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> Red Rocks Classic 2020, (not RRcovid) :-) Montrose and Durango, CO, Sep 10-13, 2020
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post Jun 23 2020, 02:04 PM
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QUOTE(ThinAir @ Jun 23 2020, 11:01 AM) *

I haven't asked the hotel in Montrose about this yet.

If my wife comes, we'll be towing behind the Sprinter. There is no way in the world that my wife will drive the Sprinter (or anything else) on 550. So I'm going to need to leave Sprinter in Montrose and come back for it.

Anyone else have this challenge and has made arrangements for your tow vehicle?



When I was a kid my dad drove our old converted airstream bus over 550. One of the most memorable trips we ever had. Coming out of Durango, bus started vapor locking on the way to the top due to the mechanical fuel pump bring on the engine and the tank being some ~40ft behind that (and we think 914s have it bad) My dad winds up pulling a 300 or so point U-turn on that skinny ass road but in order to do so a 12 year old me is hunched over the open engine bay spraying WD-40 into the carb of the 454 to keep the engine running. Pretty sure my mothers heart was stopped the entire time, she doesnt do well with cliffs.
Anyways, back to Durango, dad installed a secondary electric pump on the tank end and a few hours later we were back on the pass (last time my mother allowed us to go that way)

Seriously great memories!!


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post Jun 23 2020, 03:02 PM
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post Jun 23 2020, 06:03 PM
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QUOTE(JamesM @ Jun 23 2020, 01:04 PM) *

QUOTE(ThinAir @ Jun 23 2020, 11:01 AM) *

I haven't asked the hotel in Montrose about this yet.

If my wife comes, we'll be towing behind the Sprinter. There is no way in the world that my wife will drive the Sprinter (or anything else) on 550. So I'm going to need to leave Sprinter in Montrose and come back for it.

Anyone else have this challenge and has made arrangements for your tow vehicle?



When I was a kid my dad drove our old converted airstream bus over 550. One of the most memorable trips we ever had. Coming out of Durango, bus started vapor locking on the way to the top due to the mechanical fuel pump bring on the engine and the tank being some ~40ft behind that (and we think 914s have it bad) My dad winds up pulling a 300 or so point U-turn on that skinny ass road but in order to do so a 12 year old me is hunched over the open engine bay spraying WD-40 into the carb of the 454 to keep the engine running. Pretty sure my mothers heart was stopped the entire time, she doesnt do well with cliffs.
Anyways, back to Durango, dad installed a secondary electric pump on the tank end and a few hours later we were back on the pass (last time my mother allowed us to go that way)

Seriously great memories!!

We did Red Mountain Pass with my then 16 year old son driving our van and towing our tent trailer - on a Bike the Rockies day with bicyclists who thought it was just fine to ride 3 abreast. My wife is NOT a fan (although Mike really did just fine).
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post Jun 23 2020, 08:10 PM
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Is the T shirt link up yet - did not see it.
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post Jun 23 2020, 11:38 PM
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QUOTE(JamesM @ Jun 23 2020, 02:04 PM) *


When I was a kid my dad drove our old converted airstream bus over 550. One of the most memorable trips we ever had. Coming out of Durango, bus started vapor locking on the way to the top due to the mechanical fuel pump bring on the engine and the tank being some ~40ft behind that (and we think 914s have it bad) My dad winds up pulling a 300 or so point U-turn on that skinny ass road but in order to do so a 12 year old me is hunched over the open engine bay spraying WD-40 into the carb of the 454 to keep the engine running. Pretty sure my mothers heart was stopped the entire time, she doesnt do well with cliffs.
Anyways, back to Durango, dad installed a secondary electric pump on the tank end and a few hours later we were back on the pass (last time my mother allowed us to go that way)

Seriously great memories!!


Great story!
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Is the T shirt link up yet - did not see it.

Not yet! Still working on design. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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I think I'm going to help rep. Ca. Since are WCR doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon. I think I'll check into it and make it happen.
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I think I'm going to help rep. Ca. Since are WCR doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon. I think I'll check into it and make it happen.

I'm going up Wednesday. Get a room in a Mesquite Casino for less than $60 then continue up Thursday AM. Keith may tag along also. We should caravan up. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)
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QUOTE(flat4guy @ Jun 23 2020, 08:10 PM) *

Is the T shirt link up yet - did not see it.

Not yet! Still working on design. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/beerchug.gif)

This should be special....needs a Slits comment.. my fav.." ive been there several times" …...Miss that Guy
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76 914. PM me as the run gets closer I down for a caravan. Any know the elevation in Durango?how does a carburetor car run at higher elevation.
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Yes, 6500 ft in town, but the mountain passes are 11,000 ft.
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QUOTE(ThinAir @ Jun 23 2020, 01:01 PM) *

I haven't asked the hotel in Montrose about this yet.

If my wife comes, we'll be towing behind the Sprinter. There is no way in the world that my wife will drive the Sprinter (or anything else) on 550. So I'm going to need to leave Sprinter in Montrose and come back for it.

Anyone else have this challenge and has made arrangements for your tow vehicle?


The other option is to go through Telluride and Dolores. The makes the trip from Rigdway to Durango a 4 hour trip, instead of 2 hours on 550.
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QUOTE(bkrantz @ Jul 2 2020, 08:17 PM) *

Yes, 6500 ft in town, but the mountain passes are 11,000 ft.

Yep - like Bob said. It is 6600 feet ASL in Durango but the mountain passes are closer to 11,000 feet. I have a 2143cc/4 carbed car that does fine over the passes (wide band AFR tuned at 6600 feet) - but you do lose HP at altitude. The worst case is you run rich (washing down the cylinders) which is better than running too lean I think. My 2.7L/6 fuel injected 914 doesn't blink at altitude.

Jeff can probably guide you better. @sixnotfour
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QUOTE(Tonyooc @ Jul 2 2020, 03:39 PM) *

76 914. PM me as the run gets closer I down for a caravan. Any know the elevation in Durango?how does a carburetor car run at higher elevation.

I drove my carbed car on several mountain rallies and while yes it was a little rich I had no problems keeping up. There were a few time where I had to keep the rpms high and I did adjust the idle speed once or twice but the car was totally driveable and did not leave me stranded. Go for it.
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QUOTE(Tonyooc @ Jul 2 2020, 03:39 PM) *

76 914. PM me as the run gets closer I down for a caravan. Any know the elevation in Durango?how does a carburetor car run at higher elevation.

I drove my carbed car on several mountain rallies and while yes it was a little rich I had no problems keeping up. There were a few time where I had to keep the rpms high and I did adjust the idle speed once or twice but the car was totally driveable and did not leave me stranded. Go for it.

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Michael is right - he was always fast running with the pack.
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