The Moon says, “Look At The Fireworks”

August 17th, 2014

Oh you don’t want turbo lag?

A Night Call

August 17th, 2014

nightcallIt’s almost fall, and to me that means prime wrenching season. After three quarters of a season of racing, and the end of mosquito season… motivations are never higher. When my car sits in the garage and doesn’t get driven, I forget how much I like it and start fantasizing about other cars.

It’s not without flaws (the turbo being the most obvious)… but I do enjoy this one. I still might have to pick up something simple and old, upgrading this thing much further seems like an expensive venture.

I Probably Won’t Make It To 86 After All

July 19th, 2014

whitedeathWhich is just as well, as I don’t own one anymore. The newly insulated barn isn’t copying with moisture very well at all. If that doesn’t kill me though, welding cheap chinese galvanized body panels onto rusty cars might…. or just as likely the wife will if I keep spending so much time on failing car ventures.

The sad thing is that I seem willing to accept all of it…

Choose Your Own Failure

July 4th, 2014

csccevent3-001CSCC Solo 2 Event #3 featured a slalom that could be entered from either side… and while this is not an uncommon feature of local auto-x courses, this was a rare case where it was a question as to which side was faster. Debate raged, and while most of the experienced drivers arrived at a consensus, they ALL got beat at the end of the day, by someone who chose the opposite way.

I as well, sided with the more experienced solo 2 drivers… but lost to Andrew who saw things differently. Looking at the map above, the area in question is highlighted in orange.

We’re Actually Driving… Sort Of…

June 30th, 2014

My Stolen Hotlinked Image Not Working?Not driving that well… but I at least am starting to remember the rewards of auto-x. Andrew and I have driven at three events so far this year, which is more than either of us have in the last 5 years combined.

The car is not really prepped for any class, but we have found challenge competing with each other… and now having some understanding of our pace, have even set our sites on a few who frequent events, and who in theory at least, we should be able to mix it up with. The car itself drives beautifully and is now quite forgiving with more sporting suspension and tires… For the first time ever, it might not actually change in any respect for a few months.

Summer Mode 1.0

June 20th, 2014

gda-summermodeHmmm… Subaru’s look best when they have a practical ride height. This seems too low to me… although maybe that’s just the extra 30mm of rubber shaving off my paint. Easton fender roller may have to rescue me again…
Andrew and I auto-x again this weekend…

Tsukushi Found Some LV At The Thrift Store

June 16th, 2014

OhlinsYah that says Ohlins. Not the fancy ones of course… but those 5″ diameter STI springs were an aesthetic nuisance, and the stock ride height was totally vibe killing.

Spring rates are 7kg/mm up front and 5kg/mm in back, which is pretty standard spec for this car. Camber plates let me find that extra degree of front camber I was looking for though, and adjustable damping might help me get the car behaving more like it should, or at least give me an easy way to sabotage Andrew’s runs, as he doesn’t fall for the “heh it’s your last run, don’t spin!” trick that I always seem to.