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Rev

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About Rev

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    Track Freak
  • Birthday June 6

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    Male
  • Location
    College Station
  • Track Vehicle
    '05 330i ZHP and '85 911 Coupe

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  1. It’s all sprayed insta-grass laid out in perfect rows. Most areas are still fairly brown around town. The problem with this stuff is it hides a lot of construction debris, asphalt bits, and even rebar. That was all high bank not too long ago. So I had to be very clear with my son, no rolling down the hill!
  2. This thread made me nostalgic so I took my son out there today. Green grass as far as the eye can see. T2 on the oval is now a fun hill to climb. He loved it. While it made me a bit sad we did get to drive the country roads behind the track in our old 911 with the windows down which is always a treat.
  3. I drive by there every week or so. Tunnel is gone and hill is coming down. They're leveling everything in preparation for what will soon be the front of the development, with commercial and possibly even an elementary school. Hard to watch but such is life. The challenge for us locals is that about 6 months after TWS died, the TAMU Riverside Campus also closed to autocross. It's all reserved for TXDOT type research now. So we've got nothing car-related within 2 hours (Harris Hill and MSRH are the closest). 3090 is still nearby and a good sunny-day drive, so at least we have that. Sure wish Bluebonnet had worked out.
  4. Yes, OnRamp does both and can be found at www.onramptx.org
  5. Since we're all car enthusiasts here, I thought you might want to hear a relevant data point on this national #blackouttuesday. Since we started our OnRamp charity 2 ½ years ago, we've given away reliable vehicles to 37 families in Brazos County brought to us by our two school districts, large charitable orgs like H4H and FoodBank, and various religious orgs. Of those 37 families, 20 have been African American. That's 54% in a county of just 11% African American. Conclusion: transportation insecurity, which has a bigger impact on generational poverty than even education, disproportionately affects the black community by a dramatic amount. All that to say, if you have the ability, please look for ways to use this hobby to help families in need of reliable transportation, especially from minority communities. Note, this is not a plug for our charity - we're only in the Brazos Valley. But there's a LOT of people in desperate need of help throughout Texas. If you can, find a way to be part of the solution. And if you need advice, all we've learned and developed through OnRamp is yours for free. Our prayer is to help people launch OnRamps throughout the United States.
  6. Sadly no fun car projects at the moment. Between ongoing work and now being a homeschool parent, I'm definitely not getting much time for boredom! In fact, my car has now been repurposed as a filming studio b/c I couldn't find sufficient quiet in my home for recording. Turns out the inside cabin of a car or minivan with the camera suctioned to the windshield makes for a very quiet, comfy spot for filming 😂
  7. While this whole virus situation definitely sucks, one advantage is having huge High School band parking lots empty on drizzly days. Perfect for practicing on-the-limit throttle modulation and discovering the balance of one’s car. Making lemonade outta lemons. Hopefully this is legal!!
  8. Based on his current fleet, this one might be a better fit for Brad.
  9. Rev

    Goals 2020

    Three of those are admirable goals.
  10. It's the annual Day of Giving and most of you probably already have charities near-and-dear to you to support. But for any who don't, if you'd like to help an automotive charity run by a fellow TJ-er, we'd love to have you on our team at OnRamp. My wife and I founded this 501c3 2 years ago to give reliable vehicles to struggling families in the Brazos Valley who'd otherwise have to turn to predatory lenders. We just gave away car #30 a couple weeks ago and have another 7 families on the list. We also support all the cars we give away with a full year of free maintenance to help these families stay on their feet. And, no, I'm not allowed to do any of that maintenance myself anymore - insurance requires it all to go through ASE-certified shops, which makes great sense but does increase our financial needs. If you'd like to help us out, just visit: https://www.onramptx.org/give On a completely unrelated note, I finally got the 911 out to an LSRPCA autocross. VERY fun car to drive... but not fast compared to the Miata's I used to take out there. Really enjoyable to practice left-foot-braking to aid turn-in. And they've got a great setup at the police academy!
  11. Wow... Hard to believe that guy is the same species as the rest of us.
  12. I don't often post stuff here related to the automotive charity I run, but thought this was an important piece of news for you all to be aware of. From Reuters News last week: "For America’s working poor, an often essential ingredient for getting and keeping a job – having a car – has rarely been more costly, and millions of people are finding it impossible to keep up with payments despite prolonged economic growth and low unemployment." We're seeing dramatic increases in the price of reliable used cars. According to Reuters, the price of a 10-year-old vehicle is up 75% since 2010. Think about that for a moment: 75% at a time when wages haven't increased much at all for low-income workers. That means at-risk families are doomed to fall further into poverty without help. I met last night with an at-risk mom of 7 kids in College Station who is working a full time job, but can't afford a vehicle on top of rent and food. She doesn't have good credit, so no legit dealerships could help her. The only used car shark that would deal with her wanted $10,000 for a car with almost 300k miles on it! $10k!! He demanded $1000 down and $750 every other week!! She wisely walked away, but as a result, has to take Uber everyday for work. That's cutting $150 from her paycheck every week. She has no options in our town. So I tell you all this just so you're aware of what's going on in the lives of at-risk families, especially in Texas where public transit is rarely available. If you have a desire to help, find a charity in your community that helps meet transportation-related needs for at-risk families. If you want to help in the Brazos Valley, shoot me a message. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-usa-used-analysis/rising-old-used-car-prices-help-push-poor-americans-over-the-edge-idUSKBN1WQ1AP?utm_source=reddit.com
  13. Rev

    QuickJack

    Just bought a set of 5000SLX Quickjacks from Home Depot - a bit over $1000 before tax and free delivery to home. They're awesome! Made changing transaxle fluid on my 911 tonight a breeze. Should have bought a set of these a while ago! Yes, those are extra stands under the rear uprights. I wanted a little extra security since this was my first time using them. Set up is easy.
  14. Man, I don't know what you do for a living, but you are one lucky dude! I am jealous.
  15. My torque wrenches are not fancy enough to have factory calibration as an option. One is a kobalt from Lowe’s, the other is a harbor freight special. I’ve heard you can get a snapon guy to do it if you find them at a local auto repair shop. But that would’ve probably cost as much as the torque wrench itself did.
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