GOODWIN COMPETITION’S 2016 Championships – Congratulations!!

GOODWIN COMPETITION’S 2016 Championships – Congratulations!!

 

2016 ROCKY MOUNTAIN DRAG WEEK – Worlds Quickest and Fastest Streetcar

                  James ” Doc” McEntire – 1968 Camaro “See Red” Naturally Aspirated Pro Street @ Density        Altitudes of 5000-9000 Ft.

2016 United Pullers of MN

Points Champion – Bill/Carol Suchy- Modified FWD Truck

2016 Minnesota Sweep Championships

                  Bill/Carl Suchy – Modified FWD

Ron Tuma – Superstock FWD

2016 NTPA REGION III – Champion

                  Bill/Carol Suchy – Modified FWD

2016 Traxxas Offroad Racing – Torc Series

                  Runner Up – Keegan Kincaid – PRO 2

3rd Place – Marty Hart – PRO 2

3rd Place – Scott Douglas – PRO 4

2016 PI Pullers

                  Points Champion – Goodwin Competition’s Own Joe Potratz – Superstock

2016 Midwest Sprint Car Association

                  2nd place – Paul Pokorski

Common Engine Oil Problems and Their Solutions

A car runs for thousands of miles therefore, it is subject to wear and tear. The most common problems are linked to the engine oil, which is the lubricant that decreases the temperature of the engine, and reduces wear on moving parts. Hence, it is beneficial to both, car and the possessor, to know about these menaces.  Low oil pressure – When there isn’t enough oil in the system, the low oil pressure reading on the dash gauge starts flickering.

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Battery and Engine Restore Service

Taking care of the engine or battery, depending on the make of the car, improves the chances of a car lasting for the long haul. Maintaining them regularly and ensuring issues are nipped at the bud, one can save himself, lot of unnecessary distress and hassles. However, only the very best and the skilled technicians should do this. At Auto, we pledge by the most trustworthy and experienced technicians.

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About our Mechanic Repair Shop

At Auto, we understand car maintenance and repair services goes hand in hand with the purchase of any vehicle. Starting as a family business with just two people in October 1956, we have built, earned and maintained our reputation for rendering quality, terrific service and absolute reliability to all our clients. With over 50 years of experience below our belts, our employees’ count has gone over more than ten.

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Goodwin Engine of Platinum 388 Skater ‘Rainmaker’ On the Dyno

Courtesy of Power Boat Nation

The pursuit of perfection and the work to make something the very best it can be takes time, dedication, persistence and determination (to steal from Calvin).

Todd Goodwin continues to press on and bring the absolute very best to his engine product line. For a few months now the engines going into the next Platinum 388 Skater “RainMaker” have been undergoing extensive testing with a new engine management system. This system with high speed processors is completely programmable and has the ability to deliver hundreds of millions of instructions to the engine per second.

The new Skater owner “Rainmaker”, Chris Bradly is eager and optimistic the time taken to develop this new system will pay back in spades. “I do want my boat” said Chris “But I am not going to be the guy who pushes the engine builder to deliver something until its ready. Todd is a genius when it comes to putting this stuff together and he will tell me when its ready not the other way around.” Cutting edge takes time, money, and patience and I am working to develop that last part.” as he laughs out loud!

The Goodwin Competition Engines really are the ultimate in performance and the management system to control them is going to make a difference that will be felt every single time they blow by all of the OEM rigged boats on the water!

 

Drag Week 2015: Crazy Camaro 672 CI Monster Mystery Motor Hemi 1450 HP—Never Been Run Or Driven!

Drag Week 2015: Crazy Camaro 672 CI Monster Mystery Motor Hemi 1450 HP—Never Been Run Or Driven!

Written by Thom Taylor on September 14, 2015  HOT ROD Drag Week 2015 Presented by Gear Vendors and Co-Sponsored By Eastwood

Drag Week 2015: Crazy Camaro 672 CI Monster Mystery Motor Hemi 1450 HP—Never Been Run Or Driven! 

Day 2 Update at bottom

We told you Drag Week was crazy—here’s how crazy: take a former 8-second 1968 Camaro. Install this billet aluminum, 5-inch bore spacing, semi-hemi-headed monster motor (that has never seen street duty), and see how it will stand up to Drag Week 2015 brutality.

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Doc McEntire and helper Jeff McConnel are veterans of Drag Week, and kinda nuts. They’re willing to challenge everything they know about engines combos and drag racing and sacrifice themselves for a Drag Week experiment project. They’ve installed this Todd Goodwin-designed billet aluminum semi-hemi headed engine built for extreme offshore marine and truck pull applications, in McEntire’s 1968 Camaro. Their goal is to see what the competition-only mountaim motor will do driven on the highways and byways of the Midwest.

The engine and heads are cut from chunks of billet aluminum. The 5-inch bore spacing cylinders and semi-hemispherical-combustion-chamber heads resemble Pro Stock Chrysler Hemi heads, but aren’t. The only OEM 5-inch-bore-center V8 engines that come to mind are Packard’s engine from the 1950s and Cadillac’s 472 and 500ci engines. If you would like to see one of these Goodwin “semi-Hemi” engines in a tractor pull check this out:

Water jackets are cut into the sides and interior of the block. The EFI uses two MS3 Pro Megasquirt ECUs, compression is a secret, as are any cam questions, other than it’s a nine-journal 70mm cam. Timing is set at 31-degrees, but that’s variable based on accumulating computer data. The engine will spin at over 8000 RPM. Trans is a two-speed Powerglide.

Check out this video of one of these hairy Hemis on the dyno.

The thing is that Messer’s McEntire and McConnel had no passes on Doc’s Camaro with this engine until Sunday’s Test ‘n Tune, where their SHAKEDOWN pass was a 10.16-seconds at 164.37mph! On Day 1 of Drag Week, they made a single pass of 8.730 at 168.51, and then headed to Indianapolis Raceway Park where Day 2 of Drag Week takes place.

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Day 2 Morning Update: Our intrepid Hemi travelers are in the Indy pits and getting ready to run, but not before more drama last night driving from Gateway to Indianapolis Raceway Park. Overheating was a big issue, but the issue was in the Megasquirt programming–but not in a bad way. The program is set up to cut electric fans at 40 mph with the assumption that once you’re cruising at 40 in your street machine you don’t need the fans. True, but this is an insane 1450 hp 670ci mega monster motor, not a 550hp Camaro. On the road they contacted MS3, makers of the Megasquirt system, and their tech guys helped McConnel change the fan shutoff on his computer while McEntire drove on. With the electric fans now on most of the time, and with McConnel pulling fuel out of the engine as they continued to drive and monitor the engine functions, they were able to increase their cruising to almost 70mph, getting close to 10 mpg, pulling into their Indy hotel a bit past 3:00 AM. Now let’s see how they run!

GOODWIN COMPETITION’S 2015 Championships – Congratulations!!

GOODWIN COMPETITION’S 2015 Championships – Congratulations!!

 

2015 United Pullers of MN

Points Champion – Bill/Carol Suchy- Modified FWD Truck

4th Place – Butch Line- Modified FWD Truck

Points Champion – Ron Tuma – Superstock FWD

 

2015 Minnesota Sweep Champions

                  Bill/Carl Suchy – Modified FWD

Ron Tuma – Superstock FWD

 

2015 Traxxas Offroad Racing – Torc Series

Runner Up – Keegan Kincaid – PRO 2

3rd Place – Marty Hart – PRO 2

3rd Place – Scott Douglas – PRO 4

 

2015 PI Pullers

Points Champion – Goodwin Competition’s Own Joe Potratz – Superstock

 

2015 Midwest Sprint Car Association

                  2nd place – Paul Pokorski

 

2015 Worlds Fastest Streetcar – Hot Rod Drag Week

                  Pro Street Naturally Aspirated 1968 Camaro – James “Doc” McEntire

GOODWIN COMPETITION’S 2014 Championships – Congratulations!!

GOODWIN COMPETITION’S 2014 Championships – Congratulations!!

 

2014 NTPA Region III Modified FWD Truck

Champion – Suchy Family Pulling- Totally Geared

Runner Up- Lawrence “Butch” Line – Totally Hooked

2014 NTPA Enderle Pull-Off

Champion – Bill Suchy-6200 Modified FWD Truck

3rd place – Lawrence “Butch” Line – Totally Hooked

2014 United Pullers of MN

Points Champion – Bill Suchy- Modified FWD Truck

3rd Place – Butch Line- Modified FWD Truck

Points Champion – Ron Tuma – Superstock FWD

2014 Traxxas Offroad Racing – Torc Series

                  Runner Up – Chad Hord Racing – PRO 2

                  3rd Place – Jeff Kincaid – PRO 2

                  Runner Up – Mark Jenkins – PRO 4

                  3rd Place – Scott Douglas – PRO 4

                  Runner Up – Keegan Kincaid – Pro Lite

2014 Midwest Sprint Car Association

                  Champion – Paul Pokorski

 

2014 QUICK 8 & Summit Super Series Champion – Myron Merten – Family Affair Racing