Events for September 2015

It’s been two weeks since I last went autocrossing and I am going insane! Autocross Withdraw! This upcoming week is the SCCA Solo National Championship in Nebraska. Unfortunately, I will not be in attendance. I definitely would like to do Nationals at some point, but at the moment, it’s a little more I can handle.

There are three events coming up toward the end of the month. Golden Gate Lotus Club is doing an event on the 20th at Marina. The following weekend, on the 26th and 27th, AAS will be at Marina.

I am not sure when event I would like to get to, but I think one of the three events would be a good way to scratch the itch.

If I have time this weekend, and the weather isn’t too brutal, I might spend some time working on the Impreza. I’ll try to clean up the interior, maybe replace some wear and tear items like the windshield wipers, and maybe hose down exterior. The car is a little dirty and really needs it.

If anyone would like to join me for one of these events, please feel free to hit me up. I would love to introduce you to autocrossing.

Black Armor Helmet

A little off topic, but it looks like I am not too far away from finalizing my order for my new helmet from Black Armor. A few months ago, I put an deposit down for the new SA2015 helmet. The helmet is going to be an overall pricey purchase, but after using my helmet for the better part of a decade, I figure that a new, decent quality helmet, for the next 10 years, isn’t that bad of a deal.

I am still not sure which helmet I am going to get, but I will definitely stick with one of the closed face helmets.

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What to Do??

Over the last few days, I’ve given a lot of thought about what I want to do with the Impreza. For the most part, the car is going to be the same, but it does need a few little things. Regardless of what I want to do, I still want to get it back together into a solid street car that I can drive around town.

An 18 year old car certainly has its challenges. The motor is not producing as much power as it used to. The shocks are worn. And there are many little things that need to be refreshed on the car.

For the time being, the priority is to get the car smogged and some of the smaller items fixed up. I’ve been fighting with the Check Engine Light for awhile now. Almost several years. In previous years, the CEL would just go away, but now, it is just being a bit more stubborn.

With the SCCA Solo Nationals coming up, I have a little break where I can work on the car. I think the first event after Nationals is either late September or early November. Plenty of time…

I do have some interesting questions I need to ask myself for the Slush season though. First one is which class do I class my car into? STS? Street Mod? T2? Index? Lots of places to go. Legally, the Impreza should be classed in Street Mod because of the carbon fiber hood, but I don’t think there will be a whole lot of competition in that class. Well, rather competition from me anyways. We’ll see. The Impreza, in its current state, shouldn’t be that competitive.

STS on gentleman’s agreement? Or X-STS on gentlemen’s agreement? I think those would be the best place to be competitive. Though, Street Mod sounds appealing. I could just drive and not worry about the competition. After thinking about it a little more, I am very inclined to run Street Mod, because I know that I won’t get distracted or caught up in the competition. I think it would allow me to enjoy myself a little more and focus more on driving.

So… I guess that settles it. Street Mod it is.

That’s it for now!

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Impreza for Slush 2015

After a lot of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to drive the Impreza for the upcoming Slush season. It’s be a few years since I last competitively autocrossed it, and after hopping into it this past weekend, I would like to get in a few more events.

The car is still very rough, and I am not quite sure where it will class, but given what it is, it is still a super fun car. It still needs a lot of things to be refreshed to get it back to where it was, but a little at a time and it will be almost like new.

Other than being a fun car, the other reason I want to drive the Impreza is because I enjoy sharing autocross with friends and sometimes… friends are not able to drive a stick.

Last reason, and I’ve mentioned this before… The Impreza compliments the BRZ very well. I take the skills I’ve learned from driving the BRZ and apply them to the Impreza and vice versa.

I am definitely looking forward to the slush season. After doing CS for a whole season, I welcome the more laid back pace. During the season, I sometimes focused too much on being competitive rather than having fun. There were certainly a few times where I was disappointed with my driving.

Definitely looking forward to the Slush season.

I think I am going to also up the penalty for the Cone Jar. I think I will up the cone penalty to $3 per a cone penalty incurred and $5 for a DNF. The Cone Jar has been successful, but at the $1/$2 penalty points, the amount accumulated feels kind of light.

That’s all for now.

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AAS 2015 – Round 9 Summary

Now I remember why I love this car. After almost three or four years of not autocrossing the Impreza, I finally had the chance to bring it back out to autocross. This past Saturday, my friend and I made our way to AAS at Crows Landing. Since it was Melanie’s first time autocrossing and her not being able to drive a stick, I offered up the Impreza.

I had a blast with the Impreza! It’s really a great car. It’s a little slow with the motor on its way out. And there are a lot of parts that need to be refreshed, but we had a great time! I was able to put down a 52.6XX which I thought was very respectable considering the car still needs a lot of work. Melanie put down a 59.XXX. Very good time considering it was her first time with no performance driving experience and she could barely reach the pedals.

Mel's Selfie. And you can totally see a reflection of the car in the visor.

Mel’s Selfie. And you can totally see a reflection of the car in the visor.

The car seemed to hold up great, and it seemed to handle just fine. I think it does need some fine tuning though. Got to love that shorter wheel base. The brakes were okay… typical squishy Subaru brakes. Crows Landing was pretty brutal on the tires, though. I guess we need to bring out water for future events. Got to do what you got to do.

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So… I am kind of at a dilemma. What will I drive for Slush? Do I co-drive the BRZ? Or should I drive the Impreza? Choices… choices. I was super burned out at the end of the SFR Championship Season, but after driving my Impreza again, I am super excited to get back into it.

Here’s my fastest run. I was carrying a little quicker pace on my last run, but I ended up spinning out… Snap oversteer… Ouch. But all good. I had a blast!

Here’s Melanie’s fastest run. 59.XXX and would probably be 1-2 seconds faster if she didn’t hesitate at the end when she plowed into the cones.

All and all, a great event. I had a great time. Melanie had a great time. And can’t wait to get back to it!

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SFR SCCA Round 11 and Track Night in America Summary

Hi all.

Sorry about the slow updates. The last few days have been super hectic. Last week was my last week at my previous job and was rushing to get everything finished and out of the way before I moved onto my next position. During the course of the week, I was able to get most of of the things I needed to take care of out of the way. Yesterday (Monday), I started my at my new position and there are a lot of things to learn.

SFR SCCA Round 11

It was a great season. It was too bad that I couldn’t find any more points. All and all, fourth place overall wasn’t too bad. The course was really interesting. It was definitely fast. Too bad it didn’t really click for me. I didn’t really put down a horrible time or anything. It just didn’t click.

So… this event concludes the SFR Championship season. The competition was fierce. The points were tight. And all and all, a great season. Definitely looking forward to Slush 2015.

Track Night in America – Thunderhill West

This past Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in the Track Night in America event at Thunderhill West. I had a BLAST! I love Thunderhill West. Despite its short length, the course was very challenging and technical. I ended up driving my BRZ because the Impreza was rubbing on the rear passenger tire. I don’t know if that was from before or if that was something that is currently happening.

I loved everything about Track Night in America. It was definitely very well thought out. If only it was closer… $125 for 3x 20 minute sessions and 1 pace lap session, and one parade session! Not a bad deal at all.

The great thing was that the event started in the afternoon and finished in the evening. It is a lot easier to stay up late than it is to wake up early in order to get the track on time. I left the house at 10:30am. Arrived in Vacaville around noon for lunch, and made it to Thill by 2:30. We promptly left Thill around 8, and after a stop for dinner, I was home around 12:30.

I would definitely like to do more Track Nights, but Thursday is such a difficult day to get to the track.

2015 SFR SCCA Slush

It looks like the schedule for Slush is out. So far 4 events. I am not quite sure what I am driving for Slush. I am thinking about driving the Impreza, but we’ll see.

1. October 4
2. October 31
3. November 22
4. December 5

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“How Can I Drive My Car on a Track?”

I came across this article and thought I would share it. Check it out!

https://www.yahoo.com/autos/question-of-the-day-how-can-i-drive-my-car-on-a-125953790117.html

“Some, whether sensible or not, will neglect this stage and jump feet first into proper track work. That’s fine, as long as you know and respect your limits: Driving a car on a racetrack is a cross between bravery, coordination, and a clear understanding of what you’re asking the machine to do. That last part, specifically, is the difference between hitting a wall and having a safe, enjoyable day — hence I highly recommend that for your first few days on track you utilize an instructor.”

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