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Twas the Night Before Christmas....

'Twas the night before Christmas and in the garage,

No trace of Ford, Chevy, or even a Dodge. smile.gif

The presents were wrapped and the lights were all lit,

So I figured I'd mess with the Buick a bit.

I popped the release and I lifted the hood,

When a deep voice behind me said "looks pretty good." laugh.gif

Well, as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick,

And there, by the workbench, stood good ol Saint Nick!

We stood there a bit, not too sure what to say,

Then he said "don't suppose that you'd trade for my sleigh? wink.gif

I said "no way, Santa" and started to grin,

"But if you've got the time we could go for a spin!"

His round little mouth, tied up like a bow,

Turned into a smile and he said "hey! Let's go!!"

So as not to disturb all the neighbors' retreat,

We pushed the big Buick into the street, eek.gif

Then, taking our places to drift down the hill,

I turned on the key and I let MSD spill.

The sound that erupted took him by surprise;

But he liked it a lot, you could tell from his eyes. crazy.gif

With Pirelli’s a' crying and exhaust tips aglow,

We headed on out where hot rodders go.

And Santa's grin widened, approaching his ears,

With every shift up as I went through the gears. cool.gif

Then he yelled "can't recall when I've felt so alive!"

So I backed off the gas and said "wanna drive?"

Ol Santa was stunned when I gave him the keys,

When he walked past the headlights he shook at the knees! laugh.gif

The big block exploded with the STAGE I sound!

When he dropped the hammer, GS shook the ground!

Power shift into second, again into third!

I sat there just watching, at loss for a word, wink.gif

St. Nick turned to me with a gleam in his eye,

And said “Lets get TURBOs & then let’r Fly!”

With a wave of his hand and a prayer to the Lord,

There were twin Turbos & water Injection aboard!

We passed Hemi’s, Cobra's and Veyron's that night,

Punched over-drive and blasted from sight!

St. Nick turned to me with a gleam in his eye,

And said “Merry Christmas BqUICK!” and we took to the sky!!!" cool.gif

God Speed,

BqUICK 2008

GSCA, North East Member #33

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Ever hear The Balad of the Green Beret? I think that is the name of one of the coolest military songs I have heard. ...brings a tear to mf eye!...like when you see a '72 Buick Electra 225 beat a hot '68 Camaro @ the strip! (Even I have not seen that in a while, but my '69 beat a new Mustang GT & you see that on YOUTUBE!!!)

I guess it's the pride I feel when a big heart carries a heavy load like nothing else can. Thats a 455 in a Buick 225, thats our guys 'n gals in Iraq, Afganistan, Vietnam, Korea, or Berlin in '45.

Okay, you guys know the Faithful Pursuit, aka Electra GSX, is a military tribute to the 332nd Fighter Group, the Red Tails, the Tuskegee Airmen. She was designed and fabricated in Shaw Racing where a Cold War era Air Force veteran, Gary Shaw, built her chassis to do more than her designers dared dream. I know, I've spoken with Steven Pastiener, designer of the '70 Electra 225, '70 GSX, & '87 GN!

Well, in 2002 when this thread started, our chassis designer, Gary Shaw, died while chasing his dream at Tioga Raceway in NY. I spoke @ his funeral & even did a burn out as I left the church. My wife said "Do'nt crash...what are you doing!!!" But I knew Gary and all his friends respected that rainy day "quiet" tribute! It was Gary who built the 2.73 posi I was running in the '69 Electra convertible I drove to the funeral!!!

The Faithful Pursuit rolling chassis, body, & a thousand parts then went to Machuga Chassis where Gary's racing buddy, Dave Machuga, #78 himself, would take over. I did not know Machuga but he seemed to be a pretty cool guy. I was at the track after Gary died. I looked at turn #1 where they said he went off the track. The EMTs got to him & he was conscious but went under shortly after. He was DOA, massive heart attack.

Before the start of the feature, Machuga and a few other racers, in their suits, went through the crowds with their helmits out, raising money for their brother racers' family! One of Gary's friends pointed out Machuga and said, he's the guy Gary would want to finish your Buick.

The building of a 194.9 mph 5,000 lb Buick Electra in not a job for sisies! Girlie man Hot Rod Fab shops would'nt get this job done! Many of them did not know what I was talking about.

Who ever heard of going that fast in a Buick, any Buick? It was depressing to realize that no car builders shared my enthusiasm. Sure, they would take my $ but you could tell they did not care.

But one evening Gary walked into my garage and like when Mad Max said "I'll drive that tanker!" Gary said "I'll build your race car!" When he died I did not know what to do next, maybe just quit & junk the whole mess!

Months later, I visited the Machuga Chassis Works, off route #1 in Campbell, NY. The grimy grungy place smelled of cigarettes & gear lube. 18 wheeler race trailer not used in a decade, old cut up cars, tires, carb parts, a table of race springs, racks of steel tubing, an English Wheel, pipe bender, plasma cutter, welder, and metric tons of dusty trophies from 30 years of winning races!

There sat the Faithful Pursuit's chassis; her body on a flatbed trailer outside, amidst the chaos.

The Balad of the Green Beret playing softly in the background. I knew the Buick was in the right place!

Merry Christmas!!!

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Great to see and hear that you and the Faithfull Persuit are still doing well and kicking! smile.gif Merry christmas BqUICK! grin.gif

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Buster,

Merry Christmas to you buddy! Yes, we are back!

On Christmas Eve of last year, we installed the ceramic turbo motor. The late Gary Shaw would have been proud. Doing race car stuff on Christmas Eve was rewarding!

Gary's grandson, my 3 boys, & a co-worker's son were all out there pulling the old Pee-Gee 455 STAGE I and dropping in our new dream engine!!!

It was about 25 degees out, our garage door open as we pulled the hood off outside, the kerosine heater blasting away inside, hot ham sandwiches for lunch...!

It felt good to finally drop in that very special engine that took 3 years to re-design & build!

That experience with my sons and friends was the best Christmas gift I ever received!

May God Speed you safely in your Buick this Christmas,

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New YOUTUBE video!!! type in; <span style="font-weight: bold">Flying the Blue Dream Buick</span>

Let me know what you think.

Machuga is installing the race cage today. The old cage had just one vertical bar in the hoop behind the driver. The race hoop has a vertical, horizontal, and two diagonal bars. It will be welded in place.

Christmas eve was spent designing our new Turbo Faithful Pursuit tee shirt. We sold a few hundred of the last batch and these should be even better! They will feature the Tuskegee Airmen, natually.

Have a Happy New Year!

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Local racing legend, #78, and Faithful Pursuit designer, David Machuga, suffered a major heart attack on Tuesday.

Dave was rushed into the Arnot Ogden Medical Center where he received triple bypass surgery that day.

Please offer your prayers for his recovery!

God Speed,

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Ok, we finally got this ship on the level and I can communicate with you all again!

We had a big fund raiser for Machuga in March which went well. His surgeries cost tons as you know a triple bypass and the meds and other stuff adds up. smile.gif

Dave has still been working with us and even did a little welding.

There we were sitting around the small addition to his shop, with all the usual suspects, when Dave decided he had enough of sitting around next to a heater. mad.gif

His chest hurt a lot where they sewed him up but he was still helping people who came through the door. There are a few go-carts in the small shop, including some "Ferrari" looking go kart with one serious OHC V-Twin! Someone's 12 year old drives that 70mph bullet. smile.gif

The Faithful Pursuit has been getting some attention too. He welded this little doughnut coupling for our turbo input pipe.

Oh yeah, we finally got the girdle in! I do not kno cool.gifw if I told you but the Smilidon powerplant...you like that name? The Sabertooth Tiger's technical name was the Smilidon. I figure that a twin-turbo Buick engine has two long teeth like the prehistoric Wooly Mammoth killer. grin.gif

Scotty Guadagno put this wild combo together that should give us 800+HP. Its got ceramic coatings on nearly everything that can get hotter than it should. We'll put the spurs to her soon enough and we'll see what she'll do! grin.gif

God Speed,

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If Scotty did it, you're definitely on the right track!!

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All,

Our Racing crew and the Faithful Pursuit has been requested to attend the T<span style="font-weight: bold">uskegee Airmen, Inc. 38th National Convention; Palace Station Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada' August 6th - 9th. </span>

We are working like hell to be ready for that!cool.gif

God Speed!!!

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After all these years, more than 30 in all; it looks like it is finally time for the old 1969 Buick Electra to do her thing. In 1977 I went from not knowing if any of the 99th Pursuit Squadron were left alive, to finding they had four full squadrons in combat; to learning they flew bombers with the 477th training for Pacific Theater of Operations in WWII.

I actually first met the Tuskegee Airmen in 1984 at a NJ Historical Society gathering. I met Teddy Robinson, FAA Sector Manager at Kennedy International Airport; as well as Dr. Forsyth, known as "The Flying Dentist" who flew with Alfred "Chief" Anderson long before WWII.

Chief was the pilot trainer at Tuskegee Institute who took 1st Lady, Elaneor Roosevelt into the clouds; partly dispelling the beief that Blacks could not fly or fly well.

I developed the concept of the Tuskegee Airmen tribute car using a big Buick with a WWII theme. I was researching the P-47 for my degree project at the Academy of Aeronautics while driving the big Buick Electra to school there.

I really loved the thick fuselage Thunderbolt since about 1972 or so when I would read about her incredible strength and power. While in school you could buy an old p-51 Mustang fighter plane for $50K. Event then Jug were rare, as the Army Air Corps scrapped them by the thousands. I knew I'd never own one so I sought to design my own Thunderbolt from my Blue Buick Electra.

I did my first sketch of a P-47 inspired Tuskegee Airmen racecar in 1979, modifying another groups insignia by putting the wings of the Tuskegee Airmen's 99th Fighter Squadron mascot onto a fighting cat with boxing gloves.

I went from not knowing if my dream of a car would ever be built to it being unveiled by a USAF General in front of 7 surviving Tuskegee Airmen and 300 paying dinner guests in 2004!

Now the Tuskegee Airmen actually requesting Faithful Pursuit for their convention.

Now another act of faith is needed; we need to raise about $50,000 to make the August convention trip happen and to prepare the car for the September Silver State Classic Challenge 194.9 mph high speed pass dreams come true. It is actually a miracle that the Convention and the SSCS are in the same stage just a few miles from each other.

There is still no guarantee, even after spending huge amounts of cash so far, that we will not go bankrupt or even get killed or maimed in the process!

That is true Tuskegee Airmen style! They put thier skins on the line to beat the Nazi and prove that America's racist policies were a waste.

We are here to leave a lasting tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, bring to light their long forgotten fighter plane, and prove that the Buick Electra is a worthy performance car.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4b6WAPmDSk

We are selling tee shirts again! Help us get to Vegas and make this happen this year!

God Speed,

Michael Joseph

(607) 974-6063

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Guess what!!! I just saw the first draft of a Faithful Pursuit print. It was made by aviation artist Jerry Taliaferro, working on the Tuskegee Airmen fighter plane prints for the Tuskegee Airmen's national convention in Las Vegas.

Jerry has agreed to do the 1969 Buick GSX aka rolling blue Thunderbolt, aka Faithful Pursuit as it will be on display in Las Vegas at the convention in August.

The print will be for the convention and under 50 are expected to be made, printed on archival paper. I'll get MINE! When was the last time you saw a museum quality professionally made print of a twin-turbosupercharged, fuel injected, 1000 hp Buick Electra?

The first draft will be shown here within the next few weeks.

God Speed,

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Dear Friends,

Thanks for your continued support and interest, I appreciate you more than you know. Thanks guys in tent cities all over, the Army, Air Force, and Marines who have checked in. Buick people from BCA, GSCA, Bennett Buick in Wayland, NY; Blacks Service Station; Wings of Eagles; Hokey Pokey's Ice Cream; Aniellios Pizza; Dimon & Bakorn Movers; Noahs' Ark Electronics; Hilton Hotels; and so many more friends both military and civilian. Special thanks to the Tuskegee Airmen who again approved our use of their name in a general session at Kennedy Airport this Spring!!!

84,800 hits; 4 Principal designers; two of us US Patent Holders, one Motor Sports Hall of Fame member; one living motor sports legend! Two of us did not live to see the unveiling in 2004; both of the survivors have had "Cardiac Events" over the past year! Yes, your life flashes accross your mind's eye. All I could think about was the car, the car, and the car...(Shades of "Big Mac")

It took 30 years, $130K, and 5 cars to become an overnight success! We just have to hold on a little longer...194.9 mph is soooo close!

We're going to Vegas!

God speed,

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Second set of draft prints came in and look really good. These have a Tuskegee Airmen P-47 Thunderbolt Ghost image in the back.

Pictures will be released in a few weeks!

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I spoke to our artist today about the photos shoot for the final art work. Jerry said we need a 10MP camera and need to shoot either in the morning or the evening to get the "long highlights" on the car's finish. It takes a lot of work to make auto photos that really bring out the car. A set of pro photos can cost $10,000!

Take a look at that Australian Buick, the Holden. Now what was that thing called...? Scapegoat, no...intimidator...no...um...it was...the...uh...I can't remember. Rats! Getting old I guess.

Well I cannot tell you how often that happens these days! So we have just a few months until the convention. Bob says no money in the coffers yet, although I started out hot and heavy calling every corporation that might want to help the Tuskegee Airmen's convention.

The Faithful Pursuit was "requested" to participate but we still need money to get the job done. Picture051.jpg

I was coming back from the Indy 500 on Memorial Day weekend and stopped in Detroit. This car, like the Indy Pacecars, was at the GM Store in the airport. Pretty cool Camaro of 2009. I built a model of the '67 when it was still a pretty new car. My mom bought the model instead when I asked her for some high dollar toy. The year was 1968 when she bought that model for me. She said I was hooked after I built the first one. She seemed pretty proud to recall her input into my automotive passion!

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Behold!

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<span style="font-size: 20pt"> </span> <span style="color: #FF0000"> <span style="font-family: 'Arial Black'"> FAITHFUL PURSUIT </span> </span>

1969 Buick Electra GSX, 1,000 HP; est Top Speed 212 mph

1949 Republic P-47N Thunderbolt; 2,800 HP; est Top Speed 470 mph

This is a draft print that is being developed for the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. 38th Annual National Convention, Palace Station Hotel and Casino, August 6th - 9th, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Faithful Pursuit is the first officially recognized Tuskegee Airmen race car has been requested to be at the convention on display in the valet parking area at the front of the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Her crew of 7 will be there as well.

God Speed,

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:cool:...working on the Faithful Pursuit with Jake Harrington. We looked over the intercooler installation and it looks pretty good, even if its not pretty. The hope is that we will be in Cali or Vegas and a high roller will be an Angel sponsor to help us get to the Silver State Classic.

Jake used the plasma cutter to cut some bar stock, I measured, to build intercooler brackets. Each intercooler has 4 bracket bolts.

I drilled the bolt holes through the brackets and Jake welded the new brackets in place. I kept an eye on that torch, ready with the fire extinguisher...shades of the 2003 shop fire...

After that we put the dual fan back in place. Hey...where are all the screws and stuff! We just took it apart a year ago!!! Oops it's in the Other shop! We'll make it if we all pray really hard!

God Speed,

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I'm not sure if I like the new colors of this site, a little bland I think!

Anyway, we pulled out the old wiring birds nest in the front of the Faithful Pursuit. The electronic thermostat controls for the dual fans, the Mezier water pump, and some other stuff were tied into this bus in the engine compartment. We set all that up when the car was being prepared for the unveiling and the inside was gutted. We can now get rid of this and control the functions in the cockpit.

Yesterday Jake and I bolted the turbos to their respective engine exhausts. This was a pain because things have shifted slightly since the piping was removed to 360 degree weld and clean the pipes.

We got rid of surface rust on the turbine housings, welded and exhaust transition, and kicked around the question of ducting the intercoolers. Dave, Jake, and I chewed on it for a while and decided we would just put the race cage in and worry about that later.

When our Ship Comes In, sponsor wise, we will get the insides re-worked anyway for Silver State and SEMA. Hey a guy can dream right?

Who would sponsor a rare car whose parts are hand made custom? There are fewer Buick Electras racing at this level than there are Balwin Motion cars! The racing components alone are so special that nobody in their right mind would buy them just to hot-rod around... Well maybe there are some Big Buick car nuts out there! Thank God for this web thread because at least you guys are here and can relate.:cool:

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Made a little bit of progress. Hooked up the starter, loaded the Optima battery, re-wrapped the main harness. Pulled more senseless wiring to nowhere. Hooked up the electric fan and the starter.

Still lots of electrical and other work. We may fire her up on Friday. Pressurize turbo oil, connect turbo return oiling. Etc, etc.

Sleepy...later!

God Speed,

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Jake and I installed the race cage. This took a lot of effort. The main hoop, behind the driver; has a horizontal bar, a vertical bar, and 4 45 degree bars. It was heavy and a bear to get into the ca.

It is super strong and should resist all crush loads associated with our kind of racing. I suppose that "rules are rules" so we will see what our Silver State people have to stagy. :cool:

We buttoned up the exhaust manifolds, installed the exhaust double doughnut after welding all the holes shut.

She is about ready to be fired. Maybe this weekend,

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How are you doing out there! You probably have lots of your own car dramas to deal with, this is mine.

We were trying to prime the engine using the starter but got no oil pressure. We kept the ignition off, thankfully because it it started we would have just killed the Smilodon engine.

When we put the girdle in we flipped the motor all different ways and she lost her prime. I cobbed up an electric drill driven primer using an old distributor. It turns out that the wiring to the starter died and she now would not start if we tried...and try we did!

We'll scrap the old harness and just get a racer push button starter and stop fooling around with keys!!! What the heck.

The photo shoot was yesterday for the finals on the Faithful pursuit art print. They should go to print by the end of the month. Let me know if you want one! Just $35 bucks for a small print, $125 for the big archival quality acid free stuff!

God Speed,:cool:

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S&W Graphics in Elmira, NY has agreed to do a full color graphics "wrap" for our race car trailer...for free! Our cross country trip to the Tuskegee Airmen Convention in Las Vegas, in August sounded good to the three partners.

I walked to their shop at the local mall and they said "You're the guy with that Buick Machuga built!" Dave is a local legend and his race cars have won more than 20 championships! Dave holds about 5 championship titles personally!

This is worth $$$$ Thanks S&W

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