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  1. 10 points
    We're do you start? Folks, this event is the highlight of my year! I absolutely cannot believe all of the effort so many people put into this event and it gives me chills when I see it all come together successfully every year. Thanks to Matt's team for putting on such a tightly run operation. Al for organizing the tire banding session to make us all feel more comfortable on the track. The volunteers for marshaling and setting up the track facility. Greg' s team for the amazing meat lovers dinner. The wine and beer sponsors were a very nice touch. Dyrk's team for stepping up as the main sponsor for the 21 st time. All of the club sponsors. Helmut' s team for helping out with organizing the event. The officials who have to find a balance between friendship and being the voice of reason. Spencer and Ian for the entertainment and acurrate commentating. Damon for lending the PA system. Timing and scoring personnel. Thanks to all of the drivers and families who made a special trip out to our world famous track. We love having new faces to bond with. And a personal thanks to Damon Hill who converted my car from carbs to fuel injection and lent me his injectors for the last two races as a Hail Mary attempt to solve our last gremlin in the system. It was a success!
  2. 5 points
    Thank you Randy's Towing for delivering stacked tires twice, one unstacked batch of tires to my shop and bringing a donor car to GMP for extrication demonstration purposes this weekend. Cheers AL
  3. 4 points
    Huge shout-out to Ben for building such a Frankenstein of a Civic and setting his best ever finish in it. Years of development to get to this point, congrats! Also a big thank you for letting me co-drive it in anger today! Ben's 55.309: Since I literally don't have a clean run to share, I've compiled several spins and close calls in a blooper reel. Funnest worst runs ever!
  4. 3 points
    Couldn’t agree more. It was great to see so many out of town racers! Lots of smiles and great conversation about the interesting cars that came out. A friend of mine that runs with the MRA came out and was super impressed with the event, he’s never seen so much going on and it was all well organized. The marquee class had a first time winner and he was overwhelmed by the support for his first win. Makes me happy to be a small part of this great club and great event.
  5. 3 points
    Thanks Weebly! So here is the finished product. Thank you Mat and Interlake Yard Care for assembling this for us.
  6. 3 points
    Looks like Rob could use a rookie mentor....his first run with the BMW.
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  8. 3 points
    I’ve been looking at many regions and they do heats where first 3 runs count and the second 3 later are fun. I think from the perspective of growing the sport an additional run may help grow the sport locally with additional seat time, and it can be upto the schools and instructors to emphasize the importance of getting it done in less if intending to go elsewhere.
  9. 2 points
    Not completely on topic, but nevertheless... Many people are very focused on car supply shops, or race shops. But when you look for generic things such as brake fluid, it makes sense to expand your horizon. The company Matt ordered from - FortNine- has been around for many, many years. It was called Canadian Motorcycle Superstore before they changed names. In the motorcycle world, they have an impeccable name for quality and great prices, and they are a Canadian company. Yes, they sell mostly motorcycle parts. But brake fluid does not care in which vehicle it is; as long as the specs are right, you can use it in whatever vehicle you want. Likewise, some people are hung up on brand names. If it is not North-American, it can't be good. In our world of international trade and companies buying out other companies, names don't really mean that much anymore. Just go on the internet and google...you will get the info that you need. Matt's Total brake fluid is a very common commodity in Europe, yet I have heard people saying that it is probably not good, because it is not made to US standards (???). I personally (being from Europe) know that vehicles in Europe are stressed much more than here, so anything European gets my approval before I look at North-American products. I personally run Fuchs Oil DOT 5.1 brake fluid without any complaints at all. Yes, people look at me funny, especially if they pronounce the name in English (let's not go there). But the fact is that it comes from a large (albeit in Canada almost unknown) company and it has excellent properties. The only disadvantage is that it is somewhat expensive - I believe it was about $30 per litre. But then I have to say that I am worth it ;-) , and I don't keep flushing it out. So maybe I run cheaper with expensive brake fluid than others do with cheap fluid. Just my 2 cents...
  10. 2 points
    CMW Vintage Race Weekend - August 16 - 18 2019 - Version 4.2.xlsx
  11. 2 points
    @Jim Eh. You couldn't have summed it up any better. I am impressed at how quickly our club reacted to the situation and addressed the concerns. A HUGE thank-you to Al for organizing the "tire stack building party" and to all those who helped in stacking, banding, delivering, and setting up the soft barrier at corner 3. And I'm sure I can speak for everyone when I wish Don a speedy recovery.
  12. 2 points
    Finally got my camera working again, although the GPS is still off. Really left some time on the track looking at it over again.
  13. 2 points
    For those that didn't get to see Rob mow down the entire offset in one fell swoop!
  14. 2 points
    My Last run....First pivot was a bit scruffy...second one i melted the tires on the exit, and had a pretty fun time crossing the timing lights haha
  15. 2 points
    Pretty fun runs yesterday in the rain
  16. 2 points
    Course was good, quite simple which I feel worked well with the wet. Forgot to record my 2nd run where I had my spin, looked like there were quite a few spins in the afternoon run group today though. Best run below, tipped a cone going into the south 3 cone slalom, visible on the return.
  17. 2 points
    I have been following this topic with interest. I have been involved in the motorsport world for numerous years, and I have towed heavy trailers for tens of thousands of kilometers across some serious mountains, and I have never had any brake fade based on fluid degradation. Why is that? Have I been so lucky that I always have vehicles with great brakes, especially considering that my racing style definitely relies on having brakes when I step on the fear pedal? I don't think so! There are several factors that decide how hot brake fluid gets, how it responds to your demands, and how much brakes are fading. 1) What fluid do you use? Yes, there is DOT 3 and DOT 4. Manufacturers tell you which one to use. But do you realize that DOT 3 vs. DOT 4 basically only refers to the dry boiling point? Nowadays, brake fluid can be a mixture of all kinds of ingredients, so DOT 3 or DOT4 just means that it meets the dry boiling temperature requirements, nothing else. 2) Do you realize that there is DOT 5.1? DOT 5.1 is completely interchangeable with DOT3 or DOT4 (Note: DOT5 is a completely different animal!). But the dry boiling point of DOT5.1 is significantly higher than DOT4. Where DOT 5.1 shines compared to many of the fancy DOT4 brake fluids is the wet boiling point. Some of the "racing " DOT 4 brake fluids have a terribly low wet boiling point. 3) How do you bleed your brakes? While the old "furthest away from the master cylinder first" is still not a bad bet, it is not always true anymore. Check the manufacturer's bleeding requirements. 4) Do you bleed the ABS system? Modern ABS/Traction Control systems require a specific bleeding/flushing sequence, unfortunately often this requires a scan tool to activate the ABS HCU. If you don't, you keep hoping that there is not some air (or old, moisturized fluid) that will be introduced into the system in the most inopportune moment. Anytime your ABS cycles, you move brake fluid from a semi-contained system into the active brake lines. If there is air, you introduce air. And yes, as you driving around after race day, you are slowly moving that air back into the HCU, leaving it there until the next time the ABS or Traction Control comes on, at which point it introduces the air back into the active brake system. 5) How do you apply your brakes? Heavy truck drivers are being taught to "snub" the brakes. Snubbing refers to applying the brakes hard and for a short time, then letting go of the brake pedal altogether. Why do they use this method? Because it keeps the brakes cool. Braking is a physical challenge, trying to turn a certain amount of energy into heat. The amount of energy you need to convert does not change (you need to be down to a certain speed to make the corner), you can only control the amount of time you exert the brake system to this energy/ heat. The shorter the amount of time, the less hot your brake system, including your fluid, gets (because it has time to cool down again). That means: slam on your brakes hard, and then let go of the pedal! I do realize that this comes with other problems, such as instability during braking, etc. But from a fading point of view, hard braking is the best you can do. 6) Understand that there is more to brake fluid temperature than just what fluid you use. Are your brake caliper sliders moving freely? Brake pads must not touch the rotors when there is nobody stepping on the brake pedal. There is this false idea that brake pads are supposed to drag on the rotor to reduce delay time (or heaven forbid, keep the pads warm!). Do you use the right brake rotor? Ventilated rotors are there to keep the brake fluid cooler. If you replace them with solid rotors, expect your brake fluid temperature to rise. Loose wheel bearings allow the rotor to "lean" on the pads, heating them up, as well. Many people do not realize that hot pads translate into hot fluid temperatures...and most people don't understand that the rim is your heat sink. All systems works together, and just looking at your brake fluid is like blaming the red-headed step-child for the misfortune of the entire family...
  18. 1 point
    Hey everyone, time for an update. The conditions were cloudy and cool on the Saturday of Vintage weekend, but I still lost brakes during the third session. I bled the suspect RH caliper and got back most of my braking. Managed to complete fourth session but pedal travel was increasing. Just to be safe I did a four-wheel bleed before heading home. I tried to do an automated ABS bleed procedure with my newly purchased Autel MaxiCheck Pro but was informed by their tech support that it won’t work on my car. Too bad, so sad. RH brake caliper has been ordered and I’m presently sourcing out stainless steel brake hoses. The RBF660 brake fluid has been in my system for 6 weeks, so that will have to be flushed. How often do you guys do a complete flush on the Fuchs 5.1 and the Total 600? I might just consider going back to DOT 4 now that I’ve convinced myself that I don’t have a boiling brake fluid issue.
  19. 1 point
    Electric and hybrid vehicles are now permitted at events sanctioned by ASN Canada (like WSCC): https://www.asncanada.com/electric-vehicles/
  20. 1 point
    So a bit more back on topic: I ended up using DOT 4 600 brake fluid made by Total. If you’ve never heard of Total Lubricants no worries. They have been around for a long time and their racing fuel brand, Elf Fuels, is pretty popular. In any case it’s more than likely the brake fluid is made and packaged by the same giant corporate entity that makes a vast majority of brake fluid on the market today... What was interesting is the the Total 600 was very similar to MOTUL 600. Wet temp was 420 for Motul (if memory serves me correctly) and 414 for Total. The track test was as successful as could be had, I got the brakes as hot as I could and the pedal started to feel slightly off at the end of a session, but I’m being super picky - some people might not notice anything. It was a lot better than the hi-temp stuff from can tire. The best part: I paid $10.99/500ml from an online store called fortnine.ca - it was $16 to ship 2 bottles or free shipping for $49 or over...so I got 5 bottles and free shipping - that was a deal - this is Canadian funds and shipped within Canada.
  21. 1 point
    @white_cross looks like @Rare Snake has raised the bar a notch or two. I watched Dason's runs on Saturday and I don't think "charming" this snake with a flute will work. You'll need to bring a big club to this snake fight. I always cheer for the underdog and I can't wait to see the completion of project "Snake Charmer"
  22. 1 point
    I promised you a proper lap time this summer, so here it is. You may have to think about changing that name. I hope the project is going well. Dason
  23. 1 point
    Here's my 4th run. I didn't capture my 1st run which was way less wet, and ignore the run counter in the video.
  24. 1 point
    CMW Vintage Race Weekend - August 16 - 18 2019 - Version 4.2.xlsx
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  26. 1 point
    Hey guys, new member here. Just wondering if there are any ep prepared class guys here? My co driver and I are building a car we believe will fall into that class and are looking for any input and advice . We plan to start our rookie season next year and are looking forward to meeting everyone, we are very excited to start racing!
  27. 1 point
    A big thanks to everyone who shared their videos from this event. I always look forward to reviewing and analyzing these videos to see where I can make some improvements or correct some bad habits. Great perspective from the standpoint of what I was seeing on the course compared with what was happening inside the car. Some of the cars that I saw on course that appeared to be navigating the course smoothly were actually being driven at the limit with some ridiculously fast steering inputs and corrections. No wonder these drivers worked up a sweat by the end of the run. Like I said, some of the videos were very instructive while others that showed how to take down an entire wall of cones, or how to mow the grass were certainly entertaining. Looking forward to the next event. Got to get myself a GoPro so I can put together some bloopers. At least that will be one thing I can beat @Magner at.
  28. 1 point
    My runs weren't nearly as fun as everybody else's here, but I'll post two camera angles to change things a bit Amazing track layout. Just wished we did some fun runs! @helix any chance you could create an album with all the pictures you were taking?
  29. 1 point
    My woulda' coulda' run that coned away 3rd best..
  30. 1 point
    I think the OEM tires on my RS3 have thrown in the towel. Pirelli junk! Other than that, it was a fun day with great weather.
  31. 1 point
    Hey all! With Vintage race weekend right around the corner we decided to carry on the event into time attack. So we're very excited to introduce the 1st annual WSCC Past Vs Present Time Attack Challenge. The entire grid will be split into 2 groups of cars based on manufactured year so that each run group has an equal amount of cars. Competitors will then compete as normal in their assigned run group. The winning team will be decided by taking an average of all points scored by competitors on the same team with the highest scoring competitor on the winning team being the Past Vs Present champion( Did someone say trophy?). For us to be able to pull this off, we ask that everyone pre-registers for this event on motorsportreg so we can pre-make the scoring sheet. See you all in a couple weeks! Ian&Brooke Past vs present supp regs.pdf
  32. 1 point
    I really like this idea especially for those who are newer. I would personally enjoy being able to get more runs in and the lunch break bench racing would probably make for some pretty good entertainment in the afternoon. Maybe try that line you didn't get a chance to or thought was a little risky etc.
  33. 1 point
    Okay, that's just plain crazy. And here I thought you're supposed to rest your clutch foot on the dead pedal while going down the front straight and take some deep breaths and relax before hitting the brakes for corner one. This is the one part of the lap that I find relaxing. The idea of pumping the brakes with my clutch foot and hoping that I will actually have brakes as I reach the braking markers takes away my relaxation moment and changes it to anxiety. Not sure this is in compliance with my doctor's advice when he said … " you should avoid stress". Cool video clip, though. Thanks.
  34. 1 point
    Agree. Do the lines, then get the flush done. But $350 is more than enough to purchase a tool that will cycle the ABS for you.
  35. 1 point
    event 3 is up! let me know if you see any issues!
  36. 1 point
    @Matter, did you put the supplied plates onto your EBC pads? People often confuse them with shims designed to keep your brakes from squealing and do not install them.; however, they are a thermal barrier, designed to reduce the amount of heat that gets transferred from the pads through the caliper piston into the brake fluid...
  37. 1 point
    Wow!! You brought up some really good points @donrolandofurioso. I think you hit on a couple of points that might be contributing to my problems. In my last post I said I would update and report on the results of using Motul RBF 660 brake fluid. The afternoon temperatures on Saturday (Event #3) reached 30°C so it was a good day to test for high brake temperatures. However, the same pattern repeated itself … great brakes until the last session of the day. Only this time, a LOT of air got into the system and I had to bail out (pedal went 90% to the floor). Got home and gravity bled right front only. Didn't notice any air coming out of outboard pistons but got a lot of air coming out of inboard pistons. Brake pedal feel came back to almost normal. I'm leaning toward air being drawn into the system (fittings? brake hose?) or maybe migrating from the ABS module. I have a hard time believing that the fresh 660 brake fluid was actually boiling. I didn't feel confident returning to the track on Sunday and have the same problem reoccur, so I called it a day. I like your theory about air hiding inside the ABS unit and just waiting to spring out when the ABS cycles and then do their evil deed. I don't recall, one way or the other, whether I triggered an ABS event on my last session, but it's certainly possible. I went down to Vickar Ford and tried to get an explanation on how they flush the system while cycling the ABS module. Apparently it's a time consuming process where they suction out the old fluid, and then pressure-fill and bleed while activating the ABS system. Something like >$350. My car's in the body shop this week after being rear-ended (obviously not due to me stopping short), so I won't take any action until next week. Probably try one more flush procedure before spending $300 -$400 at the dealership. Thanks again for the great input!
  38. 1 point
    I'm not sure I would agree with this. You can race side-by-side through that corner, so it can't be all that tight. Overall, its less than 2s slower in lap times, and statistically equal top end speeds into 1. Yes, it is a technically challenging corner and a wee bit of ice racing technique will slingshot you through it!
  39. 1 point
    You don't want to use that corner... It's painfully tight, on what is an otherwise fast circuit. It was put in place to slow cars down and avoid the strips of Armco to the left and right of the track at the time. We all hated having to use that corner in the first few years of time attack.
  40. 1 point
    Thanks Jordan! I took my car to speedfactor's dyno the morning after our last race. Peak hp was 117hp, similar to Clint. Sorry I don't have a scanner to post the dyno sheet but I will bring the paper dyno sheet to the next race in case anyone is curious. Using NASA's ST car classification form https://form.jotform.com/drivenasa/st-tt-car-classification-form my power to weight ratio was just over 18, so ST6 legal. FYI - post race inspection showed terminal chassis cracks in my CRX! That car is done for good . But the engine might return in a different chassis. I think some of the 105 hp guys are no longer only 105 hp ;). So maybe the ST6 power to weight ratio of 18 will prove to be OK. It would be nice to have the scales available again so we can verify weights as well.
  41. 1 point
    If it's any consolation, I only need 1 run for FTD. But I'm still pretty fun to be around.
  42. 1 point
    And I could probably score more touchdowns if basketball nets were bigger. But that's a different game then.
  43. 1 point
    Sounds like a fun guy to have around.
  44. 1 point
    I like the "more fun for not a lot longer on site" format
  45. 1 point
    I love seeing the other run videos! Cool. I'm torn on the # of runs. SCCA Nationals is the gold standard of the sport. I heard a fast driver say something like: "Anyone can be fast in 10 runs, I can be fast in 2." But, more runs = more fun for not a lot longer on site.
  46. 1 point
    I'm in favor of 5 runs. The biggest issue I have with autocross is the amount of time spent relative to the amount of racing you get to do. Even adding one run helps justify the outing for those of us with a scarcity of time. Fun runs aren't quite the same, certainly with respect to the level of seriousness employed. I'd like to suggest that 3 runs at SCCA Nationals is a practical move to get through the massive number of cars racing.
  47. 1 point
    Here's my fastest clean run, I've bleeped out my swears stupid bumps...
  48. 1 point
    LYSENG #10 - Porsche 356. In 1969 I needed one more signature in my logbook to get my National license, but my MGA had failed me too often to merit another go. So I put a rollbar in my street car and hauled it up to McDonald. This is back in the days when we could by a 90hp Porsche like this with the Carerra knock-off wheels for $1,000. This was my second Porsche. I bought my first one while in 11th grade for $500. It was a 70hp Normal engine. Pictured here with Phyllis Lyseng.
  49. 1 point
    KIKI in it’s original colours as Hugh Hanson bought it. The sight of this car always scares me. If it ever hit anything, I suspect it would split asunder right at the skinny weak spot where the driver sits. The heavy motor block would go one direction, the rear end another direction, and the driver? Who knows where. It needs a good cage to tie the front end to the rear end. Just my opinion, that’s all.
  50. 1 point
    1978 Gimli Motorsport Park Formula Ford Pit Crew for Bill Hilash, L to R: Jim Cushon, Ken Hilash, Jim Hilash, Leon Feinstein
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