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I have arrived, and all is well!  I know it kind of changes things, but there is no need to drop everything.  


 


So I just wanted to say hi....HI...and kinda introduce myself as a driver/person.


 


I go by the name Johnnie....I have been known to yell NIE at people that shorten my two syllable name.  I am a pure hands on guy.  I've never had anyone work on any of my cars, aside from a few trusted friends helping me. The only work I have outsourced was decking a head, and installing a single non-floater wrist pin.  


 


I got into racing through Car Guys Inc. back in 2007.   I used to work for them while Arian was the owner and went to all the track events.  I started by tracking my 1986 Ford Crown Victoria (Grassroots Ride link).


 


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/2926/2561/7313780476_large.jpg


 


 


I did one event at Summit Point Shenandoah and then converted to a manual T5 trans I acquired for free.  I did four more events at Summit and VIR on a set of used VERY hard old Hoosier's....I'm sure it was kind of sketch running tires that old with dry rot cracks, but I got them with the wheels they were on for $80 and they were just short of new as far as tread life (I was in college, I was getting free track time, I was being extra cheap!)


 


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/2926/2562/7313780515_large.jpg


 


After I found the cords on those tires I decided that having to spend $1200+ to get new tires on 17X9 wheels was just too much of an annual cost, so I got a dedicated track car and converted the Vic into the tow vehicle.  I purchased a 1973 Celica (Grassroots Ride link) and have used this for the remainder of my experience.  


 


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/2926/2562/7313780594_large.jpg


 


 


My "economical" replacement soon became less than.  At my second events a head gasket popped on Friday at VIR, (later found out it actually warped a forged Wiseco piston.)  I replaced the head gasket at VIR in the tech shed Friday night, and raced all weekend. 


 


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/1861/4601/29652300109_large.jpg


 


Following this event I went to a drift event the next weekend.   The ticking noise was still there from the track.  So I diagnosed it as piston slapping noise (and just like the Vic when an injector went bad) I had one warped piston.  Wiseco wanted lots of money to make a whole set as they wouldn't make just one replacement.  CP wanted significantly less for stronger, lighter.......bigger domed pistons.  And so ended economy mode.  It now has around 13.5:1 CR, I have to run $9/gl fuel.  


 


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/1861/4601/29652300138_large.jpg


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/1861/4601/29652300141_large.jpg


 


I have since upgraded a few things here and there, and done a few more events. Including auto-x, and drifting.  And I've also improved the look of the car a good bit.


 


http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/3/1861/4601/29652300253_large.jpg


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Unfortunately Car Guys Inc. is gone, no more free events, and life kind of got in the way.  So I've only been doing maybe one HPDE a year.  I want back in this year.  So I signed up with Brick House Racing for the VIR 24hr event.  I also plan to attend at least one event with Track Dayz, and plan to attend more Chump Car events in the future.


 


My total driving experience is 


23 HPDE events,


9 Autocross events,


5 Drift events,


250,000+ mile on public roads.


 


Thanks for having me around. I hope I am of good value, entertainment, and company for the community.


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So you are a member of "The Nerds who say Nie"  ??


 


 


Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.


 


 


 


I *warned* you, but did you listen to me? Oh, no, you *knew*, didn't you? Oh, it's just a harmless little *bunny*, isn't it?


 


 


Welcome to the asylum.......


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I'll just put this here....

 

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Thanks for the welcome!  I had the post all done with pictures in it, then I remembered I'm a noob and lack picture powers at this time.  Thankfully hyperlink ≥ nothing...but soon my powers will grow, it may even surpass 9000!!!

 

Chill Goku.     :)      LOL

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