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  1. Comfortable, supportive, and adjustable-but not a lightweight seat. No stains or rips. Saw one for $365 on Ebay, so not a cheap seat. $75
  2. BBB is largely worthless. They have little to no control over the businesses either to put pressure on them to fix customer problems
  3. This may be the one on the East side of I-10 from Firebird that Don Roberts said many years ago (1994?) was nearly gravel when he tried to do some testing there. So be prepared. But since it may be easy to look at, I'd do it anyway just to be sure no one has improved it. There was another strip on the OTHER side (way West) of Wild horse up against South Mtn that I looked at around 2002. That one had covered parking and the strip was a rather long asphalt in good shape with some short taxiway lanes. It was used for airliner landing training. I cannot find it again, so maybe it is gone now. I think the old Butterfield Stage Rd. was close to it. Did anyone mention Turf Paradise? Looks abandoned and the parking lots are enormous. mapquest phoenix az - Search (bing.com)
  4. Not complaining about my tougher challenge in BM, since on one hand, Matt Ellam has shown what driving talent and mechanical reliability/ tuning/development skills are capable of in BM. A good friend of mine back in the Bay Area did a little of the tricky fabrication work for Tom and Matt, so I have some idea of the level that that car is at. Matt took top PAX out of 1,118 entrants and Jeff Kiesel was 2nd PAX in EM, so maybe that's what it takes to earn a PAX bump for next season BUT in 2021, next closest BM competitor was 4.26 seconds back in what some of us thought could have been at least a comparable, possibly even superior chassis, aero, and tire combo to Matt's. My last AMP event, finally got the engine to run strong for 90+% of a run and handling balance about at same level: good but, but not quite there yet-- but that was only a 40.9 s. Really needed a 38.86 s to match Doug Rowse. 2022 PAX factor for me means that would have needed to be another 0.7 s faster still (Doug gets an increase from 0.823 to 0.83 factor for 2022 or it would be even worse for me). More musings-- all in PAX-land may not be exactly what it seems, if one digs more.... I know I need to be faster ,no matter what, but perhaps don't have to match the bar that Matt has set for BM nationally at local events. Maybe I'll never know how I stack up at Nationals against him since I'm probably way past my prime to make going again worthwhile. Anyway...I don't really know how much different Nebraska is from Phoenix since I haven't gone to Nationals since 2003 , but I looked anyway for non-Nationals events Matt Ellam competed in. His PAX was 957 compared to whom I assume was top PAX (Monty Pack in SS) at a Sacramento Region event . I was 950 compared to Doug Rowse in SS at AMP. I didn't verify for sure that Monty was top PAX, he may not have been, but he was probably close. I found a representative course map of a Sac event which evidently is a solo pad or parking lot at Thunderhill- but probably not significantly different or better than AMP in configuration, grip, or ET.
  5. You have an interesting query about light proximity, Kenneth. Some thoughts: More start light spacing will reduce criticality of performing a good launch in any individual's car (the ET penalty for stalling, bogging , or lighting the tires too much may not be quite as profound) , but in the end, those in your class with cars that are AWD, have a more sophiscated launch control, more tire, or are more rear heavy will ALL still have an advantage even with more spacing to the light- they will simply be going faster when they do trip the light Doing a right angle course "running" start before the lights, where one has to maybe let up going around the tight corner before tripping lights have been a traditional equalizer. But I question that it actually accomplishes anything worthwhile with the right angle. Those who have a weak or no limited slip are definitely at more of a disadvantage in a tight bend before the lights. And those with LSDs, wear them out more quickly. In the end, all the basic traction attributes I mentioned above will STILL let those other guys in your class get on it sooner in the right angle and be faster at the start light. Last, while solo by its very nature is standing start, it still isn't Pro solo or 1/4 mile drag racing, so at least reaction time is not part of our bag of tricks to master!
  6. Hmm, I reckon "If ever" might just be a matter of time since Dan never made it a secret that AMP was not originally intended to be a "forever" thing. Then again, only Dan himself knows what he will do and when. Last weekend arriving from the West, I sorta wondered what's going in on the giant plot on the West side of AMP with all the earth moving equipment. Google maps doesn't update often enough to show it yet. I really can't imagine a nicer autocross site than AMP. Well, maybe ultra grippy weathered WW2 concrete without frost heaves would do it==but not much of that available anywhere anymore. To your question: Same day events might be multiple SCCA regions, NASA, or marque clubs. Its amazing to me if all there is to Marque clubs in the Phoenix area is just PCA. At Marina airport in CA, we used to have BMW, Corvette, Golden Gate Lotus, SCCA, American Autocross Series, PCA ,Lockheed Mart ,and one other club whose name I don't remember ALL running separate events. It was being used almost every single weekend of the year.- sometimes, one club on Sat and and the other on Sunday. It was nice and smooth, didn't generate much of its own dust, but wasn't fabulous grip concrete. Grip was no better than AMP- possibly not even as good. Owned by the City of Marina and they decided to sell it off for homesites or something. Anyway, if one wants to cruise around on Google maps, there are probably more and more large lots with no parking stops or light poles at abandoned factory or warehouse sites around Phoenix. I'd start on the West side just off the big I-10 truck route curve
  7. I looked at the training site back when we first learned of it (perhaps even more than 10 years ago) and even watched some of the training . It has pros and cons- Pros: 1) pavement looked like it's above parking lot quality (better integrity, less black dust) 2)- there is quite a large parking lot outside of the training pavement fence, possibly still? plenty for both grid an non-grid general parking plus trailers, motorhomes. Cons: 1. Exactly what Ken said above. If they have a lot of their own cones set up-- that's a labor problem for somebody (probably us) - unless we get innovative about leaving them all in place and designing them into our courses. Are we actually serious about new sites? Is this going to be a necessity with the new Region, where at times, there may be same day events in the greater Phoenix area?
  8. Oh, there are worse feelings than that! Even w/out cone (44.2 s), I was probably still 3.8 s off the PAX pace (Using DRowse who also ran D group as a reference: I should have had 40.5 raws). Possibly one of my worst examples ever driving- drove like a sissy through the slaloms and hard braking areas. The car is working fairly well, but while not having any problem for the very 1st time this year with stalling and coasting off the start line, engine was loading up after the 1st long sweeper at part throttle and was misfiring during long diagonal at the half way point. Might finally be time to give up on this EFI over-ride box and try another one. Might also have erred by having a little too much mechanical and aero understeer cranked in for this event. Thanks to my competitors and event officials for tolerating an old fool!
  9. Ah Jim, you lament lack of ICE music? An appealing combination on traction, overall weight , ICE sound, and no torque holes are the AWD Hybrids like the NSX or upcoming Corvette e-ray. My only point here is that there is a bigger classing issue looming than just "what do we do with the Plaids, 3's, and dog FWD Bolts, Volts, etc.?" Another important item of real concern that Scott brought up is the no-cage hot rod issue. Again -its not just Tesla Plaid's that are getting thrown off NHRA and other strips for being too fast w/out full cages. We see lots of U-tube videos that are filmed on non-NHRA strips now. The Drags Times dude with his stock appearing no-cage cars like this: (1) FIRST 765LT in the 8's * McLaren 765LT 1/4 Mile Drag Race Testing - Bing video I haven't followed this gal Emelia Harford's every U-tube episode, but I believe she was tossed at at least one event for being too fast w/out a cage. She evidently has a stock RWD C8 with upgraded engine internals and twin turbos which exceeds 1000 HP now. 9.36 s 1/4 mile time on a 100 degree day. Possibly not too far off from the upcoming Corvette factory stock 900 HP. Here is another factory hot rod from Rimac with absolutely no aftermarket tuning mods that runs in the 8's.
  10. Hear you on that! We seem to have no problem finding new potential ways to pollute ourselves out of existence. Then again, maybe we can recycle the lithium as a pharmaceutical to treat manic depression!
  11. I'm not arguing for any particular solution myself. I won't be trying to convince anybody of anything- those with at true interest should definitely write letters to the SEB once member input is requested. I'm just a little intrigued by all this and am making a few observations so that you might have a better idea of the big picture. Scott, you make a good point on safely aspect regarding 9.6 s 1/4 mile times. But we need to recognize that the big battery EVs aren't the only factory stock vehicles that are Waaay out there in performance-land now. Latest McLaren 720s is 9.9 s 1/4 mile in street trim 2.7 s 0-60. It only weighs 3150 lbs. What does a big battery 9.6 s 1/4 mile Tesla in street trim weigh? 4600 lbs? Kind of a no brainer which would be a lot faster thru a close spaced slalom on the same size tires. Also along the fast ICE lines... The e-Ray AWD 650 HP C8 Corvette is not intended to be the top of the line C8. The Corvette C-8 Twin Turbo is predicted to be 900 HP straight from the factory Not sure I like the idea, but many mfg, apparently Corvette included, say they intend to totally eliminate gas versions of their cars in a few years.
  12. Brand new, never installed. Hellwig Rear Sway Bar 7767 for the 2WD/4WD Dodge Ram 3500, 4500 and 5500 Cab & Chassis provides increased stiffness for improved handling, comfort and safety, in both everyday driving and in heavy, tow/haul conditions. Solid, 1-1/4 inch heat treated chromoly steel. 7767 | Hellwig Rear Sway Bar | 1-1/4 Inch Diameter (truckspring.com) Cost $286. Sell for 1/2 price. Located in Prescott. Can bring to solo events. -Chuck
  13. Agreed, it should be interesting to follow! A special committee of experts is how it should be done. Years ago now, I served on the APAC when a total departure replacement for AP was proposed. It became known as XP.
  14. Highest placing Tesla 3 in SS was 26th. Then 10, 11, 13, 15 in the 16 car ASP class. None ran in 18 car SM class. ESP was a little faster then SS: Wong in Camaro won at 111.67 and SS was won at 112.014. ASP was won at 108.89, quite a bit faster than ESP. SM was 106.9 by Todd Kean in a 240 followed by Strelnieks in a GTR. Bear in mind possible inaccuracies comparing class times since the event was spread out over 4 days along with AM vs PM with differing track conditions. Just a guess on my part with a very small sample population, but based upon these National times and what I saw Brian do on what looked like 200 W tires beating Wong's ESP a little at Marana, Tesla 3 ought not to be in SS for sure. I'm inclined to use the Mark Daddio/ Brian Peters level of driving and car prep as the best indicator of true potential for any car. Then, fairest place to put the 3 might be ESP with a special 200 TW tire restriction or ASP on solo-only tires. Given that full street trim weight doesn't appear to come off easily from any EV, I have some doubt that Tesla 3 would be competitive in SM. I guess it could go a lot of different ways to be fair to everyone. It might be possible to still try a EV class just for Tesla 3's and similar EV cars around the 3500 lbs. Tesla street weight, then perhaps still try to spread the not so fast EVs like Bolts and so on where they seem work among the ICE classes. The high HP mid-engine AWD hybrids like the 573/600? in 2020 HP NSX and rumored 650 HP e-ray Corvette hybrid AWD C8 are another interesting classing discussion. There you may have less overall weight along with better braking from a significant rearwards weight bias than any sedan EV while retaining an EV's immense single gear +AWD acceleration.
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