Copied from the SCTA's site:
World Finals - Oct 1 - 4 2013
The salt flats are presently covered in water and more rain is expected. The water levels have gone down since the big rains and occasionally we can see dry spots, but with the temperatures being so low, there is just not enough time for the salt to dry up enough to make racing possible.
We had planned on driving down this weekend.:sad
We knew the salt was wet, but were really optimistic that conditions would improve. Far better to know now, rather than making the trip, only to see it scrubbed once there.
So...I've cancelled our hotel rooms, let my local Chev dealer know that I won't be needing a truck, my brother & his wife have cancelled their flights from Nova Scotia, I notified my other sponsors, let my wife know that she doesn`t need to worry, etc.
I'll still take next week off, I guess I can find some motivation and make some more progress with my basement renovations...I`m building a man cave with lots of Bonneville memorabilia...go figure!
When you are chasing a number, its easy to lose sight of what we actually did accomplish this year. It took a visit with my machinist, Richard, to be reminded of that.
At Speed Week, with all of the new changes, my primary goal was simply just to see if the bike went straight. The Double has lots of potential, but it is a big project...2 engines & 2 transmissions, 8 carbs and pretty much 2 of everything else...and like all big projects, there is some research & development involved. We have to take small steps and identify the next weak link.
The first runs were just to test the stability of the modified chassis, new body, rider’s position etc. I was really worried about how little leverage I would have with the narrow clip-ons, but I was pleased with how it felt once I got underway. The new suspension worked well. I had some initial concerns about the jackshaft and its short chain, but these appeared to be up to the task. Also, we were unsure how the enclosed engines and oil coolers were going to operate with reduced air flow, but temperatures remained normal.
So, its all good...when the salt and wind conditions are right, we will be ready to make a fast pass.
We are in very good shape for 2014. I want to do some more work with the tail section, it needs to continue straight back from the main body. I`ll start off with cardboard templates and go from there... I have a couple of cool tachs to mount, they will replace the Vapor clusters that I have always struggled to see...a few little projects, low stress.
As always, thank you for your continued interest and support!:cheers