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stellman

stellman

Member Since 14 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active Jan 17 2019 11:08 AM

#111263 Ugh, not a car....but something just as good--Looking for a Ford shop-DFW

Posted by stellman on 20 December 2018 - 11:11 PM

Glad people are trying to actually help you find a shop /s

 

Of course, I'm of no use here either.

 

But I <3 the truck.




#110912 The Zora, Corvette, whatever

Posted by stellman on 11 December 2018 - 08:30 AM

I find it interesting that the only people i ever hear go on about 'heritage' are some backwards ass americans. Literally no one gives a shit except them. I applaud the changes, motor displacement and all.

 

Oh, FFS, almost every car maker (and fanboy) talks about Heritage. Porsche, Ferarri, even Honda had the CVCC in a fairly recent ad. This is not uniquely American.




#109421 NASA Nationals - COTA- Sept. 12th - 16th, 2018

Posted by stellman on 05 October 2018 - 09:15 AM

:popcorm1: 

 

I don't even keep up with SM but this is interesting!




#108288 No spaces in body of text in MS Edge

Posted by stellman on 22 August 2018 - 06:17 PM

Must.be.a.work.PC.thing.

 

:kisses:




#106546 Two Tone Numbers

Posted by stellman on 19 June 2018 - 10:35 AM

Paging @Clay 

 

Trackdecals I'm sure can get you what you need.




#105798 2018 Honda CTR FK8 - "Sneaky Mode"

Posted by stellman on 29 May 2018 - 10:14 AM

as a track toy this thing would be nuts assuming it stays cool (which word out there is that it won't - it'll barely make 2-3 laps in 90 degree ambient).

 

That's a bummer. I had a Fiesta ST that I upgraded the IC/Rad/Oil cooler and still barely kept cool. These little hot hatches with high HP turbo are having a hell of a time with packaging and cost :/

 

Still an awesome car, congrats!




#104307 2004 Mazda MX-5 Mazdaspeed

Posted by stellman on 09 April 2018 - 11:39 AM

Removed from market!




#104140 Marlin the 2005 Corvette

Posted by stellman on 03 April 2018 - 02:53 PM

You're gonna drop MPH on the straights.  :wub: 




#101168 For the Manufacturing Geeks...

Posted by stellman on 03 January 2018 - 10:56 AM

That's awesome! I love that kinda stuff even though I'm not in the industry. My father-in-law is an engineer at a small machine shop in Kansas that does die machines and roll form machines (think metal building panels and such). I'll have to ask him if they subscribe to the magazine.




#101163 FS: 2008 Nissan 350Z street legal track car - SOLD

Posted by stellman on 03 January 2018 - 10:10 AM

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#100856 Where to spend 1st wedding anniversary

Posted by stellman on 22 December 2017 - 11:26 AM

Do a burnout the shape of a heart at the track day and send her a picture of that!

 

lulz, JK, better do the anniversary!

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#98826 Joining a GT car racing team

Posted by stellman on 01 November 2017 - 12:43 PM

https://www.windingr..._eid=af7fde99ca




#98746 Miatas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 2017

Posted by stellman on 30 October 2017 - 08:26 PM

For the last 15 or so years there has been a Miata meetup in Monterey, CA with two days at Laguna Seca. This year we decided to head out there and make a vacation of it! ~5000miles in a 2016 Miata? Hell yea!

 

Day 1: We left Austin mid-afternoon on Tuesday and headed to Roswell, NM. That's a haul, especially with a large portion at night. They put alien eyes on the street lanterns which cracks me up.

 

Day 2: Left pretty early in the morning and headed to Flagstaff, AZ to meet up with my wife's parents (they rented their own car, heh). Stopped at Petrified Forest National Park and checked that out. Stayed at Ski Lift Lodge and Cabins that has a full bar and restaurant which was nice.

 

Painted Desert at Petrified Forest National Park

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Day 3: Off to the Grand Canyon! It's quite grand. Saw the major south rim sights, then headed to Tulare, CA. On the way we stopped in Oatman, AZ where donkeys roam the streets from the old mining days.

 

Grand Canyon South Rim

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Day 4: Out from Tulare to Sequoia National Park. This was a new park to me, and it's absolutely stunning. Checked out the General Sherman tree (largest tree in the world by volume) and it's... huge. Nice hiking in there and great facilities. We ended in Monterey and got checked in and all that. We got a condo across the street from Monterey Bay, it was awesome.

 

Miata and Sequoias

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Day 5-6: 7am at the track was kinda hard, but the excitement of running Laguna Seca made it easier ;) Crisp California coast morning was great, then turning fairly warm by the afternoon. Laguna Seca's facilities are very nice and the paddock area is nice and large with plenty of space for over 700 Miatas! (Not all were tracking, groups were limited to like 30-35 cars) The track is great, it flows incredibly well, has plenty of runoff, and gives you a workout. After a couple of sessions without an instructor, I asked for one and the two that rode with me made a huge difference in my confidence and my times. I still needed to drive back to Texas, so there was quite a bit left on the table, hah!

 

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https://youtu.be/BpKqY-JxEmk

 

Day 6-8: Yosemite tourist stuff. Rented a fantastic little house just outside of Yosemite (Called Little Red House on AirBNB) where we BBQ'd a bit and enjoyed the view. Yosemite always leaves me in awe every time I visit.

 

View from porch of cabin

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Famous Tunnel View

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Day 8: Yosemite to San Francisco. Quick (~3hours) jaunt back to the coast. Hit up the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, Muir Beach, and had a nice dinner in Sausalito.

 

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Day 9: Long run to San Diego. We got in, almost got comfortable, then my dad had a medical emergency so we cut the trip a little short and had to leave early the next morning.

 

Day 9: San Diego to El Paso.Still had time to stop in Tucson, AZ for a Sonora Dog (hot dog wrapped in bacon, with pico, grilled onions, chili sauce, all on a soft roll)

 

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Day 11: El Paso to Austin. Brutal.

 

All in all a great trip. We hope to do it next year! (My dad is good btw!)




#98656 Clutch pedal efficiency

Posted by stellman on 26 October 2017 - 01:11 PM

Grant, go to my friend Zack in Manchaca. He's close to the train tracks. Does most of the work on our cars (except fun stuff, lulz).

 

https://www.yelp.com...motive-manchaca




#97052 Miatas @ Hallett 2017

Posted by stellman on 11 September 2017 - 09:23 AM

Fantastic venue, fantastic track, and a fantastic group of people. Had a blast!

 

Track layout is awesome, love the elevation, and the size is perfect.

 

Will be back!