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401  General / Open Forum / Re: Garages, you say? on: February 01, 2012, 04:24:29 AM
I don't have a solution, but where in/around Richmond are you staying, how close do you want the garage to be, and what locations have you been looking at so far?  I would imagine the farther you got from Richmond, the cheaper you could find space.
402  General / Technical Help / Re: Classing questions on: January 26, 2012, 05:01:25 AM
It does look like they haven't finalized the 2012 solo rules, they have a draft posted on the SCCA website though.  All the suspension work is fine for STS, but I didn't see anything about the flywheel.  That could put you in CSP (or SM) if it's not allowed.
403  General / Open Forum / Re: Meeting Tonight, Jan 19th on: January 25, 2012, 05:00:46 AM
Also, I notice there is no TVR marque trophy.  Hypothetically speaking, if I bought a decrepit 2500M for a couple grand and campaigned it for a season (plus added the $100, obviously), could that be rememdied?

Absolutely.  We use Bunkie Trinite trophies if you're interested in looking at different styles and pricing.  If you're at the banquet we'll have all the current trophies displayed.  I think the VW one is the most elaborate.
404  General / Open Forum / Re: Meeting Tonight, Jan 19th on: January 22, 2012, 07:51:36 PM
I've been meaning to do this for a while.  I just posted up an explanation of how the points work here.
405  Events / Other Events / Re: 2011 VMSC Annual Banquet on: January 14, 2012, 10:44:21 AM
I don't even know how to respond  Shocked
406  General / Technical Help / Re: Tires for 2012, your input please! on: January 11, 2012, 05:14:25 AM
Hoosiers have a reputation for being the stickiest when new, but falling off more quickly than other tires (maybe only good grip for one season).  I haven't seen any comparisons between the Hoosiers and the Hankooks, but haven't heard anything bad about the Hankooks.  I also need new tires for this season and am going with the Hankooks since they are $80 less per tire than the Hoosiers and $55 less than the Kumhos.
407  Events / Other Events / Re: 2011 VMSC Annual Banquet on: January 06, 2012, 12:52:49 PM
For the fashion-challenged among us (and those who have not attended a VMSC banquet before), what is the recommended dress code?

When the Banquet was a dinner, most people dressed "business casual". Typically a collared shirt and maybe a sport coat for the guys (some wore a suit & tie) and similar attire for the gals. However, now that it's a luncheon, I suspect the dress will be a bit more relaxed?  I didn't go last year so I'm not sure what people wore.

It was the same as usual last year.  I'll likely wear a suit, but that's because I have to speak.
408  General / Classifieds / Re: 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser - $4500obo on: December 25, 2011, 09:35:37 AM
what do you need an f20c for?Huh?Huh?Huh??

I'd like to build a Locost for my next car.  An F20C would work really well, though I think I'll end up using a Miata drivetrain.

BTW, the Land Cruiser has been sold.  Thanks, eBay!
409  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: video of Senna driving an NSX in loafers on: December 19, 2011, 04:41:47 PM
Senna is on Netflix now, available instantly.  Definitely worth watching.
410  General / Technical Help / Re: Tire storage on: December 16, 2011, 05:02:12 AM
There is a tool to remove valve stems, but you don't want that.  You want a tool to remove the core from the valve stem.  The core is the inner piece which actually contains the valve.  See this diagram.  The removal tool usually looks like a screwdriver.  Alternatively, a lot of places sell these 4-way tools.  It's not necessary, but it's certainly the fastest way to remove all of the air from a tire.
411  General / Technical Help / Re: Tire storage on: December 15, 2011, 04:49:04 AM
I follow what Hoosier recommends:

I pull the valve stem cores out, put each tire/wheel in a plastic garbage bag, tie it shut and put them in the guest bedroom.  The Civic tires are small enough that I can fit 8 under a queen bed.
412  Events / Other Events / Re: 2011 VMSC Annual Banquet on: November 27, 2011, 03:10:10 PM
Ask and ye shall receive.  I've edited the original post to add the link in.
413  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Arena Racing on: November 11, 2011, 07:21:56 PM
I went to one of their races last year.  It was pretty entertaining.  And you can't beat the price!  I think even when we had to pay it was only $5.
414  General / Open Forum / Re: Moving to Richmond on: November 08, 2011, 12:39:25 PM
Welcome.  What part of Richmond are you moving to?  There are some good places to eat, like The Black Sheep, over by VCU.  Service is somewhat slow but it's worth the wait.
415  Results / Autocross / Re: 11/06/2011 Results on: November 07, 2011, 06:42:05 PM
Justin, if it isn't a big deal deal to post it, it would be interesting to see the our top ten versus their top ten calculation.


Spreadsheet attached.  I didn't mark down all the members of each club, just the top ones.
416  Results / Autocross / Re: 11/06/2011 Results on: November 07, 2011, 10:12:44 AM
I hate to do this, however, I had only 4 times

56.156+1 56.446+1 55.938+1 55.318 54.318+1

The 56.466+1 was not my time and as far as I know the last run 54.318 was clean. If ot, then I missed it.

However, it was a fun day for me. Loking forward to 2012.

Thanks for a great weekend


Hey Engelbert - I'm not too worried about the erroneous time showing up as it won't affect anything.  Both the computer and paper had a cone on your 54.318, so I've gotta go by that.  If you've got a video that can help disprove that we can take a look.

BTW I think the #1944 / 944 / 9441 crowd were supposed to be under Novice.
Novice just changes where on the results we print your times, not anything else...will make the update if others are required.
417  General / Classifieds / 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser - sold on: November 06, 2011, 05:48:07 PM
1995 Toyota Land Cruiser
Just under 200k miles
Richmond, VA
contact: Justin (justin dot loehlein at gmail dot com)
additional pics here on Flickr

My Dad bought this Land Cruiser 10+ years ago and gave it to me 2 years ago when he got a new truck. It's stock besides some Bilstein shocks, AirLift bags and a Borla muffler.  It's been Danielle's secondary vehicle and we've only put ~5k on it in the last 2 years. We have decided to start looking at homes and given how little we drive this, it's time for it to go. It's a good vehicle, mechanically sound, but not pretty and not without it's flaws. I've done my best to describe it below, focusing on the flaws. If you are interested or have additional questions, PM or email me.

Mechanicals - 7 out of 10
Car was maintained by a reputable local mechanic while owned by my father. I rebuilt the front axles 5k miles ago. It's got new brake pads all the way around (ceramic up front) and new front rotors. Starts with no problems, has an Optima Red Top battery. I've never had any issues driving it, but it's not new. I've had to replace minor things like a muffler hanger, had to drill and re-thread the holes for the primary O2 sensor because the bolt heads rusted off and it sounds like it has a tiny exhaust leak somewhere though I have yet to find it. The engine bay has a thin coating of dirt/dried mud from being taken off road a couple of times.

Exterior - 5 out of 10
It looks good from 20 feet away, but there are a plethora of minor scratches and a few major ones (bumpers, driver's rear fender flare, rear tailgate). The fender flares are all faded and the driver's side rear one is held on with clips that are visible from the exterior as it fell off at one point. The good news is there is no rust on the body, though the running boards and bumpers have some spots on them. The windshield is pitted and has a circular crack the size of a fist (it isn't spreading) where a ball hit it. The tires are practically new Bridgestones with 9-10/32nds of tread still on them.

Interior - 5 out of 10
It's all there and the heat and AC work great. The rear heat has been disconnected. The front seats and steering wheel leather are cracked. The front seats have been covered in quality Wet Okole seat covers, but they are getting old and have some fading and water spots. There are no stains or tears in the rest of the seats. Water leaks into the passenger side footwell from somewhere when it rains (it's not coolant)...could be coming from the cowl? All the electric stuff works, but the driver's side seat doesn't move back and forth like new. The trip odometer doesn't work (the tenths spin, but don't trigger the next digit to roll over). The main odometer does work, so the reported mileage is accurate.

Overall, it's a good vehicle.  I just hate driving it (damn SUVs), don't have the time (or will) to fix the things that are already wrong, and dread what will break next and take time away from my wagon, Civic and the next project I'd like to start.

I'll entertain any and all offers from VMSC members and friends, the $4500obo price is what I'll be listing it on Craigslist for so I wanted to keep the listing here consistent.  Will trade for a lower mileage 2.0L (F20C) S2000 drivetrain, preferably still in the shell of a wrecked car (will throw in cash on my end to balance out depending on shape and complete-ness).

418  Events / Other Events / 2011 VMSC Annual Banquet on: November 06, 2011, 05:24:47 PM
Mark your calendars to come out and join us for our annual VMSC Awards Banquet at Maggiano's restaurant.  This is a great time to catch up with everyone and see where people placed this year, whether or not you expect to get a trophy.

Date:      Saturday, February 11th, 2012
Location: Maggiano's in Short Pump Town Center
Cost:      $25 per person
Noon:     Appetizers and cash bar
1PM:      Lunch
2PM:      Awards ceremony

Registration is open here on MyAutoEvents.  Alternately, bring payment to a membership meeting or mail a check no later than Friday, February 3rd to Dana Cole at:

Dana Cole
553 Raleigh Manor Rd.
Richmond, VA 23229

See you there!
419  Results / Autocross / 11/06/2011 Results on: November 06, 2011, 05:19:02 PM
Results for the 11/6 autocross have been posted here on MyAutoEvents.  Thanks a bunch for all the BRR and Tidewater guys who came out and helped with the running of the event.  And thanks to Ray for designing the course, it was a bunch of fun.

We score the BRR - VMSC Challenge by averaging the top 10 PAX times from each club.  I'm happy to announce that we have retained the trophy for this year, even if it is only by a .25 second margin (BRR: 46.072, VMSC: 45.803).

Overall, a great event to end the season.  I'll be posting the banquet details up elsewhere on the forum shortly...hope to see you there or at some upcoming club meetings.  If not, have a great winter and see you next year.
420  Events / Other Events / Re: Dragstrip Friday 10/28/2011? on: November 02, 2011, 05:33:55 AM
Well, looks like this week isn't going to work out for me.  I may have to wait until next year.
421  General / Technical Help / Re: Tire comparison on: November 02, 2011, 05:32:05 AM
Good stuff, did you go with the RE11s?
422  Events / Other Events / Re: Dragstrip Friday 10/28/2011? on: October 28, 2011, 10:55:40 AM
VMP's site says they canceled "daytime test and tune" as well as all of tomorrow's events so I will assume nothing is going on there.  Will try and find another date.  I know there is another street night next Friday and a Test and Tune on Saturday, I've gotta see if I'm free though.
423  Events / Other Events / Re: Dragstrip Friday 10/28/2011? on: October 28, 2011, 04:30:51 AM
Oh well, it looks like it's going to rain anyways.  I'm gonna play it by ear, but for now it looks like I'll have to find another date.
424  Events / Other Events / Re: Dragstrip Friday 10/28/2011? on: October 27, 2011, 03:14:43 AM
Yeah, we'll see what the weather does.  I don't think they'll even run if it's raining.
425  General / Technical Help / Re: Tire comparison on: October 25, 2011, 06:32:19 PM
I didn't look at availability.

You can't go wrong with the RE11s.  The Kumho Ecsta XSs and Dunlop Direzza Star Specs are also very good.

If you're looking for a super aggressive tire that you can still drive on the street, when it's dry, check out the Nitto NT-01s.  They come in 235/40/18 and 275/35/18 or 275/40/18.  They can take a lot of heat cycles and are a good mix between a track and autocross tire.  Discount Tire Direct sells them.
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