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 on: October 16, 2018, 07:36:17 PM 
Started by Rich Grunenwald - Last post by Rich Grunenwald
Since we've not done a lot of racing this year, and plan on hitting the Runoffs at VIR in 2019, we were thinking about running the North Carolina "Goblins GO!" event at VIR.   When NCR member Steve Strickland organized a T4 invitational as part of the event, and attracted 12 entrants, we said "Hell yes!"

With that in mind, we decided to make the fall trip to Virginia International Raceway, about 20 minutes from Danville VA.  I was thinking about running the test day on Friday, but given it's the end of the year and this was going to be essentially a practice event, I figured saving the $350 test fee plus another $300 or so of expendables was probably a wise move.  I did spend a lot of time watching video and reading to get somewhat of an imprint of the track in my head.  
We decided to try out the Hoosier A7's this weekend vs. the R7's we've been running. Folks in lighter cars (ie, pretty much the rest of T4) run them with good results.  Discussion with a few folks that have tried them on heavy cars like mine reflect good results, so I figured what the heck.  

Thursday, October 11

Loaded up and got out of the 614 around 3p on Thursday, with plans of staying overnight somewhere and getting to the track around noon or so.  Smooth and easy travels through southeast Ohio into Kentucky and West Virginia.  We were made aware of a significant accident and road closure on I-77 south of Beckley WV but figured it would be cleared once we got that far.   However, it was MAJOR accident and 9 hours after it occured the freeway was still closed, routing traffic on to two lane roads, indicating a delay of an hour to an hour and a half.  Rather than suffer a delay, we decided to stop and stay in Beckley with plans to get up early and make the rest of the trip.

Friday, October 12

Had a nice overnight stay, and got up early Friday around 7a.  Checked online and info from VIR indicated the event might be cancelled.  The area had been soaked by a hurricane a few weeks ago (Emily?) and was again impacted by the recent Hurricane Michael.  The ground was already saturated and the waters just continued to rise.  At about 9:15a, they decided to cancel the event.   Photos show the Dan River encroaching sections of the track, and Steve Strickland told me turns 1, 2, and 17 were under water.  

So, what do we do?  Send a note to Race Registrar Peggy Dietz, and head north to MidOhio!

We drove straight through from Beckley, about 4.5 hours, and got to MidOhio around 3p.  Got paddocked in our usual spot in the middle paddock, and got things set up. Went to Tech and got another logbook (original was  filled up!) and went up to registration which was a breeze.  Had a couple beers, and headed to Buck's for dinner before turning in for the night. Kathy managed to get a room at the Travelodge near I-71, which was cheap and clean.

 on: October 16, 2018, 04:52:39 PM 
Started by Rich Grunenwald - Last post by Rich Grunenwald
XYZ on that driver's seat  Cheesy
That's my jacket.

But, thanks for caring.

 on: October 16, 2018, 03:21:29 PM 
Started by Rich Grunenwald - Last post by TURBOED
XYZ on that driver's seat  Cheesy

 on: October 15, 2018, 04:30:58 PM 
Started by Rich Grunenwald - Last post by Rich Grunenwald
It seems the kids are upping their automotive game, so this means BASIC TRANSPORTATION for everyone!

Son Andrew just purchased a very nice Focus ST, so his current ride is up for sale!  Like the Civic recently sold here,  starting out at a tantalizing price before we do any prep for selling.   Here's the basics:

  • 2006 Mazda 3S, 5 door hatch
  • 134,000 or so miles
  • EVERYTHING WORKS as far as I know.
  • AC, PW, PDL, Sunroof, factory stereo, etc.  Pretty well loaded.
  • 2.3L engine, 5 speed manual.
  • Grey Metallic exterior.  Some dings and such. Some rust as most of these have, but not terrible.
  • Dark grey interior. No bad smells.
  • Drives great.
  • No fluid leaks, no noises while driving.
  • Brakes and battery good. Will probably change the oil and filter.
  • Front tires definitely need replaced. Close to the tread bars and noisy.  Rear tires are about 5/32". Tires are Conti Extreme Contact DWS.
  • Known issues / near term maintenance:  Uses oil between changes. Not unusual for these from what we know. Also, cooling system probably should be flushed just because it hasn't been and Amanda's Mazda6 was a mess!

Prices on these are all over the board. On CL, the ones under $3000 seem to have significant rust and  / or issues.  The nice ones tend to go for $4000 on up.  This one is somewhere in-between, so we're pricing it as it sits, before cleanup or anything, at $3000.  

Plans are to clean it up this Saturday, and go over it.  Once we do, we'll up the price accordingly (my per hour labor rate is high, and I work slow, but I expect to be compensated) and release it to the CL and FB crazies.

A few unflattering photos follow.  

 on: October 15, 2018, 03:44:04 PM 
Started by Rich Grunenwald - Last post by Rich Grunenwald
Somebody make me an offer on these.  $25 / tire or $80 a set.  Like to move them.

 on: October 15, 2018, 08:57:59 AM 
Started by Rich Grunenwald - Last post by Rich Grunenwald
Somebody make me an offer on these.  $25 / tire or $80 a set.  Like to move them.

 on: October 14, 2018, 08:39:10 PM 
Started by RyanN - Last post by RyanN
Just saw a post in the SCCA group on Facebook and thought we used this brand...

Jon Faber
Anyone part of a region that uses the Race America wired setups? My region has a bunch of those items we would like to sell as we upgraded recently.

I can get pics of each item if interested.

Here is a List of the Part # that we have:
3240e - timer box
3204f - timer box

 on: October 14, 2018, 08:15:03 PM 
Started by Stamperman - Last post by Stamperman
Sold!  Soon to be on a 740 wagon.

 on: October 14, 2018, 09:33:38 AM 
Started by RandyT - Last post by RandyT
When will we see the season results for this season?

 on: October 12, 2018, 06:31:31 PM 
Started by Rich Grunenwald - Last post by Rich Grunenwald
If you've thought about coming up for a race, this would be a good weekend. Nice fall weather and a good field, partly due the VIR race being cancelled (flooding /weather).

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