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post #81 of 1498 (permalink) Old 10-11-2012, 08:11 PM
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****in' A ... who was in charge of vehicle deployment that day?

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A hug for your wife was definitely in order. You're very lucky.
I had one of those "what if" moments last spring. I was leaving the market and had walked about 15 feet away from the exit when a Ford Exploder accelerated, hit the curbing then flipped on its side and did a 180 degree turn, landing exactly where I was just standing seconds earlier. Myself or anyone else leaving the market would have been killed or severely injured. It was definitely an introspective moment for me.



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Found a picture from that day. I took the pic as I walked away from the scene. The driver was elderly and dazed, but didn't appear to have any major injuries. Paramedics took over before I left. I still think "what if.... I checked out in a different line, etc..."

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O.K., lets get back on TRACK and see those videos everyone


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Crazy...you see stuff like that on the news but it's usually a convenience store that someone drives through.
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coronado qualifying race. i am really happy with the session. good times.



can't post anything longer than a few mins to youtube, tried again, it spends 30 mins uploading it and then "removes it"...

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fitfan,
Just watched your video. Nice work. The DashWare should have a "bumpy ride" meter
I've helped my friend Don Denomme with light prep in the garage at his SCCA races in the NorthEast. He has a very clean Van Diemen FF.

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The cars look like a blast and FF seems to be a very tight community.

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i spent a long time thinking about what type of racing to get involved with, about 10 years! lol. i am really happy with vintage FF. i like the "real race car" of FF. its about the most affordable you can get (not that it is cheap by any stretch). that course in coronado is crazy bumpy, what is funny is that i did do the imovie smoothing. but that just made all the dashware graphics jump around! lol so i stuck with the real experience, my teeth still hurt. another pleasant surprise with FF is that its a kind of settling ground... you get a lot of very experienced drivers that "retire into FF where they started" kind of thing. so there is plenty of talent - which makes it a great place to learn! if you are a slouch.... you are off the back and gone! the cars are "spec" enough that its a drivers class. but with enough chassis difference to add some spice. they are momentum cars, but enough hp to get back into it if you screw up. just a nice all around package.

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I reset my best lap on SMMR's 3.1 mile config a couple of weeks ago. Forgive the two sloppy downshifts (I need to bleed the brakes; I was starting to get a soft brake pedal), and watch for the short drift coming out of T5b at 1:42...

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My FF friend is retired, but works at a race fabrication/prep shop and he too thought long and hard as to what he wanted to race in his "twilight years". Formula Ford was his choice for all of the reasons you mentioned. Everyone thinks of spec miata as being the "cheap seat" to racing, but Don assured me it was less expensive to race vintage FF. Of course you always have Formula V and Formula 500, which I think are about the most obnoxious, annoying "cars" ever created. Lol.

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Great job. Nice catch at 1:42 and to think you did a personal best with a soft pedal and end of life tires
Do you instruct at HPDE's? If not, you should.
BTW, the car sounds great.

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heres mine from a couple months back. Dont really drive the car hard on the street so this was the first time pushing and learning it


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Nice video, looks like a lot of fun

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LOTUS ELISE TVS300 VIDEO CHASING FEW GT3

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I just put few videos of this summer showing that a modified Elise TVS300 is able to keep up at the track...

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Nice video, looks like a lot of fun
It was great. Next time I need to install an external Mic near the engine or exhaust

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This is a new config at SMMR; you leave the "Radical Loop" and head through a series of roller coaster esses into "The Bowl", then get "launched" back into turn 5a. It also includes the "Bus Stop", "Carousel", and "The Loop".

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Andy,
Looking at the DashWare, the track seems to keep you very busy. That's a lot of turns and seems to be very technical!
How many track days do you typically get in per year and how long is your season?


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Looking at the DashWare, the track seems to keep you very busy. That's a lot of turns and seems to be very technical!
How many track days do you typically get in per year and how long is your season?


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I'm a member at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, so I try to get in a dozen or so weekends a year there. They've added quite a bit of new surface over the last few years and now have *many* different configurations. The facilities are world class.

Typically Lotus Cup USA runs 7-8 events a year (most are two day events).

Also I'll do 6-12 track days a year at various SoCal venues.
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This is a new config at SMMR; you leave the "Radical Loop" and head through a series of roller coaster esses into "The Bowl", then get "launched" back into turn 5a. It also includes the "Bus Stop", "Carousel", and "The Loop".

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I'm a member at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, so I try to get in a dozen or so weekends a year there. They've added quite a bit of new surface over the last few years and now have *many* different configurations. The facilities are world class.

Typically Lotus Cup USA runs 7-8 events a year (most are two day events).

Also I'll do 6-12 track days a year at various SoCal venues.
Man, that sounds like a good life
I'm enjoying the kids while they're young (and still want to be around me), but looking forward to getting on the track more than 3-4 days per year...
Now it all makes sense why you look so smooth and fast around these tracks. I appreciate you posting the videos. Big help.


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Man, that sounds like a good life
I'm enjoying the kids while they're young (and still want to be around me), but looking forward to getting on the track more than 3-4 days per year...
Now it all makes sense why you look so smooth and fast around these tracks. I appreciate you posting the videos. Big help.


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