Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ice Racing 2/12

The track is 1.09 miles long.  The lake ice is quite smooth, but we'll need to work down through a bit of hardened snow.  Snow banks are big enough to be noticeable, but not so big that people should be getting stuck in them much.  Start finish will be at pit exit near the red marker.  Pit entrance is at the green dot.  The track is counter clockwise.  Looks like good weather for ice racing!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

We have ice!


Friday, December 30, 2016

PSA: Annual get on my soap box and preach about Winter Tires! :)

Public Service Announcement:

Every year I try to help spread the word of how much better life is with winter tires.

"The most common excuses I hear is I don't want to spend the $$ or not worth the hassle."
My response usually contains these points:
-one incident where the tow truck needs to be called out weighs both of those arguments.
-the increased safety margin....better grip in the turns, less likely to slide off the road, better braking distance
-save time....better acceleration....also one can travel faster during adverse weather, as the roads aren't as quite as much of a threat.
-you are saving your normal tires.  Let's assume one gets 40k miles out of a set of tires.  The average person drives 15k a year, so that makes their life span 2.67 years.  So if one simply drives on those tires for 9 months vs. 12; that means those tires will last 3.5 years.  PLUS during the winter one will spin the tires more, thus increasing wear.

All season tires are like a swiss army knife.  Yes they can a lot but they generally suck at it.  Yes you can open a wine bottle, gut a fish, install/remove screws, but a device dedicate for the given task will out perform the multinational tool.

Consumer Reports on the subject of Winter vs All Season tires

Monday, November 14, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

SCCA-LOL on TV again....

The TV show Detroit Muscle was at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine Nationals St. Paul, this past year and did a bit of filming. That episode has been aired and can be view at the link below.  The bit about the auto-x portion ran by SCCA-LOL starts around the 11 minute mark.  Apparently I avoided the camera this time!  


http://www.powernationtv.com/episode/DM2016-22/nova-fuel-injection-and-street-machine-nationals

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

SCCA - Oct 8 PDX-- -- Drive or Volunteer!

SCCA-LOL

Drive like a pro without worrying about getting a ticket!
Sign up for the Oct 8th PDX-Performance Driving Experience

Register now, whether you are a driver, instructor or a volunteer!

Discover the secrets race car drivers know to drive faster and safer while avoiding the "average" (and more careless) drivers who cause accidents.

Want more details?  Click here

Sign up NOW
for the Saturday, Oct 8th PDX at Dakota County Technical Center -- Space is limited, so don't wait!
You'll have fun!

If you are an experienced SCCA driver you CAN  be an Instructor.
Register at:
 msreg.com/2016PDX

Classroom and Driving Instructors are available to help participants drive more effectively.

This is your chance to get on track and master car control.  Classes available for beginner through advanced.

Need more information?  Go to
http://scca-racing.com/solo-pdx/ for the schedule/supps and tech form

or call Kathy at 763-241-8010

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sprint races at BIR Labor Day.

Volunteers AND drivers Needed
Calling all volunteers
Saturday, Sep 3 — Sunday, Sep 4, 2016
1. Friday Night Bar-B-Q 6PM at Hospitality Tent sponsored by VSCR and LOL
2. Lunchtime Touring--FREE for volunteers and $10/car for general public
3. Our Saturday night Pizza party
Registration hours at BIR
Friday 5 - 9 PM
Saturday 7:30 - 11:00 AM
Sunday 7:45 - 8:30 AM
Morning meetings 8 AM at the bandshell both days, Saturday and Sunday.
Any special requests please Jim Gillen directly.
Go to scca-racing.com for more details
Please go to http://landolakes.motorsportreg.com/ to pre-register (or just let Jim Gillen know).

Friday, July 29, 2016

SCCA-LOL

SCCA Track Day America on Wed evening, Aug 3--Volunteers and Drivers Invited!


SCCA National sponsors a DCTC Track night for Performance Driving and Accident Avoidance.

You can participate as a volunteer (Instructors, grid, corners, registration and others needed) or as a Driver. Join us for a great evening!

 
Date: August 03, 201603:00 PM - 09:00 PM CDT
Address: 1300 145th St E, Rosemount, MN, 55068

Questions? call Kathy at 763-241-8010

 

Need more information?  Go to http://scca-racing.com/solo-pdx/track-night/

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Derelict car projects

Because I obviously don't have enough to do, let's take on more projects!  :)

1996 Mazda Miata, 242k (yes you read that right), "needs a water pump".....well yes it did have a 1/2 inch of play on the pulley.  I did a timing belt kit.


2001 VW Jetta GLX, 12v VR6, leather seats, automagic.  "Needs an radiator", has a check engine light, and lord knows what else.

  

7/31/16 Update...Miata runs!  Water pump, t-stat, radiator, timing belt, and a bunch of degreasing.  I was lazy and didn't do cam & crank seals, or lifters. She is a bit clicky, after two heat cycles it sounded better.  After sitting in a two year coma, and having really black oil, it isn't all bad; we will see after some fresh fluids.
video

2016 Ojibwe Forests Rally Volunteers

Volunteers are still needed in all specialties for the 2016 Ojibwe 
Forests Rally on August 26 & 27, just one month away!
We already have 38 registered competitors,  it’s going to be a great event.

Online registration is now open at

http://www.rallymasterpro.com/workers/?group=1

Early registration will be on Thursday the 25th from 6 to 9 pm at the 
Pavilion, and Friday registration is from 9-12 at the same place. 
We’ll have a brief worker meeting at 1:00 and first time volunteer 
training at 1:30 before leaving for the woods.  Be sure to bring food 
and water for the day, and bring extra insect repellant.

Bring a friend too, no experience necessary, so bring someone and 
introduce them to rally!

Thanks in advance for your help.

Jonathan Atkins
Chief of Controls
2016 Ojibwe Forests Rally

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

July 4th Weekend @ BIR w/ NASA & TransAm


MORE VIDEOS AND PICTURES TO COME!
First race...video from Patrick Price's Nissan 200sx...we have a great joust.  He had a better qualifying time than I and started ahead of me.  I get him on the opening lap, he chases me down for next six laps.  He finally gets by me, and I stay on him through all the twisty bits.  I finished 3rd in this race.
The same race from my car:


The 2nd race, it was decided to invert the field (guy w/ the slowest time goes first, fastest guy in the back).  Due to a timing glitch, I didn't post a time, and I was on pole!  Kinda scary having all the really fast guys storm past you all in a short time frame.  What was real interesting was the very first lap.  Look at the black Mustang that is two rows in front of the car in this video.  He jumps out onto the grass and passes two cars in the grass!  WOW!  When he came on track he cut the nose of my car off, had I not lifted I would have rear ended him.  Patrick starts to catch me in lap 7, I stick to his bumper, and almost got him back except for the Spec Racer Ford that got between the two of us.  I finished 3rd in this race as well.

Same race taken video taken from my car
Lindell Motorsports.  Spec Racer Ford rental, preparation, and support.