SCDA Lime Rock Park, 7 Nov 09, Corolla runs Blue Group, session 3 (Part 2)
SCDA at Lime Rock Park, last event of the season on a great fall afternoon. Jon is instructing again, fun factor is high. First day in the Intermediate 1 group: faster cars and drivers, busy pointing people by, working on my line. As always, I am in my 93 stock Corolla (1.6L, 3 spd auto).
My favorite track. Nice and flowing, fast in my low-hp car. Had as much fun as the first time I went (see the Aug 10 videos).
Notice how at 1:40, I am a bit early at the 2nd apex exiting Big Bend and get on the throttle a little too eagerly: FWD car, understeer, left front wheel hits the dirt. Tried to unwind the wheel quickly, but still had a bit of steering lock left from the corner exit - enough for the difference in surface grip to catapult the car to the right, immediately breaking traction. Took quick opposite lock as soon as all 4 wheels were on the asphalt to catch and recover the car. Impressive lesson on what even a bit of steering lock does if your wheels are on different-grip surfaces.
SCDA Lime Rock Park, 7 Nov 09, Corolla runs Blue Group, session 3 (Part 1)
SCDA at Lime Rock Park, last event of the season on a great fall afternoon.
Jon is instructing again, fun factor is high. Watch the introduction by my
teddy bear copilot - I rescued the guy off the road a couple years ago and
hired him. First day in the Intermediate 1 group: faster cars and drivers, busy pointing
people by, working on my line. As always, I am in my 93 stock Corolla
(1.6L, 3 spd auto).
My favorite track. Nice and flowing, fast in my low-hp car. Had as much
fun as the first time I went (see the Aug 10 videos).
SCDA Lime Rock Park, August 10 2009, Novice Run #4 (Part 2)
Lime Rock Park, SCDA HPDE, 10 Aug 2009, last novice group run of the day.
My car is a '93 base Corolla, stock engine, 1.6L, 3-speed automatic. No
modifications except grippy street tires, a pirate flag decal, and a go-faster-stripe.
My first track day, and an incredible blast.
My instructor is Dave Gran, SCCA racer and Lime Rock track record holder.
Check out his book at http://www.goaheadtakethewheel.com . Thanks Dave, you
Astrophysathingy's V8 laps at Mt Panorama
My gf Ivy gave me the most amazing birthday present - two hotlaps in a V8
racecar around Mt Panorama with FasTrack racing. Video credits go to
My driver was Kim "Assassin" Jane who races in the Aussie V8 Ute series.
Since I am used to racecars, albeit slower ones, I asked him to not hold
back in the beginning ("Two qualifying laps").
Notice my face - it was not scary at all, but very impressive; I was very
tense, trying to be as attentive as possible with all senses, and make
these 2 laps count, taking in every bit of the track, Kim's driving, and
the way the car felt.
It was fantastic & unforgettable. Thanks Ivy, Fastrack, Kim, and to Scott
from Adrenaline. Hope to drive the track in a racecar myself one day!
SCCA MARRS4 2014, Sunday SSM Race
Racing SSM is so very close and intense. The Sunday 18 lap race, fighting
all race long with the #59 car, and enjoying a huge bump-draft along the
front straight from another one. Finished 14 out of 36, similar to
Saturday's 13 out of 35, and moved up 5 positions from start to checker in
RP Performance gave me a good car, and I am really happy about these
results - this was my first race weekend in that class and with that car,
and this class has tough racing and good, fast drivers who don't give you a
single inch, yet take every inch you give them.
Thanks all for racing with you. It was an incredible experience. And thanks
everyone at Summit for the friendship and good times in the paddock. I miss
you crazy bastards already.
2007 Toyota Yaris S doing 400,000 Miles in 3yrs 6m
2007 Toyota Yaris S Sedan doing 400,000 Miles in 3yrs 6m
Parts that are still working properly:
1. All Sensors (Oxygen, Crank, Cam, Knock, Coolant Temp, Oil Press)
2. A/C Compressor
3. Electric Power Steering
4. Fuel Pump & Injectors
5. Ignition Coils
7. Brake Booster, Master & Slave
Cylinder, Rotors and Drums
8. Throttle Body
10. Manual Transmission
Here's a list of repairs that I've done on my Yaris so far:
1. Struts & Shocks @ 153,000 miles on 9/7/08
2. Alternator @ 323,000 miles on 4/15/09
3. F&R Brake Pads and Shoes ONLY @ 400,000 miles on 2/21/10 (First and ONLY
4. Driver's Side Rear Hub Assembly @ 435,000 miles on 2/19/11
5. Clutch @ 448,000 miles on 9/3/11 (First clutch job)
6. Backup Switch @ 448,000 miles on 9/8/11
7. Sway Bar End Links @ 451,000 miles on 11/2/11
8. Passenger's Side Rear Hub Assembly @ 457,000 miles on 1/13/12
9. Oxygen Sensors @ 459,000 miles on 2/8/12
10. Alternator @ 467,000 miles on 5/26/12
11. Clutch Slave Cylinder @ 468,000 miles on 6/14/12 (Didn't need
replacing. It was the flywheel that was worn)
12. Starter @ 469,000 miles on 6/25/12
13. Clutch @ 474,000 miles on 9/2/12
14. Fan Motor @ 479,000 miles on 10/2/12
15. Fuel Filter @ 481,000 miles on 10/30/12
16. Driver's Side CV Axle @ 483,000 miles on 12/1/12
17. Fuel Pressure Regulator @ 492,000 on 3/22/13
18. Valve Cover Gasket @ 492,000 on 3/27/13
19. Water Pump & Pulley @ 502,000 on 6/18/13
20. Clutch @ 506,000 miles on 8/11/13
21. Shocks & Springs @ 515,000 on 11/23/13
List of Acessories & Mods:
1. SUS Custom 2.5" Air Intake Kit
2. eBay Exhaust Headers
3. Magnaflow Catback Exhaust System
4. Weapon-R iThrottle Controller (Best investment ever!!!)
5. Rims (From 15" to 16" to 17" and now 18")
6. Tanabe Lowering Springs (With 500k miles on them)
7. Scangauge II
8. HID's & LED's
9. Double OEM Spoiler & Lip Combo
10. Eliminated Cats
11. Magnaflow 28" Resonator
12. 1ZZ Throttle Body
13. Taylor Helix Throttle Body Spacer
14. Tein Lowering Springs
Labor Day Double 2012 - ITS Sunday Race
SCCA Washington DC Region's Labor Day Double, 2012, Sunday 10 lap
qualifying race, ITS/ITB race group. Rain race, in-car video from Kai
Noeske, #9 Improved Touring S, 1999 Honda Civic Si. Front wheel drive and
rain tires made for a competitive race!
NJMP Thunderbolt w. SCDA, stock 93 Corolla chasing a Lotus Elise (part 2)
14 Sep 2009, last Novice Session of the day with SCDA at NJMP Thunderbolt.
Chasing a Lotus Elise over the entire session - so much fun lap after lap,
my Corolla going faster through
the corners and closing in, and the Elise is running away again on the
straight. Amazed I could keep up, despite slowing to allow people to pass
and braking early to accommodate for some brake fade. Found the reason
after the run: my inside front brake pads on both sides were gone and
triggered some late-night nuts-n-bolts-turning to get set for the next day.
Big Thanks to John for being an awesome instructor!
Fastest Summit Point lap yet, going crazy
My fastest lap at Summit Point Raceway so far in my 1999 Honda Civic Si,
SCCA ITS racecar. 1:28.908. SCCA WDCR MARRS 13 weekend, 5 Oct 2013. I see
it on the laptimer and go apeshit. Car is still not fully ITS developed
(down on power, up on weight) and was on old tires. Lap felt incredible.