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10-06-2003, 12:15 PM
Or whatever they were called. How did you guys like it. I thought it was cool seeing you guys back to back. I know Dan had to furiously work on the car to get it ready for the second race, but other than that.

You guys put on a great show, I was looking over on the hill between 4 and 5 and there were still many fans watching.

Did SPEED cover any of the race? I hope to be out there with you guys some day, but I have quite a few more schools and life stuff before I am to that point.



10-06-2003, 08:23 PM
It was a fantastic weekend. I want to first thank Dave Stanfield for bringing me a spare set of rotors on Sunday!!:thumbsup: :thumbsup: Beau and I had another epic battle in the second race.:eek: If I have it figured correctly I am the rookie points winner on the East Coast. I am eligible for contigincy money from http://www.on-trackperformance.com/

I want to congratulate James Hoover on winning the East Coast AI points championship. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: James and his whole crew did a hell of a job this year.

My AI season is over. I have decided not to go to Summit Point in November. I can put that money towards some MM goodies this winter.

I would also like to thank all the MM crew for their support at VIR. Those guys really know their stuff about how to make a Mustang handle.

10-07-2003, 12:05 AM
Good job John. I'll see you for sure next year. Your welcome for me not going to VIR. :D
I really haven't heard much about the race other than who made the top 3 spots. My drivers don't like to call me.

10-07-2003, 04:14 PM

10-07-2003, 06:13 PM
It was a phenomenal weekend - I can't say enough good things about the MM crew - they were simply awesome!!!

I can't wait for Labor Day next year!

I am skipping Summit Point as well - especially after losing the transmission in the 2nd race - I should have enough points to keep 2nd place - I'll know more when Hoovy sends me the updates... ;)

I am making some changes to the car for next year, started last night pulling the ole' girl apart - I will post some parts for sale once I get them yanked off the car - starting with the engine... :eek: :eek: so if you know anyone that wants a good engine for AIX, she's a doozy!

I'll be running in AI next year... play with the low HP crowd for a change :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

10-07-2003, 07:17 PM
I would like to take a minute and thanks my sponsors. Tom Lewis you are the man. http://www.bananamotorsports.com/ I can't thank you enough for your support this year. I look forward to working with you in the future.:D :D Thanks to Mark at Turbo Tune http://www.turbotuneusltd.com/index.htm Mark did all of my dynotuning this year. I look forward to this partnership even more this winter.

10-07-2003, 08:11 PM
Good stuff guys.

Am also going to skip Summit Point and get the shop finished and the motor pulled out of the old girl to see what is going on inside of her. I hope it ain't a "partial birth abortion".

Hope to finish the season with the current position of fourth in points. No bad for a 55 year old driving a 40 (almost) year old girl with a lot of laps under her skirt.

You guys are great and laps ahead of any other amature group I have run with.

Got a big announcement coming in a few weeks.

Lets just say it is: "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly".


10-07-2003, 09:46 PM
Congratulations to Hoover and his entire crew!! Great job this year...you had your stuff together. Wish the battle would have gone down to Summit..but you guys were just too strong.

All of you AI folks put on a great show in 2003. Many thanks to Dan and Hoover for keeping this ship afloat. You both put up with quite a bit...and came through it all like the champions that you are.

I'll be staying home for the Summit race...so I'll see you all in the spring of '04.

This season has certainly had it's share of great and not-so-great moments.....let's hold on to the good...learn from the bad...and make changes to keep this great series growing.

Shugg--What can I say? Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this deal. Can't wait to tear into the 67 and get it ready for 2004!! Thanks for everything...you're truly a class act!

10-07-2003, 09:49 PM
This was the greatest weekend of my racing career. All of the hard work has finally paid off. It was great to see the support that MM gave to you guys this weekend. It was even better to see the Griggs boyz make there second race of the year. I think we all see that we need to step it up for next year . If things go right out west I think Griggs will secure East and West top first and second place finishes. It has been great, Who knows maybe we will show up at Summit dressed in AIX trim!!!!! Again, it has been a great year! I would like to take this time to dedicate this race for Alan to his friend Noel who lost his life in a car accident on Sunday morning. Alan decided to stay and race rather than go home. This is what AI is about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10-07-2003, 11:16 PM
I missed something, Congratulations James. If I am correct, James also broke Guy's single season victory record of 8 wins. I also assume that Dan is the AIX champion, congratulations to you too. You guys were all fun to hang around with during the few spare minutes I had at Lowes, I wish I was at VIR. Maybe I'll move out there next year.

So who is coming out for their beatings at Las Vegas? My offer still stands for anybody from a different region to make the AI podium.

10-08-2003, 09:54 AM

Did you know either of the other two Shelby (clones?) that raced with us? Unfortunately both had problems over the weekend but it was great to be on the track with them!

Thanks everyone for a great time!

Hopefully us northerners have convinced you that the Saturday night BBQ is a good idea. That should be an AI requirement.

Cosmo - I'll be at the Vegas race but only to watch I'm afraid as they won't let my car on the plane. Something about a 70 lbs limit.....

10-08-2003, 06:22 PM
Mark, Andy (#73) did several races with us this year and is one of the fastest early models I have been around. Very nice car and nice guy. I think he has proved to everyone that the early model can hang with a late model (it is a weight thing) in AIX. Andy is a great driver with a lot of laps under his belt. Hope he returns.

Since I did not make the trip, not sure what the other Shelby (clone) was. If a photo goes up perhaps I can identify. There are a bunch of these guys over on the historic side that we need to get into AIX to really add to the show. Good stuff.


10-08-2003, 06:54 PM
Unfortunately it looked like Andy blew his motor and the other Shelby (clone) was a very nice blue car that also had mechanical problems.

Both were great racers and I would love to race with them again any time!

10-08-2003, 08:05 PM
Hey Guys!
I just wanted to tell you AI participants how much I enjoyed watching on Saturday. Also...I'm jealous!! If the funds were there I would ditch my street monster and be out there w/ you! I think it was great of the Maximum Motorsports folks not only to send stuff but send out personel from California! That just lets us know that they do care for what we are into. I've got some decent video from the "cheap seats" but don't have the fire-wire set up yet. Have a good one!
Brad Worley

AI/X #08
10-08-2003, 11:57 PM
Unfortunately it looked like Andy blew his motor

Yeah I've got good video of that. He blew right in front of me and spun the car in his own oil. Ironically I put my car in the same grass as he did a lap later when the oil line ripped out with the blower belt. Fortunately his car turned out to be OK physically as did he. Very pretty car.

10-09-2003, 06:50 AM
Yes, sounds like the other early model was Nelson who just finished building the car and is working out a few bugs. He also did the VIR event and he and I had a good time towards the back of the pack.

He will also be a good addition to the series. I understand that if we get 6 or 7 early models on a regular basis we will get our own points system. Should be fun.


Jack Hidley
10-16-2003, 09:52 PM
On Thursday, October 2, five of us from Maximum Motorsports flew east for the big American Iron race at Virginia International Raceway. After a nice drive from Raleigh, North Carolina, through the frosty countryside we arrived at the track early Friday morning and were instantly surrounded by cold, beautiful weather, beautiful countryside, and wonderful hospitality.

We set up a display of MM products, our scales, and our alignment
equipment. Although there was still frost on the ground, a steady
stream of MM-equipped AI/AIX cars, most with a coffee-sipping driver behind the wheel, soon found their way into our paddock area. In between bites of breakfast, we set to work tuning each car to match the driver's desires. We were tickled to be of service, and thoroughly enjoyed working with each person. It was also great to get to know the wonderful people behind names we recognized from Internet postings and our customer database.

Friday evening, Bryan Shugg, John Pearson, Brian Smith, and Shugg's crew chief, Jason Smith, escorted us to Milton for a very tasty dinner at Aunt Millie's Restaurant. Our thanks to all of them--we had great fun swapping stories over a very tasty dinner.

On Saturday evening, the racers gathered around a large cookout of hot-dogs, hamburgers, and anything else that could be thrown on the fire. We were reminded many times that in the South, this was a `cookout'. Not a BBQ. Apparently a BBQ would be a MUCH bigger production, involving hogs in a pit of fire, and gobs of shrimp. The camaraderie made for a wonderful evening of food and conversation. Our thanks again for the hospitality and fun provided by the east coast racers.

A big Thank You to Dan Schlickenmeyer for putting together a great race weekend on short notice. This was a very well run event. Everything went smoothly, as scheduled, and without glitches or drama.

Our many thanks to Chris Retz (True Blue performance) for meeting us at our motel before sunup and guiding us to the track. Our special thanks to him for all of his help over the course of this long weekend. It was an especially busy time for Chris, as the VIR race weekend came in the middle of moving True Blue Performance into their new facility in Willow Spring, NC!

More of our thanks go to the many people who came by our product display area to ask questions about MM products, and talk about the racecars they are building for future AI competition. Answering their questions was yet one more thing that made this weekend so successful for us.

Our congratulations and thanks to the MM customers who raced at VIR. It was great to meet in person and become true friends with so many of our racing customers.

Bryan Shugg
Chris Griswold
Scott Whitehead
Elliot Fisher
Jim Pantas
Beau Dunnivant
Brian Smith
John Pearson
Eric Meehan
Jason Andrew
Will Sadler

Most of all, our thanks to all of the racers we met at VIR. What a
tremendous group of friendly and extremely great people! The friendly network of people and the wonderful attitudes really put a smile on our faces. Thanks for making our trip to the East not just worthwhile, but really terrific!

For more sappy writing, photos, and even a complete race report, go to www.maximummotorsports.com

10-16-2003, 10:49 PM

Where's the race report and sappy writings?

You forgot to mention the speakers you provided!!!

Jack Hidley
10-16-2003, 11:36 PM

I guess it hasn't been posted yet. I was told by the powers that be, that it would be soon. I'd post it here, but the photos make the complete file rather large (3Mb).

10-25-2003, 08:02 PM
Nice write up on MM's website. :D http://maximummotorsports.com/MM%20at%20VIR.asp Come on UPS!!!! :bounce:

10-27-2003, 09:35 AM
Although I was slightly further back did the second races battle for 1-4 happen the way it is written up?

10-27-2003, 10:05 AM
Originally posted by mwilson7
Although I was slightly further back did the second races battle for 1-4 happen the way it is written up?

For the most part, yes. The "lapped traffic" was actually Barry Kline in AIX. He was in front of us (Guy and I), not lapped traffic. Before the uphill esses, he broke his shifter doing a 3-4 shift (or did he brake his tranny?? -not sure). If memory serves me correct, he also hit is brakes entering the uphill esses, which caused Guy to hit the binders. I was anticipating Guy to hit his brakes a little entering the uphill esses (he had been doing so every lap before then). I just wasn't expecting the large brake check at that speed. No one's fault, it was just racing.

Note to self: the "outside" line of the Uphill Esses is very bumpy.

10-27-2003, 10:09 AM
I actually never knew you got past Hoover and Videto........

Proof that one can be behind someone and oblivious to their actual position

10-27-2003, 05:19 PM
For as frustrating as that weekend was for me (lost all hopes of the championship... qualified like crap... went off in "a big way" and hurt the car... more money down the toilet... wanted to hand it to the West coast guys... :D ) it was still one of the best weekends I've ever had at the track. I LOVE the camraderie in this series. Everyone is so daym cool for the most part. I really dig that. I also learned a lot about myself as a racer that weekend.

I think AI is the best daym amateur (do I dare say semi-pro?) series in the country right now. Yeah, it's got some growing pains. But this series has friggin exploded in 2 short years (at least East of the Mississippi). I don't know, I guess I'm just happy to have been apart of it all for two years...

10-27-2003, 06:36 PM
You know what's funny about that weekend. I don't know about everyone else but I thought we were going to have LOTS of down time over the three days. I don't think I was able to talk to Shugg or Pearson more than 10 minutes the entire weekend.

John - I believe you won the "Rookie of the Year" award!!! Give us a call to collect your prize!!

I also learned a lot that weekend. My car needs to lose some serious weight to be REALLY competitive. I've been unwilling to cut the R up the way it needs to be and I'm still running with the heater and full glass. Lot's of decisions to be made over the winter time........:eek:

10-27-2003, 06:59 PM
I'll get in touch with you soon Mark. Cut the car up so you can keep up NEXT year. :D Get me some prices worked up on fire systems. I'll call you.

10-27-2003, 07:15 PM
Congrats, John, on the Rookie of the Year status!


10-27-2003, 07:41 PM
Thanks Dave, the only reason I'm "Rookie of the Year" is because of On Tracks http://www.on-trackperformance.com/ support of the series. Thanks to Mark Wilson for his support.:thumbsup:

10-27-2003, 08:16 PM
Congrats John!! :) :)

Thanks Mark for the support of the series - you have inspired us (www.wildhorsesracing.com ) to do something similar next year!!! Details to follow!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

10-28-2003, 08:41 AM
I have watched Hoovy's video of that. That was a great save at that high of speed. Thank god for plywood instead of a new shiny splitter. Why did it take so long for everyone to start talking about the race? You should get him to send you a copy, It was awsome!

10-28-2003, 09:05 AM
We were told to not talk about if for at least two weeks so that those that didn't go would have to wait to hear about it:rolleyes:

10-28-2003, 09:11 AM
shhhh - is the two weeks up yet?!?! :textgrin:

10-28-2003, 09:19 AM
Well it took me a week to get home after the race and I've been at work for a week so I believe the press embargo has been lifted!!:thumbsup:

10-28-2003, 10:23 AM
Tell Hoover to send Pantas the video so he can post it on the AI site. Jim should be posting some of my in car SOON. :D

10-28-2003, 11:02 AM
I'll be glad to post them... I would post John's right now but I need to reduce it... (120MB+!!!)

:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

10-28-2003, 02:33 PM
Originally posted by wreckm
I have watched Hoovy's video of that. That was a great save at that high of speed. Thank god for plywood instead of a new shiny splitter. Why did it take so long for everyone to start talking about the race? You should get him to send you a copy, It was awsome!

Thanks bud. I still need to call Hoover to congratulate him "personally". You guys took off before I knew it from VIR. I was disappointed to look up and see the back of the Hoover Racing trailer cresting the hill leaving the track... I felt bad about that.

SEE!!! Everyone made fun of the MMWS - the Maximum Wood Splitter. But it worked like a freaking champ (I now have an idea of what downforce is all about!) when it was on the car and did exactly what it was supposed to when I went off. It exploded, not hurting anything on the car. Pretty awesome idea, I say. Just need some thicker paint to get rid of the genuine wood paneling look... :D

I WOULD LOVE to get a copy of that video! I'd like to see if there was any possible way I could have saved it (stayed on track) without hitting Guy.

I know why I haven't been on the boards. 1) I took a break from "all things racing." 2) I took a break from everything related to racing. 3) I took a break from racing. 4) I'm still trying to clean the back of my driver suit. ;)

I realized that in my other "congrats" post, I never said congratulated Pearson for Rookie of the Year. CONGRATS JOHN!!! Job well done.

Also, the Hard Luck award - Sadler and Koehler should be splitting that one.

Mark - it's funny. I thought I put something similar in my last post. I felt like I barely had time to chill the whole weekend!!!

BTone - congrats on your AIX championship. Way to persevere through a nuked crank.
Fisher - congrats on your AI championship. Glad to see MM in the winner's circle. :D

10-28-2003, 05:05 PM
The only way you could have saved it would have been to take out about 3 or 4 cars in the process. It would have been ugly!Cosmo said we had the alltime AI win record at 9, what he did not say was that AI also had the worlds fastest lawn mower.

11-23-2003, 10:47 AM
Here's a clip of Beau Dunavant and I. Thanks to Tom Lewis for hosting this. 7MB!!! http://www.planetmustang.com/Movies/BeauAndI.WMV

11-25-2003, 07:17 PM
You guys are killing me! Oh, to be 35 again!