March 4th, 2016 Update

Hi all.

Work is a little slow at the moment, so I thought it would be a good idea to give everyone a little update.

Boondoggle 2016

Boondoggle 2016 was a huge success. When pre-registration closed on Friday, we had 150 people already signed up. At morning registration, we had another 50+ people sign up in person. Anytime you have those numbers at Marina, that’s a great day.

The event ran really smoothly. Computer problems were rare, which is always a good thing. We had a bunch of workers and all stations were adequately filled. We actually had so many workers for one group, I ended up asking some newer people to shadow people to see how they ran grid, worked the computers, etc.

Many years ago, I told myself that I was never going to chair an event ever again. That was really due to so many people having such poor attitude when it comes to contributing during events. I am so glad that so many people stepped up this past event. Everyone stepped up big time. The chiefs; the workers; the volunteers. We started relatively on-time, and even though we ended our last run at about 5:55, almost 6PM, we had the trailer packed and the doors locked at 6:15PM. That is awesome considering that Trailer Tetris is a PITA.

Looking Ahead

AAS is holding two events this weekend at Marina. I won’t be in attendance. As much as I enjoy autocrossing, I already have plans for this weekend, though that might change…

The next SFR SCCA event will be March 13th at Crow’s. That will be a lot of fun. I am thinking about getting together with some friends after our runs and hitting up the local Chinese restaurant. If you are ever in that area, definitely check out Golden Lion Chinese Restaurant!

https://www.yelp.com/biz/golden-lion-chinese-restaurant-patterson

National Tour

The SCCA National Tour is less than 2 months away, and I have no idea what I am doing. I would like to be in attendance. Whether that is the case or not depends on all type of things. Money is a little tight and will probably be for awhile. I also don’t know what I’ll do for a ride. I had meant to get the Impreza fixed up, but that’s kind of been on the back burner. It is mostly a combination of not having time and not having money. 🙁 We’ll see…

I think that’s all for now.

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Boondoggle 2016

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for a job well done today. And when I mean everyone, I really do mean everyone, from chairs and chiefs to participants.

Everyone stepped up today. We had an awesome 200+ people show up today. I wanted to at least mention a few individuals. First off, thank you to Dennis for co-chairing with me. Hats off to Justin for an awesome course. Much thanks to all the chiefs who make these events possible. Lastly, I wanted to thank everyone who went beyond to keep this event running smoothly. I want to thank everyone who came up to us chairs and asked “where we can help?” I especially want to give props to everyone in run group 4&5 who made clean-up and breakdown swift and painless. We started clean-up around 6, and had the trailer doors closed and locked by 6:15. Awesome job!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next event!

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2016 Season is Around the Corner

The first event of the season is little less than a month away. More correctly, the first SCCA event of the season is a little less than a month away. I am definitely excited for the season to begin. Being away from the sport has been a little tough.

Boondoggle will be at Marina Municipal Airport on February 28th. Dennis and I will be chairing the event and Justin Moore will designing the course. It should be a lot of fun.

More information about the event can be found here:
http://www.sfrautox.com/?page_id=162

As always, if anyone is ever interested in racing or autocross, consider making your way out to these events. Autocross is a lot of fun and open to anyone who has a driver license and a safe car to drive.

Plans for 2016

There haven’t been any plans, really. Try to do as many events as I can. I am planning to do the National Tour event that is coming to town, but will probably be skipping the ProSolo. Back-to-back National events are a little too much.

I am not quite sure what I plan to drive for the tour, but for the 2016 season, I am leaning the most to driving the Impreza. It isn’t competitive in class anywhere, but I enjoy driving it. I am planning to put some decent wheels and tires on it.

I am still not quite sure what I am doing for tires, but it will probably be the Bridgestones RE71R. I am not sure what size exactly, but we’ll see. The good news is that the Impreza and BRZ have the same bolt pattern, which means that I can use the wheels for either car.

As for the wheels… A friend is offering up a set of Rota Titans and I am leaning toward it. They are half a pound heavier than the Enkei RPF1, but considering the price difference to be about $300, I think I’ll be okay with it.

With that said, I have about 25 days to get the Impreza back in running order. It really needs a lot of work, but hopefully it will be ready to go for Boondoggle. If not… there’s always the BRZ.

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What Would You Do?

The new season of autocross is quickly approaching. A month to go when SF Region SCCA will be holding their season opening event, known as Boondoggle.

Which brings up my next question… What should I do?

I current have a set of 16×7 on my car with an old set of BFG Rivals in 225/50/16. Which direction should I go?

Purchase a set of Bridgestone RE-71R in 225/50/16 and reuse my wheels?

or

Purchase a new set of 17×8 wheels, and complementing set of RE-71R in a corresponding size (225/45/17, 235/45/16, or 245/40/17)?

What would you do?

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2016 Autocross Goals

1. Drive faster than 2015.

2. Trophy at a national event.

3. Introduce new people to autocross.

4. Get the Impreza back together.

5. Make new autocross friends.

6. Make an autocross related trip, and do it while in good company.

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How-To Get Started in Motorsports

I figure that this would be a good time to make this post as I’ll probably forget in the future.

Tonight, I ended up striking a conversation with a few fellow patron at the pool hall. He had happened to see the SCCA Solo logo on my SCCA (non-Champion) jacket, and inquired about the Sports Car Club. We talked about a lot of things, but I think this is a great place to start.

The hardest thing about getting started in motorsports is actually getting your foot through the door and actually trying it. Full disclosure: I am heavily biased to autocrossing, but I’ll try my best to provide several avenues to explore to getting started. With that said, everyone is a little different. Check these links out and choose your poison. There are plenty of options and I am sure that there is one that will fit your time commitment, skill level, and/or budget.

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2015 SFR Solo Slush 2 – Picture by Ric Quinonez

Go ahead… choose your poison! Drift. Drag. Autocross. Rallycross. Karting. Track. Or all of them?!

General Racing Stuff

QOTD: How Can I Drive My Car on a Race Track – Alex Lloyd
https://www.yahoo.com/autos/question-of-the-day-how-can-i-drive-my-car-on-a-125953790117.html

Driving Line: 10 Ways to Get Started in Racing

I don’t agree with this whole list, but still worthwhile to take a look at.
http://www.drivingline.com/articles/10-ways-to-get-a-start-in-racing/

Autocross Stuff (a.k.a. Solo)

Racer Boy: Autocrossing 101 – Rob Krider
http://www.speedsportlife.com/2009/05/26/racer-boy-autocrossing-101-or-how-to-kill-cones/

SFR SCCA Solo – Official Site
http://www.sfrautox.com/

Other Autocross Clubs:

American Autocross Series – http://www.americanautox.com/
BMW Car Club of America – http://ggcbmwcca.org/
Golden Gate Lotus Club – http://www.gglotus.org/

Track Day Stuff

Here are three online articles about SCCA’s Track Night in America. If you are interested in performance driving your street car on a race track, this is a great place to start.

http://www.windingroad.com/articles/blogs/the-guide-to-getting-started-in-road-racing-part-11-track-night-in-america/

http://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/a25995/try-the-sccas-low-cost-no-instructors-no-hassle-track-night-in-america/

http://blackflag.jalopnik.com/track-night-in-america-is-like-happy-hour-for-track-r-1692330256

Track Night in America – Official Site
http://www.tracknightinamerica.com/

Here are some other track day options:

NASA High Performance Driving Event (HPDE)
https://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/

NCRC
http://www.ncracing.org/

 

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