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Camaro Summertime Update: Part 2

Here we go with part 2 of our Summer 2015 update on the Camaro – check out part 1 here if you missed it.

SCCA Event #3 – Happy Father’s Day!

The first trip out with the new gears was fun, but kind of a mixed bag. We had some competition in CAM-T this time around, which was cool. The 4 car field consisted of us, a 68 Camaro prepped by Dusold Designs and packed to the gills with go-fast parts, a  Falcon, and a Model T (this class is really kind of confusing when you break it down!).

The Camaro got the luck of the draw on run groups, and getting pretty much a fully dry session between showers, while Paul’s session in the Z was wiped out by lightning and heavy rain.

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Camaro Summertime Update: Part 1

17136718738_d64eee39d0_z.jpgWow, this summer has flown by without an update here? We’ve been buy with life, and with racing and working on the car, and there’s a lot to cover to get back up to speed. Let’s dive right in, with the first of a 2-part update that will cover –

– A plethora of SCCA and other autocross and track events
– A few setup changes, including new rear gears and axle bearings
– Our plans to get better, faster, stronger for the winter

A quick note before we get started – the Optima Ultimate Street Car shows for this season start August 28th on MAV TV! We’re counting the days, and hoping to get some TV time with the little red beastie in the Texas episode. Keep an eye out for it, and we’ll definitely post an update. Speaking of Optima..

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Optima Ultimate Street Car 2015: TMS Day 2 Recap

Let’s start this by repeating what I started with yesterday in the Day 1 Recapget your car ready, and do one of these events! You will have fun, you will learn how to be a better driver, and you will do more with your car than you ever thought possible.

Now, on to day 2: the Falken Tire hot lap challenge, on the 1.1 mile, 7-turn road course.

Sunday may have been our most anticipated and unsure part of the weekend. I was anxious to get some track time in the car, but also a bit leery of how well the relatively puny 12-inch Wilwood brakes would hold up. I was also unsure of what the relatively small road course in the infield of TMS would be like, particularly after running at the most epic 2.9 mile Texas World Speedway last month.

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Optima Ultimate Street Car 2015: TMS Day 1 Recap

Where to even start? First of all, if there’s an Optima USCA event in your area, and you’re on the fence about going – GET OFF THE FENCE! Everything about this weekend was just fantastic, from the operation to the attitude and helpfulness of all involved both within USCA and the participants, it’s one of the most fun experiences we’ve ever had with the car.

Ok, with that out of the way, how did things go? We couldn’t be happier with the results. Let’s start with Saturday today, and wrap up Sunday in a second post (there’s kind of a lot to cover).

Saturday: Tech Inspection, Autocross, Speed Stop, & Judging

We arrived at the crack of dawn. Well, before the crack. Way before. The schedule to said to arrive no later than 7, and that turned out to mean that gates would open at 7 (live and learn, better early than late, etc.) Once in the gates, we scrambled to get the truck parked, the car unloaded and into the garage, and soon we were off to tech inspection.

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Camaro Autocross Update: Part 3 of 3 – Spoiler Alert, Rain, and Optima!

Where were we? Right, quiet exhaust, new tires, some suspension adjustments, and new brakes were all in place – it was finally time to go make some noise!

Our schedule for the first part of the year was relatively simple, and aimed at one goal: the Optima Ultimate Street Car event at TMS March 28th and 29th. First up was Equipe Rapide’s first event of the year in February.

The forecast was hit or miss all week, and as we got closer it was apparent that we would need some luck on the run order to get a dry session (as we all know, the best way to ensure perfect weather is to leave the car at home). Sure enough, our luck held true to form and we drew last group, which fell during the heaviest rain of the day.

How did it go? Read on to find out.

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Camaro Autocross Update: Part 2 of 3 – Offseason Work Begins

When we last left off, we were headed into winter with a lot of plans, which I came to break down into a few simple objectives, in order of completion:

– Rolling (relatively) Quiet (new exhaust)
– Rolling Flat (swaybar mods)
– Rolling FAT (new tires and wheels)
– Stopping Reliably (upgraded calipers for road course duty)

There’s a ton of other possibilities, but with other projects and the holidays combining with the relatively short Texas offseason, this seemed like an achievable list. Did we get everything done?

Read on to see..

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Camaro Autocross Update: Part 1 of 3

Wow, it’s been a while since we updated on the status of the shop high speed delivery car (life, and shop time, tend to get in the way of the website). Let’s start with a recap of the end of last season, including the first 3 trips out with it.

A promising start

Our first outing was with the Equipe Rapide Sports Car Club in the massive asphalt jungle of Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. All in all, for the first runs this day couldn’t have gone any better.

Eased through the first run – well, first half of the first run, and picked up from there (see the video below for how quickly things escalated). The car feels great overall. Pretty docile, really, compared to what I was expecting, both in terms of handling and getting the power down.

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Welp. Here Goes Nothin’

Well, 5 years and change after getting it on the road for the first time, we’re officially registered for its first autocross this Sunday.

Consequently, last weekend involved a pretty good thrash to get ready. Items on the list included:

1. Buttoning down the updated shifter boot and floor panel
2. Toning down the exhaust to a reasonably obnoxious level
3. Getting it aligned

The nature of the thrash being what it is, there aren’t many pictures of the work. Luckily, a thousand words is worth a picture, so read on to see what we did.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation..

Ok, so this isn’t what we consider a vacation, but it is summer and it was fun, despite the heat.

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We hit North Star’s bracket series race Saturday, and overall had a pretty good day with the Camaro finding a nice payday after all was said and done.

The truck’s still experiencing growing pains combined with the normal trouble of not having been to the track much at all this year. It’s still tough to beat rolling into the track with the AC blowing and still managing low 8’s in the 1/8th when it’s 100 degrees.

Look for a more in-depth mid-summer update in the next few weeks, including the plans for the next big adventure.

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Preseason Testing Highlights (in F1 speak)

We made our first trip out to the track Sunday with the new and (hopefully) improved Camaro. With Formula 1 preseason testing going on now, let’s get in the spirit and provide the highlights in F1 team press release speak:

  • Great pace early on in the session (the first pass was the quickest ever: 6.81) but it’s still too early to draw definitive conclusions
  • Pleased with first impressions on the new suspension developments (the sway bar seems to work well)
  • Data gathering on mixture settings will continue in the next test (we’re on a steep learning curve with E85, but practice and lots of research makes perfect)

And with that, on to the video!

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