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    Default Precious Metals Current Situation...Hope They Make It

    Very bummed to hear about Precious Metals issues...I am sure we are all holding our breath in hopes that they can get the "ferry" engine on and still make the show...I wonder if that's the engine that pushed her to 463 last year?...With the clean up and airframe mods she would still be fast and fun to watch...Right?!?!?!?...Besides we need that teams energy in the pit!
    Last edited by johnnyrace; 09-04-2013 at 12:31 AM.

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    Default Re: Precious Metals Current Situation...Hope They Make It

    I'm guessing, since there is a very limited supply of Griffon race motors lying around that it is the 2012 race motor. Like you said, 463 last yr and the plane is a lot slicker this year. If Thom is willing to run the same power settings as last year there is no telling how fast she can go. 470 plus? Still a podium finish is possible with attrition to the rest of the field. Breitling is the title sponsor and PM is their featured plane. I think the crew is very motivated to bring her to Reno. I think it will happen.

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    I think if they had an army of minions begging pennies for funding and no sponsor whatsoever they would still be at the top of the motivation list.
    Thom and his guys are a class act and no matter what it's gonna be great to see them this year.

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    Default Re: Precious Metals Current Situation...Hope They Make It

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMX105 View Post
    I think if they had an army of minions begging pennies for funding and no sponsor whatsoever they would still be at the top of the motivation list.
    Thom and his guys are a class act and no matter what it's gonna be great to see them this year.
    No question in my mind, the Precious Metal guys are the new Rare Bear guys! Not to take anything from my many friends who are and always will be, at least in my mind, THE Rare Bear guys..

    Thom, WBK... all of you guys, you have just really ingrained yourselves into the collective fan heart that is RENO... There's so much positive energy flowing your way from all over this country and beyond... not sure you'll need any engine to get there... you might just be able to ride the wave!

    We're pulling for you!
    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

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    Default Re: Precious Metals Current Situation...Hope They Make It

    Running last year's engine at last year's power setting would be quite interesting. It would give great insight into the gains from the "other" mods. I'd still prefer to see them with the race motor and on the podium.

    Is there any possibility that they can get there and qualify with the stock engine, get the race engine repaired and shipped out and then swap during the week?
    Sky Critter

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    My best guess would be that they have no idea at this point as to what went wrong. I am assuming that metal was found in the screens which means that if they had the parts to repair it would still require a complete teardown to avoid the risk of contaminating the "fixed" motor. To quote Mr. Dawson when he lost a cylinder in 2009 and we were discussing doing a cylinder change "They've all been to the same party"

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    Default Re: Precious Metals Current Situation...Hope They Make It

    Hey Thom and Crew,

    Your trip across country last year was a nail biter for us all. Judging by what you all have done this year some good luck is in order.

    Close your eyes for a second and I bet you can hear the entire Section 3 crowd chanting:

    Go PM Go
    Go PM Go
    Go PM Go
    Go PM Go
    Go PM Go


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    Ya'll have me very emotional right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Bill Kelso View Post
    Ya'll have me very emotional right now.
    Wait til we are all lined up at your pit with Beers and Hugs..........

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    Default Re: Precious Metals Current Situation...Hope They Make It

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMX105 View Post
    To quote Mr. Dawson when he lost a cylinder in 2009 and we were discussing doing a cylinder change "They've all been to the same party"
    Yeah, that's just an update of Dave Zeuschel's "Those girls all danced with the same guy...what makes you think they don't have the same thing?"

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