Sleds, Beer, Cold Pizza: Just One Of The Guys

July 11, 2016

Why didn’t I bring my earmuffs?

wwb_img237Ok – so I’m not exactly the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing, but this week I am trying to be one of the guys. You know, I am trying to be laid-back and just go with the flow. Ugh.

You see, I am surrounded by the male gender – always have been – I grew up with 3 older brothers, and I can tell you this much, when I was old enough to break free from my tomboy ways, I did (for the most part) and I have been fairly successful (I think?) at being a girl ever since.

wwb_img238Until recently. With the additions of Oliver and Greg into my life, I am thrown back into a world surrounded by loud noises and things with motors that go fast. I do not know a damn thing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats, RVs, etc. – except what color they may be – and even that is questionable since I am slightly color blind. Now, don’t get me wrong. I will happily grab a wrench and help on whatever project is being worked on in the garage (and there is ALWAYS a project). But, I will need to be pointed in the right direction and walked through whatever process is about to happen. Obviously, I am very helpful and handy to have around.

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Meet “The Mad Scientist” Of The Snowmobile Hill Climb Racing Scene

July 11, 2016
By David Figura/The Post-Standard The Post-Standard
 
Stephen D. Cannerelli/The Post-Standard They call Daly 'The Mad Scientist' because he's always experimenting and trying new things with his racing snowmobiles.

Stephen D. Cannerelli/The Post-Standard
They call Daly ‘The Mad Scientist’ because he’s always experimenting and trying new things with his racing snowmobiles.

Snowmobile hill climb racer Rich Daly has been called a number of things.

Names like “The Mad Scientist” or “The Rainbow Warrior.”

“I realize I’m different. That’s just the way it is. Picasso was different, wasn’t he?” Daly said smiling this week during an interview at his business, Dyno Port in Scipio, which makes primarily snowmobile exhaust pipes and mufflers.

Daly, 59, is the kind of guy who shows up at races in a colorful suit, racing a sled that has plastic zip ties (instead of bolts) to hold his coils to the engine block, and holes drilled in various parts to reduce weight, and red duct tape on his handlebar to hold the throttle cable on. He occasionally wears different-colored gloves to play with competitors’ heads.

“People look quick at my sled and they think it’s a cob job. But there’s a method to my madness,” he said.

The truth is Daly’s sleds run fast — real fast.

This fall, while racing on asphalt, he got one up to 159 mph in 8 seconds.

The sled he plans to race Saturday at Song Mountain in a hill climb event is capable of reaching speeds close to 100 mph as it zooms up the ski slope’s 660-foot-long track.

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