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Below is a recounting of various car events I've attended along the years, from car club meets, autocrosses, track events, and enthusiast drives.

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2018/07/16 Exclusive Track Days 105db day at Laguna Seca
π 2018-07-16 01:01 in Cars
I hadn't yet gotten the chance to drive my racecar at Laguna. Sound limits are of course a problem. A 105db day sounded like a great idea. It was cheap enough that I rented 2 spots, one in race cars, and one in advanced group, both with open passing.

As luck would have it, I still got blackflagged for pulling a 106.3db, which thankfully got fixed by turn pipes that I had, but hadn't been installed on the car. This got fixed quickly. Some very nice cars were present.

The morning was overcast:



A few cars:



my car
my car

with the turnpipes installed
with the turnpipes installed





Thanks to my coach, I got down from 1:40:xx to 1:32:xx on a couple of laps after fresh tires. On the better morning track, the car could have been faster still, but it sure was hard to find clean laps.

This was a long day for me since I got 7 sessions of 2x20mn, or over 4h30 of driving with just 20mn breaks in the middle. I was quite tired by the end of the day, but was still able to get close enough to fastest laps around the last sessions, until I had to get off the track due to a car that caught fire.

Here is my best lap where I did a 1:32.x, my best laguna time so far, and it wasn't even a clean lap as I had to pass a car (in the Mclaren 650S, I only got down to 1:40.x). My car can likely do 1:30 or even a bit lower:

ETD had a photographer that did a great job getting nice shots of me. Thank you for those. A few below:









Sadly, a nice Mclaren caught fire during the last lap. My guess is that a fluid leak hit the exhaust:



2018/07/01 Overdue Drive Around Skyline
π 2018-07-01 01:01 in Cars
Some of our cars were dusty, it was way time for a drive, glad to see familiar faces again, and we didn't get too unlucky on the roads despite the day and time.









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2018/06/21 2 days at Thunderhill with BR Racing
π 2018-06-21 01:01 in Cars
We joined a private track rental for an LMP car that was testing, and came up with 8 cars or so. Thunderhill was starting to get a bit too hot, but it was nice to have 2 days of clean laps.



getting a fresh set of tires
getting a fresh set of tires

The first day, I only got down to 1:50 (with the bypass), due to a combination of worn brakes, hot track, and lack of more skill.
The 2nd day, thanks to my coach, Matt Belle, I improved my driving, but the track got even hotter, so I also only got down to 1:50:xx too before the track got even more greasy and my times started to go back up. Still, it was good fun.

A nice 488 challenge that joined us:



There was a professional photographer onsite who took a few shots:




2018/05/17 Thunderhill with Droid and Friends
π 2018-05-17 01:01 in Cars
It had been a while since I last went to Droid and Friends with my Mclaren 650S. I sure got rusty in it. I sure didn't set any lap times that day, but it was still fun to go :)





2018/05/12 back to Speedzone Dallas, 11.5 years later: disappointing :(
π 2018-05-12 01:01 in Cars
It's been eons since we went to Speedzone in Dallas in 2006, so I was looking forward to going back.


They added a slick track where the karts have little traction and you can practise drifting. That's actually a lot of fun, and not something I've done anywhere else.


Their main kart track sadly got toned down a lot, to the point that it was boring and pointless. I was a full gas the entire time, never had to brake.

the 2 person kart was more powerful and more fun thankfully
the 2 person kart was more powerful and more fun thankfully


They added electric karts that were also underpowered and had no lap times.




The dragsters were still there, but sadly I kept coming 2nd to dragster #1 because even though I got off the line at full speed every time, the other one was just faster and would first catch up and then pass me, disappointing.






fastest response time
fastest response time

But oh well, it was still a fun enoug day out :)

2018/04/17 Private BBR Track Day at Thunderhill
π 2018-04-17 01:01 in Cars
Rob setup a few track days for his customers at Thunderhill.

Luckily the other folks hired a pilatus PC12, which I was able to join instead of flying my own butt as usual. It didn't suck :)





Once at the track, few people, lots of track :)







Sadly my car apparently has a wire harnest loose somewhere, causing some errors when I was driving. We tried multiple places, but haven't quite found which one is causing issues yet.


Nonetheless, we got it driveable and I was able to get a 1:48 lap before running out of talent and tire grip (not sure which one came first :) ). The car can go faster, but that's the best I could do that day. I guess I still have a bit of room to improve :)

Thanks to Rob for setting this up.

2018/04/04 First Droid and Friends of the Year at Thunderhill
π 2018-04-04 01:01 in Cars
It was early in the season, but we got lucky enough with the weather. I however was rusty for sure, and apparently managed to mismanage the tires on my first session, and after that I never really got good times due to limited traction from the tires by the time I was making fewer mistakes and getting faster.





2017/12/16 Great December Drive
π 2017-12-16 01:01 in Cars
Great weather, good temperature, good roads, great cars. Thanks all.

























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2017/10/11 World Solar Challenge, Solar Cars Across Australia from Darwin to Adelaide
π 2017-10-11 01:01 in Australia, Cars, Ozsafari2017
We got lucky to see some of the cars while in Coober Pedy, and I even spotted some on the highway while flying up towards Ayers rock, turned around, and flew at low altitude next to them to take some shots:









2017/09/07 Droid and Friends, Thunderhill 4.3 miles with 458C
π 2017-09-07 01:01 in Cars
It had been a while since I had been to the track, thanks to Droid and Friends, that was fixed :)

My car performed fine since it wasn't nearly as hot as last time, and thanks to my coach's help (Roob from BR Racing), after getting some fresh tires on for the last session, I improved quite a bit, until I ran out of talent and spun on the track after making the mistake of downshifting during an off camber turn. Still, I'm happy that I barely got a 2:53:57 on the best lap just before the spin (vs a 3:13 best lap in my 650S, what a difference sticky tires on a race car, make):











The flight back was a bit more interesting than usual due to unusual weather:





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