Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Graphics now on the car

     A big THANK YOU to Bud Barton of Barton Signs and Apparel, located in (Rheems) Elizabethtown, Pa. for finishing up the graphics on the car.  Here is a picture of Bud with the finished car.  Well it's not quite finished we still have the National sponsor to put on yet when we get to South Bend in a couple weeks.
 
We are struggling a little with our fundraising goal.  If you have been wanting to help now is the time. There is still space left on the roof for additional donation stickers. Over the years we have raised funds for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition by putting Pink Ribbon stickers on the roof of the Corvette for anyone who makes a donation and you can ride along on our adventure vicariously.  We will put your name on the sticker or the name of someone you would like to Honor, or in Memory of someone.  Just see Jesse Landis or me and make all checks payable to Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition or PBCC for short.  If you would like to use your credit card you can log onto http://www.PBCC.me/donate, be sure to fill in One Lap of America when asked for event.
I also included a picture of Jesse and I in our Pink Volunteer shirts, promoting our fundraising effort. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

THANK YOU SPONSORS


Barton Signs, A new sponsor this year
 I would really like to say a big THANK YOU to our sponsors.  Without them I would not be able to participate in this One Lap of America.  A new sponsor this year is Barton Signs & Apparel from Elizabethtown, Pa. who is doing the graphics on the car.  They are joined by Auto-Locator, Top of the Line Roofing, Whitmoyer Auto Group, Krunch Kritters Spray and Body Shop, Jim's Scrap Tire Service, Lancaster County Corvette Club, and Two Cousin's Pizza and Italian Restaurant in
Front of the T shirts we will be wearing 
Mount Joy.


As previously announced, this year my Transit Driver will be another fellow Lancaster County Corvette Club member Jesse Landis .  . Jesse and I will share the highway transit driving and I will do all the competitive driving when we compete at each of the tracks. This year we will race on 7 different tracks, do 2 skid pad competitions, one Autocross and 2 drag events.

Back of our T shirts for our fundraising effort.
This is such a world class event that I wanted to use it to do some community good and decided several years ago to raise money for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition.  Our accumulated total to date is over $20,000 raised for a great cause. This year we are a bit challenged with our fundraising and can use all the help we can get.  A DONATION OF $10 OR MORE GETS YOUR NAME ON THE CAR.    You can also put a name on in Memory or in Honor of someone. For those interested in donating and getting your name on a sticker on the car please  stop in at West Main Auto in Mount Joy or see Jesse or me, (make all checks payable to PBCC or Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition). If it is more convenient just go to pbcc.me/donate online and you can donate using your credit card.  Be sure to note One Lap of America when asked for which event. The Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition is a great resource and represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants. The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization that creates the hope of a brighter tomorrow by providing action and information for women with breast cancer today.   Thank You    Jim Roberts

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Transit Driver---Jesse Landis

JimBob Racing is pleased to announce that fellow Lancaster County Corvette Club member Jesse Landis will be my new Transit Driver for 2018.  As a Transit Driver Jesse will help with the highway miles as well as help me maintain the car during the event.  Jesse is from Mount Joy, is a Corvette enthusiast and owns a new C7 Corvette.   He is a very active soccer referee, so he certainly will have the stamina for this event.  Jesse might have to be a bike mechanic too since I will be taking my folding bike along to try to  get a preview ride on the tracks since we only get one reconnaissance lap at each track event before we start competing.

We are asking for donations, and for anyone donating $10 or more we will put your name or the name of someone you would like to Honor on a Pink Ribbon sticker on the roof of the Corvette.  Since many people have had someone they know afflicted by this terrible disease many of the donations are larger than the $10 which has helped us raise about $3700 last year.  Jesse and I are both soliciting donations and if anyone reading this is sympathetic to the Breast Cancer cause and would like to help us and be a fundraising Captain, let me know and I will provide you with some materials and donation sheets.  Over the past years we have raised over $20,000.  The Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition, represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants.

If you would like to make a donation and get a sticker on the car, see Jim or stop in the store or send to Jim Roberts, %West Main Auto. 14 W. Main St. Mount Joy, Pa. 17552 along with who to name on the sticker.  We can put your name on the sticker or the name of someone who has dealt with Cancer that you would like to honor, or in Memory of.   I always say that with your name on the sticker you will be riding along vicariously on our awesome trip.  Please make all checks payable to Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition or PBCC for short.  You can also use your credit card to donate, just visit http://www.pbcc.me  Click on Donate and follow the instructions. Be sure to fill in One Lap of America when asked for title of event. Thank you so much for your help.

 Please follow along on Facebook at Jim's One Lap Adventure.  I also still maintain my blog at www.onelapadventure.blogspot.com which has the same current content but you can find older stories going back 9 years. Wish us Good Luck!

Friday, February 23, 2018

One Lap of America 2018 Map

Here is the map of this years One Lap of America.  I am starting to get ready for this year event in which we will compete in early May.  Every year we do a different route, this year we will be traveling as far west as Colorado and as far south as New Orleans covering 3500 miles.  With the miles to South Bend and back home, the total will be almost 5,000 miles in about 9 days.

This will be my 10th One Lap and we have raised over Twenty Thousand dollars for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition over the last few years.  Make a donation and you can ride along "vicariously" (with your name on the top of the car) on the trip and help a great cause at the same time.  The Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition, represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants.  To make a donation and get a sticker on the car, stop in at the store or send to Jim Roberts % West Main Auto, 14 W. Main St. Mount Joy, Pa. 17552 along with who to name on the sticker.  Make all checks payable to PBCC for short.  You can also visit http://www.pbcc.me/donate  and donate by using your credit card.  Just click on Donate and follow the instructions. Be sure to fill in One Lap of America when asked for title of event.

To help follow the adventure, I still maintain a blog at www.onelapadventure.blogspot.com where you can also find older stories. Or you can "Like" my Facebook page at Jim's One Lap Adventure. Keep watching for more updates.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

One Lap of America By the Numbers

Again this year one of the great numbers is that we raised $3681 this year for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition. This was our best year ever in fundraising. Over the years we are very proud to have now raised over $19,000 dollars for the cause. This year there were 68 entries in One Lap of America, nine cars were out as of the last event, the Dry Skid Pad competition. There were a few that dropped out with mechanical problems but got them resolved and rejoined the group.  The listed mileage of the event was 3459 but including the track miles, the miles to and from South Bend (the start and finish) and maybe a wrong turn or two, we logged 4919 miles. Our best calculation is 4719 on the road and about 200 on the tracks.

We spent $819 on gas, $882 on hotels and $132 on tolls.  The highest price for high test gas was $5.50 a gallon at the track pumps at Sebring, and $3.349 in Ocala, Florida.  We had two nights with transits over 700 miles.  The overall mpg (miles per gallon) was 17.6, and we figured about 19.0 on the road and about 6.3 on the track. After my first run on Sebring my gas gauge seemed wrong so I filled up and calculated 4.6 miles per gallon on that track. On Sebring you are wide open throttle quite a bit. The man at the track gas pump said it is pretty common to use about a gallon per 3.7 mile lap.



One miscellaneous expense was $103 for a new trailer tire/wheel and a trailer taillight which the flailing tire took out along with the trailer license plate.  BTW we put on 4331 miles on with no license plate on our trailer;^) It is probably still somewhere along the Indiana turnpike maybe 15 miles east of South Bend.

Friday, May 19, 2017

We made it Home!

We made it home before Mother's Day.  Got in just before 11 pm on Saturday night after a 600 mile run from South Bend, Indiana. Made good time on trip home and had good weather and no traffic problems at all.


For those who are not on Facebook you missed my post about our trailer tire failure on the trip out to South Bend.  I swerved to miss a major pot hole on the Indiana Turnpike and apparently didn't miss it with the one trailer wheel.  I blew out a tire and didn't know it and we continued down the road a few miles. The Corvette is loud and the windows were up and the trailer was tracking just fine so the first I knew about the tire was when an Indiana State Trooper pulled me over since I was rolling along with no tire on the wheel.  Not only did it not have a tire but the flailing tire also took out the taillight and the license plate. After saying goodbye to the Trooper and changing the spare, a trip to the local Tractor Supply and we bought a new spare and a replacement light, but had to do the next 4300 miles with no license plate, but made it home with no major issues.

Dry Skid Pad Competition, Last Event of the Week

Dry Skid pad is behind us
For all the cars that made it back we now have the Dry Skid Pad Competition at the Tire Rack facility in South Bend, Indiana. This is done on a 200 foot diameter circle and they calculate the G forces based on the size of the circle and the speed/time to complete the circle. This has always been one of my best events and I did well again this year, but even doing well only got me a 21st place finish.  I was the third fastest Corvette on Dry Skid pad and the oldest of those three. The competition keeps getting tougher with many awesome cars participating and lots of all wheel drive cars in the mix.