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1  General Category / Announcements / Re: Lost Harley tire pressure gauge on: May 12, 2016, 06:30:10 AM
Thanks bunches!!!
2  General Category / Announcements / Lost Harley tire pressure gauge on: May 11, 2016, 02:27:14 PM
From the practice event (may 7). Most likely would have been stuck in one of the grid cones. Thanks iman advance.

-Ben-
3  General Category / Announcements / Re: New to VMSC on: May 11, 2016, 02:24:23 PM
Oh awesome you have a gts you will be autoxing? I autox my na miata but my dd is a 2000 gts. If you get into it and enjoy then I may eventually need to bring the gts just to compare times!!! If I am at the June 5th event I will come find you for a better introduction. Cheers!
4  General / Open Forum / Re: Age of attendees on: October 27, 2015, 07:01:12 PM
OK that is what I thought. I just wanted to make sure. Thanks!
5  General / Open Forum / Age of attendees on: October 25, 2015, 03:47:27 PM
I downloaded the minor release form. My parents have signed it because my little brother and sister want to attend the VMP event. They are 12 and 9. The 12 year old wants to ride, which I believe is the lower limit of the acceptable age to ride. The other one will just come and watch.

Is the 9 y/o allowed to come and watch when his legal guardian is not present (I will be there, but my parents won't)? I need to know so that I don't get out there and then have to drive him all the way back home because he cannot stay.

The other question is whether or not the 12 y/o will be able to ride without a legal guardian present.

Just want to make sure that I am not put in the position of missing the event because they are under age.

Thanks
-Ben-
6  General / Open Forum / Interested in eventually getting into HPDE on: July 16, 2015, 12:08:01 PM
I have a 92 miata, which I think would be a great car for getting me used to track days. I am not sure what I need to do to get started though. I know I need a rollbar, and I have been reading through NASA's GCC, whiCh seems to be for both HPDE and solo comp. I am just interested in the HPDE right now and am not sure what I have to do to my car just for hpde.

The GCC talks a lot about seats and fire extinguishers and all this other stuff that I am not sure applies to me. Yes of course I can never overdo safety on the track, especially in a 23 year old car. However, I think it would be better to take this step by step, rather than try to fit everything all at once before I go.

So what (besides rollbar, looking at a hard dog m1 double diagonal for that) needs to be done to meet the bare minimum requirements? My battery is tied down securely, my engine doesn't leak anything, my wheel bearings are good (one of the front tierods has a very small amount of play, will probably change that out), suspension is good, and the seats are stock with stock belts.

This is an eventual plan and will probably not happen until next year sometime... but I want to start planning things now.

Thanks
7  General / Open Forum / Re: Class rules for rim width on: July 11, 2015, 09:35:02 AM
Ok awesome. I am most likely going to keep my wheels stock width so I can stay in my class. There are still a lot of good rubber choices for them. Thanks for helping me clear this up!
8  General / Open Forum / Re: Class rules for rim width on: July 10, 2015, 03:11:37 PM
Thanks, I read that part but somehow completely missed that. So then if I decided to go wider that would bump me to street touring category correct?
9  General / Open Forum / Re: Class rules for rim width on: July 10, 2015, 11:58:26 AM
Not sure it makes a difference but I am in es class.
10  General / Open Forum / Class rules for rim width on: July 10, 2015, 11:57:38 AM
I have looked through the scca rules and know that I can only change the wheel diameter by 1" and the offset by 7mm, but there is nothing about wheel width.

I know I cannot modify any body panels to fit tires or anything like that, so are wheels of any width legal so long as they fit on the car?

Thanks
11  Results / Autocross / Re: First Quarter Standings on: June 17, 2015, 08:35:14 AM
How do points work?

I am position 42, which is a position below Ben Lawes, who has taken home some much faster times than me... Does this mean that my points are calculated from my PAX time? and how are points even classified, is there somewhere in the SCCA rulebook that I am missing that tells how points are classified?
Thanks
12  General / Open Forum / flat tire on: May 30, 2015, 05:52:31 PM
The car that I was going to run tomorrow has a flat tire. Is there any way at this point that I can either 1) get a refund for both drivers or 2) change my car?

The screw is in the shoulder of the rubber and I am pretty much told that it is not patchable (brand new rubber).

Thanks
13  General / Open Forum / number of runs per event per car on: April 30, 2015, 10:13:11 PM
I have attended 2 events now. Last time I got my brother to run with my car, and now I am trying to get my gf to run. I know the rules say that a car cannot be driven by more than 2 people, but I am wondering if this is per event or just per heat. I want all 3 of us to be able to run may 31st, even if we can do so by all running different heats.

Thanks.
14  General / Open Forum / Re: Modifications allowed in a class on: April 21, 2015, 11:25:08 AM
SCCA Street Rules - if it doesn't specifically say you can do something, then you can't do it.
http://scca.cdn.racersites.com/prod/assets/2015-3-31%20section%2013%20street%20category%20online.pdf

Oh gotcha, I had read that list but I did not understand that (I believe section 15 of that pdf has this info) certain makes will be classed a-f street class. I thought it was like the Need For Speed game where you move from ES class to DS class when you modify the car. Now that I know that I will stay in ES class because my car is a miata, I will worry about what I can do to stay in the Street class.

A simple list for street clas is as follows, in my order of importance:

  • Tires and wheels- pick up a set of Bridgestone RE71R's in a size recommended for your stock wheels or 15" if legal for your car. Do not overtire the car. If you are on 14x6 wheels, you can upsize to 15x6 for better tire sizes (you can +/- 1" in diameter, but retain stock width)
  • Swaybar - You can change out one bar from stock. Miatas usually respond best to a bigger bar in front. Miata.net link probably references the best options.
  • Alignment - good info on miata.net autocross forums.
  • Shocks - Koni single adjustables (best bang for buck)
  • Other mods - drop in air filter in stock airbox (K&N or similar), cat back exhaust

Thanks for the list. I am going to try to learn DIY alignment techniques (handy for adjusting for track days) so that will be a good place to start. I plan to get a spare set of rims and put some dedicated autoX rubber on them, so I will look into the RE71Rs.

Looks like a long enough list to make just about anyone broke for a season.

I think sway bar will be the only other thing I will look into for this season for this very reason Tongue

Thanks all for the info, so much is cleared up now!!!
15  General / Open Forum / Modifications allowed in a class on: April 20, 2015, 01:52:02 PM
I have been looking through the SCCA rules posted under the downloads section here and I cannot seem to find out what modifications can be done to my car while still keeping me in the same class.

I am in the ES class, and drive a '92 1.6L miata. I want to check on what sway bar and tire options I have. I really don't want to leave my class yet because I am still pretty slow in it, but I also want to do a bit of work over the duration of the season to make my car better while I improve my driving skills.

Can someone point me in the direction of where to find out this information please and thanks? I want to try to get an understanding of classing.
16  General / Open Forum / Re: Register 2 people for 1 car on: April 20, 2015, 12:48:03 PM
Yes I did. What I had to do was register my brother like normal, and then at the event after I ran I swapped my numbers out and put his on the car and he ran a different heat (we used tape so we wanted to run separate heats to save us from constant retaping).

Thanks
17  General / Open Forum / Register 2 people for 1 car on: April 15, 2015, 07:54:46 AM
The registration form does not give me the option to use a car that is already registered. Is there another form that I should fill out instead of the regular registration form? Thanks
18  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: Media from 3-29 autocross @ RIR on: April 15, 2015, 07:35:17 AM

(Ben I can send you the 4MB original if you like, had to shrink it for the forum.)


YES PLEASE!!!
19  General / Open Forum / Will an autox event be rescheduled for rain? on: April 14, 2015, 08:57:17 PM
Sunday's forecast is showers and thunderstorms. Does the event still continue as planned?
20  General / Open Forum / Re: Learning my car on: April 07, 2015, 02:38:23 PM
I was actually thinking about that but I am going to try the next event on the factory recommended caliper adjustments. This way I can get a good feel for what I want the brakes to actually be doing, since all I have been doing so far is locking the rears up and then compensating for it in other ways. Time will tell.
21  General / Open Forum / Learning my car on: April 06, 2015, 11:10:23 AM
I had a blast at the 3-29 event. One of my objectives was to learn my car and the way that it handles. To that effect, I wanted to share what my first event has already shown my about my '92 miata.

First up are the brakes. I have only had the car a short time and knew that the brakes were super stiff and had no throw to them. However, the car comes to a stop when I ask it to so I thought the booster just wasn't doing what it was supposed to do. During the event when I would attack the lane change (I am not sure if it is just me being over-stimulated from driving the course, but I did not get a chance to look at my speedometer) I noticed that anytime I so much as touched the brake pedal the back wheels locked up.

With the help of a friend we took a look into the booster and determined that it looked good, so we came up with the idea that the old owner had adjusted the e-brake improperly, and indeed the e-brake was so tight it was preloading the rear calipers and causing any pressure applied to the brakes to lock them up. We adjusted the e-brake and then adjusted the rear calipers and VOILA! The car now dives nicely when the brakes are applied, indicating that the front brakes are doing most of the work. I anticipate a faster time already knowing that I have a significantly reduced braking distance.

Another thing I noticed was the body roll in the slalom. While I cannot fix this at the moment, it really gave me an idea as to how far my tires could be pushed (they are all season)... A snap of the wheel to the opposite direction and the tires immediately respond and take the car that way, and then when the body finally rolls over, the wheels break loose from the weight change and cause the back end to come out. I am going to have to be careful about that one and learn to be smoother with my steering.

Even though these 2 points are mainly what I walked away with, I feel like that is a lot for the first event. I learned to drive a good line too (I will see how well that holds up when we are on a not-novice course). Also, adjusting the brakes so that they catch properly without causing problems really got me hooked into tuning my car! Swiftly addicted.
22  Results / Autocross / Re: Results 29 March 2015 on: March 30, 2015, 09:43:58 AM
Oh right gotcha. Thanks bunches, I forgot about the pax.
23  Results / Autocross / Re: Results 29 March 2015 on: March 30, 2015, 08:46:28 AM
can someone help me understand the results (or point me to a README file)?

My times are posted below:
51.532 45.679 45.150 44.816 43.861

But my total is:
35.439
+0.303

I am not sure what the total is totaling nor what the +.303 is referring too. Thanks in advance.
24  General / Open Forum / supercar autocross experience on: February 18, 2015, 08:08:23 PM
Has anyone attended the event listed in the link below? I am wondering if this deal is legit and if anyone can verify that it has happened on a regular basis (the low price deal). The reason I ask is that for starters I want to do this (call it a once in a lifetime experience perhaps)... Second, the driving age is 21 and my younger bro (diehard lambo fanboy) would flip **** if I got him a pass to drive a lambo (but he just turned 20). So if any of y'all have seen this deal before then there are chances that it will come around again.

https://m.livingsocial.com/events/cities/77-richmond/1308870-ferrari-or-lamborghini-autocross-experience
25  General / Open Forum / Re: getting started: minimum requirements? on: February 17, 2015, 03:06:00 PM
Oh sweet!!! Thanks for the heads up about the downloads page. I was reading the SCCA rules and that was a lot more confusing.

I appreciate all of the feedback. I am not going to be around for the meeting this week but I will be at the next one.

jloehlein: thanks for the heads up about the battery, as mine is currently not tied down.

And thanks, stu. As I was reading through the "Your First Autocross" document I was thinking about trying to find people at the events that would be willing to help a newcomer. As far as the replies here (and the general chat form the other posts) are concerned, everyone seems really friendly and helpful, which makes everything a lot less intimidating.
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