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This is a crosspost from the NW forum, but I'm really impressed and just had to share with everyone :)

Congrats to Nate Tennis and Chad Little on an amazing run at DooWops this weekend!

Check this out:
Day 1: http://www.nwr-scca.org/rally/doowop/dw1results.htm
Day 2: http://www.nwr-scca.org/rally/doowop/dw2results.htm

Very impressive, 7th overall 1st in class on day 1 and 5th overall 1st in class on day 2 on DooWops - in a mild (stock crappy injection for goodness sake!)... wait for it... 2WD '73 Saab 99!!

Boy, I bet someone could sell one of those shiny AWD Subarus or Mitsubishis further down the leader board and build a REALLY nice 99 and maybe beat him next time ;)

Anyway, good going guys.

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>Very impressive, 7th overall 1st in class on day 1 and 5th
>overall 1st in class on day 2 on DooWops - in a mild (stock
>crappy injection for goodness sake!)... wait for it... RWD
>'73 Saab 99!!

RWD?

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>Hope Warwick doesn't mind the direct link:

He'll have some great video of Nate as well, once he gets the footage edited.

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I noticed that 5th overall and was quite impressed. There are some very nice pics of them sliding it around out there, great driving style...I didn't realize that it was a '73, thought it was a '77 or so.;) Quite a drive in a 31 year old car!

The other Saab was making time too, until it landed on the lid on the last stage on Sunday. We were noticing that "Saab Wurx Race & Wreck Team" sticker on the back of Schrenks' car, saw lots of race, then finally the wreck.. They were still getting the triangles and the "OK" sign out when we rolled by. Glad they were OK, it looked like a fast roll...

There were a couple of old Subies in the top 10 on Sunday, not just the new shiny ones..::7
 

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Nate is absolutely outstanding. I was asking his stage times because I was worried he might be beating me on that tight downhill new stage that was so much fun on Sunday. He was a little secretive about his stage times . . . just to make me sweat a little I guess!
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I don't remember who it was last year (maybe a British car owner or something) someone was saying that a historic or an old car can never be competitive against a newer technology Gr2 or Gr5.

How does crow taste ????? :p

Good job Nate, this is what happens when a driver drives like he means it.

Cheers

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And I seem to recall somebody suggesting that a reasonably well built car could be competitive in any company, but look at Nates thing ferchristsakes!!!
His motor is a boring Saab 2 liter with standard valve sizes (42mm intakes 35? exhausts), flat top forged pistons which some old Rhino-saur showed his Uncle Sean where to sourse these and to bush the rod for 22mm pins,, some really lame wimpy camshaft which I'd consider as a 'fast road, maybe' cam, god knows what for steering, standard brakes off of what? some disc and a turbo Saab 215mm pressure plate, and a nice 5.15:1 ring and pinion (supplied by that old Rhino-saur who showed them the piston thing back just after the last ice age), Saabs old 4 speed close ratio trannie, and a multi-plate LSD.

Pretty simple spec, and think about that the guys he's just off of their times by not so much have all been making pretty OK results in the so called "Pro" events.
Too bad he's too broke to even get a pair of 45 Webers.

But the lesson of a simple car, sturdy, with the _critical
"right stuff'_ in it, and stick with it so you're used to it should not be lost.

Too bad he can't be convinced to junk that huge piggy 2500 lb 99 thing for what was Saabs own choice when his car was built (all his parts were available in 1973), the trimmer, lighter, and more powerful Saab 96.
But you know how it is, goddam kids gotta have the latest stuff, so he keeps his 73.......




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No hype, no posing, no BS!

HooooRahh!

Nate does it all the old fashioned way.

No hype, no posing, no BS. Paying attention to the basics on his own time with his own sweat together with family and freinds doing the best he can with what he's got ..... just for the pleasure of it. (Maybe cloning would be a good idea after all.)

Congratulations Nate! :D

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RE: No hype, no posing, no BS!

I was well impressed for sure...check out his uphill run at Brooklyn in our video...along with some other clips of him. Fun to see someone driving their car to its full potential!

http://www.dhrace.com/doowops
 

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Where's that damn Eric Eaton!!!!

Well Warwick, what "the Boy" is doing is the way rally has been in the past even here, and the norm in those parts of the world where it is a mass participation sport, a sport, not a consumer product.
In rally-lunatic land No.1 Finland, one of the reasons guys can spend crazy ass amounts on the motors and especially the gearboxes and strong all steel diffs and good final drives is because noboby cares if its a '75 Escort shell or a 81 Toiletta Starlet or a 91 rwd Ford Sierra, you get something for 150 euros and bang a cage into apint it and put real box, final drive and diff and go rallying!
Maximum attack and if you wad up the poor beast, you grab you spare shell from out back of the barn, and start over.

Skye said it right tho, just imagine if some of the boys with those Sububitchies, or Mitsuburu had spent half of what the new car price of their cars were on a well built car, cause "the Boys" car is really pretty basic.

I think this sorta shows that things haven't gotten all that much faster as many ppeople who have invested so much into their shiney new cars want to convince themselves.

I say a big gang of us should drive down to Aroma and grab that damn Eric Eaton and force him to drive some simple sturdy car, and stop having wetdreams about _his_ Subaru, and stand back and shake our heads, cause I know how it would be, fun for him and fun for us and Derek and "the Boy" would be in deep doo doo.

Please note, Nate really doesn't have a name.
Hee's just Boy, spoometimes 'the' Boy.

Now if his uncle would dust off _his_99......





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my friends ask me....when are you going to get a newer/faster car
(I'm currently running a G2 VW Rabbit) Well, I can scare /challenge myself &co-driver pretty good with the car that I have! I also tell them that the previous owner took a top 3 OVERALL in a So-Cal ClubRally in this same car. Maybe somone should write an article, "Its Not About the Car" (for the most part) like Lance Armstrong's book.

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