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      10-10-2011, 02:31 PM   #1
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Last Track Day of 2011!

I had my last track day of 2011 on Friday, running with SCDA at NHMS. Before I am out again, I will be fitting a BBK, softer tires and a harness - whether it is the quick-fit or not! You can see me hanging onto the wheel in the film

There was a fun set of cars there, a couple of Ferraris, but the most noticeable was a Carrera GT. WOW! What a car and it sounded phenomenal spooling up down the front straight. It was funny everyone was gushing over a red Ferrari, until a Noble and Carrera GT pulled into the lot, and the group turned around in unison. That's street presence! LOL The GT guy span it off at Turn 9, the turn just before you enter the oval. I didn't see it happen, but it went all the way down to the bottom of the hill (look for the left hander, and straight on from there), but did no damage apart from damaging the skid pan.

I drove like a muppet for the first three sessions, but pulled it together a little more in the last session, so that's the film you've got! The air temp was 32degF at the start of the day and it was tough to get traction. Of course, when it warmed up to 70's, I only remembered to let air out after the second session, which explains why I could get traction then either! My most endearing moment was missing a gear at Turn 3 and trying to get up the hill in neutral! Nice! I got away with it, but please pass on my deepest apologies to those who had to manouver around me.

The other outstanding incident was soem guy in a race car decided that waving yellow meant stop now, and stopped and stalled in the middle of Turn 3. Our session was stopped after 15 minutes to allow him to be towed off! You would think a "racer" would know the flags! He further caused me ire when he caused a back up at Turn 1, which resulted in me hitting a cone and knocking off a front orange reflector and giving me a nice skid mark to polish out! I went back to the cone when the track was cold at the end of the day. The reflector was inside the cone! Well, half the reflector was inside the cone, so it couldn't be used again. I think it is God telling me to get painted reflectors!

Anyway, photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/6185127...19844549/show/

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      10-10-2011, 03:21 PM   #2
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awesome vid, not looking forward to winter and end of the season either.
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Oh come on, there is still a LimeRock date with SCDA at the end of this month.

I am doing a mid-Ohio date with the Ohio BMW CCA the 22 & 23rd and may do Limerock as my last run of the year ( noon start so I can do the 6 hour drive up in the morning without getting a hotel - I'm cheap, I spent all my money on tires, gas, and brakes....).
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      10-10-2011, 07:06 PM   #4
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LiM3y: Ignore my query in the other post in this section--I didn't see this post yet. I tried to get into this event on standby to make up for my rainy disappointment at Watkins Glen two weekends ago, but they didn't have space. Looks like fun. Would have loved to have heard the Carerra GT on the track. I've seen one accelerate away from a stoplight at the Greenwich Concours this year, but that's nothing compared to hearing one at full chat. You lucky dog! And a Noble--that's probably the one car I have not seen around here. Very cool.

arter: I've signed up for LRP on the 29th as well. Hoping for good weather.
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      10-10-2011, 11:14 PM   #5
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Don't feel too bad. My last track day of the year was last Friday and it rained most of the day. I packed up after 2 sessions :-(

Long winter ahead...
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      10-11-2011, 06:59 PM   #6
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lime rock on 9/21 and 9/22, and njmp the following weekend. im not letting this season end.
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OP: great video and write up!

FrenchBoy: sorry to read that your last day was ruined by rain...

I have one more outing this year: NJMP Lightning this weekend with BMW CCA!
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Limerock snow date is re-scheduled for Nov 14th with SCDA.

Weather looks promising ( much less than 10 inches of snow).

New .. New last Track Day of 2011 for me.


question, should I heat cycle my LM-60 Blizzak's?
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