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I met Dave (torqhead) as well as some others at Bandimere Speedway last night. Dave has an absolutely beautiful 69 GTO. It was hot and the air completely sucked, over 9,000 DA most of the night and it was hot. By evening we managed to get our stuff dialed in and had some fun runs. Dave had his first venture into the 12's and we had one heck of a good grudge match after we had to spend 20 minutes swapping out his ALT belt which was very near failure.

Here are some videos and pics. Nice to see some Pontiacs out there representing!

Dave and I's best race of the night: https://youtu.be/fck_XB8abic

Ride alongs in my car:

https://youtu.be/K8C4sWhb60A

https://youtu.be/5Kj63maS1rg

Couple videos of Dave's car launching:

https://youtu.be/A4LKr8falL4
https://youtu.be/n_8kj6HNTFo
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Great time! Always fun going to the track. Thanks for sharing.

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Looks like a fun time. Very happy to see nice cars being used at the track. Thanks for posting up the photos & videos.

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Looks like a good time for sure! Got a text from Dave mentioning he was headed out, but I was in the airport terminal in Cabo San Lucas waiting to board a flight back to the states.

great shots and thanks for the vidoes!

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Awesome..nothing like friends at the track..good times.

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That’s some crazy DA!....nice view down that track!

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That’s some crazy DA!....nice view down that track!
Sadly, it's pretty typical for Bandimere. "Good" air is around 8000, maybe a bit less. Bandimere is physically about 5800 ft above sea level. Add heat and low pressure which is common this time of year and the DA sucks.

Inconvenient for us racer types, treacherous for the guys with Cessna 152's and Piper Cubs!

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Nice runs and nice cars! Love the in-car video - my adrenaline was pumping just watching.

One thing I love about Northern California is being at sea level. DA is typically pretty good in Sonoma and Sacramento!

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Great time.

What was that stick shift car that you hear launching?

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Really cool pics and videos! Very nice cars and just the kind I like seeing best at the track. Looks like a fancy track, too.

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Great time.

What was that stick shift car that you hear launching?
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Great videos and having a good time. Nice to see some people at the track doing what the cars were meant for.

Brutal DA ...... geeeez

Hard to tell in the video but looked like a very high 12 second pass. That's an easy 11.60-11.80 pass in decent air.

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Great videos and having a good time. Nice to see some people at the track doing what the cars were meant for.



Brutal DA ...... geeeez
Thanks Larry. The suggestions you have given me during the past couple years are part of the reason why the car is doing better at the strip.... I always appreciate your knowledge.

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Thanks Larry. The suggestions you have given me during the past couple years are part of the reason why the car is doing better at the strip.... I always appreciate your knowledge.

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You're always welcome, nice to see it put to good use. I think hearing how you were having a good time is what I enjoyed the most.

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I met Dave (torqhead) as well as some others at Bandimere Speedway last night. Dave has an absolutely beautiful 69 GTO. It was hot and the air completely sucked, over 9,000 DA most of the night and it was hot. By evening we managed to get our stuff dialed in and had some fun runs. Dave had his first venture into the 12's and we had one heck of a good grudge match after we had to spend 20 minutes swapping out his ALT belt which was very near failure.

Here are some videos and pics. Nice to see some Pontiacs out there representing!

Dave and I's best race of the night: https://youtu.be/fck_XB8abic

Ride alongs in my car:

https://youtu.be/K8C4sWhb60A

https://youtu.be/5Kj63maS1rg

Couple videos of Dave's car launching:

https://youtu.be/A4LKr8falL4
https://youtu.be/n_8kj6HNTFo
Great time for sure! Thanks for posting Dan, been crazy busy and hadn't had a chance to jump on here.

I've done a number of changes over the past couple of years including suspension, a couple of tweaks and I think I can solve the weight transfer problem. I'll post some other vids this weekend.

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