Thursday, October 10, 2013

Take your protein pills and put your helmet on ...

Ground control to major Tom
Ground control to major Tom
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on
Ground control to major Tom
Commencing countdown, engines on
Check ignition and may God's love be with you

This song was running through my head as we headed to the start line. Two by two the other drivers took the course. At the tenth starting spot, we were sitting patiently and Megan was providing great support. Revving the motor, I contemplated if I should let the gal to my right take off ahead of me. Then suddenly, all I saw was green flag and was our time. Adrenaline took over and we did a bit of a wheelie and sped away leaving her in my dust. What a rush!!!!!

We proceeded through the course with what seemed like ease. I remembered from the previous day's practice that it was a straight ahead, sharp right, straight away, sharp left, little bump then full speed ahead. They modified the course slightly as we came to the three hills. The first hill was gone, thankfully. That was the spot where the previous day we hit a bottleneck and got a couple rear bumps crunching the muffler. But without that first hill, this was going to be nice.

As we wound around the course, through the hills, up and down, up and over, through the wash, and back towards the stadium, I felt myself relax. We both realized our belts needed to be tightened. Were we so excited that we didn't tighten them down enough? Were we settling into our seats? Either way, a quick pull on the new belts and all was well as we rounded the hard right into the stadium.

At 7:55am there weren't a lot of people in the grandstand but those that were there were in pink. We hit the stadium part of the course with a thrill. Time for the "money shot" jumps. First one ... landed great ... second one ... no problem ... third ... perfect. With Bill Markel at the parapet in his fuschia dress and hot pink wig waving the green flag, things couldn't get any better. A few more sharp turns, some bumps and we'd we out of the stadium and back towards the start/finish line.

Was our first lap over? Could we have really made it through that fast?

As we powered through the start/finish section and onto the wash behind the hot pits I could see a ton of pink shirts, arms waving and hands clapping as we motored along. I spotted Josh waving and encouraging us from the pit road. Then over the radio "looking great girls ... keep it up!".

So we continued on, pushing each lap just a bit more. Some laps were slower than others due to stalled cars or course workers stopping us to move a breakdown off the course. Funny how when women pass each other ..."Sorry" and "Have fun!" and "Be safe!" can be heard through window nets. I don't think that same courtesy is extended when men are racing. Just sayin'.

Updates came over the radio about how we looked as we passed by. Occasionally we were told about any traffic coming up behind us but for the most part we were running the race at a great pace.

We laughed and chatted the entire way. Each bump, each jump, each turn was burned into my memory and all the while I was thinking "this is the coolest, most awesome thing I have ever done!".

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

... Engines on! Engines off. Engines on!

After a nervous day filled with anger, tears, and more anger, the race has been moved to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino. With the government shutdown, the BLM is not allowing M.O.R.E. to utilize it's race permit. The M.O.R.E. team has come up with the alternative race site of Glen Helen. The AWESOME folks at GH have graciously stepped in an offered the facility so this race can be held.

I have to say, I am disappointed. We're "desert people" not "dirt track people" and if at the beginning if you had told me the race would be held on a Baja Cup Short Course Track, I would have not participated. However, Josh has built an awesome car and I know it will hold up to whatever GH has to offer. Since the track is a six mile loop, this should make for an interesting race. I share concern with the other gals, most of whom are new drivers also.

At this point, all I know is that pre-running and practice will be held on Saturday, October 5th and the race will be held on Sunday, October 6th.

For more information, directions, and details as they are available, please check with the following links:

MORE Racing

Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino

Thanks so everyone who supported me in this event. The cause is still important!

"Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful."
-Zig Ziglar

Monday, September 30, 2013

Commencing Countdown ...

Five more days ... five ... more ... days. Can't believe we're almost on the eve of a great event!

So let's run down what's been done ...

Radios and car communication ... check.
Seats and belts ... check.
Custom driver nets ... check.
Safety gear ... check.
Pinked-out-blinged-out Manx body ... check!
All the other stuff Josh had to do ... check! (thanks Honey!)

A huge HUGE thanks to Gallagher Staging and Productions and Co-Driver Megan Gallagher!

So we're off to Barstow on Thursday morning at o'dark thirty. For those of you wanting to follow along, the race map is here.

In the meantime, stay pink my friends!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

About the Mx4Mm team ...

Who we are ...

Carol Hake, Driver

Lakeside, California
Human Resources Coordinator, Precision Metal Products, Inc., El Cajon, CA
Married to Josh, one daughter, Caitlin
First year racing the Powder Puff
Hobbies include camping, knitting, loves spending time with family and her dogs, Annie and Flike.
Megan Gallagher, Co-Driver
Whittier, California
All-around everything gal at Gallagher Staging and Productions
Third year racing the Powder Puff
 Look for us out there ... Car #1313

Monday, September 9, 2013

1313 and Think Pink!

September 9, 2012

We're coming down to the wire and the car is on it's way!

What's been going on ...

- I've completed the entry form and we're now Car 1313

- JAZ fuel cell has been installed and is operational

- We're "thinking pink" on everything! Even Annie is getting into the "pink" spirit

- Racing shoes received - thanks

Only 26 more days!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

About the Manx

Specs and such ...

2.2 Ecotech motor
091 bus transmission
Fox shocks
Howe power steering
Full tube Chromoly chassis, gusseted
Original 1969 fiberglass Manx body
Play car and race prepped for this event

Custom built by Hake's Iron Works

Monday, August 5, 2013

Working on the Manx ...

On Saturday, August 3rd, I spoke with M.O.R.E. Race Director Bill Markel. He's linked Mx4Mamm blog onto the MORE website in the "Welcome" section ( and onto his Facebook page (Bonfire Racing). Thanks Bill!

Currently we're working on purchasing a fuel cell and some other safety items. With the race only two months away, race prep on the car is getting underway.

Thanks to Jeff Franklin and Launch Motorsports (, I have a helmet and race suit. Next I need to purchase a pair of those fancy Crow race booties! Too bad they don't sell them in pink. I guess I'll have to settle for a sleek black pair. Or maybe red?

Quote for the day:

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Teresa