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  1. Any recommendations for a car detailer, either mobile or not? The quality is slipping on the guy I have been using. -Chris
  2. Here was my best, a 44.915. Still lots of time left on the table based on how far off some key cones I was, especially in the northeast sweeper in the second half of the course.
  3. I have heard that both the Continental and the new Bridgestones are more optimized towards the track. Able to withstand higher temps and last longer, but at the expense of peak grip. So maybe not as good for autocross as the Yoks and Falkens. But I don't know anyone personally who has verified this.
  4. There will be 6 run groups. 4 competition and 2 time only. Each will have a max of 38 drivers. So the spots for comp runs are the same as we have now, plus two more run groups for time only. You work one group for each group you run. Usually it’s a/c, b/d and e/f. If you do not elect to do time only you can leave after you work and run for the comp runs. If you stay for time only you run and work one more time. Our region has done all of our events for almost 20 years this way. We only switched to the half day events to get around COVID event size limits in 2020.
  5. I wish you had these for sale before I placed my order with Strano. My new ones are almost done.
  6. I've been happy with Classic Gold in Tempe. They put the 3.90 ring and pinion in my rear diff. I'm assuming they can also handle transmission work. They were recommended to be by Ben Zukowski.
  7. We expect 4 runs per run group typically, including for time onlys. If we're running slow, we'd reduce the TOs to 3 before we reduced the competition runs. So if you actually stay the whole day and do time onlys you will get 7-8 runs. If you only stay for half the day you'd get 4.
  8. Yes, we are changing back to full day events with time onlys for the Fall series pending solving the security officer isse. If we have over 100 people on site at a time, we need to hire an off duty police officer as a security person. We are working on this now for the Fall.
  9. Phoenix AZ Solo Region Steering Committee Meeting Minutes March 31, 2022 Present: Lance H., Mat L., Kevin V., Todd H., Kim K., Chris G., Chris S. , Steve E., Ben Z., Brian M. 1. 157 members. A few people who joined were interested in road racing but then left. 2. Kevin described new club structure with Board overseeing SC. Proposed SC positions (both voting and assistant non-voting). Propose to carry over SC membership as we have now and propose to board to approve. Vote 8 yes, 1 no. 3. Equipment expense has cancelled out our profit. We still have plenty of bux in the account. 4. Purchased a used Honda generator from PCA for a good deal. Need new EZ Ups. Ben Z will work with Todd to arrange. Can set up timing on the other side of the fence to improve visibility. Need to notify Nick to be sure it’s considered in course design. Need to identify a new vendor for cones that we can depend on, so we can keep getting the same cones from the same source. Should also get car dollies in case there’s another breakdown. Want to have a system where expenses below $100 for chiefs are automatically approved, expenses over $100 require treasurer approval. 5. Propose to continue early reg for PASR members. But challenge for MSR, since it doesn’t pass through what region a person is a member of. Lance has a plan to make it work more easily. Will open reg early by email, since he has a list of emails. People who try to register early who aren’t members will get an error. Should we require region of record, or any member (people who are members of multiple regions). 6. 72 was probably the max we could handle in terms of market and running the event. Course design might have been non-optimal for a T&T event. We had to make a lot of adjustments. Kenny M. Did a great job. Many Thanks! 7. Get organized early, because we know we will be short on people because of national events and LS Fest. 8. Lance wants input on schedule for Fall, since it’s a new format. Want to come up with methods to increase efficiency before event starts because we have to get 140 people ready in the morning rather than have it split up. Early open of reg and tech, schedule early close to get people to get moving (but leave time to go long if we need to). Still aim to start as close to 8 as we can. Do sound after driver’s meeting. 9. Will we have access to sound testing? We haven’t had it for a long time. Could have PCA event on April 30 be a sound test day. 10. Morgan is working on the goodie store. Still trying to solve the tax issue. We need a solution that ensures we don’t have to handle sales tax. That isn’t worth the trouble. Steve E. Is ok with a solution that doesn’t require sales tax to be handled by the club. 11. No updates on track update. Still plan to hold the event on MLK weekend. Kim has brought Nick on a golf cart ride around the track for course design purposes. Has also reached out to the DSSS, but hasn’t gotten a response yet. 12. No updates thus far. Large parking lot by WHP? PIR again? Cardinals stadium again? 13. Banquet in the beginning of fall series in September or October depending on Sat vs Sun. Plan to have it right after event, preferably at Ground Control. This will allow more people to attend because of full day events in the Fall series, and will allow awards to be ready to present at the banquet. 14. When to have next meeting? August 4, 11 or 18 for meeting, to be ready before Aug 31 registration for first fall event.
  10. I need to replace the windshield on my Cadillac, but it will be an out of pocket repair not on my car insurance. Anyone have any good glass companies they could recommend that won't gouge me?
  11. I run my c6 z06 in cam-s. I have 315/35R18 falken rt660s front and back. They’re on 18x10s in the front and 18x13s in the back, but those are the wheels that came with the car when I bought it. Fronts are too narrow and rears too wide. I have 18x11s for the front and 18x12s for the back on order. The other good tire is the Yokohama A052. It costs more but has a bit more grip. I also have 3 degrees of negative camber in the front, about 1.8 degrees of negative camber in the rear. You can get that much or more without any mods. You just need to remove some of the upper a arm shims. I run them at about 30psi. However, if you’re new to autocross I’d suggest not messing with too much other than alignment (meaning more camber). Stick with what you have and drive for a year. Then mess with the car. The suggestions about setting tire pressure with the chalk are good ones. In general lower pressures will give you more grip and make the car more forgiving. And if you have more negative camber you can run lower pressure. So you get a double win: grip from the camber and grip from the lower pressure.
  12. PASR SC Meeting Notes January 27, 2022 1. 116 members, SCCA merch website operational. Run by SCCA national, club doesn’t get any money from it. SC should come up with ideas to encourage PASR membership. Publicize how to change and make sure people pay attention to their auto renewal, which will auto renew both regions unless you change it. Maybe limit choice of best worker positions to PASR members, not just SCCA members? 2. Finances still going in the positive direction. New accounts for new region created and money moved over. 3. Test and tune event discussion: 18 people working per shift plus 2 admin. Work assignment lasts 1 hour. Event lasts 5 hours. So need 100 people including 10 admin people (90 actual people). Maybe have run groups rather than one big group? BP says Cal club does it that way and it works well and is efficient. Vote: unanimous yes to allow Kenny to organize event as he sees fit. 4. New timing light console: vote buy it 5. Just update on photo of passenger holding camera: was novice co-driving situation, missed that they were not allowed to do that. Kim talked with both drivers and the photographer. Photographer will look for future problems to make us aware. 6. Overall, registration is going well. Issues with people not doing speedwaiver in advance. We shouldn’t help them. Just give them a direction sheet and have them do it. If they don’t do it we don’t let them in. If they sneak in, we throw them out. 7. Still working through issues with Verizon hotspot. It’s a pain. Used backups with people and their phone. Talking to other clubs about pronto software. We have custom. But maybe a commercial solution would be better. 8. Steve E fixed the tirerack link business. Had to use Ben C’s account, but Steve fixed that problem so now PASR is added and we’re good. Morgan will add to forum and make more obvious on the homepage. 9. CG will send current SC member list to Morgan, Kim and Kevin. Kevin and Kim to provide input and Morgan will make changes to both website and forum. 10. Goodie store: Taxes now handled by vendor by law, so we can set that back up. ML will work on it. 11. Track event for 2023: Not too much has happened. But it is on the AMP calendar. We have plenty of time to work out the details. Idea is MLK day 2023. 12. Other site exploration: Not many options. Firebird wants almost $6k per day. https://forum.azsolo.com/index.php?/topic/2556-site-exploration/#comment-6822 13. Car numbering proposal: Steve said he would withdraw the proposal. There isn’t enough detail yet to proceed. Jason Bucki said he would work on a proposal. a. Not on agenda: need to find worker chief backup for Matt U for March and April. Nick S. said he might help. 14. Bring back the banquet? CG should look into it. Maybe Ground Control? Come up with a plan and post on SC forum. Vote at next SC meeting before end of series. 15. We have a cleanup kit. Will announce that people are required to clean up after themselves if they have a failure. We provide cleaning supplies. 16. Brian P presented proposal to have TOs brought back: 4 comp run group plus 2 TO run groups. We voted yes unanimously pending details of security and financial review for the full Fall 22 season. Brian M and Steve E will work on these details. We will proceed with the plan unless their work discovers issues that require further discussion. 17. Supplemental rules were found. Kim had posted updated version of the rules on the SC forum. Decision made to post them on website and if any further edits are needed, will modify them as needed. Unanimous yes.
  13. Hello everyone, We would like to invite any members of the new Phoenix AZ Solo Region to attend the upcoming steering committee meeting at 6pm on Thursday, January 27. Because we have a very full meeting agenda, we do have some ground rules for attendance: You must contact me (Chris Groppi) by PM to obtain the zoom link. We will not publicly distribute the link on the forum. Attendance is limited to members of the Phoenix AZ Solo SCCA region 117. We ask that you attend as a listener. Our meeting agenda is full, so time for discussion of items not on the agenda is not possible. If you have a specific topic you would like to bring up, please let me know and we can consider adding it to the agenda. If time is not available for this SC meeting, we can include your request in the agenda for the next SC meeting. We are attempting to hold SC meetings every two months. Thank you,
  14. It’s the one on the left marzlevane. You don’t want your main spurving bearings to be misaligned, otherwise the side fumbling will kill you.
  15. I used Dent Vanish a few years ago and was happy with the results. https://g.page/DentVanishAZ?share
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