Monday, April 27, 2009

Keep on Trucking?

The modifications for the comming autocross year have extended beyond tires and brakes (more on what I chose for tires in the next post... they are in the mail). This spring, with the help of the fabulous folks at BOE Fabrication I've gone went and turned an internet spoof into a reality (almost). No I didn't implement the IP internet protocol on carrier pigeon. (This is a car blog folks, and it's been done anyway!). What I did do was install a towing package on my lotus elise. 

There have been a number of entertaining spoofs of this floating around the internet...

And people doing crazy things...
Now in contrast I've gone and done something totally sane *cough*...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring into action

Well, spring is here! My car has now been liberated for several weeks. New brake rotors have been applied, Wheels have been balanced, and I'm tire shopping... for 8 tires! My Street tires are on the wear bars and at about 3/32 tread depth. This is none too fun in puddles and heavy rain. I've also resolved to make a serious attempt to learn how to autocross this year. I'm currently planning to attend:
  • SCCA Points Event #1 @ New Hampshre Motor Speedway (5/3)
  • BMW CCA Evolotion Driving School @ Devins/Moore Airfield (5/9 & 5/10)
  • SCCA Novice/Intermediate Driving School @ Devins/Moore Airfield (5/16)
  • SCCA Points Event #2 @ Devins/Moore Airfield
That means I'm going to be putting a LOT of track time into the comeptition tires too... perhaps enough to wear them out (since I'm not too sure how much they have left...) So that's two sets of tires I need to get in the next few weeks... YIKE$

But this should give me LOTS of Seat time and instruction in a short period, which I believe is a good way to really get started. The first event will be working the kinks out hauling my tires on my new trailer, and getting an idea what driving an R Compound tire is like... but of course that means I need to lay in a second set of R Comp tires so that I don't get sidelined by slow shipping or tires being out of stock... plus I should get an oil change in there somewhere... Ouchies on the wallet, but I'm really looking forward to it!