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[T3] My Wyoming Hillclimb






> It was a Sunny August day in 2002.  I was traveling with Russ Wolfe up the
Hills of Wyoming
> on the way to Parma with Jim Adney and Dave Hall in Jim's 69 FI Auto
Square behind me and John
> Jaranson in his 66 Square in front.
>
> We're way up in altitude now so I'm getting a bit concerned with the lack
of power I'm
> getting but Jim put my mind to ease the day before by explaining why.  So
I continue on anyway with
> my Cruise control happily engaged watching John creep farther ahead in
Sophy... but he did have a
> lighter car, no passenger, and a fresh engine (notice I didn't mention the
carbs here).  What I
> didn't know is that Jim was back there with memories of his Palomar Hill
climb thinking "Ill teach
> this guy the laws of Physics on the next hill!"  I look up from my gauges
only to see this Fully
> loaded AUTOMATIC Squareback  BLOWING ME BY!!  :-o  WELL... feeling totally
exasperated with my hammer
> on the floorboards... we just had to have one of those "How did you"
conversations that night at
> dinner and he revealed his secret (although I still wonder if there
weren't any ratio rockers hidden
> in there! :)
>
> Next morning we start out of Dubois WY at 8000feet with Jason Cornfeld in
the lead as this
> was his neck of the woods and he knew just where to go.  No more cruise
control in the mountains for
> me... and I kept thinking "Conserve momentum" and sure enough that little
light blue Square kept
> getting smaller in my rear view mirror!
>
> So... may our resident list Physicist teach us all, "Ya cant forget the
laws of Physics!" and
> combine the unique abilities of a Type 3 with such things as conservation
of Momentum and remembering
> that the coefficient of static Friction is greater than that of dynamic
friction and even MORE people
> will be turning their heads and looking at our cars!!
>
> Keith




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