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1  Events / Autocross / Abject apologies to everyone I stiffed today. on: April 13, 2014, 02:34:12 PM

To give you some idea how frazzled I was this morning: I just now [16:60] got in from walking out to fetch the newspaper, and discovered that today is Sunday.  Pasha and I spent seven hours on the road yesterday going up onto Fort Valley on the Massanutten mountain to spread my brother's ashes in Passage Creek.  My nephews plied me with 15-year old Glenlivet which brightened my mood somewhat, but had me waking up mid-morning without even a vague notion of what day it is or that I was supposed to be somewhere doing something.

I'll be there next time.  No, really.
2  General / Open Forum / Re: My Garage Build - The Airboxer Garage on: December 28, 2013, 10:13:36 AM
Silly me ... I thought you were talking about the building a car, not building the garage !!  Wink
3  General / Open Forum / Re: Who's around next weekend? on: December 23, 2013, 02:11:10 PM
I'll be at C&CR Saturday morning 8-10, and free the rest of the time.

I couldn't' talk Lāle into coming, but I'll be there.
4  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Dyno Day Sign-up on: January 30, 2013, 05:35:33 PM

I'm up for it --- see you 10:00 23Feb

5  General / Classifieds / Re: For sale: 17" ASA wheels and tires on: January 30, 2013, 05:30:33 PM

Oh all right already.  You can't blame a fellow for trying.
So make me an offer!  Wheels and tires could be sold separately.


6  General / Open Forum / Re: Dyno Day on: January 16, 2013, 07:38:23 AM

I would prefer the 2Mar date ... gives me  more time to run in my ST's new motor.  But I'm in, whatever date gets picked ... I'll just have to take a couple of nice leisurely trips is all.

OH darn!  Poor ole me, I'll have to drive my new wheels.
7  General / Classifieds / For sale: 17" ASA wheels and tires on: January 12, 2013, 01:53:03 PM
For sale:
  ASA 17" wheels, 7" wide, 50mm offset, fits 4x110mm or 4x104mm hubs.
    (yes, that's 8 holes in the hub)

  mounted with:
    Kumho Ecsta V710 225/45 R17 tires, run only 8 events.

Original cost: $185 + $235 each, or $1680 for the set.
50% sale price: $799 for the set.

I will have them with me at the first VMSC autocross. (not yet scheduled)

8  General / Open Forum / Re: Potential sites nearby on: June 01, 2012, 01:02:31 PM
Back before the saftey nazis found out we were using county property, an officer who was then an instructor at the county's pursuit driving school used to come our to watch us run at Cloverleaf Mall.  He even ran our course in his police cruiser a couple of times.  If this is the same facility on which he does his instructing, we should at least ask if it might be for rent on a weekend.  Does anyone remember his name?
9  Pictures and Media / General Pictures and Media / Re: See? Porsches aren't just pretty faces... on: June 01, 2012, 12:56:49 PM
No, but they sure can be prickly-assed sometimes!
10  General / Open Forum / Re: membership card on: May 08, 2012, 02:10:44 PM
Using the time-honoured tradition of "forgivness is easier to get than permission",
1) Copy a VMSC logo file from Checkpoints or the home page.
2) Paste into a Word file.
3) Surround it with whatever text sounds good to you.
4) Print the resulting file, trimming your new "card" as needed.
5) Copy the result and send it in.

How they gonna know?  Cheesy
11  Events / Autocross / Re: 6 May Autocross on: May 06, 2012, 09:38:01 PM
SUPER course!!
Open, flowing, and a challenge for drivers to find the good line
instead of driving between two walls of cones.

I nominate Gunny as official course layout consultant!
12  General Category / Announcements / SFVA in Chapter 7 bankrupcy - Meadow Event Park status questionable on: March 10, 2012, 08:28:45 AM
The State Fair of VA organization is bankrupt and
   its creditors have siezed control of Meadow Event Park.
   SFVA is disbanded, all employees are let go. 

As a result of this action, SFVA will no longer produce their events, which includes the Strawberry Hill Races, the State Fair of Virginia and the Meadow Highland Games & Celtic Festival. Additionally the privately scheduled events at The Meadow Event Park will not be able to take place.
13  Events / Autocross / Re: Evolution Performance Driving Schools at Meadow Event Park on: March 09, 2012, 06:43:17 PM
Yet another casualty of the State Fair of Virginia bankruptcy ...
Sigh.  Sad
14  Pictures and Media / General Pictures and Media / Re: And you thought we used a lot of cones... on: July 29, 2011, 08:42:10 AM

but it sure makes the course really easy to follow ...

15  Results / Autocross / Shenandoah Region PCA autoX 9Apr2011@RIR on: April 21, 2011, 12:05:32 PM
may be found here: 
by time:
by class:
16  Events / Autocross / Re: online registration for 2011 season on: March 09, 2011, 12:15:16 PM
 Huh?  As of 14:15 Wed 9 Mar, still no events for VMSC on
17  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: "50 Years Sideways" on: February 19, 2011, 03:38:26 PM
I tried, and got:
"This video has been removed by the user. "
18  Events / Autocross / Re: New Yorker could be moving to VA! on: July 10, 2010, 07:33:13 AM
Welcome to the sunny southland!!  At least in VaBeach you will have the ocean breeze to insulate you from the 100+ temps we have had for the last week or so.  And when (not if!) you come up to Richmond for autocrossing and your stomach is feeling homesick you can try out our NY Deli at:  It has been a local favorite for as long as I can remember.
19  Results / RoadRally / T5.5 results on: May 26, 2010, 08:02:37 AM
TipToe Thru The Tulips #5  (aka T5.5) was run Saturday 22 May 2010

We avoided the rains, the roads were fast and fun, and had no whining at the end.  A good day!
Thanks to all the contestants, without whom all the effort would have been for naught.
Special thanks to Charlie Passut for doing the SCCA safety check and working checkpoints
during the event.  Thanks also to Lāle and Julia for helping their crazy husbands play rallymasters
and to Betsy Edwards for taking care of all the SCCA paperwork on our behalf.

Car #TeamClassCP 1CP2CP3CP4CP5CP6TotalPlaceO/A
5McCann / von KaenelEquipped00011021-E1
1Edwards / EdwardsEquipped011410171432-E2
3Marx  / CheneryEquipped25219651583-E4
7Warden/  SenatrikLimited0013470511-L3
2Kuklinski / Siwderski  Novice63200941691111327691-N7
4Ogburn / OgburnStock722100104582011-S5
6Howells / IsemannStock867663513112182-S6

20  Events / Road Rally / T5.5 on: May 24, 2010, 05:30:35 AM
Last Saturday saw the running of "T5.5":  the fifth itereation of our annual "TipToe Thru The Tulips" road rally. on which Pasha and I have been thrashing since early January.  We avoided the rains and had a successful event.  Our sincerest thanks go out to all the contestants and workers who made it so.

No one who hasn't actually done it can ever fully appreciate how much work goes into putting on a rally.  First there is all the running of roads, searching out checkpoint locations, and working out the route.  And then begins all the administrivia of formally measuring the course, publishing the general instructions, the contestant's route instructions, the checkpoint worker's instructions, checkpoint slips, and award certificates.  Then comes the actual running of the event, doing all the registration paperwork, and trying to keep everyone on course.  Then at the end comes collecting time records from the checkpoints, and working out the team's final scores.  Whew.

But then comes the really fun part:  handing out awards, schmoozing with the teams, and hearing that everyone had a good time.  That's the part that has kept us doing it for five years.  Every time we finish one, we look at each other and say "Do we really want to go thru this again?"  And then long about November we start having ideas about what we could do if ... and then in January we start it all again.

Right now we're busy enjoying the afterglow of a successful day.  Ask me about another one sometime after Labor Day!

21  Results / Autocross / Re: What should a VMSC newbie expect when coming to an autocross? on: April 12, 2010, 09:15:27 AM
Sooo ......

How did it go?  Did you meet the most important criterion:


22  Results / Autocross / Re: 2009 Results on: March 12, 2010, 01:54:33 PM
WOWZERS !!  This is super !!

Please let's continue making the final points tally abailable each year.
(Maybe even in the Documents section of the site?)
23  Events / Road Rally / 2010 Rally Schedule on: March 12, 2010, 01:31:42 PM
2010 Rally Schedule -- mark your calendars!

DATE ______RALLYMASTER _____________NAME OF RALLY ___________STYLE ________
Mar 27Lonnie HawkinsPicture RallyGTA
May 22Pasha and Gordon PatersonTip Toe Through The TulipsTOUR
Jun 26Greg SmithBlackwater FeverMONTE CARLO TOUR
Aug 14Mark SanetrikDragon's LairTOUR
Sep 25Fat Dog Garage StaffEquinox Road RallyEASY COURSE
Oct 22-24Wash, DC Region, USRRCGTA, TOUR, COURSE
Oct 30Greg WardenSurry Segway SaverFUN

For news and updates, see:

24  Events / Other Events / Re: Membership Meeting Locations - on: January 16, 2010, 02:13:30 PM

Put me down as voting for Panera's at Stony Point.


25  Events / Road Rally / T-5.4 on: May 17, 2009, 11:16:23 AM

The T-5  rally fourth edition (aka TipToe Thru The Tulips) went off without a hitch this past Saturday.  many thanks to the seven teams that showed up to run, and especially to Dave and Fran Lumpkin, who not only came up from NC to do our safety check, but also came back Saturday to work controls. 

Regardless of contrary weather predictions, our fabled luck continued to hold and we had a beautiful morning for a pleasant tour through the Goochland and Louisa countryside.  Even the three novice teams were able to follow the course and make it to the award lunch at the Hickory Notch Grill.  Thanks to the wonders of Excel spreadsheets (and weeks of preparation) Pasha had the scores tabulated and we were able to give out our awards within an hour of the last car clearing the last control. 

Thanks again to all who ran and especially those who worked and helped us put this one on.


PS:  We were a bit puzzled by the small VMSC turnout, but completely gratified by the NC troops who came up to run.  Was there a conflicting event somewhere (again)?
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