the video right now).

Pimps and Ho’s, the ride, a sweet CRX and their crazy crew (the video is awesome) they had one heck of an entrance at tech.

Everyone has been so nice to each other (wait till we all get on the track)

Every kind of car, with every prep level,, from tight paint masking and nascar level trim, to cars that looked like they were dropped off a cliff to look better.

Finding people you already know, (and didn’t know they were into lemons racing)

Getting to meet the famous Murilee of Jalopnik in person finally (after talking via phone and email for so long).

The owner over at AltaMont Motorsports Park, John,, a great guy! He took me for a ride around the track and showed me what’s where this afternoon (shhhhh!!!)  Genuinely cares about getting people good information, being safe, and having a great time.  His car is he and a bunch of first time lemons people (and they’ve got a supermodified wing on a miata!)

I’m bushed and have forgotten things all through the day (like to eat) so I’m going to do that now.  If you see this post with any video,, it’s cause I finally got it to work.

Oh yeah, and the best news of all,,,

WE PASSED TECH INSPECTION!!!!

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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.

It’s ALIVE!!!! (slightly)

Work, was definitely accomplished this week.

We got the engine to begin that wonderful belching noise that means, that some way, some how,, it could come to life!

Watch the video to get really excited about just how awesome it’s going to be!

Also, we finally got to meet our crew chief in person, he even approved of the car. Typically this wouldn’t be a big deal, but our crew chief is none other than racer Scott Schroeder, (he’s a little bit of awesome).

So check the video, think of pledging all your money to sponsor us for no good reason whatsoever, (seriously, others have!)

makin Z\'s the hard way

Incident Report: Status, awesome! (we had a great time Karting last night)

Go Kart Racer LogoThree Fifths’ of Scuderia Punk Rock Chef showed up last night to Go Kart Racer in Burlingame last night for a sustained pummeling.

We with our silly bodies made of flesh, stuffed in fiberglass skull bubbles, and view ports made of polycarbonate , while we sheathed ourselves in Nomex, Nylon, and leather, ready for 50 minutes of intense G-force induced bliss,, or maybe it was just me.

It was Mike, Jukka, and Fred (that’s me), ready to roll (once we all arrived,, ugh, crossing the bay can be quite a trifle). I myself took almost two hours to arrive, same for Jukka, so we were tense upon arrival, Mike made it all ok with the addition of the local fare,, In n Out Burger (if you’re not a Californian, you wouldn’t understand,, magical hamburgers,, mmm, (best secret, animal style fries!)).
Monza Track at go Kart Racer

But you’re not reading this for the burgers, you want to hear we piled up on the side of the road and crashed willy nilly into the walls.

Sorry to disappoint, but we did fine. Jukka did have to suffer through an ill handling car, but the three of us came through with flying colors. It was a fun test of fitness and rubber depletion. I’d post all the pics, but its a little hard to hold a camera going through the corners.

Best of all we got to try out some of the gear we’ll be driving Lemons with. Knowledge is power!

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!!

Today’s update-Jalopnik, new crew chief, work accomplished, still need,,,

First of all,, Thanks Murilee!!

That’s Murilee Martin at Jalopnik.com he’s written a bit about us (and our fun logo).

Next, this weekend we got some serious work done (yipee!) Check the pics here.

New (Used) radiator -in

Old AC condensor, heater core, dashboard- out

front lights -out

Interior, carpet, passenger seat, general schmutz-out

We have a special announcement as well, we have a new crew chief (not Chef, that’s already Jacob Meggers) named Scott Schroeder.

Who’s that you say? Well so far our team Nurse/Racer Jukka Valkonen (to be profiled later) has brought in Scott with these few words about him

“He races professionally (porsche), and trains drivers. this is a guy who has been racing since he was 15 having gone through the race schools, the BMW F1 development program."

So to recap: New crew chief Scott Schroeder (awesome), Murilee wrote about us at Jalopnik (Sweet!), parts are starting to get on the car!

Oh yeah, and tomorrow we’re buying our roll cage!

Here we go!!