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Author Topic: Event Report - Ft. Wayne Region SCCA, April 29, 2018  (Read 254 times)
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« on: April 30, 2018, 11:29:42 AM »

Finally got out for our first event of the year. Travis got his car together and aligned last weekend, so we took it out yesterday. 

This was the first 2018 event for Ft. Wayne Region SCCA. They have a couple sites, and this one is a small lot at the Indiana University Purdue University Ft. Wayne campus - that's IPFW for short.  The site is small, and essentially two lots connected together.  There are telephone poles strategically placed, so getting wildly out of control would be a bad thing.  The asphalt is bumpy in various areas, breaking up in some, and sandy.  The lot reminded me of the OSU Ackerman site, except it wasn't sealed.

Compared to NTR, the asphalt is slightly better shape, a little less bumpy, and more sandy.  The site is maybe 2/3 the size of NTR.  So, we are blessed to have what we have.

The course was straightforward, with the part on the first section being two laps. Start, three cone slalom, tightish left hander, straight, tight 90 degree left, longer straight, moderate 160 degree sweeper into the slalom again.  Second time through veer right to a moderate length fast sweeping turn to the other lot. Brake hard, 90 degree left, short straight, tight 180 to the right, short straight, 90 degree to the right and finish.

There were two heats.  Heat 1 got 4 runs in the morning, and we worked in the afternoon.  Event operation was typical - a lot of new folks from their Driver's School on the 28th. Some delays in the morning sessions due to timing but nothing catastrophic.  The Ft. Wayne folks were very nice  and showed patience with all the newbs in attendance.  About 80 cars overall.

Travis didn't drive - only crewed - as he instructed and drove on Saturday at their Driver's school. First time every driving a high HP FWD car on Ho-Ho's - what a hoot!  The course was really simple which was good as it enabled us to get a feel for brake and throttle.  The car was good - too neutral actually - but it's really tough to tell its traits on coldish (temp in the high 40's) and sandy asphalt. There was almost no heat in the tires after a run. A

For a change, I bested my wife. We were 1 - 2 in class, and 1 -2 in overall raw time.  But, there were only a few cars on Hoosiers and none on slicks, so not a good comparison.   

Trophies were little orange sponge pylons. They also gave out a trophy for fastest novice and a trophy for fastest raw time. These two were traditional trophies. Turns  out a member donated all their old trophies to the club, and they recycled them with new plaques for the event.  Nice touch.

All in all, a fun time, and recommended if you want to see what autocross was like 20 years ago.
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2018, 01:31:43 PM »

Trophies were little orange sponge pylons. They also gave out a trophy for fastest novice and a trophy for fastest raw time. These two were traditional trophies. Turns  out a member donated all their old trophies to the club, and they recycled them with new plaques for the event.  Nice touch.
That may or may not be how the last gov cup we ran had trophies :p
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2018, 05:13:39 PM »

Trophies were little orange sponge pylons. They also gave out a trophy for fastest novice and a trophy for fastest raw time. These two were traditional trophies. Turns  out a member donated all their old trophies to the club, and they recycled them with new plaques for the event.  Nice touch.
That may or may not be how the last gov cup we ran had trophies :p
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Well, we have a ton of trophies from back in the day that we could donate.

Of course, they are mostly Kathy's so I would have to ask her first.
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