About

I am a software engineer by trade and I am always looking for new opportunities. Blogging has become a way for me to demonstrate the skills that I have as a developer.  I have been working in the industry for over 20 years and have experience on a wide variety of platforms and operating systems.  I have recently started programming on the Mac, learning Objective-C and the IOS platform.  I am also a browser plugin expert and can easily write binary plugins for Firefox and IE using their respective technologies XPCOM and COM.  I also can write plugins for webkit based browsers, safari and chrome.

I am comfortable working with both large and small clients on a variety of different projects.  Successful clients include Symantec, Verisign for the larger clients in remote working solutions.  I have other clients with different requirements such as Billeo and IMorgan Medical where I had to work on site on either a full time or part time basis.

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That is the clean cut, chiseled response for today’s blog.  I have been working on this blog for a while now.  I think offering a little history on why I started conedogers is a great way to introduce this blog, it’s also a good story…

While my day job is working as a Software Engineer in silicon valley, I like to go racing on the weekends.  I have been a member of the SCCA since 2000, and I have been auto crossing with the SCCA since I joined.  Autocrossing is a time trial styled event.  Using a large paved area (parking lot or airport paddock) we setup a course and cars are assigned to a class depending on the car and what you have done to modify it.  It’s a very competitive sport that builds up your driving skills using your daily driver in most cases, it is a very cheap form of racing.

In 2012 I purchased my first dedicated race car.  The car is a Formula Ford, a spec race car built with a light tubular frame chassis and powered by a 1.6 liter Ford “Kent” engine.  This race series has run without any large changes since 1967 when Formula 1 champion Jim Clark put one of these Kent Cortina engines built by Ford into a Formula 2 chassis.  The combination is brilliant.  The car empty weighs about 900 pounds depending on who built the car.  The car with driver is usually in the 1100 pound range.  With a horsepower rating of around 110hp, the hp to weight ratio is perfect for great acceleration and fabulous handling.  If you want a career as a professional driver, this is the first race car you drive after go karts.  To buy a really competitive car is still a reasonable expense.  On the other hand, buying an older car that might not be as competitive, and the prices are much more reasonable.  These are the orphans…  They might be too slow to be competitive in road racing, but they are still very competitive auto crossing them.  And as a bonus, they are incredibly cheap to run as an autocross car.

By July of 2012, I had my eye on a Swift FB 91.  This was a race car that was originally designed by Swift Racing here in the United states, but the design was licensed to a new company in the UK in 1988.  By the design was a uniquely UK design, or what is called a euroswift over here.  I found my car in Delaware, bought it sight unseen, not even sure I would fit at that point.  I got the race car delivered out west and was relieved to see that I actually could fit in this car.

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The Formula Ford is a blast to drive!  There is really nothing that is street legal that compares to whole experience of driving a car like this.  I think the best way to put it is like this:  if you could take the latest Corvette, Porsche, Mustang, any pure sports car and distill it like a fine whiskey or bourbon liquor, then the formula Ford would be that 20 year old whiskey aged to perfection.

I started this blog to document the restoration of this car, but quickly realized that these vehicles are so unique that any blog I could do on this car would not go to far (there are only 5 models like this one left in the world!!).  But there are topics that can be covered on basic maintenance.  My first article on this covered some expensive repairs, but another on changing the gear ratios in the transmission has proven to be very popular.  My traffic spikes on the week before a Formula ford race events in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand with people looking at the article and obviously changing their gear sets before the next event 🙂

Now I am looking for ways to increase the traffic enough to support my hobby!

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