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    Quote Originally Posted by Exhaustgases View Post
    I have a question to start, was Dave Cornell, just a crew chief or was he also a key engine builder for Rare Bear?

    And how about any information on Mel Gregoire anyone here know him ?
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    As a 14 year old my Dad asked me if I wanted to work on the airframe, or work on the engine. I enthusiastically chose the engine. I started working with Mel for the summer building 3350s, I was there when Dave Cornell and I came up with the plan to go to the three planetary supercharger drive at the suggestion of George Byrd. Dave did the calculations and did the manufacturing of the components that made the 1988 engine program that provided the horsepower and reliability that we needed. Dave Cornell, Bill Hickle and Greg Shaw developed the systems, water injection, and nitrous oxide. There were many reasons that Dave and my Dad stopped working together. Greg Shaw made a great Crew Chief for the Bearcat in the following years.

    It is a pity that the current owner alienated the brain trust that developed, designed, maintained, redesigned, and raced the Rare Bear. Dave Cornell was no longer on the team when Rare Bear set the 3 Km record.....but a lot of Dave's modifications were on the plane. Greg Shaw was my favorite crew chief of all time.

    Dave and I still talk often, if the situation would never have developed that created the divorce of Lyle and Dave the Rare Bear would have been impossible to beat.

    But I was working with Dwight by the end game.

    More great memories than you can ever imagine, if you weren't there you couldn't imagine it.
    Last edited by BellCobraIV; 08-05-2017 at 04:08 PM.
    John Slack

  3. #13

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    I would have liked to be in your shoes. Some years ago I got to spend time with Pete Law, and wow what a great guy, with some good stories.
    Last edited by Exhaustgases; 08-05-2017 at 05:23 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toldjaso View Post
    Here are a couple of pics

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    Nice pictures is that Mel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exhaustgases View Post
    Nice pictures is that Mel?
    That is Dave by the engine hoist in the first pic.
    I believe that is Mel (someone correct me if i'm wrong) barely visible behind the Master Rod in the second pic.



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    Thanks for the pictures. Goes to show you how much weight is flipping around inside of those big engines. What year were the pictures taken?
    So is Dave still doing this stuff or retired? I'm sure Pete Law is still active and will never stop doing his thing, I sure like that guy.
    Last edited by Exhaustgases; 08-06-2017 at 11:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exhaustgases View Post
    Thanks for the pictures. Goes to show you how much weight is flipping around inside of those big engines. What year were the pictures taken?
    So is Dave still doing this stuff or retired? I'm sure Pete Law is still active and will never stop doing his thing, I sure like that guy.

    Last time I talked to Dave, he was catching radioactive fish out in his wooden boat

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    Hope he's not eating them. So must be in the pacific ocean somewhere its full of them.

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    That's Mel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by knot4u View Post
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    That's Mel.
    Thank you, I really appreciate the photos.

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