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« Reply #100 on: May 09, 2013, 03:16:14 PM »

Oh yea,
this is a b-day present to myself!
Bud and I are staying at the Pit Lane rooms at the track.
Should be a very cool time with alot of people we know locally.
I can't wait.
Just going to give the new tranny a few run at the autocross to make sure its good for the event.

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« Reply #101 on: May 09, 2013, 03:29:12 PM »


I'm staying at the Lodge, I think the Cheneries are too.

It would be neat if we can all set up in the paddock together.   (Even if you're staying on site,
you don't normally go all the way back to your room between sessions.)  I'm bringing an EZ-up
canopy and a table & 2 chairs, plan to set up on Thursday as soon as they let us in the paddock. 
I don't mind marking off an area for several cars if I'm early, but it can get kind of awkward if
everyone else is really late.  Tongue   Anybody else think they might get there Thursday afternoon?

I like being in section 1 or 2 on this map:   http://virnow.com/files/2012/04/NPaddockUtilitiesMap.jpg
since it's close to all the organizational action (tech, meetings, classrooms, food, bathrooms, etc).

You can leave stuff in the paddock overnight, it's pretty safe.  I wouldn't leave anything
really valuable, or that would get messed up by a little weather.  But it's an easy way to
mark your spot so you don't have to find a new one every morning.
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« Reply #102 on: May 09, 2013, 04:08:09 PM »

Beth
Hey what time are you heading to the track? I can follow.

let me know

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« Reply #103 on: May 09, 2013, 06:50:33 PM »

I'm planning on getting there around 6:30 on Thursday.  Save me a spot if you can, one big enough for the wagon and trailer Smiley
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« Reply #104 on: May 10, 2013, 11:17:40 AM »

I'm planning to get there Thursday afternoon. The last email said the site won't open for us until 5:30, but I'm gonna try and get in a bit earlier than that.

I'm hoping to get a spot in section 5 of the map Beth posted, next to the utility site marked 84. I'm not sure I want to park the RV, trailer & car in the 1 or 2 sections as I assume they will be fairly busy and I don't want to take up too much room.
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« Reply #105 on: May 10, 2013, 08:57:40 PM »

I'm hoping to get a spot in section 5 of the map Beth posted, next to the utility site marked 84. I'm not sure I want to park the RV, trailer & car in the 1 or 2 sections as I assume they will be fairly busy and I don't want to take up too much room.

Actually that's a good spot too.   Let's shoot for that then.

Let's see, making a few assumptions for our so-far-silent partners it looks like we'll need space for:
1 RV
3 tow vehicles
4 trailers
6 cars

Did I miss anything?
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« Reply #106 on: May 11, 2013, 05:33:54 AM »

We should try and block off the left (east) end of that section, from the light post to the street. I cant really tell how big an area that is, but from google maps it looks like we should have plenty of room to fit all the cars and trailers in it.  I'll try and park the RV against the light post as that is where the electric hook up is.
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« Reply #107 on: May 11, 2013, 05:42:12 AM »

....I'm bringing an EZ-up canopy and a table & 2 chairs, plan to set up on Thursday as soon as they let us in the paddock. 

What I want to know is how the heck your gonna fit a suitcase, race gear, and all that stuff inside your 911???
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« Reply #108 on: May 11, 2013, 06:02:51 AM »

What I want to know is how the heck your gonna fit a suitcase, race gear, and all that stuff inside your 911???

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« Reply #109 on: May 11, 2013, 06:39:02 PM »


Instructor assignments have been posted, same DE Documents page.

They'll be announced at the drivers' meeting Friday morning, so it's optional
whether you print or even look at the list before you go.  I don't recognize the
names of any of our instructors (mine included) so I can't offer any insights.

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« Reply #110 on: May 13, 2013, 04:08:19 AM »


Instructor assignments have been posted, same DE Documents page.

They'll be announced at the drivers' meeting Friday morning, so it's optional
whether you print or even look at the list before you go.  I don't recognize the
names of any of our instructors (mine included) so I can't offer any insights.



My biggest concern is how big the guy is... it would be just my luck to end up with a 6 foot, 250 lb instructor that doesn't fit in my tiny car! It's not like I have a voluminous 911 that can carry me and a weekend load of gear!!!
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« Reply #111 on: May 13, 2013, 06:36:17 AM »


Instructor assignments have been posted, same DE Documents page.

They'll be announced at the drivers' meeting Friday morning, so it's optional
whether you print or even look at the list before you go.  I don't recognize the
names of any of our instructors (mine included) so I can't offer any insights.



Guess you would just have to do you instruction time in the RV.  He should fit in that.
My biggest concern is how big the guy is... it would be just my luck to end up with a 6 foot, 250 lb instructor that doesn't fit in my tiny car! It's not like I have a voluminous 911 that can carry me and a weekend load of gear!!!
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« Reply #112 on: May 13, 2013, 07:13:43 PM »

Well, my car is back running again after breaking an axle Friday.  Thankfully, an Advance Auto by my house had a set of RSX axles (only $125!) that I could use after swapping the inner CV joints.  Fingers crossed that nothing breaks this weekend, though I did buy a much much more expensive set of axles to bring along in case they do.

Still planning on getting down there ~6:30 on Thursday if I can get out of work at a reasonable time.  I'll look for you guys, though I may decide to sleep somewhere else if that light is too bright.  Good thing my hotel room has wheels!
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« Reply #113 on: May 13, 2013, 07:48:48 PM »

My biggest concern is how big the guy is... it would be just my luck to end up with a 6 foot, 250 lb instructor that doesn't fit in my tiny car! It's not like I have a voluminous 911 that can carry me and a weekend load of gear!!!

Guess you would just have to do you instruction time in the RV.  He should fit in that.

For the record - the organizers make a good effort to match up instructors with students, based on car & experience.
It's not a perfect system but it usually works out okay.
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« Reply #114 on: May 14, 2013, 03:40:12 AM »

So, I'm looking at the map and is appears that there are two ways to get to VIR from Route 360...
The first is to take Rt 119 (Calvary Rd), the 2nd is to take Rt 62 (Milton Hwy).
Anyone have a recommendation which is the more RV friendly route? Which way would a tractor/trailer go?
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« Reply #115 on: May 14, 2013, 05:48:41 AM »

I've never looked at it from an RV perspective, but I think that turn from Broad St (i.e. the Milton route) onto Race Track Rd might be a bit tricky in a long vehicle.  Based only on that, I'd lean toward the Calvary route.  Check it out with Google street view and see what you think.

The only downside to taking Calvary is that there isn't much on 360/58 where you turn off, if you want to shop or gas up before getting to the track you have to get closer to Danville.  (There are gas pumps at the track but they definitely charge you for the convenience!)
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« Reply #116 on: May 14, 2013, 06:52:12 AM »

We've pulled Paul's 3 car trailer down Calvary Rd without issue.  I also think that way is shorter.
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« Reply #117 on: May 14, 2013, 04:36:35 PM »

Still planning on getting down there ~6:30 on Thursday if I can get out of work at a reasonable time.  I'll look for you guys, though I may decide to sleep somewhere else if that light is too bright.  Good thing my hotel room has wheels!

I was thinking we could eat at the Oak Tree Tavern Thursday night.  It's not exactly
cheap, but it is convenient, and it's a fun way to begin the weekend.  They have nice
tables with chairs and menus or we can just eat in the bar.

Also Friday night is the (now 'unofficial' but no less happening) FSR cookout. 
They ask for a $5 donation to help recoup costs but that's it.  All you can eat.
BYOBevg... and if you can think of something to bring down with you that will
still be in good condition by Friday night, contributions are welcome.

Then, depending on how picky you are about food freshness, you can probably
snag more burgers / hot dogs Saturday night as they grill up the leftovers.
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« Reply #118 on: May 14, 2013, 06:05:41 PM »

Don't wait for me for dinner, I'll probably eat on the way down.
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« Reply #119 on: May 14, 2013, 07:27:18 PM »

I'm in for dinner!

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« Reply #120 on: May 15, 2013, 07:28:44 AM »

I'm in as well... as long as I can wear jeans!
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« Reply #121 on: May 15, 2013, 06:51:52 PM »

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« Reply #122 on: May 18, 2013, 06:35:43 PM »


Quick search brought up 3 vendors online that sell VIR outlines.
(several configurations and sizes)

http://www.trackgraphic.com/store/products-se.aspx
http://www.trackdecal.com/prod/tracks.html
http://www.ihatestickers.com/motorsports-track-maps-c-2_11


Also found some cool info pages about VIR:  
  http://www.na-motorsports.com/Tracks/VA/VIR.html
  http://www.trackpedia.com/wiki/Virginia_International_Raceway   (incl. typical GPS telemetry)
  http://blog.axisofoversteer.com/2012/09/VIRtrackguide.html  ("How to drive FASTER: V.I.R.")
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« Reply #123 on: May 19, 2013, 07:22:35 PM »

What a great time! It took a while to get smooth on the throttle! (AutoX habits are hard to break) Once I did though I got pretty fast.
Fun times, will post a video soon, I'm trying to get data and video put together for my fast laps. Did a 2:24 in my last session today. We think its a pretty good street tire time for my car.

Good times, fun people and a cool track!

Thanks to Bud, Justin, Beth, Marc, Audie and Jeff for a fun time!

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« Reply #124 on: June 17, 2013, 12:05:50 PM »

Just thought I'd mention, registration for the fall First Settlers' PCA DE opens June 24!

Saturday Sept 21 through Monday Sept 23.  Two days on the South Course and then
Monday will be on the Full Course.

ALSO... Rezoom Motorsports has VIR's Full Course on Friday Sept 20.  Make a four-day
weekend of it if you dare.

All registrations are (or will be) on motorsportreg.com as before.
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