P3 in CF today. Started P2 overall as some were late to the grid, was P2 in-class going into T1 and played it cool while things got a bit dicey.
Had a chance to regain the lead when yesterday's polesitter caught us due to the short grid and attempted to pass the leader in T1, only to get pinched down into the grass. It was very nearly a massive wreck.
All told, it was a good run. Car worked as was designed, we need a bit more seat time to develop some areas of the handling.
Anytime you can roll the car into the trailer in one piece at the end of the year, it was a good year.
Former AAR draftsman Alan Burke hung out with us today, so we had him sit in Eagle DGF #005, as he also used to race a sister DGF. It was a pleasure Alan!
Today we started dead last, 24th. Skipped qualifying this morning due to some off-track issues that make racing seem rather insignificant.
After six laps, #46 finished 10th overall, fourth in CF. Kept our nose clean and had some fun battles with drivers I haven't run with before. Cheers everyone, that was a hoot.
Start sixth overall tomorrow afternoon, third in CF.
We had a great time at the Milwaukee Concours yesterday. Thanks to all of the volunteers, exhibitors and everyone who came to the event for helping support the local charitable causes. The Milwaukee Concours is a very well run event, and there is no mystery as an entrant as to where and when we needed to be at our assigned place on the field.
It was a pleasure to have the Thames on the show field with so many magnificent creations from all corners of the earth, some that were probably at some of the same race circuits as the Thames in the day.
Although we decided not to enter judging, we had a number of people tell us that the truck and Stanguelli combo was their favorite entry at the event.
Thanks for the love Milwaukee.
At the 1963 SCCA Chicago Region June Sprints, a Stanguellini placed third in the Formula Junior category, raced by our friend Bob Birmingham.
While the borrowed Stang' we had on display today atop our Thames wasn't his old car, it still brought a smile to Bob's face.
Even more so when we told him that during our research, we found he had the last ever podium finish for a Stanguellini in SCCA national competition in the Formula Junior class.
If you dont know Bob, you should. His kindness and willingness to share his personal accounts of not only races, but of people long since passed is something we treasure.
It is one thing to create a memory, it's another to keep it alive. Bob is working on three books as we speak to do just that.
The Thames and Stang combo is all set and ready here at the Milwaukee Concours d'Elegance. Stop on by!
Look for the Thames & Stanguellini combo this Sunday at the Milwaukee Concours, held at Veteran's Park on the scenic shores of Lake Michigan.
The 'Tonka Set' won't be judged, but it'll serve as the home base for the race car class.
We were deeply saddened to hear the news that longtime ArmsUp Motorsports racer Jim Victor died yesterday, the result of a testing accident at Road America aboard his Formula Continental ride.
Last weekend, he was hustling his much-loved Chevron B17 to a fine podium finish at the Weathertech International Challenge, topping the FB class in the racegroup we were in with our Eagle DGF.
Jim was as kind and thoughtful off the track as he was on it, a true gentleman.
Our hearts go out to his family and many friends around the world. [Bill Nesius Photography]