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#85324 Oops, I did it again...

Posted by robertcope on 04 January 2017 - 10:12 PM

1992 Acura NSX

 

Mods:

 

* NSX-R ring and pinion

* Short JDM gears

* Fidanza lightweight wheel

* Stainless brake lines

* DC Sport headers

* TiDave non-compliance front clamps

* Large intake scoop

* NSX-R reinforcement bars

* Taitec GTLW exhaust

* Front NSX-R sway bar

* Rar Zanardi sway bar

* Buddy Club Racing Spec coilovers

* Science of Speed baffled oil pan

 

 

I'm sure some of you have guessed, but I picked up @HDA's NSX today. I'm really excited to own two iconic Honda products now...

 

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#74600 Future Unlimited - Calm Down

Posted by handsoffsam on 11 February 2016 - 11:50 PM

So those of you that know me in person probably know this has been a side project / job of mine for quite some time, with some big ups ---- and downs (like anything in life, right). Well, finally released the sophomore EP clear of a label and publishing nightmares. Thank god we're not touring anymore, too. Had a few ask, so here it is.

 

Obviously I like cars, especially on the track, and that tends to carry over into it. If you're not a big fan of 80s-inspired synth music (think early Depeche Mode/Simple Minds), you'll probably want to give this a wide berth. Very, very wide.

 

Cheers.

 

Soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.c...ed/calm-me-down(Single)

https://soundcloud.c...ts/calm-me-down(EP)

 

iTunes:

https://geo.itunes.a...?mt=1&app=music

 

Spotify:

https://play.spotify...kwfalq3SM28eMcq

 

 




#84515 An Old Veteran Remembers

Posted by hornetball on 14 December 2016 - 06:02 PM

I'm in Italy.  It's late at night.  I've been drinking Grappa.  You'll just need to bear with me as I unload a bit.

 

I was perusing my USNA class page and came across a post regarding ADM Andy Lewis.  https://www.facebook...272762622788029

 

That's right, I'm old enough that any classmate that is not retired is either a General or an Admiral.  But I remember Andy as just another young midshipman at USNA that went to flight school with me.  I started in 22nd company in the Class of '85 at USNA and ended up in VFA-83 on Saratoga.  Andy was in 25th company in the Class of '85 at USNA and ended up in VA-72 on Kennedy.  Both these ships conducted combat operations in the Red Sea during the Persian Gulf War.  I remember a lot of things from that time.  I knew that what we were doing was a part of history, for better or worse.  I knew that I was a small cog in a much larger picture.  I remember the nerves and dread before launch, the focus during the long flights, the amazement at some of the things I saw (the entire night sky of Baghdad lit up like the 4th of July, the oil well fires, the Basra road), the relief of surviving another mission, the crushing disappointment and empty feeling when good friends didn't.  The thing that sticks with me the most is the empty feeling.  Veterans Day and, especially, Memorial Day are really hard.  I miss my friends and I feel guilty.

 

Vietnam was not too distant at that time.  The Saratoga CO had been a Hanoi Hilton guest.  2 of the senior pilots in my squadron had flown in 'Nam.  We were going against the latest Soviet SAMs and we expected to get plastered.  The concentration of SAMs around Baghdad in early 1991 was 6X that of Hanoi in 1972 and Iraq also had MIG-25s and MIG-29s.  But in the end, while we had some losses, things worked really, really well.  At the time I thought "too well" . . . so "easy" that it might lead future non-veteran politicians to make poor decisions.  Remember that George H.W. Bush was a Naval Aviator and was our last President to experience combat.

 

So, enough of that crud!  I like remembering the good times, and when I saw that Andy had been in VA-72, it reminded me that a VA-72 A-7 Corsair landed on Saratoga accidentally during combat operations.  The Red Sea is pretty small, and there were 4 aircraft carriers operating there at the time.  I guess it was an easy mistake to make.  Here's the proof!

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It made everyone's day to hear "Corsair, Ball" coming aboard Super Sara in 1991 -- Sara's light attack squadrons

had transitioned to F/A-18s years earlier.

 

And here's 27 year old me . . . LT Ricardo Price, complete with Saddam mustache!  http://www.navysite....cv60-91/451.htm

 

Feeling old.  Time to crash.




#88487 NASA @ MSRC March 11-12, 2017

Posted by handsoffsam on 02 March 2017 - 07:50 PM

Ok, fixed.

 

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@shuko your new board icon




#83211 Bride's New Ride

Posted by hornetball on 15 November 2016 - 12:59 PM

So, @dmo2002 suggested that I get my bride something more appropriate for HPDE than a hulking, LS-powered 4-door sedan.  She's feisty and Italian but can't drive a manual.  So, this seemed like the only logical choice (picked it up last weekend):

 

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#81535 Did a thing: The Yas Marina Experience in an F3000

Posted by ToplessTT on 01 October 2016 - 11:04 PM

I've been fortunate lately on the places work take me (and I say lately cause there's limited glamour in the places I typically go to!).

Was in Dubai a few days for work and decided to check out the Yas Marina F1 Circuit in Abu Dhabi, just 1.5 hrs away...

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I wanted to share this with fellow track enthusiasts cause just going there and taking the amazing sights (this is more than just a track, a full blown entertaining complex when compared to COTA!) was a great time. Luckily they had spots open to drive on track too! (You can book in advance)

Now, they offer track driving on Astons, Jaguars, Camaros, etc. but I figured if I was gonna drive on an F1 track I might as well take the unique opportunity to do it in a race car...I mean, when again will I get to do this? (Hopefully soon?)

Here's some of the cars they offer stacked in the pits [emoji106]

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So here's the open cockpit single seater!
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After checking in and getting a racing suit they provide, you are taken to the 2nd floor for a quick 15 min brief on safety (similar to what we hear on track days) and the car itself
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Then you get a helmet and you are on to seat in the car!!! Here's where you can't believe you are doing this!!
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They get you strapped in, show you where the ignition button is and off you go!!!

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The session is led by an instructor and another instructor follows the pack. There were only 3 drivers in my session and after 2 diagnostic laps you come in to pits and we are separated in 2 groups: the faster group and the slower group...each one lead by an instructor as well.

Then you are off to start pushing! The instructor adjusts speed depending on your performance so they never hold you off [emoji106]

Having done a few track days in an Audi TT all I could think about was - other than don't crash!!! - that the car felt so connected to the track and yourself...and the steering wheel is so small!! And I should have brought smaller shoes cause this pedal box is cramped...and I'm gonna brake deeper this time...and shit, are we done already?

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All in all an incredible experience!! For full disclosure you don't drive the entire F1 course but just the west course. Still, you get to drive under the futuristic hotel bridge and you get to realize how much aero really helps first hand. No other feeling like this!!!

Here's me feeling like I just won a Grand Prix lol

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When it's all said and done, from the time you get there to the time you leave is about 1 hour. The best hour ever!

Wish I could post some videos but tapatalk ain't helping!


#81445 How do you pay for your addiction? Professional networking...

Posted by jefrac on 28 September 2016 - 07:02 PM

Status update!  I opened my Tint World in The Colony a week ago.  It has been a long road to get here and a lot of work.  The real work starts now, but we are having fun.  It is really cool to be able to involve your family in the business.  I sure do miss the track, and many of you, but hopefully I'll be back in a few months.  

 

The response has been pretty good, although we are now ready for a lot more business.  I have a very good, experienced team.  These guys have been doing automotive 12 volt work and tinting cars for 20+ years.  They have great reputations in the industry and we are well equipped for any job.  We also do paint protection film and some vinyl work.

 

I really would appreciate any of you stopping by for a visit, even if you don't buy anything :)  Cool cars attract other customers and I like talking about cars and track events!!  Here are a couple of pics:

 

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#86919 Another new track?

Posted by Lou Gigliotti on 01 February 2017 - 12:32 PM

Hi Guys, 

 

     Don't be such pessimists .  

First we have changed up the original design because I also don't like Point and Squirt tracks.  We changed the east straight and made it much longer and it goes through the woods.   
the membership fees and dues are not cheap but in the same breath you all say, "I hope is doesn't go bankrupt like so many track startups." So don't worry, we have a great business plan and with 2 tracks and 365 days, that means a potential of 730 days per year available.    

 

     SO don't worry, we are going to be a track designed by racers for racers.  It will be built and paved just like COTA so the track will stay SMOOTH with no seams in the track.  GOOGLE  Youtube, "Area 27  A driver's dream" to see who is my contractor

we also have 3 levels of membership with financing available for other than Founding VIP Winners circle members and other founding members.  But with so many available days, we plan on paying the bills with Track days for sure.
Three World Challenge Championships, 4 Runner up Championships, 25 world Challenge wins, with my last win just 18 months ago at the age of 65!  Yes, I can do anything sitting down!

 

So I will just be "sitting down" while we build this track and finish up here.  My company, LG Motorsports should be moving into the two story building by the end of March.  The building on the right is the first of many garage spaces.

From 1 car to whatever the customer wants.    

 

Membership does have its benefits. Priority Garage choice, early Member number gets priority on every thing we have available.  It appears that many folks have high stress and high time value and will just pop in as their time permits, so they need availability on demand.  We will provide Concierge service, Arrive and Drive, Full fabrication shop availability. etc.   We didn't build so many winning cars by accident.   So we can take care of any problems.  

 

See you at the track  Guys,   Hope this answers any questions you have.  

Thanks
 

Lou Gigliotti 
LG Motorsports

972-429-1963  

 

 

Here are some images from last Saturday's Car show and Presentation.  We had 200 people there and over 100 cars.  With Barbecue served.   


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Bellow are some of the cars that I built and raced over the last 40 + Years.   

 

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WINNER Longreach GP 2001 Below

 

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#85874 Back to basics - 2005 AP2

Posted by HDA on 16 January 2017 - 09:27 AM

#LOVE

 

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#83554 The Grand Tour

Posted by handsoffsam on 22 November 2016 - 09:23 AM

So the lady and I were lucky enough to make it into the relatively small audience for The Grand Tour filming in Nashville..

Which came with all the perks, like actually being up next to the lads and seeing the reels for whatever episode number that is ahead of time. And coffee that wasn't terrible.

 

They're pretty hardcore about stripping you of your cell phone so my only pics came from entering and exiting the "tent."

 

 

Happy to report that Jeremy, Richard and James are actually ten times as funny off-camera as they are on. The scripts are still entirely improvised -- and somehow, I can't remember doing more than two re-takes due to airplane noises or James may just drifting off in a daydream. Despite expecting Class A assholes at that echelon of the entertainment industry, it was surprising to witness that these guys are entirely who you expect them to be: goofy, nerdy, hilarious, and quite down to earth. If anything, just a bit older now.

 

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So it's worth mentioning if you've already seen Episode 1 -- that Nashville will be Episode 8 -- and as of yet, a star still has not made it onto the set alive...

 

 

 




#81794 1966 Datsun Roadster Build Thread (Street Car)

Posted by Dave on 09 October 2016 - 05:42 PM

Hello everyone. I've been wanting a project car for a while now. I finally decided on a 1966-1967 Datsun Roadster. Its called a Fairlady in Japan and its the predecessor to my 350Z (still called Fairlady in Japan). I started watching all the site for cars (ebay, craigslist, BaT) and one finally popped up in Alabama that looked just right for me. It could run and drive, the body was pretty clean. It has almost no rust at all which is amazing considering its 50 years old. I knew it needed a bit of love and care. I contacted the seller and we went back and forth via email. He let me know early on that there was another guy looking at the car too. The seller said he would email us (me and the other buyer) some additional pics of the car in the evening of Monday Oct 3. I got them at 5:30 that evening. I looked at them with my buddy who is much more experienced at this stuff than me. We came to the conclusion that the car was worth a trip to look at. I emailed the seller to setup a time to look at the car at 8pm. The seller replied 5 minutes later to tell me he sold it to the other buyer and not me. I missed out by an hour. Doh. Fast forward to Friday at 11:30 am and I get an email from the seller that the guy backed out on him and I could buy it if I wanted. I am not one to wait, so I told him I'd drive out the next day to look at the car. We left at 6am drove 12 hrs straight through and looked at the car at 6pm Saturday. Car looked great. Went for a test drive and I was a bit surprised as to what I was getting myself into. Also, a damn part fell off the car during the test drive at some point! We said "I hope that wasn't important!" Haha. We got back to the seller's house and I had a chat with my buddy. I was getting cold feet. I was just scared I was getting in too far over my head. My buddy talked me off the ledge, and I went back to negotiate with the seller. We agreed to a price, loaded up the car, and started the drive back home. We got 2 more hours in before we were toast. Neither one of us slept well so we left at 4am to get back to Dallas. I just got back home at 3pm Sunday. What a whirlwind weekend!! Exciting Stuff.

 

There are a bunch of small things that need to be addressed, and I want to go over all the mechanicals. Every part of the car will be looked over at some point in the process. I'm not sure where to start, but it will probably be the brakes since I'm afraid to go over 40 mph right now. Enough of that here are some pics of the car along the journey and a short video of my first drive when I got home. 

 

Just after I got it.

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Leaving Sunday Morning at 4am.

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Somewhere between here and there.

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At home. 

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#79943 Fiata!!

Posted by hornetball on 14 August 2016 - 03:53 AM

On a work assignment in Italy. Look what Hertz had for me at Milan-Malpensa International (MXP)! It was brand new, I was the first to rent it:
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Immediately took it out into its natural habitat -- Italy. First some city driving.

Visconti Castle in Somma Lombardo
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Then, off to the Italian Alps.

On the road from Aosta to Cogne (Gran Paradiso national park) in the Aosta Valley:
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Overlook above Cogne:
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The ideal "Fiata" test road (with Cogne and St. Ursus Meadow below):
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Aaaand, home, sweet home (Villa Borghi hotel):
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It's good to be the king!

So, having spent some time with the car, my thoughts:
-Feels like a much bigger car than an NA. The hood seems especially long. Quite a difference from the MX-5.
-Super comfortable and smooth Grand Touring car. Power delivery is perfect for cruising the Autostrada and driving the mountain roads. With the turbo, climbing the Alps is no big deal, there's never a loss of power as with a normally aspirated car.
-I think this is the first "Fiata" in Italy. I haven't seen any others, and people would point and stare. Lots of positive comments and I did my best to reply in Spanish -- which is close enough!
-God, I love the ND top mechanism. BEST TOP EVER!!

Complaints:
-When the windows are down, they rattle in their tracks when you close the doors. That's a bit off-putting.
-Above 130kph with the top down, the upholstery on the back of the driver's seat would start flapping. Really strange. I slid the seat all the way back to stop it.
-Wish the exterior was smaller -- less overhang. It feels like a Miata with an Italian body kit -- which is what it is I guess. I like small cars. If you like bigger-feeling GTs, then this is your baby!




#86449 C7 Z06 eats Vipers, GT3's and Cannibalizes Corvette Race Cars at Texas Wo...

Posted by handsoffsam on 25 January 2017 - 09:22 AM

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#79576 The Driver's Edge WOE Event July 30-31

Posted by RobElliot on 01 August 2016 - 12:51 PM

1st phase of my master plan was a complete success!!! She's already wanting to sign up for her next event! She also wins the best photo competition! This was from the first spin on the skid pan

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#87915 I may be a bit twisted....;0

Posted by PoBoyR6 on 20 February 2017 - 09:49 AM

I pack the 5 yr old on the bottom rack in the cart and the 2 yr old kneels in the basket and leans into the turn.  the real problem involves tiny little fingers protruding from the cart when I clip the apex (soup can/soda case pyramid!)  

Sometimes you get extra items in the cart.  sometimes you leave a huge mess behind you and a crying child with bent fingers.

Keep building trust so eventually you can do this entering the pickle jar isle without breaking anything...

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#87665 Have any of you started down the road

Posted by ht_geordie on 15 February 2017 - 10:47 AM

Modified for DE specific....

 

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#83193 Texas Trifecta BMWCCA - Nov 11-13 2016

Posted by HDA on 15 November 2016 - 09:36 AM

I have been looking at Corvettes C7 z51  for sale since I got back from CotA...

 

A short video below, last session of the day, I could not control myself from power oversteering the Vette out of corners. Call it a torque withdrawal from having driven mostly Honda all my life.

BTW the Vette at 1,500rpm makes more torque than a C6 Z06...

 

 

 

 

Bonus at the end if you watch the whole video :) 




#81016 Please help me price my Miata

Posted by AhmadHasib on 19 September 2016 - 12:50 PM

Thanks for all the advice. I've decided to do the most responsible thing a grown adult should do: Discount the advice from my doctor and listen to a bunch of strangers on an online forum  :biggrin: . I don't want to give up on this so soon. I'll cross my fingers and hopefully things will be better post surgery.




#78576 Because one racecar is never enough...

Posted by hornetball on 18 June 2016 - 08:53 PM

Nice!  So much downforce it sticks to the ceiling?  (JK . . . LOL).




#70913 Terrible Tragedy - TMS Kart

Posted by Chris S on 29 October 2015 - 09:26 AM

I came within a few hours of dying 11 years ago @ Texas Ski Ranch's motocross course.   I ran up a lot of medical bills during my week-long stay in the hospital, and then my health insurance provider called me asking all kinds of questions about the track and what they could have done wrong.

 

I was adamant that it was 100% my fault, I signed a waiver, and that they were in no way to blame for the accident.  They weren't going to sue the track w/ any cooperation from me.  We all need to accept responsibility for our actions/inactions in motorsports, or insurance will become prohibitively expensive for the folks who provide us places to play.