22 09 2009

アップデート遅くなってすみません!大学のことはほんとに忙しくなった。このシーズンも地元のジムカーナ大会を頑張ってます。今度、僕の240sxとCorvetteとホンダCivic Si乗ってますね。何とかうまく行きます。短いレポートをします。

240sxでSTSクラスに1回走行して結果は1位。勝った!金があんまりなくて準備できないてか友達の車(Civic) でよく参加しました。

Civic SiでSTSクラスに3回走行して結果は2位、1位、1位。2回勝った!だんだん分かってます、このFFの車。


今まで4回STSクラスにレースして(クラスは同じなら何回車を変わって構いません)3回1位、1回2位だ。シーズン間のポイントはBest 5回なので、今僕は2009年の地元のSTSクラスチャンピオンシップ・リーダー。後は1つのポイントエベントあります。2009年の地元のSTSクラスチャンピオンに狙います。頑張っています!



VOLK LE37T 3車輪、GramLights 57C 1車輪。 17x7.5サイズです。残念ですが、VOLKは3つしかないんですね。でも、そのため値段がとても安くなったんです。とりあえず、ボロボロでこの4車輪で行きますが、後でもう1つLE37T/TE37を買ってGramLightsのはスペアにするつもりです。「どうして車にインストールの写真がない?」って考えてるの人に:なぜなら、オフセットがちょっと。。。スペーサは必要でとりあえず家賃のため買えないんです。-_-;




20 03 2009

オ〜ス こんにちは。前回のポーストデートをみて、びっくりしたんだ。長い間にアップしなくてすいません。ちょっと「まだ生きてるのかぁ」っていう感じがあると思うけどぜったい生きてるんだ。短いアップデートですが、最近の授業はマジで忙しくなってしまったんだ。次回、ビデオをアップする予定があります。とりあえずyoutubeでアップつもりですがもっといいサイトがあれば教えて下さい。ニコニコ動画を使おうかなぁ。ご意見、どうぞ。^_^/


22 01 2009

いいニュースがあるんですけど、よくないことも気にしました。 まぁ、まずはいいニュース伝えましょうか。


ちょっとラッキタイミングでebayでVOLK 17×7.5ホイールを買ったんだせ!車輪を3つしかないが、値段がすごくよかったです。スタイルはLE37Tです。とりあえず、この3つを買って、後でもう1つを見つけば完全のセットになるんだろうっと思ってたんだが、中々見つかれないんですね。それより、フぃットメントの問題があります。 今のオッフセットでホイールと足回りは当たり状態です。もうすぐグラフィックデザインサークルのミーティングに行かなきゃ。今度、くわしくフィットメントの問題に話します。


13 01 2009


今まで、2009年はどうですか?俺なら大学はもう始まって次のクラスを待ってます。12月に卒業予定があるから頑張ってます。今年のジムカーナ・シーズンはまだだけど楽しみにしてるよ。新パーツ買おうかな。。。大学生から金がねえ。。。バイトを探してるのに。タク。 ー_ー;

ところで、前週末新しいクラッチをインストールしました! 特別の物じゃないけど、ドリフトとジムカーナの車には必要ですね。自分でインストールのはめんどくさいが終わった時に満足の感じだった。このごろ、シフト・タイミングが変わってなって、直すために練習練習。(笑)


1 01 2009




Hit or Miss

8 09 2008

One of the difficulties facing those afflicted with the hobby of competition driving is that fact that parts are expensive. As a result, many people who can’t afford to do it properly default to one of two general paths:

1) They run autozone spinners, ebay headers, etc.

2) They run a quality machine, but they run it undertuned.

My style has always been to create a clean and thought out car using the better known brands among sport tuning companies. As a result I follow the 2nd line of action, and enjoy the quality and speed as it builds up part by part–a process that has stretched over four years now–while still driving below the tuning limits of my class. This presents a problem when competitors are fast drivers and have a faster car.

In an effort to raise my level of speed to keep up with the top competitors, who have been widening the gap little by little every event, I saved up the money to invest in a set of front and rear adjustable sway bars. What I need most are wider wheels and tires, but so far everyone (who’s fast) in the class competes on 205’s, not 225’s, so it justifies my holding back on the big purchase. Getting an adjustable sway bar set should allow me to customize the car to suit the individual track we will be running on at a given event. I could even switch back to stock for more compliance in the event of a high chance of rain.

The problem with all this was learning the settings during the season as my test days were also points events. Events 5 and 6 I tried different settings with both new bars. The car felt very stable, but was also slow. The front end was too stiff and it would understeer easier than before. Unfortunately I wasn’t convinced of this during event number 5 so I tried again at event 6. After confirming my theory and missing out on claiming points I otherwise would have had a shot at I went back to the drawing board. I ran at event number 7 with the stock front bar and the new rear bar set to full stiff. It seemed to go against the theory as many drivers felt like their FR car improved with a stiffer front bar, but it’s all relative and my springs already biased the car toward understeer. I much prefer an autocross car that turns but is squirrely to one that understeers and is stable. Being a hybrid drift/grip driver does that to you.

It proved to be the right descision and I was running at higher speeds than before. I missed the chance to earn some points though because one of the best drivers in our region decided to come play (again) in STS, which of course knocked me down a place. Event 5 I finished a miserable 9th of 10 about 2 seconds off the pace. At event 6 I continued to experiment with sway bar settings and placed 7th of 10; more than 3 seconds off the pace. After much frustration and head scratching I made the new adjustments and finally at event 7 I placed 4th of 11, within 1 second of the leader. Not where I’d like to be, but considering the 2 top drivers are (or could likely be) nationally competitive I suppose it puts things in a decent light.

The next event will be the last for the season and, amazingly, there’s still a small chance for me to get a Year End Trophy finish despite the debaucle of events 5 and 6. Will I be able to get it right at this last chance for a comeback YEP trophy?

YEP standings and discussion to follow.

Latent Speed

27 06 2008

Things continue to progress for me through the season. Events 3 and 4 have come to a close and I’ve remembered a few more ways of extracting speed from the corners. That’s a little saying I have for people who are still getting used to the sport; “You can extract speed from various parts of the course but you can never really force speed into it.” It’s a reference to the finesse that fast driving requires.

After 2 educational wet events I felt much more re-educated on how to drive the car, what it likes to do and what it doesn’t. Additionally I’d learned that the new tires would require me to drive the car much harder than I thought it was able to be driven if I wanted to keep up with the top competition this year.

Points event #3 was again held at UK stadium and this time we enjoyed lovely dry weather. Another nice plus was that it wasn’t as hot as it would be further into the summer. It also marked the 2nd event that Mike W., one of the first people I’ve brought into the sport, would participate in. He’s driving an old, roughly stock RX-7 FC. It has a street port which puts him into SM2. With everything else about the car being stock he won’t have an easy time but at that level it’s not a great loss, there are some learning curves you may as well hop over without worrying much about whether you’re competitive within your class or not.

I also want to give a shout-out to my friends Mike C. and Chris L. for rolling up in their cars. Chris drives a truck and helped us out with hauling our stuff and also some folding chairs and a cooler of ice water.
Meanwhile Mike brought a digital video camera and filmed some of our runs from the sidelines. Thanks for the support, I really appreciate it!

This event went much better than the previous two. I ran in the middle of the pack for most of the day and on the last run I nailed one corner I kept forgetting to change my entry to which moved me up several positions into 3rd place for a trophy finish. I was about 2 and a half tenths from 2nd and a full second from the first place car. The first place driver and car are both well sorted, but I hope to give chase to them towards the end of the season. For now I’m going to focus on running even with Ryan who finished 2nd. He’s doing great in STS and is well on his way to the 2nd place year-end points trophy. Hopefully we’ll enjoy some friendly competition through the rest of the season too, but he already has enough points to make it very difficult to aim for second. I’m currently working on moving past the previous two events to aim for the 3rd place YEP trophy.

In any case, event 3 went well and as always I drive better and my car behaves best on slightly wider and longer courses than our region tends to run. Ones where line choice will play a bigger part in lap times. It may give the 240, which is at least around 250 pounds heavier (if not more) than the Hondas a bit more wiggle room to make the turns.

Event number 4 on the other hand was a little disappointing. I ran fairly well in it and maintained a pretty firm grip on the 3rd place position until the last run. This time I was the one getting bumped down a spot by someone pulling an excellent final time. So I finished 4th at that event.

The current points standings are:

Eric in his 89 Civic Si with 338 pts

Ryan D in an 86 Prelude with 288 pts

Micheal A with 254 pts

Ryan Z with 251 pts

And yours truly with 188 pts

Currently in 5th but things may be changing up quickly. There are 4 points events remaining for the 2008 season and only a driver’s best 5 are counted for the YEP unless there is a tie. Hence Eric and Ryan D already have enough good finishes to secure the 1st and 2nd place trophies as long as they keep competing. I have one good finish of 3rd towards the 3rd place trophy and as long as I can keep finishing in that place or better (which would be pretty difficult, but I want that trophy) the other drivers previous points are scattered enough that my best 5 at the end of the year have a chance to take 3rd place.

The next event is the 6th at EKU’s Alumni Stadium. It’s a bigger, wider course so I plan to make good progress there. Don’t miss it!