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  1. Wow what a great event! Can we all agree to cut Saskatchewan out of Canada and stitch the AB and MB borders together? Really wish it wasn't so far, I'd be back for more.The site was fantastic, the entire 400x900 feet lot was usable with additional space behind for paddock AND grid. Since we are in Calgary the site is not 100% flat, the back was much lower and with the right site also slightly lower, this gave us really interesting camber/banking situations, going uphill or turning with the banking gave more grip and vise versa. Really fun to include that in the approach to a run. The lot Grip was much higher than St Andrews since it was CLEAN, unbroken concrete, this was also a pain since everyone's car from Winnipeg tended to understeer a lot more than at St Andrews (Although the Vette was awesome if not better at this site) The Calgary site could easily hold an SCCA national tour event with 200+ drivers if needed. From comparison sake the lot in Winnipeg we have been lusting after for years is only about 500x1000 total and doesn't have additional space for grid or paddock. The recommended Hampton Inn across from the site was a great choice based on the view alone! Saturday, Street and Mod classes (Curtis, Shaun, Tim and me) got a chance to work first and have a look at the course. Rob, Corey and Tom in the GTR killed it out on course and gave us a good idea of what was needed to do well. I came out of the gate hard and leveled off on my later runs but Tim just got better and better and pulled ahead from me on both session Saturday. We didn't have enough the catch Ryan in The Cayman or Cam in the other identical Z06 (2 of their best drivers). The morning course felt really tight with a few decreasing radius turns but still a tone of fun, (a bad sweeper is better than no sweepers IMO). We were all pretty happy to see everyone from Winnipeg made it into either the top 11 Raw or top 10 Pax, Well done everyone! Tim has the better in car video, I will let him post those. Here are my runs with the outside camera. Saturday AM (things get dicey at the end) Saturday afternoon, second set driving the course backwards. Sunday: Since our Street group ran first Sunday, I wanted to make sure I had the course down and really focused on my course walks (huge thanks to Rob for dissecting it with me). Felt like I drove well in the AM, although I had more time in it. After my runs I made the mistake of checking scoring and found myself 3rd overall in RAW time, behind Ryan and under 0.2 behind Cam in the other Z06. Since I've never finished anywhere near the top 3 in larger event like this or come close to guys of that caliber my nerves got the better of me and I had a pretty bad afternoon session, drove off line and bellow the limit, I was just barely able to hold off Tim overall for the day score so that made it sting less lol.That being said I think we need to run 2 day combined events to mimic the pressure of national events locally. Sunday AM: Sunday PM: Here's the Sunday AM course for reference (reversed for afternoon): Sorry to hear about your rack Corey, guessing it almost made it, looked fine in Brandon.
  2. Actually you're not far off both! Kinda looks like a Yugo but some people treat it like it's a Ferrari.
  3. Driving to Medicine Hat tonight, full recap to follow with some videos later this week. Lots of fun had by all, good site, good courses, good competition, good hosts.
  4. Reijo confirmed the event format: 16 timed runs in 2 days, not bad!. For comparison Spring Nationals is 18 runs over 4 days (12, Pro-Solo, 6 Champ Tour). Would be neat if we could double up events like this at home.
  5. We are a go! WSCC to represent at the Calgary WCMA regional event: Tim and I in A-Street with the Vette Curtis in D-Street with the FRS Rob in STR with the S2000 Shawn in ASP with the S4 (S=Subaru Slayer) Corey in the C-Mod Banana Now sure if they have live event timing but we will post back with updates.
  6. From what I've read the VR-1 is not as fast as the top tires, for example a 225/45/15 Rival S on a 9" rim is quicker than the 245/40/15 VR-1 on a 10" wheels (as per last year's GRM test) but they more than make up for the performance drop in feel. Read multiple accounts these are extremely "fun" at limit with a very progressive breakaway. Hoon tire for sure. Hopefully they survive Gimli for you.
  7. Congrats @Beau on the Street win but we all know it's only because the supernatural Red AP1 S2000 curse is still haunting the club's timing equipment. Tim and I decided not to ride along on each others runs (since we won't be able to for the regional events). Interesting since we had similar times (Tim ahead under 0.2) but we drove the course differently as per these video examples below. (would have make good side by side video if I knew how to edit). Interesting to see our driving style and line varied like these: My 4th: https://youtu.be/EGzcaJ-0uvs Tim's 4th: https://youtu.be/BT6MJJGty28 Thanks Tim this was an awesome weekend!!! The car is fantastic, New tires are fantastic, (Tire notes in the Tires Bought in Canada thread).
  8. Ok let's Talk Nexen Tires, Quick Background, the current top tires are the Bridgestone RE71R and the BFG Rival S. All other current tires, Kumho V720, Dunlop ZII SS, Falken Azenis 615K+, Maxis VR-1, Hankook RS-4 are in the same class of tire, but just aren't up to the grip levels of the RE71R and Rival S. Problem is both RE71R's and Rival S are out of stock for 18" in anything over the 255 tire width, nothing in Canada, nothing in the states could be found new. Since Tim and I were hoping to run the Calgary regional event we needed tires ASAP. Since the start of the 2017 SCCA nation season, there's been some "noise" about a new Nexen tire being quick and offering good contingency price money with the SCCA. Bryan Heitkotter (ultra fast driver) out of California running a 350z in STU and another fast father son team (Garfield's) in a CStreet Miata out east both won national events on these tires and paxed very very well overall. From what I could find feedback was positive. Turns our Nexen has offer the "SUR4" model last year but it didn't make a huge splash however this year they launched the new "SUR4G" model. The "G" model is what the was getting the good reviews. Availability on the SUR4G was also limited but Tim was able to get a set of 265/35/18 in time (considering a Vette can stuff 305's these are small but better than nothing). Driving impressions: Saturday we drove them in wet/drying conditions. We played with pressures after second runs, dropping the rears to 28psi and the car hooked everywhere under power (could have been drying conditions and mold release coming off the fresh tires that helped too). Tires were kept cool from the rain/wet course and we didn't have complains witht the grip so it appears these are tires don't need too much heat to be happy. On Saturday Tim and I BOTH coned away the class win and PAX FTD on our forth runs. On Sunday we wanted to see how they liked getting hot (dry hot 25c day). Our goal was to see if they were good under heat, it took until my 3rd run (5th for the car until I noticed the rear was not able to hook up under power. So we sprayed after our my thrid and the car was completely fine after that, considering these tires were 150F front and 120F rear when I checked with a probe in grid, these can tolerate some pretty good heat, spraying after 1 or 2 runs would be a good idea to keep temps in check going forward. Considering the relatively small size for the vette these tires but down power extremely well. The key factor that makes the RE71R and Rival S so much better than the rest is a their overall higher grip level and their ability to multi-task, they can lay down power while in a turn. Can't say 100% if a the nexen's provide the same lateral or longitudinal grip as the others without test back to back with a logger but the Nexen's can multi task, the car is extremly easy to drive on corner exit while applying power. In terms of feel these don't have the knife edge feel of tires like the Dunlop ZII SS or RE71R but are not completely numb like the original RS-3 or Rival's. I would describe the feel as being closer the old Dunlop Z1 SS (if anyone remembers those). The peak grip offered by the Nexen is available through a wider range of slip angles and they offer a good but not "great/extremely crisp" steering feedback. Depending on your driving style and tire feel preference these might be good or bad. For me it's positive since I don't like tires in the RE71 or Dunlop ZII feel. In my case even if a tire like the RE71R provided more overall grip, I would be likely setting faster times in a tire like the SUR4G since they are easy to control at the limit and are easier to fix mistakes with. Tire Rack is the only decent place I can find these, if anyone has a lead on a Canadian Supplier, I'd love to know about it. Hopefully these tires can last (both tread and heat cycles)
  9. Forgot to add the most important part, thanks for my local sponsor MWR for the years of awesome service Edit: Drove on Tim's new Nexen SUR4G with the vette today, I'll write up full impression after tomorrow's event but the short answer is they are GOOD.
  10. Picked some wheels and tires this week.. since the RE71 are out of stock gone with the Continental contact DW's. In heavy rain these should be phenomenal and serve as a good street tire and occasional autox use.
  11. Your car is legal for STF with modifications as described.
  12. On that note, I haven't received a 2017 membership card either this year. Anyone else?
  13. 41 and 14 are reversed by locals, I took 141 go for 114.
  14. Hey Murray, Thanks for the heads up. FYI 401 and 402 in A street are codrivers, not sure if the numbers are correct or how you guys list them. Thanks
  15. 30 is currently assigned to someone else, you can see what numbers are available by reviewing the first post of this thread.