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Since I let of the throttle in the end of August in 2016 at Tierp Arena I been looking forward to tomorrow and the first possible opportunity to test the Chevelle before the 2017 season starts for real at Malmö Raceway in less than 2 weeks. 

I have spent a crazy amount of hours getting updates done, money for the season figured out, new parts, partners etc. worked out, and of course it haven’t been easy… Parts delayed, shipments messed up, people that doesn’t understand how important it is that I get the help I need when I ask for it and that messes up a lot of things for me… 

But I almost got all the way to the finish line with everything… Patrik, Max, John and me together with our awesome partners have got the race car together, the trailer is good to use like it is and we even bought our own truck to pull the trailer with so we don’t need borrow, rent, wait and don’t know if we even gonna go to the races. BUT….. 

I’m still missing some small stuff to the motor so this coming weekends test is cancelled for us…. I don’t wanna name persons, companies or what’s missing because that’s wrong and it won’t make anything better, this have been going on since mid November last year and the persons know they did wrong and messed up things for me! 

Also after the 2016 season I said I won’t work my self to death one more year because I’m still not feeling all well after what I did during last year, so this coming weekend instead of going and make some laps on the pretty much ready to go race car… Me, Max and Patrik will spend the time working on the trailer instead… We we’re already booked this weekend so why not spent one more weekend on the lunch room floor in the shop together with Patrik? 🙂 

What’s even more sad is that I don’t think I will have the parts before the first outing in the series either, so it looks like we gonna have a messed up season this year also!… Hold your thumbs for us that this problem will be solved so we can go to the first race…

That shirt suits pretty good right now!


Let’s spend one more weekend in here…


Just standing there, waiting for something to arrive….

 

The race car have been pretty much done for almost 2 weeks now after a lot of updates during the winter… And I said in the end of last year that I won’t do so much changes but that’s not the way it turned out of course… 😀 

But I’m sure the changes will make the car go faster so it will be ok anyway!


She’s been standing like this pretty much ready for 2 weeks now!…


This is the proof of a winter with not so many updates…! 😉


Mocking up new custom pistons and rods from CP-Carrillo that hopefully will make us some more power in our little Chevy! 


Bottom end put together and ready to Rock n Roll! 


Transmissions rebuilt, updated and with some machining shorten down one case to lose some weight in the car and also we got parts together to have 4 complete units with different ratios, how great is that!? 🙂

Good stuff, good people, priceless service!

Time for a new helmet because the old one went out of date…

This season consumption of oil, Amalie Better Than It Has To Be!

More power in the making! 


Some new stuff, or maybe a lot of stuff! 😉


New gear set in and the third member are like new again!


Converter, Bruno trans and Lenco’s all done!!


Fire bottles moved to the front and front struts serviced.


Short block all done and back in car.


Bruno drive, shortened Lenco and new carbon fiber drive shaft mocked up in the car.

Really felt I was in a big need of a better looking steering wheel! 🙂


Heads serviced and back on motor!


New drive shaft tunnel / front loop fabricated.


All done and warmed up!


License and medical card and everything else is under control! Only thing right now is that we are missing some small stuff to the motor…

 

Three weekends and one whole week of work and we got A LOT of stuff made on the trailer, we even got some stuff mounted in it that makes it start to look crazy good!! 😀

A huge thanks to Max, Patrik, John, Johan from Lsf Custom and Erik from Bengtssons Smide for spending all this time to make this dream come true! 🙂


In the end of March we started over again for real on the trailer, we finally got some time and money to spend on it and now in the end of April I must say we spent it really well!! 

Patrik, John and Johan from Lsf Custom did sand down the roof and got some new good looking paint on it,


We got some steel profiles welded in in our coming cabinets that will hold the shelves in place above the wheel boxes.


Me and Max have finally made the last glass fiber repair in the trailer… now it’s really enough, no more plastic fantastic! 😉


Patrik got some wooden plates mounted on the wheel boxes to insulate and also close so we will get somewhere to mount the cabinet doors.


Patrik also got a blanket up on the walls, it looks really good doesn’t it!? 🙂


And then some frames and doors for the cabinets fabricated by our great partner Bengtssons Smide!


Now how about that!!? A couple of weeks ago we got all our new cabinets / boxes from our awesome partner Treston to put in the trailer! This feels so crazy good, finally we can get the trailer organized with all our tools and spare parts this is just too good to be true! I want to say a huge thanks to Göran at Treston in Arninge for believing in us and for supporting Sjödin Motorsport / ÅBM Racing the trailer starts to look really great!!


We have also tried to put together Kermit and The With Hell, everything went so simple and smooth with the lights and air system so something must be wrong 🙂 … 

The lift gate is sealed up and pretty much all done! No more Gorilla Tape here!!..


John went by and got some fresh black paint on everything I have been fabricating.


Max, what a awesome great guy! 🙂


Of course we found some more garbage, pretty amazing that it never ends… 

 

It’s pretty much been 5 months without anything at all made on the trailer… but time and money have been spent on doing updates on the Chevelle to make it work even better and also make the maintenance between rounds smaller due to rocker arm updates etc. But Saturday last week me and Max started to look at the trailer again and the plan is to get some cabins in place and some new paint on the walls on the lower floor before we are leaving for Malmö Raceway in about 6 weeks from today for our first outing this season!


At least it’s not hard to make it better than what it is right now! 😀 But what a hell, we can use it and that’s kind of awesome! 😉


Also, we have bought us a truck to pull the trailer with! So for the first time ever we have a complete rig that we own ourselves, pretty cool right!? 🙂 

 

The companies below are our partners so far that will support Sjödin Motorsport / ÅBM Racing during the 2017 season, I am happy to say that pretty much all of our old partners still have the interest to continue to be a part of our team and I am happy to welcome Jonnie Lindberg Motorsports, CP-Carrillo and Manton Pushrods as new partners to join us for the 2017 season!

Interested to be a part of Sjödin Motorsport / ÅBM Racing? Contact me at andreas@abmracing.se or +46 70-419 54 54 and we will talk about what we can do for you and your company together as a team!

/Andreas.

 
Åkes Bil & Motor • Birka Motorrenoveringar • Sjödin Motorsport Race Cars • Swecomposite • LSF Custom Lackering • Swelube Amalie Motor Oil • Sjödin Network • AGA • Winassist System • Anders Bremö Byggnads • Panasonic • Simon Arvidsson Media Service • Bengtssons Smide • The Parts Stop Sweden • Nicma Tools • T. Grundström Plåtslageri • Pro Tools Peter Hult • Stockholm Gourmet • Dragracing24.com • Rörmekano i Vallentuna • Eltric • Pesz Power Performance • Composite Specialties • Berga Lås & Larm AB • PGphoto • Loggamera • Treston • Neal Chance Racing Converters • Kaross & Lackteknik • Tolson Maskin • Manton Pushrods • CP-Carrillio • Jonnie Lindberg Motorsports

 

The complete 2017 event schedule for Sjödin Motorsport / ÅBM Racing!
See you all out on the race tracks during the summer, please stop by and say hi to us! =)

 

Event Date Location Info  
Test & Tune 28-30.4.2017 Malmö Raceway SRIF  
Top Doorslammer Round #1 12-14.05.2017 Malmö Raceway EDRS  
Sponsor Event 20.05.2017 The Parts Stop  Warm-up  
Top Doorslammer Round #2 15-18.06.2017 Tierp Arena Tierp Internationals  
Top Doorslammer Round #3 30.6-2.07.2017 Sundsvall Raceway Dragracing EDRS  
Top Doorslammer Round #4 7-9.07.2017 Pite Dragway Midnight Sun Internationals  
Top Doorslammer Shootout 29-30.07.2017 Tierp Arena Racestar Summer Nationals  
Top Doorslammer Round #5 11-13.08.2017 Sundsvall Raceway Top Doorslammer Finals  

 

8 weeks from today we will be at Malmö Raceway for the first outing in 2017 for some test and tune before the first race in the series 2 weeks later.

I’m also back home in the Sjödin Motorsport / ÅBM Racing shop after 4 awesome weeks in USA on a well deserved working vacation, the two main reasons to go over was to help my friend Brandon Pesz to mount a new body on his 58 Vette and also organize my own stuff for the coming season when it comes to spare parts, updates etc. Just like always when I’m in the US we spend a lot of time on the road, I would guess we ended up with 6-7 whole days…! 😀 

Best thing with going over is that I always learn new stuff, see new things, meet people I been talking to for years but never met in person and of course makes new friends! A lot of friends, and some of them will be a big part of my future racing business! Fun things is about to come, that’s for sure! 


I would also like to be able to race my car in February, that’s for sure!


Always that way expensive beer and shrimp sandwich at the airport back home before leaving to the states, it’s a must do!!

Brandon’s car turned out good with the new body that is removable of course, guess he will take it of just to check the valve lash from now on! 😉 I look forward to see the new design on it after the wrap, cool things to come I promise!!

We went up to Larry Jeffers Race Cars in Missouri to get som last things done on Keith Haneys radial car and bring it back home to Keith’s shop in Tulsa Oklahoma. Must say that the Jeffers shop was bigger and did hold way more cars than what I thought, cool place with an awesome crew working there!


Just a typical day at the office in the Reid shop in Wichita Falls! Would be nice to have the garage door open back home like this in February….

About being on the road, well here in Sweden people complain when it’s more than one hour to the track, Brandon says if it’s only 12 hours it’s almost home for me! 🙂 Well me Brandon and his wife Kimmy took the little 15+ hour trip to Valdosta and the Lights Out 8 race at South Georgia Motorsports Park!


At least Brandon got a pair of good help drivers that makes the trip a bit easier! 🙂


Lights out 8, what a crazy deal!! If you haven’t been there so just get there, you need to see it for yourself!


But this looks crazy, that’s all I have to say about that! 


Keith and Enigma did good, new personal best and also the fastest nitrous car on radials this weekend with a 3.815@198.76mph! Just awesome!!!

Did meet up with the Menscer Motorsports guys for some awesome at track service, the picture shows Craig and John service, revalve and dyno testing my struts and shocks, thanks for your help guys!


One thing that makes me really happy to being a part of now when I was over was when Brandon, Chris at Frankenstein and Jeff Jones decided to team up. Smart guys that will do really good stuff together, that’s for sure! Happy for you Brandon, this will be more than awesome!! And if you ever need LS heads and other parts Frankenstein is the place to get them, contact me if you want to buy it in Swedish! 🙂


And like I said, I did arrange all the parts for my coming racing season here in Sweden, about 250 kilos or 550 pounds in this shipment! The updates on the Chevelle will improve the ET that’s for sure, really look forward to the test at Malmö Raceway in the end of April!! 😀

More will come soon, stay tuned!

 

The last month have been a lot about getting stuff ready for the coming season, decide what to update on the car, ordering parts, getting safety stuff sent to USA for recertification and doing some maintenance on the Chevelle.

And right now I’m in USA visiting my friend Brandon Pesz on a working vacation to help him out with some body work on his car and also get all my own stuff together when it comes to spare parts and new fun stuff for the coming season! 🙂



I sure do enjoy being back in sunny Texas again, everything feels so much easier over here compared to cold, windy, rainy boring Sweden! 😉 

I wasn’t all satisfied with the pistons I did use last year so one big change to this year is new pistons and rods (of course special custom stuff and no off shelf) from CP-Carrillo, thanks a lot to Jonnie Lindberg and Bryan Moreland for making me a good deal on this! 


I’m also working on some updates on the valve train to make it better, the plan was that I would get a new set of much stronger rocker arms to the motor in the end of February but it looks like it will take time… Sure hope that things will start to move on really soon because I really don’t want to put the old stuff back again and continue to hurt parts every round this year also!….


The plan was to make this winter not so expensive, well it turned out that I failed once again on that part! 😀 But I think that the updates will do really good, I was aiming for a 3.87-3.88 @ 320km/h last year when we lost one cylinder 2.9s out and ended up with a 3.90 @ 307km/h and that was still on a soft tune up, going to be fun to se what the updates on the motor, driveline, suspension and less weight in the car will do to the performance on the car, I kind of want it to be the end of April now so we can go and make some test hits with the car at Malmö Raceway! 


Soon, really soon!! 


About the trailer… it’s standing totally still, nothing have happened since October or so and I guess it won’t happen so much on it before the season starts, hopefully we can get the team together in some way and put some hours in it during the summer and move forward. At least I have a done deal with Treston that will help us with all the cabinets and drawers that will arrive in the beginning of March and also that Bengtssons Smide and T.Grundstöm Plåtslageri will help us out with fabricating of whatever we need to get the work benches and cabinets mounted in the trailer! 

More updates and news will come soon, stay tuned!