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  1. Great offer @Weebly. While I’m quite “AX Challenged” (if there was such a term) I’m reminded of Wayne S’s statement a few years ago where he stated that he became a better race driver due to his time in AX. Because of this, I have wanted to try AX (again, it’s been a while) and with a different perspective. I have the Camaro re-assembled and running (I’m rather pleased about this!) and was hoping to shake it down a bit with the new set up before taking it back to the track…where it belongs. AX time would be a decent opportunity, if it wasn’t for the kids. I’m up at the south end of the track this weekend - both days…and will try to be at the other end the following weekend. thanks again!
  2. Hi - Pi data system with dash, data logger w/2 axis accelerometer and lap timer, trackside beacon, USB download cable, Tach lead and more. would need wheel speed sensor (simple flying mag, easily available) for speed read out. Has 11 channels. comes with manuals and software. It all worked when removed, small scratch on dash display. More pics upon request. After years of looking at it and really no time to work with it, I can’t see that changing in the near future. $300
  3. Congrats to our competitors. Great job, hope you all return for the next event!!
  4. Thanks Keith. I appreciate your transparency. It’s a bit too much of project for me, GLWS.
  5. Hi - is there a transaxle? Clutch? A motor? Is it wired or will need to be wired? a seat? Fuel Cell? thanks matt
  6. I use the lever type. I have it in the car within reach while strapped in. The Lever provides a visual reference where the dial does not, I have it set up so the lever points more to where I need it. IE: if it’s pointed straight to the front, it’s all front braking. Further, it has 6 positions that you can quickly and easily set, from these detents, you may or may not be able to tell the difference in “one click” but you will in 2, in 5 years on on-track use, I have never found a need for further refinement between those detents. I have definitely changed brake pads to further aid brake balance (when the valve isn’t enough) and also calipers and rotor diameter, but the fine tuning has never been more than a couple clicks on the lever - and it’s a dynamic situation, so you want it at the drivers reach. You don’t want to be on your 3rd or 4th lap and have to end the session, pull in and make the change when you can do it on the fly and know the immediate result. If you change tires, brake pads, shocks, springs, sway bars - these all have an effect on how the car stops. I have done all these mods and have had to dial the rears out completely and bring them back in 80%. ive also ran the valve with and without the OEM prop valve, which will likely yield different results with different vehicles.
  7. Thanks @Jim Eh. What I find to be the most Interesting statement is when Counsellor Palson uses the daycare reference where she questions why there’s been no discussion around the sale of the race track – just a vote. A possible lack of transparency is evident.
  8. ^^ @kmiller is correct. In addition, I can add from my own research that adding minimum 20% straight toluene will allow 20 Lbs boost or 12:1 static comp is ok. I have added up to 40 % toluene with 13:1 static comp and 25lbs boost, but anything over 30% was negligible. note that I started with regular gas, 87 octane. Toluene is available over the counter from any paint supply shop in 5 gal containers. every octane “booster” has a high percentage of toluene and/or benzene, then Alky and other fillers. But toluene is the aromatic hydrocarbon that makes it happen, benzene had been blacklisted as a carcinogen in specific quantities a few years ago. Note that in the 80’s during the “turbo era” in F1, the fuel of choice was 97-98% toluene and 2-3% methanol to stabilize. also note that bore size has a direct effect on octane requirement, much like normally aspirated vs forced induction. With a larger bore, the flame front must travel further, therefore selecting fuel based on burn rate or flame speed becomes a consideration. Using pure Toluene has been a simple compromise with regards to octane requirements and induction style; high boost (requires slower burn rate) and high comp, natural aspiration (requires faster burn rate).
  9. Here is my lap in a stock RS Focus last august. No commentary, maybe it will help. NoPistons will share informative content. Hope to see you at the track.
  10. Right on Mat. I have been coming up to this track since 1976. Ive watched my Dad (and my mom!) race here and watched his return, the first time back in over 20 years. My cousin (also raced karts here early 80’s!) came up and was energized to the point he bought a race car and will be joining us next year (Dason will be happy lol). I have raced myself at all ends of this wonderful place, drag raced, kart raced (when the kart track was was at the north end and it’s current south locale) and road raced, and even made some laps on the MX track. I’ve got vivid memories from the early days of the Atlantic races, Players 100 and IKF championships ...and even a couple pit-passes and a T-shirt. like others here, I can say your words echo our thoughts. It’s a super weird year, but the People made it great. This facility is the only one in Canada like it - and it’s because of the people - so thank you!
  11. Many moons ago I AX’d at a couple venues in town (used to be MAXA before AX was under the WSCC banner, but I digress...) I went to the Downs event because a very good driver I raced with in Karts was trying it for the first time and I was quite interested to see what he did. His results were rather anti-climactic; very similar to @Dnfwm - if he wasn’t dead-last, he was next to dead last. 3 weeks later he had another first, actually 3: his first ever Formula Ford race, his first time racing on Isle Notre Dame, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. His first FF1600 Pole position and his first FF1600 race win....ok, thats 4, but who’s counting...He went on to win the Skip Barber FF2000 Scholarship and more AX, as Corey mentioned, is a special skill set. It really is. I gave up because I just couldn’t do it, it takes time and a level of dedication I just couldn’t connect with. It’s going to take a different approach to succeed in AX. What I’m saying is the point system has zero influence on your ability to drive, failing to win at your first attempt at AX has zero to do with your ability to drive OR your cars competitiveness, and re-classing your car is not going to change your raw lap times. Let the rule makers make the rules and let the drivers drive the cars.
  12. Unreal. I hope this gets resolved. Sorry Roland.
  13. The points have been address well and I won’t beat a dead horse, but I will say that when I go to work every single day, first thing I do is put on a face mask, sanitize my work area and fill out a 5 question Covid-19 Status Reporting form, question #1 asks “if I or someone in my household in the last 14 days has been in contact with someone who has travelled outside Manitoba”. its just how it is right now - nothing more, nothing less. Keith - you’re always welcome here, you always have been.
  14. @Dnfwm for a real world explanation gimme a call (dm) and i’ll be glad to let you know what I know. The short version is that nothing is perfect and they know it. Not long ago I was in YYZ and had lunch with one of the OTA directors. They’re good guys and know it’s not perfect and they try to make the corrections to keep it close as possible and fair. In fact I had to laugh as they made the Vette and Camaro “less dominant” with HI changes, this is the opposite to the Nissan GTR, they had to make the GTR more competitive because the Vette was kicking it’s ass - Detroit is doing it right! matt
  15. Yes - as @donrolandofurioso mentioned, brakes are a safety item and are a free mod, so go ahead and put the big brakes on. I did the same.
  16. @Jim Eh. That’s actually ludicrous. Autopac told me to wait a month and if nothing, then they will cover the loss...less my deductible of course, because it’s my fault some morally bankrupt sub-human multi-celled organism stole my new, never used trailer that was Locked up and insured on private property. don’t get me started on autopac. I love Manitoba, in fact I am a 5th generation Manitoban, with my great grandparents coming here in the 1880’s, but if there was 1 reason to leave it, MPIC would be that reason...unfortunately every other province has a similar deficiency. So I will stay...plus I can’t race for cheaper anywhere else in Canada
  17. @MRS Joe That’s more than Likely what’s happening - we went through the area over the weekend and looked at the areas that would make sense. The hitch/ball lock wasn’t anywhere around, so I assume they pushed it out by hand, rested the locked tongue on the towing vehicle and pulled it with the chains until they got clear and then cut the lock off. it’s probably already a cheap coat of black and long gone. What goes around, comes around.
  18. Hey - my new trailer’s been stolen. So after literally years of deliberation and even some procrastination, I bought a new trailer for the race car in early April. It’s an all Aluminum BW Trail 18ft open flat deck. Bought it new, towed it to my Dads place in Hillside Beach, and there it sat locked up, anxiously awaiting the green light to the 2020 season. Apparently, during the night of Friday 15 May, some dirtbag asspipe with no soul decided they would take it. The RCMP have been notified, MPI is sending letters to tow truck operators and garages in the area but they hold little hope of recovery. It was insured but it’s not a matter of insurance more than the moral vacancy prevalent in society in this time of national crisis. if anyone reading this can keep an eye open for my trailer, please notify me here or the RCMP directly. The only good thing is that the season will have a delayed start and I hope to have my new trailer for the first event, whenever that may be. matt
  19. Excellent Brian! And I might add that I think it’s once again Cool to ride a Honda 90 ...I’m sure there’s more, but this was great. thanks!
  20. Yes he was. Johnny Restored and currently races one of his cars, the #3 Datsun 710. Jim was an accomplished racer. He was a co-owner of a race prep shop here in Winnipeg and raced throughout the US and Canada, Datsuns, Formula Ford and Formula Super Vee with a Ralt RT4 before he retired. Look for a memorial decal on his old car this summer. matt
  21. JAMES (JIM) COLIN KING BORN: FEB 07, 1938 DATE OF PASSING: MAY 05, 2020 OFFER CONDOLENCES OR MEMORY JAMES (JIM) COLIN KING 1938 – 2020 It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts, that our family announces the passing of Jim, with his wife by his side, on Tuesday May 5, after a hard fought battle with Alzheimer's at the age of 82 years at Riverview Health Centre. Jim was predeceased by his parents, James Colin and Jennie May of New Brunswick, brother Bill of British Columbia, sisters, Marion and Evelyn of New Brunswick. He leaves behind his loving wife of 43 years, Joanne, his sisters, Helen of New Brunswick and Edna of Ontario, his children, Gloria Larocque (Reg), Gail Masson (Myron), Jim King (Gail), Kevin King (Rachel), seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Jim was born in Apohaqui, New Brunswick on February 7, 1938. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1955, and a few years later he was transferred to Winnipeg, where he settled. Jim left the Air Force in 1963, and became involved in sales working for various auto dealers and construction companies. He enjoyed the company of people and had the "gift of the gab" as they say. His outgoing personality suited his chosen occupation. He had a great sense of humour and could carry on a conversation with a total stranger and make them feel at ease. Jim was very athletic and enjoyed numerous sports. His first passion was auto racing, which he found very exciting and also awarded him with numerous wins. He retired from auto racing and found a new passion in golf, curling, senior men's hockey and lastly in his mid to late 60s, took to the sport of running in a competitive manner and winning several competitions in his age group. His favourite run took place in Banff Alberta, which he attended three consecutive years. Jim lived a full and eventful life until Alzheimer's took a hold on him and ceased all his activities. We extend our appreciation to all the staff at Riverview Health Centre who cared for Jim over the past several years. As per Jim's wishes, cremation has taken place and interment will follow at Green Acres Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date due to Covid-19. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. "Death leaves a heartache No one can heal Love leaves a memory No one can steal" GREEN ACRES
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