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  1. Are any of the Gimli events on the road course? Start time for each part of the Gimli doubleheaders?
  2. Now the registration form only gives me the option of registering late, but regulations guide says late is only after midnight on the Thursday before a Saturday. It has not reached that point yet.
  3. I paid for my membership but motorsport reg will not allow me to register for autocross as a member with the discounted fee. I don't think it is acknowledging my membership. #5909
  4. I am also eagerly awaiting the schedule, I need to plan my summer. All I know about the May 3rd event is that it is open lapping of the road course and a autocross course.
  5. Yes I was at a school in terrible conditions too (around zero, snow/rain) and a driver crashed his rather new car and it was totaled. Personally I thought the safety at the event was a joke and event should have never gone forward.
  6. The forecast is currently 4C with rain or snow. What conditions will instigate cancellation?
  7. What are the requirements to race? I've taken the HPDE course before, but it was 8 years ago.
  8. I did end up getting xpel on most of the front of the vehicle. Unfortunately the installation has issues and will be going back to the installer. Good quality product, but the installer appears to be the key to a great final product. Don't go with the cheapest quote. As the break-in period elasped, I took the RS3 to Gimli to set a stock 1/4 mile time. My best run was 12.04 @ 112 mph w/ a 1.76 60' time. I hope get out to autocross later this month.
  9. I plan to take it to an autocross event once the engine is broken in (1600 kms) and I figure out how I am going to prevent sticky tire rash. My car is spec'd out exactly like this video, except the mirror covers are carbon fiber, the interior has grey stitching instead of red and there are carbon fiber inlays in the doors and dash.
  10. Hello, I'm looking for opinions on the value proposition of xpel (or similar) paint protection wraps to prevent rock chips and other damage to painted surfaces, mostly the bumper and hood. I am taking delivery of a 2018 Audi RS3 in a couple weeks and have got two quotes around $3k to get the full hood, bumper, fenders and rocker panels wrapped. The cost with tax would approach 5% of the cost of the car. I plan to keep the car a long time (generally I keep all my cars at least 10 years). I see value in the film preventing the tiny stones that get kicked up from chipping the paint, but when a piece of large gravel hits the car at 60 km/h, I feel like plastic film is not going to make a lot of difference. It may be better to just save the money for a repaint down the road. Xpel also has a Tracwrap product for temporary use during autcross, track days etc. I feel like the majority of the stone chips on my Mustang were from autocross and HDPE events, so this may be a much more cost effective method of slowly down the deterioration of paint over time.
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