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  1. At first viewing I recognize a couple of friends. The #35 Mini is of course Dyrk Bolger who still races a #35 Mini. I expect my now deceased friend Ron Schryer was driving either a Datsun 510 or something weird. One of the VW beetles is likely the one with the Ford small block in the back seat. Who else can name some of these or admit to being in them?
  2. Reply to DonRolando: I suggest staying in 3rd for corner 3 and 4 and dropping to 2nd for 5. You can't gain as much on the two short straights as you can by being able to accelerate more furiously once you get out of 5. Also staying in 3rd give you a little more gas pedal control over spinning tires. I was running a 512 and dropped to a 465 with outstanding results. I think all Mazda's diffs fit any Rx7. I picked mine up used on Ebay and it worked fine. I'll see if I can find the formula for calculating rpm to speed with different tire and diff combos. You need to know the gear ratios of each of your tranny gears. Scott
  3. I appreciate what you guys are doing and it looks like we'll have lots of time to do it. I'm a long way from being able to guess when we can get close enough to one another to actually build them but we can certainly get ready. I'm currently operating from a wild guess that we won't be free to race until later on this summer but it would be nice to have a couple of these up and ready to go when that time comes. Stations 1 and 4 currently have no shelters at all so we might think about starting with those two and hold off on the other two until we see what the budget looks like when we know how many weekends we'll have for revenue. Corner 1, if we do one there, it would need to be towable as that is drag racer turf and it would only be safe if we could haul it back to our end after the weekend was over. If you come up with cost estimates let me know so I can work it into our financial plans. Scott
  4. Fantastic idea Dason. To Matt Corrie. Back in the day I was dealing with a similar problem for a different reason and changed my diff to put my revs where I could use them in 5 and in 7/8. My car had a power band from about 5000 to 8500 but was pretty sluggish below 5. You can make a spreadsheet with all your different gear ratios and tire sizes included. In my case I knew what speed I needed to get down to to make corner 5 so I picked a final drive ratio that would put me just over 5000 in second coming out of 5. I was losing a couple of car lengths with the stock ratio and this eliminated that problem. Not enough for a pass on that back straight but since it worked the same in 7/8 I could set up passes on the front straight coming out of 8 or 9 or whatever it was. Yes, it was a rotary. Scott
  5. Dason, thank you for being who you are. You've already made a positive change in the volunteer world. I am so happy you said "Yes!" when I asked you to consider this new position. And to start your list for the Gimli weekend coming up March 7 & 8, I'll be there both days. Others can sign on here to make Dason's night-before-the-event sleep more peaceful. Scott
  6. Can somebody print directions for how to get down onto the ice. Which street gives access.
  7. Thanks for bringing this back Shawn. I believe I was a spectator at this weekend. Scott
  8. It would be an excellent thing for you to attend and you would be very welcome. I won't get there until part way through as I have to work but will look for you when I get there. Scott McDonald, Chief Marshal
  9. Count the marshal stations we'd need. We have very few marshals this year, so far. The above looks like needing at least 5. Getting 3 would be possible but a stretch.
  10. Very nicely done Ken. I know how much work this is. Thank you.
  11. Attention all our volunteers. For every 5 full days you've worked in Road Race or Ice Race this year you are entitled to a free banquet ticket. Pete will have an eligibility list at the door. Just make sure you book your tickets on Motorsportsreg.com so we know how many meals to order. It won't let you pay. Everybody pays at the door or gets ticked off the list and we pay for you. I'd like to see you all there. Scott
  12. Getting a schedule agreed on and printable and postable is harder in a large event like this coming one for a couple of reasons. if we have more than 33 cars in the largest grid (open wheel in this case) we have to split it because the track is only licensed for 33. At the moment we are right around that magic number with the cars that have registered through MSR. We also always have a few walk-ups on Friday night and Saturday morning. At this point we are preparing 2 schedules and it looks like we'll have to start with the one that runs 3 grids, Open Wheel, Closed Wheel and Vintage Closed Wheel in addition to Time Attack which doesn't change. If attrition takes us permanently below the 33 magic number we may shift to an alternate schedule before the weekend is over as that would give us more interesting racing than watching two dwindling grids of cars parade around. Both of these schedules will be available Saturday morning at the driver's and workers meetings and will be posted at the Concession. No matter which schedule we use the Workers Meeting is at 8:15 and the Drivers Meeting is at 8:30am. The track goes hot at 9 am and racing ends about 6 pm. There is the usual hour of Courtesy Laps after racing on Saturday and the banquet is at 7:30. Our sponsor has organized racer car ride-alongs for a modest fee in the half hour before lunch both days. This should be popular so sign up before it fills up. This means the noon lunch hour will end up about a half hour longer. The usual lunch wagon will be on site. There will be a show and shine featuring vintage sports cars and other exotics near the Concession building and parade laps for these cars both days during lunch hour. A lot of people like to be consulted and critique whatever schedule we put forward. This is more complicated in an event like this where the sponsor has a number of features that need to be included in the schedule, like the Australian Pursuit at the end of the day on Sunday, always a very popular event. We will have suggested times for each event in the printed schedule and the people in the tower will do their best, as they always do, to keep us on schedule. Unpredictable events like crashes are often a challenge for them so we leave them a little wiggle room between races to take up the slack if needed. So, there will be a printed schedule and an alternate schedule by Saturday morning, maybe even Friday night. So don't bug Mat about it as he has an awful lot of other things he needs to get done. Unless of course you want to volunteer to run into Gimli Friday and get copies printed for him. We have an amazing group of people, including Dyrk Bolger, our sponsor in his 20th year, doing an awful lot of work to make this a great event. At this point they've heard enough complaints and only have time for offers of help. See you there. Scott McDonald, Chief Marshal and assistant to the Road Race Director (sometimes misnamed Co-Director)
  13. We need you there by 8 Saturday morning instead of the usual 9 o'clock meeting as we want to do a bit of training. Scott McDonald, Chief Marshal
  14. We need you there by 8 Saturday morning instead of the usual 9 o'clock meeting as we want to do a bit of training. Scott McDonald, Chief Marshal
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