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Rainy Trackcross Adventures Rainy Trackcross Adventures

Since I’m still on the wait list for the wait list for the last HPDE in October, I decided to go ahead and do the trackcross this weekend. It was raining all day, with the paddock basically covered in 1" of rushing water at times. The track, while wet, didn’t seem to have too much deep standing water on it so the…

87 FX16 GTS Track Toy Build - Part 12 87 FX16 GTS Track Toy Build - Part 12

With a nice clean workspace, getting the car prepped for HPDE was a much more pleasant experience.

First HPDE was a success! First HPDE was a success!

Man was that fun. Four 30-minute track sessions and though the temperature did creep up to the 3/4 mark, the car never had a problem, and made the hour drive home just fine. I’m so happy with how well this car drives on the track. The staff at Dominion has got it figured out, the event went so seamlessly between…

MFW my first HPDE is Sunday and it's supposed to storm all day MFW my first HPDE is Sunday and it's supposed to storm all day

As though I wasn’t already stressing out over it enough already. 

I had no idea how crazy the used Land Cruiser market was I had no idea how crazy the used Land Cruiser market was

I’ve been looking at 4th gen 4Runners as a possible new daily next year, and figured what the heck, what are Land Cruisers going for these days. This is some of the most insane pricing I’ve ever seen.

FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 11 FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 11

Since the last update I finished going around the interior and stitch welding the seams.

1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 10 1987 Corolla FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 10

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted an update on the FX, and a few little fun things have happened in the intervening couple of months. The first thing of note was that I acquired a rivnut tool.

Wrenching Weekend: S13 240SX Fender Flares and Aero Wrenching Weekend: S13 240SX Fender Flares and Aero

Is there better way to spend a hot, humid weekend than in the garage with your friends, wrenching on a racecar project? I submit that there is not. This time the project at hand is an S13 track car that is in need of more room for race rubber, and revised low-speed aero for autocross.

Just say no to oil starvation Just say no to oil starvation

In anticipation for my first HPDE day in August, I got a oil pan baffle kit for the 4AGE in the Corolla. If you’re unfamiliar, basically these little trap doors only allow oil to flow towards the pickup, preventing the oil from sloshing away under hard cornering (like what you’d see with sticky tires at the track) and…

Track car forums? Track car forums?

I know forums as a medium are a dying breed, but does anyone know of any forum that is not make/model specific but deals with track car setup? Specifically things like safety system setup and design. Think fire suppression systems, seat/harness mounting, cage design, aero, etc.

87 FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build Part 9 87 FX16 GTS AutoX/Track Build Part 9

After a very successful trackcross event, a few small issues made themselves known that needed to be addressed.

Ed China's Garage Ep 1 is up! Ed China's Garage Ep 1 is up!

Hopefully this isn’t a repost, but the tall man is back!

Outback-owning Oppos lend me your ears! Outback-owning Oppos lend me your ears!

I’ve been looking at 00-09-ish Outbacks to replace my Matrix as a daily in the next year or so, and I have some questions.

Oppos in VA - come cruise with us! Oppos in VA - come cruise with us!

Japanese Classics of VA Car Club (JCVA) is hosting our 10th “Rolling up the Blue Ridge” cruise this Saturday. All vehicles welcome. Come cruise some beautiful mountain roads with us!

Today marks 10 years... Today marks 10 years...

... since I bought my first and favorite car. The adventures, friendships, trips, races, and memories this car has been there for are some of the most valuable things in my life. It may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts, kid. Here’s to 10 more years.

What is Oppo drinking tonight? What is Oppo drinking tonight?

After a miserably cold and wet March, an odd 80* day calls for some porch time. This lovely DIPA is a local brew by Triple Crossing, and part of the “hazy NEIPA” trend in craft beer. I absolutely love these juicy, silky-smooth beers!

That's not gone well... That's not gone well...

It’s astounding how much pain and suffering one bolt can add to an otherwise simple task. In this case that job was removing control arms to install polyurethane bushings. However the little captive nut inside the chassis decided it didn’t like being captive any more and just spun with the bolt, requiring some…

1987 Corolla FX16  GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 8 1987 Corolla FX16  GTS AutoX/Track Build - Part 8

With the driver’s seat now safely mounted in place, I decided it was time to start playing with some aero.

Video from today's Trackcross at Dominion Video from today's Trackcross at Dominion

This was an absolute blast! I can’t wait for the next one.

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