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My motto is...


...If you can't beat 'em, might as well look better.

Wasn't a boyscout, and never made one in school, so this was my first time fooling around with a pinewood derby car. So my boy brings one home from church a couple weeks ago, and in true Dailey fassion, we wait til the night before he needs it to start on it. I've got to admit it was cool watching him pick up a block and sandpaper for the first time.
This is what we ended up with. It ain't the fastest, but it took best in show twice this week, and he's stoked...
                                 although he may not look like it!
If anyone out there know's the trick on making it go faster, hit me up. It couldn't weigh in over 5oz, and this one is right on the money. I'm thinking weight placement is the trick?

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Commented on 3-3-2012 At 10:46 pm
 

When I'z in cubscouts my dad carved me a vintage sprintcar looking pinewood derby car, we painted it candyapple red...petroleum jelly on the axels won me a race...true story.

Commented on 3-3-2012 At 11:55 pm
 

The wheels on that one look different than the ones we had but what we did was put graphite powder on the axle then made a hub cap type deal with some of that metal tape and filled that with more graphite. For the weight we drilled holes in the bottom of the car, melted lead fishing weights and poured it in the holes. won a race or two with while my brother went for the looks and made some that looked like la mans cars.

Commented on 3-4-2012 At 01:43 am
 

haha thats cool as! your son will learn a lot from you bro hey so ya into church thats cool too..........

Commented on 3-4-2012 At 10:01 pm
 

just remembered.....we cleaned-up the wheels with fine sandpaper too

Commented on 3-4-2012 At 10:17 pm
 

weight placement, graphite, and solid one piece axles, as opposed to the nail-in axles that came with mine. wedge shaped, and the weight towards the middle-front. carve out a spot in the middle for it to sit flush with the "belly" of the car. thats what mine was. but i had a slingshot dragster look to it with pipes and shit. still got it too lol.check your rules, because some places dont allow the solid axles. just my 0.02 good luck!

Commented on 3-5-2012 At 03:37 pm
 

tight men, thanks for the input!

Commented on 3-5-2012 At 04:35 pm
 

One trick we used to do was take the axles and polish them makes them lighter and move faster

Commented on 5-21-2012 At 10:20 pm
 

the weights in the undercarrige are right on the money, alond with the solid axels, make sure you graphite the shit out of them to reduce the friction... and a nice solid coating right before it goes on the track isn't the worst thing either. you can also tunel the center, and insert a ball bearing. keep in mind the weight. hold a magnet in the back while it's at the top of the track, and when you release, it sounds the baring forward, and almost acts like a turbo. i know, i was a huge nerd. but hey i won. hope it helps out the little booger brah, i can't wait till mines old enough so we can put something together!
GOOD LUCK!!!

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September 2014 Events

We still have 2-3 months of riding weather left but the number of events is getting smaller.  Here are some highlights for the month of September.  As usual, you can see lots of blog posts and photos of these events using my Guide To Local Events page.

9/4: First Thursday at Dulono's Pizza / Moto Mania at the Uptown VFW
This Thursday!!!  This year, I've been parking at the VFW and walking back and forth between these simultaneous events.  Overall, it's the biggest local bike night by far so don't miss it.

9/5-9/6 24th Annual SCVR Chili Feed
I haven't been to Chili Feed since 2011 but I want to go back.  It's the SCVR's annual fundraiser and it's a really fun time.  Bring your tent and eat all the chili and drink all the beer you want on Saturday.  Live music, bonfire, mechanical bull, etc. etc. etc.

9/13: 5th Annual Rad's Extra Sharp Motorcycle Show
I have attended the last 3 years and managed to come away with an award each year.  Feel free to show up to enjoy some bikes, adult beverage of choice, and lots of cheese but leave your Sportster at home.  I want another award dammit.

9/20: 49th Annual Fall Flood Run
Twice a year, this event turns the border of MN and WI between Lake St. Croix Beach and Winona into a steady stream of bikes all day long on both sides of the river.  The past few Spring runs have been frigid so be sure to enjoy the relative warmth of the fall run.  This will be my 5th fall run and 11th Flood Run overall.  It's for a great cause so buy a wristband!

I know there's a ton of other rides and benefits out there.  This is just my edited list of ones I've actually attended in the past.  No matter which ones (if any) you attend, just go out and enjoy the beautiful fall riding weather while it lasts.

GET OFF YOUR FUCKING CELL PHONE


As many of you know, we're boothing this years VVMC Rally and will be offering a selection of EVENT ONLY exclusive merchandise including the (above) Gasser Lounge shirt; Party in the Front, Business in the Back "Get Off Your Fucking Cell Phone" 


and (below) "Everything Went Braaap" Lady Hump shirts.

When and Where?
SEPT. 13TH 2014 SATURDAY
Ride from the GASSER LOUNGE to the VVMC Rally KSU from the Gasser at 10:00 AM.
Gasser Lounge will also be showcasing The Creep Machine at this event so swing by and check her out! EVENT DETAILS HERE: Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally 2014









DicE Issue 57 - The Haifley Brothers Issue.



It was Evel Knieval that once said; "I love the feeling of the fresh air on my face and the wind blowing through my hair."
Um, yeah...don't we all bruv?!
He also said "I guess I thought I was Elvis Presley but I'll tell ya something, all Elvis did was stand on stage and play guitar, he never hit the pavement at 80 mph."
No shit Sherlock, but also Elvis is God.
This quote really took the biscuit though; "DicE magazine? Never heard of it."
Twat.



Issue 57 is here and it is in collaboration with our good friends The Haifley Brothers, out there in Phoenix, Arizona. If you haven't already heard of these master craftsmen, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Perfect lines, beautiful curves and just drop dead gorgeous...and that's just the boys themselves!



Inside this fandabulous issue you will also find a Show Class Magazine special 16 page insert. The old magazine inside a magazine trick mate.


Kyle and his righteous slab side Shovelehead from Baltimore, Maryland.
Photo: Magic Ken.


Andy and his utterly brilliant Pan/Shov Chopper from Harvaluoto, Finland.



Sabbath Cycles from Sydney, Australia.
Photo: Simon Davidson.


Cuts Like A Knife: Part 1.
Photo: Ivester Creative.


Yuki and her fantastic Shovelhead from Hawaiian Gardens.
Photo: Troy Critchlow.


The Haifley Brothers from  Phoenix, Arizona.
Photo: Christian Otjen.


Jeff Wright and his Street Machine Shovelhead from Sioux City, Iowa.
Photo: Anna Jones.


Casper and his slab side Shovelhead from Stockholm, Sweden.
Photo: Nicke Svensson.


Fred and his Model C Flathead from Bourges, France.
Photo: Freaky Rico.


Doug & Chatty at The Compound in The Valley, California.
Photo: Troy Critchlow.


Hell On Wheels In Japan.
Photo: Nevin Pontious.


Mullins Chain Drive, Richmond, California.
Photo: Ken Nagahara.


Luke and his Ironhead Sportster from Tuscon, Arizona.
Photo: Christian Otjen.


Bandit Town USA.
Photo: Troy Critchlow.


Teresa Maher.
Photo: Troy Critchlow.


The 'Mama Tried' Show, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Photo: Cicero Guzman Jr.


Raddy and his Wheelie Machine from Los Angeles, California.
Photo: Troy Critchlow.


An Interview with Mike Vils: Part 1. 



Greetings from Germany!


I got a email from Butcher out of Germany who asked if the Lady Hump would share his event flyers for his upcoming 1000 Hills Run. Lady Hump is "mostly" a regional blog and doesn't (necessarily) try to cover many areas outside of Southern California (and sometimes New York with Jay McJay covering our annex HQ on the East Coast) but when I saw some of the pictures of what's going on over on his blog, I thought, "yeah, I better share this cause it looks like a really good time is being had!" Check out the torches and camping along the tree line (below)... that looks killer! I want to camp along that tree line!!! Cheers Butcher.


Blog link below. If you're anywhere near Germany mid-September, you'll want to make this happen.



CT70 Short Leg Seat: Part 1

So big boy is still too short for his bike. I have to do something to get his knees in the breeze. I got this seat with a bad cover, cracked pan, and decent foam.

Lummie welded up the crack and blasted and painted the pan. I thought about building high density foam from floormats or something, but the shape is odd with the ridge in the middle.


I decided to cut down stock foam. The end result will not be particularly cushy, but 8 year-olds are tough.


I picked up an electric knife at a garage sale just for jobs like this. I'll need to cut at an  upward angle to leave some foam everywhere and not hit the metal.


That went well.


Make the other side match.


Now scoop out the middle.


That's pretty much it. I really banana'ed it, so that there was still plenty of cush in the front and rear to help keep the boy on it. I'll have this covered by a professional though.


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