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  1. Promoting autocross

    We had a great meeting today with many good quality discussions. Here are the minutes. For all currently unassigned tasks, we need some help with these. They can become a separate forum topic for discussion amongst all, or a champion can take the ball and just run with it. Meeting Minutes 2017-10-15.docx
  2. Promoting autocross

    I will PM anyone who needs my address. Anyone else who wants to join, please state so in this thread. If we don't hear back from you before the meeting, that's okay, we still have all these great ideas written down. That's the benefit of a public forum. All these ideas are already captured. I plan to discuss all the ideas relating to promotion and gaining new members, but ultimately we'll have to narrow down the focus to actionable items during the meeting. We can share the results with everyone so hopefully there will be more than just 5-6 people (10-12 people would be great!) able to help tackle the jobs and help follow through with actions.
  3. Promoting autocross

    Okay sounds like we have at least 5 people for Sunday so let's do that. Given the hard stop at 2 pm, let's start at 10 am, giving us plenty of time to wrap up a bit early. Anyone else want to join? Please add your name to the list. Beau Corey Shawn Dale Tim
  4. Promoting autocross

    I am free most of this upcoming weekend, Oct 14/15. If anyone wants to meet I'd like to do it now while things are still fresh in everyone's minds. Again, I could host, or we could go to Corey's place. No matter to me. Sat at 10 am sounds perfect, but I'm flexible.
  5. Event #18, Oct 1

    Yes and no. Be very careful. Do NOT do any resistance checks with a voltmeter while everything is connected and live. If you want to measure resistance, you have to do it on a dead circuit. In other words, remove the battery first. If you try to measure resistance on a live circuit, at best you'll get some misleading/erroneous readings and at worst you could blow up your meter or hurt yourself if something shorts out. Don't do that. But if you take out the battery then do what you said, you are correct. If you want to measure with the battery still connected, then you have to measure Volts. This is what I was suggesting. Here's how. Take your voltmeter and set it to DC Volts. Check across the battery terminals first (reality check) and you should have something in the range of 12.0-12.8 give or take. Take note of this first reading, let's say it's 12.5 V. Keep the red probe attached to the positive terminal and move the black probe further and further away from the battery. First check the clamp that holds the negative battery cable to the battery terminal to make sure there is a good connection between cable and battery. Should still be 12.5 V. Okay now move to the other end of that cable. Now move to the bolted connection to the chassis. Now move somewhere further away on the chassis. Now the engine block. If at any point you see a significant difference from 12.5 (e.g. you get 0 or maybe something weird like 2.5 volts) then there is not a good connection between the test point and the negative terminal. So just try to trace it out. If everything looks good on a voltmeter at first glance, another thing you can try is to do the same checks while the car is running, assuming you can get it running. If you have current flowing then the voltage differences should be more apparent. Side note: when touching a probe to a piece of metal, always try to scratch the probe into the metal a tiny bit so you get a good reading because there might be a tiny bit of surface corrosion or dust or grease on the outside surface of the metal.
  6. Event #18, Oct 1

    Sounds like you might have a loose ground. That would explain why your battery is still charged, yet you entirely lost power during the race. Check both ends of the grounding cable that runs between batt and chassis. I've seen first hand where rust/corrosion has formed on the chassis grounding point. In that case the bolted connection looked perfect from the outside and the bolt was mechanically tight, yet there was no electrical connection. Only way you can tell is voltage diff between batt neg terminal and a different spot on the chassis. I'm not sure if those numbers should be trusted as absolute. But who knows? It's peak transitional grip you are seeing for a fraction of a second. Sustained cornering G is more in the range of 1.0 to 1.2, which looks to be the same as Tim's vette.
  7. Great course today. I preferred it to yeterday's course, even though I had fun at both events. Joe's fastest run (#3): My fastest run (#3). I had some problems with data collection at the end of the day - kept getting errors on the Solostorm app about connections. I realized when I got home that my phone was almost full so that's probably what was causing the issue.
  8. Event #17, Sep 30

    LOL! No comment necessary. Watch the video and laugh.
  9. Promoting autocross

    All great stuff guys. Someone at the wind-up dinner today (Brian I think?) mentioned how there was a lot of good feedback and we can't simply leave it as a bunch of thoughts. Let's get together and discuss which things we can and want to do and make a plan to implement them. Over winter we can make some progress. I liked that idea! So who wants to get together in a couple of weeks to meet and discuss all these great ideas and start planning for action? I would love to help. I can host the meeting at my house or we could meet somewhere like a restaurant.
  10. It appears to be an issue for everyone. Here's a thread on the axti.me forums if you're interested. No response from mr axtime yet. Hopefully he'll get around to fixing it before next year. http://forum.axti.me/topic/163/no-runs-yet/
  11. Just a few of us so far eh? Usually we have 20-30 ppl. What's up with all the others out there? Its a good time!
  12. Promoting autocross

    Yeah, not the biggest issue, just something that I hadn't thought of and when it was brought up I was like "huh, yeah he kinda has a point." Josh, if you can figure out a way to make your life easier (or another volunteer - you don't have to man the booth every day, you can delegate) and still capture those few individuals who do show up late, then that's a win-win.
  13. Promoting autocross

    Nish, Kosta - you're not "wrong," because a new venue would certainly help us solve a lot of problems. But Corey is right - it doesn't help us promote what we currently have, which is what this thread is about. I would love to find another venue, but we've been trying, as a club, for several years. Let's all be honest, unless the stars all align we're probably going to continue racing at St Andrew's for at least a few more years. Back to the topic "Promoting Autocross" I talked to a longtime racer recently and his comment was that maybe we ought to rethink our policy on late arrivals. We are possibly turning away a few people every year and we can't afford to do that. How many guys have showed up late and been turned away and then come back the next day vs never coming back cause they're pissed that they drove all this way for nothing? I would guess there's only a few of each category, but more of the latter. I admit I'm a bit of a hard ass for following rules, but could we be a bit more lenient esp. on newcomers? I know the main criticism is that it's unfair to the registration person to sit around for an extra half hour waiting for late arrivals. I agree! Been there, done that. But why not have a separate volunteer cover those hours? E.g. Josh is there from 9:15 -10:00 and then someone who showed up early like Corey can take payments from 10:00 - 10:30. The late arrival person could be anyone who simply tells them where to park and collects forms and payment, and then tells the person that they are late and they should arrive before 10:00 next time so that they aren't subject to a penalty. Anyone who shows up after rookie walk has started might not be safe to race, but they could be invited to stay for ridealongs and "coached" for free so they aren't turned away altogether. To avoid abuse of the new rule, we could make this subject to a 3-strikes rule or simply only rookies are allowed to show up late. The goal isn't to extend registration for lazy people, it's to reduce the penalty on a newcomer. So everyone who shows up late can get a gentle reminder, then more of a warning, then a penalty. Another idea is a $5 late fee (increasing in value for every late occurrance?) for veterans or anyone who's been racing for more that 1 year. That should be enough encouragement to show up on time. Again, the point is to encourage people to arrive and register early, but still be flexible for newcomers to ensure their first experience with our club isn't a negative one.
  14. Hey everyone, I need a head count for this Sunday's wind-up party. Please reply if you plan to attend. As per usual, we'd like to all get together and share stories over pizza and drinks at the end of the year. I've booked the Boston Pizza on McPhillips for 4 pm for 20-30 people. I will need to call back with a better estimate by Thursday night. For those who haven't been to an autoslalom wind up, basically it's $15 each for unlimited pizza (2-toppings) and pop. It's always a good time, bench racing, talking about how great we could have been if not for that one cone, etc. We normally have an entire section to ourselves. Family is welcome to join as well, just let me know how many. If you plan on bringing kids (<18) please tell me so that they know whether they can seat us in the lounge vs restaurant. Reply below with a head count please!
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