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wannacruise New Reader
12/14/17 3:29 p.m.

In reply to dean1484:  And LanEVo;

I think you guys are reading too much B.S. Levy.  If that's possible?  :)


frenchyd Dork
12/14/17 3:45 p.m.

In reply to wannacruise :

I swear it’s not my life that inspires him ( I’m from Minnesota not New Jersey)   But there is so much in his books that reflect my life you’d almost expect me to get a royalty check. 


wannacruise New Reader
12/15/17 9:07 a.m.

In reply to frenchyd:

Then I say congratulations.  And you should get a royalty check, he was probably watching. 

frenchyd Dork
12/15/17 2:11 p.m.

In reply to wannacruise :

He should write about the milk train I took to my first out of state race.  

I was 14, my dad took me to the train station  at 7:30 at night.  Then tipped the conductor $5 to look after me and make sure I got off at the right station. I think $5.00 was more than the fare was.  

But it really was the milk run because it stopped every few miles and a couple of times right on a cross road.  The farmer humped the milk cans on and the train took off.  Cool old steam train with an ear piercing whistle. 

Got off in  Peewaulkee at 5:30 in the morning and hitch hiked to Lyndale Farms race track.  Fantastic place.  Met Augie Pabst who used an old prewar Bentley to tow his race car.    Which was a early Triumph TR4.  The Cro Sal special was there. Basically a Cheetah with the roof cut off.  The Black Jack took third place but it was the last time it raced with Jaguar power until I restored it 10 years later. 

I Remember the bathrooms there were old buses with holes cut into a trench filled with lye and well excrement. Plenty of Yellow jackets

dean1484 MegaDork
12/16/17 6:54 p.m.

The other thing I miss is the sound of a pack of open header aircooled 911s diving in to turn one     .  It is a sound that will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. In a good way. 

wspohn Dork
12/17/17 1:54 p.m.

All you need is a quart of castor oil, a half dozen like minded old racers, an eyedropper and a hotplate.  You can sit around and tell racing stories while you drip the oil on the hotplate and huff it in.


I can't recall smelling any in use after the 80s and that was in vintage racing - don't recall what car was still using it. Definitely an evocative smell.

purplepeopleeater Reader
12/19/17 11:13 a.m.

In reply to fasted58 :

Haven't seen it recently but a few years back there was someone with a Saab 93 who put a little in his oil tank for that old time smell.

That was with the Pennsylvanis Hillclimb group.

frenchyd Dork
12/19/17 12:35 p.m.

In reply to purplepeopleeater :

Well I’m going to have to stop and get some caster oil and I’ll drop it on the hot plate. 

AngryCorvair UltimaDork
12/19/17 2:04 p.m.


frenchyd Dork
12/21/17 8:27 p.m.

In reply to AngryCorvair :

just think of a smell you really like,  moms apple pie? Popcorn at a county fair?  New mown lawn?  

Well old British cars burning Caster oil is mine


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