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oddcarnut last won the day on May 19 2014

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  1. We will be there. Looking forward to getting Lorri some track time in her new ChampCar! Also going to run a few shake down laps in the Sonett vintage racer to make sure it is OK before towing to Put-in-Bay for the Fall vintage race there. So at least 1 of our cars will still be a Swede!
  2. Currently towing with 2014 Ram 1500 Eco Diesel. Added Air lift bags to manage sag when towing. Our enclosed trailer used for CCES is 24' plus V nose checking in at about 8-8500lbs loaded. Running about 70 mph is will routinely return 14-15 mpg assuming I don't pound it hard over steep slopes. With my 18' open trailer it returns 18-20 mpg. Running back & forth to work it does mid to upper 20's. Life time average over the now 226000 miles on it is just over 22 mpg with more than 40,000 of those miles towing, including 5 trips between SC & CA. The life time average is 3 mpg better than I ever saw with the Tundra we had previously. That truck towing the same enclosed trailer, rarely going over 60 mph got 9 mpg and 14 mpg towing our open trailer. Other than issues with emissions control hardware, all of which the dealer we use has been great dealing with, it is the best truck we've owned. It is bone stock with all emissions hardware in place and functional.
  3. I have a set of new American Racing wheels, 5 on 108 bolt circle, 20mm offset (I think) that were purchased for the Volvo Piggy which has since been sold. These need a new home. $200 plus shipping from zip 29681.
  4. All this banter makes my head spin. For so many of these topics it once again it all boils down to allowing more stuff which are "reliability" items and should be free. Whether oil cooler, accumulators, larger fuel capacities, suspension bits, they all are changes that let a car be run harder, longer...which for endurance racing is a performance enhancement. Let's stop allowing more and more stuff to be thrown on cars, facilitating yet more speed and cost creep. Run within the limits of what the car is capable of so they aren't spending lots of $$$ fixing things they blow up or break by running beyond the actual limits of the car. One way to help constrain costs and reduce stress on suspension parts or slinging oil about, limit wheel & tire widths to something relatively close to stock. My $0.02
  5. FWIW, I have a Roux helmet and have found the built in radio bits to work great in both tin top and open cars. We skipped the built-in radio stuff in wife's Still for the reasons Shawn previously noted in this thread.
  6. Single mass, steel and at least as heavy as stock flywheel otherwise it is a performance enhancement.
  7. Many thanks to those that dropped off rotors at Road Atlanta. And additional thanks to whoever it was that also threw in some chain!
  8. The Chandler School kids had a good day at the track and extend their thanks to all that visited the hot chocolate stand and generously donated to the program. I had fun during my striating stint in Rat and coaching a few of our other guys, Overall tough weekend as one car spun and nailed our other car, both continued after some fender adjustments, until well into the race. Ultimately Rat decide to spit out the motor oil, fortunately noticed by the driver, so we think the motor will have survived. And Gator thought 4th & 5th were not appropriate for use in the dark...the kids now have a bit of unplanned maintenance to complete! As always many thank to the Champ staff and track workers. Ken
  9. Ron, Ceramic with aluminum hats really won't work for what we do. Huggy, we go thru 25-30 per season. If we come back with a few season's worth that is fine!
  10. For those coming to Road Atlanta, should you happen to have old brake rotors laying about that you are not going to use, The Chandler School would be happy to have them. Old rotors form the bases of the Sportsmanship award trophies the school creates. We could use a couple of dozen. SO if you happen to have some, swing by wherever we end up in the paddock, drop them off and meet the kids. See you at Road Atlanta. Ken
  11. Not at all, we were on latest edition of Rival S. For full disclosure, I work for Michelin/BFGoodrich motorsports... Of course other folks results vary as function of tracks, cars, driving style, etc. etc...Depending upon who we have in the Chandler cars the tires may go longer on one car than the other...We had more than 30 race hours on one set between VIR, AMP and a track day at Roebling. Now had I run those same events with our old SAAB 900, no way the front tires would have gone that distance. The original Piggy was a piggy when it came to eating front tires at many tracks.
  12. Perhaps we are just too slow with the Chandler Miatas but we've had no problems getting a full race weekend out Rival S, 225/45-15. Did the VIR 24 one set per car as well as AMP on a single set. Last time I ran Piggy at Rd All, we did the fully race on a set of 225/45-17 Rival S.
  13. This is certainly debatable. In the 38+ years I've been racing, which includes quite a few monsoon races, with one exception when in a SAAB Quantum Formula S racing with a bunch of vintage cars that had no lights at all, I've never really felt that rain lights needed to be mandated. Certainly not in the many showroom stock, IT, crapcan racer events, including the rains at VIR in 2017. So as far as I'm concerned, normal tail lights are fine. This is amateur racing for fun, not some pro event where drivers must press on. If one's vision is compromised by spray, SLOW down. I certainly did at times in the VIR 24, often because of glare from far too bright, crappy pattern lights on other cars, not due to poor tail lights. If we want to add more rules, how about mandating high & low beams with half the lights being off on low beam and only properly aimed low beams permitted when closer than 100 feet behind another car or when it is raining heavily. But that is another topic entirely.
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