View Full Version : My Shootout Story

10-16-2016, 03:50 PM
I went to the shootout this year and Tony (Silverbird) followed me down in his car. I had mine on the trailer so keeping up was not difficult. I didn't post about the shootout leading up to it for which I am sorry. I have reasons/excuses but I won't bore you with that.
I had the car prepped and ready. I was at the track in July and it worked perfectly. After that it got all new Mustang hubs, big brakes and new wheels and tires for the track. Fortunately my road wheels are drilled for both t-bird and mustang.
I entered the dyno competition at the event on the Saturday. The car put down 361 rwhp which was just 8 hp short of winning the M90 class. The bad news is that the trans got jammed in gear on the dyno. The car will not start in gear and you can't get the key out either. The car spent the rest of the weekend on the trailer. The racing was fun to watch but frustrating to not be able to participate.
I took the car back to the trans shop on the Tuesday after I got back. It turns out that the wire for the overdrive lockout on the Lentech valve body had to much slack inside the trans. it got caught on the shift valve, blew the fuse, and would not let the shifter go forward to neutral or beyond. That has been corrected.
I went to Toronto Motorsports Park (Cayuga) last Sunday. There was a race event going on at the same time as the test and tune. The track prep sucked and the staging lane waits were long and tedious.
I managed to get in three passes. The car put down a personal best for me. 11.999 sec at 113.34 mph. I wish it had been at the Shootout because there was only one other car that was running in Pro Street, so I would have brought home a trophy.
I took both the 'birds for E-testing yesterday and both passed very well. A testament to the tuning skills of Dave Dalke.

XR7 Dave
10-16-2016, 04:05 PM
Pictures or it didn't happen.

10-16-2016, 10:03 PM
Pictures or it didn't happen.

The guys from the trans shop recorded it on video. I will try to find it for you.

10-17-2016, 02:01 AM
That's awesome stuff Al, congrats on the PB and hitting 11's. Very impressive man I must say. You have put a lot of time and effort into your sc ( both actually ) and it shows. Happy for ya man.


Pat DiPersia
10-17-2016, 08:05 AM
Glad to hear it was an easy fix and nicely done on the 11.999!

10-17-2016, 01:00 PM
Cool deal Alan! Very nice run too!

My Shootout story looks to have a high-point, then a sad ending (to be verified.....) - not sure which is worse. :o

Glad to see you and Tony again. I really liked his car! Glad he brought it this time.

10-17-2016, 10:12 PM
Pictures or it didn't happen.

Here you go, Dave:


10-18-2016, 08:14 AM
Congrads on the 11's. Nice looking car!

10-20-2016, 02:41 AM
Al, car looks and sounds awesome man. Great run. Congrats.


10-20-2016, 06:39 PM
hi Allan

Compliments on your very awesome car !!


10-21-2016, 11:00 AM
Thats amazing Al...Congrats! 11's thats elite times

XR7 Dave
10-21-2016, 12:09 PM
Here you go, Dave:


Was just giving you grief. :) Nice job on the 11.99 though. You're making me proud!

Kurt K
10-21-2016, 12:38 PM
Congrats on the 11.99, I'm looking forward to next year.

10-22-2016, 11:20 AM
Welcome to the club Alan. Nice to see all hard work starting to pay off.
You always have a story to tell coming back from the shoot out, eh?)
What a crappy video. Did you shoot it with Motorolla Razor?

10-25-2016, 08:26 PM
Here you go, Dave:


Glad to see it's coming together Al.

Long journey but you and DD keep squeezing the tenth's.