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Updates…and PARTS! It’s like Christmas came early.

I haven’t done an update in a couple of weeks, so I will go backwards. Starting with this weekend!

Headway is being made on CBCFS Racing Paul Nauleau’s VW Bug rally car. You may remember them from being the first Class 11 finisher at the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000. We are excited to be a part of his next adventure, a rally car that retains the Class 11 look. More on that as the build progresses! But for now, things have to get worse before they are better, so it’s just a mess of parts and pieces.

Paul and crew prepped the pan for welding when they were here in October, so that is what we have been working on.

Larry G in his welding glory.

Larry G in his welding glory.

And with all race cars, you need lots of new parts! The parts have starting arriving. Here is the first drool-worthy photo of them.

Parts, parts, and more parts to come!

Parts, parts, and more parts to come!

Some close-ups:

Wilwood calipers, front and rear

Wilwood calipers, front and rear

Airweld rotors. They are machined and have custom hubs just for us! There are four of them, though the front and rear differ.

Airweld rotors. They are machined and have custom hubs just for us! There are four of them, though the front and rear differ.

Beam prepped, it has to start somewhere.

Beam prepped, it has to start somewhere.

For more randomness, here is a ’98 VR6 Jetta that really needed a cleaning. And I mean REALLY, inside and out, as the inside smelled like a moldy foot. It took three days, with the steamer, carpet cleaner, shop vac, various cleaners and conditioners, and tons of elbow grease. But wouldn’t you say she cleaned up pretty? It smells much, much better now as well. But other than cosmetic, this beauty also needed a heater core, thermostat, and ignition switch.

It looks WAY better. Trust me.

It looks WAY better. Trust me.

Then there’s this fun toy. We built an engine stand out of leftover cage tubing and some other parts we had lying around. This is especially awesome because we can start and tune engines on it too.

Reaching back into October, we had a visit from Paul, Dave, and Hunter to work on the rally car! What was originally going to be Frankenshine #1121 (and here) in 2011 for TLR will now be the rally car for CBCFS.

Here are some photos from that weekend as the prep commenced. Remember, sometimes you need to take a break and ride a bike.

And for your viewing pleasure, here is some racing stuff in the spirit up the upcoming Baja 1000! My internet is bunk tonight so I cannot load it to embed it here, you’ll have to visit it directly:
RedBull Class 11 Profiles, by Driving Dirty: BTS
And Dangerous Road Ahead:
Driving Dirty – Season 1 Episode 1

Here is also the 2016 SCORE Baja 1000 event schedule. Race starts at 6am NOVEMBER 18!
Livestream Mobile Ap link for tracking
Race information in general
– And don’t forget the main website for SCORE for when the Live Tracking is available.

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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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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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Changes to SCORE Class 11 Rules

Well, it has been quite some time since there has been a post here! Apologies for that. I do owe you guys photos and fun from several different builds we have been working on. I will get to posting those…eventually. 😉

Rules changes have recently been a hot topic among the 11 guys, and if you would like to see how hot it has become you can visit these two threads on the Class 11 Coalition: Aftermarket Shifters (discussion started here), continued here SCORE Rulebook Updates Happening.

SCORE recently made post regarding the changes for Class 11, Class 5/1600, and Class 1/2 1600 (as seen here: http://score-international.com/11-5-1600-12-1600/)

Statement from SCORE Tech director, Art Savedra,

After almost two years of watching this 8-to-1 low compression engine combination compete against the High compression engines I have seen a very competitive new introduction and a need for a change in the 1600cc Class rule. I am talking about 1/2-1600, 5-1600 and Class 11 here at SCORE International Off-Road Racing. I now see the need to add a different way to race in this class and still be competitive, this is not a change in the rules, but a different way to build your engine and still be able to race.

As of the SCORE Baja Sur 500, these changes will be in effect.

Good luck, Have fun, and Be careful!!!

Art Savedra

1/2-1600, 5/1600 and Class 9 and 11 are effected by the wording OR NOT WORDING that is in the 2011 – 2015 SCORE rule book. The wording should read as;

1) NOT ALLOWED – TITANIUM VALVES IN 1600cc ENGINES

2) ANY SINGLE VALVE SPRING ALLOWED…..”CONICOL or BEE HIVE” SPRING ARE ALLOWED.

3) STAINLESS STEEL VALVES ALLOWED

4) MOFOCO HEADS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED AS STOCK REPLACEMENT HEADS

CLASS 11 with the introduction of the “8.0 to 1 Low compression engine” in to this class as an option. There will be a temporary rule modification until SCORE Tech director can find an air box that will work under the stock rear deck lid rules along the Class 11 shifter and bumper rule they will read as;

1) HOOD EXTENSIONS ARE ALLOWED ONLY TO THE “LOW COMPRESSION” ENGINES VEHICLES UNTIL SCORE TECH DIRECTOR FINDS A WORKING AIR BOX.
CUTTING OR TRIMMING OF LOUVERS OR AIR VENTS UNDER REAR WINDOW IS NOT ALLOWED. THIS RULE APPLIES TO 5/1600 ALSO.

2) ANY SHIFTER MAYBE USED. THE SHIFTER MUST USE THE SHOCK SHIFTER BOLT HOLES WITHOUT ANY MODIFICATIONS TO THE SHOCK VW BELLY PAN.

3) THE USE OF AFTER MARKET BUMPERS “BRUSH GUARDS” OUTSIDE THE SHOCK BUMPER IS NOT ALLOWED. A SCORE CLASS 11 MUST RETAIN THE SHOCK PROFILE “SILHOUETTE” OF A STOCK VW SEDAN.
Clases de motor 1600cc: A las Clases 1/2-1600, 5-1600 y 11 se les permitirá un formula de motor opcional que será 1600cc de desplazamiento máximo con 8 a 1 (8.0 a 1) como máximo de relación de compresión, se permiten cabezas de reemplazo original sin portear siguiendo las mismas dimensiones de válvulas y bujías que la regla actual de SCORE. Los codos de admisión deberán ser originales, sin portear. Se permitirá carburador Empi o Webber 40 o 44 y se devera usar el maniful tubular solamente.
La Clase 5-1600 y 11 usara venturi PUM de 26mm máximo,
Clase 1-2-1600 de dos asientos usara venturi PUM de 25mm máximo y el 1-2-1600 de un asiento venturi PUM de 24mm maximo, solo se permitira gasolina automotriz de bomba.

Los insertos venturi para el carburador EMPI y Webber 40 o 44 se podran comprar por medio del director tecnico de SCORE Art Savedra (702-210-7785) o PUM.

1600cc engine classes. Class 1-2 1600, 5-1600, and 11 will be allowed to use optional engine formula with 1600cc maximum displacement and an 8 to 1 (8.0 to 1) compression ratio maximum, stock replacement heads with no porting may be used following the same valve and spark plug dimensions as the current SCORE rule. Stock intake end castings must be completely stock with no polishing allowed, an Empi or Webber 40 or 44 carburetor may be used and tube style intake manifold only.
Class 5-1600 and 11 must use a 26mm PUM venturi maximum,
Class 1-2-1600 must use a 25mm PUM venture maximum for two seat and 24mm PUM venturi for single seat. Pump gas only, 91 Octane maximum.

Venturi inserts for the EMPI or Webber 40 and 44 will be sold through SCORE Tech director Art Savedra (702-210-7785) or PUM.

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Two new pages at TLR

Late 60s Burro info sheet. Tiny Thompson in Santa Ana made the Burro frames.

Steve’s Burro at the 2012 Auburn car show.

TLR is pleased to bring you two new pages for your viewing pleasure. The first is information on the rare vintage race buggy called “The Burro,” a vehicle we had the pleasure of viewing back in 2012 at the Auburn Cruise Night finale show. Steve Heckert was the owner, and he generously provided a wealth of information on these cute little guys. Please read all about them by navigating our menu above under “Tech Info/Tutorials,” or CLICK HERE to visit it directly.

Additionally, Steve sent several vintage photos of VORRA racing circa 1970’s. You can view these by navigating our menu above under “Media,” or CLICK HERE to visit it directly.

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Random Updates, Race News

Bob Dodero's land-speed record holding oval window. Photo by HotVW here: https://www.hotvws.com/content.php?contentID=130

Bob Dodero’s land-speed record holding oval window. Photo by HotVW here: https://www.hotvws.com/content.php?contentID=130

It’s been a while since we’ve updated – it’s been very busy! So here goes….

First, a major shout-out to our friend Bob Dodero. You might remember him from earlier posts as the [new] owner of the the Smurf, #1106. He made his goal this year to race at Bonneville and break the land-speed world record for the ww36 class in an Oval Window Bug. (there are a lot of classes racing, ww36 is a specific class with specifications for the engine components, etc.) We are so pleased and proud that on Sunday, he broke the world land-speed record with his TLR-Gary Herrod-built 36hp motor at 78+ mph! He will be running again Tuesday (today) with changes to the carbs Gary also built for him, and a Pertronix system instead of points (it’s fun seeing the performance differences) – maybe he’ll even break his own record! We are very excited for him. Video of the engine to come soon from when we had it on the dyno. It sure doesn’t sound like a 36hp. Also on Sunday was Bob’s birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bob, and what a great present he gave himself!

If you would like to read HotVW Magazine coverage of Bonneville so far (they plan to have a full spread in the upcoming magazines):
– Day One of Bonneville
– Day Two of Bonneville
– Day Three of Bonneville

Also in the news, another VORRA Fallon 250 is in the record books. If you would like to see the results from that race, please visit VORRA’s site here: Fallon 250 Results. Congratulations to all competitors. If you would like to read race stories, please check that out on VORRA’s forum here.

The VORRA September Sizzler at Prairie City is coming up at the end of this month. If you are interested in some short course action as a racer or spectator, please check the information and schedule here on VORRA’s site:
2014 September Summer Sizzler
SHORT COURSE
September 27 – 28, 2014
Prairie City OHV Park
Rancho Cordova, California

The always awesome VORRA Halloween races (called the Spooktacular now) will be coming up in the end of October.

*They are still looking for VORRAteers to help with the races and on the track for both meets!*

Also in the news, our Syncro is up and running again! It sounds similar to the Booger. 😉 We will get photos and video of the Van on the site soon as well.

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VORRA Night Vision 250 Newsletter

Here is the June Newsletter containing the information for the upcoming July VORRA race, the NightVision 250. It is in PDF format, just click the link below:

June VORRA Newsletter

There’s also the basic schedule information available at the VORRA website itself:

Basic Schedule for NightVision 250

Remember, if not enough races pre-register, the race will be cancelled. If you plan to attend, please remember to register soon! Good luck to all competitors.

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VORRA Spring Newsletter

Here is the VORRA Spring newsletter regarding the upcoming races at Prairie City. Volunteers are welcome too, and if you just want to spectate instead of race that is awesome too! It is in PDF format:

CLICK HERE FOR NEWSLETTER

And since that wasn’t a very long post, here are some silly memes to make you smile today.

Larry G actually came up with this one. That's one of his gauges haha.

Larry G actually came up with this one. That’s one of his gauges haha.

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Also, this is coming up pretty fast! Don’t forget to mark your calendar.

Smith Flat VW Car Show May 4

Smith Flat VW Car Show May 4

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