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Saturday - Street Tire Shootout:

Well, after the 4am turn-in, those of us staying at Chuck's got up ~9am, got ready, waited for Gerald and Terry (tmcalist) to arrive, and headed out to Bradenton for the first day of drags. This was the day the controversy over BlownGTS's ownership arose, since only owners were to be drivers...

Here are a series of pics throughout the day:

The Hemi Viper and V10 Mojo:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/10-HemiViper-V10Mojo.jpg[/image]

Several pics of parked Vipers and Vipers lined up for the drags, whose runes were at set times between which were intermixed with locals of various sorts:

[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/11-Vipersparked.jpg[/image]
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/12-Vipersparked2.jpg[/image]
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/13-Viperslinedup.jpg[/image]
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/14-Viperslinedup2.jpg[/image]

Sir Hiss's Viper was present, but didn't run:

[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/15-SirHissViper.jpg[/image]
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/16-SirHissViper2.jpg[/image]

Lots of pics follow of people who attended:

Chuck, Loretta (who Chuck was trying to steal from Rich), and Rich/V10 Mojo:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/17-ChuckLorettaRich.jpg[/image]

Jerry from western NC and Terry from Tampa (tmcalist) in the distance:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/18-JerryTerry.jpg[/image]

Chuck, Tony Armour, Gerald, Rich, and David Boggs (Dr. Roof):
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/19-ChuckTonyGeraldRichDavid.jpg[/image]

Tom Welch and 8avette (who had just got his Bumblebee from Levin and brought it up):
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/20-Tom8avette.jpg[/image]

Tony Darwin (Sir Hiss) with Mike Sxxaasvasetager (96RT10):
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/21-SirHissMike.jpg[/image]

Gerald, Mike, and Jon Azvedo (2002_Viper_GTS_ACR, from my area in NC):
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/22-GeraldMikeJon.jpg[/image]

Adam with his gorilla lover Gerald, and Mike:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/23-AdamGeraldMike.jpg[/image]

Gerald, Tony, Adam, Chuck, and Loretta:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/24-GeraldTonyAdamChuckLoretta.jpg[/image]

Now for some shots of those lining up for the drags:

[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/25-BWGTSburnout.jpg[/image]
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/26-Vipersdrag.jpg[/image]
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/27-VipersdragDaveLogan.jpg[/image]
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/28-Vipersdrag.jpg[/image]
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/29-Vipersdrag.jpg[/image]

Gerald gets set back for being the rules violator he is:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/30-VipersdragGeraldout.jpg[/image]

[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/31-Viperslinedup.jpg[/image]

Gerald's car being worked on by Heffner's crew after he busted a half-shaft (still got a 14.0 at 110MPH!):
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/32-GeraldsViperwork.jpg[/image]

Dave (2 Viper owner out of Knoxville; who trailered down Adam's car) and his son Logan, who also stayed at Chuck's:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/33-DaveLogan.jpg[/image]

Mike and Tony Darwin (Sir Hiss):
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/34-MikeSirHiss.jpg[/image]

[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/35-Vipersparked.jpg[/image]

Gerald's busted half-shaft:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/36-GeraldsHalfShaft.jpg[/image]

Rich/V10 Mojo's Viper:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/37-V10MojoViper.jpg[/image]

Various Viper people:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/38-Viperpeople.jpg[/image]

My car:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/39-MyCar.jpg[/image]

Adam's Viper with Heffner on the side:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/40-ABViperHeffner.jpg[/image]

Heffner and Gerald:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/41-HeffnerGerald.jpg[/image]

Hemi Viper:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/42-HemiViper.jpg[/image]

The day finished well, with many deep in the 10s on street tires! Our crew headed out, stopping to eat in Bradenton at Hops, with the plan to head back to Chuck's in Tampa to fix Gerald's power steering leak before the next day of drags - Chuck had a spare steering rack available, but it ended up being just a lose line that Adam was able to fix! After that it was too late to head back to Bradenton for the go cart racing, so we swung by a local car show where amazing I ran into an import kid who was from my area and had a flat tire I helped him out with?!

Vipers at Hops (Chuck's, Adam's, Gerald's, and mine - Terry's was at Macedo's for some work to be done on it) - notice that the supercharged Vipers had to pop the hoods to be messed with upon our stopping /images/graemlins/wink :
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/43-VipersHops.jpg[/image]

Sunday - back at the drags!:

We headed back out on Sunday to the drags, for the full-on competition, where the track was had by only Vipers (unlike the previous day):

[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/44-Vipersdrag.jpg[/image]

Rich/V10 Mojo's Viper, with the bad tranny:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/45-V10MojoViper.jpg[/image]

More drag pics:

[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/46-BWGTSsburnout.jpg[/image]

[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/47-Vipersdrag.jpg[/image]

[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/48-Vipersdrag.jpg[/image]

Then Mike's car busted a u-joint, which was graciously supplied by Gerald from his busted half-shaft, and was repaired by Heffner's crew:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/49-MikeViperwork.jpg[/image]

More Viper pics:

[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/50-Vipersparked.jpg[/image]
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/51-Viperslinedup.jpg[/image]
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/52-Viperslinedup.jpg[/image]

Heffner and Rich:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/53-HeffnerRich.jpg[/image]

Mike, Macedo, and Chad/Snake Hydes:
[image]http://www.yandros.com/Viper/V10NatsTampa04/54-MikeMacedoChad.jpg[/image]

On Sunday, many ran in the 9s, Gerald at his first time in drag ran in the 10s, and 8avette who just got his car from Levin ran in the 10s! Quite a successful event, with many records broken! I headed out from Bradenton, and along the way, got a call from Tony Armour who spotted Rich, got his # from me, and was able to hook up until Tony's rig broke down. Made the return trip of ~730 miles in 10 hours exactly, making for a nearly 2000 mile event in 4 days! Great fun, and looking forward to the next event I can attend!
 

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uh where is the poon? /images/graemlins/supergrin.gif Gerald and Mojo need to hit the fricken gym, fricken slackers!
 

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Great pics, thanks for sharing.

Why is it that in every one of those Chuck/Loretta pictures, he looks like Fat Bastard eyeing up a thanksgiving turkey!

:lolcry:
 

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_Mark said:
Why is it that in every one of those Chuck/Loretta pictures, he looks like Fat Bastard eyeing up a thanksgiving turkey!

:lolcry:
ooooohhh, low blow..
 

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_Mark said:
Why is it that in every one of those Chuck/Loretta pictures, he looks like Fat Bastard eyeing up a thanksgiving turkey!
Mark, Mark, Mark, jealousy is such an ugly emotion.
 

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J DAWG said:
thanx and I am kicking myself for missing the event.
As you should! /images/graemlins/supergrin.gif I know you were just scared of my slow old 96 /images/graemlins/laughing.gif
 

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Yeah if you missed this event it was one for the record books..Fun was had by all. Hell Mike is still crying that I T-boned him at the Go-Cart track, no kidding really I just got off the phone with him.
C~
 

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Chuck 98 RT10 said:
_Mark said:
Why is it that in every one of those Chuck/Loretta pictures, he looks like Fat Bastard eyeing up a thanksgiving turkey!
Mark, Mark, Mark, jealousy is such an ugly emotion.
Oh, I was speaking to the ravenous look in your eyes - not making any size comparisons between you and FB.

Carry on. /images/graemlins/supergrin.gif
 
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