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1  Results / Autocross / Re: Results 19 July 2015 - Mine still need correction on: July 29, 2015, 04:54:59 PM
Hi James - Was mistakenly classed stu for this event and you were going to correct for STS?
Thanks,
Dennis
2  General / Classifieds / Z3 1.9 1996 for sale - Sold to clubmember! on: July 22, 2015, 10:19:47 AM
I am selling my 1996 Z3 1.9.  Most of you are familiar with this car as I race it in STS.  It has chameleon paint, rollbar, adjustable Koni's, lowering springs, short-shifter, almost new clutch, almost new top. This is a streetable car that is ready to race and drive.  Has two sets of 17" wheels -- the racing ones shown and a set of fittipaldi's with standard street Fusion tires that are 90% tread remaining.  I am asking $4200 or reasonable offer. Phone 560-6903 or e-mail.
Dennis Heidlebaugh
3  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: I think I am being mis-classed on: July 21, 2015, 10:21:39 PM
Hi Gene,
I checked on SCCA for STS and all mods seem to qualify as they have in the past - Koni adjustables, lowering springs, strut bar, beefier sways, short-shifter, roll bar.  Running 225-45-17's Dunlop Direzza streets.  No body mods.
Thanks!
Dennis
4  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / I think I am being mis-classed on: July 21, 2015, 08:10:43 PM
I am running a Z3 with a 4-cylinder 1.9 liter engine and in the latest event I am classed as STU.  Hard to believe my little 1.9 is in the same class as M3's.  Can you please check for me -- I thought I was STS.
Thanks,
Dennis

5  Events / Autocross / Re: Permanent Number Registration on: February 14, 2012, 09:19:02 PM
I am having the same problem and I know I am using the same e-mail address.
Dennis H. #71
6  Events / Other Events / Re: VMSC at the Richmond Autoshow March 13-15 on: March 16, 2009, 04:02:52 PM
While I agree with Adrian that we could have done without the big black van next to us, position was much improved from last year in that we were located with near the enthusiast booths - the Vette and collector car clubs.  That meant that more of the folks strolling by were often generally more interested in motorsports than those there simply car shopping.  We talked with lots of folks, and gave out a fair number of $10 off tickets to many we talked to who were genuinely interested, and I have a feeling we'll see some of those folks in the near future, if not on the 29th.  We were the ones who talked with slyp-dog who is pre-learners.  Hope he stays interested because he is a real nice fellow.  4 hours passed quickly and was enjoyable.

Dennis

7  General Category / Announcements / Permanent Numbers Available! on: February 22, 2009, 05:10:25 PM
A permanent number can really make life easier and allows you to make a nice number set that you can use for the entire season.  Dual-driver cars can really save time by knowing for the entire season what number will be used and save time in between-driver number changes.  And, once you have a permanent number, you'll have the first option at that number by sending in the fee next year, too.

A permanent number is $25 for the entire season.  Numbers will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Our by-laws permit up to 15 permanent numbers for every 25 numbers.  In each group, any number can be requested, until the total reaches the 15 permitted.  Permanent numbers are $25 for the entire season.  Check below for available permanent numbers:

#'s 1-25 there are 10 numbers still available.

numbers NOT available are: 10,15,17,19,25

#'s 26-50 there are 9 numbers available.

numbers NOT available are: 31,35,36,44,47,50

#'s 51-75 there are 2 numbers available

numbers NOT available are 51,53,55,56,57,58,59,61,63,66,68,71,74

#'s 76-100 there are 13 numbers available.

numbers NOT available are: 81, 91

Reply here with your request, or send an e-mail to Treasure, VMSC  and I'll save your requested number for one week to allow you to make payment.  You can pay via PayPal (just be sure to add a comment that this is for permanent number #) to VMSCAutox at (@) gmail.com.  If you'd like to pay by check, send your check and a note that the payment is for permanent number # to:

VMSC
P.O. Box 36202
Richmond, VA 23235

There may be additional numbers available if current numbers are not renewed by March 30.  I'll update in this post as available numbers change.

So get a permanent number!

Dennis Heidlebaugh
8  Results / Autocross / Re: August 10 - Dana going for Novice Trophy? on: August 11, 2008, 08:06:12 AM
I had no idea that novice trophy was such a coveted item!  And Dana came so close to getting it running as a "Novice".  Anyway - just having some fun.  Think Dana Cole is not properly classed...
Dennis
9  Results / Autocross / Re: RESULTS ARE DONE... Dennis H in STS2 not STX on: July 25, 2008, 04:49:55 PM
Hi Lonnie,
Just wanted to let you know I run in STS2 not STX as is currently listed...
Dennis
10  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Autocrossing a convertible - question on: May 22, 2008, 08:12:45 PM
Ha Ha!  Yep, BMW's seem to have these crazy sequences for resets and things.   This turned out to be the electric mirror wire was routed under the window mechanism.  I re-routed and all seems to work just fine now.  Put some silicone spray in the door window channels while I had the panel off, too. 
Thanks for your help!
Dennis
11  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Autocrossing a convertible - question on: May 22, 2008, 12:31:23 PM
Thanks Scott - that answers my question.  BTW, the car has an HMS rollbar installed in it.  Looks like I'll have to pull the passenger door panel as the passenger window is only going down about 2/3rds of the way.  I'll need to figure out what is binding it up.
Later,
Dennis
12  General / Autos and Autosport / Autocrossing a convertible - question on: May 22, 2008, 07:02:14 AM
As some of you know, I recently acquired a '96 BMW Z3 that I'm planning on bringing out Sunday and running in STS2.  However, I've never run a convertible before and have what may seem like a dumb question, but can't seem to find the answer.  There is a boot to go over the convertible top when it is down.  Do I need to have that attached to race, or is it OK to just have the top down where it stows?  It's fairly heavy and can't imagine it coming up, but was wondering whether the top must be "secured".  I know a lot of you folks run convertibles, so maybe someone out there can fill me in.
Thanks!
Dennis
13  Events / Autocross / Re: conesniping school questions on: April 11, 2008, 05:04:06 PM
Hey Will,
There's not an elevated area for spectators like the bleachers at VMP, but spectators are more near the middle side of the course area than at one end like VMP.

On the menu thing, I'm using Firefox, and see the drop-down whenever I rollover the "Home" tab at the top, whether I'm on the forum page or the home page.  I'm using 2.0.0.13

Later,
Dennis
14  Events / Autocross / Re: March 9 autocross @ VMP- Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday! on: March 05, 2008, 08:56:45 PM
Just a reminder to set your clocks forward so you aren't late! Grin
15  General / Open Forum / Repeal the VA "Civil Remedial Fees" for Traffic Offenses on: August 02, 2007, 12:25:53 PM
Thanks for that update, David.  I do however really detest the language used that it is about detrrence and punishment - it's about raising funds for highways and making only a few pay for it.  Otherwise they would've just increased the fines (and I think there's still a case that they are excessive).  Since it's a tax, there's no way to enforce it on out-of-state drivers - but since it's associated with an offense, it's unequal treatment.

Raise the gas tax and make the taxation fair.  I hope they'll quit lying about the purpose sometime soon.
Later,
Dennis
16  General / Open Forum / Repeal the VA "Civil Remedial Fees" for Traffic Offenses on: July 18, 2007, 12:54:21 PM
Thanks for that answer, David.  There is so much going on when the legislature is in session, and the issues I follow are usually associated with women's rights, religious freedom and civil liberties.  I guess I just didn't see this one in the legislation I was following and writing my rep's about.  I certainly don't recall seeing much coverage of the issue, though if you say there was I must've just missed it.

I did see that the law stipulates that offenses prior to July 2007 can't be used when assessing past behavior for setting the fine... um "fee".  We'll see what the courts say with the first challenge, I guess.

Yes, all sales- ( usually use-) based taxes are somewhat regressive, but unlike groceries (no choice but to eat), if you can afford the car, maintenance & repairs, insurance, and fuel, you can pay the tax.   It would've also been a way to encourage less consumption without mandating it, and to be honest, Virginia's fuel taxes seem to be less than many of the surrounding states, judging by the way gas prices jump as you cross state borders.  

Again, because fines are stipulated as you outlined, they gave it another name so that they could get the money into highway funds - but it's still a fine in my book, as I've outlined above.  If they wanted traffic fines to fund highways, they should have amended the Constitution so as not to have to play these word games, and they wouldn't have had to add yet another layer of bureaucracy and administration that will inevitably result.  One wonders where all the lottery money goes, and how states without lotteries manage to fund education (our property tax rates sure seem to be comparable).  But that's another topic...

Later,
Dennis
17  General / Open Forum / Repeal the VA "Civil Remedial Fees" for Traffic Offenses on: July 18, 2007, 07:30:00 AM
Yes, Dave, that's what they're calling them.  But in my estimation this is a wordgame that simply isn't fooling anyone.  I know that the larger population doesn't mind taxes as long as someone else is paying them, and I know the legislators can't face their constituents when it comes to taxes - so this was the cowardly way out.  

"Fees" imply that the payor is receiving some special service from the state, and that the fee is to cover the cost of providing this service.  In this case, it is a fee in name only.  To the person paying it, it is a fine, because it is only assessed as a result of conviction of a driving offense.  And the fee is not intended to cover the cost of enforcement or anything associated with the offense - it is a tax assessed only to those who commit driving offenses.  

As I said, I'm sure this is headed to court.  You can call a pig a duck if you like, but in reality, it's still a pig.  This is still a tax - a very high tax - that is being assessed only to a small group in order to pay for road maintenance and improvements that the entire population uses.  This is what makes it unfair.  Secondly, the fact that the tax ("fee") is only applied to in-state drivers proves that it is a tax, and that they are being treated unequally as a class when it comes to assessing it, because they face a jeopardy that out-of-state drivers do not face for committing the same offense.  To me, this creates an unequal treatment under the law of a class of persons.

What I hadn't read is what happens if a person refuses to pay that special tax?

It would only have taken a couple cents increase in the state gas tax to generate the $62 million I heard mentioned.  This was the proper way to raise the funds, and with $3 gas, would mean what - 20 cents increase in the cost of a $30 fill-up?  

What a gutless bunch of legislators we have who do this kind of thing like thieves in the night.  

Dennis
18  General / Open Forum / Repeal the VA "Civil Remedial Fees" for Traffic Offenses on: July 14, 2007, 06:57:34 PM
Personally, I think an increase in the gasoline tax is much fairer.  To add these "fees" rather than "fines" is just disingenuous.  So the state would really prefer that everyone obey the laws and their $62Million disappear?  Riiiight.  As I understand it, the court's authority is to set fines - not "fees".  These kinds of revenue measures are simply dishonest.

Dennis
19  General / Open Forum / More fun in Virginia on: July 14, 2007, 06:39:14 PM
This still strikes me as denying equal protection and may also violate the 8th Amendment.  No doubt in my mind this will be tested in court.  It is one thing to warn people to behave, but I have now seen 2 highway patrolmen lie - issuing tickets for speeds (in one case FAR) beyond the actual speed detected.  In this case it was proven in court that the speed charged was beyond the physical capabilities of the vehicle!  It's like warning women to stay out of dark places because they might be raped - not recalling that the rape is the crime.

You don't have a right to see the detector - literally, a motorist is presumed guilty.  This law will make the officers on the power trip even more liable to exaggerate the speed.  Funny how we can have cameras on board but no need to show the speed,, eh?  Speed limits (Virginia is lower than many other surrounding states) have become revenue generators, and the speed limit has little to do with safety (55 -60) all the way past Petersburg?)
 
As far as I am concerned this is completely ludicrous.  Sign the on-line petition.  Raise the gasoline tax if they need more money for roads.

Dennis
20  Results / Autocross / Results for Mother's Day Event May 13 on: May 20, 2007, 05:46:58 PM
Hi Dave,  Well I don't know what's up because I'm using Safari now, and it stills shows the htm as source code.  Wish it would just create a text file.  Oh well, I have a Windoze box that shows it OK.
Later,
Dennis
21  Results / Autocross / Results for Mother's Day Event May 13 on: May 20, 2007, 04:21:03 PM
Also forgot to mention that the results don't appear as a web page to me (on my apple).  It is html source code.  Is the generator specifically putting out code for Internet Explorer or something?  I'm using Firefox

[Edited on 20-5-2007 by askeptic]
22  Results / Autocross / Results for Mother's Day Event May 13 on: May 20, 2007, 04:18:23 PM
I notice that the results are not posted at myautoevents, and was wondering whether they will be.  I think for the sake of consistency we should always post them one place or the other.  

Also, we're going to need full names in order to get the trophys made properly

Later,
Dennis
23  Results / Autocross / Results posted with the event on MyAutoEvents.com on: March 28, 2007, 04:50:13 PM
Hi Keath,
It looks to me like the results aren't accurate because some times are in seconds and some are in minutes and seconds, but all seem to be handled mathematically as seconds.  So there are some 62 second times that are showing as better than 61 second times, for example, because the 61-second time is listed as 101.xxx and the 62-second time is listed as 62.xxx

Looks like all the times that go over a minute are going to need to be re-calculated based on times stated as seconds.
Later,

Dennis
24  General / Open Forum / Oh well on: December 25, 2006, 09:03:27 PM
Regardless of my own humble opinion, in order to follow the rules I went with the Falken Azenis tires.  

Wishing all a prosperous and happy new year!

Dennis

[Edited on 26-12-2006 by askeptic]
25  General / Open Forum / Oh well on: December 23, 2006, 11:52:27 PM
Thanks David.  I see your point - but I also don't know anyone driving stock -- which to me really encourages the daily driver to autocross -- using R's either.  But what I see as an inconsistency in the rules is the statement at the beginning:

14.1 AUTHORIZED MODIFICATIONS - STS
A. All Solo Rules Stock Category allowances, plus all allowances
contained in 14.1 through 14.10.

i.e. - it just said everything was allowed, but then disallows certain tire types.  Personally, I'm of the opinion that the tire restriction ought to be on stock as well, since that tire is hardly a "stock" tire.

[Edited on 24-12-2006 by askeptic]
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