May 18, 2008 BPR Kingleman Track
13 of the 14 LeMans Coupe field ready for tech inspection and concours judging
Roger Uusitalo's car on the left (Mike Steube chassis). Keith Tanaka's car on the right (Mike Steube chassis)
Paul Sterrett's car on the left (Sterrett chassis). John Wakamatsu's car on the right (John Cukras chassis)
Dale and Chris Yamashita's cars. Dale built both of these chassis.
John Cukas' car on the left (Cukras chassis). Tim Neja's car on the right (Neja chassis)
Kyle Matthes' car on the left (Doug Matthes chassis). Doug Matthes' car on the right (Matthes chassis)
Joe Roman's car on the left (Mike Steube chassis). Dennis Samson's car on the right (Samson chassis)
Pete Zimmerman' car on the left (Zimmerman chassis). Steve Walker's car on the right (Walker chassis)
Today's Coupe race selected two categories of Concours - The first class is "Best Presentation" (this concept was introduced recently in another Retro race back east - Thanks for the concept!).
First and second place cars were both built/painted by Dale Yamashita. Nice cars as usual Dale!
The other Concours category is "Most Authentic Appearance". Paul Sterrett's winning Porsche on the left. Steve Walker's runner up Porsche on the right. Nice looking cars guys!
Best appearing cars (paint/finish) do not always appear to replicate the real cars appearance, so a new Concours category to award "realistic" appearance was used today. In either case, we do want to applaud the workmanship and hard work expended by some of our SoCal D3 racers.
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe qualifying results. Congrats to Doug Matthes on his TQ of 3.631 seconds on the BPR Kingleman track.
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe "B" Main cars line up for start of another quick/tight race on the BPR Kingleman track.
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe "B" Main racers, L-R, Steve Walker, Dennis Samson, Joe Roman, Chris Yamashita, Roger Uusitalo, Pete Zimmerman, John Wakamatsu, Keith Tanaka
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe "B" Main race results. Congrats to the photographer, he won by avoiding the crashes!
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe "B" Main podium, L-R, John Wakamatsu 2nd, Keith Tanaka 1st, Dennis Samson 3rd. Keith's camera decided to get blurry on this shot!
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe "A" Main cars ready to beat everyone else to the banked first turn!
SoCal D3 "A" Main racers, L-R, John Cukras, Paul Sterrett, Tim Neja, Doug Matthes, Kyle Matthes, Dale Yamashita, Keith Tanaka, John Wakamatsu
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe "A" Main race results. Congrats to Doug Matthes on his close win over Dale Yamashita.
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe "A" Main podium, L-R, Dale Yamashita 2nd, Doug Matthes 1st, Paul Sterrett 3rd
LeMans Coupe "A" Main podium cars, L-R, Dale Yamashita, Doug Matthes, Paul Sterrett
Podium cars, L-R, Dale Yamashita, Doug Matthes, Paul Sterrett
Dale Yamashita's 2nd place car. Dale built this modified Warmack kit car.
Doug Matthes' winning car. Doug's latest chassis performed very well. Doug and Dale had quite a battle for first place.
Paul Sterrett's 3rd place car. Paul's chassis is always unique in design, but very consistent in excellent performance.
Paul prefers to use metal crown gears. The custom made motor bracket moves the motor rearward and the wider motor bracket gives clearance to use this type gear setup.
SoCal D3 NASCARs line up for another fender bender race.
If you haven't tried these D3 NASCARs, they are a lot of fun to race. It' surprising that these long wheelbase (4.5") large bodied cars provide exciting, close racing. Coupled with the short, tight Kingleman track at BPR provides a lot of fun!
SoCal D3 NASCAR racers, L-R, Ryan Miller, John Cukras, Gibson Coutley, Doug Matthes, Tim Neja, Paul Sterrett, Dennis Samson, Keith Tanaka, Dale Yamashita (sitout, not shown).
SoCal D3 NASCAR race results. Congrats to Doug Matthes on another win today. Paul Sterrett, John Cukras and Dale Yamashita were not far behind.
SoCal D3 NASCAR podium, L-R, Paul Sterrett 2nd, Doug Matthes 1st, John Cukras 3rd
SoCal D3 NASCAR podium cars, L-R, Paul Sterrett, Doug Matthes, John Cukras (loaner car)
Paul Sterrett's 2nd place car. Another Sterrett chassis.
Doug Matthes' winning D3 NASCAR. Doug's latest NASCAR chassis.
John Cukras' 3rd place car. John raced this loaner car from Mike Boemker (Jeff Easterly chassis)