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June 17th, 2018, 05:25 PM   #1
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Happy Fathers Day

To all you dads out there, hope you had as good a day as I. My daughter asked what I wanted to do today and I told her to take me to Bristol for the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. I’ve been dozens of times but she had never seen drag races and was slack jawed when she saw her first top fuel dragster run. It still sends chills up your spine when 22000 hp ignites. I showed her the thrash between rounds and explained everything they were doing and she was blown away at the precision and speed that the technicians tore down and rebuilt an 11000 hp engine. It is a thing of beauty to watch masters do their craft. Fun day for all.
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Good on ya.

Not fathers day here but daughter and I went for a drive up to where we get nearby snow (3hrs).

Not much snow but even a dusting on the Australian bush is a thing of beauty.

Nice to have a day just with the daughter.

Hope you enjoyed yours.
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Thanks, mate. It was father's day in the UK yesterday, so I had a legitimate excuse to watch tonnes of bike racing on TV. Moto3, Moto2, Motogp and BSB.
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Good on ya.

Not fathers day here but daughter and I went for a drive up to where we get nearby snow (3hrs).

Not much snow but even a dusting on the Australian bush is a thing of beauty.

Nice to have a day just with the daughter.

Hope you enjoyed yours.


Barringtons?

We had none here but Oberon and the likes copped a bit apparently.

now that said, as far as I am concerned the snow can rightly fuck off and suffer can return
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Barringtons?

We had none here but Oberon and the likes copped a bit apparently.

now that said, as far as I am concerned the snow can rightly fuck off and suffer can return
Yes Barry ingtons.

Gee thatd be close for you too wouldnt it?

Was just a dusting yesterday but it had some goid falls today.

Ps. Dont go on the bike ... 4wd only atm.
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Yes Barry ingtons.

Gee thatd be close for you too wouldnt it?

Was just a dusting yesterday but it had some goid falls today.

Ps. Dont go on the bike ... 4wd only atm.
It was 95 degrees at Bristol with 140 degree track temps. Mix that with nitro methan and alchohol and I swear I think it was 110 in the valley. They call the place Thunder Valley because the strip is built in a valley between a couple of 4-500 foot ranges and the heat , sound and smell is trapped . What’s funny is when they finish a rebuild everyone knows a test fire is coming and as soon as the engine fires, a thousand people , me included rush over so we can have half spent nitro blown up your nose and n your eyes. Then you have everyone coughing and rubbing their eyes saying “ that’s fucking awesome” while the crew members with goggles and respirators laugh at us dumbasses.
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Celebrated this the other way around as I spent the day with my dad (I clearly don't have kids).

I first took him kart racing on one of those places where you can rent karts, he fucking loves karts but hardly has any time/friends to kart with. Then I took him for a burger and gave him tickets for motoGP in Misano next September as an actual fathers day present (we'll obviously go together).

Since my dad is a musician, not many of his friends nor colleagues are into motorbikes or cars. He's crazy about both so I tried to give him an "engine" day. I hope it worked.
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Celebrated this the other way around as I spent the day with my dad (I clearly don't have kids).

I first took him kart racing on one of those places where you can rent karts, he fucking loves karts but hardly has any time/friends to kart with. Then I took him for a burger and gave him tickets for motoGP in Misano next September as an actual fathers day present (we'll obviously go together).

Since my dad is a musician, not many of his friends nor colleagues are into motorbikes or cars. He's crazy about both so I tried to give him an "engine" day. I hope it worked.
Well I can tell you with certainty , he appreciated the day.
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Congrats Pov. Sounds like a great time. Obviously hanging out with your girl was the best part of all of it.

I used to go twice a year to NHRA, you know we're lucky to have the season opener and finale at Pomona (literally 10 mins from my pad ). We can actually hear top fuel runs from the house.) There is an US Army program called YES (Youth Education Service) that i am associated with, i take teenage "at-risk" youth there. Now, I go about every other year, but it never gets old for a kid to see their first top fuel pass or motorcycle run. It's like watching a child react to a magic trick. The program is great because they meet drivers, hospitality staff, logistics staff, techs, team principals, and anybody associated to make the entire series work. Plus of course they get to experience a bunch of stuff the Army brings like simulators, physical training challenges, exposure to opportunities, etc.

I make it a point of taking these youngsters to watch and listen when they warm up the funny cars, and of course they jump back 9 feet when the unexpected BRRRRAPPP is throttled to clear the engine. They're crying from the fumes, with an contorted expression on their faces, half disbelief, the other a pure amazement at the sheer power. It's great! I get a kick out of it because never would these kids get that opportunity, the damn tickets are like 50-80 bucks now. Lucky the Army provides admission.

(Geez, it sounds like in infomercial, but really I'm quite grateful they provide this opportunity. ) The kids can't believe how complicated it is for a series of this magnitude to travel around the nation like a well oiled machine.

It's a blast, I can relate to your joy of taking your girl. I took my boys for the first time a bit back and they were floored. They just couldn't believe what they were seeing. I sat them near the end of the strip so they could see the final speed of the pass. Then I took them near the start so they could 'feel' the explosion of the start. I had them equipped with the hearing protection they use when we go to the shooting range, but even with that they were like, dad, this sounds like a bomb went off. I says, one did, inside that massive engine we saw in pieces just a couple hours ago. Hell, I can't even wrap my mind around it, surely they can't either.

I had a great father's day too. I'd say without exaggeration, one of the best of my life as a dad (the others were celebration of my father which we're always great. I'm lucky, I had a great father). Too much to say, and frankly I feel it's better shared privately because it was such a special weekend and I don't want to get all into it here. I'll just say being a dad was awesome this weekend. The "gift" I got was part of my own father's legacy wrapped in the overall occasion, one that left me like you, proud and happy to be alive.

Holypuck, very cool. You made him proud of you. Mine are still youngsters, but if every they buy me tickets to a GP someday, I can tell you with certainty, the race wouldn't be the best thing about it.

If you live in a glass house don't throw rocks.

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Happy belated Father's Day to all you Dads on the forum!

After working on the range for the morning class (MSF instructor here), I cooked a nice lunch for my Dad, hung out for a bit with him, went riding on the Repsol and caught up on BSB, WSB and the MotoGP races.

It was a pretty good day!
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