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    Events 12 and 13

    Had a great weekend of racing. Here is Curtis's winning run from Saturday: Notice how the passenger seat is empty. Here is my fastest run, about 0.4 seconds slower with Curtis in the passenger seat. I could say his lard ass cost me the win, but we all know better...you've seen Curtis right?! lol My inability to execute a 2 - 3 shift cost me time on Saturday. Realistically though, a Z06 should never need 3rd gear at an autox. I may have redeemed myself Sunday in a really close battle where 0.008 seconds separated first from third. Like they say, a win is a win. Here is my video of that final run. Glad it stayed dry today, I have had enough running in the rain this month.
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    Events 12 and 13

    Was great seeing you out! You can thank @Curtis for that re-run. I left him alone in the timing trailer for but a few moments and all hell breaks loose with the timers. Coincidence....I don't think so.
  3. This was my first Nationals and although I didn't meet my goals this year, I am hoping to head back next year armed with the knowledge acquired from this year. Still had a ton of fun. The people and courses made things enjoyable even if conditions were not ideal. I don't think I have ever raced in water that deep and we had the glory of drying the track on Wednesday. In the wet there were times the course would absolutely disappear and I was driving and timing my turns from memory. And that is in a car with a windsheild! Not sure what the folks without windshields were doing. I knew we were giving up something with the narrower rear tires, but how much never really hit home until we heard the cars on day 2. They were on the power much sooner and harder than Chris and I could even imagine doing. We will make changes for next year. I had the luxury of working sound which was not setup either day. On Day 1 I shagged cones, on day 2 I had the luxury of not working and went and watched CAM and Prepared cars on the East course while the West Course (where I should have been working) had a 1 hour delay to clean up trans fluid. The CarPorn alone is worth the trip! East course in the deep water: My best run on the West course. I never did execute the starting or finish slalom well.
  4. We run first and work fifth. Glad we chose to check out the day after competition. Those are going to be long and early days. Looking forward to Vivek's course, not so sure yet about Karen's.
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    Federal Tires

    Might be interested in this. Will have to do some math on sizes.
  6. So I hear paddock registration opens in a couple days. For those that have been or are going, what is that and what are important considerations?
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    I made it onto Jalopnik

    Awesome job Mark! Always fun watching the car run!
  8. Guys, Know any place local where I can get something like this? (My Google-fu has been weak this week... ) https://www.summitracing.com/int/search/product-line/macs-forged-mini-t-hooks/cargo-tie-down-anchor-type/t-hook The j-hooks in the straps I have do not fit in the shipping holes on the Vette. Others have recommended the above or similar. Any thoughts on the above vs strapping through the wheels when trailering the car? Or something like this so I can get a fat J-hook through it. https://www.bimmertools.com/t-hooks-p/11-7a-lba.htm
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    Tie down t-hooks for trailering

    Since I rent the trailer I can't really add tracking like that but have seen it used. I will look up this Saturn Industries place as I do want to tie it down from the chassis, although the internet seems split 50/50 on chassis vs wheels (or suspension compressed vs not compressed). The compressed camp makes more logical sense to me. Thanks folks.
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    GT-R brake pads

    The EBC Racing Blue's I have now are about as dust free and quiet as I have had in a good pad. They work better than the HPS, but Chris and I are debating if the bite is the same as the HP+. They are certainly more linear than the HP+ so your friend may like them. Got mine from Sam Strano at stranoparts. https://ebcbrakes.com/product/ebc-disc-pads-for-racing/
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    Seeking Tire Advice

    That is my thought! Bridgestone engineering is thinking low pressure as well but I still think that is the easy way out. @rjames and @Jim Eh., Yeah going to have shop check that corner over as I told the Bridgestone Engineer, to me stuff is moving only in the directions it is supposed to. We chuckled. He's going to talk to John Laughlin (sp?) Who raced one of these for a few years and is now in a mod Mustang and works down the hall. Was nice talking to someone who understands what I do with the car at a manufacturer. Shall see what they email back. For now I am shopping another tire.... Costco is sold out. @Shawn I had a gauge do that as well, threw it out. Like you, won't make that mistake twice.
  12. Looking for some input on what could be going on here as I seem to be wearing tires from the inside out. Some background: 1. I am religious about pressures. These tires run at 28 PSI rear or 30 PSI front, or 32 PSI on the street. 2. The tires are dedicated autox tires, very limited street miles. 3. Sometimes they sit in the garage for a week or two at a 24 - 26 PSI, but the car does not move until I check torque and pressure. 4. I had a blow out on the left front earlier this year that I attributed to road shrapnel, now I am not so sure. 5. Note that the cording in the tire pictured is on the INSIDE of the sidewall. My tire shop refused to remount, and I am not questioning their judgement here. 6. The blow out and the cording both appeared on the front left side. 7. The noncorded tire was on the right front. 8. Both sides have similar tread wear. 9. Both sides have 47 autox runs. 10. Car is running the full Strano setup with some alignment tweaks to adjust to our surface and style. Do note the bump/ridge that seems to be running across the inside of the tire adjacent to the cording. I have included a pic of the inside of the good tire from the right side of the car with the same run count on it. Question for the smart people here, manufacturing defects or setup problem? I can live with the former, but would like to fix the latter. If the latter, thoughts on fixes? Any help is appreciated as, in all honesty, I don't understand how two tires with the same run count and inflation practice can appear the same on the outside but so different on the inside. Still sorting this tire wear and alignment lock down issues. This, coupled with family obligations is why Chris and I were unaccounted for and apparently gave Curtis way too many points this weekend. lol
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    Seeking Tire Advice

    Car was fine @MRS Joe thanks, just a big tire mark. Thankfully we caught this second one before it blew out. Interestingly, after the event I was headed to that I did not make the tire would have been removed and flipped. I wonder if we would have seen the same wear as well? Will never know the answer to that question. And yes, I have two gauges that I use. Like I said, kinda anal about this car, although it may not appear that way all the time. @Magner these are both from the set we bought last fall. I get the under inflation argument @Corey, do appreciate you looking it up. It does make the most sense but it fails for me on a couple of points: 1. The right side has no issues and it is subject to all the same variables of pressure (30psi), camber (-2.5ish) and toe (0). Also mounted on an identical 18x9.5 wheel. 2. This is the second set of RE71R's on the car. The first set went to 120ish runs with nothing like this. After the blow out the left front wheel went to Wpg Wheel Works for close inspection and got a clean bill of health. One post on RoadRaceAutox has a note from the Bridgestone Engineers to run lower, at 26psi and his problem like this went away. That is just weird. I am also thinking a pyrometer is going to be my next tool purchase, it has to be less expensive than this is turning out to be. Any suspension guru's here wanna help me go over my left corner with a fine tooth comb this weekend before I destroy a third tire? One other post on RoadRaceAutox mentioned shock or bushing issues to check for...no idea what to check for though since the shock and its related hardware are all new. It would appear my email to the local Bridgestone rep has attracted the attention of the Engineers and one of them will call me tomorrow, I hope.
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    Seeking Tire Advice

    By both, do you mean inside and outside? This cording is solely on the inside of tire on the inside tirewall. On the Sandbox (roadraceautox.com) I am now hearing drop pressures even more...I am soooo confused! (think Welcome Back Kotter...google it if necessary). Attached here is the aftermath of the aforementioned blowout. Not certain anymore that the two events are unrelated. Note that the car is at about -2.5 degrees camber up front.
  15. Chris and I actually got in this time...may have involved some texting on the 6th to make it happen...64 cars in AS alone! So far the second biggest class behind STR at 66 cars. Mark and Briget also registered. My first time going down for Nationals, should be a great time, win, lose or draw!
  16. Liam is looking for a codrive for the morning session at Gimli. He isn't on the forums much so let me know if you have anything available. For those that don't know him, he is my son and can drive. He has driven my Vette and his Corolla previously so pretty much any drive layout works for him. He may not be able to coach you, but he will definitely get your tires warm. He does have a ride for the afternoon/evening session, so only the morning event on the skidpad is needed for him to get me to pay for his gas to/from the event....lol. Let me know if you have something available and I will let him know. FWIW he did beat me in my car once. Cheers
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    WTD: Gimli Morning CoDrive

    Thanks Brian. He has a ride for the afternoon, just looking to fill the morning for him. BTW, how many sets of tires are you going to go through this weekend?
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    Gimil Event Help

    You used to have trunk space lol
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    Gimil Event Help

    I will have the Jeep and a flat deck trailer. I could take a couple teams to setup course. Alternatively I can assist where ever needed.
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    Event #3 Jun 10, 2018 Feedback

    @Weebly Yes, line selection allows different entry and exit options and it can and has been done at St Andrews. As for the pinch at the finish, in the Roger Johnson course it was mentioned that if you want to slow cars down, think two elements ahead of where you want them slowed. Don't try to slow them where you want them slow. This course violated that. You wanted to slow them at the finish, so a pinch was put at the finish to slow them down. Instead, slow them down coming from the pivot and straighten out the finish. For instance (and hindsight is 20:20 I know), come out of the south pivot, keep us closer to the west side, don't bring us to the center, then bring us east and straight to the finish. You slow us down on the west to east part and not right at the timing lights. Make sense?
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    Event #3 Jun 10, 2018 Feedback

    Not all of us drive a sewing machine.
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    Event #3 Jun 10, 2018 Feedback

    @Shawn, certainly not blaming anyone, nor is that my intent. No need to cry yourself to sleep because of the course...your driving...well yeah it earned it..lol. You interpreted correctly. While not a fan of how tight the start was, I can live with it. The fact that you were well passed the lights before you could start accelerating is kind of like having to hit the brakes before the finish lights (i.e., think the days of the short stop boxes...or was that another car club..lol). It just isn't racing IMHO.
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    Event #3 Jun 10, 2018 Feedback

    My two cents, and no, not because I drive a Vette. The start was brutal. You were well passed the timing lights before you could get on the gas. Put the lights after the hairpin/90 degree turn and now I don't mind the start. The course had no line selection. I know this is tough to get at St Andrew's, but we have done it. There were no real speed changes or acceleration/braking areas, lots of coasting areas for speed maintenance though. This was definitely a momentum course which tends to favor smaller cars. Not necessarily a bad thing, our design team seems to do well balancing the different course types over a year which is fine. The tightness of the course is indicated in the cone count. It should not be that high. I don't think my car had one clean run out of 8, that never happens. Some other cars only had 1 clean run, that also should never happen. I really did not like that finish. That pinch at the end was awful and scary as hell in my car. No way I could do it with speed and not be that guy that killed the timing gear. The only cars going through there easily were small low hp cars or AWD cars. Not sure if this will work, but here is a link to my fastest scratch time, a 66.260 on my OneDrive. If this doesn't work, I can get it to YouTube and relink. Unfortunately Chris stopped hitting the record button on his faster runs. https://1drv.ms/v/s!AiQQ7vcHahKvgdA1GCD6y4f9i_pQQw
  24. Spring Nats are May 26 - 28 this year. Anybody planning on going? If you're planning to make the trip are you interested in a house vs hotel? If so chime in. I will likely be booking a house rental soon for my co-driver and myself. We could split the cost more ways if anybody is interested. As it stands now the house is potentially costing us less than a hotel (depends on size) and we get more room, slightly longer drive to the event, but more room...I think I mentioned that twice. Depending on how many want in we may need to bring air mattresses and sleeping bags. We are thinking get there on the 25th and leave on the 28th and do the drive over the course of 2 days. This would have us leaving Winnipeg on the 24th and returning on the 29th. Even if you don't want in on the house rental we should get a list going of who is thinking of going. It really is a good time and you get to seem some awesome cars in a far more relaxed environment than Nationals.
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    Club Hoodies

    I can second that! or was that a bump... showing my age. lol
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