Monday, December 26, 2011

Been a while. :(

I totally slacked on this blog this past season. Fatherhood takes it's toll on free time.

I however DID manage to get my wife into autocross this season! She drives a 328xi in D-Stock and is LOVING it!

As for the wagon:
I am still having a blast driving it! I feel this car is still very capable and the Mk4 platform has a BOAT LOAD of aftermarket support! I have however noticed that the front end needs camber. Camber is not adjustable on this car and most camber plates need the smaller diameter coliover springs to be able to move the spring over enough to give you more camber. Since I have no plans to get coils AND camber then I guess I'm stuck with none.

In other wagon news it will become an antocross specific car once I get my "new" Mk5 TDI for daily use. So expect to see camber one way or another eventually!

To get ready for 2012 I need to replace my strut bearings... and thats it! This '01 is SOLID!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wilton Mall Event #3!

Some people don't like the idea of a short course but I'm telling you the course Burt from MoHud put together was 30-some-odd seconds of pure joy! This time another figure 8 with a partial double over made for an awesome time!

My wife even entered in her 328xi auto! She had a blast and with the help of a VERY experienced driver she shaved 12 seconds off her time and never hit a single cone!

I wound up steering the wagon to second place in ST! I had the ST FTD for the morning session until Carmine, a very smooth driver, got me by a half second in the afternoon.

The wagon is holding up amazingly! The motor is running VERY strong with 169k on the clock, the new rear Bilstien's seemed to make a nice difference in the way the rear end behaved! I had one blown Bilstien in the back so to get 2 good and new shocks back there was a must.

I have a new favorite job while working. GRID! It's a great way to get to know the other drivers that you wouldn't normally get a chance to see if you were out on the course.

Our next event is at the best site we have in our region! Fortitech! AND we have a Test-n-Tune on Saturday followed by the points event Sunday! Probably going to get in the neighborhood of 16 to 17 runs that weekend if the weather cooperates!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New stuff.

Timing chain started to rattle so...

New Chains & Guides

New clutch, flywheel & pressure plate

New Thermostat

New Serpintene belt

New motor mounts

New lower ball joint mount bolts

New intake & K&N cone filter

While the flywheel was off I figured I'd machine it:

... so it weighs:

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Rookie of the Year?

Quoted from the MoHud SCCA's website:

Novice of the year.
The 2010 winner was the toughest pick of the year. We had several nominees that made impressive debuts. For the winner, while some of his finishes were not as good as the other nominees; they were respectable for what was arguably the most difficult car to drive. To quote one of the committee members “His driving is pretty consistent, and I think he’s got a real good mix of aggression and calculation. I did not witness him “pushing through a push”. He looks smooth, reasonably early and close to the cones”. What was the deciding factor for picking this nominee was his willingness to help out in both setting up and tearing down the event. This year’s winner is Allan Varcoe.