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    CelicaSupra.com Member brett85p's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by revvhappy View Post
    Already signed up for the Champcar event there in February.

    I heard that you had fun with the Hong Norrth MX3.
    I got passed by the MX3 a couple of times, that thing has some speed in a straight line!
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    CelicaSupra.com Member brett85p's Avatar
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    Been a while since I checked in here.

    We ran the WRL Mid Ohio race this past weekend, car ran real good Saturday and we picked up 2nd place in GP2, the diff said enough on Sunday costing us a bit over an hour for a careful replacement with through cleaning of bits of metal.




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    Have not been here for a while, figured I should post an update.
    The Ecotec powered Celica has had a good run in 2019, we placed 4th at April PittRace Lemons event despite rain and very limited visibility and then won the overall at Gingerman in June thanks to good fuel milage strategy and the lead car (Mk1 MR2) taking itself out in the final hour of the race. Nice write up in Autoweek on the race https://autoweek.com/article/racing/...sDRl5kgrvUs88E
    The car has been suffering from poor gearing sine we destroyed the 4.10 rear end at Mid Ohio, currently have 3.6 gears that combined with 16 inch wheels really bog the car down out of the turns, it does save some gas and has helped drivers to maintain momentum on the track. I have a 3.91 gear set being prepared now so we should ne in better shape for the next race in Topeka August 24/25 and rumored to be a small field we are hoping for another good showing.
    1978 Toylet Celica LeMons Racecar
    2.2 Ecotec Engine, Colorado Trans, Mk1 Supra Rearend

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    Ha, thats a good story! Congrats on the big win!
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    I love your logo. That's awesome!
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    Now that I have just read the Lemon story for the first time I feel deprived for not being more attentive to the Toylet project. Admirable work there.

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    Thanks everyone for the kind words, its been a fun ride!
    I just picked up 4.10 gears from a member here so we should be even faster at Topeka next weekend.
    1978 Toylet Celica LeMons Racecar
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    Great write up and congrats again! I want to see a report from topeka!
    it was great to finally meet you at Pitt and run with you in the rain

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    Congratulations on the overall win, Brett!! Persistence and a bit of luck is what you need to win in Class A - and you've certainly been persistent!

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    We had a good run at Topeka, finished 3rd overall and clocked the fastest lap of the weekend. We were in contention for the overall win but had a rear control arm bolt fall out, it cost 6 minutes in the paddock to replace and fortunately no damage. I replaced the bushings with urethane maybe three years ago and have not checked those bolts for a while. Also a couple of black flags avoiding spinning cars in the wet cost a few laps. Ended up 4 laps back form the winning Pontiac Solstice that runs the same engine as the Celica.
    I had a blast running the last stint 11:40 am to 3:30 pm as the track slowly dried out from the morning rain, plenty of drifting action and near misses!
    1978 Toylet Celica LeMons Racecar
    2.2 Ecotec Engine, Colorado Trans, Mk1 Supra Rearend

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