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851  Events / Autocross / And that's why..... on: July 29, 2007, 03:42:45 PM
Hindsight is 20/20.  We originally did the break so people could register for fun runs.  In all fairness, we did start at 11:30 which is earlier than normal, despite having to ditch the wireless timer due to a malfunctioning transmitter and even with the break we started the last heat shortly after 2PM, over an hour earlier than most VMSC events I have been to.

Thank you to everyone who helped us pack and move the trailer at the start of the event after we found out we needed to use the old timer as well as everyone who stuck around after the event to help put everything away.

I agree though, the break did suck.
852  Events / Autocross / July 29th results on: July 29, 2007, 03:31:04 PM
Thank you to everyone who helped out with today's autocross.  Results have been posted here on MyAutoEvents.

-Justin

[Edited on 7-29-2007 by blue06civic]
853  Events / Autocross / Results for May 27th autocross on: May 27, 2007, 05:13:35 PM
Hi All,

Thank you to everyone who came out to the May 27th autocross.  I would especially like to thank Jeff, Cory and of course Audie for their help running the event.

I have posted the results here on MyAutoEvents.

I hope to see you all at the upcoming autocrosses!

-Justin
854  Events / Autocross / Competition Committee Meeting on: January 28, 2007, 07:04:11 PM
I will plan on being there as well.
855  Events / Autocross / Timing & Scoring Committee Meeting on: January 28, 2007, 07:00:57 PM
I am interested.  I have experience running the timer itself and setting up the hard-wired sensors.  Unfortunately, as of now I do not think I will be available on the 10th, but am interested in beng on the committee.

-Justin
856  General / Classifieds / FS: 1996 Civic CX 5 speed on: January 26, 2007, 01:42:33 PM
Someone I know through work is looking for a new car and is going to get rid of their current one.  It is a silver 1996 Honda Civic CX hatchback with a 5 speed.  It has 240k miles on it but runs strong.  He told me the dealer said they may be able to get him $1,500 which would be a steal for this car if anyone is looking for one.  He lives in southern MD and works in Northern VA, a couple minutes from the Dulles airport and is looking to get a new car in the very near future so if you are interested please email me to call me at (215) 378-1747 and I will let him know.

-Justin
857  General / Open Forum / Nope, sorry not me?? on: January 10, 2007, 06:57:28 PM
Hello,

I know there are a couple people that are Amsoil dealers in the club, but do not know how to contact them.  It is not cost-effective for me to renew my preffered customer status and I need a gallon of Series 2000 0w30 and an EaO13 oil filter.  I would rather order it through someone in the club than from the website.  If you are a dealer, please message me.

Thank you,
Justin
858  Events / Autocross / vmsc and exhaust cutouts on: November 26, 2006, 09:04:33 AM
I don't see how it would be an issue, especially compared to some of the other cars out there.  In the case that you needed to keep the car quiet, you could always just keep the cutout closed.  Supposedly, turbo cars are quieter by nature as well, at least that is what I have heard.
859  General / Technical Help / What car to buy? on: November 25, 2006, 08:49:28 AM
Sounds like you need a diesel, crew cab pickup...or a Crown Victoria.  I owned a 2000 Crown Vic that I bought with 100k on it from the California Highway Patrol in 2004.  I sold it in early 2006 with 170k on it and it ran fine, I never needed to do anything except change the fluids and I replaced the shocks.  I just wanted a car that got more than 20mpg.

The car will do all 4 things that you listed.  The interior is very spacious, 4 large adults would not be a problem.  You do not need any special tools, the car is very simple and easy to work on.  It is good, old-fashioned Body-On-Frame, front engine, RWD technology.  There is plenty of room to get to everything.  Parts are also easy to come by, and dealers are generally easy to deal with.  I bought 4 new Police Package shocks from the dealer for under $100 total when I first got my car.  Good junkyard parts are also easy to find if you ever crack the car up, because so many police cars end up in the junkyard after only a couple of years from being in accidents.  Attaching driving lights to the front bumper should be no problem, either fog lights, or rally lights.  Mounting rally lights should be a piece of cake, considering the CHP can mount a full push bumper in a manner where they don't even have to drill into the bumper cover.

These cars are indestructible.  The police drive them hard for 100k-150k then they usually end up in the hands of cabbies who beat the snot out of them to well over 200k.  I put mine through a 9" diameter tree that was about 15-20ft tall at 70mph and I uprooted the tree and split it into a bunch of pieces.  I drove the car to my friend's garage and got all the parts I needed the next day at a junkyard.  I replaced the driver's side fender, door, and suspension.  Even after having it aligned and painted, I spent under $600.

If you are looking to buy a new car, you can find new Police Package cars for $23k-$25k and Civilian LX Sports for slightly more.  The police package cars get some extra fluid coolers, a beefed up suspension, different torque converter and transmission shift behavior, and at least the 2000 that I had came with a shorter rear-end gear ratio than its civilian counterparts.  The only thing I didn't like about the car was the gas mileage.  I got about 18-19mpg city and 20-21mpg highway, civilian cars are slightly better.  Some people may complain about size too.  Because you can comfortably carry 4 large males and the trunk is enormous, the car is HUGE.  They weigh in right around 2 tons and are 9" longer and 4" wider than an S-class Mercedes.  The police package cars handle remarkably well for their size though, I autocrossed mine and was competitive with Subaru Legacy and Outback wagons.  If you want to know any more information, just ask me.

[Edited on 11-25-2006 by blue06civic]
860  General / Open Forum / Any shady Inspection stations in Southside? on: November 09, 2006, 04:39:27 PM
Thanks for the info!
861  General / Open Forum / Any shady Inspection stations in Southside? on: November 01, 2006, 04:28:21 PM
Yeah, I'll try junkyards, and I have a few friends who may have some lying around, but for the time being I would like to get it past inspection.  I may just have to wait.
862  General / Open Forum / Any shady Inspection stations in Southside? on: October 31, 2006, 04:54:29 PM
So I took my CRX to Merchant Tire to get it inspected and they failed it because it doesn't have a catalytic converter.  Then the service writer tried to sell me a bunch of crap that I don't need.

It has a couple exhaust leaks that I will fix this week or weekend, but the rest of the car is fine.  Does anyone know an inspection station that will just look over the car really quickly and not hassle me about the lack of emissions equipment?  Anywhere within 10 miles of any part of 288 is within reason for me to drive.  Prefereable somewhere import friendly, the car is kind of ricey.

Thanks,
Justin

[Edited on 10-31-2006 by blue06civic]
863  Events / Autocross / Not going to be able to make it on: October 17, 2006, 04:10:52 PM
I too have had problems getting into the registration system, and a friend of mine who plans to run on Sunday cannot log in either, and the help mailbox is full.

I will be at the club meeting, can I just sign us up there?
864  General / Open Forum / Where to buy scrap metal on: October 06, 2006, 05:12:50 PM
Hi all,

Thought I would ask you guys...where is a good place to get scrap metal, sheet steel, etc around Richmond or southside?

Thanks.

[Edited on 10-7-2006 by blue06civic]
865  General / Open Forum / Introduction on: August 21, 2006, 03:38:26 PM
Hello,

I just registered here, so I thought I would make myself known.  My name is Justin, I was at the August club meeting, so I have met a few people already.

Who I am:
I just graduated from Rensselaer, outside Albany, NY a couple of months ago and moved to the Richmond area.  I have been into cars since before I can remember, but I just started autocrossing my Freshman year of college (4 years ago).  While at RPI, I helped setup at almost all of the autocrosses and I ran the Student Auto Shop for a couple of years.

Long-winded vehicular history:
I started autocrossing in my 1990 Mustang LX 5.0 5 speed after drag racing got boring.  I had some motor work and a full suspension in it and I did alright in the few events that I had it while learning to autocross.  After I wrecked it (just like every teenage Mustang owner) I decided I needed a more practical car while in college, so I ended up owning two Crown Victoria police cars, a 1995 from Iowa and a 2000 from the CHP.  I autocrossed the 95 a couple of times before I got rid of it and bought the 2000, which I autocrossed for two years.  After gas got rediculously expensive I bought a 1999 Saturn SL2 and autocrossed it twice before spinning a bearing and trading it in for my 2006 Civic...which I have vowed not to autocross.  


Long story short, I will be in the market for another car to race after I get settled in and save up some money, but am extrememly interested in helping the club in any way possible and hanging out with people who enjoy their cars.  I look forward to meeting you guys at upcoming events, and if you need help with anything let me know!
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