Meet Super Chicken I and Super Chicken II

Episode 262

May 5, 2019

Super Chicken I

My recent visit to Vermont, when I visited with Luke Moultroup and Paul Tingaud at Paul’s Super Car Machine shop located in the former Libra Racing HQ in Colchester, Vermont and the next day at Luke’s home garage in Richmond, Vermont, gave me the idea that it might be interesting to tell you a little about Super Chicken I and Super Chicken II Modified Hillclimb Specials.

By no means do I profess that this will be a complete treatise or comprehensive story. My goal is to show some of the quirkiness and ingenuity of these two Tingaud-built cars. Super Chicken I was the fastest privateer car at the Mount Washington Hillclimb in 2014 bested only by Travis Pastrana and David Higgins in Team Subaru USA STI built by Vermont Sports Cars located now in Milton, Vermont.

Paul Tingaud driving Super Chicken I at Mt. Washington Hillclimb “Climb to the Clouds” event in 2014. (Mike Proulx photo)

The following video from in the car shows Tingaud piloting Super Chicken I at Mt. Washington Hillclimb. For me it got scary after Tingaud reached the tree line. Those cliffs look a long way down!

Super Chicken I Changes Hands

Luke Moultroup was talking to his friend Paul Tingaud about Super Chicken I when Paul suggested that Moultroup purchase the car and bring it back to the New England Hillclimb Circuit with the goal of having it sorted out in time for the “Climb to the Clouds” race in July 2020. Luke agreed that that would be an interesting challenge to replace his Howe modified hillclimb car with one of the most famous homebuilt cars to race up Mount Washington.

Luke Moultroup brings Super Chicken I to its new home in the basement of Moultroups new Ward’s Log Homes log cabin.The car was minus it’ 5 cylinder Audi and had 2 X 4’s replacing the coil-over shocks.(Moultroup Racing photo)

Moultroup created a thread on Grassroots Magazine Car Forum found here:

When I visited Luke as outlined in last week’s episode he was at the old Libra Racing shop where Paul Tingaud was now located. He was building an adapter to mount the Hyundai throttle body to the Audi 2.7L V6 which he had removed from a donor car. The Audi 6 speed O1E was utilized and stock WRX Subaru turbos replaced the smaller Audi units.

How do you make an adapter for your custom Audi intake? Here is how Moultroup performed the task. (Moultroup Racing photo)

Moultroup is a jet engine mechanic and it shows when you look at the neat wiring bundle. The original wire was more like a bundle of snakes. (Moultroup Racing photo)

What looks like paddle shifters are actually brake handles. There are three master cylinders, one foot operated giving normal 4 wheel braking. The others are operated by the handles which will brake front only or rear only to allow rally like sharp turns. Not used much in the hillclimb car however. (Moultroup Racing photo)

Preparing the Audi fabricated exhaust manifold for welding of the Subaru WRX turbo. This would not be an optimum set up for a race car that was going to see a great deal of mileage. Moultrop feels the relatively short time spent on a hillclimb course should allow this setup to work fine. (Moultroup Racing photo)

Moultroup’s goal is to attempt to have the Super Chicken I race ready for some of the 2019 New England Hillclimb events.Super Chicken I will carry the number 71 since Moultroup’s favorite aircraft is the SR 71 Blackbird. His last hillclimb car, a Howe modified chassis with a big V8, was given the number 70.

He has suggested that with a new son John, work, and other daily occurrences, the schedule is highly variable. You can follow his progress at the Grassroots Motorsports thread previously listed in this episode.

Paul Tingaud’s latest, Super Chicken II

When Tingaud pulled into the Mount Washington Hillclimb “Climb to the Clouds” for the first time, his homebuilt Super Chicken I drew some scoffs and chuckling. The car, called by some the “ugliest race car”, silenced the scoffers when he rocketed up the 7.6 miles course setting third fastest time.

When people heard that Super Chicken II was being built, they knew that function, not form would be theĀ  hillclimb car’s forte. And it would be would be fast when sorted out.

For Super Chicken II Tingaud mid-mounted the Audi engine searching for a more balanced front to rear weight distribution. Super Chicken I engine was mounted before the front axle thus making it nose heavy.

Super Chicken II at the starting line at “Climb to the Clouds” Mount Washington Hillclimb 2017. (HTF Motorsports photo)

In order to drive the front wheels of Super Chicken II, Tingaud built the reverser gearbox which sent power up to the front differential. (HTF Motorsports photo)

A look at the front suspension of Super Chicken II. Note the use of Audi stock components rather than fabricated race only parts. Afco shocks are Tinguad’s shocks of choice for SC II (HTF Motorsports photo)

Tingaud built some custom snow/ice tires this winter and had some fun on the ice at a local pond. The ice thrown from the tires kept plugging the radiator intakes. (HTF Motorsports photo)

Once Tingaud finished Super Chicken II he needed to try it out on the driveway outside his shop in Colchester. He has begun dyno-tuning the racer for the 2019 hillclimb season. He hopes to have the machine running well before the 2020 “Climb to the Clouds” Hillclimb at Mount Washington.

RYAN Motorsports reveals 2019 Maritime Pro Stock Tour Car

RYAN Motorsports, Harvey, New Brunswick unveiled their 2019 Pro Stock #1 driven by Ryan Messer with Crew Chief Robb Messer. The team plans to run the 10 race Maritime Pro Stock Tour rather than contend for the points title at Speedway 660 in Geary Woods, New Brunswick. (RYAN Motorsports photo)

Rear view of RYAN Motorsports Pro Stock based in Harvey, New Brunswick. The family owned and run team will be contending for the 2019 Maritime Pro Stock Tour title. My wish is that they would add the Firecracker 200 PASS race at Spud Speedway August 4, 2019. (RYAN Motorsports photo)

Return to MIK is fun time

Disclaimer: MIK is a long time sponsor of HTF Motorsports

I have raced at Maine Indoor Karting in well over 100 races. By far my most enjoyable races are with friends especially my brother Bob Hale. It seems like every time we talked prior to racing at MIK we would trade barbs about who was going to beat who at the indoor track.

The time finally arrived last Friday evening when we travelled to Portland to attend the Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference which was held the next day,Saturday. When we got to MIK in Scarborough there were only three of us racing, my brother Bob, a friend Joseph Howe who came down with us to the conference, and me.

We had the track to ourselves at that late hour and decided to use our five race package deal we had bought for each other as Christmas presents. We suited up and unbeknownst to us track officials ran all five races back-to-back without stopping. That was a total of 40 minutes of track time or roughly 95 laps.

Our collective goal was to get into the 22 second lap time. My best time was 23.224 on lap 92. Bob’s was 22.293 on lap 14. Joseph’s was 23.974 on lap 28.

Left to right Joseph Howe, Caswell, Tom Hale, Westmanland, and Bob Hale, Caribou. Though not one of us reached the 22 something lap time good racing was enjoyed by all. (Joseph Howe photo)

Let’s go racing,

Tom Hale

Soli Deo Gloria (Matthew 5:14-17)

Tom Hale

About Tom Hale

Tom wrote 14 years as freelancer for the Bangor Daily Sports covering motorsports in Maine. Now blogging and concentrating on human interest stories about people and places in racing. He races Champ Karts and owns HTF Motorsports in remote Westmanland, Maine