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« on: November 02, 2017, 08:24:35 AM »

Now that the Corvette has found a new home, Kathy and I are looking at cars for 2018.  First priority is a daily driver for me, and second is its suitability for autocross.  We have a car lined up but the dealer is having issues getting a part needed to make a repair, so I am not sure it's going to happen.

Might end up getting a DD and then co-driving next year. Have a few possibilities there (helps having a National Champ in the family to complement the tire-warmer).

What is everyone else up to?
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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2017, 09:20:54 AM »

Apparently Iíve caught the car ADD bug.

I had planned on taking the off season to do some bodywork and upgrades on my 1980 civic project car(aka Sushi Roll)... but... now my garage is home to a SM STi... so that probably isnít going to happen XD.

So my off season work will probably consist of trying to keep my DD Chrysler(Jeep Wrangler) running and trying to resist the urge to go 4 wheel drifting all over Columbus in a Subaru when we get some snow on the ground.
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2017, 09:32:56 AM »

Winter: hopefully hitting a few rallycrosses, if we ever get the motivation to put the car back together.

2018: still very unknown. Likely sticking with the 944 for another season but need to find the money and motivation to do some maintenance/repairs/upgrades this winter.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2017, 01:14:15 PM »

I have a pretty easy winter ahead of me.  I already rebuilt the Corvette's headlight motors and the driver's seat cushion and track.  Fixed a few broken plastic bits  Need to buy a set of tires, raise the car about a 1/4", and redo the alignment in the spring.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2017, 01:15:02 PM »

We plan to put some actual prep into the car next year...
Aaron has some maint to do and then we'll buy some fresh rubber for the 2018 as opposed to the gently used stuff we've been running on for the past few years. Looking forward to seeing the 2018 national events schedule so we can plan around it!
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2017, 05:45:13 PM »

Teaching Tami to drive the new WRX and also installing a manual transmission into the T-Bird so that we're ready for 2018.
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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2017, 06:02:59 PM »

Same plan as every year: driver weight reduction  Cheesy Maybe this time I'll actually get it done!

Gotta put some work into the Miata to hopefully get her out on the track next year. I just do what the boss tells me though.

Oh yeah, maybe we'll wash the cars this offseason. Maybe.
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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2017, 06:25:34 PM »

Prepping Alan's car for National Events in 2018.

Alan - be sure to get video if you take the STi out in the snow on R-Comps.  Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2017, 09:39:23 PM »

The usual sort of off-season maintenance for the Miata. Getting more serious about trailer shopping the closer we get to the start of national events in the spring.
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2017, 07:47:52 AM »

A few of things: 

  Picking up Mr. MCCarthy's old 2.5 RS tomorrow for a winter car so I can park the 350Z until spring.   When spring rolls around I will give the Subie to my son as his first car.  I've driven the Z in the winters the last few years with snow tires, it actually was not bad.
 
  Completing the reconstruction of my 72 Volvo 1800E so I can sell it on BAT this spring.

  After selling the Volvo then I will be buying a friends uber fast auto-x car/trailer combo and finding a tow vehicle.   I will run the car in pax class, and assuming I can actually remember how to drive fast, it should do well.

That's about it.
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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2017, 10:18:46 AM »

A few of things: 

  Picking up Mr. MCCarthy's old 2.5 RS tomorrow for a winter car so I can park the 350Z until spring.   When spring rolls around I will give the Subie to my son as his first car.  I've driven the Z in the winters the last few years with snow tires, it actually was not bad.
 
  Completing the reconstruction of my 72 Volvo 1800E so I can sell it on BAT this spring.

  After selling the Volvo then I will be buying a friends uber fast auto-x car/trailer combo and finding a tow vehicle.   I will run the car in pax class, and assuming I can actually remember how to drive fast, it should do well.

That's about it.
At least post it here first so you can be entertained by lowball offers of the OVR faithful (i.e., me).

Details on the uber fast auto-x car? 

Don't hold out on us now.
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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2017, 11:16:27 AM »

Details on the uber fast auto-x car? 

Don't hold out on us now.

I know what it is!!!  Lips sealed
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« Reply #12 on: November 03, 2017, 10:31:27 PM »

Prep the Type-R for One Lap in May. Hopefully parts available for it soon. Slotted rotors preferred, but solid blanks second. Hopefully find a matched set of combo street/track brake pads, not OEM. Might have to go custom like Carbotech or G-Loc. Carbon Wing, Down pipe, hi-flow cat, Air Intake, Exhaust and a tune for it.

For the GT3, probably change out the wheel studs and new lugs. Change out the rotors, at least the front ones.
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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2017, 10:12:53 AM »

Details on the uber fast auto-x car? 

Don't hold out on us now.

I know what it is!!!  Lips sealed
Arrgh!

Simi has the scoop. And I don't.
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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2017, 03:00:31 PM »

I am thinking if taking the e46 to SM because life is short and what good is money.
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2017, 03:13:22 PM »

I am thinking if taking the e46 to SM because life is short and what good is money.

This is a good idea.
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« Reply #16 on: November 04, 2017, 05:44:40 PM »

I am thinking if taking the e46 to SM because life is short and what good is money.
These are good, happy thoughts.

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« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2017, 10:25:40 AM »

I'm still in B-Street. Prepping the car over the winter. Had two outings in it in the last month. Learning the differences of driving a car that can overpower its rear wheels versus driving allwheel drive. I have already installed a k&n filter, new plugs and ignition coils.
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« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2017, 11:41:11 AM »

I'm still in B-Street. Prepping the car over the winter. Had two outings in it in the last month. Learning the differences of driving a car that can overpower its rear wheels versus driving allwheel drive. I have already installed a k&n filter, new plugs and ignition coils.

what did you get?  and I'm excited to see you in B street again next year
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« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2017, 03:28:55 PM »

2008 Cayman S.

I was able to reuse the 2 of the tt tires on the rear but had to get new wheels and front tires.

Soon as I can take some pictures, I'll have four 18x9 wheels for sale (plus tpms) from the Audi.

Both cars had 19" wheels for street, but I have gone with 18's for the race rubber.
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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2017, 06:33:05 PM »

2008 Cayman S.

I was able to reuse the 2 of the tt tires on the rear but had to get new wheels and front tires.

Soon as I can take some pictures, I'll have four 18x9 wheels for sale (plus tpms) from the Audi.

Both cars had 19" wheels for street, but I have gone with 18's for the race rubber.
Nice.  These are very nice cars.  Was thinking of one myself, but backed out due to being a cheap bast...er, old guy.
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« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2017, 01:03:49 PM »

I am thinking if taking the e46 to SM because life is short and what good is money.

I'm available to help perform durability testing on the new splitter.

My 2018 plans involve building a kegerator.
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« Reply #22 on: November 07, 2017, 06:41:02 PM »

I am thinking if taking the e46 to SM because life is short and what good is money.

I'm available to help perform durability testing on the new splitter.

My 2018 plans involve building a kegerator.

Let's chat about this project - have some experience there.
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« Reply #23 on: November 07, 2017, 09:58:10 PM »

I am thinking if taking the e46 to SM because life is short and what good is money.

I'm available to help perform durability testing on the new splitter.

My 2018 plans involve building a kegerator.

Monster trucks should be in your future!!
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« Reply #24 on: November 09, 2017, 07:32:47 PM »

So, another thing to the list.  I picked up a new set of tires for the front of the T-Bird.  Some of you may have noticed the cutting of the tire from the driver's front fender.  Well, since I rotated the tires, the other tire got messed up too.  I'm worried that they won't last all that long and that one will fail at a bad time.  So, since I was running 275/40-18's all around, I decided that maybe the way to deal with it was with a shorter sidewall tire on the front.  TireRack had my Nexen's on sale for a great deal since they are now close out.  I picked up a set of 265/35-18's.  That should give me about 1.5" more room which I hope will help a lot.  I'm also hoping that it will make it a bit easier to turn the beast this year too.
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« Reply #25 on: November 11, 2017, 12:38:12 AM »

I'm picking up a new-to-me 04 WRX for my winter beater.  I might try to bring it out to a few events, but since it is an auto, I don't expect much.
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« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2017, 10:44:28 PM »

I made the mistake of driving a new Audi RS3 and it followed me home.  The Focus RS and Miata ND got so mad they ran away or maybe they caught wind of me looking for a spec class co-drive  Cheesy

Mike, this impulse buy and my preliminary work schedule for 18 has me less interested in doing spec class at the National stuff.  It sounded like Alan was interested in some National events and I would still be interested in local stuff if you decide to go the spec route. 
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« Reply #27 on: November 12, 2017, 11:54:09 AM »

Congrats Trevor!  Really like the looks and specs on the RS3. 

We just bought a 2013 Mustang Coupe.  V6, 6 speed, Performance Package.  305 HP.  The performance package gives you 19x8.5 wheels, Mustang GT suspension and brakes, with the 3.31 LSD rear.  Just a tick slower than the Corvette, and a bit more livable day to day.  A very nice car.  D-Street for those interested.

Not sure if we will seriously autocross it as we have a couple co-drive scenarios pending.  The arrive and drive scenario is appealing. Plan is to do four, maybe five road races with the yellow car at iconic tracks (VIR, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio, etc.), and enough Pro's and locals to do Pro Finale and Solo Nats.

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« Reply #28 on: November 12, 2017, 12:46:48 PM »

Thanks Rich and congrats on your new purchase too!  Sounds like an awesome schedule of racing!
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« Reply #29 on: November 13, 2017, 08:23:08 PM »

Super silly off season is also in full effect for me




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« Reply #30 on: November 13, 2017, 08:27:50 PM »

Very jealous of those brakes.  When I get rid of the T-Bird a FRS or BRZ is my next car.
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« Reply #31 on: November 13, 2017, 09:10:37 PM »

Pimp brakes.
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« Reply #32 on: November 16, 2017, 02:49:29 PM »

GS 2017 in new Civic Si.....with color

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« Reply #33 on: November 16, 2017, 06:34:57 PM »

New front pads and an oil change should cover it. 

Most of my work over the winter will be on the non-autocross car.
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