2010 thru 2011 Chin and Rezoom HPDE events at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
2003 NB Miata #07
Shinsen Special Edition - Titanium Gray
2415 lbs with 180 lb driver and 3/8 tank
121 RWHP (Dynojet SAE adjusted), 116 RWT
P205/50ZR15 Hoosier SM6 Tires
Hawk HP Plus Pads
AiM Data Logger
Barber Motorsports Park Damp E46 M3 (Wreck at end)
3/23/13 After my first session the track dried substantially and I was
really able to pick up speed, but the track was still wet in some areas and
that would mean my demise. I averaged 1:56, but my fastest laps were
1:55.57 and 1:55.80.
If you listen to my engine, I'm barely decelerating through that section.
When the back end started to slip I counter steered, but instinctively let
up a bit more on the throttle and I believe that is what put me into the
wall. I believe that if I gave it more gas instead, then weight would
transfer to the rear and that with counter steer would have kept me on the
track. I'm open to constructive criticism so let me know what you think.
Nov 3-4, 2012 High speed mistakes at Barber in a Spec Miata
For best viewing results, please watch in 480p.
Some high speed mistakes in a Spec Miata at Barber Motorsports Park in
Birmingham, Alabama. I think I was pushing too hard. It wasn't all bad. I
got within one second of the track record (1:48.282 vs 1:47.289):
2013 Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park
Roger Miller and Ian James driving the #158 Multimatic/Ford Racing Boss
302R, Sponsored by Total Care Automotive and prepared and crewed by Dempsey
Racing. !!!Caution - this video is over 2.5 hours long!!! It is the full
race from an onboard camera.
BMW M3 at Barber Motorsports Park for BMWCCA O'fest 2011
Driving Barber Motorsports Park in my stock 1998 BMW M3. I'm running
Nitto-01 R comps tires and Hawk HT-10 brakes. Somewhere in the middle of
this run I pull a 1:50.37 lap which was probably my fastest of O'fest.
Barber is a great track and facility (Like all Alan Wilson tracks) I highly
recommend giving it a try if you're in the area.
My humbling experience in a Ferrari California at Atlanta Motorsports Park
For Valentines Day, my wife bought me three laps driving a Ferrari at
Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP), a 2-mile, 16-turn track with over 100' in
elevation changes, on Saturday, March 9, 2013.
While I drove, my professional driving instructor from XtremeXperience,
called out tips for cutting my lap times from his spot in the passenger
It was a humbling experience to see just how rusty I was, and realize just
how far above my current skills the abilities of this supercar were. I was
never frightened, but could hear the siren song of this incredible machine
cooing me on to go faster, go faster...
My instructor did catch me making one very rookie mistake, twice! And that
was following the lines taken by a Lamborghini Gallardo that started in
front of me.
"Don't follow him, he doesn't know what's he's doing! Don't follow his
line, listen to my voice!" my instructor admonished me at one well-deserved
I do, however, disagree with his actually grabbing hold of the steering
wheel at a few points to nudge me into taking the turns a bit wider between
Turns 3-4 and 13-14.
Number 1, unless you see an imminent crash coming, there should be no
excuse for grabbing the steering wheel at speed.
Number 2, after reviewing some other in-car videos, in particular one of
race driver Robby Card setting the course record of 1m:16s in August 2012,
it was apparant that I was following the same line he was: much tighter
than what my instructor was literally forcing me to do by grabbing the
What was the top speed I reached? I don't know. They wisely encourage you
not to keep taking your eyes off the track to look at the speedometer.
A better gauge might be that my best lap was about 2m:11s, and a good lap
for a professional driver in the same car is about 1m:50s.
So, I was lapping the track at about 84% the speed of a professional
driver. Not bad for an old guy who hadn't sat behind the wheel of a race
car since 1981.