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76  Events / Autocross / Autocross & Rally Combo on: January 09, 2006, 06:52:20 PM
We're looking at holding an autocross at the Danville airport.  I just spoke to an autocrosser who said that it's a 5th gear course.   Of course, no pun inteneded, there will be a rally to take you out there.  Stay tuned.:bounce:
77  Events / Road Rally / AAAAAMEN. on: November 13, 2005, 06:58:16 PM
Autumn's Fire: Last Rally

Congratulations to Keath and Donna Marx for the successful prosecution of an easy course rally.  The rally started in Varina and ended at The Virginia Diner.  Lots of folks were involved: workers, contestants, and even a dog.  Life was good.  Everyone got to the end.  Keath designed a course rally that everyone enjoyed.  First place went to a Stock team.

There were teams from North Carolina, the Virginia Motor Sport Club and the Old Dominion Region of SCCA.  

A rally requires intellectual cognizance and teams exhibited marvelous intellectual activity.  

Results will be posted soon.

Alas, this is the last rally of the 2005 season.  I lament the passage of another year without the participation of all the club members.  Next year offers you a chance to get involved.
78  General / Technical Help / Measurements on: October 28, 2005, 04:55:59 PM
I tested the compression of my 18V engine and found that it's at 150 or so, but within 10% of the lowest/highest number.  However, a vacuum gauge test indicated that the valve guides are worn.  Is there any need to correct the worn valve guides since the vacuum readings become normal at engine RPM greater than 1000?

79  General / Open Forum / set those clocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on: October 28, 2005, 04:39:06 PM
Roger that.  And you can get actual time at WWV by calling 303-499-7111/  However, if you've read Stephen Hawkins's A Brief History of Time you find that time is relative, and that it curves depending on the mass of bodies twixt here n there.

I guess I could try that argument at the next road rally.

Chuck Edwards
80  General / Open Forum / You thought autocrossing was hard... on: October 28, 2005, 04:34:47 PM
Actually, I thought autocrossing was visceral, but not hard.  To me things that are intellectually challengiing are hard.  E vu?
81  General / Technical Help / Wheel Studs on: October 28, 2005, 04:16:54 PM
Should this be part of our Technical inspection?
82  General / Technical Help / Magnets on: October 28, 2005, 04:14:50 PM
Yes, but is that what you think the half-life is?
83  General / Open Forum / Economic advantage on: October 28, 2005, 04:12:31 PM
Younger members may not wish to respond, partially due to the remoteness of my concern and partially due to their lack of understanding of economic questions.

I'm getting old.  I calculate that my primary car will become unreliable at approximately the same time that my earning ability will become unreliable.  Therefore, I ask....

Using discounted present value analysis should I go forward based on what it dictates?, or...

Using my interpretation of my personal circumstances should I plan replacement that way?

PS: Don't respond unless you understand what pv=(fv/1.+i)squared means.  What no reponses?  Y'all should have all flunked Economics 101.

Chuck Edwards

Whaddya mature folks thinK?

Chuck Edwards
84  General / Technical Help / Wheel Studs on: October 28, 2005, 09:34:30 AM
I was able to find the answer:

Size of
Bolt or Stud-Mininum Number of Turns




1/2" - 8

9/16" - 8
85  General / Technical Help / Wheel Studs on: October 28, 2005, 08:39:18 AM
I'm preparing to mount some wheels that have a thicker center than the originals and I fear that the studs are too short.

Anyone know the length of stud that the lug nut should grasp?

Chuck Edwards
86  General / Technical Help / Magnets on: October 28, 2005, 06:02:22 AM
Thanks, Pasha.  Any idea what the half-life of the charge is?
87  General / Technical Help / Magnets on: October 28, 2005, 05:25:50 AM
I swapped hubs on my GT and forgot that I had magnets attached to the old one.  So, I got new rare earth magnets, pulled the appropriate hub, and installed them.  However, I got no pulse at the computer.  Then I remembered that the south pole of the magnets must face the pick-up unit.

I have no compasss, so how can I determine the north pole from the south pole of the magnets, except by trail and error?

Chuck Edwards
88  General / Technical Help / Brake Pads on: October 27, 2005, 11:52:21 AM
I removed the brake pads from the LF wheel before I
took my car for state inspection, 'cause I like to know what
they're gonna find.  The car has 53,000 miles on it
and measurement indicates about 50% of usable pad is
gone.  I'll probably replace them in the late summer
of 2006.

I looked at TireRack and found OEM pads for not much
money, and found ceramic pads for twice the price.
Are the ceramics likely to last twice as long or
merely stop the car better?

Chuck Edwards
89  Events / Road Rally / National Rallys on: October 25, 2005, 10:52:05 AM
Got this explanation from Dave Head:

First, the proposed change is for 2007.  It's too late to change anything for 2006 because of SCCA rules for making changes don't allow that.  So, it doesn't affect what we're going to do for next year.

Yes, Nationals and Divisionals would be elimianted under the proposal.  All SCCA road rallies would be "regionals", its just that regionals that are over 200 miles and 24 controls (or whatever the RRB decides is appropriate for National status at the time, as it is supposed to be 180 miles and 24 controls next year) would be "regionals for lifetime points" as well as carrying double the 5 championship points that other regionals carry.  So, the "regionals for lifetime points" would be the equivalent of Nationals, but would still be "regionals".  The details will have to be worked out, if this is adopted at all, but the likelihood of it being adopted is pretty good.  Hardly anyone was heard opposing the idea.

This is meant to help the availability of National championship rallying.  _Any_ SCCA sanctioned road rally could be used to accumulate National championship points.  Each of the 8 (?) rallies you guys are putting on this year would carry 5 National Championship points to win.  That's 40 points to anyone that could win all 8, in any class - a win in "vintage" class is equal to a win in "E" class is equal to a win in "S" class.  You could even mix and match equipment classes, but your win points would go into your lifetime points ranking class - senior, expert... grandmaster - there are 4 classes and I can't remember the ranking or the names.  Only 10 more points would be necessary to get a national championship, which might be accrued by running and winning a couple more rallies in another region or maybe one of the "regional for lifetime points" rallies like Catoctin Monte or Wonderland rallies that were run out of DC.

Anyway, the idea is that people shouldn't have to get on airplanes and spend great gobs of vacation time (away from family) in order to do well in the National Road Rally Championship.  This looks like it would work, and frankly, I'm excited.  Rallies run locally might pick up 1 or 2 more cars from closer National rallyists like Chuck Lauroere and Rick Beatty, and/or Bruce Gezon and Fred Mapplebeck, as well as maybe Jack von Kaenel and Jim Friedman, who came to our National last year.  IOW, it cuts both ways - the local rallies could attract a few more people that are interested in National points.
90  Events / Road Rally / National Rallys on: October 25, 2005, 08:56:34 AM
To: "SCCARoadRally" <>
From: "R. Bruce Gezon" <>  Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 16:15:04 -0400
Subject: [SCCARoadRally] Proposal for 2007 SCCA Championship Series

Subject: Proposal for 2007 SCCA Championship Series

The following proposal was presented by me at the USRRC Town Hall Meeting on Saturday.  Many of us fear that we will see the demise of the National RoadRally Championship in the near future and I am hoping to have suggested a format that would entice the many regional and local rallyists to become envolved.
Thanks for your interest in rallying.  And thanks for whatever comments you can offer to this forum.  Please feel free to share this proposal with whomever you choose.  More discussion is better than less.
Bruce Gezon
Proposal for 2007 SCCA Championship Series


RoadRally Town Hall Meeting - October 22, 2005



Premise – Realign the current National RoadRally Championship to bring all levels of competitors into a single series for the enhancement of the sport.


Format – Eliminate National and Divisional Rallies and replace with Regional Rallies.


Rally Format – Each SCCA Regional Rally will use either the RRRs or their own regional Rally Regulations.  The regulations to be used will be identified in the entry flyer.  The type of rally will be clearly identified as Course, Tour, or GTA (Gimmick).  Compliance with the event regulations will be administered by the RRB only in those cases where the RRRs are to be used.


Classes – Championship classes to be Course, Tour and GTA and will be further separated through classification by Lifetime Points.  Year-end award to be made in Lifetime Point categories of Grand Master, Master, Expert, and Senior (all non classified entrants will be considered to be in the Senior Classification) for each championship class.  Individual Class determined by Lifetime Points ranking as of January 1 of Championship year.  Future Lifetime Points will be awarded on those events complying with existing RRRs having a minimum length of 180 miles and will be designated as a Lifetime Points Rally.  Championship Points earned for these events will count as two events.


Championship Points – Points to be awarded per the RRRs in whichever regional class the entrant is entered on the individual event.  Each of the twelve Championships to be based on the point total of an individual’s best ten finishes.  No worker points will be awarded.
91  Events / Road Rally / Registration is Open for Autumn Fire on: October 25, 2005, 08:33:16 AM
Autumn Fire is the last rally in the 2005 VMSC and ODR-SCCA calendars.  Rallymasters Keath & Donna Marx offer a new concept.  To register go to

Chuck Edwards
92  Events / Road Rally / Thanks to all on: October 24, 2005, 07:19:31 AM
Thanks to all the competitors who ran the 2005 edition of The Old Dominion Rally.  Many thanks to the workers who waited by the road while rally cars circled and pounced.  Thanks to those workers who had to dash at great speed to open controls on time.  It all worked out and the top three cars were Mark Sanetrik and Larry Green (SCCA), Dave and Fran Lumpkin (SCCA), and Gordon Paterson and Pasha Paterson (VMSC).

By the way, there was no sign reading "Res Mea".  It's a legal term meaning Guilty Knowledge.Cheesy

Chuck & Betsy
93  Events / Road Rally / Thanks to all on: September 19, 2005, 08:17:34 AM
The Old Dominion Region of SCCA and the Virginia Motor Sport Club announce the 2005 Old Dominion Rally on October 22, 2005.

Start:   Amtrak Station, 112 N. Railroad Ave, Ashland, VA 23005
   Registration opens at 9:00 AM.  First car is off at 10:31.

Directions:   I-95 to Exit 92 onto Route 54 West to Ashland.  Go into downtown Ashland, turn right just before the railroad tracks; then left at the first opportunity to cross the tracks, then left to the train depot.

What:      The Old Dominion Course Rally is designed to challenge Novice rallyists and to be stimulating for Tour-accustomed contestants.  Careful planning will assist all rallyists to arrive at critical controls, though maybe not on time.

Special Leg:   Contestants will be taken to the door of Patrick Henry's home, Scotchtown, and given time to tour individually.

Geography:   The rally will take place in the town limits of Ashland and the counties of Hanover and Louisa, Virginia.  Good county maps can be found at <>

Classes:   Novice, Stock, Limited, and Equipped.  Go to <> for definitions.
Additional Information:
Registration:   Go to the Old Dominion Region website and click on Rally Info or go to
94  Events / Autocross / Next Acca Auto-x on: September 13, 2005, 07:20:54 AM
An autocross is truly a large undertaking and my thanks go to all of the workers, competitors, the Acca Shriners, and all the hangers-on.  Special thanks go to David Ogburn, co-OD and Jeff Chenery, Course Consultant.  This geezer rallyist is beginning to see how autocrosses are done.

The next Acca event is March 19, 2006.  That'll give you the months of December, January, and February to make adjustments.

Don't forget that three rallies remain this year.  All can be found at .

Chuck Edwards
95  Events / Road Rally / Hoo Hah! on: December 31, 1969, 05:00:00 PM
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