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joelvan
04-30-2012, 08:55 PM
I will be going to CMP next week to time trial for a TV show that should air On Speed this Fall. it will involving Muscle cars against Import tuners. at this point Im not sure how much info to reveal other than I have been accepted and will be doing a Time trail to see if I am fast enough and if I am right for their show.

Ron380
04-30-2012, 09:43 PM
What... An Official LX Forums Football isn't good enough for SPEED Channel?! ;) :mrgreen:

Keep us posted Joel! Looking forward to seeing it! :thumbs_u:

GO-SRT-GO
05-01-2012, 09:44 PM
Best of luck to you!

SRT8U
05-01-2012, 09:52 PM
Awesome Joel, good luck!

joelvan
05-02-2012, 08:40 PM
I am not going to be a contestant but a cast member. The import drivers will have to beat me and other muscle cars to move up . It pays $10,000 to win The Name of the show will be ARE YOU FASTER THAN A REDNECK I just hope to make a good showing. where I might have the opportunity to find some sponsorship.

Inferno Hemi.
05-02-2012, 08:54 PM
Good luck to you man! Looking forward to watching it!

rdougherty85
05-02-2012, 09:09 PM
I feel bad for those sorry suckers!! Congrats and good luck! Definitely gonna have to tune into this one.

Northern Rider
05-03-2012, 06:55 AM
The concept sounds like it could make for good TV.

Hope it helps further your racing, Joel.:thumbs_u:

CT-MSRT
05-03-2012, 06:59 AM
I am not going to be a contestant but a cast member. The import drivers will have to beat me and other muscle cars to move up . It pays $10,000 to win The Name of the show will be ARE YOU FASTER THAN A REDNECK I just hope to make a good showing. where I might have the opportunity to find some sponsorship.

ok, that right there sound freakin awesome. Congrats on getting your foot in the door. Now just hammer down and do what you know how to do. Can't wait to see the outcome.

joelvan
05-04-2012, 03:16 PM
I bought my street tires for the show. Continental extreme contact DWs 285/30/18 I bought them from a guy who was sponsored by Conti last year doing time attack in a highly modded SRT4. He claims to have never being beat using these tires
they cost about $300 + ea I got them for $100 ea still have the stickers on em.

bklynmag
05-04-2012, 04:08 PM
I hope to see an episode get's stopped in it's tracks because none of the imports can get past you. . . lol

mhanch
05-04-2012, 04:25 PM
Break a leg!!!

budoboy
05-04-2012, 04:36 PM
I am not going to be a contestant but a cast member. The import drivers will have to beat me and other muscle cars to move up . It pays $10,000 to win The Name of the show will be ARE YOU FASTER THAN A REDNECK I just hope to make a good showing. where I might have the opportunity to find some sponsorship.

You need to play the part if you want to be on the show.

http://www.funnyredneckjokes.com/wp-content/uploads/funny-redneck-picture-shave.jpg

RobAGD
05-04-2012, 04:52 PM
Nice Joel, good luck :)

Rose City GC SRT8
05-04-2012, 05:00 PM
So you bought a Honda Civic?

05-04-2012, 05:14 PM
Hope you make it! GL!

SRT8JKT
05-04-2012, 07:38 PM
Good luck, git'r done!!

You'll be a sort of redneck stig, perhaps a confederate flag Alpine stars race suit!

joelvan
05-05-2012, 05:42 PM
I did a little test drive today on the new tires. It's going to be tough going from slicks back to street tires it may be a drift show.
I really hope they don't wanna do standing starts . I even tried starting off in second those low profile tires light up to easy at anything under 50mph.

check6x
05-05-2012, 09:54 PM
Go get 'em.

There is a product that softens the exterior of a tire for short runs, like qualifying.

I can get more info if you want.

Torque
05-06-2012, 12:42 AM
I hope to see an episode get's stopped in it's tracks because none of the imports can get past you. . . lol

An episode? Shut the whole season down!

chefred112
05-08-2012, 05:24 PM
GL!!! what is the format of the show? drag racing or track?

joelvan
05-08-2012, 09:00 PM
Im in the show . I was 4th fastest out of 16. Most of the cars are older pro touring cars. all the Yearone cars are here plus other restomod companys like Detroit speed is there with several cars there is a old Charger w a 6.1/392 stroker he is haveing engine issues it suddenly bent all the valves I helped him diagnose a broken cam dowel pin he is going to try to find new valves + a new dowel I told him to drive to Arringtons tomorrow and I would help him put it all back together.

ten2one
05-08-2012, 09:36 PM
very cool keep us posted so we can watch your runs.....

bklynmag
05-08-2012, 09:41 PM
Yes!!!!! Congratulations

aslcharger08
05-09-2012, 03:10 AM
I bought my street tires for the show. Continental extreme contact DWs 285/30/18 I bought them from a guy who was sponsored by Conti last year doing time attack in a highly modded SRT4. He claims to have never being beat using these tires
they cost about $300 + ea I got them for $100 ea still have the stickers on em.


They are great tires! I have them on the charger but they are the 275/20 tires.....can only imagine how much better they are with even more sidewall with the 18's.

joelvan
05-09-2012, 05:42 PM
I got interviewed by Hot Rod magazine Today. I also eliminated two cars a spec Miata and a E46 M3 BMW
Im not too sure about doing the face time on camera Im really to introverted , I have been avoiding the camera as much as possible

SRT8JKT
05-09-2012, 05:53 PM
awesome !!

joelvan
05-09-2012, 07:00 PM
The red headed guy from the "HAS THAT THING GOT A HEMI IN IT " commercial is the host

FlyByU
05-09-2012, 07:40 PM
So cool bud, congrats and keep knocking them down :)

RobAGD
05-09-2012, 08:26 PM
Very cool Joel,

Just play the part and have fun with it. I feel for you, I fear public speaking and I had to give my Great Grandfathers acceptance speech when he got into the Illustrators Hall of Fame.

Just treat it like you are BS with buds at the track.

-R

Torque
05-09-2012, 09:04 PM
Nice kills. You don't have any leak vids do you?

lmhoward
05-09-2012, 09:40 PM
Great news and go get em! My favorite street tires for racing are Kumho XS and Hankook RS-3. Very similar and they grip (or slip) the same cold and hot.

Les

joelvan
05-09-2012, 10:02 PM
BFG gave me a set to race on.

300Classy
05-09-2012, 10:27 PM
So glad to hear a MOPAR is being represented. Congrats on the kills and keep us posted.

Northern Rider
05-09-2012, 11:05 PM
BFG gave me a set to race on.

Joel -if the BFG's don't work out (or you burn em out), the best street tire for our cars on tracks, so far for me, are the new Michelin Pilot Super Sports. They seem very well suited to heavy rear driving vehicles. I picked up 3 seconds on a 3 mile, very tight circuit with just the tire switch.

joelvan
05-10-2012, 10:05 PM
No big news I can report tonight other than im in episode 2 kinda neither contestant picked me to race because my car looked like a real race car and were afraid of it .

Torque
05-10-2012, 10:16 PM
Already got em scared. Good job.

joelvan
05-10-2012, 10:44 PM
Im kinda worried about the car right now. it dropped a cyl again for several turns then picked it back up again yesterday. I pulled the intake to see if it had dropped the valve guide again. It was in place, and checked everything else I that could in the paddock .I didn't find any thing wrong. it shows no codes other than some misfire codes . on tuesday in went into a throttle body/peddle correlation code of some kind . I came off track in a limp mode where it gave me very little throttle get off the track with . I Had to cycle my master cutoff switch to get it to clear. it hasn't done that again so far so don't be surprised if I have a bad showing .

RobAGD
05-11-2012, 01:28 AM
Joel check valve springs. Did the missfire code for 1 cylinder or more?

-R

joelvan
05-11-2012, 05:41 AM
I will check them this morning. there is less than 1,500 mi. on them .

joelvan
05-11-2012, 10:34 PM
The same thing happened today I didn't get picked . I found out through one of the contestants there were several NASA people that tried out and some got eliminated and put the word out to the other contestants about how fast I was. so it is unlikley you will get to see the challenger go one on one maybe it will get shown in some montaqe shots from the elimination rounds but I will be in episode 3 also I just end up the man out. there is a good possibility I do race Sunday in something else.

FlyByU
05-11-2012, 10:46 PM
Well I guess thats a show of respect, still sucks though, lol.

joelvan
05-12-2012, 08:52 PM
I had a off day today. So I worked on the car . I cant find any thing mechanically wrong. The plugs are clean. I found n no broken valve springs all the injectors spray smoothly. the compression is OK.
I do think my gas pedal is going bad
occasionly if nail it real hard it goes into a no throttle limp mode.

The main issue where if i just ease around it runs ok if I step into it it seems to drop 2 or more cyl. it sounds relly boggy. it runs really rough by the time I get to where I can try to isolate which cyl its not running on it goes back to running on 8 the only codes i get are multiple misfire it does not feel like a fuel pressure issue. im not worth sh*t at diagnosing eletronic issues how does one run if the map sensor goes out. can it be bad with out having a code.

Ron380
05-13-2012, 07:24 AM
Hey Joel, there's been a couple posts recently about a bad Crank Angle Sensor causing strange issues. Could that be a possibility here, too?

Good luck with it. :)

Meech
05-13-2012, 07:52 AM
Good work so far Joel, keep us posted in the engine issue!

joelvan
05-13-2012, 04:53 PM
The Chally won't be raced. I think Ive reached my episode limit.3Ep. You will have to watch to see the results of the race that I drove in today. it should be very entertaining to watch. My race weight was prob.6,500 lbs with lots of black smoke.

RobAGD
05-13-2012, 05:08 PM
lol, road racing the tow rig eh?

-R

joelvan
05-16-2012, 11:00 PM
photo from the set.
Franklin Joel Vandiver's Photos | Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2957917956439&set=a.1614516252236.2073088.1516225508&type=1&theater)

joelvan
05-18-2012, 07:28 PM
The car is finally running right for the first time in months. yesterday I found the crankshaft sensor was loose in the block. I took it to Road Atl. and it ran like a striped ass ape. so I signed up to race ITO this weekend.

RobAGD
05-19-2012, 05:49 PM
Good to Hear Joel, how did it run at the track ?

-R

joelvan
05-19-2012, 07:29 PM
Good to Hear Joel, how did it run at the track ?

-R
I turned My fastest lap ever. 1;35.09 Im having to run with the GT1 Trans-am cars with SCCA the straightaway closing speeds are plumb scary.

afb
06-02-2012, 08:28 AM
Id be impressed if you were an ass kicker car. But taking out a spec miata isnt that hard its got 140whp if they're lucky. I was impressed by brian finch and his 1st / 2nd gen camaros. I faced both of those cars and I got the 1st gen but not the silver bullet. with 1/2 the hp 1/2 the tire you cant expect much more. it was an awesome time either way.

joelvan
06-08-2012, 04:45 PM
You are correct beating a Miata is nothing to brag about. When I eleminated the Miata.and the same as the E46 BMW I kept the car in 4th gear the whole time. so as not to show the potential of the car to the other contestants. My lap times were right there with Brian finch and Kyle Tuckers. My laps were the 4th fastest of the whole group of 16 cars chosen for the show.
I had faster lap times than some of the cars used for ass kicker cars. I feel like I would at least matched best time of the fastest Redneck car If I was able to get the same width tires under my car
as Brian's and the other pro touring cars. most cars had 315s and 335s rears while I had 285s

afb
08-01-2012, 11:40 PM
Better than the 255's I had. Brian finch had twice the HP I had. But it was my first time on a road course and held my own. Year One pres. Kevin king was so impressed he offered me a pretty smokin deal after my race against Brian Finch's ass kicker.

HemiSam
08-02-2012, 05:09 PM
Great stuff, J. Don't mind the tally whackers....:mrgreen:

HemiSam

joelvan
12-05-2012, 08:07 PM
Here is a promo clip. Coming in Feb.on Speed. I am one of the Mullet mafia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Mr9IgelTyqo

Smoked Hemi
12-05-2012, 08:14 PM
awesome. So excited to watch this!

HemiSam
12-05-2012, 10:35 PM
Woot woot!

http://i699.photobucket.com/albums/vv357/cubasam/Funny%20Ha%20Ha/Ha%20Ha%206/mullet.jpg


:mrgreen:

HemiSam

joelvan
12-07-2012, 10:03 AM
Video: R U Faster Than a Redneck Releases 1st Promo - Hot Rod Magazine Blog - Page 1 (http://blogs.hotrod.com/video-r-u-faster-than-a-redneck-releases-1st-promo-42881.html#axzz2EJZItFgS)

joelvan
02-05-2013, 10:55 PM
I am in Hot Rod Magazine Woo-Hoo.... Roddin' @ Random - RU Faster Than A Redneck? - Hot Rod Magazine (http://www.hotrod.com/feature_stories/hrdp_1304_roddin_at_random_ru_faster_than_a_rednec k/viewall.html)



here is a video that shows a flash of the Challenger Meet the "Mullet Mafia" | Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=854278068400&set=vb.425831657447404&type=2&theater)

HemiSam
02-05-2013, 11:18 PM
Rednecks FTW!!! Way to go, Joel.


:mrgreen:

HS

Northern Rider
02-06-2013, 10:18 AM
That's a hoot, Joel! There's nothin' like big iron muscle . . .

joelvan
02-07-2013, 09:25 PM
R U Faster Than a Redneck? (http://www.speedtv.com/programs/r-u-faster-than-a-redneck/)

lmhoward
02-07-2013, 09:33 PM
R U Faster Than a Redneck? (http://www.speedtv.com/programs/r-u-faster-than-a-redneck/)

Can't view it here in Puerto Rico. It really svcks [email protected], we are part of the US of A after all. I'll find it somewhere eventually.


Les

HemiSam
02-07-2013, 11:00 PM
That's just good clean fun ritcha there...



:mrgreen:

HS

Lowwlife
02-10-2013, 07:54 PM
I am in Hot Rod Magazine Woo-Hoo.... Roddin' @ Random - RU Faster Than A Redneck? - Hot Rod Magazine (http://www.hotrod.com/feature_stories/hrdp_1304_roddin_at_random_ru_faster_than_a_rednec k/viewall.html)



here is a video that shows a flash of the Challenger Meet the "Mullet Mafia" | Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=854278068400&set=vb.425831657447404&type=2&theater) I was just reading about the show in Hot Rod today..Congrats Joel :thumbs_u:

Sixpak
03-01-2013, 10:36 PM
Just watching tbis right now, are you still on it ?

joelvan
03-01-2013, 11:30 PM
I'm in all 8 episodes. I will be in the car line up next Mondays show

Ron380
03-02-2013, 07:16 AM
How'z come it's called the "Mullet Mafia" when hardly any y'alls has a mullet? :doh:

joelvan
03-02-2013, 03:37 PM
Damn if I know...... It sounded good in California I guess.

1agregg
03-02-2013, 08:37 PM
Good luck man and keep us posted if they give you possible air times for the episode.

Ron380
03-02-2013, 10:09 PM
I'm in all 8 episodes. I will be in the car line up next Mondays show

I just saw the ad for Monday's episode, and they do show Joel's car pulling out of the garage for the lineup. :) I'm just waiting for some import-driver to say' "Oh, the Challenger is heavy and slow, I'll beat him easily." muwahaahaa!