July Minutes

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July Minutes

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The FV Ad Hoc Committee met on July 1

Members attending: Stevan Davis, John Petillo, Alex Bertolucci, Bruce Livermore, Dietmar Bauerle
Guest(s): Fred Clark, Bill Johnson

The FV Committee authorized the use of funds accumulated over the past few years to produce a video to promote FV. The first part of this video was shot at Button Willow Raceway and the first cut has been made available to the Committee. The Committee asked that the video address certain aspects of racing to include cost, the effort needed to maintain a car, the involvement of friends and family, how the typical driver might get involved regarding maintenance, and the overall appeal of a low budget racing program. Members of the conference call discussed ways to further define our goals for the filming crew.
The first attempt has produced a quality video done by a group of professionals from the West coast. The second part will include additional footage which will provide more on and off track activity. Of course the major limiting factor is the cost, so if members have not as yet contributed to the video fund, there is still ample time to do this. Any and all donations would be appreciated and Stevan Davis has set up a PayPal account to make it easy for anyone interested. http://formulavee.us/Donate.htm

The Committee also discussed the reoccurring subject of allowing custom pistons either forged or billet. The Committee has addressed this issue over the last year and has submitted their opinion to the CRB. The CRB has supported the opinion of the Ad Hoc Committee that custom pistons are not necessary at this time, yet the requests and discussions continue. The Committee has recommended to the FSRC that custom pistons should NOT BE ALLOWED for at least the next 3 years. There appear to be at least 2 options for cast pistons currently available that negate any current need for forged piston allowance.

A purchase of original K/S pistons is in the works and supported by several engine builders.

No other items were presented or discussed.
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Re: July Minutes

Post by brian »

Thanks guys. I guess I don't understand all the resistance to the forged pistons. Folks are spending a lot of money on machining and fitting spacers to OEM pistons and buying modern pistons is likely to be more cost effective in the long run.

The class got modern aftermarket connecting rods, with the speed of light, simply for the same reasons that make forged pistons a logical alternative. I can't see why we're taking a different tack on the pistons.
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Re: July Minutes

Post by hardingfv32 »

The rods were put though by Quicksilver without the Committee's input to screw things up. Chances are good that the Committee has no appreciation of your comment about the ring spacers.

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Re: July Minutes

Post by FV80 »

Brian (H),
You speak (type) of these things as if you are one of the insiders with full knowledge of the facts... which I happen to know is NOT the case.

The Committee agreed to allow the new rod after a couple of members actually held one in their hand and measured it carefully. It is a SINGLE PART with defined parameters and a specific part number. At some point, we may very well end up there for pistons .. but it will NOT be a "free for all" everyone go get their own forged, or machined piston. Spacers are nothing new and are not part of this equation. We have been using them for many years and pretty much everyone already has a set for whatever piston ring combination they choose to use. As mentioned in the Committee minutes there currently is a more than adequate supply of cast pistons that are GCR legal .. and the rings and spacers required to use them. There is no current need for a move to custom pistons.

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