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401  General / Open Forum / Re: My Garage Build - The Airboxer Garage on: July 20, 2012, 05:44:58 PM
That's more like it!  220whp is around where you thought it should be, right?  Now you get to learn to drive the car for a 3rd time, I bet that extra 45hp and lots more torque throughout the whole rev range will make quite a difference.
402  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Where to buy a helmet? on: July 19, 2012, 07:24:27 PM
I agree with Chris that the internet has the best deals.  There are usually sizing charts so that you can measure your head and then figure out what size you need.  Make sure to get a SNELL approved helmet, not just a DOT approved one.  If you plan on doing a track day/HPDE in the next 10 years, get a SNELL SA-rated helmet.

If you're set on buying locally, a motorcycle place might not be bad.  I doubt they'd have an SA-rated helmets, but they should have some SNELL M-rated helmets (good enough for autocross).  I'd also give Carl's Racing Products a call.  They're in the Hanover Air Park.  I'm pretty sure he doesn't stock any helmets, but he may be able to order some.  They're great to deal with and have pretty competitive prices.  The closest place I can think of that definitely sells true motorsports helmets is OG Racing in Sterling...kind of far.
403  Events / Other Events / Re: Movie and Garage Night? on: July 18, 2012, 03:17:16 PM
The 17th probably works for me.  It's certainly no worse than the 9th (that's the night before I leave for VIR).
404  Events / Other Events / Re: Movie and Garage Night? on: July 17, 2012, 05:51:17 PM
August 16th as in the 3rd Thursday?  When we have the club meeting?  Might be hard to pull that date off.

I've got terrible taste in movies (but that may work for this).  I'd highly recommend the original Gone in 60 Seconds if people haven't seen it.  Also, The Driver is a great movie.  I have it, but we'd have to make sure a VCR could be hooked up to the projector...does the projector have an RCA input?
405  Events / Other Events / Re: Movie and Garage Night? on: June 28, 2012, 11:04:13 AM
I'll be there as long as I'm not traveling for work that week.  I have some Dixie beer in my fridge and enough Sam Adams Summer varieties to cover a few people.
406  General / Classifieds / Re: WTB: NA Miata springs/suspension pieces on: June 25, 2012, 08:33:41 AM
i could possibly hook you up on springs, if you're interested in shocks too and you have good stock replacements to trade. i'm actually looking to down-grade.

more significantly though, i'm letting go of my kazera kz-m's. wearing kuhmo ecsta xs's at the wear bars. enough life left for lots of practice. $400.

Thanks for the reply.  What shocks and springs do you have?  I have several sets of stock NA shocks, am unsure of condition though.  Our backup plan is to drill holes in one of those sets and re-fill them with some combination of ATF and gear oil.

On the wheels, unfortunately because of the 200 treadwear limits in ChumpCar and LeMons, I can't use the tires and I can't spend $400 on wheels.  If you get to the point where you want to let them go for much less (like $200), let me know.
407  General / Classifieds / Re: WTB: NA Miata springs/suspension pieces on: June 19, 2012, 01:28:38 PM
Good point, if anyone has coilover sleeves or 2.5" spring, we could use those.
408  General / Classifieds / WTB: NA Miata springs/suspension pieces on: June 18, 2012, 11:23:12 AM
I'm looking for a set of springs for my 1991 Miata.  Anything stiffer than stock will do.  I'm not picky, but since they're going on a LeMons car the price has to be right.  In addition to a small amount of cash, I can also offer you the satisfaction of knowing that your parts will be on THE MOST AWESOME MIATA EVER!  If you've got a set of springs taking up space and don't mind getting rid of them cheap, let me know.

On a similar note, if you've got any other Miata suspension pieces (shocks/struts, bushings, sway bars, 15" wheels) or spares sitting around, drop me a line.
409  General Category / Announcements / Re: 06/10/2012 Lost and Found on: June 11, 2012, 07:05:25 PM
I forgot to pick up my green folding chairs.  If they are in the trailer then they are good till next month.
Gene Cooley

Yup, they're in the trailer.
410  General Category / Announcements / 06/10/2012 Lost and Found on: June 11, 2012, 06:29:59 AM
Had a couple of items left behind at the autocross this weekend.  Get in touch with me via PM and describe them to me if they're yours.

- tire pressure gauge
- chairs
411  Results / Autocross / Re: 06/10/2012 Results on: June 11, 2012, 06:17:37 AM
all tires have an optimal temp range.  race compounds are usually a higher temp range than street tires, but they all "fall off" once they're too hot.  just use a garden sprayer to cool them down between runs.
412  Results / Autocross / Re: 06/10/2012 Results on: June 11, 2012, 03:34:04 AM
Thanks! Is it possible to include the heat the person drove in? I always like to do some statistics with all the times and it would be interesting to see if there are trends as the day progressed.

see the attached Excel sheet.
413  Results / Autocross / 06/10/2012 Results on: June 10, 2012, 02:31:39 PM
Results from today's race are posted here on MyAutoEvents.  I had to manually enter the first several people's first runs manually, so they show up as the last runs in the "Detailed Results" section.

Our next event will be a Novice school on July 28th followed by an autocross on the 29th, back at RIR.  See you then.
414  Events / Other Events / Re: Movie and Garage Night? on: June 07, 2012, 12:15:59 PM
Good idea and good list!

Love the idea, but... inside the garage?  Shocked
Who has enough room in their garage for people to watch a movie? 

Just move the car(s) out of the way...they don't need to watch the movie!
415  General / Open Forum / Re: Potential sites nearby on: June 01, 2012, 07:21:27 AM
Chesterfield County Stalker Citizen GIS confirms that it's the "Public Safety Training Complex".

Owner Name: County of Chesterfield
Parcel Address: 13900 Allied Rd
Total Assessment: $1,668,300.00
Zip Code: 23836

If you zoom in far enough on the map, it shows the Training Complex label up at the North end of the property.

I've mentioned this to Danielle.
416  General / Open Forum / Re: Potential sites nearby on: May 31, 2012, 02:56:52 AM
That does look interesting.  It's a county training complex.  All I've ever heard is that we can't run on Chesterfield County property.
417  General / Open Forum / Re: both co-drivers one heat? on: May 30, 2012, 10:09:02 AM
418  General / Open Forum / Re: both co-drivers one heat? on: May 30, 2012, 08:03:05 AM
Co-drivers in the same heat is pretty standard. It will not be a problem. You will not be able to ride with your co-driver, but can coach as much as you want between runs.


Clarification - the rules state you cannot do ride alongs prior to or during your heat if you want season points for that race.  The ODs can grant an exception...or if you don't care about the points, feel free to do whatever you want.  We actively encourage new people to ride along with more experienced folks and often ask experienced people to ride with novices who are having problems with the course.
419  Results / Autocross / Total points after first 3 events on: May 07, 2012, 05:57:46 PM
The attached file has everybody's total points after the first 3 events.  This includes autocross points, attendance points for meetings and points for OD'ing or co-OD'ing events.  These will somehow be grouped together and manipulated into determining trophies for members at the end of the year.
420  General / Classifieds / Re: WTB - Cheap Daily Driver (Dependable, but Ugly) <$1500 on: May 07, 2012, 02:21:44 PM
I don't know of anyone getting rid of a car, but you can pick up mid 90s Mazda Proteges or For Escorts on Craigslist in your price range.  They're fairly indestructible and cheap/easy to fix if one of the few important parts does happen to need replacing.

My recommendation for whatever car you do look at is to bring a jack and a compression tester.  Jack up each front wheel by the control arm and try and move the tire in/out by holding it at the 12 and 6 positions and the 3 and 9 positions to check for play in the ball joints/tie rods/wheel bearings.  Check for oil leaks (wet oil spots...just dirty is fine), check the condition of whatever fluids you can get to (at least coolant and engine oil).  Compression test it too, if any of the cylinders are a little low it's usually okay...put a capful of motor oil into that cylinder and test again, if it increases, it's the rings...should be fine once warmed up (and you can use it as a negotiation point with the seller).  I usually take a wheel off each end and check the brakes and bushings too, just to understand the condition of the vehicle.
421  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: VMSC Autocross RIR May 6, 2010 photos on: May 06, 2012, 05:41:57 PM
VTEC just kicked in yo

That must have been that run where I blacked out...that's the same run that all those cones got knocked over by the finish Wink
422  Results / Autocross / 05/06/2012 Results on: May 06, 2012, 04:44:41 PM
Results for today's autocross are posted here on MyAutoEvents.  The class referenced as "XPro" or "Pax" is actually the street tire class...I'll get the name updated for the next event.

Our next autocross is on June 10th, registration is open here.
423  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: SOON on: May 01, 2012, 04:10:13 PM
Excellent.  I've always thought these are gorgeous cars.
424  General / Classifieds / WTB: cheap 15" 4x100 wheels on: April 30, 2012, 03:26:56 PM
I'm looking for some wheels for our Miata LeMons car.  It's 4x100, I prefer something 15x6.5" or 15x7" but 15x6" would be okay if the price is right.  Offsets can range from 30-45.  Trying to keep weight to 16lbs or less per wheel.

Looking to spend $200 or less for the set, will definitely not pay top dollar but I have cash available immediately...also, what cooler fate for your old crap than to wind up on a LeMons car.  Will trade for some 255/45/17 Hoosier A6s with 50% life left Cheesy

If you have any or know of something out there, let me know.  Thanks.
425  General / Classifieds / (2) 255/45/17 Hoosier A6s ~50% left on: April 30, 2012, 03:21:02 PM
My Dad has two used 255/45/17 A6s with ~50% life left in them.  They're probably 4 or 5 years old.  If someone wants them, let me know and they can have them for cheap/free depending on how much work I have to do to get them to you.  He's coming down to VA at the end of June and I can have him bring them down then.

Post here, shoot me a PM or email (president at vmsc dot org) to claim.
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