April 17, 2008
Our illustrious engine consultant Peter Orton was our designated driver for the day because we needed the same person to report back on the differences between the two props. After we were done with our third run, however, the differences were clear so Chief and Steve were able to go out and get some more "seat time". MISS THRIFTWAY was run harder than she's been run up to this point and it showed a weakness in our engine venting and introduced a bit more of the Bardhal hydroplane oil to the hull than she has in the past.
One of the highlights of the day for us was a "photo op" with Dixon and the 1962 MISS BARDAHL. A couple of close passes by the dock proved to yeild some great shots. Check out Chris Denslow and Jim Clarks galleries with the links below. Also, the ULHRA has posted a 60 minute show on thier website: Spring Training
Saturday after the run (April 19th) the crew pulled the engine so we can go over it and check everything for loose nuts and bolts. (it also helps the cleanup!)
Chris Denslow's Photos