It’s 2013 and a new RMSolo autocross season is underway! I have 2 events under my belt so far and I am pretty happy with the results. I have “trophied” in both events and my goal is to place in the trophy positions at every event this season.
RMSolo Summer Series 2013, Event #1. World Arena, March 30, 2013
The first event was held at World Arena in Colorado Springs and I managed 3rd place out of 8 drivers in the RTR (road tire rear wheel drive) class. It was my first time driving the car with my new upgrades that I did in the off season, so it took some time adjusting to the car. I will be posting a video with my car details and setup in the near future so stay tuned for that! Below are my times and some pictures from the event:
Run #. Time in seconds
My final index time (C Stock modifier 0.8340) = 39.737 (+0.791)
Winner’s final index time (Super Stock modifier 0.859) = 38.946
RMSolo Summer Series 2013, Event #2. PPIR, April 13, 2013
Our second event of the year took us to the Pikes Peak International Raceway autocross lot. We usually have big fast courses here, but this events course was abnormally long, tight, and technical. I ended up with a 6th place result out of 16 drivers, the final trophy spot. I managed to drive a bit better this event and even though I placed 6th, I was only 0.716 seconds from the 3rd place finisher and 1.249 seconds from the 1st place finisher! A mere 0.296 seconds separated the 4th, 5th, and 6th place positions, talk about close racing
Run #. Time in seconds
My final index time (C Stock modifier 0.8340) = 71.585 (+1.249)
Winner’s final index time (Super Stock modifier 0.859) = 70.336
I got the RC cars back out on the track yesterday for a Friday night club race. Had a good debut with my new Schumacher Cougar SVR buggy and continued to get better with my Tekno SCT410 shortcourse truck. I had a great time and good competition throughout the night. Check out the video for all the details on how I did and placed in the main events!
I have been racing my Tekno SCT410 shortcourse truck and thought I would share a bunch of pictures and videos that I created. Take look at the Tekno SCT410 Build pictures and videos in the playlist linked below.
I recently picked up a new 1/10th scale RC buggy. The car is a Schumacher Cougar SVR and it is incredibly nice! I have yet to get it out on the track but will post some updates as soon as I do. For now, check out my Cougar SVR Build pictures and video.
I recently (Christmas time) got back into RC car racing after a new track opened up here locally. I bought myself a Team Associated SC10RS RTR package that was ready to run. After much practicing and having fun with it I went out to a Sunday race at Unser Underground. The afternoon went good for the most part, I qualified 4th out of 6 truck total and ended up taking 3rd place in the main event. Not bad I guess after not racing for 20+ years! I am still a bit off the pace of the winning drivers so there is much speed to be gained still. Anyways, it was a lot of fun!
So we picked up a 1999 Mazda Miata recently to use for various racing activities, primarily autocross and PDX/Time Trials. The car is a 10th Anniversary Edition which includes every option available for the cars at the time, including the LSD transmission, hard suspension, anti-roll bars, and strut tower brace, among other things. I am currently getting it race ready by getting some regular maintenance completed. For now I have a few pictures from a detailing session this weekend. First a wash, followed by clay bar treatment, then orbital buffing using ultimate compound, and lastly a nice wax job.
Another year and another visit to the Denver Auto Show. I have to say, the highlight of the show for me, was the Hyundai Veloster. Sure it is not a Corvette, BMW, Porsche, etc…but this car was very cool and had all the convenience features that my BMW 335i has. 40mpg and it looks pretty cool to boot. Less talk and more pictures…see all the 2012 Denver Auto Show pictures on my picture site.
Since these seem to be requested and asked for a lot on various BMW forums, I took a short video of my exhaust at idle. This is on my 2009 BMW 335i that has the Dinan exhaust and Dinan stage 2 flash, among other things. Enjoy! http://youtu.be/L-gSDSsL0_4
I picked up a couple more cosmetic parts for my BMW 335i just recently. A set of paint matched Alpine White front reflectors that replace the stock amber colored reflectors and some OEM BMW gloss black grills. The install of the reflectors was a bit tricky since you have to peel off the old reflectors from their double sided tape on the inside of the fender. I ended up pulling off the wheel well splash guard to make things easier and used a wood chisel to slowly pry them off. Be sure not to twist the blade when prying the reflectors off because if you do, it will bubble the outside of the fender. The instructions (from JleviSW) say to use a flat head screw-driver but that will very easily damage the outside of the fender if you twist or pry with a small blade like that.
The BMW performance gloss grills were a snap to install. Simply remove the 4 hex screws that hold the bumper on the top, reach behind the bumper, and pop off the snap tabs one by one until you can pull out the grill. Snap the new ones in then re-install the 4 screws and you are done. A few pictures below and more notations on the picture site: