Thursday, September 11, 2014

Piss'd Off Pete has made its last run.

Dear fans, fellow drag racers and motorsports enthusiasts, I have had a great time driving and racing the Chevy Cobalt pro stock named "PISS'D OFF PETE" on the island of Curaçao. Many fond memories have been etched in my brain. And though we did not get to race as often as I would have liked, I can honestly say that all I set out to do has been achieved.

I am very grateful for everyone who has supported us along the way, especially to our sponsors: Asogas Fuel Services, Tramm Imaging, Valvoline, Medina Cargo, Heavy Mix, and Tech Welding;
and to all of our fundraiser event sponsors. Of course, couldn't have done it without our crew.

I'd like to leave you with a video of our last full pass, click here. That was a great night!

Friday, August 29, 2014

What a Pro Stock chassis looks like

Unlike any other form of motorsports, drag race fans get unrivaled access to the pits and often see the cars from just a few meters distance. Even so, the best case scenario has one imagining what goes where on a car, especially if it's a Top Fuel or a Funny Car.

A decade ago the folks at Rick Jones Inc. came up with an innovative way to illustrate what it is they do as chassis builders. They basically cut out half of a 2002 pro stock car, of which I've included a couple of pictures below. Even though the car, and its technology, is more than a decade old, it still gives one a decent idea of the internal components of such a car. 




The main objective of the pictures is to highlight the chassis underneath the fiberglass body. At first glance, one of the main differences between this and the newer models is the type of chrome-moly tubing used and the shapes in which they are bend, in order to form the chassis.

Needless to say, having a well built professional chassis is crucial at this level in order to qualify to race, let alone win the event.

Thanks for reading.

Photo credit: Rick Jones Inc., QuarterMax

Saturday, August 23, 2014

4th annual RMHC Curacao Golf Tournament

Don't forget to sign up for the upcoming 4th annual RMHC Curaçao Golf Tournament, to be held at the beautiful Old Quarry Golf Course, on Saturday September 6th 2014.

The funds raised will be used for operations and maintenance purposes of the Ronald Mc Donald Family Room located in the Pediatrics wing of the Sint Elizabeth Hospital. Proceeds will also go to a special fund that is dedicated to the construction of their future Family Room in the new hospital.

The 4th annual golf tournament is open to all level golfers, who will play on Saturday September 6th in 2 flights of 20 teams with prizes for the morning flight and winners of the afternoon flight. Prior and during the event there will also be fun activities for all golfers and non-handicap golfers in addition to their families, with great prizes.

There will be an optional practice round on Friday, September 5th. Call for special rates.
Sta. Barbara Beach & Golf Resort has standard rooms starting at USD 149 per night plus 21.98 % service charge. Call 5999-840-4100 for reservations.

For more information:
Ronald Mc Donald House Charities Foundation Curaçao Foundation,
Tel: 5999-736-2599.

During our last fundraiser, the Porsche 911 50th anniversary, we allocated 50% of all participating Porsche entry fees to the RMHC Curacao Foundation. As a proud supporter, we have decided to allocate additional funds so as to contribute to this charity golf tournament as a hole sponsor.

See you soon at the Old Quarry.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Porsche 911 50th Anniversary at Seru Boca Marina

Keeping the tradition started in 2013 with Hot Cars & Hot Cakes, we held the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary at Seru Boca Marina on Saturday, August 9th last. The Porsche turnout was great as the group of spectators.


Although it was a bit warm in the early afternoon, the moment the sun slid behind the neighboring hills the shade allowed for everyone to fully enjoy themselves. With a well stocked bar and a BBQ grill that was kept full of meat, chicken-and shrimp skewers, more than a hundred people soaked in the beautiful area of the Seru Boca Marina and admired a larger-than-expected Porsche 911 turn out. From the Porsche aficionados getting their fix, to the children choosing their favourite models and the wine being savored the event was truly a success.

The Porsche's were divided into two groups: one of 911's and the second area of other of notable ones, which included of a couple of Boxters and one 550 Spyder replica. In keeping with International standards, documentaries of the famed Porsche 911 and related videos were presented. Also a 12 page event booklet was handed out ensuring everyone went home with more knowledge about the 911 and our sponsors.

Below you will find some pictures taken by Priscilla to give you an impression of the event. To watch a video please click here.











As a token of gratitude to all the Porsche owners who assisted we promised to donate 50% of the entry fee (Ang. 50,00) to the Ronald Mc Donald House Charities Foundation Curaçao. This amounted to Ang. 325,00.

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support. They are PROWIN MOTORS - ADOLFO DOMINGUEZ - BOB AUTOWAS - CASTROL - DUNLOP - FULTROT - JUICE BAR - MOTHERS - SANTA BARBARA PLANTATION.

Photo credit: Priscilla Lotman.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Crab mentality

Tonight there's a race we could have at least made an exhibition pass in. Unfortunately, our transmission is still stuck in local customs, courtesy of Complete Cargo. It appears they did not file a request with customs before exporting the transmission stateside for repairs. Another lesson learned!

Why is it that islanders love the crab mentality so freaking much. For those of you who are lucky enough not to know this term, here you go... from Wikipedia:

Crab mentality, sometimes referred to as crabs in the bucket, is a phrase that describes a way of thinking best described by the phrase "if I can't have it, neither can you." The metaphor refers to a pot of crabs. Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead, they grab at each other in a useless "king of the hill" competition which prevents any from escaping and ensures their collective demise.

See you in the bleachers.

Source: Wikipedia

Monday, June 30, 2014

Exclusive wine night - fundraiser

Back by popular request, we will be holding another fantastic evening in the wine cellar at the Triangle. So if you are one of those not going away on summer vacation or will already be back from one, and you love tasting well crafted wines or just like an exceptional evening out, then kindly consider the following:

Date:  Thursday, July 17, 2014,
Time: 19:30 - 22:00
Place: Wine cellar at The Triangle, Hoogstraat, Otrobanda,
Fee:   Ang. 150,00 p.p. (fundraiser benefiting our foundation)

This time around we shall focus on wines from South America and our good friend and wine connoisseur Paul Jonkers will guide us through the tastes and distinctiveness of each wine, while Priscilla will be in charge of the kitchen.

Seating for this fundraiser is very limited so book your tickets early.

Please email us at: daniel@dekortfamily.com to book your tickets.

UPDATE:
The evening is sold out. Thank you!
We are so looking forward to it. The wines have all been selected and delivered. All is set. There is plenty of parking along with security. Two thumbs up to our event sponsors: "La Martina" (DLG stores) and "El Gaucho".

Thanks for reading.

Friday, June 27, 2014

For one last time

This picture was taken during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Int'l Drag Fest. As the dignitaries, sponsors and track operator were all busy giving their speeches, I made my way onto the track to soak it all in. And since we hadn't raced for more than a year, I made use of the opportunity to visualize the starting line area for one last time!


Thanks for reading and see you at the races.

Photo credit: own files