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  1. Weebly

    Membership Process - MSR

    I find it very helpful in our general meetings to a have an updated list of our current members. Thanks Jen & Josh for getting this sorted out!
  2. Guilty on all counts! Anyone who's ridden with me at Autoslalom knows that I have tunnel vision and don't look more than 10 feet ahead. Sad, but true. The video from last week with Al at the wheel was awesome. If anyone was wondering why ice racing is so much fun, this says it all. I can't believe the speed of the steering inputs and corrections. Oh, did I mention this is all being done while downshifting into the turns? Would've been interesting to see the footwork as well as the hand movement. Thanks again Aaronstump for providing that video!
  3. I definitely need one. Can we do a group buy?
  4. Weebly

    2019 01

    Hey Ken! As a technical writer for a Publications Department, I can appreciate the amount of work that goes into one of these newsletters. I haven't seen any previous issues, but I must say that the current issue is extremely well done. Do you think we should also mention that the track resurfacing donations can be made electronically on the WSCC homepage? The PayPal or credit card option is nice and even offers monthly payments. That works better for people like me who would rather spread out the payments over several months, rather than a lump sum payment. Again, kudos to you and all the contributors that made the newsletter happen!
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    2018 Awards

    If I can't get the Cone Killer award, can I at least get "A" for effort? Based on the number of mutilated cones I saw last Saturday, I think there may be others who are challenging me for this award. Good luck with that.
  6. Darin, I think I can speak for everyone out there that we really appreciate the time you put into providing your experienced insight into "preparing your car and how to drive to conditions". I'm sure there are a few inexperienced drivers that might be a little apprehensive about driving tomorrow's event in cold/wet conditions, but after reading all the comments in this post, I'm sure they'll see it as a great learning experience with a ton of fun thrown in to boot!
  7. Hey Corey, Great comments, especially the part about how there is no consensus amongst experienced drivers. I think you nailed it with your reference to the placebo effect. If someone says "this is what will happen if you make this adjustment" then you are already predisposed to make the same conclusion without any substantiating evidence. Sometimes better to leave things as they are and compensate with driving adjustments rather than try and make an adjustment to the car, but not really knowing if you're going in the right direction. I think this post is working as intended and is providing some sage advice with the additional benefit of dispelling some myths. Thank-you Matt, Darin, and Corey. Ever since I took the HPDE and decided to give open lapping and Time Attack a shot, I've been scouring the WSCC website looking for videos that can be used as a learning tool. To date, the best one I found was on the Time Attack webpage showing Darin navigating the track in a Toyota Matrix. To me this was much more to the point and demonstrated how to drive the proper lines rather than watching other videos of crazy fast cars generating some unreal speeds, braking points, and corner exits, etc. Having watched your video clip over and over again, I think this would also qualify as a great learning tool for anyone new to the sport and not familiar with the proper driving lines for GMP. The fact that it was run under wet conditions shouldn't really matter. Assuming others agree, can we add this video to our webpage alongside Darin's video?
  8. Sorry if I seem to be monopolizing this post but it's all about learning and I've got a lot to learn. It's also very timely. In a couple of days there will be a group of drivers out at Gimli who will be running in temperatures colder than they've experienced previously this season. So, if there like me, they'll be asking a few questions on what they can do to prepare for the conditions. And I mean besides wearing a parka. Here are a couple of questions I'm hoping the experienced drivers can help answer: Would it help to adjust tire pressures from normal (assuming we've already established "normal" pressures during the season)? Would that mean bumping pressures up a tad? … or maybe lowering pressures a bit? See, I told you I had a lot to learn. And once we get a consensus on whether to raise or lower pressures, what would be a reasonable amount? Maybe 5 to 10% roughly? Or, and I've been told this at the last event, leave them where you normally have them set. For those of you lucky enough to have adjustable suspension settings, would you soften both ends up bit to compensate for the cold and possibly wet conditions? And I don't need to ask what to do if it starts snowing. I've already got that one figured out. See you guys on Saturday - should be FUN!
  9. AWESOME!!! Thanks Matt for sharing your experiences over the last two seasons. So much insight … had to read it over several times to let it soak in. Actually, to be honest, had to consult my dictionary a few times. Dystopian?? Dichotomy?? … who's writing this for you? Seriously, I love it! For those that don't know me, I'm the, ahem, mature person walking up and down the pits going "Oh wow, what did I get myself into?" I'm hoping this "WIL" will encourage feedback from both experienced racers, who have the knowledge, and questions from people like me (newbies) who want to learn and absorb as much as they can … yeah, I guess you can call us sponges. Matt, your commentary is both analytical and humorous - a difficult balancing act, but you nailed it! Let's keep this post active during the off-season so that we can gain from each other's experiences and confirm what works and what doesn't. I like what you've done initially by breaking down the learning experience into five topics. I'm sure this will grow into more topics … I've already got a ton of questions that I would like to ask, but am a little apprehensive about asking questions that have already been asked and answered 100 times. If so, my apologies, but I'm new to this sport and would still like to hear from the people in the know. Hey, if there is a "family" of racers out there that are willing to share their experiences (but not secrets) with the rest of us, then please let us know and we will bombard you with our questions. We shouldn't limit this "sharing of knowledge" to just Time Attack, but also include Road Racing, and Autoslalom. Agree?
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. Weebly

    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.
  14. 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!
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    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.
  16. 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.
  17. Weebly

    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.
  18. 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
  21. Weebly Report Event #3 Jun 10, 2018 Hey everyone, Hope we all had a good time at our third event. We’re looking for some feedback as to how the course layout suited you and your car. I’ve added some ratings for cone penalties and DNF’s in this report so that we can establish a ratio based on number of entrants and runs. The low, medium, and high ratings are arbitrary (best guess) at this point. Any experienced members willing to offer comment on how to adjust the ratings would be appreciated. Course Facts · The course was laid out over 2045’ · Turns - 39 · Total official runs – 156 · Fastest run time (raw) – 66.5 seconds · Median run time (raw) – 73.5 seconds · 10 DNF’s (10/156 = 6.4% - low) · 88 cone penalties (88/156 = 56% - high) DNF Legend (DNF’s/runs) 0-10% = low 11-20% = medium 21-30% - high >30% = excessive Cone Penalties Legend (cones/runs) 0-25% = low 26-50% = medium 51-75% - high >75% = excessive Course Feedback Here are some of the things you can consider for comment: · How would you rate the overall experience on a 1-10 scale with 10 being the best? · Which parts did you like? · Which parts did you not like? · Any suggestions for improvement? Does anyone have in-car video that they’d be willing to upload to this topic and share? Thanks, and we’re hoping to see you all at the next event, Jun 24th- double-header at Gimli! Brian
  22. 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" ?
  23. Weebly

    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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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!