Jul - Aug 2004
Montana 500 Newsletter
|Volume 4 No. 4|
Montana Cross Country T Assn.
7516 E. Mission Spokane, WA 99212
2004 Officers and Directors:
President: Tom Carnegie
Vice President: Scott Stubbert
Sec.-Treasurer: Janet Cerovski
Directors: Tom Carnegie 2005
Janet Cerovski 2005
Tony Cerovski 2004
Gary Ebbert 2006
Rob Flesner 2004
Mark Hutchinson 2004
Doug Langel 2006
George Nickol 2006
Scott Stubbert 2005
Meeting Secretary: Marjean Stubbert Correspondence and newsletter: Tom Carnegie
Membership dues $10.00 Touring class: $25.00 Endurance runner: $35.00
Cover photo: Gary Ebbert gassing up. Picture taken in 2003 at Ennis
I am still behind. I will try to get one more newsletter out right before the fall meeting with information on what we may be talking about at the meeting. The fall meeting will be at the Lincoln $10,000 bar, near St. Regis Montana on November 14th, 2004. The meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. MST. They have an area roped off for us and will provide a buffet. It is not a separate room, but they say it will be fairly quiet and OK to conduct a meeting. The cost of the buffet will be $7.95 per person. They are sending me more information which I will print in the next newsletter if it is important. You can call me at 1-509-535-7789 during the day or 1-509-922-1805 if you have questions. Someone mentioned that they donít have the most current copy of the rules. The rules are on the website. I have printed them in this issue, but they may change so please check back to the website after the Fall meeting. No one stepped up and offered a write-up on the just finished run, so I will. Thank-you to the folks who have kind words for my stories. No story this time, but Iíll try for the next newsletter.
Thanx, Tom Carnegie - President MCCTA
This is a follow up on last newsletterís article. Some folks have wondered about the tow bar. Again I have draw some really lousy pictures. I hope that they get the point across. The towbar is bolted to the front axle I beam between the two spring perches. If the angle to the trailer hitch is close, no hinge is needed although it might be a good idea to use one.
The 2004 Montana 500 was held in Eureka, Montana. The weather was perfect if not a little hot. Mike Cuffe laid out an interesting and challenging route. Day one took the 17 Tís plus several touring class cars from Eureka towards Whitefish. The town of Eureka gave us a wonderful send off complete with a cannon shot and live coverage sent out to the world via the internet. We bypassed Whitefish and Kalispell on the Twin Bridges, then Farm-to-market road. Despite our best efforts, some folks missed this turn. Next we zoomed over to Happyís Inn. There was road construction ahead, so we toured not under time to Libby. From Libby we drove north back to Eureka. Rob Flesner had a bit of trouble and his T took a ride on the trouble trailer. Dave Thompson had a little trouble and other than wrong turns, nobody else had any significant trouble. At the end of the day Nan Robison was in first followed by Mike Robison, Tom Carnegie, Rick Carnegie, Garrett Green, Tony Cerovski and Gary Ebbert. All of these Tís were within 10 minutes of the leader at this point.
The next day we headed south toward Libby. We then headed up to the cute little town of Yaak. Along the way Dave Warhank had some wheel trouble but was able to continue. From Yaak we then went to the Idaho border where we wheeled around and headed back to Troy. For me this was one of the most fun legs of the run. It was great to see the other Tís either coming or going as the route doubled back onto itself. It was very hot this day. The temperature sign in Troy said 101F. We headed back to Eureka on the backside of Lake Koocanusa. This was a winding two-lane road. Some of the drivers just loved the road and some of them hated it. I was in the former camp even though I drove it like a little old lady. It was on this leg that we had our only major breakdown. Doug Langel lost his timing gear and was out of the run. At the end of the day the first five were the same cars except now Mike was in first and Nan was in second.
The third day we were going to go to Whitefish and back, but somehow we lost our connection with the chip-seal gods. Some Tís got stopped by construction and some didnít. We threw out this leg. When we got to Whitefish we decided to call it a race as everyone was running well and no places would have changed. The dayís total miles were scrubbed and the run officially ended with 435 miles. This will go down as one of the shortest Montana 500ís on record, yet if you include the miles from Happyís Inn to Libby and the miles to Whitefish and back, it was well over 500 miles.
From Whitefish we toured back to Eureka. The kind folks at the Big Sky Exxon provided us with an ideal place to hold our post-run teardown. The top three cars were declared OK and we headed up to the Lundeenís museum for the picnic and awards. Mike Robison got the big trophy from Doug Langel who won last year. Nan Robison who came in second, won the womenís trophy. She also won it last year. Nanís second place overall finish is the best ever for a woman.
The next day we had a great time boating around on Lake Koocanusa.
I would like to thank Mike and Jo An Cuffe for hosting the run this year. Also thanks to all the good people of Eureka. Thanks too to the Lundeenís, the trouble trailer drivers, the timers the flaggers the kind folks who gave us the boat rides and all of the other people who made this one of the best and most fun Montana 500ís ever.
submitted by Tom Carnegie
Note: All cars that
tour along must meet the rules flagged with a *.
adopted or changed rules in italics.
* All "T"s will be available for subsequent inspections at any
34. The top 3
cars will be torn down immediately following the last flag. Additional teardowns
will be put to a vote of the Endurance drivers. Endurance drivers will vote to
accept or reject items of question.
36. Zerk fittings in place
of oil and grease cups are optional.
-standard eleven tooth pinion
40. Shock absorbers are optional.
41. Use stock configuration spring sets with a minimum of seven leaves per spring set.
(Also see Inspection Rules.)
42. Use a group 1
six volt wet cell battery for magneto system back up, lighting lamps, running
horn and starter. Six 1.5-volt dry cell batteries may be used in lieu of the
above 6-volt battery. (Also see Inspection Rules.)
43. Cylinder bore
not to exceed 3.825" maximum or 3.750"
60. * Each car will
come to a complete stop before starting at the timers direction.
62. Removal of
head or pan while at stop (not under time) or on tour day will impose a time
penalty of 1 hour. Report this infraction to the inspectors immediately. Removal
of head or pan under time must be reported to the inspectors at the first
opportunity for replacement of seal.