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  1. 1. Which date are you more likely to be able to make?

    • August 11/12
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    • September 15/16
    • Both!

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Posted (edited)

Hey Everybody, 

 

Trying to organize some kind of meet up/race day with the fine folks of the pacific northwest! There are a handful of events that will likely work, so I'm throwing out some dates to see if there is any interest. The obvious site is in Packwood, WA. Phenomenal site, huge courses, free on site camping and equidistant from PDX and Seattle. Oregon Region SCCA has a few more events up there this year that might work well.

 

Possible dates for a race day:

August 11/12

September 15/16

 

Let me know if there's interest, I'll be there either way!

 

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3 hours ago, Jboogsthethug said:

Zetsaz we need to organize something in Utah when you're in the state again!

 

Would love to! Highly unlikely that I'll be able to do it this summer since I just got that new shell haha.

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Awesome to see some interest!! In my opinion, a car is never really finished. So unless its not drivable, don't let that stop you from coming out and turning a few laps! 

 

Threw a poll up on the first post (this new HZ forum software is nice!) so vote for your preference.

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Add "both" to your poll. I am going to try for both and have no preference one way or the other. Only issue for me is I was over the sound limit last time, so I might have to spend my time screwing around with my supertrapps instead of socializing.

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Dryer ducting turndowns work pretty well for this. New SCCA rules say it can go straight up or straight down. 95dBa is tough to hit if you've got some mufflers in. A cat and a turbo should be ok, and a turndown will get the rest of it if needed! Y'all should be good, the meter gets pulled out if something is rowdy loud.

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Posted (edited)

I'm located in Bellevue, WA. My car I have only owned for half a year but I did just finish suspension replacement with coilovers. Can I attend? I have only put on maybe 300 miles on my Z and I have no experience with this kind of stuff.

 

Any special requirements for your car to be able to run this course?

 

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Hey Albatross! No special requirements for entry, apart from a basic safety/tech inspection. We check for batteries properly secured, brakes/clutch have good feel, no play in the wheel bearings, throttle has positive return, no loose items in the car, tires aren't corded or dry-rotted. Pretty straightforward! 

 

As for classes, I run in FP. XP, BSP and CS are usually where these cars fall, but OR-SCCA has a special class called "Tuner Challenge" for people who are just learning the ropes of the sport, and don't want/need to get bogged down with the hefty SCCA rule book. SCCA classing is another whole can of worms that we should probably discuss in another thread!

 

Admission for a day event is $15 for a SCCA weekend membership (unless you happen to have an annual membership) and $35 for runs. Packwood on Saturday's we run a test and tune after our competition runs, which is $20. As you might suspect, the weekend membership is good for both Saturday and Sunday, so that is a one time cost for the weekend, and that $15 can be applied towards an annual membership should you get bit by the bug!

 

Couple useful links: 

 

http://www.oregonscca.com/solo---autocross.html (Main site with schedule, results and other fun stuff!)

 

http://www.oregonscca.com/uploads/8/5/9/0/85902804/supps.pdf (Supplemental rules, worth the read!) 

 

 

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That is good, reading the class rules was kind of giving me a head ache. Just finished trans, need to bleed stuff, and mount the exhaust. Not sure if I can put my cat in given the space. Tempted to try to finish the power steering and shortened knuckles for this.

 

So $15 weekend member ship + $35 per day of competition + $20 per day for fun runs at the end. $85 just to run the competition both days or $125 for both competition and fun runs. 

 

 

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Posted (edited)

We don't do fun runs on Sunday, helps people get out of there a little sooner! The competition portion of the event is usually around 6 runs, and the fun runs at the end of the day is usually at least that many. 

 

Classing headaches should be avoided at all cost. The SCCA rule book is a real serious read, particularly when you get into the prepared rules where the GCR comes into play!

 

We haven't had anybody build a car for tuner challenge, its more or less designed to be a catch all for new drivers who's cars may or may not be appropriately classed. Some really common modifications, particularly around boost, put cars into REALLY high prep classes, so we tried to make it easy. 

 

Jon, you'd probably like the E-Mod rule set, although it doesn't allow wings. SCCA has been real hesitant to allow open aero in classes for fear of people spending heaps and heaps of cash. 

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I'd get obliterated in EM, although I probably won't fare much better in XP.

Ideally I'd like an open class where cars were divided on power to weight instead of displacement. Can always just run for time. It's more about making the car fast and improving my skills than winning a jacket.

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I'm just excited to see cars being driven hard.

 

I invited a friend so pretty sure we are going to try for the August date first. Didn't get my cat in and not having driven it in a while I've forgotten how loud it was. Going to see if a muffler shop can squeeze me in.

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Having some issues with my mufflers. I was too loud last time, so I repacked with ceramic wool, then added supertrapps on the tips. The supertrapps are getting plugged by the wool. Took wool out, will replace with stainless scrubble, but that means that it won't reduce as much sound.


I think I'm going to try the local autox in Monroe, WA as it's about 8 mi from my house and if they say I'm too loud it's not 4.5 hours driving to figure it out like Packwood. The Monroe autox is at Evergreen Speedway. It's a 1/4 mile oval track, and they run it like a tiny roval. No cone shagging, supposed to get 15 runs,  but entries are limited to 70 people.

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Sounds good to me!! I think the supertrapps will have a huge effect. Another easy trick if you have space is wrapping the entire exhaust with header wrap. That will take a couple DB's out if you're right on the edge. 

 

It's annoying to be sure, but it is honestly just to help us be good neighbors and keep sites. Particularly where it's been a sensitive topic, we don't want to push the issue. So your efforts are very appreciated, hope you make sound in Monroe and come join us in August/September!! 

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