NASA 25-Hour Enduro, Thunderhill Raceway, December 6-7, 2003
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NASA 25-HOUR ENDURO, THUNDERHILL RACEWAY
DECEMBER 6-7, 2003



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Photographs of the "Team3S BBQ Crew" and our #33 racecar...
We're still waiting for the HeadOnPhotos track pix, and photos from other crew members...
(Videos coming soon, too!)  Below are some behind-the-scenes shots...

After months of preparation, the big weekend was at hand...  Team3S arrived late Friday, December 5 at Thunderhill Raceway.  We unpacked the car and our supplies from the trailers, and did some quick prep on the car.  A few of our drivers took #33 out on the track for a couple of shakedown runs and qualifying.  After some analysis of what work reamained to be performed, we left the track to get together for dinner.  On Saturday, we prepped the car, mapped out our strategy, and after the brief track ceremonies, we ran in...

"The Longest and Most Demanding Endurance Race On The Planet!"

- - : The 25 Hours of Thunderhill : - -

 



We would like to thank our entire crew for a job well done!:
 

The Drivers:  Ed Gaven, Eileen Thomas ("E.T."), Erick Van Waganen, Jeff Mohler,
Steve Romine, and Tommy Lo.

The Pit Crew:  Anissa Mohler, Ann Koch, Bill Ashurst, Bob Forrest, Bonni Weatherwax,
George Morrill, Jim Bucha, Mario Lento, Ron Bertolone, Linda Romine, and Vern Roberts.

The Mascots:  Katie Mohler and Victor Romine.

 



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The night before the big race.
The team gathered for cocktails and some great food as we planned our race strategy.



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"Erick- 'real' racecar drivers don't use forks & knives", says Jeff...
 

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The couple who started it all... E.T. & Bob
 

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Amigo! Have enough food there, Ron?
 

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The "wise" ones - Bob & Ed
 

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Vern bragging about the "big one that got away"
 

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Kids meals look better than the adults' meals. Hands off, Nissa!
 

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The Romine family- Steve, Linda & Victor; and Katie
 

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Handsome men on each side - no complaints from Bonni!
 

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Take 2. Bonni wanted to be SURE we got this photo!
 

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Katie & her 2 favorite girlfriends - Mom (Nissa) & E.T.
 
 
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Steve & Linda in a rare moment of relaxation
 



Pre-race prep on Saturday morning.
All we had to do was fit seats for all 6 drivers, fill the gas tank,
check the tires, torque the wheels, put on all the decals,
figure out the communications, hook up the lights, and qualify...
All in three hours.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!!



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Pre-race car prep by the drivers
 

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Ed the "Decal Man" has a good one in his hands...
 

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Ed found a blank rear quarter panel that needs decals
 

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Betcha you can't fit all 3 drivers in that Miata
at one time! Where's Tommy?

 

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Hmmm..., how do we hook up these lights?
 

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Vern helping E.T. get ready for the big day
 

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Albert supervising Jim on the "bagging" of E.T.'s seat
 

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Can you believe that I gave up a cushy corporate job -
...for THIS???

 

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Steve still trying to get those lights hooked up...
 

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Enough 'hot air'. Nissa moves in to take charge...
 

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Meanwhile, back to the lights...
Steve consulting with team members...

 

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OK, Steve, get those lights done!
It's almost pre-grid time.

 



The opening ceremonies.
The cars lined up, and the US Air Force Color Guard displayed the stars and stripes.
We listened to Lee Ann Rimes sing the National Anthem, followed by an awesome USAF "fly-by".
Then all the entrants did a single parade lap for the visitors and press...
Just as a major storm moved in and it started to pour...



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Where the heck is my car?
 

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Steve gets last-minute advice from Jeff & Erick
at pre-grid...

 

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Hmmm... what are we forgetting?
 

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Steve looks ready! Not a bad looking car, either...
 

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An inside peek at Steve. Lookin' good!
 

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OK Erick, let Steve GO, already!
 

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US Air Force color guard leads the parade.
"Good luck to all"

 

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US Air Force pre-race "Fly-by"  Cool!!!
 

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Enough with the flags - let's get it on!
 

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And the heavens opened up
to officially start the race...

 

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Track was "slippery as snot", as per Steve...
 

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Half of these cars slipped their way off track
and never finished the race...

 

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First parade lap - yeah, Steve!
 

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What race class was the tank?
 

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Now that's competitive...
SHOOT your competition off the track!

 

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The leaders of the race - ESR class.
 

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More ESR class...
 

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I'll bet it's not fun driving this car in the pouring rain!
 

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Note for next year: wipers for the helmet!
 

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This is a good sign. Maybe the rain will let up?
 

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All the "big boys" came out for this race...
 

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"On your mark..."
 

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"Get set..."
 

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Go, "Steve Racer", GO!
 



The storm turns into a long, wet, cold night...
6 PM to 6 AM - a regimen was repeated every 1.5 hours:
Change drivers, fuel up, add 1/2 qt of oil, check brake pads,
pyrometer the tires, and adjust the pressures.
And do the glass, please...!



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What a beautiful Crew Manager!
 

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Evening Pit stop. Anybody fueling tonight?
 

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Wow! Do we get a penalty for lightning in the pit?
 

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Now this is what they call "team effort"...
 

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E.T. gets her turn fueling the car while Bonni gets a nap.
 

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Mario checking tires and brakes, Nissa checking
on the driver, George lowered the air pressure...

 

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Driver change and fill-up..., as Bill protects all with
his mighty extinguisher...

 

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Full tank - check.
 

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Air pressure - check.
 

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The midnight shift hangs tough...
 



At first light, the track was finally beginning to dry out...
Well..., at least the center of the track was dry...
On the edges of the track there were still puddles,
mud, debris, and car parts all over the place.



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We never fully appreciated the dawn until now.
Right, Jeff?

 
 
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Where did everybody go? We started with 78 cars!
 

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Someone has to be left...
 

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Jeff, check your mirror...
 

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Uh oh! Here they come!
 

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It's been a tough night for Steve.
But he's ready to get back in the ring...

 

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Bill's pit crew credentials and his mighty tool kit.
(Swiss Army Knife). What a survivor!

 

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Steve just learned that he doesn't have to
drive another shift. YEAH!!!

 



And then it came down to the last few hours...
E.T. was chosen (appropriately) to take the final shift and finish the race.
We had gone through that vicious night..., the skies were clearing,
and we KNEW that we were going to make it through to the end of the race!



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Let him pass, E.T.  He's bigger than you!
 

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...over the hill at Turn 5
 

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One more time... Just for practice!
 

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Here comes E.T.!
 

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You GO, girl!
 

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Cruisin' round Turn 3 all by her lonesome...
 

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Company's coming!
 

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Pit crews awaiting their cars at noon.
Will they last?

 

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Here comes E.T. down the stretch.
Next lap will be the checkered...

 

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Last lap!  You can do it, E.T.!
 

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The last time around Turn 3...
 

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E.T. and "friends" bringing it home...
 

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The checkered flag- what a beautiful sight!
 
WE
DID
IT
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Tears well up as E.T. takes the checkered flag...
 



WE MADE HISTORY!!!
We finished the FIRST 25-hour endurance race - EVER!
E.T. triumphantly brought #33 back to the paddock.
It was time for a little CELEBRATION!



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Gary and John are the first to congratulate us.
 

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What a team! From left: Bill, ET, Bonni, Vern, Tommy,
Jim, Nissa, George and Ed. Missing: Erick, Jeff, Steve,
Mario, Ron, Ann, and Bob (photographer).

 

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Did you ever see such a team so proud of one another?
 

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E.T. gets congrats from coach, Bob Cornish.
 

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Now what do we do?
 

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Crew Manager Nissa giving out final instructions.
 

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E.T. thanking Bonni for spotting her
throughout the last shift. Good job, Bon!

 

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The Girl Team.
 

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It feels so good to be done with that race!
 

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Oh yeah, and thanks for the body work, guys!
 

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As 5-yr-old Katie would say, we got us a BIG "owie"!
 

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Anyone have a front fender and door for sale?
 



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