Ken Jackson’s Ford F-350 has been Found

Posted by | Posted in Classifieds, General, VMRA Newsletter | Posted on 28-10-2018

Greetings Everyone,

Ken’s pick-up truck was found. The police had it towed to impound. Unfortunately, his generator and air compressor is gone. His pick-up truck was totally stripped. The horrid people that did this to Ken used his truck for parts. For whatever reason, who knows. Ken will have to pay the impound fees to get what’s left of his pick-up truck. When I hear more I will update everyone.

Thank you everyone who has been a part of finding Ken’s pick-up truck. He is a good man. Fighting cancer. The go-to-man for all of our racing club; as well as, the tracks we race at. This is such a huge hit for Ken. But thank-you one and all.

  

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Hey everyone, Our good friend Ken Jackson’s (aka: Mountain Man) 2000 Ford F-350 extended cab diesel pickup was stolen from his apartment at 1107 A St. Auburn, WA on October 24th. In the bed of his pickup was his big air compressor and an 8200 watt generator.  His Ford is Teal green with custom wheels. Vintage Modified stickers on left rear window with 88 Robert Rux sticker too.

Ken uses his pickup to tow his trailer to every race. His big air compressor and 8200 watt generator are part of his equipment for using his tire machine. Ken not only mounts tires for our racing club, but he is the go to guy all around the pits for many classes/teams.

Please help me get the word out for Ken and hope the evil people that stole his truck and equipment get caught. His truck is covered by insurance, however, not his compressor or generator. This is a huge loss for Ken. He cannot afford to replace his equipment.

                  

Please share this information in hopes of someone seeing his pickup and call the police.

May 12th Grays Harbor Speedway

Posted by | Posted in VMRA Newsletter | Posted on 15-05-2018

VMRA May 12, 2018 Elma

This report is from one racer’s perspective, mine, Mike Clother, Vintage Mod member for too many years.  The dirt at Elma was a new challenge and was met with great anticipation. There was no practice and only one session of track packing done at parade speed.  There were two “hot lap” sessions of 5 cars each.  This driver tried to keep up with fast time setter Jim Jones and was surprised to log third fast time. It turns out some of our group didn’t realize “hot laps” were actually time trials.

I didn’t get to see the B heat race due to waiting in line for the A heat.  Vern Huson won that race followed by John Mustered.

I’m not sure who won the A even though I was in that race.  The sun was so bright and right in our faces that I really only saw the back of Devin Eierman’s car which I tried unsuccessfully to pass until I finally made a fantastic attempt only to find the race had already ended. Sorry about the love tap Devin.  I know I was last and Devin was 4th.

All ten cars in attendance were able to start our 25 lap main. Kyten Jones started on the pole with me to the right. Jim Jones was behind his son and Ken Kaltschmidt was behind me.  I got a great jump on the start and lead the field done the back stretch.  Darn!!! The yellow flag flew for a spun out car.  I knew I wouldn’t be able jump Kyten again.  I was correct. A little bump mid turn sent me up into the slippery stuff where I slogged along until the entire group passed me.  Now it was time to have some fun.  I was able to catch and pass Robert Rux who was stressing out over a loose rear wheel that he was sure was going to fall off at any minute.  It took a while to get around Dave Trapp, I finally got him.  Along the way Chris Cook spun once. He later spun again exiting turn 4 with me in hot pursuit. I had a flash back of drilling him in the door during a similar spin at another track.  I slowed and watched as Chris hit a large tire and pushed it directly into my path.  Luckily it was a light one and my bumper was up to the task. Another yellow. On the restart I followed Eireman as he tried to pass Huson.  Then we were caught by Jim Jones and Kaltschmidt who were dueling for first place. I let them both go by hoping to be able to follow them around Eireman and Huson.  It was about then that cars started breaking.  Mustered’s suffered a broken right real spring bracket.  A couple of cars, including mine, ran over his spring. On the restart Huson’s car broke a rear suspension tube which led to a broken drive line that punched its way into his cockpit. Thankfully it missed him.  Only 5 laps to go and fast guy Jones’ car started shooting sparks from a broken pan hard bar. He headed for the pits. Hey, with all the drop outs I was in 4th place. If I could just get around Devin I could be top 3.  Fortunately for me, his car got tight at the same time mine got better. I got to his high side in turn 3 and was able to complete the pass on the front straightaway with two laps to spare.  Kaltschmidt took the win, this is his second in the young, two race season. Kyten Jones was second with me and Eierman in 3rd and 4th.

In spite of the heat, the rough track, and the hard racing everyone seemed to have a good time playing in the dirt.

There is a lot of work for everyone to do before our next race in Wenatchee May 19th.

Spokane Super Oval Speedway – April 21, 2018

Posted by | Posted in VMRA Newsletter | Posted on 04-05-2018

VMRA April 21, 2018

Saturday April 21, was cold and windy at Spokane County Raceway.  14-Vintage Modified cars came from all around Washington State to take on the challenge of the tricky ½ mile track.

Ken Kaltschmidt was first to have problems as his car coasted to a stop with electrical gremlins on the first lap of the first practice session.  Mike Clother had similar problems in the second session when all the smoke came out of the control panel of his car. Both were able to make repairs before time trials.

Arron Clother drove from nearby Spokane and arrived just in time for time trials as did Dave Trapp after a 5-hour drive from Tacoma.

Timing in on this fast ½ mile proved tough for Kevin Burley who slammed the turn 3 wall taking a ride along the top of the barrier before landing back on all for tires in turn 4.  He took a scary ride that parked his car for the night but he walked away unhurt.  Kaltschmidt’s repairs worked well.  He set the fast time of 19.842, just .003 seconds faster than Devin Eierman.

Bill Brewer was piloting the #4 car recently purchased by Robby Cartwright from the estate of Bob Stubbs. They raced the car in honor of Stubbs on this night. A “no start” condition kept Bill from the B dash and the B heat.

In the B dash Arron Clother’s car lost power with engine problems that finished his night. This allowed alternate Vern Huson to race the 4 laps and take the first trophy of 2018.

The A dash battle was won by Kyten Jones. Eierman finished 2nd and Kaltschmidt 3rd. Early in the race Jim Jones bounced off the back straightaway wall breaking a rear suspension part that was repaired in time for the heat race thanks to the welding equipment provided by Ken “Mountain Man” Jackson.

First race jitters continued in the B heat with Robert Rux taking to the pits after two laps to tighten a loose wheel.  Vern Huson and Chris Cook raced side by side for 3 laps until the engine in Huson’s car exploded and he slid up the track in turn 1, pushing Cook into the concrete barrier. Both cars were out for the night and a 20-minute track clean up ensued. After the long delay Shane Conway took the B heat win with Dave Trapp a close second.

Mike Clother started on the poll of the A heat flanked by John Mustered. At the drop of the green flag Clother bounced off Mustered almost wrecking them both.  More first race jitters.  On lap two the engine in Kyten Jones’ car expired and he coasted to the pits.  Eierman and Kaltschmidt again were the class of the field. This time Eierman prevailed to win the heat with Mustered in third.

Only 9-cars were left to start the 20-lap main event. By rule the two fast cars of Eierman and Kaltschmidt started on the front row.  They quickly put a big lead on Mike Clother in third. Bill Brewer backed into the wall in turn 3 ending the night for the “Stubbs special”.  That caution flag bunched the field back up. The restart was confusing as cars in the rear reacted to a green light in turn 3 and began passing before the green flag dropped.  A spin by Trapp brought out another caution and another confusing restart that resulted in a three wide pack of cars under the flag stand with the green flag waving.  The flagman let the restart stand with Kaltschmidt in the lead. A slow spin by Conway with Clother barely missing him resulted in one more caution period and another chance to get the restart right. This time the flagman waved of the premature start and the race was restarted in order.  Kaltschmidt was able to hold off Eierman with Jim Jones and Rux dueling for 3rd and 4th.  Clother finished 5th with Conway, Trapp and Mustered in order behind him.

Next stop Grays Harbor Speedway dirt track racing on May 12th.

Evergreen Speedway – April 14, 2018

Posted by | Posted in VMRA Newsletter | Posted on 16-04-2018

April 14, 2018  Evergreen

Seven teams braved the stormy weather arriving at Evergreen Speedway to wait for a possible break in the deluge. Only John Mustered had enough optimism to unload his racecar.  Micki and Robert Rux prepared chili dogs for drivers and crews that huddled under pop ups trying to stay warm.  Devin Eierman, Ken Kaltschmidt, Mike Clother and the Joneses (Jim and Kyten) discussed methods for racing in the rain with Vince Conwell.  When it became apparent that no “window of opportunity” was going to open the track promoter released the hearty would be racers to tow home in the pouring rain. Hopefully the weather will be more cooperative for the race on the ½ mile track at Spokane County Raceway, on Saturday – April 21, 2018.

Mike Clother

2018 Board President