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Old 03-01-2007, 07:33 PM   #21
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be careful goblins will eat your ***** if you mess up!

you'll do fine. just take it easy, and dont under talent any situations
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:43 PM   #22
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Good luck man... keep us updated.
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If you can, get someone with skilz to ride with you. This would be the best possible thing to do. Ask the organizers if they have any volunteer instructors that could ride along. You'll learn a bunch. Track is a whole different enchilada than road.

Don't be afraid to pit before your session is over if the brakes or tires get too hot and squirrelly.

Remember smooth is fast, do all your braking in a straight line, no abrupt changes.

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Old 03-01-2007, 08:59 PM   #24
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That's a good idea. It's also tremendously cool to ride along with someone else. And just watch what they do. I find that every bit as exciting, and not as stressful.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:48 PM   #25
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Ride alongs are great. Last track day I did I got to ride in an original shelby cobra. The real deal, not a kit car. Guy has owned it since 1970. Pretty cool seeing an old guy (retired and in his late 60's) with a piece of history still willing to go out an have fun driving it.
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I would not hesitate man. Just do the regular maintenance prior like bleeding your brakes and clutch, changing your oil, checking your timing (id go with 10* and not higher personally), and just generally making sure everything is buttoned down. If you have a heater still, turn it on if you start overheating. I cant see any reason why the motor would be a problem other than having slightly less power than a newer one.
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:24 PM   #27
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what tire pressures should I start with? Its going to be a miserable 48* high that day.
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Old 03-02-2007, 02:04 PM   #28
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I guess start with the suggest pressures and adjust from there? thats what I would try, anyone else?
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I'd start with them at the max operating pressure. They are going to have floppy sidewalls and want to roll over on you. From the adjust up till no roll over is detected. I wouldn't go too crazy, you wouldn't want to have a blow out. Pay attention to how hot the tires are getting.
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I wouldn't start at max. By the end of the 1st session you'll be 10 to 15 lbs over. The tires get hot and the air expands a bunch. Start maybe 5 to 10 lbs under max to be safe. Take a gauge with you and check right after pitting. Drop them back to max or just under then.
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