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51  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Tech for Saturday Practice on: June 12, 2015, 03:28:25 PM
Tech/Registration opens at 8:30. Runs start @ 11:00. There are 39 cars registered so I can probably handle it.
Gene Cooley
52  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Tech for Saturday Practice on: June 12, 2015, 12:58:11 PM
I'll be there tomorrow morning to help with tech. Who else is available to tech?
Gene Cooley
53  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: MEP event. on: June 11, 2015, 10:23:33 PM
Bill, we are at RIR this weekend, MEP is in July. I'm assuming you won't be able to tech this weekend?
Gene Cooley
54  General / Open Forum / Re: June 14th AutoX registration on: June 11, 2015, 10:51:10 AM
Simple fix. Just assign all Novices a 1.0 PAX for Sunday. They will run like lemmings.


If anyone is still listed in Novice class but you want to run Open class could you let us know so that we can make the changes to registration before Sunday.
Thanks,
Gene Cooley
55  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Comp Committee Notes for 5/31 on: May 19, 2015, 08:25:27 PM
We have a classing question on car #212/213.  A member has noted that the '98 BMW M3 should be classed in BSP rather than ASP.  A quick look at the rules shows that the '98 BMW (E36) M3 is listed as BSP.  If there's something that I'm missing here let me know, otherwise I'd appreciate it if you could change your info to show BSP.
Thanks,
Gene Cooley
56  General / Open Forum / Re: number of runs per event per car on: May 01, 2015, 10:12:28 AM
If you want to be completely legal you should change the class for the 3rd driver.  The rule says that only 2 drivers can run in the same car in a single class at a particular event. And as Marc said, you should put the third driver in a different heat or run separate heats for each driver.

Gene Cooley
57  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Comp Committee Notes for Sunday 4/19 for Inspectors and Drivers on: April 18, 2015, 12:49:17 PM
Thanks
58  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Comp Committee Notes for Sunday 4/19 for Inspectors and Drivers on: April 17, 2015, 08:06:26 AM
We think that we will have about 100 cars this Sunday at VMP.  I'm trying to have 4 Tech Inspectors and most likely "officially" open Tech at 9:00.  Tech Inspectors will be Charlie Passut, John Peddy, Gene Cooley, and Bill Lloyd (if you can make it, Bill). David Ogburn had to cancel out for Sunday, so I will fill in for him.  As always, Tech Inspectors are available any time during the day to answer questions.

We expect some classing issues, so Tech might take longer than usual to sort out the classes for these cars.  I have some printouts from Jeff Chenery that can help with classing issues.  I'll also print out 4 copies of the Registration List so that each inspector can make notes about classing or tech issues if there are questions about a car.  It is the driver's responsibility to correctly class their car, but if you still have questions after reading the rules just ask and we'll help.

We ask that when your is teched that you have all numbers and classes that the car is running in on the car.

Remember that this is a long course and tire heat and wear will be accelerated.  You need to have enough tread to be legal when you start a run.  No car can start a run with "corded" tires and Tech will be checking tires even more carefully this event.  Minimum requirements for tires are shown under each class.

See you Sunday,
Gene Cooley




 
59  General / Open Forum / Re: Register 2 people for 1 car on: April 15, 2015, 08:10:18 AM
If you have a second number there shouldn't be a problem.
You have to set that up when you register.
Gene Cooley
60  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: April 03, 2015, 02:47:29 PM
Paul, I was thinking about what you said about your problem stopping the car on Sunday.  Is there any chance that boost is getting into the vacuum side of your brake booster?  This was fairly common on turbo cars of the 80s (my Pontiac Sunbird Turbo for instance).  After a long pull the boost would fill the "vacuum" side of the brake booster.  At that point you didn't have brakes until the pressure was gone.  It usually didn't have much noticeable effect on short pulls.
Gene Cooley
61  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Can't make the first event..... on: March 24, 2015, 09:22:55 AM
Thanks Bill. See you at VMP?
Gene Cooley
62  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Another Classing Question: 1976 Mercury Capri on: March 08, 2015, 07:16:04 PM
Not sure how we can handle the handbrake problem.  Since S/M is a street car (or in most cases a "streetable" car) there's a lot of road legal parts still required.  Any way that you can just hook up the parking brake safely without buying parts that you can't use later? 

I think that you are misreading the master cylinder rule.  You are not required to have a competition style dual master cylinder brake system.  Your car and all US spec cars built after a certain date in 1968 are required to have a dual (front/rear) braking system.  Most have a single master that is separated into 2 sections.  If one goes out the other half still functions.   Your car has (had?) this no matter if you have power or manual brakes.  We have a dual master--separate front and rear in a single master cylinder--in the Fiat. 

Bring it out on the 29th and let us have a look at it.

Gene Cooley
63  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Another Classing Question: 1976 Mercury Capri on: March 07, 2015, 05:02:37 PM
where you want to end up is in S/M. 
The question here is whether the Volvo head can be used in S/M. A quick read of the rules say that only the block needs to be considered and you are using the original Ford block.  You should be good.

Gene Cooley

Thanks Gene.  I had not even considered S/M.  I've read through the S/M rules quickly now and it seems a good fit.  I read the rules like you that it seems its the block that has to remain.  Everything else seems OK also.  I'll spend some time with the S/M rules to read everything carefully.



I'll look forward to seeing it when you are ready to bring it out.  We can double check everything then.
Gene Cooley
64  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Another Classing Question: 1976 Mercury Capri on: March 07, 2015, 04:53:23 PM

Note:  I'm still looking for a Street Mod class "expert".

Gene Cooley

I just proved I am not it!

David

X/P would be a good choice if he wanted to go to slicks, especially since his engine of choice didn't require firewall mods to install it.  That's one of the big separators from E/M.

Gene Cooley
65  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Another Classing Question: 1976 Mercury Capri on: March 07, 2015, 08:01:47 AM
It should fit in X/P or E/M and be "legal" but where you want to end up is in S/M.  X/P and E/M are "full prep" race tire, stripped out, highly modified off road classes. 
The question here is whether the Volvo head can be used in S/M. A quick read of the rules say that only the block needs to be considered and you are using the original Ford block.  You should be good.
It's a good idea to read the rules carefully, we can class your car but you still need to have an understanding of the class.  It will save you lots of trouble later.   

Note:  I'm still looking for a Street Mod class "expert".

Gene Cooley
66  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Classing Questions on: February 12, 2015, 07:49:29 AM
Thanks, James!
Gene Cooley
67  General Category / Ask the Competition Committee / Re: Classing Questions on: February 11, 2015, 09:26:01 PM
Mike, as you noted, the Type S is in G/Street.  Apparently it is in STF (with no breakout of "S"/non "S" models).  I don't see where the Type S is excluded, but as you say it's a little confusing.  Let me do some additional research and get back to you.
Gene Cooley
PS:  Check the allowable mods in STF before you decide to run there with just a CAI.
68  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: December 29, 2014, 05:59:56 PM
My first guess is that if the wing isn't original to the car or an option then it's not legal.  If you use the 10" spoiler then you can't keep the wing anyway. 
You need to read through the rules to check bodywork restrictions and get an idea of mechanical restrictions.  It's a pretty open class but it's not "everything's free".  Prepared classes (except XP) are loosely based on Road Race Production class rules rewritten to suit Solo conditions.  They are very specific in some areas and free in others.  It's good to know what they say.
Gene Cooley
PS: It's still a serious looking wing; I'd buy it even if you don't use it.
69  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Barn find C2 vette build! on: December 29, 2014, 08:35:45 AM
Nice!  My first autocross car was a '64 Coupe.
Gene Cooley
70  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: December 29, 2014, 08:30:48 AM
The 2015 Rules are available in draft form.  I used the current 2014 rules for section numbers because it's easier to read.  See Section 17 and the CP area in Appendix A.
The T-Bird is most likely maxed out on aero.  The front spoiler/splitter does not protrude beyond the bodywork (bumper cover in this case) and does not extend beyond the front wheel opening.  I missed the maximum width, but I think it's related to body width.  The rear spoiler is approx. 10" blade width measured from the trunk.  There are no endplates or intermediate support plates.  If there was one, the original wing has been removed as required before you can run the spoiler.
See Section 17.2--O & P.
Section 17.10.C has intake restrictor sizes--52mm and a required location.  (This might be for "limited prep" cars but I think it's for all turbo cars.)
There is also more CP info in Appendix A.
All of this is annoying when you are building a car, but it's been developed over the years by CP participants and if you run any SCCA events you want to be legal.  Also, everything we do affects PAX and year end points for everyone in VMSC.
I'm looking forward to seeing it run in its' new configuration.
Gene Cooley
71  General / Open Forum / Re: FarmBoy Fab: Mindy's Merkur, I title "Progression to RWD" on: December 28, 2014, 12:51:24 PM
I'm not sure where you are going class-wise (Do I see slicks?) but make sure to read the splitter rules before you get too far into construction.  There are several classes where splitters are allowed, but if your splitter functions as a "wing"--air can pass over top and bottom of the splitter--then you have to put body work behind that portion to stop the over/under flow.
Looks good though, we are looking to add a splitter and spoiler to the Fiat.
Gene Cooley
72  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 02, 2014, 08:03:55 PM
ABS (and Traction Control) are a problem in E/M also, unless it is an unmodified system that came on the car.  You can't add either to a car.

There's a chance that the D and E/M ABS rules will be changed eventually.  I tried this year to get a rule change to allow ABS/TC but it was shot down.  Others are still working on it

Gene
73  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 01, 2014, 01:58:26 PM
X/P or E/M?

Can I add some ballast and run it in CAM? Tongue

Classing isn't really a concern.  I'm hoping that once it's sorted out, it'll be a contender for FTD.

Classing is important in that it can make a difference in how you build the car and what kind of safety equipment you need.  There's not too much difference in requirements for X/P and E/M, but if you wanted an X/P car the rules are stricter than E/M (less allowed and more weight).  If you run E/M you can build a lighter car--1850# with most Ford V-8s.

The problem with CAM is that (unless the rules have changed) you can't run R comps or slicks, and also, nobody want to have a 3000# Cobra.  But that was a joke, right???

It's all good though, if we have 5 or 6 cars running for FTD it should be a really interesting year. I'm going to go out and spend some more money on the Fiat...

Keep posting updates,
Gene Cooley 
74  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Factory Five Cobra Build on: December 01, 2014, 07:22:43 AM
X/P or E/M?
75  Results / Autocross / Re: Results from Aug 10th 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 11:49:49 PM
David, I remember the conversation about the 2 GTOs.  I didn't know at the time who was driving which car but the '69 ran in the first heat? so at least its' times should be good for CAM class.

Chris, good catch on the 2006 as I didn't even think about that. 

It's 2:45 AM on Thursday morning and even though I think that I made my point I have to say that this whole thing is making my head hurt...
Gene Cooley



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