2018 SEASON AT THE READY
Hello everyone and welcome to a brand new racing season with our Northern Force NHRA Super Stock team. The winters do seem less tolerable as we get older!
There are many things to be optimistic about. We’ve had another sponsor join our team for the 2018 season. Ray and Carrie Bonin, owners of Kangacruz Mini Golf Carts in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, have become a major marketing partner. It wasn’t a real tough sell as Ray was familiar with our sport and knew the demographics would be favourable. Their Kangacruz line of carts are really neat. We’ll have a brand new one with us at all the races for teams and spectators to check out. These mini-carts are perfect for those who are downsizing their trailers but still want to include a motorized pit vehicle. These carts will even fit in the storage area under a motor coach! Ray and his staff will custom spec these units, and the pricing is excellent. Please check them out at www.Kangacruz.com. Tell them ‘Bogus’ sent you.
Time and logistics permitting, Jory will be back as our driver. We put him behind the wheel for the final Can-Am Series race of 2017. His reaction times were excellent. As I had driven all year with only one round win, some of the competition jokingly accused me of “bringing in a ringer” but we didn’t have the proper rear slicks for a cold track so couldn’t ‘hook it’. For 2018 we’ll have what we need, mounted on new Weld Wheels. We would like to run a mixture of NHRA Regional and National Opens, along with selected Can-Am Stock/Super Stock Series events. Kirk Vanni continues as our crew and good friend. Kirk and his brother Mike are like family. We sure miss their dad, Vince. Gloria is committed to continue making friends with her lunch buffets.
THESE ARE THE VENDORS WHO KEEP US GOING
Rob Carpenter Racing in Niagara Falls, Ontario, with head engine builder Joe Fioravanti have freshened up our motor. This engine was already one of the best in class and should be even better. Those guys live and breathe Super-Stock and use current technology with quality parts.
Hutch’s Transmission Service in London, Ontario, went through the Powerglide. John is super sharp and meticulous. He looked at our data logger information and came up with a plan.
We had a new torque converter built for us by Ultimate Converter Concepts in Cornelius, North Carolina. Gloria and I decided a road trip would be nice so we picked it up and met the owner, Lenny Croteau. He sure builds an excellent product. While down there we visited the NASCAR Hall Of Fame. With an outdoor temperature of 75 degrees, the ice skating rink in front of the Hall was really neat. The locals were having a ball learning to skate.
Finally, a tip of the hat to Barry, Janet, and the boys at Performance Unlimited in London, Ontario. These folks go out of their way to find us the parts we need to keep our operation going. Gloria and I are so fortunate to have so many good friends.
Until later, Bob.