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 on: Today at 07:23:56 PM 
Started by mfbarnes - Last post by pipefitter
Good to hear from you Michael. I wondered where you ran, (swam?), off to.

 on: Today at 12:00:40 PM 
Started by mfbarnes - Last post by Bluedog28
Michael - Glad to hear you are doing well. Things are about the same here. I have switched from the Miata to a Porsche. Let us know if you make a trip back.


 on: Today at 11:02:18 AM 
Started by mfbarnes - Last post by mfbarnes
Hello from across the pond.  It is great to see that VMSC is active and doing so well.  I found my years on Board to be very rewarding with lots of good memories.
We have been in Bruges, Belgium for almost 2 years now.  I love it here....quality of life is excellent, the people are great, and travel within Europe is a breeze.  So what is like to drive in Belgium?  It stinks.  The Belgians are wonderful warm people, but behind the wheel they are very impatient and aggressive.  They know it, but no one is going to change.  The border to Netherlands is only 20 minutes away, and the experience is totally different...better roads and and courteous drivers.
We just returned from a week in France where the autostrada top speed is 130kph, or 80mph, but most people drive just under the limit.  Also, in France, in general the drivers are quite polite.  The autostrada top speed in Belgium is 120kph, about 74mph, and that is plenty enough here. During this visit to France, we went to Le Mans, toured the museum, and walked about the racetrack.  Very cool.
Spa-Franchorchamps is only 3 hours away, but getting there is problematic.  Probably not this year, but I intend to go the F1 race one year soon.  I have yet to find an autocross club nearby.....but our Audi A4 wagon is hardly the right car to flog about an autocross course.  On the other hand, classic cars, or "Old-Timers" as they are called here, are very popular.  They are many clubs with events throughout the year.
Our townhouse does not have a garage, so we rent one.  It is a 7 minute walk to the garage.  Consequently, we seldom use the car.  We can walk or bike in town, and take the train if we are traveling within Belgium.  This is no problem, because within a 5 minute walk are 3 butchers, 3 pharmacies, our family doctor, 3 bakeries, a green grocer, and then within a 12 minute walk are 3 supermarkets.  We can be in the center of town, the Grote Markt,  in 22 minutes.  We really only use the car to is not needed on a daily basis.
And yes, I have been taking lessons in Dutch, i.e., Nederlands.  (Belgium has 3 official languages, Nederlands, French, and German.)  I was actually required to take Levels 1 and 2 for my residency, but I continued and start Level 5 in September....4 mornings week...I really do enjoy it.
I do watch the VMSC autocross results.  It is gratifying to see so many old friends still racing, as well as many new names competing on a regular basis. 
Best regards,

 on: August 12, 2018, 06:23:07 AM 
Started by Purple.helos - Last post by Purple.helos
$1150. Konig Hypergram wheels with centering rings, mounted and balanced with Dunlop Direzza Star Spec ZII tires. Less than 10-runs/25 miles total on these tires (1x point event). Fantastic handling, $1600 package not even broken in.

The Direzza ZII Star Spec is Dunlop's Extreme Performance Summer tire developed for serious sports car, sports coupe and performance sedan enthusiasts looking for race tire-like traction on the street or for use in autocross, drifting and track events. (200 AA, Tread Width 8.4", Section Width 8.9")

The Hypergram is a lightweight, 12-spoke design that is motorsport inspired in its construction, appearance and its ability to clear many big brake cars and upgrades! Fits over factory Brembo on ND Miata. Wheel Specs:
*45mm offset
*73.1mm bore
*16.3 pounds ultra light.

Fit 100x4 lug: Mazda, Miata, Honda, MINI, Toyota, BMW, Acura, Audi, VW

 on: August 04, 2018, 09:25:51 AM 
Started by bcarson1 - Last post by jloehlein
interested.  email sent.

 on: August 02, 2018, 01:43:19 PM 
Started by bcarson1 - Last post by bcarson1
Oops! Sorry I think that was Jeff, not Scott!

 on: July 30, 2018, 10:23:47 AM 
Started by bcarson1 - Last post by bcarson1
Thanks for the kind words Scott!

 on: July 25, 2018, 11:33:18 AM 
Started by gunny - Last post by gunny

My best lap.

good times!


 on: July 23, 2018, 08:24:54 AM 
Started by TonyR64 - Last post by homerunman
As far as autocross specific stuff, outside of iRacing I've had pretty positive experiences with Live For Speed. Lots of high-end autocross tracks available to download for free for that game.

 on: July 22, 2018, 02:48:29 PM 
Started by allmybase - Last post by allmybase
Results are up, let me know if they are any corrections:

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