It’s over… it’s finally over. This past Saturday was the completion of the 2010 One Lap of America. An event that covered 9 days, 8 racetracks and 4500 miles. If you’ve been following our progress you’ll know that we took my 1968 pro-touring Dodge Charger. This is a car that weighs in at 4000 lbs., makes about 415 hp out of a 440 cubic inch big block and has absolutely no climate control whatsoever.
The One Lap of America is different from any other event that I’ve had the opportunity to compete in. Sure there are the big money events like Bullrun and Gumball3000, but they are more about show than go (not a bad thing by the way), the One Lap of America is all about the desire and need to compete.
The entrants come from all over the world, bringing with them automobiles that represent every genre you can imagine. For example when you’re at a raceway and there is a starting grid that contains a Porsche 911, a 1968 Dodge Charger, BMW M3, Ford F150 Lightning and a Corvette you know you are about to see something special. The One Lap of America not only brings automobiles together but their owners as well. These are some of the nicest people you can imagine and if given the opportunity everyone of them will bend over backwards to help you out.
It goes without saying that when you run a 42 year old car in a high mileage, high speed, week long race track filled fun fest you will have problems. The Charger is a pure road hammer and almost every mile put on it has been foot to the floor, open road or race track hammering. It has always been reliable, but this past week I think the old boy was starting to feel his age. I ran it harder than it has ever been ran before and I have to say that even though it was tired my old buddy made it.
A fuel pump, plug wire, exhaust bracket, power steering hose, collector gasket and fire extinguisher all fell victim to the open road on this trip. These were issues that slowed us down, but didn’t knock us out. I think my poor fuel pump simply died out due to exhaustion whilst trying to suck down 32 tanks of fuel in one week. Same thing for my power steering hose, it was tired too. When the old boy gets home he’ll get his share of TLC and be back in tip top shape in no time.
So now the big question is, would I run the One Lap of America again? The answer is simple… absolutely. In fact we’re already making plans for next year. What we’ll run remains a mystery, but rest assured that we will be there again and ready for another 4000 mile run.