D3 F1/Can Am Flat Track BPR
December 1, 2007
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F1 Tech Inspection: Pete Zimmerman and Mike Steube continue the "tech" inspection banter from last month's D3 F1 tech inspection.


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F1 Concours podium: L-R, Mark Wampler (Larry Sheppard painted body) 2nd, Keith Tanaka 1st, Craig Williamson (Barry Obler painted body) 3rd


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Another view of concours cars. The Larry Sheppard painted body on the left has won concours before and raced many times. The Barry Obler body on the far end has also won concours before and now shows body damage from many races also.


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Larry used the familiar Cox driver - very retro!


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Keith Tanaka's driver is 40 years old! After some minor repair and touch-up, it will be returned to Scott Bader's museum collection. Philippe mentioned yesterday that we should have these type driver heads available sometime in 2008.


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Craig Williamson's entry was painted by Barry Obler and has won concours previously. This shot shows the undamaged side of this body. The right rear side has incurred quite a bit of damage. Perhaps Barry has another concours body for Craig waiting in the wings.


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17 of the 18 D3 F1 entries are shown here. The body types are Ferrari, Cooper Maserati, Lotus and Lotus Turbine. Notice the Tech Inspection bench, very retro - looks like its 40 years old!


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Lee Hines car on the left (Mike Steube chassis), Paul Sterrett's car on the right (Sterrett chassis)


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Mike Chavez car on the left (Chavez chassis), John Cukras' car on the right (Cukras chassis)


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Oscar Morales' car on the left (John Cukras chassis), Roger Uusitalo's car on the right (Mike Steube chassis)


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Doug Matthes' car on the left (John Gorski chassis), Yoshi Akiyama's car on the right (Mike Steube chassis)


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Mike Kravitz' car on the left (Mike Steube chassis), Chris Yamashita's car on the right (Dale Yamashita chassis)


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Mike Steube's car on the left (Steube chassis), Terry de los Santos' car on the right (Mike Steube chassis)


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Dale Yamashita's car on the left (Yamashita chassis), Keith Tanaka's car on the right (Tanaka chassis)


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Mark Wampler's car on the left (Larry Sheppard chassis), Pete Zimmermans' car on the right (Zimmerman chassis)


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D3 F1 Qualifying results. Congrats to Doug Matthes on his TQ 4.949 sec.


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The F1 "B" Main field lined up, ready to race!


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D3 F1 "B" Main racers, L-R, Terry de los Santos, Craig Williamson, Oscar Morales, Mike Kravitz, Mark Wampler, Roger Uusitalo, Chris Yamashita, John Wakamatsu, Lee Hines.


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D3 F1 "B" Main race results. Congrats to Mike Kravitz on his victory


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D3 F1 "B" Main podium. L-R, Terry de los Santos 2nd, Mike Kravitz 1st, John Wakamatsu 3rd


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D3 F1 "B" Main podium cars, L-R, Terry de los Santos, Mike Kravitz, John Wakamatsu


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Terry de los Santos' car on the left (Steube chassis), Mike Kravitz' car in the middle (Steube chassis), John Wakamatsu's car on the right (Cukras chassis)


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Closer view of Mike Kravitz' car (Mike Steube chassis). The center brass pan moves/floats


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D3 F1 "A" Main cars line up for action


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D3 F1 "A" Main racers, L-R, Yoshi Akiyama, Dale Yamashita, Keith Tanaka, Mike Kravitz, Mike Steube, Pete Zimmerman, John Cukras, Mike Chavez, Doug Matthes, Paul Sterrett


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D3 F1 "A" Main race in progress


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F1 "A" main race action


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D3 F1 "A" Main race results. Congrats to Doug Matthes on his victory


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D3 F1 "A" Main podium, L-R, Paul Sterrett 2nd, Doug Matthes 1st, Keith Tanaka 3rd


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D3 F1 podium cars, L-R, Paul Sterrett 2nd, Doug Matthes 1st, Keith Tanaka 3rd


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Paul Sterrett's F1 car. "Old Reliable" has been a consistent podium car for Paul.


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Paul added the lead weight in the middle to improve handling for the added speed/brakes provided by the D3 TSR motor.


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Closer look at front end on Paul's F1 chassis


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Another view of Paul's chassis with the D3 TSR motor prominent in this photo.


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Paul is one of the few to use a metal spur gear (sonic drag gear), but has proven it works by winning some F1 races in the past.


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Paul's unconventional brass pan F1 chassis is a proven winner and has been very durable since D3 F1 racing started.


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Doug Matthes' winning car is a John Gorski chassis.


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Doug added a lot of lead weight to the front end and side pans


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Closer look at Doug's car


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The Gorski chassis uses a modified BWA motor bracket


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Rear view of Doug's car. Again you can see the BWA motor bracket with much of the rear portion removed to reduce weight in the rear of the chassis.


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Doug's Gorski chassis has been a consistent podium car.


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Keith Tanaka's 3rd place F1 car.


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Keith built this "Dennis Samson design" inspired F1 chassis. Brass and lead inserts are attached to the flex side pans.


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Front view of Keith's chassis


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Keith uses JK Chem rear tires


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Rear view of Keith's car shows smaller piano wire to limit up travel of flex side pans. Gearing is 8/29, GT-1 bevel pinion and 29T Parma crown gear.


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Bottom view of Keith's chassis shows a different approach to F1 chassis design versus the typical side rail designs.


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Buffet luncheon provided by Paul Sterrett and Lenore Gallegos. The food was delicious, thank you Paul and Lenore!


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Roger Uusitalo, Paul Sterrett, Chris Gallegos and Mike Steube enjoy the great buffet luncheon.


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The buffet luncheon was a great way to celebrate the D3 racing year. Great food to go along with great racing and camaraderie!


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D3 Can Am field for the 12-1-2007 BPR race on the flat track. 25 of the 28 entries are shown here.


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D3 Can Am Concours podium, L-R, John Tore Anderson 2nd (Bryan Warmack painted body), Bryan Warmack 1st, Philippe de Lespinay 3rd (Bryan Warmack body)


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Bryan Warmack's winning concours entry. A big congratulation to Bryan for being the first SoCal racer to sweep the concours podium!


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Close up of Bryan's winning concours entry. Bryan's detail work is outstanding!


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I forgot to mention that Bryan also used wheel inserts. Great finishing touch to this concours winner!


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Doug Matthes' car on the left (John Gorski chassis), Philippe de Lespinay's entry on the right (Bryan Warmack chassis)


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Keith Tanaka's car on the left (Mike Steube chassis), Mike Steube's car on the right (Steube chassis)


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Kyle Matthes' car on the left (John Gorski chassis), Adam Kirchhofer's car on the right (Salvino? chassis)


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Paul Sterrett's car on the left (Sterrett chassis), Dale Yamashita's car on the right (Yamashita chassis)


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Mike Chavez car on the left (Chavez chassis), Pete Zimmermans' car on the right (Zimmerman chassis)


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Chris Yamashita's car on the left (Yamashita chassis), Brian Kawamoto's car on the right (Dennis Samson chassis)


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Ken Dylke's car on the left (Dylke chassis), Lee Hines car on the right (Mike Steube chassis)


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Roger Uusitalo's car on the left (Albert Cruz Chassis), Bryan Warmack's car on the right (Warmack chassis)


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John Cukras' car on the left (Cukras chassis), Oscar Morales' car on the right (John Cukras chassis)


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Yoshi Akiyama's car on the left (Akiyama chassis), Terry de los Santos car on the right (Jeff Easterly chassis).


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Mark Wampler's car on the left (Wampler chassis), John Tore Anderson's car on the right (Bryan Warmack chassis)


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Albert Cruz's car on the left (Jeff Easterly chassis), John Sinz car on the right (John Sinz chassis)


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John Wakamatsu's car on the left (John Cukras chassis), Ray Gonzalez car on the right (Dennis Samson chassis).


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John Tore Anderson during his qualifying run


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Bryan Warmack during his qualifying run. Bryan qualified 2nd, finished 2nd and swept the Can Am concours podium. Congrats to Bryan on an all around great day of racing.


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John "the Jet" Cukras during his qualifying run.


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Mark Wampler during his qualifying run. Mark is a regular Can Am racer who drives 200 miles from Santa Maria to participate each month. Our hats off to Mark for his commitment.


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Paul Sterrett during his qualifying run. Thanks for a great D3 year Paul. Your vision and steady leadership keeps D3 going in the right direction.


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D3 Can Am qualifying results. Congrats to Tore Anderson (and Bryan Warmack, Warmack chassis) for his TQ 4.457 sec.


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D3 Can Am "C" Main cars line up for a fast race on the BPR flat track


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D3 Can Am "C" Main racers, L-R, Craig Williamson, Ray Gonzalez, Brian Kawamoto, Albert Cruz, Roger Uusitalo, Lee Hines, Jeff Easterly, Terry de los Santos, John Sinz, Ken Dylke, Kyle Matthes


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The start of the Can Am "C" Main


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Is that Big Foot's impression on the track?


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Nah, just Bryan Warmack's hand print! Good thing it's Bryan's left hand, otherwise he might not be able to let go of his controller!


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Can Am "C" Main race in progress, L-R, Lee Hines, Kyle Matthes, Ken Dylke, Terry de los Santos, John Sinz, Roger Uusitalo, Jeff Easterly and Brian Kawamoto


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More D3 Can Am "C" main action


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Some Turn Marshall techniques: the Jeff Easterly "Preying Mantis" stance is first rate, while Mike Steube's straddle position is perfect to quickly cover the 90 degree turn after the bridge.


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Look out Albert, here comes Terry de los Santos on your tail!


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D3 Can Am "C" main race results. Congrats to Kyle on his victory.


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D3 Can Am "C" Main podium, L-R, Terry de los Santos 2nd, Kyle Matthes 1st, Lee Hines 3rd


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Cars lined up for start of the Can Am "B" Main race


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The "B" Main cars are either Lola T160's or Ti-22's


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D3 Can Am "B" Main racers, L-R, Chris Yamashita, Mark Wampler, Yoshi Akiyama, Adam Kirchhofer, Keith Tanaka, Dale Yamashita, Mike Chavez and John Wakamatsu


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D3 Can Am "B" Main race results.


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Can Am "B" Main podium, L-R, Mike Chavez 2nd, Keith Tanaka 1st, John Wakamatsu 3rd


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D3 Can Am "A" Main cars lined up for start of final Can Am race of 2007.


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D3 Can Am main racers, L-R, Bryan Warmack, John Cukras, Paul Sterrett, Mike Steube, Pete Zimmerman, Doug Matthes, Oscar Morales, John Tore Anderson. Sorry for the blurred photo.


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Seconds before the start of the "A" Main race


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Race Director Adam Kirchhofer encourages the racers to go all out for last bragging rights for 2007.


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Can Am "A" Main race results. Congrats to Tore Anderson on his victory.


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D3 Can Am "A" Main podium, L-R, Mike Steube 3rd, John Tore Anderson 1st, Bryan Warmack 2nd


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Mike Steube's car on the left, Tore Anderson's Warmack car in the middle and Bryan Warmack's car on the right


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Mike Steube's car was fast and handled great, but appeared to lack good low end acceleration.


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Close up view of Mike's chassis.


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Mike experienced some motor slowdown, but could not pinpoint the problem during the race.


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Mike used 7/29 gearing, but still lacked good low end punch.


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Steube's all bronze rod chassis handles great, but is not as strong as a piano wire chassis. Look for Mike to experiment with a combo bronze/piano wire version soon.


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John Tore Anderson's winning car. This is a Bryan Warmack "rent a car"!.


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Tore used a thin rubber material for the added side pan weight.


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Tore's idea is to achieve some dampening of the side pan action while adding weight. I asked him if it worked. He didn't know for sure, but probably will try it again in the future.


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Tore geared his car 8/29. I didn't ask him about the purple color used for the motor can.


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Bottom view of Tore's Warmack chassis shows a simple yet very effective handling chassis. Is that a "purpleprint" motor Tore?


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Bryan Warmack's 2nd place car. Similar to Tore's car, with some slight variation.


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Bryan's recent trademark is the use of a 1/16" piano wire front axle to reduce weight up high.


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Bryan only needed to add these small lead weights on the side pans to improve traction.


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Bryan geared this car 8/29, JK Chem rear tires.


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Bryan's chassis is nearly identical to his other chassis driven by Tore Anderson.


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Post race meeting called by Paul Sterrett to go over next year's D3 changes.


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Very few rules changes (to be posted sometime later) for 2008. A new D3 class has been added. It will be a 2nd Coupe class which allows inline or anglewinder, Falcon 7 or TSR D3 motor, same tire dimensions as Can Am and coupe bodies which look more like the Coupe bodies used in the '66-'68 period. No slammed bodies!


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Pete Zimmerman must be having a "senior moment" as he also wears Clogs like Tore Anderson. Tore broke a toe this week. I don't know why Pete wears them!


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