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« Reply #50 on: February 25, 2013, 04:14:09 PM »

Here you go, Michael.....

Also, it appears as though they've opened registration.  I've signed up. 

Just click the Continue button at the bottom of each page; eventually you will come to a page
where you select your run group (I think), and there will be a checkbox or a pulldown menu where
you can choose the DE Intro.   If you don't already have a motorsportreg.com account you'll need
to create one.

(I'm not 100% sure what the page looks like, because the site won't let me step through it again
now that I'm registered.)
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« Reply #51 on: February 25, 2013, 04:57:31 PM »

Man I have some buddies of mine racing at this event
http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.advert/id/ACA1F97A-E5D5-ED23-B9E15197F008CB1F

They want me to go down and do the DE. Wish I had more lead time!

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« Reply #52 on: February 26, 2013, 05:25:26 AM »

All signed up and registered.

Thanks for the help.
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« Reply #53 on: February 27, 2013, 07:27:55 PM »

I just registered! I'm on the wait list but hopefully that will change soon! Now I need to figure out how & where I can get my car tech inspected???
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« Reply #54 on: February 27, 2013, 08:18:21 PM »

Wow, they're into waitlists already??  Good thing we didn't put off registering!

The good news is, being on the waitlist this early means you are mostly certain to get in.

The bad news is, I don't think you're supposed to get your car teched until closer to
the date, e.g. 30 days or so in advance.
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« Reply #55 on: February 27, 2013, 08:21:10 PM »

Wow, they're into waitlists already??  Good thing we didn't put off registering!

The good news is, being on the waitlist this early means you are mostly certain to get in.

The bad news is, I don't think you're supposed to get your car teched until closer to
the date, e.g. 30 days or so in advance.


So where can we take cars to be teched?
Somewhere local? can I take it to jiffy lube?

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« Reply #56 on: February 27, 2013, 08:39:27 PM »

First question: Can you all get to this page?
http://www.fsrpca.org/de-documents.html

(I can't tell if it's only for members, since I am one.)

The docs there now are out of date, but that's where the new ones will
be posted when available.
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« Reply #57 on: February 27, 2013, 08:54:28 PM »

'Approved' shops for advance track tech inspection....  Still checking on this.

So far it's safe to say your local Porsche dealer is acceptable (but maybe not cheap).
I'll let you know about any others I find out about.

For sure you can go to Lufteknic on Brook Rd (Richmond, just north of I-64), because that's
where I always go.  I think they usually charge me $75, although occasionally it gets bundled
with other work.
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« Reply #58 on: February 28, 2013, 06:09:13 AM »

I just registered! I'm on the wait list but hopefully that will change soon! Now I need to figure out how & where I can get my car tech inspected???

That's odd, I don't see you on the list yet. 
(Usually the list gets updated the moment you register, and it just says "new" until they figure out where to place you.)

https://www.motorsportreg.com/index.cfm/event/event.status/uidEvent/D328AF34-E673-15D6-4F315FE97ECB95A5#.US9WLzBpwUN
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« Reply #59 on: February 28, 2013, 06:15:58 AM »

"First question: Can you all get to this page?
http://www.fsrpca.org/de-documents.html"

Yes, the page has open access.

I downloaded the "Driverís Education Technical Inspection Form" under DE Documents and it states that the Pre-Tech Inspection is "To be performed by a professional mechanic or club approved tech inspector within 30 days of the event"

So it appears that it doesn't have to be done at any particular shop, just performed by a "professional mechanic"?
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« Reply #60 on: February 28, 2013, 06:19:44 AM »

I noticed that also. But did I receive an email from MotorsportsReg saying:

Marc,
This is a receipt for your WAITLISTED event registration on MotorsportReg.com:
FSR Spring 2013 Drivers Ed At VIR
PCA - First Settlers
May 17, 2013 - May 19, 2013
Virginia International Raceway, Alton, VA


I emailed the event register, he says I'm #1 on the wait list!
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« Reply #61 on: February 28, 2013, 10:47:37 AM »

I noticed that also. But did I receive an email from MotorsportsReg saying:

Marc,
This is a receipt for your WAITLISTED event registration on MotorsportReg.com:
FSR Spring 2013 Drivers Ed At VIR
PCA - First Settlers
May 17, 2013 - May 19, 2013
Virginia International Raceway, Alton, VA

Oh good - you signed up for the right one.   lol
I guess they no longer show waitlisted folks in the list!


BTW, let the record show:  Registration has only been open since Feb 15, and
they're already waitlisting green group.  This is a really popular event, and with
good reason.

 
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« Reply #62 on: February 28, 2013, 04:19:00 PM »

I dunno about PCA, but most other clubs I have run with don't require it to be on an approved list of places.  Conveniently enough, my state inspection expires in April so I always have Wallace Automotive fill out track day forms at the same time as the state inspection, which they do for no add'l charge.
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« Reply #63 on: February 28, 2013, 04:38:38 PM »

FYI, my Dad got in as well!  Looking at the different cars signed up in Blue group, mine sticks out like a sore thumb Smiley

Just curious, how did your dad make it into Blue group?  I didn't realize he already had track experience.
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« Reply #64 on: February 28, 2013, 05:12:39 PM »

"First question: Can you all get to this page?
http://www.fsrpca.org/de-documents.html"

Yes, the page has open access.

I downloaded the "Driverís Education Technical Inspection Form" under DE Documents and it states that the Pre-Tech Inspection is "To be performed by a professional mechanic or club approved tech inspector within 30 days of the event"

So it appears that it doesn't have to be done at any particular shop, just performed by a "professional mechanic"?

So I wonder if I can take my car to Murry automotive? Should be able to right?
wonder how much the dyno place would charge?

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« Reply #65 on: February 28, 2013, 05:54:41 PM »

FYI, my Dad got in as well!  Looking at the different cars signed up in Blue group, mine sticks out like a sore thumb Smiley

Just curious, how did your dad make it into Blue group?  I didn't realize he already had track experience.


He's done the same number of HPDEs I have (2).  He was promoted out of novice in like his second or third session of the 1st HPDE with Tarheel Sports Car Club.  His car is also much much faster than your typical Novice group fare.  Makes it hard to push the limits when you're constantly in traffic.
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« Reply #66 on: February 28, 2013, 07:14:02 PM »

That's cool!! 
It took me 3 DE's (10 total track days) to make it to blue group.  Wink

But then I think I was born with timid genes.  Gotta fight them off every day!  lol
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« Reply #67 on: February 28, 2013, 07:20:10 PM »

So I wonder if I can take my car to Murry automotive? Should be able to right?
wonder how much the dyno place would charge?

Gunny

I honestly don't know, as I've always gone to Lufteknic. 

I asked about this online, and was told "any Porsche dealer or anyplace that advertises in
H.O." (Horizontally Opposed, the FSR bi-monthly newsletter).  I will check the latest issue
and report what I find there.

If you want to go someplace else, it might be fine.  But I'd email the folks in charge and
check just to be sure.  I just don't have a clue on this.

BTW I just looked at the FSR website and the latest issue of HO is viewable there, in
living color no less!  (The hardcopy version is B&W.)   http://www.fsrpca.org/newsletter.html

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« Reply #68 on: February 28, 2013, 08:23:46 PM »

I'm going to Adolf Jewelers!
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« Reply #69 on: March 01, 2013, 05:06:07 AM »

I realize this could bite me in the _$$, but I'm simply going to follow the written instructions and have a "professional mechanic" do it. I don't think it's any more complicated than that.
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« Reply #70 on: March 01, 2013, 06:20:34 AM »

I'm going to Adolf Jewelers!

I dunno, I think Affordable Custom Decks sounds like a better bet.
I've seen a car at DEs with their logo on it, so they must know cars!   Smiley


Shops from the magazine are all well east of Richmond, but I'll post 'em here anyway since I said I would:

Virginia Beach:
  Checkered Flag Porsche 757-490-1111
  Abacus Racing 757-363-8878
  LMN Motorsports 757-233-0558
  RaceWerks 757-427-0742

Williamsburg:
  Stuttgart Service 757-565-4700
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« Reply #71 on: March 02, 2013, 04:21:43 PM »

whew, these weekends are expensive! I'm going to get insurance for the event! Even though my car is paid off I dont want to owe anybody anything. I have to go thru the green group and find the most expensive car and get insurance for that amount (just in case!)
The weekend is getting close to 1 grand! Damn...

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« Reply #72 on: March 03, 2013, 02:03:22 PM »

Car check, my goal for this winter was to change all the fluids , at the time I wrote that I was just thinking engine, transmission and differential, well I took care of that, then I was talking to Justin at dyno day about VIR and what I should do about brakes. Long story short.
I just got done with bleeding my brakes, clutch and replaced the power steering fluid. All three were pretty nasty. My power steering fluid was a brown/red color (should be clear!) my brake and clutch fluid were black. Well if anything this track day really made me pay attention to everything on the car.

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« Reply #73 on: March 04, 2013, 04:51:47 PM »

Ok, sorry for all the posts. Anyhow what is the schedule look like?
Do I have to be at the track at zero dark thirty on Friday morning or can I drive up Friday?

Just wondering

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« Reply #74 on: March 04, 2013, 05:31:07 PM »

Ok, sorry for all the posts. Anyhow what is the schedule look like?
Do I have to be at the track at zero dark thirty on Friday morning or can I drive up Friday?

I'll attach the schedule from last spring, just to give you a general idea.

Personally I wouldn't do it, but that's because I like to relax and enjoy the weekend (except when
I'm on the track of course, when I enjoy it by being un-relaxed).  Plus, if it's your first DE you'll
want to have all your faculties especially at their best for the classroom and initial track sessions. 

Not to mention the risk of running late and missing (a) morning tech inspection and/or (b) required
drivers meeting.  Always good to leave yourself plenty of margin.

Also to consider:  Paddock spots are first-come, first-served.  Folks start showing up on
Thursday afternoon.  And you already know this event is popular.  Just sayin'.

And then there's your roommate, who may take it wrong that you're ditching him
on your first night together....
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