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1  Events / Autocross / Re: Practice auto cross question on: July 15, 2013, 07:31:08 AM
Thanks for the offers, guys. She ended up riding with me a couple of times, having 2 different instructors in the car, and taking 7 seconds off between her first and last runs. She loved it!
2  Events / Autocross / Practice auto cross question on: July 13, 2013, 06:47:55 PM
I know it's late to make such a request, but could anybody right-seat my wife for a couple of runs tomorrow?

Thanks!
3  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Know your Roots on: May 09, 2012, 06:18:01 AM
Thanks, David. I'm trying to get in, but I have just barely enough tire left to finish the weekend, as it is.  If I get accepted, I'll have to buy one Hoosier and a wheel to replace the one that parted company in T3 in February.

Of course, maybe I'll get lucky and somebody else will toss me a set of keys. Wink
4  General / Autos and Autosport / Know your Roots on: May 08, 2012, 12:21:56 PM
Some of you may remember the orange Miata that Daniel G and I used to parade around the cones.  He & I both started doing autocross around 2005 in our MINI Coopers, and after he got MUCH better than I, I convinced him to come teach me his secrets in my 1994 Miata.  4 years later, I managed my first PAX win and set my sights on different goals.

I'd been going to the track once or twice a year since the beginning, but in 2009 things got very serious after my first wife died.  I spent many weekends at the track, and fewer in the cones.  By the following year, my auto-x program was down to only 2 or 3 events, while I was spending 9 weekends at VIR & Summit Point.

It was during that Summer that I began doing Time Trials and instructing with NASA Mid-Atlantic, and though I started half-way into the season, I managed a 5th place finish overall for 2010.  Last year I improved on that with a 2nd place trophy for the season, and was hired to drive the big truck at the Ultimate Track Car Challenge at VIR (read about it in GRM).

This year, barring major mechanical problems or physical injury, I'm bringing home the big trophy, and moving into wheel-to-wheel racing.

Autocross, rally, and the nurturing spirit of VMSC took my passing interest in cars and turned it into something bigger.  My instructors at the track haven't always liked what I brought from the cones, but the car control I learned running with this organization has been the only thing that's kept my race car off the walls.

As much as I've wanted to come back and run the car in its current configuration, the demands of Time Trials on tires & brakes are such that I can't justify the expenditure (Hoosiers are 'spensive, yo!).  Not to mention classing it would be a nightmare.

I'm working on a new car now, though, that I hope to shake down with you guys soon. Yes it's another Miata, and no I don't have a problem--I can quit any time.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you guys for the opportunities, the experience, the instruction, everything!  Not signing off, but I hope to see you at the track!  Take what you've learned here and apply it to more.  If you haven't done a rally, try one.  If you haven't done a track day, you owe yourself the experience.  All of these skills will come together and make you a much better and safer driver.
5  Events / Other Events / Re: I had an idea on: May 08, 2012, 11:51:00 AM
I also have scales and equipment to do manual (string-box) alignment work. While my driveway isn't flat, I did build a set of ramps and pads that go inside my trailer and pretty perfectly fit a Miata. I can level the trailer fairly easily, too.  It's a fair amount of work, but the results are better than hoping the ground is flat.
6  General / Classifieds / Re: EP 91 Honda CRX FS on: March 08, 2012, 10:19:03 AM
That is gorgeous. I've been lusting after an early-90's CRX for several years.  If only I had the coin to drop...
7  Events / Other Events / Re: Annual VMSC Dyno Day on: February 25, 2012, 02:31:59 PM
128/119. Thanks for organizing this, guys!  Hopefully I'll see you all on 4/1.
8  General / Classifieds / Re: NA Miata Parts on: January 31, 2012, 02:17:02 PM
Is the top vinyl or cloth?  Have you already taken it off?

Oof--I guess missing your reply by a month is what I get for not checking the site often. It's vinyl, and it's on the car.
9  General / Classifieds / NA Miata Parts on: December 14, 2011, 07:53:43 AM
Just recently picked up my 3rd Miata.  It's a '95 that the guy sold cheap because of a faulty wiring harness. It was garage-kept for most of its life.

Engine Compartment:
Washer reservoir - $10
Charcoal canister - $10

Drivetrain:
4.1 Torsen Differential - sold!
Driveshaft & half-shafts - sold!

Exterior:
New soft top (stretched & mounted), with frame - $500

Interior:
Airbags
--Driver - $10
--Passenger - $50
Center console - $20
Cruise control setup (includes dash switch, computer, servo) - $200
Glove box (w/ latch), tan - sold!
Radio/AC bezel - $20
3 eyeball vents - $10
steering column kick plate - $20
Seatbelt tower brace - $15
Driver Seat - Tan leather (poor condition) - sold!
Passenger Seat - Tan leather (fair condition) - sold!
Windshield trim - $10
tan door panels (power windows) - sold!
Seat belts - sold!
Door pulls - sold!
Seat rails - sold!
Sun visors - $20
door speakers - $30
steering wheel - $15
Alpine MRV-T501 amp - $25
door top panels (with tweeters) - sold!
rear view mirror - $5

Trunk:
Spare tire - $10
jack - $10
Trunk carpet - $25

If I miss your PM, email me at my screen-name at the mail which is Google's.
10  Events / Autocross / Re: 2011 Schedule on: October 31, 2011, 01:09:34 PM
Kinda bummed that my 2011 autocross season simply didn't happen.  As it turns out, about half of the events were the same day as my TT events, and those pay me in free tires.

I'm hoping to make it out a couple of times next year, and maybe get Alastair started in some sort of gas-powered kart.

Sorry I missed you all this year.
11  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: G-force Karts on: October 31, 2011, 11:59:14 AM
The new layout is AMAZING.  The new SK time is 26.4 (I had a couple of 26.0 laps my first time out, so the learning curve is pretty quick).  Passing is very difficult now, though.  You have to be extremely patient or you will have a big wreck.  You essentially cannot pass on the back "straight" at all.  I went during a corporate event and the rolling chicanes made it painfully difficult to put down a good lap, but there was literally nowhere to go to get around them.
12  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: NA Miata tire size on: August 02, 2011, 07:22:48 AM
Stock rims are only what, 5.5"?  The more rubber you can stuff under your car, the better, but I think it would be pretty tough to squeeze a 205 onto a 5.5" rim.  I really irked a buddy with a tire machine a couple years ago by having him put 225's onto a 7" rim.  It broke his machine.

There was a factory '94 with 6" rims, though, so if you're trying to stay in ES, you could source a set of 14x6e45 wheels and stuff 205's on them.

Your best bet for autocross,though, IMO, is 225/45R15 on the lightest wheels you can get.  Hankook Ventus Z214 C71's for any month other than July or August (when you actually want the harder C51's).

Team Dynamics makes fantastic light wheels for Miatas with 25mm offsets for an aggressive stance.
13  Pictures and Media / General Pictures and Media / Re: Ultimate Track Car Challenge on: August 02, 2011, 07:04:43 AM
Actually...  That motor was a direct response to GRM's hesitation to allow the truck into the UTCC. They thought we would be too slow, so the Wreckless Abandon crew responded in true American fashion:  by sourcing the biggest damn motor they could find, stroking it, and throwing in race cams.  Their ChumpCar motor is nowhere near as powerful, but I don't know how often they'll swap back & forth before they just stick with one setup and let it go.  That's a lot of work just to go play.

But yeah:  ChumpCar is a lot more relaxed about letting people just go out and have fun.  The guys did LeMons once and didn't care for the carnival feel.  They also won't drive at night, so they're really just there for the glory of trading paint at speed.
14  Pictures and Media / General Pictures and Media / Re: Ultimate Track Car Challenge on: July 29, 2011, 08:08:22 AM
As with LeMons, brakes are considered a safety item. Wink  I've advised them to strongly consider a fuel cell, also as a matter of basic safety.  The old Sprint Cup tires, on the other hand...that's just good sense.

They told me they run the truck, and I think all their cars, in some sort of "fun" class. They're not competitive.  I don't know all the rules for Chump Car, but it's not as big a spectacle as LeMons.  They'll let you get away with a lot if you declare upfront that you're not trying to win.

I did have a lot of fun. In spite of being rather melty.
15  Pictures and Media / General Pictures and Media / Re: Ultimate Track Car Challenge on: July 27, 2011, 09:37:33 AM
The story behind the pickup is pretty awesome.  It's a 1964 Chevy C-10 that the guys found in a field in South Carolina.  The motor is a stroked Cadillac Escalade V8 (from 6L to ~6.9L), mated to a Ford top-loader 4-speed tranny.  It's running coil springs front & rear, NASCAR brakes (for real), and slicks.

It's prepared for Chump Car with a very serious cage, and can drink its whole fuel tank in about 30 minutes.

The thing does not steer well, and the pedals are miles apart, but there's almost nothing at the track that can drive away from it in a straight line...up to about 125mph.  It hits an aerodynamic wall at that point.

Here's my write-up of the event, and in-car footage from my last session will be featured as the GRM 'video of the month' next month.
16  General / Classifieds / WTB: Miata roll-bar on: March 21, 2011, 09:31:54 AM
I bought a 2nd Miata in the Fall and need a bar for it.  Hit me up at %myVMSCuserID% (at) gmail.

Thanks!
17  General / Open Forum / Re: Arena Racing on: January 05, 2011, 02:06:30 PM
Alastair and I will be there.
18  General / Classifieds / '96 F250 on: August 13, 2010, 11:57:50 AM
I'm selling my old truck:

http://richmond.craigslist.org/cto/1882056937.html
19  General / Open Forum / Re: Performance Auto Sport --OPEN HOUSE TODAY on: July 14, 2010, 11:09:26 AM
Alastair and I were pulling in as you were pulling out, David.  Sorry we missed you!
20  General / Open Forum / Re: footwork on: June 13, 2010, 08:51:03 PM
While I'm nowhere near that fast, that's the only way I can downshift in my driving boots.  I can't roll my foot at all, so it's truly heel-toe or nothing at all.
21  Events / Autocross / Re: Hey Kids we are there!! LOL on: June 05, 2010, 06:00:43 AM
I didn't realize you were in one of the Formula cars.  Sorry for the confusion!
22  Events / Autocross / Re: Hey Kids we are there!! LOL on: June 04, 2010, 11:35:45 AM
1.7 without significant aero is highly suspect, especially if you're also showing erroneous times in other places.  Were you in a full-on drift?  Because that can cause strange readings on accelerometers.

I ran a Gtech Pro RR for a couple of years and just upgraded to an AiM MyChron3 system this year.  The MyChron sporadically shows wildly inaccurate readings, but I can expect about 1.3G max laterally--I can't even pull 1.7 on 20-degree banking.
23  General / Open Forum / Re: 911 bigfoot on: June 04, 2010, 11:31:27 AM
OH GOD NO!  Kill it with fire!
24  General / Open Forum / Re: Tire Pressure Guage on: June 04, 2010, 11:27:11 AM
Oil-filled gauges are generally more accurate, but come with their own caveats (like being strangely inaccurate if you leave 'em in the sun, or taking FOREVER to show your pressure when it's less than 50-degrees out).  There's really no right or wrong answer:  you just want solid, repeatable readings.
25  General / Classifieds / 16' Flatbed Trailer - $1700 on: April 25, 2010, 08:09:50 PM
2006 Bri-Mar
full steel deck
Slide-out ramps
LED lighting
break-away switch
electric brakes
2x3500lb axles
E-Z Lube hubs
Inspection thru July

It's hauled the Miata for the last two years, but I just made the jump into an enclosed trailer.  Now it needs a new home.

There is some minor surface rust, a dented fender (like that when I got it two years ago), and it needs new tires.  Like immediately.

Also, one of the ramps is missing the pins that lock it onto the deck of the trailer, but in two years, that's never caused me any problems loading or unloading the race car.

The winch is NOT included in this sale, but for $50 the trailer box will be.
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