Temple Canyon 2016- Canon City, CO
TCE make two trips for one race~ ! With the car in place and ready to race April 30th the Temple Canyon Hill Climb was cancelled due to snow! So we packed up, headed home, made some adjustments and put it back on the trailer for a return trip threee weeks later. A lot of road time here...But the effort was rewarded with a First Place in Super Sprint with a time of 3:21 and good enough for second quick of the weekend. Road condiions were as poor as they've ever been with a combo of dust, ruts, pot holes and shale beating up cars and drivers. There was simply no avoiding the hazardous conditions. But prep is everything they say and with some new tires and a bump up in ride height we soldiered on. Fast time in Qualifying allowed us to choose to start first or last in classs- last seemed the ideal choice allowing for others to sweep the road more and not follow the Rally cars which tend to dig out some rocks...And so it went; a 3:23 on the first run in the morring backed up by a tick quicker 3:21 in the afternoon. A big thanks to Chris, Barry, Glenda, Mom, and Gary for assiting in another great weekend. The teams 9th win at Temple.
Clifton Hill Climb- Clifton AZ
TCE takes 2nd in class and 2nd quick time.
Having set fast time on Saturday setting a new course record we managed but one run on Sunday before falling victim to the cable guard- rail on the second run. Unable to make additional runs there was little choice but to "wait and see" if the first run would hold up. Near the end of the day we were bumped from quick time by Dan Novembre who put in a great effort all weekend having come down form CO. Looking forward to taking those honors back next year but have some repairs to attend to!
Lands End Hill Climb- Grand Junction CO
TCE takes first in class, third in Open Comp with a best time of 5:10
Continental Divide Hill Climb- Monarch CO
TCE takes first in class, second overall with a best time of 2:09
Temple Canyon Hill Climb- Canon City CO
TCE takes first in class, second overall with a best time of 3:17
TCE Duplicates Lands End Victory in 2015!
2015: Coming back for more in 2015 the TCE team came with some minor changes in both gearing and set up. The result: another First in Class and Third in the dual entry of Open Comp. Finishing with 5:10s in both classes we dominated the Super Sprint class from the first run Saturday to finish with a commanding near 15sec lead over Second place. In Open Comp we battled eventual Winner Spencer Steel and Paul Dallenbach (both running high HP V8 cars- one with AWD) finishing Third with another 5:10 to a 5:05 and quick time 5:03. All in all..not bad for a small 3.0L motor. This motor was build and weight added to quell the complaints of unfairness we had a few years ago with our 3.5L motor. Today's motor lacks significant torque over the larger mill but with the right gearing and revs (and despite the small weight penalty still added) it still gets the job done in class. And is only a tick off what we may be capable of in Open with the loss of displacement.
Ray Thompson Lands End Hill Climb
A race with a rich history Lands End is a 5mi course up the Grand Mesa southeast of Grand Junction CO. This road offers more diversity than any other race on the schedule and challenges drivers with narrow twisties, fast sections and countless switchbacks. The event itself dates back to the 1940s and has hosted some of the greatest names in racing. Lands End History.
Video from the 2012 Pikes Peak run!
2011: TCE Breaks Record on Mt. Washington!
The TCE Team finished second overall at Mt. Washington on Sunday June 26th 2011. With rain coming down off and on all weekend long the battle for grip was intense. Please see the related story links and results below.
2nd in Open Comp Class
Fastest Open Wheel Race Car- Ever
Fastest 2WD Car- Ever
Third quickest time- Ever
RUN 2 VIDEO