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One Last Hurrah [FINAL RESULTS]


#1

One Last Hurrah

Again we gather, gearhead friends! One last time for the Kee engine. Welcome to “One Last Hurrah Tour”. Time to roll up your sleeves, get your wrenches, and prepare to hit the road.

What do you have to do? That’s easy. Just grab a junker, get it running, throw some tires on it… pile a couple buddies, snacks, and maps in the car and go with us! Survival is tough, winning? Well… that’s even harder.

(Explanation/Rules follow)

This is a twist on the Roulette Runner and Kinda Grand Tour, and Go West Death Trap Tour. Basically, you buy a car for roughly (doesn’t have to be exactly) $500 USD, get it running, and take it on an extended road trip lasting several days. This version is entirely on public, paved highways. While it may seem easy, this presents its own set of challenges. Old junker cars don’t always do good on sustained highway runs, and the significant length (2000+ miles) and short timespan (~72 hours) means that pace is important, but so is maintaining the needs of your team. As with the previous challenge, your imagination is the only limit for your car. But remember, it has to be reasonably purchased for about $500 USD today.

This may seem a bit nebulous and vague. That’s on purpose; these actual events are kept vague, and the creativity of the participants combined with the challenge of crap hardware and a limited budget being pushed to their absolute limits.

BUILD RULES HAVE CHANGED SIGNIFICANTLY. PLEASE SEE BELOW.

The organizers of this event have a car theme this time around: Fun-day toy. While you’re going to be driving beaters, they’d like to see people show up in what they consider a toy. Will it be a little track day car? An older luxury cruiser? An offroader or a roadster? (This is tied in to an award down below)

Body/Trim Year: No newer than 2005.
Bodies: No exotics or supercars
Suspension: Odd mismatches to the car type may be assessed a reliability penalty, simulating a homebrew swap situation.
Tires: No Semi-slicks (R-compound tires are NOT DOT legal). Be mindful of weather; this will occur in Spring!
Aero: Offroad skid plates allowed. Non-truck/ute bodies may be assessed a reliability penalty, simulating a homebrew creation.

Engine/Variant Year: Does not necessarily have to match the body (Simulating a swap), but can’t be newer than 2007.
Types: No V8 flatplane or V12 this time around.
Fuel: No RON98 or 100, due to availability on the course. Leaded fuels ARE allowed (lead substitute additives are readily available in parts stores)
Other: No race intakes/exhausts.

Sliders: Leave tires at 0 as I will manually adjust this to simulate brand new, modern tires later on. Otherwise, set the sliders how you would have created this car FROM THE FACTORY WHEN NEW.

TEAM STATS HAVE ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGED, SEE BELOW.

Team factors: Your team will have four basic stats. Mechanical Ability, Trail Experience, Cargo Loading Factor, and Aggressiveness Factor. These will all be assigned values from 0-10.

Mechanical Ability: Your ability to diagnose and repair various issues with cars. This is randomized for new teams, carried over for existing teams.

Trail Experience: Your ability to handle the vehicle on whatever surface it’s driving, as well as ability to navigate. This is randomized for new teams, carried over for existing teams.

Cargo Loading Factor: This is the amount of trunk space divided between food/comfort items and mechanical items. 1 is maximum food/comfort, minimum spares, 10 is the other end of the spectrum. This is determined by YOU at the time of submission, and cannot be changed once the event starts.

Aggressiveness Factor: This is a measure of how aggressive/quickly your team will attempt to run. 1 is going to be below the speed limit, attempting to save the car at all times. 4-6 will be “at” the speed limit. 10 will be “pray there aren’t cops”. This is determined by YOU at the time of submission, and may be changed up to 4 times (via PM) during the course of the event.

Edit: CLF and AF are INTEGERS, please… :stuck_out_tongue:

Other things that can get you

Road condition: This is variable, and will be determined by historically accurate weather conditions at the time I run each leg. This time around, the run will be in Spring, so it won’t all be sunny and dry.

Defect: Every car in the competition will have something either that you couldn’t address before the start of the event, or overlooked during mechanical inspection. Everyone will know at least one fault with their car at the start… but you won’t know if this is the Defect or not! This defect will be limited to one system, but even if you know what it is, you won’t know the exact severity of it. Could be a minor annoyance, could be a fatal flaw, and it’s not guaranteed to show up. That depends on most of the above factors.

Fuel Management: Your vehicle may not be running in top condition. While all teams are considered as carrying a 2.5 gallon spare canister, you can theoretically run out of fuel if there’s a long section with no towns. Be mindful! You can always call for an early stop.

Fatigue: Even the most comfortable of cars will wear you out after hours at the wheel. You can mitigate this with taking POI breaks or stopping at a restaurant for a meal. If you get too tired, you dramatically increase your chance of an accident.

Morale: Your team members can get pissy if things aren’t going well. This can also lead to issues that will slow you down or stop you. Keep 'em happy with waypoints, POI, good food, etc.

Scoring

Negative points if you DON’T post an intro of your car/team, giving a brief background of them, the car (where you got it, how much, what condition it was in, etc.)

Note to those who participated in my previous challenges: You may run with the same team as last time or a new team. You MUST specify at time of entry (same team gets the same MA and TE scores, new team rerolls them)

If your rig makes it to the end without a fatal failure, you’re in contention for the big prize. Which is a couple pistons welded to a flywheel, skull and crossbones style. (WOO!)

Scoring will be done by rolling a randomizer and factoring the Basic Stats, Road Condition, Fatigue, and Morale. This time around, “legs” are back-to-back (no official start/stop points) and each one lasts 2 hours. Your success will be measured in where you actually are along the road.

That said, there are going to be many POI along the way for teams to get out, stretch for a few minutes, and take in the scenery.

POI stops are done through PM notification (PM me before you get to where you want to stop). You will have a brief time penalty applied to your next leg, but you can remove negative buffs and get positive buffs from doing these. It is also not required for those RPing to do a POI on every leg (and actually might be detrimental to do so). Furthermore, POI don’t have to be specific types of landmarks; you can stop at any one in the area that fits YOUR team’s interest. While this may sound confusing right now, I will let you in on this; you will be able to find them on Google. The course will go through actual, real places on Earth.

Oh look, WINNING!

Winning can be done one of three ways:

  1. Be the first one to cross the finish line
  2. Be the closest to the AVERAGE finish time
  3. Stop at the most optional POI of historical or scientific interest.

I’ll also be handing out a few awards:

  1. “Ballsy” for the, well ballsiest entry.
  2. “Hard Luck” for the participant that doesn’t make it that either really should have, or put up the most valiant effort.
  3. “RP” - Roleplaying. Make your team fun and complex! Interact with others!
  4. “Zen” - Best balance of everything; car, RP, and pace
  5. “WWVB” - What Would Vic Buy? Which of your cars would he have bought, personally, for a fun ride to play around with? (Hint: I may be American, but I don’t like barges or pretense)

That said, I encourage ALL people who enter to chime in with blurbs about what their peeps are doing/thinking/saying after each stage, in response to what I post for the section and how it turned out. I will try to be “detailed but vague” so you guys can build your own story throughout all of this. Inter-team RP is always encouraged. The last couple times have been hilarious.

Have fun and be creative/silly!

Deadline: 2/13/2018 at 10am PDT, or 25 teams, whichever comes first.

Also, I will be entering my own vehicle again this time. While it’s possible for me to “win”, the actual winner(s) will be selected from the contestants. I’m mostly here for “flavor” or “color commentary”.

As usual, please post an intro of your car and team.

Naming convention and submission.

Naming: Car Model and Engine Family name should be “OLH - (username)”. Trim names should be the names of the cars/engines themselves (for flavor).
PM me the .zip export file, and state how many people are in your team (and if you are colluding with any other board members on this)
Also remember to include your Aggressiveness Factor (can be changed up to 4 times after the start) and Cargo Loading Factor (cannot be changed after submission) in the initial PM, as well as the number of people who will be crammed in your car.

Competitors approved so far:
VicVictory
@Madrias
@Mr.Computah
@Jaimz
@Awildgermanappears
@BobLoblaw
@Zabhawkin
@Vri404
@DoctorNarfy
@HighOctaneLove
@findRED19
@Puffster
@stm316
@yurimacs
@Mythrin
@abg7
@Nicholander
@LordLetto
@cpufreak101


AutomationTrader - A place to 'sell' your Automation creations
#2

And here we go…

Team Moss Boss

Kyle: 34, Assistant VP of Sales, Northeastern Division, Davidson Products Corporation. His title makes him out to be more important than he really is, since the company has 40 AVPs and only 100 employees. Basically, he’s found himself stuck as a glorified “yes man” and coffee bitch for a VP, who himself is a little overly self-important. Kyle needed to get out of the office for a while and just do something. This seemed totally bizarre and out of character for him, yet it held a certain charm.

Hank: 37, Kyle’s cousin, and the franchise owner of a gas station/touchless car wash. His business is the only thing that seems to be going right in life, everything else is going as smoothly as an 80 grit sander disc on is arse. Kyle has provided him a brief escape from his home life…

The Car (AKA The Boss)

It’s a 1984 Townsend T50 S. Steel Moss in color, its paint is thoroughly dulled and eaten from actual moss and lichen the guys had to blast off after it had been sitting for 6 or so years. But for 300 bucks plus dumping some in to repairs, it wasn’t a bad deal.

The tires were rotted all around, and The Boss needed a complete tune-up and a new clutch. Other than that, the old Townsend fired right up and rolled. At least, once the brakes were un-frozen and brought up to snuff.

Kyle and Hank were pleased to find that it was equipped with a factory air conditioning system, which they also… well, paid to fix.

The weather seals managed to hold up well enough, and the interior was found to be in good condition once it was thoroughly washed. Odometer read 72,000 miles, but with only 5 digits, it’s unknown how many times it’s rolled over. The previous owner claimed it’s 172k, in any case.


Hank smiled as the Townsend purred at a steady idle. “Gotta love these old Toledo Trivalves. Rock solid.”

“Man, 6 years in a field, and it still sounds great,” Kyle agreed. “This was a good pick.”

“Glad you found it. Otherwise who knows what kind of nightmare we’d be dealing with.”

“Hey, check this out,” Kyle said, grabbing a brochure off the counter next to him. “I found this when I was cleaning out the inside. Looks like an original sales brochure.”

Hank took it from him and began skimming through the pages. His lips moved as he silently read a few passages to himself.

“Really?” Hank blurted in surprise.

“What?”

He pointed to a paragraph on page 4.

T50 models are designed to get the job done, without breaking the bank. With a 3/4 ton rating and low load deck, carrying bulky cargo such as wood or gravel is easy. Our competitors will make you lift higher. Work smarter, not harder, with T50.

“3/4 ton?” Kyle repeated with much skepticism. “That’s a bit of a stretch, isn’t it?”

Hank shrugged. “There were other trucks this size that got a 1 ton rating with the same amount of power. I don’t get it, but it’s a cool fact. I can tell you this thing will haul an entire beach party if you want it to, though. My buddy John back in high school had one of these things, and he’d literally do that. Barbecue, coolers for food and drinks, folding chairs, wood for the bonfire, blankets, axe, boom box… you name it.”

“Huh. That is cool.”

Hank slapped his cousin on the shoulder. “We’re gonna do the same thing, just with a little modification. So get ready for brews and cue.”

“Oh, I am so ready.”


#3

Mopey: (on phone) Gran, I’ve found an estate in a tidy-ish condition…pretty sure Spanners could give it a tune-up. Erm…600 at the moment but there a few “issues” that I’ve noticed…no no, Spanners told me what to look for. So hopefully we’ll be in business…No there are no holes to swallow you up. Colour? It’s black…no, he doesn’t have one in a different colour…I’ll see you when I get back.

(Hangs up phone)

M: Now, about these leaky seals…


#4

Team Spanish Fiesta might come back…under a different name. And with a better car. Who knows.


#5

I’ve got something in the works. A few cars to choose from, too, but I’ve got the team figured out.


#6

Route has been plotted, and is over 3,000 miles long. And I’m in the middle of plotting twists. Muhahahahaha.


#7

Ah, long enough to need an oil change to keep up with the car’s (nonexistant) service records.


#8

The last (and hopefully best) of these four Kee-era banger tours should be a blast… My interest is piqued!


#9

The Outriders are preparing their return.


#10

The Rice box Girls might make a sneaky return


#11

Well, I’m feeling a bit generous, and if anyone’s looking for a car and the genuine ‘used car buying experience’, I have a car that I made a while back that should work for this challenge. I picked a different car, but I put enough time and effort into this one that I feel it’d be a waste not to at least offer it up.

The ad can be found right here, in the AutomationTrader thread.


#12

The Team

Elizabeth Harcourt-Entwhistle (widowed) – “Gran”
Age – Never ask a lady her age dear
Likes – Family, classical music and old things
Driving experience – over 60 years

George Harcourt-Entwhistle IV – “Mopey”
Age - 17
Likes – Staring at his mobile phone, girls and moping
Driving experience – Pontins Go-kart champion 3 summers in a row (2012-2014), proper cars – a bit more than 3 weeks

Dave something-or-other – “Spanners”
Age – 28
Driving experience – Anything the army put him into/on to as well as a lot of things he shouldn’t have been anywhere near!
Likes - Mechanical things, lots of hot tea, bodging stuff to make it work again.

Mopey: Spanners, did I do good? Is this worth it?

Spanners: Yeah, it’s tidy enough…bit of rust, as you’d expect for its age. There’s a few gaskets and seals that will need replacing but that’s no hardship. We’ll ditch the 2/3 rear seat and make that the spares area. There should be enough room to carry my tools and some spares. We’ll fold down the 1/3 seat to make a sleeping area, when we need one. Hang a net from the roof for food and we should be able to put in a good show. Has Mrs E seen it yet?

Mopey: No…I told her I was looking at it but failed to mention I’d bought it.

Spanners: Well I’ll sort out the leaky stuff, spray over the rust and sort out the inside. THEN you can show her…and if you’re going to act like you did on the last trip then I’d suggest you get a helmet.

Mopey: Says the guy that was locked up for assault.

Mopey ducks and runs QUICKLY!

The Vehicle

FM HiWay LX estate
Cost - $500 + $50 to change some leaky seals. Nothing structurally wrong but the suspension has seen better days.

2.4 i6, RWD. Poor relation to the AWD GTs.
240k on the clock.


#13

Looks like Otis, Jake, and their trusty T25 will be on the road again.


#14

did nobody notice that the deadline was set last year?


#15

I have no idea what you’re talking about… (looks around, whistles)

Fixed.


#16

I love roadtrips, I am in the mood to join:

Team Two Mothertrucking Idiots:

Driver No.1: Yurij “Moscow” Mikoyan, age 46, russian immigrant and seasoned truck mechanic, can rebuild a Monolith V12 Diesel in less than a day but hasn’t touched a gasoline engine in years. Once cannonballed coast to coast in a GMC Crackerbox, got pulled over twice in one day for speeding in a Monolith 12.18-55 Dump Truck. Loves aggressive techno music, whisky and loathes smoking.
Personal cars: 2004 Saminda C5 (2008-present), insert late 90s Automationverse full size SUV that isn’t a Monolith here (2006-present), 1988 Monolith 12.18-55 Dump Truck rebuilt into Motorhome (2004-present), formerly 1999 Dimension Andromeda (2003-2008) and 1991 Nohda Assent (1994-2003).

Driver No.2: Frank “Gnome” Smitt, age 26, good friend and drinking pal of Yurij’s, was briefly in a relationship with his daughter, Office clerk by day, car and truck enthusiast by night. Knows jack shit about 18-wheelers except they have myriads of bright lights and chrome. Loves Gangsta Rap and headbutting people unconscious. Has minor anger issues, not to be messed with despite his diminuitive stature. Loves Autocross and annoying the shit out of people.
Personal Cars: 2013 Zenshi Kamata (2015-present), formerly 2006 Zenshi Kamata (2014-2015), 2003 Saminda C3 SR (2012-2014), 1997 Erin Berlose (2011-2012), 1997 Auxuras C8 (2010-2014), 1992 Impakt 200 (2009-2010).

The Car:

A fairly wasted 1991 Jager LTC 3.0 Litre, once the best worst American Grand Touring machine, now exclusively enjoyed by Malaise Masochists and Broke Ballers. The body is structurally sound, the mechanicals are not. Known Issues: Worn out shocks and springs, transmission won’t shift into third but can be manually forced into 4th, differential oil has not been changed since the first Clinton Administration, severe rust on rear right trailing link, low compression on most cylinders, blue smoke, rough idle.
Rear seats removed for increased cargo room.
Chosen for its legendarily terrible reputation for electrical issues and floppy disc based Navigation system.

Stats:
3.0L DOHC 24V Inline 6, 7:1 average Compression ratio, almost 150hp, 3+1 speed Automatic transmission, Left-Rear-Wheel-Drive, 3200-ish pounds when new. Gets 20+mpg.

All of this magnificence bought for $451 from a former Pimp turned Basehead.


#17

Team V6 Vandals

The Team:

Luke Light - 18 - Storm Automotive’s robotic CEO, and current head of the Raceworks Division. Loves fast and crazy cars, and yet has had just as much fun with junk cars, too. He’s back for round number three, and actually likes the ‘car’ they got this time. Role: Primary Driver, Secondary Mechanic.

Amy Storm - 53 - Storm Automotive’s Engine Design Expert, and the Crew Chief of the Raceworks Division. She’s back for a third try with the junkyard cars, and she’s confident in their V6 powered nightmare. Role: Lead Mechanic, Secondary Driver.

Jake Storm - 30 - Son of Amy Storm, Computer Genius, DOHC Expert-In-Training, and still learning to drive stick. Back for round number two after the glorious defeat of their Dynamite E5, though he’s less than pleased with yet another manual gearbox. Role: Jack-of-All-Trades.

Cody Acorne - 34 - Brother of Marcus Acorne, a friend of Jake Storm, and a former street racer. Returning for a second round of chaos, and doesn’t mind that this car isn’t a Dynamite shitbox. He’s hoping that the two members of Team Twin-Snail can find the gas pedal. Role: Mechanic Assistant, Sound Control.

The Car:

1997 Ishu Truckling V6

This tiny little truck-like car was Ishu’s answer to a problem nobody had. With 5 seats like a sedan, on a compact-car sized chassis, a large amount (for its size) of carrying capacity, and a rugged, tough-looking exterior, the Truckling is the perfect example of failing to realize your target market. A transverse-mounted 2.7 liter V6 powers just the front set of wheels, and the torsion beam rear suspension was supposed to give it unprecedented load capacity for its class.

And it didn’t sell particularly well. Mostly because it sucked as a car, due to cramped rear seat room. And because it sucked as a truck, due to the driven wheels not being the ones under the bed. Dealerships struggled to get rid of them.

Eventually, most of them were scrapped, but a few still kick around junkyards from time to time, or end up in some junk-man’s collection of cars classed as “Too nice to scrap.”

Which is where this one comes in. Trevor Wright sent Cody a message about having ‘the perfect car’ for their little trip. With 139,775.3 miles on the clock, it has seen some better days, but it ran well enough. It had the “Performance Package” installed, giving it individual throttle bodies and long tubular headers.

But, the former members of Team Twin-Snail weren’t willing to leave their legacy in the past. They pointed out that the last V6 car they ran with didn’t even finish on time, and that between both teams, the only cars that finished on time, and did so with ‘respectable’ positions, were turbocharged. And so the Truckling gained a pair of snails and an intercooler.

For the low, low price of $493.86, the combined teams gained a shitbox that has a box to haul shit.


“It’s… Well, it’s certainly unusual.” Amy said, looking at their newly-acquired used car. Jake smiled, then tried to talk up the performance aspects, but didn’t get very far before Luke showed up.

“It’s like a truck, only smaller.” Luke quipped, looking over the Truckling. “But it might just do well.” He got behind the wheel, started it up, then added, “It sounds good enough, I suppose. V6, sounds like it might… No, it definitely has some sort of VVL and VVT. Nice 6 speed. Could’ve done worse.”

“So it’s good, right?” Cody asked.

“No. It’s a shitbox, but on the scale of shitboxes, this isn’t that bad.” Amy said. “And we’re putting some snails on this bitch. Only car we had that did well was our Sinistra Savage, with the twin-turbo 662ci V8. Your car had a turbocharged dumpster-fire of a four-cylinder. The car we did our worst in was a Minerva Midnight, which had a bigger V6 than this, but we didn’t add any boost, and it was so fucking slow.”

“To be fair, it also broke down a lot.” Luke added.

“Yeah, it did, but that’s because Minerva Motors makes cars that have three wheels in the junkyard the moment it rolls off the assembly line. Cheap pile of hot garbage.” Amy replied.

“So, turbos. Got it. Actually makes sense, honestly. We’ll feed it Premium Unleaded and about, say, 10 PSI. Should be worth a good laugh.” Jake said.

“I’ll go install a police scanner and a radar detector.” Cody said, before wandering out to get some parts.

“So, is it true, Jake?” Luke asked.

“What?” Jake said, looking at Luke.

“That his brother got locked up.” Amy said, making Jake look back at his mother.

“Yeah. Dumbass went berserk at one of the other teams over some missing lug-nuts. And it’s not like we didn’t exactly deserve it, we were, well, the Highway Hooligans, and we lived up to that name. Trev, the guy we bought this thing from, well, he was the good kind of crazy. Glitter cannoned a couple of teams, and we launched a firework over the roof of this van, and a peanut-butter filled diaper onto their windshield. Well, Marcus, Cody’s brother, gets it in his mind that they had to be responsible. In the chase, he side-swiped a minivan, then drove into the back of their van and tried to beat their driver with a sock full of toll-change. Didn’t go too well, their driver kinda knew how to fight, and how to fight dirty. Then the cops showed up. Last I heard…” Jake said, though was interrupted by Cody.

“He’s still sitting in a cell in Oregon. Felony hit and run, and then assault with a deadly weapon. Plus some… outstanding parking violations from us leaving the smashed green turd in the parking lot. Jake was right, the cop team, those “Outriders” guys, they were pretty cool. I hope they’ll be there again.” Cody said, his arms full of boxes containing stuff for their Truckling.

“Right. Let’s give Cody a couple extra hands before we lose the radar detector.” Luke said, taking the stack of boxes and putting them on the passenger seat. “I see you’ve got some sound-system gear in here, Cody.”

“Yeah. Can’t have a good sound system without two kilowatts of subwoofers. Just add the box of amplifiers and those two boxes of better speakers, and it’ll be all good.”

“We have a fuckin’ tape deck.” Jake said. He then immediately groaned as Luke held out a cassette adapter.

“And I have a mod for that. This, plus a cell-phone or MP3 player, and we’ve got a party.” Luke said.


The 2018 Meatball run - Day 2 4PM-7PM
#18

TEAM OUTRIDERS

The Old Man

Name: Blake Worden

Age: 56

Place of Birth: Tatum Heights, MI

Occupation: Retired/looking into starting a coffee shop.

Role: Driver/Mechanic

Obscure Fact: Flew an F-14 Tomcat during Desert Storm.

Blake Worden is the former head of the Tatum Heights Motor Pool. Having retired a year ago, he has been looking for something to occupy his time. This has led to his participation in the Roulette Runner, Kinda Grand Tour, and the Go West Death Trap Tour. He is considering opening up a coffee house though his old fashioned thinking may cause problems as his only two ideas of coffee are leaded and unleaded. He possesses a Petoskey XGV Scanner capable or reading the computer systems of any Petoskey vehicle, and any car newer than 1996.

The Mechanic

Name: Luigi Fillipelli

Age: 50

Place of Birth: La Spezia, Italy

Occupation: Tatum Heights Motor Pool

Role: Mechanic/Driver

Obscure Fact: His grandfather emigrated to the United States with his family to escape the rule of Mussolini. When the war ended he remained, but his son, Luigi’s father returned to Italy. Even though Luigi arrived in the US in 1989, he had family living in the country already.

As mentioned above, Luigi came to the United States in 1989. In 2004 he became a US Citizen. He has been working for the Tatum Heights Motor Pool since 1998. His and Blake’s experience working on Police cars have given them a good insight into working on their Petoskey Enforcer. A skill that has saved their bacon many times over.

The Driver

Name: Marc Levinstein

Age: 53

Place of Birth: Detroit, MI

Occupation: Chief of Tatum Heights Police Department.

Role: Main Driver due to police training.

Obscure Fact: Has never seen any sci-fi movie apart from Heavy Metal.

Marc Levinstein is the Chief of Police for Tatum Heights. He is devoted to his duty and is well respected by the members of the Police Department. He maintains a reputation of being a fast aggressive driver. This has led to him occasionally lamenting that he no longer drives as much and rarely in pursuit cases. Known for being soft spoken and calm, unless he is talking to Luigi which then they will rip on each other mercilessly.

The Number Guy

Name: Zach Worden

Age: 21

Place of Birth: Tatum Heights, MI

Occupation: Petoskey Motors ZLC Accounting Department/Student

Role: Driver

Obscure Fact: Has been flirting with a receptionist in the company unaware that she is the daughter of Petoskey CEO Eleanor Ventnor.

Zach Worden joined the team for the Go West Deathtrap Tour. He is the oldest of Blake’s three children. Having suffered from a miserable break up, he was extremely depressed. He was pushed into joining the team by his Mother. Despite his initial reaction, he ended up enjoying the trip and feeling much better about himself. When the Tour was over, Eleanor Ventnor arrived to present three cars to the other members of the team. Unaware that a fourth member was added, she apologized and offered him a job with the company. As it turns out Zach had an affinity for numbers. He was hired into the accounting department on an entry level while he works on finishing school. (Having changed his major to something that he can actually take interest in.)

THE CAR

Feeling something like a novelty, there can only be one car for the Outriders:

1997 Petoskey Enforcer


If you’ve ever been arrested or taken a taxi ride in the '90s or '00s chances are you’ve sat in the back seat of one of these. This particular model has been the vehicle of choice for Team Outriders since day 1. The car remains unchanged from the Go West Deathtrap Tour except for two new doors on the passenger side, and a new drivers side ball joint. Other modifications from the past include brakes 17 inch wheels from a Gen IV Enforcer, The engine and transmission from a 1995 Petoskey Stag Big Chief, Gen I Tail lights, a push bar from an Interceptor, and an aftermarket stereo system.

Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die.

Into the Valley of Death rode the six hundred.


#19

For flavor, read any dialogues in a thick Spanish accent except when I say otherwise.

Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain. 9:28 PM.

A man and a woman approached an old garage. The rain poured from above, with the ocassional thunder iluminating the place. Both lifted the door, revealing an old blue coupé…a third generation Contendiente Enemigo S.

The woman got behind the driver seat, while the man shoved himself into the passenger seat. Turning the ignition key, the engine roared as it came to life, with the characteristic raspy sound of an ITB 4 cylinder engine. Slowly, the car started moving outside of the complex.

“Pushes really nicely, that was a nice purchase. Although…it doesn’t have the factory engine, now does it, Alejandro?” - Said the woman, as she shifted into third gear." - Said the woman.

“It did, originally. I had to keep it there because I ran out of space at our workshop, but I did some modifications to it. Starting by an engine swap. I dropped a 2 liter from a Conte Ataque, 2005 model. Should be good to go with these 170 horses.” - Replied Alejandro.

“Feels good, and I see you removed the rear seats as well. I…actually always dreamed of owning one of these, so you should’ve told me we had it, capullo. Anyways, we’re here.” - Said Ana.

The two pulled up at a workshop. Alejandro opened the main door, and Ana drove the car into the workshop.


Team Shitbox Brothers!

Previously known as Spanish Fiesta, the two brothers are back for another round of competition. Meet the team!

Ana Gutierrez: 21, the female twin sister. Energetic, competitive, she will not stop until the car breaks down or the race is over. She’s been practicing her driving over the last few weeks in a couple of track days, and so she’ll be doing the driving.

Alejandro Gutierrez: 21, the male twin brother. Relaxed, a strategist. Will make sure the car is up and running and Ana doesn’t push herself too much. Running his own workshop, he knows a whole lot about mechanics, although he might not be able to repair the car sometimes.

"Gramps GT": a 1987 Contendiente Enemigo S. Originally sold to a daddy’s boy in the late 80s, it was then abandoned and found by a car collector. The collector restored it and gave it some proper circuit time, but his recent passing forced his husband to sell the car once again; the car was purchased by Alejandro, who nicknamed it “Gramps GT” upon learning its story.


#20

Team Harcourt-Entwhistle…the unveiling

Gran: Can I take this blindfold off yet George?

Mopey: Not yet gran. Spanners has sorted it all out, it’s in tip-top condition.

Spanners: Errrrrr……it’s in better shape than when I got my hands on it.

Blindfold gets removed.

Gran: Oh….it’s erm……not as bad as I was expecting. David a few questions. Am I likely to fall out of the bottom of it, Is it safe and finally will it make it to the end.

Spanners: Answers in the same order…No, the floor is sound, yes it’s safe and it should get to the end. But……

Gran: But? But what??

Spanners: This is fitted with cruise control.

Gran: That sounds…erm….bad?

Spanners: No, on the contrary, cruise control is normally very good. You turn it on and it keeps the car going at the same speed.

Gran: Normally? That doesn’t normally sound good.

Spanners: Minor glitch. Sometimes it puts the car into limp-home mode so max speed it 35mph. Occasionally it activates on it’s own and accelerates all on it’s own. But more often than not….it just won’t switch off and sets its own speed…faster and slower. I can fix it, when required, but it takes a while to clear the ECU and re-program it back to normal. Then it goes into learn mode, which takes a while before it all settles down again.

Gran: So we have something that is potentially dangerous?

Spanners: Well……it’s easy to remedy when it fails and I’m pretty sure that it will fail at some point over 3000 miles. But on the whole we should make slightly better time than we did in the van. I’m guessing we’re sightseeing again?

Gran: Yes dear. Now I have 2 ground rules. Firstly there is to be no fighting on this trip, there will be no cursing on this trip and finally we’ll have no spare parts from vehicles we don’t own. Understood?

Spanners: It was self-defence and I have absolutely no idea what spare parts you are talking about Mrs E.

Mopey: That’s 3 rules.

Gran: Pardon?

Mopey: You said 2 ground rules…no fighting, cursing and stealing….that’s 3 rules.

Gran: And no being smart with your mouth.

Mopey: That’s 4 now….

THWACK!

Mopey: SH…eeez…there was no need for that gran!