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Best runs from Autox yesterday  Best runs from Autox yesterday 

Good enough for a best of 46.155 and 2nd in my class. First attempt using race render to overlay the gauges.

Interesting autocross yesterday Interesting autocross yesterday

While I was chasing cones during my work shift, I got to watch a 2005 Aston Martin get thrown around the course. It was quite quick, but with a surprising amount of body roll while doing it. Still got beat in A Street by two Corvettes. In other shocking news . . .

Impulse buy  Impulse buy 

Added this to my autocross essentials today (with rush shipping so that I may try it tomorrow at a competition). I’ve been using a stick-type pressure gauge, hoping this will be easier and more accurate.

Seat Time: Where to get it?  Seat Time: Where to get it? 

Bill Caswell’s post about driver searches seems all too timely. I’m heading to autocross tomorrow but I still don’t know how I’d make the jump from weekends dodging cones, all the way to gaining sponsors and driving professionally. I’m motivated yet not sure which way to go.

Is the GEN II Viper a good handling car? Is the GEN II Viper a good handling car?

Finally got the car out to an event to do a shakedown before I start bringing it to track events. Wanted to make sure overheating was not going to be an issue and it was the perfect day for a torture test. Ambient temps were 110* in the high desert and with not turning the car off between 5-6 runs each time and…

My reaction at the end says it all My reaction at the end says it all

FASTEST STREET TIRE TIME OF THE DAY! Out of 40 cars or so, but still: I beat a Viper on a fast course in a 4 cylinder Mustang

You bast . . . ! You bast . . . !

A very tight corner setup got the Camaro drivers complaining, and as shown in photo, the cone was expected to die (repeatedly), but . . .

More KC Autocross (Event 4), now with top 10 PAX! More KC Autocross (Event 4), now with top 10 PAX!

Well, it was 10th place exactly and I could have taken a few of the corners a little better, but considering that there were 154 participants, 20th was my best to date at this venue, and I managed to catch up to the pair of E36 M3 drivers in my class that I mentioned previously (0.125 slower than one, 0.02 faster than…

 New tires/fun awaits  New tires/fun awaits

My regular custom at my repair shop paid off and they managed to find me a set of hard to find RE-71Rs. Plus, the four fit side by side in my trunk with the seat down (hadn’t tried that yet).

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 Novice autocross school complete  Novice autocross school complete

It has been a long, tiring and very good day. Did the Central Carolinas Region autocross novice school at the Michelin proving grounds today. After a shower and some Mexican food I’m feeling better, and sipping on the beer I brought while relaxing at the motel is pretty sweet.

KC Region SCCA Autocross Events 2 and 3 KC Region SCCA Autocross Events 2 and 3

A bit late on these, but here we go:

Picking a number style Picking a number style

Update on previous post: I appreciate the input from Oppo on my number font for autox use. I had been thinking that I liked F the best because it looked old-fashioned but clean, while my wife had said A or G. We both ruled out H and L because they look too much like “S.”

Help me pick a number style [Oppopinions wanted] Help me pick a number style [Oppopinions wanted]

I decided to go with a retro roundel style number for auto cross, and my supplier mocked up some possible examples. I keep coming back to the same one (and naturally my wife said she liked other ones), but I’m curious about Oppopinions.

Wet autocross (bonus Pao!) Wet autocross (bonus Pao!)

Well, unlike yesterday, today’s second day of the autocross event was wet and cold. Fortunately I ended up in the second heat, when the rain stopped. Unfortunately, I was working the first heat and even a big umbrella didn’t keep my feet from getting soaked and my body cold enough that I was shivering.

Good Morning Oppo Good Morning Oppo

And good night pip bip, keeping the hour rule alive by punching the button like in “Lost”. I left an event early last night to be up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday because I love to drive. Hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

Confirmed: RE-71R + OSGiken LSD = Magic Confirmed: RE-71R + OSGiken LSD = Magic

I finally got a chance to put the new tires and differential to proper use last weekend at the KC Region SCCA’s first autocross event, and things went well. Very well.

Happy MR2sday! Happy MR2sday!

Less than 3 weeks until the first autocross weekend of the season and I can’t wait!

Getting ready to party with a stack of rubbers and some LSD! Getting ready to party with a stack of rubbers and some LSD!

In other words, standard autocross preparation. These are the last few things needed to properly STR-ify my NC Miata, so the rest will just be up to the nut behind the wheel. Here’s hoping the 245s don’t rub too much.

Selecting a Tire for The Upcoming Autocross Season Selecting a Tire for The Upcoming Autocross Season

Well this is the year I finally do it. My kids are both school-age and far more manageable. We have settled into life after moving back to my hometown, and my Mazda RX-8 is running properly. This will be the year that I finally run a full autocross season!

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