Friday, August 14, 2015


Hello Rally Workers,

Emergency Volunteer Alert !!

Marshals needed!!!  along with every other specialty..

FREE training !!!  Cool T shirts !!  Nature provided at every corner 
!! {and on some straight sections}

Only 2 weeks until your chance to work with the best Rally teams in 
the world !!

Sign up now to reserve the spot where during your assignment you 
could meet Travis Pastrana, David Higgins and other great teams 
racing thru the forest and along  Northshore drive !!

Friday August 28 and Saturday 29 are the days to plan for fun in the 
forests and along the lake!!

Volunteers needed, are you a Ham? have a scanner?, Would you want to 
sit in all the rally cars during tech? Do you like to watch the cars 
drift by your marshal spot or land hard off of a yump? If you like 
Rally fans cheering,  then this is the place for you. Spectator area 
marshals are located  at the best places in the forest to view the 
action up close and get the spectators "pumped up.

Volunteer now and we will find the best spot for you, your family and 
friends. Good times await you for volunteering.
If you've already registered, your spot is already reserved and 
waiting for you.

Thank you    Joe Lipinski Ojibwe Forest Chief of Controls

Follow the links below to register and to watch Carlton's drone 
videos from last year.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Pics and vids from Street Machine Nationals 2015!

SCCA-LOL helped put on the auto-x.   This event is run VERY much like a standard auto-x event, not like the gimmick events of years past.  Actual run groups, higher speeds, and more "elements".
Please come out next year volunteer and or compete.
another video

Friday, July 10, 2015

Annual SCCA-LOL Summer Picnic

Mark your calendar for Sunday, Aug 2nd starting at 2pm, at Elm Creek Park Bluebird Picnic Pavilion for our Summer Picnic.

Whether you are a current or past member of SCCA, worker or driver, JOIN us!  Share your memories, pictures, and stories as we gather at Elm Creek Park (in Maple Grove).

Hot dogs will be provided.  Just bring a salad, veggie, or dessert (but if you can't bring something join us anyway!)

Help us reach friends we haven't seen for awhile.  Call your buddies in Vintage, BMW or other groups; reach out to former members where ever they are.  Racing memories just don't go away.  And with our annual picnic they'll continue to live.

If you have any questions please contact Mary at 651-408-1203
Check out our website,
or Facebook page for more information:

Ojibwe Fotests Rally

  The Ojibwe Fotests Rally will be on Friday Aug. 28 and Saturday 
Aug. 28 in beautiful Northern Minnesota.
   Watch Travis Pastrana, David Higgins, Dillon Van Way and 
Minnesota's own Nick Roberts along with many other national and 
regional Rally teams race along the best Rally roads in America.
Friday and Saturdays smooth and flowing gravel stages are capped off 
with two asphalt stages run along Detroit Lakes Minnesota's scenic 
Northshore Drive.

Follow the link below to great times in the forest and along the lake!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

SCCA-LOL National Rally-X

Two-day Central Division National Challenge event. Course is an infield comprised of grass over hard-packed dirt.

Course degradation at this location has been observed to be minimal.

We are making up our Treading Thin Ice event to make our National Challenge event 2 days long. If you want to do both days, sign up for the National Challenge and if you can only make it to one of the days, sign up for one of the regional events. There will be 3 sets of results, 1 for each day and 1 for the combined times, which will be the results used for nationals.

National Challenge 2 day registration: 


Volunteer with the SCCA this Weekend at the St. Paul Minnesota Fairgrounds Autocross Course!

Do you want to get into the show for free?  Do you want to drive the course as much as you want in your car?  Do you want a front seat to see some wicked fast cars tear up the autocross course?  Interested in shagging cones and ensuring that our autocross participants have a great time? Then come out and give us a hand with staffing our autocross event! 
The Street Machine Nationals Autocross (formerly known as "Car Craft") is back in town and we need your help!  It's an important SCCA fundraising event that is a blast to work, AND, you can drive the autocross (without waiting in long lines) if you volunteer to work.  
We have two sessions each day we need volunteers for, an AM and a PM shift.  Friday and Satruday AM shift is from 10am-2pm and the PM shift is from 1:30pm to 5:30pm.  Sunday we only need to staff a single shift from 8:30am-1:00pm.  We are looking for a total of 8 volunteers per shift to make sure the event goes well.  We need a minimum of 4 volunteers for each session to host the event and as of today, we have a gap in filling the required spots for the PM shifts on Friday and Satruday.
Click the button below to register NOW because space is limited.  It's a fun and easy way to give back to SCCA while enjoying your passion.  ** Volunteers must be age 16 and up.
   Street Machine Nationals worker sign up
Please contact Mike Baloga at (612) 432-1994 or if you have any questions or troubles getting signed up.
We tech the cars first (make sure they are empty of loose items, then line up participants on a grid.  Last year over 400 people participated!
We run a LOT of people through a really fun course...and help SCCA-LOL raise funds for driver and member growth.  Please join us!

NASA & Trans-Am Independence Day Weekend


Another car who isn't in the same class, whom I passed 2 laps earlier (that car is capable of running 20 seconds a lap faster than I) decides to dive bomb me in T1 (you know the turn that is large enough to turn a truck & trailer around in) and couldn't make it stick . Sadly my stupid GoPro battery quite recording 3 laps prior. 

Special thanks to Ryan who came out to help out as crew!  He got a chance to do NASA's HyperDrive, in his turbo Miata.  

Monday, June 22, 2015

NASA @ BIR July 4th weekend with Trans-AM

Should be a good event....Trans-Am will have over 40 cars!

If you are interested in learning the basics of High Performance Driving, or simply want to drive your car on a racetrack in a controlled and professionally staffed environment, then NASA’s HPDE is for you. NASA HPDE gives drivers a chance to test their skills and learn from NASA's cadre of experienced instructors in a venue designed for safe spirited driving far away from the risks present on the street. Our HPDE program has become the standard for the 'open track' industry and features multiple skill levels to ensure that drivers are able to enjoy a safe and fun day at the track. 

If anyone is coming up to Brainerd International Raceway to spectate theNASA Central Region races/HPDE and TRANS AM / Brainerd International Raceway; BIR is charging $25/day for admission...mostly because of the drag racing, but I digress. Anyways, consider signing up for the NASA HyperDrive program. It is $70 and you get part of the classroom session, and a SINGLE session on track with an instructor. It is highly recommended that Hyper drive people show up Sat. AM. Point is, if you were coming up to spectate, just pay the extra $45 and get a track session.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Ok...not really Motorsports related...well maybe...keep reading
Elio Motors came to visit Minneapolis this past May.  I have been reading about them for a while and was truly excited to see the prototype in person.

For those of you unfamiliar with this car go google it...but until then, here are the high-lights:
-84mpg!!!  87 octane (representative said the ECU might adjust to more octane aka more power and MPG)
-0-60 in under 10 seconds
-two 6' plus people will fit in it tandem
-Traction control, ABS, cruise, A/C, and stability control
-Will meet CAFE emission standards in all 50 states
-Will meet crash test safety standards

Just that list alone in my opinion makes this car a no-brainier.  As 90% of the time I am driving solo.  Supposedly there is a computer repair place (something like Geek Squad, but not) and a security firm have already placed orders for these.  Why wouldn't they?!?  When a company has a basically one adult driving around all day.

I do wish it had a bit more cargo space, other pictures on net show the rear seat folded down and a full set of golf clubs in the hatch & back seat.  Other than that most of the time anything I transport can fit in the back seat and back seat floor.  The trunk/hatch is designed to fit a bag that normally fit in an airliner overhead compartment.  Rumor is an aftermarket company already has a trailer hitch designed for it.  I can totally see having a small enclosed trailer in tow, much like that behind many motorcycles.  The representative said something about voiding transmission warranty, blah, blah, honestly I tuned that part out!  There is no spare tire, one gets a can of "Fix-a-flat".

Much like the smart car, and some other uni body cars, the frame is basically and exo-skeleton, or a roll cage?  Wait what?  Roll-cage?  Hmmm......  The motor is designed to break away from the frame and fall under the car, much the same way newer Subaru's do.  The theory is it saves the driver's legs.

Officially this is licensed as a motor-cycle, has the US DMV has defined cars as having 4 wheels.  That being said, Elio Motors has gotten exempt for the helmet law in all but 2 states.  However one still needs to have motor cycle endorsement, which is odd but whatever.  Getting a motorcycle endorsement is EASY!!!!  It is all INEXPENSIVE!  The classroom session is like 1/2 a day or a couple of evenings, the written test is easy, I highly recommend taking the 'day on the bike' class instead of taking the 'behind the wheel test' as the day on the bike class is cheap, easier than taking the test, and it is good practice especially if one has never been on a bike.  So don't let this stop one from buying an Elio!

The motor is a completely brand new design.  It is a 0.9L three cylinder motor.  It is rated at 55hp and 55 lbs of torque.  Unofficially, the dyno charts are showing 60hp.  Considering the car is expected to weigh in at roughly 1250lbs, the performance numbers should be really good.  The compression ratio is a really high 12.5:1 (most cars, especially pre-2012 are under 10:1).  There is a some advanced swirling of inlet stream into the combustion chamber and pistons, along with valve timing to achieve this.  

Coil overs?!?   Not on the base model; but wait, base model?  Rumor is that roughly a year after release there will be a sports car version!  Coil overs, and turbo charger!  Now we are talking!

Even if the turbo makes 20% more HP, that would be a mere 11hp (I think we can call that a really conservative number) , that is enough to move it from 22lbs/hp to 18.9lbs/hp (assuming we go with the stated 1250lb curb weight) which puts it close to sport compact territory.  Let's say that this performance version costs and extra $1200, aka 20% (probably a safe up charge when going from a base to performance model), making it a whopping $8000!  Oh darn!, a brand new sporty car than can out drag race what 40% of the cars you see on the road?  Let's not forget MPG goes down on sporty cars right?  Well, turbos don't usually but, that is a whole another conversation...just for rough math let's say mileage goes down by 20%, that brings us down to a mere 65mpg....again, OH DARN!

Now I am thinking this could be the next race car....think about it...."Spec Elio"!  Twenty of these things on the same race track at once!  Unfortunately they are not legal for SCCA Solo, as the rules say something about having to have 4 wheels or some such non-sense.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Harvey West Memorial Day Classic 2015 on

Harvey West Memorial Day Classic 2015 on

This will be the first race for me in Spec Miata.....I'd be lying if I didn't say I wasn't a bit nervious!

There is a 45 minute endurance race on Saturday.  Strongly debating about running it, and also running both classes, Spec Miata & Spec Miata Tire; it costs more, but twice the amount of races!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

World Racing League @ Brainerd Intl. Raceway 5/2 & 5/3

Drivers' Meeting.  Many thanks to the The Four Firkins for providing kegs of both Surley and Indeed beer!

21 cars entered.

Failed front rotor that costs us roughly 10 minutes on Saturday.  We still managed to get 1st place in GP3 and 7th overall.

Sunday it rained on and off.

Due to a lighting storm, the race was actually red flagged (stopped) for 40 minutes.  During which time the cars where brought onto pit lane and no work could be done.

Saturday night we changed the driver side rear wheel bearing as it was showing signs of going bad.  On Sunday that same bearing failed roughly 6 hours in, the inside bearing, inner race fused itself to the stub axle.  It took us only roughly 20 minutes to swap the rear bearings and stub axle, but it probably kept us from getting 2nd possibly 1st place.

Sunday's results, 3rd in GP3 & 10th overall.

Racin': A family sport.

A few more of Jerry Winker's pictures on FaceBook  same pictures and a good write up!

*More pics and info to come*