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Date Posted: Friday, February 26, 05:13:14pm|
Back in the 80's there was a black corvette at Porter that left like nothing I had ever seen, the engine was so responsive that I was intrigued by it. It wasn't out often, but when it was, it really ran like a scalded dog. I checked it out when it was in the pits and found out it had nitrous. Nobody ran nitrous back then and here is this guy trying it and he was fast even though he hurt some stuff while learning. That guy was Joe Golden.
Back in 2003, I wanted to try to step up classes to Top Sportsman and wanted to put a plate kit on a 565 in a chassis car. I called Joe to ask a few questions, and he was gracious enough to have the patience with me to explain the ins and outs, ups and downs of using nitrous. He didn't have to but he did- he steered me in the right direction by telling what not to do based on his years of experience and explained what would work best for my application and desired end result. He told me that I could start with the small pill but would end up with the biggest before it was over. He said, "they don't call it dope for nothing" ... and said he was sure that before long, I would end up with multiple kits on a bigger engine and I thought - no, I just need to pick up this little 565 a smidge. But he was right, now I run a combination over 800 cubes with 4 kits and still use his advice on the set up to keep it safe and consistent with great success.
Back in 2011, when I was sick with cancer, he made a post to offer well wishes and had a lot of nice things to say and I appreciated that a lot coming from a man I really looked up to, it meant a lot. He was one of the original promoters around Houston and really did try to make the little guys feel like stars in his shows. I really appreciated all the help he gave me and his lifelong, hardcore racer attitude.
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