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May 1st, 2004 – VSCCA at VIR South Course

These videos and these photos are from the VSCCA’s event at Virginia International Runway (VIR) in 2004. It was held the first weekend in May and Peter Krause was the event chairman. I drove Dad’s 1964 Quantum Formula S.

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RPM to Speed Calculator

The racecar doesn’t have a speedometer, or at least not an accurate one. So when people inevitably ask “How fast?” I have to reply “about 5500 RPM” or some such number.

I am rewarded with a blank stare that says

I don’t SEE a second head, but there must be an explanation for what just came out of your mouth.

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Crash Test Dummy

Back in the summer of 1997 I was a towheaded recent college grad. I’d spent the last several months working with a select group of hooligans (University of Delaware Mechanical Engineering Majors) building a Formula SAE car. When it was finally ready to run, I volunteered to be the first Test Driver. Here is the story, as told by my friend Brian Davison who witnessed the whole thing.