Sums up THE weekend of the year, the one and only outing in 2020 for Sjödin Motorsport / ÅBM Racing will be the test weekend at Hudik Raceway 21-23 of August! And what a great place to be at, nice crew, good track and what more can you ask for?! 🙂 Relaxed, nice and simple! No arguing about anything it was just fun and all about dragracing and nothing else and that’s how I like it! I am really impressed what the crew at Hudik Raceway have accomplished in such a short time!

Photo credit to Photograph Cenneth Schiller for the pic above!

It looks nice don’t you think!?

This test weekend was not planned at all, we actually started to service the Chevelle less than one week before the event started and haven’t even touched it since I turned of the motor at Santa Pod in May 2019!

I told my dad that we must do something fun also, I need something to live on so I can survive the coming winter!.. We can’t just work ALL the time and put our fun part in life to the side, well our company have been little bit of a big mess the last 2 years and now finally things start to work out really good, better than what it have been for many many years actually!… So let’s give it a chance and see if the car is happy after the last race in England, I said if something is broken and to hard or expensive to fix this is just not meant to be and we won’t go and rest in Hudik, simple as that!

This is all that we needed to change when made a complete service on the whole car! Pretty good if you ask me, we did not even change the rod bearings in the motor after making 4 passes between 5.88 to 5.98 and becoming the worlds fastest conventional headed Big Block Chevrolet!

And then this year is extra special to me also because in September we are having an little anniversary because it will be 10 years since I made my first ever test pass in the newly built Chevelle at Kjula Dragway and the day to be exact was September 19 2010! It’s kind of crazy because it doesn’t feel like 10 years already!!..

Next thing was that just before me and Sofi started to tear down the whole car we did reach a goal on the trailer that we have been working on pretty much since the beginning of July and this made it possible to leave the shop with the trailer and that’s a pretty good thing if you want to go to a race track!… Thanks to Bengtssons Smide for helping us out getting there!!

Anyway I did know we would be a little short on people in the team but still in the end the ones that really needs to be around the car to make it go down the track!

So me and Sofi got to the track on Thursday evening and started to build our pit area, thanks to Stefan and Victor from LL Racing for helping us out with our tents!

Friday morning we unloaded the Chevelle and after that we started to get the last stuff finished that we didn’t do in the shop and get it all done for the first pass, dad showed up around 1:00 and after something to eat we did fire up the car for the first time in over 450 days and it sounded happy for sure, and I felt that I was alive again!!! =)

First pass out directly from the trailer 0.9987 60ft, 4.0255 @ 289.23km/h! This was actually the first pass in 451 days, yes last pass I made with the Chevelle was our record setting 5.88@ 242mph at Santa Pod in May 2019! So I must say that this simple first pass felt really good and I was back in the car again and it felt really awesome!! And I was amazed about the track, I mean I went out checking it so I did know what to do about my tune but still it was even better than what I thought!

But before I did put my fire suit on I needed to do one last really important thing to me! Ulf King Korv Schill (that once was a part of P & G Top Fuel Racing with Pelle Lindelöw behind the wheel) is a big part why I’m able to do what I do today! He was the founder of the company Winassist System and have been helping me out both in a personal way and trough Winassist as a partner! We lost him last year from planet earth but he will NEVER be forgotten! I miss you my friend! 🙁

A big thanks to Micke and the awesome guys at Clearwrap for the help with the decals in such a short notice!

Also after this pass Max came to Hudik Raceway in Sofis “Plutten” or “blueberry” that Max calls it and joined up with us and now we were complete the complete team again and that felt good so we could prepare for the coming rounds on Saturday.

Second round for the weekend and first on Saturday I wanted a little bit too much and spun the tires pretty much directly off the line… I must be honest and say that it took a little time to go back in race mode and read all the graphs correctly after being away from it for about 15 months so it might be that I made a mistake also, but just maybe! 😉

Third round I did back off a little on the tune and went straight down again with a 4.0109 @ 305.78km/h and I must say that it feels so good to drive a race car again!!!

After that we turned around the car really quick because I wanted one more pass to see if I wanted to change stator in the converter and do some changes to the transmission during the evening. But when I was strapped in the car and ready to fire up the motor Charlie Östedt did an Amazing saving with the Amazon Delivery and kept it on all 4 wheels! Thank God for that! And after that it started to drizzle a bit so the crew called the day because all this happened just before they need to stop making noise for the day. Well it was one more day of testing left and nobody got hurted and that’s the most important thing if you ask me!

Fourth pass for the weekend and first on Sunday I was a bit aggressive again and did hit a shake after half track but it was the best 330ft time of the weekend with a 2.6783! Right here I did know I should make some changes to the transmission…! But I was lazy and wanted to try tune around it instead…

Fifth pass I did back off a little again and went down with a 4.0170 @ 303.54km/h! Ok so I have found that sweet spot of making 4.0 passes all day long but of course I wasn’t satisfied with that!

Sixth and last pass I was tired of all of these 4.0 rounds and made a lot of changes to the car, it worked better but it of course resulted with a shake pretty early in the round but ended up with the weekends best 60ft with a 0.9854!

Right after that round the weather started to get a little bad, windy, dark clouds and some drizzling so we decided to start pack things up before it started to rain for real, and it was a good decision because the track time was running out and it also started to rain so pretty soon after we started to load things back in the trailer they called the day and the test weekend at Hudik Raceway was over.

Well, at least we ended up as the second quickest car of the test weekend!

Back home again but I’m more than happy with the weekend, it was the first time for us on that track and it was really fun and I look forward to the next time already! Thanks again to Hudik Raceway and the crew you have done a great job and I’m sure the track and everything around it will get better and better I the future!

Also a HUGE thanks to my love and best friend in life Sofi, without her it wouldn’t been possible to get to Hudik! She have spent many sunny warm days inside the shop helping me out with stuff during a couple of weeks before hitting the road to Hudik, guess I need to pay for that some day soon and I’m happy to do that!

And of course my dad Åke and the always stand up friend Max, I have said it before. We four are the dream team and I love you all!

I really look forward to go back to Hudik Raceway again and be less lazy!… I know I need to do some changes to the transmission because I was too aggressive for the track but I was too lazy to take both my transmissions apart and build one with the right first gear ratio, but at least I know it and I even might get one more trans during the winter to make that swap a lite easier. But good part is that I did learn a lot about my shocks and adjusting them which I never been playing around with this much earlier so it was good for me being lazy and trying to tune around it and take away power and change the shocks to get down the track instead of taking both my transmissions apart and build a new trans, also it feels like I’m back in racing I now sit every day watching Racepak graphs and movies and dreams about the next time I’m behind the steering wheel again!

To be honest I really don’t know what to do in 2021 or what it have to give to us, all I can say is that we are going to England and Santa Pod Raceway for the Doorslammers and Main Event if we get the opportunity to do that, I am more than sure I will go to Hudik Raceway for some testing or maybe even some real racing! (I hope that at least!) Of course testing and just driving the car is fun but I miss to compete against someone else, that’s the real fun part of racing!…. And then we got the Top Doorslammer series and Pro Extreme Challenge series and I really don’t know what will happen with those two to next year!?..

But I do know one thing, Sjödin Motorsport / ÅBM Racing are looking for new partners for the 2021 season! We need all help we can get and we got a lot of different options and fun things we can do together and for your company! Are you interested in more info about that? Don’t hesitate to contact Andreas Sjödin at andreas@abmracing.se and we will work out something great together!


Back home again and I already miss racing… Thanks once again to Hudik Raceway with crew for a great weekend, I will sum up the weekend in a couple of days! 🙂


Yesterday me and Sofi went to Lastvagnsverkstan in Smedjebacken and adjust some brakes on the trailer! 🙂

Felt kind of strange to have a working Sofi beside me and not a zzz zzz Max! 😉 This was actually the first time I did drive my own rig all by my self and also the first time I drive something like this since I got my driving license 19 weeks ago!

A huge thanks to Jörgen Berg at Lastvagnsverksta’n in Smedjebacken for helping me out getting the trailer brakes to work properly! Now we got 2 axles that works just like they should and I now know that I need to put on new brake shoes on the first axle to get the brakes on that to work like that should, nothing big but they are a little bit too much un even from side to side!… But that is something I will take care of in a couple of weeks or so!

More trailer progress last weekend, if you feel you got a lot of time and want a couple of extra days of work…. 😉 Install a fresh water tank in the place where you used to have your air compressor and then modify the air compressor to fit on top of the tank so it won’t take so much space in the trailer! But it for sure looks good and that’s important to me! 🙂 We are moving on with the trailer and more and more stuff on the to do list are getting done! Once again a HUGE thanks to Bengtssons Smide for fabricating the fresh and waste water tank to our trailer!


Friday last week it was finally time to get som dust of the race car, haven’t touched a screw on it for about 15 months!..

But me and Sofi took the Chevelle motor apart Friday, it’s been 445 days since I turned it off after the finish line when we made our world record setting pass with the 5.8813@242.55mph (390.35km/h) on the 1/4 mile at Santa Pod Raceway May 28 2019! I must say that I got pretty happy just by taking a look at my precious race car after this long time! 🙂

And everything did look just fine, couldn’t see anything that needs to be replaced! Must say that it is just awesome quality race car parts from the best companies in our little Chevy Big Block!

Not much to say about this, awesome parts working in a great harmony in the worlds fastest conventional headed Big Block Chevrolet! 🙂 And on top of that a tuning that is nice on the motor but still makes enough power to go fast, I saw on the graphs after our record setting 5.88 pass in England Santa Pod that it looks like I got plenty left in the motor and now after measuring and controlling all the parts in the motor I know I got plenty left because we did not hurt anything in the motor! Hope we can go back to @santapodraceway next year and tune it down in the 5.70:is! That would be awesome fun to show the world that the Brick From Hell is even quicker and faster without putting a Hemi in it! 😉 Parts are just going back in the motor again for some more passes!

Of course dad checked trough the heads, and they are still in good condition!

Sofi took out the third member and checked trough the chassis, all good!! And then she did put in some new burst panels on the blower and intake.

Max checked trough the transmission and did build a new one with some new ratios i bought so I can try to get some more wheel speed!

So we just did put everything back together again! Above is the parts we did change during a complete car service, pretty good if you ask me! 😉

And when the Chevelle was all done late Monday evening we did a good clean up in the trailer and loaded the race car in it for the first time in 450 days! I promise that it felt really good!! 🙂


A huge thanks to Tobbe at T. Grundström Plåtslageri and Peter and Patrik at Rörmekano In Vallentuna for helping me out getting an awesome deal on a water heater, water pump to the trailer and then also a pumping station to put in our kitchen in the tent to get the waste water from the kitchen sink to the waste water tank! 🙂

Way much appreciated so we can continue to work and move forward with the trailer even during this bad year!… Feels good to make progress on the trailer when we can’t race with the car.


A couple of weeks ago I dit remove the trailer outriggers because they are bent and in a really bad condition and have been since the day I bought the trailer, 5 years ago!… 🙂

And now when it’s time to finally finish install the new waste water tank that Bengtssons Smide fabricated for us I decided it was time to repair and get the outriggers straightened out before the tank are going into place!

So that is what me and Max got done 1 week ago and they are back on the trailer and we even got the waste water tank in place and was about to get the holding brackets tacked in when it started to rain!…

Well, hopefully I can weld the brackets on soon and get it installed fo real! We are moving on and it feels really good!! 🙂

Even the truck are getting som TLC and getting prepared for the season 2021! 🙂 I took the truck to Smedjebacken a couple of weeks to get help from Jörgen Berg at Lastvagnsverksta’n in Smedjebacken to switch out the clutch that have been on the to do list since we bought the truck in 2017! 😉 And then we need to change one air brake cylinder that have started to leak some… 🙁 Well it’s a good year to spend money on stuff around the race car at least!..


Forgot about a really great product that we got to the trailer in the beginning of this year thanks to Glenn at Sprinkler Resurs AB and Erik at Cinderella Eco Sverige AB!

 

A Cinderella Incineration Toilet! Or in Swedish Förbränningstoalett. An awesome good product if you are just like me and want to have a toilet in your racing trailer or somewhere else where you don’t have the option to take care of it or if you are just like me and REALLY DONT want to handle the number one and number two that you usually get rid of when you are visiting the bathroom… 😉

This is the thing for you! Its waterless and one month of normal using for one person ends up with one coffee cup of ash that is clean it’s hygienic and not a gross thing to handle! 🙂

This is the simplest solution for you that want a toilet that is simple to install and without the need of water or a waste water tank that you need to take care of! 🙁 And they have a couple of options both for your house, mobile vehicles, caravans and they offer both electricity and gas models! Contact Cinderella Eco Group at www.cinderellaeco.se and get your new best friend! 😉

Look forward to get this installed in the trailer in the future! =D

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Moving on some with the trailer!

Friday last week was a beautiful day! Me and Max went to our long time partner Bengtssons Smide to pick up our new fresh water tank and waste water tank that they have fabricated to our trailer!

A huge thanks for continue to help us out even that the world are crazy like it is with this COVID-19 virus that have sabotaged the whole year 2020 for everyone!… And I am also happy that the company Blixtljuset AB that bought Bengtssons Smide a while ago from the original Bengtsson family decided to continue to help me out with my racing circus, way much appreciated! And one more fun thing, we took the truck to pick them up and it was the first time since a got my truck driving license over 3 months ago that I drove a truck! This year did not go as I planned at all! Well, at least now we got some parts for the trailer so we can move forward and maybe get the bathroom done soon! 🙂

Friday evening after we picked up our new fresh water tank and waste water tank from Bengtssons Smide we started to clean out the storage area in the front of the trailer where we are going to install the fresh water tank.

We did also try to install the waste water tank where I should be mounted and it worked just like the plan I did have, measure a hundred times and then fabricate it after the drawing once! Great team work by us and the people at Bengtssons Smide!! 🙂

This was also the first time in 3 months I did spend some time with Max due to this Covid-19 shit virus!… And of course we did celebrate it with some junk food!

GREAT SUCCESS! Very nice!!

On Saturday me and Max got the fresh water tank in in place the front storage of the trailer! I did know it would be pretty tight (because I wanted it as high as possible) but it did work even better than what I could imagine! Even that the forklift got really bad brakes or pretty much no brakes at all and we did run out of propane during the installation I did get it in trough that little door with precision! And before we put it in we did install a collect container with drain tubes that goes trough the floor that will catch the condensation water from it so it won’t get it inside the trailer! Must say that it feels really good to start over again with the trailer, it must be around 8 months since we did something big to move forward on the trailer project and it feels great!

More progress in the trailer and updates here soon I hope! 😉




 

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