So we ran our first race this past weekend, and other than being slow (really slow on day one), we had a great time, and couldn’t have had a better outcome.
We had a little trouble with the engine on Saturday – apparently when one of the intake valves refuses to open, you’re a little down on power. On the bright side – the engine runs cooler. We also had a bit of trouble with the fuel pump. Or rather pumps. We went through three this weekend. The last one almost made it to the end of the race – quit with about 3 or 4 laps to go before the checkered flag.
Once we got the engine sorted out, we had a whole new set of problems; mostly in the brakes and suspension and steering – all those other things that become more and more important once you start going fast. But we (almost) finished the race, and kept the car on the track most of the weekend.
Ended up 72nd overall, 5th in class 3, and won a couple of awards. Not only did we outlast the other aircooled cars (Thanks to a wreck that took out the VW fastback – that thing had too much power with a type 4 engine), we also managed to impress the 24 hours of LeMons staff. So we took home the Best Aircooled VW award – and even better, the Organizer’s Choice. I guess it takes being a lunatic to recognize one!