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    2014 Mustang GT (Track pack/Recaros)

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  1. Thanks. The big girl and I have a longstanding relationship so we are starting to know our limits. :) I strive for tires singing a consistent note. Maybe someday ;) Boy Howdy, are they vocal @ ECR, No quarter is right. I'm in "kill all tires" mode. Or at least kill the unloved Bridgestones. F 'em. I'm VERY excited to get off of the S007s, they are very difficult to manage in the trail braking transitions especially. Slower and trickier to drive than RS-4s. I've had to be much more conservative which sucks as I was kind of coming to grips with how to use more corner and less brakes to slow down. They have served their purpose and bridged the gap to 2020 tires. I came home Saturday to 6 brand new RS-4s on my front doorstep. RS-4s are faster, much more forgiving, and more durable too. I've effectively got 2 sets stacked in my son's bedroom ready to go. WIN-WIN-WIN. Now to get the clutch healthy, CVD-19 and oil prices where they need to be, and more liquidity in my finances. That's all I need and its GAME ON. Probably will have to just settle for healthy clutch before I'm jump back in the game. As always a work in progress, in all aspects of my life.
  2. Greatness of the Eagles Canyon Raceway in the news: https://www.wcmessenger.com/articles/staying-on-track/
  3. Track: Eagles Canyon Raceway 2.0 "The Canyon" 1.65 - Mar 21, 2020 Lap Time: 2.12.567 (Aim Solo) Ambient temperature: 55, Sunny, Breezy Car: 2014 Mustang GT Estimated weight with driver: 3935 lbs Estimated whp: 365-385 HP Tires: Bridgestone S007 305/30/19 Social Distancing Done Right!!! Instruction was small group lead-follow and then split into separate classrooms. I had a lot of fun helping some old friends (and new ones) make progress and find quite a bit of time. Event was very well thought out in terms of separation aspects in everything from registration, limited meetings, and preboxed lunches with everyone encouraged to disperse and maintain distances. Clubhouse was spotless, configured for spacing, and lots of gloves available. Got our chance to turn up the wick after lunch. Only one full session and then the clutch got hurt. Hmmmm. It was still a great day. Lap is pretty good, other than a big whoopsie in 7 where my turn-in was late and too much wheel trying to catch up. I'm still struggling with T13 in this configuration too. As always a work in progress.
  4. LOL. Same as any other time. Not for you, but the instructed groups. If you are nervous about the big track, don't be worried. You'll be great, just ease into it and you'll LOVE it. Its kind of COTA ish. Easy to drive, harder to drive really fast. Its not tricky, but its is technical IMHO. Tons of fun and can be really fast. As always, a work in progress.
  5. Just read the email. Sound plan. Classroom will be outside, more brief, and casual. I'm keen to try the lead-follow thing again. In car is best, but I was surprised how effective it was when we tried it with SCCA, especially when combined with before and after debriefs.
  6. I hear you. Apparently I'm not retiring ever.
  7. Just got the PCA memo stating that its "on", with cautions to not attend if any concern of fever, etc. If folks wanting to not attend, liberal cancellation policy, etc. I'm so in, Covid-19, Saudi/Russia oil fight, slab leak, other challenges are kicking the snot out of me.
  8. More than he needed to, but I'm not seeing this as particularly abusive. I'm not condoning it of course, but I wouldn't lose much sleep over it.
  9. In. Work has been interfering with my participation and I aim to correct that.
  10. Track: Eagles Canyon Raceway 2.0 "The Canyon" 1.65 - Jan 18, 2020 Lap Time: 2.13.002 (Aim Solo) Ambient temperature: 45-50, Sunny, Windy Car: 2014 Mustang GT Estimated weight with driver: 3935 lbs Estimated whp: 365-385 HP Tires: Bridgestone S007 305/30/19 Slick, cold, and wet improved all day long. Last session of the day for me. It was good to chase Sam to get a time. Slinky gaps are fun. Where he gains on me and I gain on him make sense for our car types, at least in my head. Making headway, but definitely a work in progress. Gap to Theoretical is1.5 seconds. (2:11.495 matches December runs). Best rolling lap was 2:12.5.
  11. Nice job Sam. I was really happy with the a 23.1 on the S007s. Weather was so fast. Sure was missing my RS-4s
  12. Twice what Sam's BRZ costs and he's mostly within 2 seconds a lap. All work by me except clutch. I know, I know. That's half your cigar and libations budget. But its pretty substantial to me.
  13. Gen6 1LE is pretty legit. Add brakes. My Mustang has consumed 30 pairs of pads, and 11 pairs of rotors. I drove a friends Miata to experience the low power/all handling thing and it was disappointing/boring to not have to lift/drive some corners. E.g. Wagon Wheel-Ricochet and Boot Hill-Tombstone. But I can now say I've driven those corners FLATOUT. With the big girl I'm on eggshells in every corner and that's half of the fun. That has become my defining moment for whatever is down the road. Ideally its got to have enough power /weight that I have to drive ALL the corners.
  14. Nice Sam, the consumables are insidious and can really pile up over time. I'm in for $28.5K over the last 6 yrs (97 trackdays/37 AX), not including gas or entry fees. When you include those, I've spent nearly as much on the cost of the car (less mods). Let me amend my question to OP. Speed costs, how fast do you want to go and how often?
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