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    Quote Originally Posted by Race5 View Post
    One of the crew chiefs told me the next day "If that race was one lap longer, Dreadnaught would have won."
    Exactly. Voodoo's carb was essentially being held in place by the linkage and gravity, and even though Strega was running when it landed, it didn't go home for months indicating that needed serious work/new engine to leave.

    A win is a win, but that said I think Jay got lucky. Had Voodoo not had the carb issue, they would have walked away the winner, and Strega may not have even finished.

    Jay is a great pilot, but he flew a lot further than Steve, and up till the carb issue showed itself, Jay had no chance of winning.

    Hopefully in the not so distant future we will get another showdown, along with PM, Furias, 232 and Rare Bear all in the hunt as well.

    Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR View Post
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    Hopefully in the not so distant future we will get another showdown, along with PM, Furias, 232 and Rare Bear all in the hunt as well.

    Will
    I hope so too, but fear unless a new owner for 232 and RB appears, we won't see those two any time soon.
    Fingers crossed though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR View Post
    Exactly. Voodoo's carb was essentially being held in place by the linkage and gravity, and even though Strega was running when it landed, it didn't go home for months indicating that needed serious work/new engine to leave.

    A win is a win, but that said I think Jay got lucky. Had Voodoo not had the carb issue, they would have walked away the winner, and Strega may not have even finished.

    Jay is a great pilot, but he flew a lot further than Steve, and up till the carb issue showed itself, Jay had no chance of winning.

    Hopefully in the not so distant future we will get another showdown, along with PM, Furias, 232 and Rare Bear all in the hunt as well.

    Will

    That sounds like a great story, but the carb on a merlin is on the bottom of the motor, unless it flies upside down gravity is not going to hold it in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    That sounds like a great story, but the carb on a merlin is on the bottom of the motor, unless it flies upside down gravity is not going to hold it in place.
    That is a very good point!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    That sounds like a great story, but the carb on a merlin is on the bottom of the motor, unless it flies upside down gravity is not going to hold it in place.
    Fair enough. I didn't see it personally, but I got the info from a reliable source. I was told the carb was very loose. That was why they lost power with a lap and a half to go. The engine was fine. The carb was the issue.

    The end result, Steve was lucky to get it down on the ground, on the runway safely. Jay was lucky that Steve had an issue, and the race wasn't any longer. I'd still like to see a rematch with both pilots and planes running 100% right to the end.

    Will

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    Jay was lucky that Steve had an issue,
    In a lot of cases, to win a race a lot of things have to go right, AND you have to have a little luck.

    Sounds like it just wan't Stevo's day. Can't take anything away from Jay and Team Strega.

    GP

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    Default Re: Will Goldfinger be a competitor?

    Suggestion

    Why don't we break out this Strega vs Voodoo discussion into it's own thread, moderators?

    The original Goldfinger subject is a good thread in its self.

    Last edited by Desertdawg; 08-02-2018 at 03:18 PM. Reason: Typo

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    To add to the off topic nature here, how does a carb get loose? Failed gasket? Failed Flange? Otherwise I would think that with everything safety wired it would be virtually impossible to get it loose without a major part(s) failing.
    Not being provocative, genuinely curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    To add to the off topic nature here, how does a carb get loose? Failed gasket? Failed Flange? Otherwise I would think that with everything safety wired it would be virtually impossible to get it loose without a major part(s) failing.
    Not being provocative, genuinely curious.
    Hey Leo

    Well, there are 8 bolts for mounting the carb. They are safety wired and, because of the hot and cold nature of carbs plus the vibrations, they use locktite more than likely. Also if the bolts stretched from a carb backfire the motor would have pretty much stopped. If by some chance the bolts did loosen, the motor would have been in a very lean condition. In a lean condition it would stop running or melt-burn pistons quickly. It would have been an almost instant mayday.


    The cause of Voodoo's issue was, as it was when it did the record passes, valve train related. That is the Achilles heel of the race merlin.


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    I would think that any significant vacuum leak at that area would be an instant loss of a lot of power and/or the torching of pistons, valves, etc. from an over lean condition.
    I had an engine suck a manifold gasket (due to a loose bolt) on my car once during a drag race and the result was very catastrophic and very final. The hole was about 1/2 inch long by 1/16" tall.
    I also had a Mustang with a Pinto 4-banger in it (a 79) that started running a little rough. I drove it that way for a few WEEKS until I finally got around to checking it out and found the carb barely attached. why it ran at all I don't know, and after I replaced a gasket and tightened it I drove it 50,000 more miles!

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