Saturday, December 31, 2016

Grandpa Steates Lebanon Valley Aerial Photo

In memory of Grandpa.  He was very proud of the picture which was used for many years on the Lebanon Valley Speedway schedule.  The pilot and plane owner was long time Niskayuna, NY school principal Mr. Israel.  The post picture flight was rumored to include flying under a bridge on the Hudson.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Day Feast

Upstate America Chirstmas

Chocolate in bed



Cameron Christmas

Kate and Simona Christmas


After dinner

Last stand of the holy ghost

Trains are watching you

Everyone out


California Christmas

Some photos from Christmas day

And one from Thanksgiving

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Press-on nails! But why are they so big?

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


After over a year, another one finally showed up at the junkyard. This one provided spare struts, spindles, hubs, control arms and axle shafts.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Happy birthday to Christopher!

Thursday, December 08, 2016

The Pantone color of the year is.....are you ready.....greenery! It is a light, bright, spring yellow-green. Who new? I was sure we were due to cycle into a bluer green era.

Monday, December 05, 2016

25 Hours

We ended up with a DNF. The other (slower) car (#38) that I also helped with (the third Miata (#50) was in the E1 class because it had a 200 hp engine) on our team in the E3 class won the award for having the slowest fastest lap of any car in the race. The #38 had all less experienced/slower drivers and less horsepower and slower routine pitstops than the #40 but ended up winning the class by not having problems (and fewer tire changes due to slower speeds).

The craziest thing I saw was the #57 Ginetta LMP3 (that led most of the race?) coming down pit lane with an hour to go with the left front tire in the air and the right rear corner of the car missing with a trail of sparks coming out the back. This car did finish, however.

I had a lot of fun and the weather was better than I could have hoped for (dry, no fog, 60+ during the day and high 30s at night).

First stop and driver change.

Rebuilding the front left corner after CJ Wilson spun in front of the #40. (CJ's car didn't return to the race). The #40 got back to within a lap of the leader (our #38) before pitting to correct a skip and then throwing a rod.

These guys were apparently done for the night (see bottles on their hood).

The Fantasy Junction/Winding Road DP with frantic work going on.