Optimized Motorsports Group #1147 Engine!

Two Larrys Racing is pleased to announce we have been working with Kenyon Whetsell of Optimized Motorsports Group to freshen up Stockbug Class 11 #1147 to prepare it for the 2016 racing season. If you would like to see photos of the build, and also updates of the installation when #1147 makes its way to TLR, please navigate the menu above at Projects > Racing Engines > Optimized Motorsports Group #1147 Engine or directly HERE.

#1147 Optimized Motorsports Groups with Kenyon Whetsell at the wheel at Primm, NV for 2015 SNORE Battle at Primm. Photographer unknown, taken from https://www.facebook.com/Optimized-Motorsports-Group-308441911334/

#1147 Optimized Motorsports Groups with Kenyon Whetsell at the wheel at Primm, NV for 2015 SNORE Battle at Primm. Photographer unknown, taken from https://www.facebook.com/Optimized-Motorsports-Group-308441911334/

Optimized Motorsports Group #1147 first fire video:

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New Coloring Pages For Kids! Or adults too…

TLR is pleased to present the kids’ first coloring page of what may end up many. You can also find a list of all pages available in our Menu above, under Videos & Media to Downloads to Kid’s Coloring Pages. We hope your race car crazy kids enjoy giving #1112 a make-over!

You can download or print the following by clicking on the picture, which will take you to the PDF file.

#1112 the Green Booger, Class 11 Stockbug

#1112 the Green Booger, Class 11 Stockbug

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Random update – Busy, busy!

There may be a lack of posting here, but that’s not for lack of activity. Honestly there hasn’t been much to post about, as machining heads and cases, prepping pans and tunnels for welds, tearing down and diagnosing engines, collecting parts to finish projects, Jetta control arm bushings, Chevy Suburban overhauls, and getting golf carts running again aren’t terribly exciting posts.

But what DID happen was finally we finished this buggy. What originally was supposed to be an easy custom roll cage build ended up turning into a long project of diagnosing and fixing what needed to be fixed. The clutch tube had been shortened inside the tunnel to about less than a foot in length with a plastic sheath used instead. This caused the cable to coil on itself inside the tunnel, as well as rub a section away at the pedals in the tunnel that pinched it, effectively rendering the cable [eventually] inoperable. We had to not only get a doner tube from a Ghia pan but also cut two holes in the buggy tunnel to install it. The pedals themselves were broken and missing their plate, so we fabricated a fix for that. The single master cylinder had failed, so that was replaced with a dual master. A too-long bolt was installed backwards in the rear suspension, severely cutting down travel. And several other random issues to make it safer and more reliable.

But we are very pleased with the outcome, and the buggy’s owner was thrilled when she finally got to drive it again (immediately noting that it actually shifted!). Seeing people happy with the results always makes us happy, too. And just in time for convertible weather!

Next up was a friend who brought us his transmission to have a Quaife differential installed in it. I haven’t seen his project yet, but it’s a custom flatbed Bug truck with a Corrado engine. He will really enjoy the handling better with this Quaife.

Installed differential in this transmission.

Installed differential in this transmission.

And to quell the rumors (or maybe start them?) we have indeed uncovered the Green Booger and have commenced prep. Slowly, anyway, as we have time for it. It has been fun working on the Booger again. Alas, I forgot to tell Ken Porter of Porter’s Precision I planned to paint it green as well, but he did a nice job painting it black while refreshing it. So black it will stay for now!

As we have time to do so, we have been working on a complete tear down of a 1973 VW Thing (T181). Acquired from the second owner, who purchased it in 1975, it had been sitting for quite some time. To do it right, we took it completely down to square 1 – just the tunnel, and even only partial of that! In the long run, it will make this Thing much more reliable as we will be will addressing every single part of it.

So as we continue work on this, we’ll post updates. The ultimate plan is for link-pin suspension with Fox shocks and fully caged, among other things.

Thanks for reading!

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Help let Emma know racers CAN be girls!

This was pasted and shared to a group on Facebook called Women of Off Road Racing. TLR would like to share it with you here as well and has copied it over.

ATTENTION RACERS ???

Recently, a little girl named Emma who races quarter midgets at Rocky Mountain Raceways went to school and was asked to make a personal goal. She said that she wanted to improve on her summer and winter racing. The teacher quickly shut her down and said that couldn’t be a goal because girls aren’t supposed to be race car drivers and made her redo the assignment. Emma was crushed and went home crying and asking her parents to sell her stuff ‘since girls cant be race car drivers’. Her family has since convinced her that they shouldn’t sell her stuff.

This is where you guys come in! The awesome people at Rocky Mountain Raceways are trying to round up hero cards/ letters of encouragement/ anything you got to present to Emma to show that girls can indeed be race car drivers! Tag the female drivers you know as well or share the status!

Please send the pictures or letters of encouragement to:

Rocky Mountain Raceways
Attn: Dan Breach
6555 W 2100 South
West Valley City, Utah 84128
dbreach@rmrracing.com

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CBCFS Racing #1116 takes the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000!

And I should have made that title in all-caps, because I cannot convey how EXCITED we are for them! Unfortunately they did not make it to the finish within the allotted 33 hours, they made it in roughly 38 hours. THREE Class 11’s finished this year out of seven, in what proved to actually be a difficult course.

Paul Nauleau, head of CBCFS Racing, contacted us again in early 2015 about his plans for making November’s 2015 BugLight SCORE Baja 1000. Well, of course we would love to help him race it again! As a refresher, you can read about their previous experiences prepping for the 2013 Tecate Baja 1000 with us at Two Larrys Racing headquarters HERE.

I must say, it has been an honor and privilege to work with CBCFS Racing. Their team is organized, determined, learn quickly, and overall generally just NICE people. A more worthy team of the Baja title is hard to imagine. I will post here later when team experience stories have been shared, and let them tell you in their own words. We followed the race online and via cell phone communication from start to end, and what an anxiety-ridden, close race with some well-matched competition it was. Leads and placements were swapped more times than I can count.

#1116 CBCFS Racing/Paul Nauleau for the first place finisher in the Baja 1000! It unfortunately does not count as a win, as they did not make it to the finish within the 33 hour mark. But a finish in the Baja is bragging rights within itself, so regardless of trophy or no, this is a win on our book! Congratulations!

1116 at the SCORE Baja 1000 finish line after 38 hours of being on the course.

1116 at the SCORE Baja 1000 finish line after 38 hours of being on the course.

Erick Sala photo of #1116.  Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

Erick Sala photo of #1116. Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

1116 at the SCORE Baja 1000 finish line after 38 hours of being on the course.

1116 at the SCORE Baja 1000 finish line after 38 hours of being on the course.

For second Class 11 finisher, #1121 Team H12:One Racing, Dennis Hollenbeck proved a worthy competitor and defender of his 2014 SCORE Baja 1000 championship! This team races for a fantastic cause as well, and supports their local women/children’s shelter and needy folk.

#1121 at the finish line, photo by Kailen Hill

#1121 at the finish line, photo by Kailen Hill

#1121 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez

#1121 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez

Third place finisher was #1113 Wallentine Motorsports, Brian Wallentine. You probably won’t recognize this car the way it is now, but this used to be #1106 PetFinder (the red car) owned by Jeff Lee. How awesome it’s gone on to participate on the Baja 1000!

#1113 on the move, photo by Erick Sala. Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

#1113 on the move, photo by Erick Sala. Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

#1113 at the finish line early morning

#1113 at the finish line early morning, photo by West Coast Bajas

Fourth in line was multi-Baja 1000 champion Eric Solorzano with #1111, racing with Robert Johnson who said the track was one of the roughest he’s experienced. Unfortunately he did not finish, but he gave CBCFS Racing quite an exciting lead swap several times! We are still unclear as to what happened to take them out around the 350 mile mark, though it was reported the race was really hard on their front suspension and they were tightening ball joints, etc..

#1111 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez.

#1111 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez.

Fifth was #1101, the Cops Racing Class 11 with Rene Rodriguez. We are still unclear what took them out of the race, but they provided some exciting placement swapping as well!

#1101 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez

#1101 on the move, photo by Italo Sanchez

Sixth were #1129 3 Amigos Racing with Dave Bolles. They were taken out at 67 miles with a rock that slammed into their head and removed the valve cover and dumped the oil. Engine failure occurred, resulting in their return to Ensenada.

Erick Sala photo of #1129.  Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

Erick Sala photo of #1129. Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

Seventh were #1107 the Desert Dingoes and Jim Graham. They experienced issues from almost the beginning of the race (prior actually) and had the wrong mixture of fuel. They added a fuel additive that was supposed to bump the octane, but it had an adverse affect on their fuel sponges and turned them essentially to mush. The mush made its way through the system, and they were unable to flush it fully. They were stopped around race mile 31, but made their way to around rm 50 before being towed back.

Erick Sala photo of #1107.  Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

Erick Sala photo of #1107. Check out his website HERE https://500px.com/erick_salas.

Congratulations to everyone! Just being there is an accomplishment in itself.

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CBCFS Racing Prepping for Baja 1000 at TLR

It was brought to my attention by a friend that I have neglected updates on this site in lieu of our Facebook page for some time now. For that, I apologize!

Paul Nauleau, head of CBCFS Racing and #1116, contacted us again in early 2015 about his plans for making November’s 2015 BugLight SCORE Baja 1000. Well, of course we would love to help him race it again! As a refresher, you can read about their previous experiences prepping for the 2013 Tecate Baja 1000 with us at Two Larrys Racing headquarters HERE.

Paul spent three weekends with TLR, and worked on #1116 at home during the week as well, between college time. One thing about this team – they are organized AND determined! Here are some photos of his time spent here. TLR’s main job was to freshen the engine and prepare it once again for the Baja 1000. Tranny was freshened up by Ken Porter at Porter’s Precision.

After the prep was finished, Paul came back to TLR for a test day. We originally planned for Prairie City, but the weekend before and after were reserved for the VORRA short course races and the Hangtown motocross races respectively. Ever the problem-solvers, we made a test track on our own property, so yes, this is private land in these photos. I think Paul and Will had a lot of fun.

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