July 11-12, 2015: Priv8teer 8 Phil Wicks Wins Number 36 of 39 Races!

Saturday, July 11

HOTlanta it was! The weather was more like South Carolina than Georgia. The air temperature was 105 degrees with 100% humidity. The track temperature must have been 130!

I was so pleased I had the fore thought to fit a better electric radiator fan on my 1967 1275 Austin Mini Cooper S (Snoopy). I had performed a top end engine fresh up prior to this event. So, first practice session was very much a “making sure everything is working okay” session. The second session Saturday afternoon was qualifying for the upcoming race. Although there were not many cars in my class, I was really hoping to do well in the overall classification featuring a few Formula Vs, Sprites, MG Midget, Fiat, Datsun B-210, Triumph Spitfires, and Turner. 21 cars in all were entered for this race. My Mini Cooper S felt good in qualifying and I was on pole position with a lap of 1:52, about 1 ½ seconds quicker than the two Formula Vs behind me. But I knew there were at least two quick cars sitting behind the Vs – a very quick Turner and the Datsun B-210. I have tangled with these cars in previous races.

The race started and I was first into turn 1 with the pack on my heels. I drove the car fairly hard for the first 5-6 laps, keeping a sharp eye on my rearview mirrors. Gradually, I pulled out a 10 second lead which I considered safe. So I backed off a little and the drove the rest of the race just keeping a safe winning distance.

First overall. Best time 1:52. Second was the Turner, 10 seconds behind me.

Sunday, July 12

The Sunday race started a little earlier. It was at 12 noon in 95 degree weather. Again, I was in pole position with the Turner alongside me, closely followed by the Datsun B-210. This time, the Turner was able to stay closer to me for about 4 laps. I thought I would use a few more RPMs and, sure enough, I was able to pull out a 9-10 second lead. So I backed off a little, checking my mirrors all the time.

First overall. Best time 1:51. Turner and Datsun B-210 10 seconds behind. A great race and very good to put 2 more first place finishes in the book.

39 races, 36 first places – but who’s counting??!! Great little car – Snoopy – 1967 Mini Cooper S!

Thanks, as always, to my sponsors that make all this possible:

Hoosier Tires

Mini Mania

The Brusnahan Clan of Alexandria VA

Midlands Motorworks

And thanks to the encouragement from my teammates – Zapata Racing, Nashville TN and to my wife, Norree and our dog, Sherry, for love and understanding why a 75 year old loves to drive race cars!