Enjoy Polk Salad from the Ford vs Ferrari soundtrack this week.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bomkjym4HE8&list=RDbomkjym4HE8&start_radio =1

I’ve started some wax, ramble on this movie, and I’ll get to that in a few weeks. Entertaining movie, but painfully inaccurate. Not sure how you can do any movie without featuring Pete Brock, or at least mentioning him. He deserves some mention – for the love of almighty – so, how about I mention him. Pete Brock. Maybe that will help him trend. And let me take a moment to celebrate the fallen men and women who have served, as Memorial weekend is about this tradition. I hope your holiday weekend is relaxing, rewarding, and reflective.

Whats new
Holiday weekend. School car is up, running. New oil cap. Wowsa. And this new cap is very tight, reminding me that the next time an oil cap goes on and just spins to the stop point, um, how about you replace that 5 dollar item. Weather is good, hard top is coming off. I haven’t had that off in a few years. My routine back in the day - put the hard top on Halloween weekend, and take it off on my birthday in March. I realized a few years down the road – a hard top in the summer, in Dallas….is actually a good idea. Maybe reverse it, but weather in dallas is iffy, and this is a year round market for a TR6, so, in short, I’ll never get that right. Simple opinion, or preference. And I change my mind a lot. Explains so much of what I have done to the car at this point. D6 membership over 200 now, our gathering today at the bullets brewery, ribs on the smoker tomorrow, some racing on the firepit tv, cold beer, friends, family, and reflection. Hoping everyone else is winding down and reflecting too.

The Wax
Paint color. I don’t know why this hasn’t hit me until recently. Cars are dull now. Well, exotics are still bright, vibrant. But go look at the new car colors – Im sure you can special order a few, but the lot is overwhelmed with white, grey, black….Did I forget one? An occasional bright yellow camaro. I’m struggling to remember seeing a red car on the road around me recently. We go from all black when cars began, to Austin Powers 1960s palettes, back down to this simple group of choices. Our family has 2 white Rav4s. I must have some secret addiction to white cars. I love color on cars. Or so I say to myself, you and others that I like color on cars. I threaten all the time to paint the school car that sexy dark green that Wolf shot his hard top with. And my personal favorite, midnite blue – that 71 color if in case that tint changed over the production. That color, with hard top, light tan interior – that’s my grass is greener. But until I make this move, its just talk.

One of my favorite colors on this mark is that brown – sienna? My memory of that color were on cars that were just clean, simple, and well maintained. Probably spoke to what that color attracted – that professor type, meticulous. That color, to me? Says 1970s brittish car. I am around some great colors at our recent events, and not just great colors, but great paint on these cars. Yellow, Blue, Blue, Green, Plum, and that light yellow – Bob Cullum’s 71 is a lovely car. But there is something about a pack of lifesavers lined up at some event, all variants of this mark’s production – to remind us that color is good. If anything, the color on these cars fill the spirit, renew us. I remind myself that I am not here to debby down…..er. And this wax is about – you know what? Sure, cars today are low in palette, and while very nice, clean with great paint processes, they don’t fill the soul like the vibrant eras. That will reverse some day. I don’t know when, but the soul is a great motivator, and shifts come from here, as much from some marketing department. I reckon.

Tech tip. rotate the tires
Da Vinci Code
Throwback. Bob Tulius

Tech. tire rotation
I know there are some solid alignment specialists out there, but I don’t think that is something this car benefits from around the country, or the world. No 2 TR6s look the same to me, particularly in the stance. And with spacers, shims, and our less that perfect frames, getting it close might be a good thing.

I have tires from discount, and I get this lifetime balance and rotation. I am going to go in today for that service, and I am adding this to at least twice a year to keep my rubber semi equal, and certainly to insure I have good balance on these rims. So, with or without a free rotation or balance, do what you can to swap those corners and keep the rubber rotated. Maybe an hour project even with a factory jack and some chunks of 2x6 studs, laid down, stacked. Rotation per the Bentleys, I assume.

The Renaissance
Firepit with neighbor steve this week. Just bought a new ford truck. Over the weekend, at a dealership with his son, and his son’s truck, oil change or something, and while waiting, walks the lot. No cars. Or few. He continues with why, from the sales manager hovering. Explains why used cars are over book values. Like the housing market. No inventory. This sales manager says its because of computer chips. New stuff can’t run unless they have the electronics. So, I guess production lines are happening, to some extent, and cars aren’t being delivered to dealerships. All hearsay here, so chew on this with some salt.

Regardless of why, the fact is, used car values are up. That really doesn’t relate to us and this mark. Most of the supply chain issues are the root, but some of the demand for old is because of the pain of change. Who moved my cheese, per Dr Seuss. The transportation renaissance, includes kids today having no desire to drive. To us, as old as soil, impossible to believe. I “borrowed” a car when I was 13. I could drive a ford 8N tractor at 10. Later, living in Chicago, having no need for a car for 2 years, yet owning, parking, and paying parking garage fees. Not completely true, as I drove a lot while I lived near Evanston, and working in River North. Transportation, as we know it, is morphing quickly. Traffic noise reducing as the tesla whirs past me at home depot exiting, and the truck next to me at the light, shutting down, restarting as the light turns green. Buy some stock in those companies that produce engine starters. Fumes, service, wear, tear. Comfort seems to be steady, as I guess that isn’t related to this shift in energy sources for us getting around.

Each day, if not week, a new steward takes over from another steward, giddy with this car like they were 6 years old on Christmas morning. And that continues, but I really can’t tell if this wave is steady, growing or dropping. Hindsight is 20/20, but trying to see into the transporation future….just 5 years from now, I simply can’t. More electric is my best guess, and more infrastructure around that. Audi will not produce any gasoline cars after 2025, so I have read. I mean, that is jumping off the high dive, not just standing there shaking.

The all wheel drive Quattros
One day, I’ll get back to some of my missteps with the butt ride or school car. It’s the month of May, and feeling vintage racing a bit, and remembering Bob Tulius

So, even back in the day, I know who Tullius is. Zero clue on Kastner. That sounds kinda sad, given my decent general knowledge of motorsport. In 1986, I am at the retooled Dallas Grand Prix in Fair Park, Dallas. Retooled, as in, 1984, 2 con artists convince Bernie to bring the GP to Dallas, and it’s a full on spectacle, complete with 100 degree ambient days, melting asphalt from the turbo cars, driver walkouts, and the whole circus that came with a GP event. Dallas is lining up to be a regular stop for the show until the event organizers skip town with money, stiffing Bernie. Dallas, ready to play racing now, is in shock as no one is lining up to replace this event. Dallas, is a black eye, scorned in racing.

But 1986 somehow finds the trans am circus, complete with support events. Here, I am wandering around, watching practices for the Corvette Challenge, Super Vee, Truck, and Trans Am. I came for the SuperVee stuff, but the Trans Am is what lingers over the years. Roush is there, Paul Newman is there, Willy T Ribbs….the list is long. And in this chaos is the Audi All wheel drive team. First year of trans am, with white, black and red quattros on the grid – 2 of them, with group 44 schemes, including the numbering, all in the 40s. Hurley Haywood, and Walter Rohrl. Hans Stuck is the regular number 2, but not there due to some conflict. Walter Rohrl. I had heard of him, but never experienced his driving. Jesus. A magician throwing this Quattro around like a rag doll. Like watching a road race clinic with this guy and this team. So dominant, SCCA threw weight and restrictions at them all year, and they still walked away with the titles.

You could walk thru the pits, actually touch cars in this venue. Im standing next to Tullius in that skin tight polo shirt, talking to someone, interview, best I can remember. Hoods are up on these cars, inline 5 cylinders, btw. And all sorted as any german team would be, but to have some connection to Triumph Group 44 was very cool, more than I realized then. This crew, showing up, thundering thru trans am, forced to wear weight, smaller tires, and whatever else SCCA could throw at them to slow them down – nothing slowed the all wheel drive cars down. The reckless actions of all these trans am teams trying to keep up, much less overtake these cars, was comical. Roushe – legend – mixing up all this ford works stuff, stuffing dallenbach and pruett in those cockpits, and literally chasing the tail of those monsters – such fun to watch, not having a dog in this fight. Me, in the stands, enjoying this spectacle. We have all witnessed racing dominance, and this was nothing short.

Tullius. Can you imagine? Taking his brand of magic, rounding up Porsche works drivers to handle his program? This crew leaves SCCA, heads to IMSA and their GTO program, crushes that in the next few years until they have enough of the sanctions and bull****, while leaving this cavity of exposure in the motorsport world. Tullius. Lets celebrate Kas, but for the love of God and almighty, please never forget the impact of this guy in anything he touched.

That’s enough for today
You and your Triumph TR6 are lovely diplomats. You help people around you with this car without even knowing it. You bring happiness to the school kid with the dropped jaw. You are a steward, responsible for it, and to it. Please start the car with it out of gear and foot off the clutch to save your thrust washers. Pop your hood and have a good look around the engine bay. Smile when you drive, and whenever possible, take a kid driving.

L.O Guvna

I am the steward of CF50460UO, born September 1975 with paint code 19 and black interior. Nicknamed “the school car”, is now over 100K in miles, with the original paint. I am the 3rd steward. Car came with hard top and overdrive. Current upgrades include Konig Rewind 16” rims, Falken 205s, 4Runner calipers, poolboy carbs, electric fan, pertronix ignitor ignition, TR5 cam, pacesetter header, 70amp Lucas direct fit alternator, Silverstar Halogen headlights, WBC blueprinted oil pump, Bastuck 9 pound flywheel, Goodparts suspension on all 4 corners, Goodparts sway bar, Goodparts trailing arm brackets, Volvo OD gears, 7/8 rear wheel cylinders, JVC audio with 4 speakers, high torque starter, solid state Rheostat, pending LED dash gauges. And much more to come….