|2003/03/29 Miata Performance Driving School at Thunderhill|
π 2003-03-29 00:00 by Merlin in Cars
This time, I came back as an intructor, and it was both fun and gratifying to be able to help new drivers and give back to the community that has helped me a lot. For that matter, I owe a lot to the people who helped me saturday night: Barry, Larry, and Ravi for their expert advise, help and tools. What happened is that my newly installed turbo still needed a shakeout, and sure enough, the bolts from my wastegate got loose due to the extreme temperature (900 degrees Celcius) and vibration. End result: very loud fat noise caused by the resulting exhaust leak, which on the track ended up melting my speedo cable, and then got both my brake fluid and shifting hydrolic fluid so hot that I temporarily lost the ability to shift, and almost lost my brakes
Thank to their help, I was able to run a bit the next day and take a few students with me, until the leak started to re-appear around the time when I completely melted my brakes
This worked out just fine because I got more time to ride with students, something they were all very thankful for.