It looks like you and the gang have a lot of fun, and some really nice cars too! Is that an Olds Toronado in the back of the last pic (red & white)? If so, that's really great--you don't see many of them in any type of modified form. I'd love to see a close up, if I could.
I have a lot of respect for all the "real" racers out here as I don't compete other than running similar cars with friends. I would bet that any of your slightly tweaked cars could mop the deck with one of my "baddest" cars. I know that's not what it's about, and kind of like apples and oranges, but it is an interesting point I've pondered before. We've had the odd racer sneak in a Hi-Po part and spank us all-- but they've always relinquished the info on it afterwards. It keeps it in perspective of the hobby. Some friends (myself included) spend big bucks on 1/1 cars, but that never transferred to the hobby in the overall speed aspect. I don't know why, but I've never even bought aluminum rims for a slot-car, but don't think twice about buying a set of headers or induction for a 1/1 car.
Yes, I do have some green arms and silver pick-ups and some extra strong magnets etc, but it came to me in trades and yard-type sales and I mix-n-match my parts--not for speed just for chassis completion. I think that my little group might be an isolated case, as I know a lot of guys that will modify anything and everything they own--lawn mowers, blenders, shower heads, it's all the same!
I've had the opportunity to run one of the T-Jets that was a record-holding ¼ mile car at Sluggers' drag strip, and I was amazed with the performance--but I don't recall sitting down and devising a car like it. I can't explain this.
You guys (as most racers) are in a league of your own. That is excellent and I wouldn't mind running a few laps with some of you, but you would have to break out the dogs & slugs if I was to compete with my cars. If that's a bit too slow for you, you could always put one of your cars on my lane.:devil: