A nice long day of tossing a BRZ around at Dirtfish Rally School getting a handle on making rear-wheel drive work on dirt. Note: A proper pendulum turn is a riot.Read More
Haven’t been to Spring Nats in a while. Seemed a worthy note to make here.
Overall, I’m pleased with the results. I managed to hang in the trophies in an impossibly competitive class. About .6 from first after just two dry sessions.
After Saturday’s runs, I had a good margin on both Chris and JJ. We reviewed video and data and even with my margin, JJ had me by .347 in one corner. It was clear the answer was to brake early and less to set up for it.
I had two pops at it and overcooked on one run and improved on the other but had a bobble in the prior corner that negated the improvement. While I’m bummed I couldn’t take advantage of the data my co-drivers had given me, overall I’m still happy with what I learned and how I drove.
The Champ Tour
First day’s course was the more technical of the two. Not my usual wheelhouse, but when we were finished driving , I was fifth about .7 from first. Lots of opportunity to move up on Day Two—even with the prospect of drying conditions giving an obvious advantage to second drivers.
As expected, Day 2 started wet and then went to drying. The car was disaster in a way I hadn’t seen since Cherry Point. It was the first time, in a long time, that I managed to come back from a run with no idea what I could do to improve things behind the wheel.
What I know now is when that happens, I need to throw some changes at the car. Running shocks full soft? Go full stiff—or at least add some. That would turn out to be the answer after a G.H. Sharp shared some information as we waited for results. The progressive springs in the rear of the SSC cars are largely useless at the top of travel. Throwing some rebound at the rear helps keep the car from being a rocking horse.
Favorite shots from the North Carolina Museum of Art's Rolling Sculptures exhibit.
Last year Laura treated me to spending far too much time in the Porsche by Design exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Since they were allowed, of course I dragged my camera with me.
I'm not sure what the final exposure count was to yield these 10, but it was up there. Turns out, I married a very patient woman.
In hindsight, I think I fell into the trap of shooting against what I was working with. Instead of working so hard to isolate the objects on display, maybe I should have worked to include the audience. It'd have yielded a very different set.
I'm goint to chalk that up to not shooting as often as I'd like and the rust that comes along with that.
I'll go to my first SCCA National Tour of the 2013 season this month. I'm lucky to have two of the best people you could think of as co-drivers. So this month, I decided I'd toss this shot of the car that got me started competing nationally. Sort of ran into this image tucked away in some folder it didn't belong in and it seemed to fit. So here's to another season of doing stupid stuff in cars.
I'm not entirely sure why I like it. Is it the weird combination of the industrial and agrarian? The sky? Maybe I'm just happy I snagged it at 70 miles per hour with an iPhone.Read More
An entire season of autocrossing in two days yields six corded Hoosier.Read More
Took a break for the day, picked up the Integra Type R from its legendary lair and hit a local event with Triad Sports Car Club at the Sanford airport.
It was, by all counts, a long and hot day in the sun. But getting six shots at a 90 second course proved to be too much for the tires I showed up. After my fourth run we had cord showing and it was down hill from there. The photo above is the bottom of the hill. I should be perfectly clear about a couple of things:
1. Hoosier tires kick butt.
2. The Type R is brutal to front tires.
3. These tires had been pounded on pretty good at several, prior events.
4. Did I mention the Type R is brutal to front tires?
I took the picture on location with my G9. It's a great little camera to "have around." It usually gets tossed into my laptop bag or tucked into whatever I'm bringing with me.
Lots of design work on my plate and some writing for the Sky2x site. Busy days ahead.
So we're back. Last weekend made the trek to Blytheville, Arkansas to run the SCCA's Pro Solo. This year, just like last, I'm co-driving with Jim Feinberg. We had fantastic weather even if it was a bit on the warm side. The car was handling perfectly both days—well, until the Super Challenge on Sunday that is. With a one two finish in class—Jim taking the win by less than 3/10s of a second, both of us were bound for the Super Challenge. Unfortunately, I was a one and done in the challenge, but the upside is that I went back to paddock, grabbed the camera and photographed a few of the runs.
Speaking of which I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to post up motorsport stuff here. Maybe if I shoot a particular race, or big event. But for the most part they'll probably end up living over on my Fotki account.