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Old 04-28-21, 09:27 PM
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Stopped for a selfie on the Stanford Campus, while the grasses were still green.


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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Stopped for a selfie on the Stanford Campus, while the grasses were still green.
My friend who I just rode with on Tuesday won the KOM series in 2007. He wasn't the fastest climber there but he was the fastest to do all three events.

I was at all three in 2006 and maybe I saw you there. Pretty sure I saw you at Mulholland at least once?

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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Stopped for a selfie on the Stanford Campus, while the grasses were still green.


I used to visit Facebook when they were in Palo Alto before they moved to Menlo Park. Obviously you couldnít help but be at Stanford as well. While I was out there in CA Iíd visit with Apple and Google, too. I even rode one of the Google cruisers...
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
I was at all three in 2006 and maybe I saw you there. Pretty sure I saw you at Mulholland at least once?
Yes, I seem to recall seeing you at the early part of Mulholland. I started that ride too early and rode the last half off the front. The final rest stop was not open when I got there. No water. The last 20 miles were rough.
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The bandana grew some hair lol.. Waiting for concerts to resume ...
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The bandana grew some hair lol.. Waiting for concerts to resume ...
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The bandana grew some hair lol.. Waiting for concerts to resume ...
Great shirt! I saw Tool right at the beginning of the pandemic in Jan. 2020.
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Suck at selfies so this is it. Age 66
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Near the end of todayís metric century. Iím going to need a 70+ jersey in a couple weeks!


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Think of me as a slightly taller Richard Dreyfuss. He's 5' 4-1/2", and I was 5' 8-1/2 (but now shrunk an inch). He's 11 years older. Same hairline. Same sarcasm. Same nasally voice. Do I really need to post a pic?
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Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
Do I really need to post a pic?
Yes, that's the point of this thread.
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Near the end of todayís metric century. Iím going to need a 70+ jersey in a couple weeks!
I just qualified for that 70+ jersey in January.
It seems it takes forever to get through a day. Yet decades pass in the blink of an eye.
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Old 05-24-21, 05:01 PM
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You asked for it...

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Yes, that's the point of this thread.
Well, I do have a pic from 15 years ago... Taken at about 2am at the local drqagstrip, waiting for the next round of eliminations...




OR:

about the same timeframe, from Christmas of that year...





...and that was my real beard, at two months - started it right after Halloween...



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Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
Well, I do have a pic from 15 years ago... Taken at about 2am at the local drqagstrip, waiting for the next round of eliminations...

about the same timeframe, from Christmas of that year...
...and that was my real beard, at two months - started it right after Halloween...
Those are good pics! What car were you running at the drags? Or just spectating?
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Those are good pics! What car were you running at the drags? Or just spectating?
I was running the car I'm leaning on in the first pic - my '89 Crown Vic. An original G-code 351W with the full police package in a loaded-with-everything LX-trim. Meant to be a gov't official's car. Mine was originally for a NJ Fire Chief as his 'retirement car' - the 'chief's car' he got to keep upon retirement.

Anyway, he was 'awarded' his car upon retirement and he moved to Florida... I bought the car from his estate in 2006. The engine was a leaker - not sure if it had 96k or 196k on it when I bought it. I couldn't have it 'marking it's territory' everywhere I parked, so an engine rebuild was needed... Since this was my daily driver - and also used to tow another racecar to the track, AND the stroker crank was cheaper than getting the stock crank turned, it turned into a 393W-stroker. The 393W uses a 3.85" stroke crank (vs the 351 3.5" stroke), the stock 351W rods, and 302/5.0 pistons... In other words, a budget stroker! Strictly used for more towing 'grunt'... ...
The 'problem' was that I needed to keep it emissions-sniffer-test legal. Sooooo.... I did my due diligence/research and came up with a combo that worked to my favor - so much so that my 9.4:1 compression 393W stroker 'kit' is one of the more popular combinations out there, and marketed by a major player...

Soooo... The short answer is that this dual-duty Crown Vic is now pumping out more than twice the horsepressure than it did in stock form. It routinely turned low 13-second 1/4-mile passes.. Best ET to date was a 13.06 @ 106.55. Not bad for a balding, gray-haired, middle-aged old fart driving his four-door 'Grandpa-mobile'.....


Oh, and the contingency stickers are stuck to sheet magnet and kept in the trunk when I'm not racing....



In street guise...




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I was running the car I'm leaning on in the first pic - my '89 Crown Vic. An original G-code 351W with the full police package in a loaded-with-everything LX-trim. Meant to be a gov't official's car. Mine was originally for a NJ Fire Chief as his 'retirement car' - the 'chief's car' he got to keep upon retirement.

Anyway, he was 'awarded' his car upon retirement and he moved to Florida... I bought the car from his estate in 2006. The engine was a leaker - not sure if it had 96k or 196k on it when I bought it. I couldn't have it 'marking it's territory' everywhere I parked, so an engine rebuild was needed... Since this was my daily driver - and also used to tow another racecar to the track, AND the stroker crank was cheaper than getting the stock crank turned, it turned into a 393W-stroker. The 393W uses a 3.85" stroke crank (vs the 351 3.5" stroke), the stock 351W rods, and 302/5.0 pistons... In other words, a budget stroker! Strictly used for more towing 'grunt'... ...
The 'problem' was that I needed to keep it emissions-sniffer-test legal. Sooooo.... I did my due diligence/research and came up with a combo that worked to my favor - so much so that my 9.4:1 compression 393W stroker 'kit' is one of the more popular combinations out there, and marketed by a major player...

Soooo... The short answer is that this dual-duty Crown Vic is now pumping out more than twice the horsepressure than it did in stock form. It routinely turned low 13-second 1/4-mile passes.. Best ET to date was a 13.06 @ 106.55. Not bad for a balding, gray-haired, middle-aged old fart driving his four-door 'Grandpa-mobile'.....
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Very cool stuff and yes, that is quick for a big street legal car!
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Very cool stuff and yes, that is quick for a big street legal car!
1/2-second Quicker than a stock '05 Mustnag GT/5spd! He'd get me off the line, but I drove around him and was pulling away at the top-end! He did consistent 13.6s at 102mph.
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Heading out on a solo charity ride.

For the past 10 years I participate in Cycle for Survival that raises funds for rare cancer research for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Normally the final event is a nationwide series of spin sessions. Due to Covid the event was virtual, so since I don't normally spin, i did a solo ride to visit my 3 friends that died of cancer before they reached 60.



75 miles, 15.8mph average, 2400 calories and 1600' of climbing over 6 hours with a few breaks to refill my water bottles and some nourishment.

I raised $5,126, and our team raised $51,809 in total.

In total, Cycle for Survival raised $23,603,435 this years and over $285,000,000 since 2007.
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