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  1. I'm in favor of 5 runs. The biggest issue I have with autocross is the amount of time spent relative to the amount of racing you get to do. Even adding one run helps justify the outing for those of us with a scarcity of time. Fun runs aren't quite the same, certainly with respect to the level of seriousness employed. I'd like to suggest that 3 runs at SCCA Nationals is a practical move to get through the massive number of cars racing.
  2. When I go to Chevy Canada right now and choose 2019 Corvette Grand sport it gives me a $76,895 MSRP before adding any options. You can easily upgrade to $90k plus if you add in performance packages and different wheel sets. So the new mid-engine is going to be cheaper? That's a tough pill to swallow. We shall see. The exterior looks great, like a Ferrari crossed with a Ford GT, but the interior is the typical sore spot. It appears the driver is walled off from the passenger by a bulkhead containing a row of 25 buttons and the steering wheel is aesthetically dreadful. There will certainly be a lot of complaints about the lack of a manual transmission, but the reality is many modern performance cars are just too fast for manual transmissions. If the car can do 0-60 mph sub 3 seconds, 1st gear is probably over in 1-1.5 seconds.
  3. What about the lot for the horse race track? It is massive, no curbs. https://www.google.com/maps/@49.8878951,-97.3295146,3a,51.7y,63.61h,85.13t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-OnJH4MxSBUdkJK39EHVjQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  4. Why at Gimli with so much space are the course starts still 90 degree turns? Let's have some cars launch hard, generate some smoke and excitement like the old days. These kinked starts are such a buzzkill.
  5. I think the biggest thing holding back autocross is St Andrews as a venue. Limited course variations due to the shape, no running water, isolated. Gimli offers better courses but driving two hours round trip for 4, 45 second runs is hard to justify from a cost/benefit perspective. A better lot inside the city would change everything.
  6. So this is open to those that did not attend the HDPE this year? I attended in 2010 and did the open lapping session last Oct 3rd. No racing license or whatever.
  7. Modern gen V haldex systems are not reactive and do not require slip to activate. This is the AWD system in the A3/S3/RS3/Golf R/TTRS, plus Volvos, Saabs and a few more. Throttle induced oversteer in winter is no issue. Power is transferred proactively depending on driver inputs. If you give a healthy amount of throttle engagement of the rear wheels is instantaneous. The 2018 Audi TT RS just won the one lap of America with 2nd and 3rd being Porsche 911s so I guess Haldex isn't that bad.
  8. Are any of the Gimli events on the road course? Start time for each part of the Gimli doubleheaders?
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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