パーツGET・写真タイム

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。

CorvetteでSSクラスに1回走行して結果は6位。Non-Pointsエベントだから自由に走行してみたんです。パワーがいっぱいあってコーナーでもグリップがたくさんあってほんとに気持ちいいドライブできたんです。

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!

そしてパーツの写真!

9-22-09_Wheels

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。-_-;

12月に卒業して、後で買ってインストールします。ヨロシク

がインストール楽しみしています!車弄りって楽しいッスネ。





ビデオだって?

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。^_^/





次のシーズンは。。。

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。

新パーツGET!

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。





アップしました!

13 01 2009

ページのトップ・バーの情報をアップデートしました。亀トリックの自己紹介っぽいニュース・アンドインフオメーションなんだ。

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)





亀トリックから。。。

1 01 2009

良いお年を!

この2009年から亀トリックの日本語のウエブサイトを始まります。ぜひ見てくれるよな!

\^_^/





CKR Autocross Schedule Posted

24 02 2008

Recently CKR posted their schedule for the 2008 season! Some events are still tentative but it’s shaping up rapidly. Also surrounding regions KYR and to some degree Cinci region plan events together so that members can enter most of the races from their home and surrounding regions with as few scheduling conflicts as possible. And now, without further adieu, the 2008 season:

CKR

3/16 Test and Tune Dump Truck Training Pad

3/30 Nonpoints Event Applebee’s Park **Tentative**

4/13 Points Event #1 Dump Truck Training Pad

4/27 Nonpoints Charity Event EKU Alumni Coliseum **Tentative**

5/4 Points Event #2 Dump Truck Training Pad

6/15 Points Event #3 Dump Truck Training Pad

7/6 Points Event #4 EKU Alumni Coliseum **Tentative**

7/27 Points Event #5 EKU Alumni Coliseum **Tentative**

8/16 Test and Tune Dump Truck Training Pad

8/17 Test and Tune Dump Truck Training Pad

8/31 Points Event #6 Dump Truck Training Pad

9/28 Points Event #7 Dump Truck Training Pad

10/26 Nonpoints Event Applebee’s Park **Tentative**

Even a quick glance at the schedule will reveal a skewed turnout this year. We had 4 venues in 2006; I’m not so sure what we had last season since I was living in Japan most of it. But we had UK Stadium, Applebee’s Park, EKU, and the Dump Truck Pad. The dump truck pad is actually my least favorite site with UK, Applebee’s, and EKU being the most preferred. With nearly every points event this season being at “The Pad”, tuning exclusively for it will be the way to go. And I’ll miss the test and tune events because I won’t be back in the US by then.

On the bright side, the dump truck pad is small enough that my car’s power disadvantage should be minimized as even more than a normal autocross this venue focuses on cornering speed. I would do well against WRX’s and Evo’s here. Of course, that makes me need those wider tires even more. I’ll have to make an investment there ASAP. This and surrounding KYR and Cinci Region schedules will be going on a soon to be constructed Solo2 page. I have my flight all booked to; I’m getting excited about coming home after a year in Japan.





Kyoho Private Show / Tokyo Auto Salon 2008: Thursday

23 01 2008

Thursday afternoon: after lunch I started making a list of all the things I needed to get ready for my weekend trip. It was a long weekend so I could leave any work until after I got back. Camera, battery, extra clothes; it was a pretty simple equation. Having never stayed in one, I also decided to try to think of things that would be good for the capsule hotel. Pajamas, check. I used my hiking backpack for my change of clothes and toiletries. I then brought my regular school-style backpack for anything I might collect at the event. If it was similar to Tokyo Game Show (which was held at the same exhibition center) there would surely be some neat freebies and things I’d like to keep. With that in mind I also bought and packed two paper organizers that were made of somewhat rigid plastic to keep anything I wanted organized and unwrinkled.

After class I came back to the apartment in a good mood, listening to Japanese music on my iPod, and started packing up. Once everything was ready I hopped on the internet and took notes: subway maps, train maps, and hotel reservation info. I’ve gotten in the habit of using my digital camera to take my itinerary and reminders electronically. This is a wonderful idea as long as the camera has battery power. I’m still getting used to the new one which doesn’t use AA size batteries so unfortunately I can’t buy spares if the main one dies unexpectedly. Amazingly everything was going right on schedule and I left for the station within 5 minutes of what I’d planned. On the walk there I saw a nice car on my street so I grinned to myself and felt like it was a good omen of the weekend to come.

I reached the station and asked about the bus schedule. The next one was leaving in only 10 minutes. I bought a ticket and strolled over to MacDonald’s to buy a hamburger for the road since it was a long trip; a little over 2 hours. The ride went without incident and I arrived at Shinjuku, a main hub of Tokyo. It was also where I’d booked my hotel as I know that area of Tokyo best. I hopped off the bus and decided that before anything else I’d check into my hotel.

After a fair bit of walking around I located the hotel. My first, and possible only (considering that my time in Japan is nearing an end) stay at a capsule hotel. It looked like a pretty neat building.

I had to go down a floor to get to the elevator which I took up to the 4th floor where the check in desk was. I also had to take off my shoes to get to the front desk so I hoped I could check in with no problems (my hiking boots take a good 2 minutes to get on and off; it’s annoying to do unless it’s the end of the day). I talked with the lady at the front desk and got everything sorted out. She very kindly explained the rules of the hotel to me in Japanese; I understood everything without incident and asked what to do about my bigger bag, which she said they could store behind the front desk.

The way capsules work is interesting in that you don’t have any sort of lock on the entry to your capsule, just a shade that pulls down so you can’t really keep valuables there. There’s also a locker which you have the key to so assuming you don’t leave it somewhere the locker is safe but the best place for wallets and such is to check them at the front desk. I checked my wallet, passport, International Driver’s License, and car fund at the desk and put everything else into the locker.

You change into a set of pajamas more or less, which you have to wear anytime you’re inside the hotel. You can’t wear whatever you want so I ended up wasting space bringing pajamas. I guess it’s to help identify who’s supposed to be in the hotel and who isn’t, make everyone feel at ease by looking the same (course I was still looking like a hakujin aka white guy) and limit people to the 1 pocket on the front of the shirt so that they are discouraged from bringing alot into the capsule…or in the case of thievery so that it’s hard to conceal things. There’s also cameras all over the hotel. Not inside the capsules but covering the hallways and racks of capsules. Of course there weren’t any on the top floor where the onsens were.

I changed my clothes and went for a walk to acquaint myself with the building. Evidently the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors were the capsule areas. The capsules were 2 rows high and not unlike bunk beds save for the lower capsule being right on the ground. You had to crouch and crawl into it. Probably to make getting into the top one safer as it was about head level, with a “ladder” to use. More on that later. Floor 5 was a restaurant, the 6th floor featured the showers, grooming area with all amenities provided (more wasted luggage as I brought my own), saunas and various massage rooms. There was actually a 7th floor which featured a big relaxation room and internet access…but it was more of a half floor as the 6th featured outdoor onsens where you could look up at the Tokyo sky.

I then went to check out my capsule for a few before I planned what to do for the night; after all, it wasn’t exactly late. However, when staying in the upper row of capsules one does not simply “get” into the capsule. It’s more of a Tarzan move that I’d hate to see a middle aged salaryman try, especially after a coming back from an izakaya (Japanese style bar). The capsule itself is about the size of a box made of 4 twin beds. And in between each set of capsules is the ladder to get into the upper level ones. Problem being, the “ladder” is stationary and thin. You can just get both feet on it and it’s steps only; no handrails. Considering that the entrance to the capsule is slightly rounded and that you are a bit away from the entrance to begin with it’s really a bit tricky. The capsule entrance itself has handrails on either side and a lip a little bigger than a windowsill to help you get in but it’s still pretty much a leap of faith swinging up on to the ledge, securing your balance and finally crawling in. Getting down is less awkward. Maybe it was harder for me since I’m taller than the expected guest.

Inside there was enough room to sit upright and barely enough to stretch out on the bed when laying down. It featured a television with about 10 channels, a radio, adjustable light, and alarm clock. The only “door” to speak of is a semi see-thru shutter you can pull down but it did a sufficient job making the pod dark enough to sleep in. The pillow was way to big to be comfortable for me but I didn’t worry about it.

I decided to climb back out and go upstairs to take a shower then I soaked in the onsen for awhile. It was really pleasant and I came back to the relaxation room on my floor (nice leather chairs, vending machines, space to stretch out away from the capsule) and had a beer before calling it a night. Unfortunately, having the beer and then laying down right away gave me a mild case of heartburn or something? That was a first. Also the pillow was too big to use and I slept without one which still cramped my neck a bit. Lastly, with no doors someone a few pods away was snoring so I didn’t get the best night’s sleep. Still I was really looking forward to Friday.