Monday, April 24, 2017

New Graphics are completed

Mike Snyder, applying graphics

Gus's Keystone, new sponsor 
A big THANK YOU to Mike Snyder of SSC Tint & Graphics in Elizabethtown for finishing up the graphics on the car.  Here is Mike applying Gus's Keystone Family Restaurant graphic to the hood.  BTW Mike got me a new batch of the Pink Ribbon stickers that we put on the roof with donor names on and he donated them to the cause of raising funds for the Pa Breast Cancer Coalition.  Thanks again Mike.

We are getting close to 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 Gary 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.


Ferne Silberman, Berkshire Hathaway.

Monday, April 17, 2017

JimBob Racing's new Transit Driver

Just to formally introduce my new Transit driver for this year, here is Gary Musser, a fellow member of the Lancaster County Corvette Club. Gary is from Lititz Pa. and in addition to Corvettes, his other hobby is bicycling.  Gary is shown here in his Pink Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition Volunteer T shirt.  In addition to helping with the highway driving and maintaining the car along the way Gary is also working at raising funds for our charity, the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition.  Over the years we have raised these funds 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 Gary 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.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Thanks to My Sponsors

I would really like to say a big THANK YOU to my sponsors who help make my participation in this race possible. Two new sponsors this year are Gus's Keystone Family Restaurant in Mount Joy, and Ferne Silberman a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services also in Mount Joy, Pa..  They are joined by Auto-Locator, Top of the Two Roofing, Whitmoyer Auto Group, Krunch Kritters Spray and Body Shop, Jim's Scrap Tire Service, Lancaster County Corvette Club, SSC Tint and Graphics, and Two Cousin's Pizza and Italian Restaurant in Mount Joy.

This year my Transit Driver will be a fellow Lancaster County Corvette Club member Gary Musser .  . Gary 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 6 different tracks, do 2 skid pad competitions, one Autocross and 2 drag events.

With a world class event this neat I wanted to leverage it for some community good and decided several years ago to raise money for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition.  Our accumulated total to date is over $17,000 raised for a great cause. This year we are struggling 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 and ride along vicariously;^) please  stop in at West Main Auto in Mount Joy or see Gary 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 resourse 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




Saturday, March 11, 2017

JIMBOB Racing announces new Transit Driver

Jimbob Racing is pleased to announce that fellow Lancaster County Corvette Club member Gary Musser will be my new Transit Driver for 2017.  Joe Vasta, my Transit Driver from last year was a great partner and had a great time but was unable to go along this year.  As a Transit Driver Gary will help with the highway miles as well as help me maintain the car during the event.  Gary, from Lititz, is a Corvette enthusiast, but his other hobby is bicycling.  I take my folding bike along to get a preview ride on the tracks if there is time.  If I have any bike problems, Gary can help me sort them out;^)

Anyone donating $10 or more we will put your name or the name of someone you would like to Honor. Since Gary and I are both from the same Corvette club this year we might be a little challenged in our fundraising since we both know many of the same people.  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 the materials.  Over the past years we have raised over $16,000.  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.  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.

 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 8 years.





Tuesday, February 28, 2017

One Lap of America 2017

Well, it's time to start getting everything together for the 2017 One Lap of America effort that happens in May.  Each year we head out to an area of the country and this year after starting in South Bend Indiana we will be heading south to Memphis, over to Atlanta, south to Sebring then turning north to South Carolina, up to Virginia, next to the eastern shore of Lake Michigan then back to South Bend.

This will be my ninth One Lap of America and we have raised over $16,000 for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition over the last several years. You can ride along "vicariously" by making a donation and getting your name on the car 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.

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.  Please make all checks payable to Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition or PBCC for short.  You can also visit http://www.pbcc.me/donate   Just click on Donate and follow the instructions. Be sure to fill in One Lap of America when asked for title of event.

Please follow along on Facebook at Jim's One Lap Adventure.  I also still maintain my www.onelapadventure.blogspot.com blog at where you can find older stories.



Wednesday, June 1, 2016

One Lap of America By the Numbers

One of the best numbers is that we had our biggest year ever in fundraising for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition and raised $3085. I would like to thank all who donated to the cause and made this possible. Another number of interest is 4307 miles that we put on for this adventure including the 1200 miles to and from the start/finish at South Bend Indiana. I frequently have people say how many weeks does this take? We do this all in about 9 days from leaving home to returning home. Some other interesting numbers, we had 2 people on our team, Joe Vasta and I.   The transit mileage on the schedule listed 2827 miles for the 2016 One Lap of America. We competed in 17 different events over 8 days plus a control stop at Lake Erie Harley Davidson in Cleveland.  We  visited 6 different road race tracks.
The competition consisted of 2 skid pad events, 2 drag strip competitions and 12 time trials on road courses.  On each time trial you get 1 lap around the course to reconnaissance the track, you then stop on the track at the start/finish line and are flagged to a start about 15 seconds apart to complete 3 timed laps. The total time of the 3 laps is what counts so if you have a problem like an off road excursion or a spin, you need to get moving as quickly as possible.

Last year gas prices were a little lower and this year, in general, lower still. We spent just over $740 on fuel.  The average price we paid for Hi Test was $2.85 , and the highest was on the Indiana Toll road at $3.79.9 beating their last years high of $3.349, they really take advantage of their captive audience. Speaking of fuel we averaged 17.5 miles per gallon which isn't too bad considering we are pulling a trailer and our mileage on the track is about about 6 mpg.  Tolls were a little higher this year and we spent $178.38 about 2 1/2 times the amount spent last year.

The competition seemed a little tougher this year. Other years we set our sights on a top 20 finish, but after seeing the lineup of vehicles in South Bend, I told Joe we would be lucky to get a top 30 out of the 69 entries. We ended up in 27th place overall and consider that a success. Thanks again to all who followed us and a special thanks to those who donated to our charity, the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition. 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Awesome Run on Dry Skid Pad

Joe Vasta and I in our Pa. Breast Cancer shirts.
We got back to South Bend to the Tire Rack test track and skid pad facility on Saturday May 7th where our competition for the week started. I usually do fairly well on the skid pad so I had high hopes of gaining a couple positions on the dry skid pad, our final competition. When I finished my run I was first in class and first overall. That leads to a big smile. With the fastest 30 cars yet to run I had no illusions that I could hold onto the first overall for long, but I did end up fourteenth and first in class by .003 of a "G" scoring a 1.017 to the second in class who had a 1.014  When it was all over we had gained 4 positions overall for the week and ended up in 27th place, not a bad finish for the week.