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Postby stevefernando » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:02 pm

Thank you Bob... as a NASA scientist told me long ago... she's reponsible for the aerodynamics of the saturn 5 rocket body... cut off your feet, ride wearing womens high heel shoes, or learn to point you big feet better! Put a video camera out front even with your body. Go through all the positions you can think of that might make you more aero dynamic... review the tape and see which one gives you the smoothest bullet profile... I don't think anyone was ever better at this than Lee Dansie.. I couldn't see him in front of me while I was looking for his non existent draft....
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Postby bobswartz » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:22 pm

Steve, She is right. I admit I tried womens pointy toe heels with the heels cut off and it was faster. Of course I could not walk for days after. I have figured out how to fix the foot drag though... and it still is an unnatural act. Hint... you know how they say ballet is good training for boxers??? Think Ballet when working on your feet.

I remember Lee's draft.... he seemed invisible in aerodynamic signature. It was the only way he could beat the big guys (and overcome those Indy's he loved...arg.)

Steve that guy you spoke of earlier is Garrick Maddox. Otherwise known as the Tupperware Man or Tin Man. His suit was made of interlocking plastic panels that feel into place like a flat turtle shell when he laid on the luge. His stuff was amazing in invention, especially his hammered out tin form fitting luges that he could mount to his motorcycle to get to events.

It is ashame that most of the real inventors (free thinkers) are not in the sport now that the tools and materials are so much better to make the thoughts come true.

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Postby stevefernando » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:29 pm

Yeah, that suit was like an armadillos hide... once he was in position it was awesome... too bad the roads we were riding then were so short, I think it would've worked great at Templin.... or the Dump Road... anyone with pics????
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Postby bobswartz » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:33 pm

never seen a pict. back then there were no digital cams and everyone was busy riding instead of recording..
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Postby bobswartz » Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:13 pm

Hey Bill, How did you slip this one past us? Cool cover shot
http://www.bgdailynews.com/articles/200 ... smrtic.txt
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Postby SMRTIC » Sat Feb 16, 2008 12:46 am

Yeah, they did a little piece in the paper when I moved to Kentucky. Sports like ours are unusual out here.

As for Stacy's fairing, she actually designed and made it herself.I only showed her how to use the materials, she did the rest. She did an awesome job.

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Postby [ben] » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:22 am

Are you ever gonna make some more of those beautiful luges Mr. Smrtic? :D
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Postby jaxxx » Sat Feb 16, 2008 11:27 am

i have some pics , he send to me a few month ago..
dunno if this was the same luge that ur talking about...

* plz do not use this pics without autorization of Doug Anderson *

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downhil sempre!
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Postby SMRTIC » Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:42 pm

That is pretty wild Jaxxx, but it isn't the one I'm talking about. The speed sled was not boomless and it had pretty distinctive body work.

Here is a picture of something being worked on at my house. It's not finished yet, but it will have a purpose.

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Postby bobswartz » Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:03 pm

Here's the one Bill made me for the JetLuge. I dont know about it being much faster, but Speedsceneracing.com flipped over it.... and played it up in a big big interview.
Video clip shot by Chris Bouno during Discover Channel Kids show shoot... yet to air. The funny dance is me being stuck to the VHT. Worse than gum.
http://www.jetluge.net/video.html/MIR_07_web.WMV

Next chance to see Bill's fairing in full action in HD is March 1st and 2nd on MOJO.
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Postby bobswartz » Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:20 pm

History repeats itself.
Marcus's Hickey Eagle 1995
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Postby SMRTIC » Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:23 pm

I had heard that Hickey was going to do a newer run of those a while back, but I guess it didn't come together. I'd love to have one.
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Postby bobswartz » Sat Feb 16, 2008 8:41 pm

Bill, He found a woman that would marry him and that was that...

Here is another one of his creations
The Genesis 1993
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you might not be able to see it without a myspace account...
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Postby trikesrule » Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:04 pm

WOW! I bow my head in respect for the builders......trikes
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Postby Damien » Sun Feb 17, 2008 12:54 am

The true question is ,why the French streetlugers are the best :?: :wink:
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