Friday, December 12, 2008

Check your TV Guide or local listings,

Tuesday, December 16, 2008
10PM (Eastern Standard Time) Check local listings for your time slot
Discovery Channel
Each summer during Bonneville Speed Week the Utah salt desert transforms into the greatest racetrack on the planet.
Scorching heat and slippery salt brings racers to their knees as they attempt to achieve speed immortality.

As the Associate Producer of the show it would be a true gift if you were send me your comments – good or ill -- about the show.

Speedy Regards,

"LandSpeed" Louise Ann Noeth
Motor Press Guild Officer, Board of Directors.
Member: American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters, Society of Automotive Historians,
Western Automotive Journalists, Society of Land Speed Racing Historians

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body; but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

Barklee eager to learn

Art had an interested Barklee for a while, however, "all talk and no biscuits" soon left Art to check things for himself.
Art is also someone who is considering attending Speedweek 2009.

Thanks for the visit Mr.Compton.

Marine Engineer checks the Goldenhawk

Dan the man Nayoski, or Salt Crew Dan, better known as the Vacuums Plus guy, introduced me to A.J.Compton from Comox BC. Art is a former sports car racer and long time diesel engineer with BC Ferries. He and Dan came to see the car tonight. He has been following the project on the web and is very impressed by the attention to design and detail in the streamliner. He was also admiring the "Kool Tool by Kevin" for aligning shafts.

Just in time for SANTA

Diversions (Kevin Knox ) will be starting to prototype the model of the Goldenhawk the first ones will be ready for finishing with a light sanding and painting for those of you who are inclined to be creative.
I expect that the prices will be a 1/32 scale - 12" car would be $175.00 + GST
a 15" car would be $265.00 + GST
The offical decals and paint will be available soon as well.
You can get in on the original production by emailing to Kevin at or calling 604-930-2120 to get on the build sheet.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Cool Tool at Work

Here is how we are able to align the drive shaft angles exactly.
By mounting a cool tool on each yoke we are able to adjust with accurate information, simple by looking at the gap and measuring the same.
AT 10,000 drive shaft RPM, transmission shaft must be exact in parallel with the pinion shaft.
Real neat tool HUH?

Here is another look at Cool Tool

Get it right!

Jack up Pick up

Kevin was slightly perturbed at the lady who parked under his bumper at a stop light. Not because she was going 40k and he was stopped, but that he just put that bumper on a short time ago! Vancouver's rush hour is a wild time.

GoldenHot Wheels ? A taste of speed.

Brian Beesley is the guy responsible for the creation of Goldenhawk Wheels. They are corn product and simple to make with any flavoring you desire. Watch for more on this tasty treat.


This is a cool tool developed with the help of Kevin Knox of Diversions.

Can you guess what it is used for?

It is unique and every power train/ drive line fabricator should have on hand.

Kevin will custom make one for your specific needs.

Know what it is yet?

Google this!

The Diesel streamliner that holds the Worlds fastest diesel title. Beautifully designed by Ron Ayers.

Google SSC THRUST or DieselMax or the latest the BLOODHOUND for more info.

This is the Bloodhound, a concept rendering of the dreams of some very ambitious Brits. They have reason to be big dreamers. They hold the jet powered LS record. Remember Andy Green? He broke the sound barrier!! That same team set the diesel record in 2006 with the JCB DieselMax. Great folks and I wish them luck in finding a suitable sponsor.

The Bolton Buick

Many, many, actually too many years ago, my good friend drove a copy of this car. Jim Bolton is his name and thus we dubbed the car the BOLT'N Buick. A 1960 2 dr hard top model exactly like this. When he changed his ride he bought TWO Mazda 1200's 1970, a sport coupe and a two door sedan. Today he is back in the big stuff, towing a big fifth wheel to the south for the winters.

Merry Christmas to Anne & Jim.

News from NX our sponsor.

Click the pic to enlarge.

Meet Michael

Michael is our CH (Swiss) connection. he is forwarding our blogs notices to other speed freaks in Europe which is why we are getting so many world wide hits on the website. Thanks for the help Michael and look forward to you coming with us to Bonneville this year.
Watch for a video on the blog of Michael on his Harley touring the big E.

Speed Week 2007

Our friend and Goldenhawk fan Neil is holding a model of the Hawk. His friend and cohort from Switzerland, Michael took the photo.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Cat in a bag

Brian Beesley, "the Bee's" filmed this guy with a mouth reed while hanging out in a street bar in Mexico. It is really convincing, and Brian says the guy did other routines. There is nothing in the bag, just a tail sticking out.

Worth the watch!

This video was filmed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! No animals were used in the filming of this clip.


Saturday, October 18, 2008

The Overdrive Arrives THANKS to OTT Industries

The Long awaited time has come, and by the smiles on these guys you just know they are proud of their creation. They should be! it has taken hundreds of overtime hours to build the Goldenhawk Special overdrive/speed doubler.
It is the brain child of the "Olson twins", Chris and Ben of
OTT Industries. A little history is appropriate at this time, for it was at our first meeting to discuss the project and sponsorship possibility in December of 2004. At that meeting we discussed the problem of the diesel being strong and heavy internally and that it would not want to spin the rpms required to go real fast given the gear ratios available. The Olsons came up with a suggested solution. They would take a rare part from a 1973 vintage ambulance conversion, a cross between Chevy and Ford parts, remake it to run backwards and re machine all the insides to produce a speed doubler that would bolt to the rear of the transmission overdrive unit and then double the output shaft speed. Sounds good to me! However it was not obvious to the unsophisticated person just how much is involved.

Monday, October 13, 2008

NitroLube on the web

NitroLube is now an official part of the You Tube community. Can you believe it.Yahooooooo
If you wish you may pass it along to your friends.
thank you

Sunday, October 12, 2008


The following pictures were taken by Tina Knox when Kevin and I installed the race engine and transmission and front drive unit in the main chassis frame.

Note that the frame joins with the three bolts at the firewall and swings up to the machined locator's at the front and then the air rams are connected. We begin by placing the power train frame on the floor and hoisting the chassis to clear the engine. Then lower the chassis onto the landing gear and roll it into position . Then we lift the engine and power frame up to connect the three machined bolts.

When the quick connections, and hoses are all completed the engines may be swapped by a full crew in a short time.The operation takes only about 45/60 minutes for two persons and that is using the basic shop hoist, it goes much quicker with an overhead crane like at AGGRESSIVE TUBE BENDING.

(Remember to click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

Installation (part two)

Install (part3)

Nothing is ever simple.

We intend to pump the cooling water with a 12 volt hi volume pump from the tank to the engine. To this end we simple made a plate to tap in the fittings and attach the hoses. RIGHT? No we had to modify the original by slicing it in half and adding our plates. ! hour of work turns into 10 as usual. Thanks to Kevin Knox (DIVERSIONS) for the modifications and to Sean Frankforth (FRANKFORTH's WATER JET CUTTING)for the cutting of the plates and to Brandon (INLINE SALES & SERVICE) who tapped threads for the fittings.

Hawk One Loud and Proud!

Ladies and Gentlemen Aviators

Last week, Hawk One came to life for the first time, turning gallons of kerosene into hellish noise out on the Gatineau ramp. If you couldn’t hear it, then at least see it. Follow the link to learn more: If you wish to be added to or removed from our list let us know.Dave O'Malley, Manager Marketing and CommunicationsVintage Wings of Canada

Military Photographer & Pilot Killed!

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of Charles (Chuck) Senecal of Moose Jaw SK on October 9 2008. Chuck was killed in a aircraft crash while taking photographs on duty.
Our sympathies go to his family.

Pat and Terri McElroy
Military Photographers Association
Courtenay BCCanada
Story by CBC
Military identifies pilot, photographer killed in Snowbirds crash
Last Updated: Friday, October 10, 2008 6:48 PM CT
CBC News
Military officials have identified the pilot and photographer who died when a Snowbirds jet crashed during a training mission Thursday at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, the aerobatic squadron's home base in southwest Saskatchewan.Capt. Bryan 'Mav' Mitchell was killed in Thursday's crash. (DND)
The pilot was Capt. Bryan (Mav) Mitchell, 46, and the photographer was Sgt. Charles (Chuck) Senecal, 49, the military said in a news release issued Friday afternoon.
The plane hit the ground about two kilometres northwest of the base's boundary, between the base and the nearby city of Moose Jaw.
The plane had been in the air for about 45 minutes while Senecal took photographs of three other planes flying in formation. It crashed at 12:37 p.m. Thursday.
Col. Paul Keddy, wing commander, called it a routine mission.
At a news conference on Friday, Keddy said that Mitchell was scheduled to fly with the Snowbirds aerobatics team in the 2009 show season.
Pilots who have been selected for the team, but who have not yet finished their training, are part of the Snowbirds' home team. That group, which also includes technicians and other support staff, remains at 15 Wing Moose Jaw while the nine performance jets are on tour. A tenth plane also travels to performances.
Maj. Rob Mitchell, commander of Snowbirds squadron, said from San Francisco, where the performance team had shows scheduled for the weekend, that everyone associated with the group was "deeply saddened."Sgt. Charles 'Chuck' Senecal, a veteran military photographer, also died in the crash. (DND)
Keddy said a practice, scheduled for Friday, had been cancelled and no decision had been taken as to whether the planes would do their formation show in San Francisco. Flights at the base have also been suspended. Keddy said it was precautionary and would be reviewed in the coming day.
The crash left twisted wreckage in a farmer's field.
Ronald Alix, an eyewitness to the crash, told CBC News that he saw black smoke trailing from the plane, which was on a dangerous trajectory.
"I said well, it's gonna hit the ground. Sure enough, it went and crashed on the ground," Alix said on Thursday.
Keddy said it was still not known what caused the crash. Investigators from the base and experts from Ottawa were set to begin their work on Friday. Keddy did reveal that there were no communications from the pilot in the moments prior to impact.
"Despite the age of the Tutor in other fleets in many parts of the world … the Canadian Forces aircraft are the most well-maintained aircraft in the world," Keddy said.
"They've served us over the years and continue to serve the air force and will do well into the future."
The Snowbirds plane was in the air with three other aircraft from the base: a Hawk, a Harvard and another Tutor. Those planes were flying different formations to be photographed by Senecal for use in various promotional materials.
The other planes returned to base safely.
Mitchell was from Whiterock, B.C. He had a wife and two daughters. Senecal was originally from Montreal. He had a wife and son.
As of Thursday, eight people, including seven pilots, have died in crashes of Snowbird jets since the team was formally inaugurated in 1971.
June 10, 1972 — Capt. Lloyd Waterer, 24, died during an air show at CFB Trenton, Ont.
May 3, 1978 — Capt. Gordon de Jong, 32, died during air show in Grande Prairie, Alta.
Sept. 3, 1989 — Capt. Shane Antaya, 24, died when his plane plunged into Lake Ontario during an air show in Toronto.
Dec. 10, 1998 — Capt. Michael VandenBos, 29, died in a pre-season training collision with another Snowbird, south of Moose Jaw. The other pilot survived.
Dec. 10, 2004 — Capt. Miles Selby, 31, died in a collision during a training session. The other pilot survived.
May 18, 2007 — Capt. Shawn McCaughey, 31, died in a crash while practising for an air show at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Mont.
There have also been eight occasions where Snowbird planes have crashed or collided and the pilots survived.
The CT-114 jet has been in service since 1962 and was adopted as the Snowbird plane in 1971.

Rain puts damper on World Finals

See the SCTA website link for the news at Bonneville and you will see the following message!
Salt Update, Sunday 7:00am
Due to recent rains that flooded the course we are canceling the World Finals Event.
Roy Creel

Friday, September 26, 2008

Coming Soon PUMP - VIDEO

We have filmed a short video of the "Dyno-ing of our pump" as they checked it on the test equipment. Starring: Race Pump Master, Jef Casto as he shows off the big Bosch pump for the 3.9bt cummins.
It's just smokin hot!

Pumps for all applications

Look at the pump James Buermann is working on. It looks like a little v8 engine, therefore I assume it is for a big V8 diesel. As you can tell I am no genius around the pump shop but I can sense these gentlemen are very knowledgeable. The Goldenhawk Project owes a big thank you to NW FUEL , owner, Gord Reid and also to the persons who pointed me in their direction.

Pumping iron!

Actually Mike Arens is more bench wrenching than pumping iron! Look at the window behind Mike, it is covered with accreditation and awards. Everyone is professional here at NW Fuel.

Injector Room is High Tech

Morgan Hachim was working in the injection room when I stuck the camera around the corner. He flashed a big smile and continued to work his magic on the injectors. With a team like this is it any wonder
NW Fuel is the leader in the industry?

The Shop is 'Operating Room" clean!

Derek Morrison, is an injector specialist with a serious work ethic and a big smile.

Up front at NW FUEL

Dean Wohlberg is one of the first guys you get to meet at our Fuel injection sponsor's offices in Port Kells.

New Logo for Sponsor

This is the new logo for our paint, prep and bodywork sponsor.
Check them out on the links to sponsors on the left side of the page.
Able Auto Body is where Dave Andrew is the painter you have been seeing on the blog. Also Frank Vaski and Richard Mckwen were seen doing body work on the weekends.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's a happy tail!

Dylan and Daniel smile when Dave approves the preparations!
Darryl Murphy (Murphy A/C manufacturing) hand built a fine f-86 Sabre replica tail from Kevin Knox's 3D scanned & scaled drawings and Richard McKwen bonded the fibreglass leading edge that Kevin had trimmed to fit the car.
When we park the "GOLDENHAWK" next to the Vintage Wing"s "HAWK ONE" next year the airshow spectators will see how excellent your work and talent make a land speed stream liner emulate a great jet fighter plane.