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Workin' Hard and Raisin' Hell

The Life of a Fuel Altered Rookie

By Frank Jonkman

Frank Jonkman and crew prepare the Fiat for battle in 1999. Photo by Rob Potter
Frank Jonkman and crew prepare the Fiat
for battle in 1999. Photo by Rob Potter

Just to let you know how things are going. After finally getting everything together, a trip down to Leicester and a trip down to our local track (Cayuga), we succeeded in destroying a clutch, a crank, and about 50 gallons of fuel. All in all, it was both a frustrating year, and at the same time, the best year I've ever had. Filled with both highs and lows. Never did manage to get past 45 feet under power, but we now know what our game plan has to be. 

I'm currently trying to find enough resources to buy a new crank (eight-week delivery). If everything else goes well, we will be heading south to do some further testing early in the new year. So far, it averages out to 351 hours of working on the car per each time we tried to make a 60-foot run. Sounds insane, but in a strange way, it's all been worth it. We have learned to respect the nature of fuel, and if anything has come of it, I know that it has addicted a couple of more people to its mysterious properties.

Best Regards,

Frank Jonkman
Raising Hell 48 Fiat

 

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