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  1. Matt, Thanks for your efforts in keeping the timing results updated so that people can see how they are progressing (or, in my case, regressing) throughout the season. Looks like the last report was generated Saturday afternoon, Sep 8th. Any chance getting the report updated before the next event to include Sunday's results? I noticed there were a lot of movement in the standings for most of the classes over the last few events. This means competition is very close and things could change significantly after a single event. I'm hoping we get everyone out for our last event at Gimli on Saturday, Sep 22nd and make it a "down to the wire" chase for the championship points. See you there!
  2. Oooh, , this is beginning to sound like a lot of fun! You mean I can do Autoslalom, cross the track and then do lapping, and then go back and do some more Autoslalom? And in between, I can volunteer for course working and offer ride-a-longs? This has now become ridiculously fun. Please tell me it's true!
  3. Can't believe what a blast I had today! First, I got the opportunity to co-drive with Chris Boettcher in my car. Super fun guy with lots of experience and the ability to jump in my car and knock off a time 5 seconds faster than what I normally run. Did I mention that this was his first "get acquainted" with the car run? Man, did I ever learn a lot by just sitting in the passenger seat and observing. I think we defied the laws of physics more than once. My second "Chris"tmas present was from #47 (don't want to name names and embarrass you) who offered me the chance to drive his car during fun runs. All I could say was … "Are you kidding me?", "Have you lost sight of your mind?" But, in the same breath, I said … "absolutely, for sure! … where are the keys?" Did I enjoy the ride? Let me just say this - when was the last time you saw me hug someone? So for everyone out there who wants to improve their driving skills, you might want to consider ramping up the learning curve by doing a ride-a-long with an experienced driver, or better yet, doing a co-drive. Plus, the fun factor is just awesome! Thanks again to Chris and Chris for making my day a "Chris"tmas in September! Weebly
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    Autocross event #11

    Hey Zach, Welcome to Autoslalom … glad you enjoyed your first event! Don't worry about the DNF's, I've had more than my share of those and just getting more seat time (like you did with fun runs) will help. Corey's suggestion to get a ride-along with an experienced member is a great way to identify what you're doing right and what might need improvement. We have a rookie mentor (driving instructor) available at our events that will gladly ride along with you and offer helpful advice. Normally our driving school instructor (Rob) works as the rookie mentor during the Novice run group. And as Corey also mentioned, if you can't schedule Rob to ride in your car, you can still ask to ride along with other experienced drivers or have one of them ride with you. Hope to see you out the weekend of Sep 8th & 9th.
  5. Upcoming Event #11, Saturday, Aug 25th. Hope those that attended our event #10 at Gimli had fun with the short but fast course layout (lots of sweepers). We also had a demonstration during the fun runs on how to do a pirouette with a Formula Ford. No names will be mentioned. Now, it’s back to St. Andrew’s for our next event. There’s some great battles going on in most of the classes, so now would be a good time to get out there and ensure that your competition doesn’t get a leg up on you. For those of you not in the hunt, like myself, it’s still a great opportunity to hone your skills and close out the last four events with a strong finish. You might not see my name or those of the other season pass holders on the entry list due to a glitch with MSR, but we’ll be there. For those of you with a car that’s down and out for this weekend, you can always post a request on the Forum - “Looking for a Co-Drive”. Seeing as how I burned up my last two sets of tires this past weekend, I’m taking advantage of Roberto’s generous offer to co-drive his Mustang. See you all on Saturday!
  6. Weebly

    Where to get brakes changed?

    Hey Roberto, If you can't find anyone to give you a hand, send me a PM and we'll work something out. We won't let you miss the next event because of a brake issue. Mind you, if we get your Mustang ready for Time Attack or Autoslalom next weekend, that means you'll clean my clock again. Hmm, let me think about this. Just kidding, send me a PM and we'll get you fixed up.
  7. Anyone interested in co-driving my Focus RS this Sunday? Looking to partner with a mature, responsible adult. Must have driver's licence, a sense of humour, and enjoy long walks on the beach. Ha -ha, just kidding about one of those requirements. You don't actually have to be "responsible". Send me a PM if you're interested.
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    Gimli Retrospective

    Shawn, You couldn't have said it better and you took the time to thank everyone involved in the event. However, there is one thank-you that is missing. Thank-you Shawn!! It's incredible how much effort you put into organizing the weekend events and how none of this would've been possible without your determination to get it done. I can't believe anyone would consider this last weekend as anything other than a success. Well done, and looking forward to helping with the July double-header.
  9. Hey Matt, Looks like a good start and, like you say, something we can build on. I like the full-size photos on the webpage. Is there any way that you can scroll through the photos? Am I correct to assume that all future event results will be contained in this topic "2018 Timing Results"? Something that was discussed at one of our meetings was to provide an update to the class standings, maybe two or three times during the season. For example, at some point in the season you wanted to know where you're placed in the class standings, then this information would be available. In that way, you could monitor your progress throughout the season and, hopefully, would encourage you to enter more events. How much work and how practical would it be to generate a standings report on a monthly basis?
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    Fishing rod and breaker bar found at gmp

    That's just plain hilarious Jim! I can just picture reeling the fish into the boat and then clubbing it with the breaker bar. Thanks for the chuckle.
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    WTD: Gimli Morning CoDrive

    Sorry Tim, as much as I would like to offer Liam a co-drive, I'll most likely be doing Time-Attack Sunday morning/afternoon and doing AutoSlalom in the evening. Considering I'm doing open lapping on Friday, Drift on Saturday, Time Attack Sunday morning, and Autoslalom Sunday evening, there's little opportunity for a co-drive Sunday morning. If my schedule changes, I'll let you know. Likewise, if Liam is interested in a Sunday evening co-drive, let me know. Brian
  12. Hmm, I like your deep insight, but zero DNF's will never happen as long as I'm out there. But, kidding aside, you're right - a course should never be designed to be "tricky" just to make it interesting for those who are more experienced. To me, I look at it simplistically … if a significant number of the entrants are novices, then the course should be designed to accommodate them as well. . No tricky elements required. Your second comment about driving the course with your eyes closed is exactly what I do. Only difference is I didn't realize you're supposed to do this between runs - and not during the run!!! By the way, was this "wise man" you mentioned, the same guy who said "wax on … wax off" ?
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    Gimil Event Help

    I'll sign up for #3 as part of "Team A". Seeing as how I have a hatchback (Focus RS #65), I will load up cones from the skidpad and drive out to the road course and set up cones. All I need is another volunteer to ride shotgun and help load cones from the skidpad and deliver to our designated section of the road course. Any takers?
  14. Curtis, It appears that your experience trumps theory every time. I did a little deeper digging into the results of the last 21 events (2017 - till present) and came up with an average count of 8.5% for DNF's. Highest DNF score was last year's May 27th event at Gimli. Lowest DNF score was 1.6 % at St. Andrews Aug 26th event. Cone counts averaged out to 50.6%. Highest cone score was a whopping 80.2% at Aug 20th event at Gimli. Lowest cone score was 25.7% at St. Andrews May 12, 2018 event. I guess it makes sense that the highest DNF and cone counts were at Gimli skidpad … lack of being familiar with the course?. Speaking of Gimli, which is coming up this weekend, I wonder what kind of course design Shawn will come up with? I have this sinking feeling that I will be contributing heavily to both the cone counts and DNF's.
  15. Tim, Your comments are well received and that's exactly the kind of feedback we're looking for so that we can make improvements in the future. It's ironic about your reference to Roger Johnson's Course Design, because this is just the kind of thing Shawn is trying to drill into my pea-brain. In previous course layouts I've asked Shawn or Helix if the finish is too fast, but they're quick too point out that you don't want a last element maneuver to slow the car and inevitably upset the car balance at the most critical time when needing to keep the car under control. Not sure how this nasty pinch slipped by us on the course test drive. It's possible that we might add Event #3 course design to our library for possible re-use in the future. That's assuming we can tweak the start and eliminate the pinch at the finish and adjust the previous elements as you suggested. Thanks again for your help!