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1  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Auto X practice March 24 2018 on: March 12, 2018, 04:43:02 AM
Skidpads and slaloms are great tuning tools for a test & tune... this is a practice autocross so just set up a simple course with a few different elements.  Sometimes, it's easier to set up part of Sundays course and have everybody rut it backwards?
2  Results / Autocross / Re: May 21 Results on: May 22, 2017, 03:40:08 AM
Really enjoined the weekend... helping two novice drivers improve a bit at the school Saturday was genuinely rewarding and then running a big, fast course at RIR Sunday was a blast! 

I did find one error in the results... car #311, the 2015 GT4 should be in SS (not AS).
3  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Oil catch can on: April 14, 2017, 05:31:13 AM
So I've been doing alot of reading about these catch cans and I'm not so sure if I should put on the Vette. I'm just saying that I've taken the front part of the intake off and I don't really see a build up of oil, My plugs look good, etc. etc.
Question I keep asking myself is if these catch cans are that helpful why aren't they OEM?
just wondering, catch can would look cool but do they really work?


In all engines, even those with good compression and no signs of "burning oil", some measure of compressed gas leaks past the piston rings (i.e. "blow-by").  The more time an engine is spent at high RPM, the more likely it is to have measurable blow-by. This blow-by contains some oil vapor that eventually condenses in the intake manifold and can gum things up.  That is one reason throttle bodies need to occasionally be cleaned. Anyway, a catch can is a simple devise that provides a condensation location. So, the oil catch can collects the oil mist and condenses the vapors while allowing clean gases to pass to the intake.
4  General / Open Forum / Re: Riding with your co-driver? on: February 21, 2017, 07:07:46 PM
Does the SCCA allow it?

No, they don't... and there are no acceptions to that rule.
I'm all for doing everything we can to encourage and improve our novice drivers, but that is not what was originally asked about. Getting a look at the course at speed has always been considered an advantage and doing it in your own car is even more of an advantage. That's why OD's are not supposed to check the course in their own car. At the local level it is generally found acceptable to allow an experienced driver to ride along with a novice driver and give instruction but once you allow experienced drivers the opportunity to "pre-run" the course as a rider, it gives that competitor an edge. And to say that making it available to everyone equally makes it somehow fair is in my opinion a bit short sighted as not everyone has a co-driver or another car available to ride in.
5  Results / Autocross / Re: Unmarked cones..... on: July 11, 2016, 11:37:28 AM
Bill has made a great point... One thing we (as a club) should consider doing is instruct the course workers that as they take their positions on the course, they should inspect all of the cones in their area to make sure they are where they are supposed to be, and in this case that they are marked.  At SCCA national events this is a regular practice and one that we could likely benefit from.
6  Results / Autocross / Re: June 5th 2016 results on: June 06, 2016, 05:16:50 AM
I agree with James... the course was just fast enough, it flowed really well, and presented technical challenges for any type of car. It was a real pleasure to see the big lot at VMP used like it should be! Another great VMSC event!
7  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Can't make the event on the 19th. on: July 16, 2015, 11:31:51 AM
Gene - if you need anyone to help with Tech, I'll be there early.
8  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Tech Inspectors Needed for VMP 6/28 on: June 24, 2015, 04:18:32 AM
I'll be there and can work Tech if needed.
9  Results / Autocross / Re: Results 31 May 2015 on: June 01, 2015, 04:42:54 AM

Good job to that trailered GT3 for finally beating all the civics Smiley

Do you need me to go back to running on 5 yr old OEM tires so you can feel good about your times again??? Tongue
10  General / Open Forum / Re: Did anybody Pre-Order one of these on: June 01, 2015, 03:13:19 AM
Very cool idea but my concern is the web site says max speed is software limited to 25 mph with a range of 100 ft and notes that it does not have collision avoidance capability... so it should not be able to keep up with even the slowest drivers, and if there are any lamp poles or other obstructions, it's toast!  It's apparently intended to track much slower moving objects in wide open spaces.
11  General / Open Forum / Re: number of runs per event per car on: May 01, 2015, 03:07:50 AM
You can't have more than two drivers in the same car in the same heat. You should have no issues with letting one of the others drive in a different heat, but you can only ride with them if their heat is after your competition runs are over. With novices, this last point is seldom enforced, but as you become competitive, it's considered an unfair advantage for you to see the course at speed prior to you taking your competition runs.
12  General / Classifieds / Re: Feeler: Hankook RS3 V2 235/45 17 (10 runs and 1200 street miles) $425 OBO on: April 29, 2015, 04:14:29 AM

... I'm sure there will be a mid season release and the sponsored people will have the best. I cant buy another set this year and was hoping this set could last 2 years. Wishful thinking.


For a "new" tire to be SCCA Solo eligible, I believe it has to be available in 5 sizes and 3 diameters nlt 30 April. Otherwise it's exempt from national competition... So, anything that's going be run this season need to be available by tomorrow or it becomes next season's tire like the Dunlop ZII StarSpec was last year. Note that the Solo season ends with the culmination of the Nationals in September, so you can run any late arrivals after that.
13  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Extreme Performance Summer tires in cold weather on: March 30, 2015, 11:02:19 AM

I think Marc is just making excuses why he was too chicken to come out and
race a poor lowly base Carrera yesterday.

So, you did miss me yesterday!

Actually, as afraid as I am of getting beaten by a girl in a lowly base Carrera... I was home sick.
But I WILL be at VMP on the 19th!
14  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Extreme Performance Summer tires in cold weather on: March 30, 2015, 03:38:16 AM
There is a certain temperature, different for each polymer, called the glass transition temperature, or Tg for short. When a polymer is cooled below this temperature it behaves in an increasingly brittle manner.

So, if the soft compound tires we run are cooled enough they can become hard and brittle and can crack when subjected to load. This is the reason for the C7 tires cracking... and why Tirerack won't even ship R-comps during the winter months.  I was recently told by a BFG/Michelin tire engineer that for their current crop of "ultra high performance" tires, Tg starts around 40 F but in moderate weather, as long as you warm the tire up by driving on it, they should be fine.
15  General / Technical Help / Re: Car scales and corner weight? on: March 06, 2015, 07:27:05 AM
just a thought - here is a set of scale stands on ebay for $216...

16  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Dominion Raceway on: January 16, 2015, 10:23:54 AM
FSR PCA is hosting a Driver's Education event at Dominion Raceway Oct 24 & Oct 25, 2015. Registration will open in July.

If you're interested in getting on the track before then, they also host an annual event each spring on the full course at VIR that several of us have attended. That event is July 11 & 12 and registration will open in April.

Info on both can be found here:

17  General / Open Forum / Re: Tires for the 2015 season on: January 09, 2015, 11:21:05 AM
Tire Rack has posted new test results comparing ZII Star Spec, Rivals, R-S3 v2, and AD08 R.

tl:dr Looks like the ZII SS is a good choice unless
it is a warm wet day,
they don't have your size,
you are a national level driver looking for contingency,
or waiting for rivals v2 and 200tw toyos...

Pretty good tire review... Although limited to a fairly heavy RWD sedan, it does present several significant observations. Most notably is the warm, wet performance of the R-S3... It clearly dominated that test. As for the others, the ZII SS seemed to be slightly faster and possibly more predictable but the difference between any of the tires are small enough to be artifacts of the test car, surface conditions, or other outside influences.

btw, Steve Fehr tells me that BFG is supposed to make an announcement about the new Rival S in early Feb. I suspect that others will follow around the same time frame. As I recall, any new tire has to be available in five sizes by March 1 to be SCCA approved
18  General / Open Forum / Re: Tires for the 2015 season on: January 05, 2015, 04:58:00 PM
Ill be getting Hankook RS3's as well for the 5.0 this season heard amazing things from anyone running them.

I was also sold on the RS3's after so many drivers did well at the Nationals on them... But I've heard that the new ZII is a huge improvement over an already great tire so I'm not sure yet which tire I'll run.
19  General / Open Forum / Re: Tires for the 2015 season on: January 05, 2015, 04:54:27 PM
Did something happen to the 996???

After losing to you, she sank into a depression and never recovered.
Sold her as a project car to someone who hopes to bring her back as a DD.

At the moment it looks like you will have to contend with the Pearl once again.
You have been warned!  Grin

Can't say I blame her... I'd be depressed if I been beaten by me too! Grin

Anyway, really looking forward to the new season!

20  General / Open Forum / Re: Tires for the 2015 season on: January 05, 2015, 05:59:56 AM

I was thinking about going back to RE-11s for the 996 - which did
need new tires - but of course that is a moot point now.

Did somethinhg happen to the 996???
21  General / Open Forum / Re: Tires for the 2015 season on: January 05, 2015, 05:58:44 AM
I'm looking at R-S3, ZII Star Specs, Rivals, and Toyo Proxes R1R's... the R1R's are reported to be released this season in a 200 UTQG. The problem I have is the Rival is the only one of these that make a tire large enough for the rear of my GT3.  So, I'm probably going to run the ZII or R-S3 up front and the Rival at the rear, each on 18" wheels.
22  Results / Autocross / Re: Results Nov-2-2014 on: November 04, 2014, 01:28:38 PM
Bud brought his car but did not run, I'm not sure why. 

Bud had tire cord showing so he didn't pass tech...
23  Events / Autocross / Re: Oct 19th TSCC Autocross a Points autocross for VMSC? on: October 03, 2014, 09:43:04 AM
I registered for the AX, however, was there not also where you have to register to get in the to that place, also for anybody who want to come with you ?

I believe that visitors/family can register at no cost as "spectators" on the registration page.
24  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: media from 8-10-14 autocross at RIR on: August 11, 2014, 07:52:24 AM
Great shots David, thanks for posting the shots of my spin on the back stretch!

I really like the 3-shot sequence of you driving over a cone and leaving it standing up as you drive away! :-)
25  Events / Autocross / Re: 2014 Virginia Autocross Championships on: July 06, 2014, 06:44:47 AM
So, who's going to the VAC? It's a great location and should be a great event with Jr designing the course. If you haven't run ACU-4, this is a great opportunity to do so. There is sure to be lots of strong competition and the event site is one of the best on the east coast.
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