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Simi
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« on: April 24, 2017, 09:45:49 AM »

Figured this could be an opp to share about other events and maybe even in advance of the event.. of you are going and try to get a contingent of OVR'rs there?

So.. we were in Toledo this past weekend with NWOR SCCA and did an event at Owens Community College... it was an interesting location, first time there, best part of it was that the entire place is fenced in... the part we ran at had some undulation, it was older asphalt but in mostly good condition, if you went off line it got hairy... they ran 3 groups, 6 runs each... we got lucky and worked 1, ran 2 and were home by 4PM .... course was fun, smaller than we are used to.. but still a good time!

My run: https://youtu.be/1PERJ0Ove_g

Anybody go to the Akron Sports Car Club Event or the Buckeye Miata Event?
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017, 10:59:46 AM »

I ran the Cincy region solo at Traders World in Lebanon. Cincy is glad they have procurred this location and the location seems to be happy also. Over 130 ran, they used the space efficiently giving runs that were 45-50s in time. We got 5 runs, it looks like a good place, it has an older sealer on it and gives decent grip. It was not very warm, will have to see what hotter events will bring.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 11:37:19 AM »

I'm a little sad I didn't realize the Cincy event was happening, but I was kind of busy anyway. Will definitely try to make it to an event there in the future. I'm impressed that they managed to make an event with that many people run smoothly.
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 09:00:26 PM »

I just got back from South Bend.  I did the Starting Line school on Sat and ran the event on Sunday.   They use the Tire Rack test track for their events.  It's really just a little road course with lots of grass in the middle, so it's a little challenging for the course designers.

They had 80+ entrants and ran a really smooth event.  They also use live.axti.me for scoring.  Very cool, and very hard to not pull out the phone while working the course.  How do we get this?

Jerry
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 10:20:52 AM »

Ran the track day sprint lap (autocross) put on by the ASCC at the newly renovated Dragway 42 in West Salem, OH.  Had a lot of fun up there, not sure it would have passed SCCA approval as an autocross course.  But did have a lot of fun running the event.  They had 81 entrants at their first event at this facility.  New asphalt, new grass, and had a number of bugs to work out for the first event there.  Wheel in the gravel or grass was an automatic DNF, didn't see many DNF penalties, but there were a few.  Pete Bates was there running his SMF Sentra.  Got 5 - 90 second runs, fastest lap video attached.

https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=MNvT8jafsInbvwfF&u=/watch%3Fv%3DfOF78dDqgqM%26feature%3Dem-upload_owner
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2017, 11:58:08 AM »

Nice run LG. looks like a bunch of fun and some pretty high speeds. Neat facility, I plan to get out there later in the season.
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2017, 11:37:21 PM »

I stopped by the Cincy event on the bike. Looks promising if they actually get a decent course designer there. Very tight line and 3 very slow turn-arounds, had a Good Guys feel without reusing sections of the course. They may have been handicapped on layout though as that is way more people than they usually get.
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2017, 04:24:45 AM »

WOW, I really liked the video of the dragway 42.  I will definitely be making some of those events. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2017, 06:07:01 PM »

Yes, Akron has something special Gray. Hope I see you there. July for me.
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2017, 08:22:13 AM »

Anybody going to Toledo this weekend that can carry two bare wheels?
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2017, 08:52:46 AM »

We could probably do that.
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« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2017, 09:21:13 AM »

Toledo Airport event this weekend was crazy.. basically a national event (227 people) held locally...
this was our 4th weekend in a row of auto-xing... each event has had different conditions and pavement types
but the car is behaving pretty well! Which makes it easier to drag it around all of ohio for play!

It was good to see a decent amount of OVR folks out to play...
feeling the burn today... from the WIND.
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« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2017, 10:36:57 AM »

Kathy and I went to the Blytheville Pro.  About an 8.5 hour tow.  I tend to call Blytheville "The Saddest Little Town" because  much of the town closed up shop when the air base closed.  The downtown is the quintessential small town USA that was once bustling and busy but all three or four blocks are pretty much closed and boarded up.  Old houses that were once homes to families are run down, burned out, or boarded up.  Most of the new construction is out by the freeway.

However, they do have a huge hunk of concrete there.  The area is very large - it was once considered as a site for Nationals once the decision was made to move from Topeka - but the concrete is old with some bad spots that they work around.  Think Grissom in terms of condition, but not as grippy

I ran BS and Kathy ran L2.  There were 12 cars registered in BS but only 7 showed.  Kathy had 12 or so in B2, and I think 10 or so were past National Champions.    Trevor Jones from our region came down to play in his Focus RS.

We got there on Friday  early enough to make a few runs on the practice course to knock the rust off.  The tires were pretty worn so we didn't learn much there - the car was loose. Put on newer tires for the Pro which were fine.  The course was a hoot - really set up for a car like ours. BS competitor (and eventual winner) Brian Johns recorded 71 mph at the fastest point, and the STS cars and some of the others were hitting third.  Kathy started strong in L2 but didn't get much quicker during the weekend, finishing 9th.  I started slow and couldn't put together a decent run, finished 6 / 7.  Needed to be smoother with inputs to the car, particularly the throttle.  But, the course was a hoot - fast and fun.

Trevor did an awesome job in a car that the course did not favor with all the transitions, and was in the lead for a while before eventually finishing second. The Focus launches hard!  While the rest of us had 60 foot times in the 2.3 to 2.4 range, Trevor was consistently in 2.0 range, with one run in the high 1.9's!

Food-wise, Blytheville is a bit limited - the restaurant at the Holiday Inn Express is the nicest place in town.  We hit the Mexican joint Friday night with most of the rest of the town, and on Saturday night we found a new place downtown, a little family owned bar called McAdoo's.  Had a burger which was huge.  The tab with beers and everything was only about $30. 

Got home around 10:30p last night.  Travel was uneventful.
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2017, 02:03:23 PM »

my best run from NWOR event, far from good, really just didn't get settled in the car yesterday... Good seeing friends, another reminder that the social side is the best part of our sport.

https://youtu.be/IUaRc0TzYoM
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« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2017, 02:02:35 PM »

Toledo peeps.. some photos
http://www.gripnation.com/single-post/2017/05/09/Airport-Autocross
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« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2017, 08:28:56 PM »

Anyone ever run with the MidOhio club at Shelbyville? They've got one on Memorial Day which would be a convenient excuse to avoid the inlaws.  Tongue
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« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2017, 06:56:39 PM »

TO answer my own question, I went up there today. Very relaxed, but organized. Super nice people. Smaller turn out with 20ish cars and 1 Kart.

The lot is small, and full of light poles, so it heavily favors twisty courses. Field ran in the low 50's so they get the most out of the space. 6 runs and I was home by 4:30 despite the holiday traffic.

Lots of fun, and the drive up there on SR-314 is a pleasant bonus.
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« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2017, 11:50:46 AM »

We went to the Bristol double header this past long weekend...
the lot is bizarre, I didn't really like it.. it was similar to pitt race to me in terms of oddly configured parking lot space being used for auto-x purposes.
Probably not one we'll return to.

The car would get upset in the bumps and then be airborn while trying to brake (not the most effective  Cheesy) orrrrr... in the bumps on certain spots the car would jump/hop.. just not the most enjoyable. Our car is obviously a princess. In addition to help ourselves out.. we identified cords on the front tires during the second event (this was a two event weekend)... so... obviously we brought the butter knife to the gun fight of SSR!

Courses were funnish, while working with the oddities of the lot, there were speed maintenance sections which I failed to maintain speed at.. personally super hate those elements on a course.. but such is life. It was also very cone intensive... so many dirty dirty runs... during the match tour the safety runs didn't have a single run without cones being hit...

The local region worked hard to make the event great, so that was appreciated. Highlight for me of the weekend was Perry Bennet was there taking photos and he just does amazing things with his camera!!!!
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« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2017, 01:21:58 PM »

Yes, I saw many of Perry's photos, and they are really good. 
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« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2017, 10:04:35 PM »

I enjoyed it, will likely be back if it's the same timing since I'll be off work anyway
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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2017, 08:16:15 PM »

Went the one of the ASCC events at Dragway 42 today. The day was kinda a clusterf*ck for us but the event itself was good. Some registration problems in the morning led to cars not being on course until almost 11. But once things got started everything ran pretty smoothly; 5 runs for I think 120+ people and it was over by around 5pm. Course was fun if a bit obstacle-laden. Today's course was a bit slower than usual I think, the Fiesta saw a fair amount of second gear rev limiter but didn't *need* third gear anywhere.
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Dan Shea
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« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2017, 09:12:41 AM »

Sunday I ran at Gateway Motorsports Park with the St. Louis Region.  They had a great, flowing, mid 40 sec course that was very efficiently ran.  They even used the Pronto timing system so you could track your competition or they could track you.   Smiley  I met a lot of friendly people but I mostly enjoyed letting my 68 year old uncle co-drive with me for the first time.  He said he felt a little "woozie" after the first couple fast corners but he had an ear to ear grin the whole time!  Definitely encourage anyone to go there for some good competition.  They have some really fast drivers and it's only about 6 hours away. 

Brent
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