It was great meeting a bunch of you. And it was good seeing a couple of you again (hello Lars!). We really do have a genuinely good group of people active on this forum. I will stick to the theory that this forum attracts mostly good people and we weed out the bad ones pretty ruthlessly. I think it works out well. I guess it also doesn't hurt that ********* are drawn to image cars and the Miata isn't one.
I had a great time at the track. I spent a lot of time "on edge" worrying about what I needed to be preparing at any given moment and didn't allow myself to unwind and socialize much. I apologize for the time I didn't spend getting to know some of you guys.
Driving on Road Atlanta was great. The large elevation changes were exciting, especially the blind leap under the bridge at turn 11. For those that missed it, in the last session on Sunday a silver street driven WRX spun and stuffed it hard into the wall head on in turn five. Totaled it and bent the front wheels back into the fenders. The hood was crimped in the middle and sticking up about a foot. It caused a red flag in that last de1 de2 combined session. Bigtime not good.
Here is probably a fair interpretation of what my trackday was like and my interpretation of how I did:
He wrecked in turn 4 btw, He was following me (not sure if he was trying to keep up, or faster, as I was short shifting all the straights earlier since I had no gas) and I got him on video (all be it, in my side view, but its obvious he is sliding in the wrong direction). I will post it up later when I get home.
I snapped a picture of the car on the tow, and it was fucked up to ****. Driver was no were to be seen, but we did see an ambulance/medical vehicle leave the area. Hopefully he was ok.
I have over 400 pictures from this weekend. 1.8GB of space. I am slowly going to start sorting through them all. I will be posting some teasers in a bit. I am currently looking at a great one of Track trying to keep up with an old mustang.
If it was the first day, he was faster than me. If it was the second, well, lets say he would have been lunch if it wasn't for traffic. I got a video and you can see me getting closer and closer by the lap...then the checkered flag stopped the fun :(
Yea, I think Rick will be happy with all the pictures!
I got 62 pictures of Track, 61 pictures of Gryff, 50 pictures of SixShooter. I am about to post a few teaser pics. Then I need to upload the rest to Rick for him to water mark. In the next day or two you guys should be seeing a lot.
Sixshooter cresting a hill.
Gryff is all about waving. No wave no Save.
Track now knows why his alignment bolts come loose.
After some discussion with Bryan (GeneSplicer), we think he lost the rear end coming around the end of 4, counter steered, then lifted which sent him into the wall right before the turn in for the esses.
I might be able to do THSCC in Feb. That is right around my birthday. Would make a great gift to myself.
I will be going to it for sure. I think CMP is a great track to start the year, fun miata track, hard on tires, hard on brakes, and ballsy enough to get your blood flowing without gobs of concrete everywhere like RA.
Props to sixshooter for wearing a fire suit. Other DE drivers might point and laugh, but he'll be glad he has one on if his car ever catches on fire. Even a single layer at <$100 is worth it IMO for any tracking.
I cannot fathom how someone can stay in the throttle with a car spewing stuff all over the track like that. The only thing I can figure is the driver was just looking right over his hood and not far enough ahead. But man was that a brutal hit.
yea, I saw that car too. The e30 front end was toast worse than the subie. I think what really saved the subie from being worse is his rear hit first and swung the front into the wall, rather than it being head on.
I agree with you Rob, not sure how the e30 guy decided to stay in the throttle with that **** going on ahead.