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I don't have a single critical comment. The car is great!

I'm more excited to see people come out and have a good time! As my project shows, these cars are always evolving, so you gotta take time and smell the race gas.

Just cooked the pads and got some serious heat into the system. No brake cooling to speak of, which with wheels this small and wide is a real problem. The pedal felt alright, but the brake feel just d

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Laguna Seca has nasty noise restrictions and walls just about all the way around the track. If you look up "muffler Laguna Seca" you'll find a bunch of weird shit like this, which I've heard people refer to as "donkey dicks." Apparently the idea is to get more muffler on the car, and then point the exhaust away from the sound meter. The corkscrew looks fun, but after doing it a ton on sims I don't think I'd bother with the hassles to get out there, YMMV.

Way further south (just north of LA), but your car would KICK ASS at Streets of Willow, which is a very tight road course. I think top speed I ever saw there going down the hill was 105 mph or so. It is so twisty you wouldn't feel like the lack of power was that big a hindrance. Would also be interesting to see how a well set up Prepared autoxer would relate to Coffey's ROD with sequential gearbox and all of that. IIRC he ran a 1:28 at Willow Springs. Big Willow and Streets are two tracks at the same site. The big track is much faster.

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Big Willow/Streets of Willow would be a blast, but 15+ hours towing. Laguna has a lot of cool points, but yes, the sound restrictions do seem goofy. Probably better to do it now before this motor gets swapped out for something louder!

 

Maybe late this year I'll make the trip to Willow, there were a couple friends who made that trip already this year. It would be interesting to see how it stacks up against the late great John Coffey. 

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Gosh I feel so lucky. I’m 1.2 hours from Willow Springs. If I can ever get this thing out of the garage... 

 

gotta budget for the SCCA novice license course too. At least I save $500 for bringing my own car 

 

Car is registered and EP still looks pretty stock so I’m thinking of driving there. I plan on running a straight muffler + resonator until I do anything competitive in the meantime. Save my nerves while tuning. 

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Big Willow is a ton of fun. Going through 8 without lifting is a good test of how much you trust your car and how brave you are. I've never run Streets, but heard good things. 

 

We were fine at Laguna on a stock V6 with a single turbo muffler and a tip that pointed up and left. The sound measuring station is on track right between 5 and 6, which is why everyone points their exhaust up and left. The limit was 92db then, but I think they lowered it to 90db now for all but special events. Thanks, NIMBYs who moved in 50 years after the track was built.

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3 hours ago, AydinZ71 said:

Gosh I feel so lucky. I’m 1.2 hours from Willow Springs. If I can ever get this thing out of the garage... 

 

Are you North or South? If North.... Well, you got room for a truck and trailer? Hehe. 

 

2 hours ago, calZ said:

Big Willow is a ton of fun. Going through 8 without lifting is a good test of how much you trust your car and how brave you are. I've never run Streets, but heard good things. 

 

We were fine at Laguna on a stock V6 with a single turbo muffler and a tip that pointed up and left. The sound measuring station is on track right between 5 and 6, which is why everyone points their exhaust up and left. The limit was 92db then, but I think they lowered it to 90db now for all but special events. Thanks, NIMBYs who moved in 50 years after the track was built.

 

I know a bunch of the endurance racing guys go down there in march for the season kick off event, and most of the time don't have issues. NIMBY's are clearly the worst, and I think the track has had it's own management issues over the years. Certainly something to look into tho, would be a lot of fun to do a few California trips!

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@Ben280 We are the family that hasn’t figured out whether to stab the environment in the heart, or save it. 😂 a hybrid, a fuel cell car, the turbo Z that spits puffs of sweet black hydrocarbon, and my neighbors Tesla. Alas, no room for a trailer :( The race car is in my 1926 1.5 car garage...ahem... “root cellar” to the left. 
 

I live in the la crescenta area. North of LA, but south of Willow. I’m about a click from JPL and Adam Corolla. Wish he would let me see his garage, but I hear he is a dick. 

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Quite the fleet! We've got a 1987 BMW 325e (AKA Garbage heap), my 1997 12v Ram 2500, a 20' enclosed and my wife's tesla out front. So a similar hodgepodge of junk. The Z lives in a 1946 2 car garage, so a root cellar with a wine nook haha. 

 

I'll be sure to post up when I make it down to the Willow area, see if some of you Cali folks want to come make a day of it!

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On 5/26/2021 at 11:07 PM, Ben280 said:

 

Would love to get down to Thunderhill! Didn't realize Sonoma was relatively close, any others worth visiting in the Bay area?

 

You will not be disappointed with Thunderhill nor Sonoma. Laguna is fourth on my list of local tracks, with Sonoma the top dog, then Buttonwillow and Thunderhill ("local" meaning within 4 hours). Laguna is the famous one with the corkscrew and all but it's by far the least technical track of the four. With that said, they're all great to drive and if you have the option to hit any one of them, you should do it.

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Personally, of the Nor Cal tracks, I consider Laguna the most potentially fun to drive....but the sound limits have become laughable.  Some new stock cars off the showroom floor won't pass unless the driver coasts past the sound booth. I find the politics that led to this situation so infuriating that I have vowed never to return there.

 

Sonoma, to me, is the most challenging...by far.

 

Thunderhill is nice because it is wide open.  You could have a major "off" there and you are unlikely to hit anything or significantly damage your car.  There are almost no walls or other obstacles.

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