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by Bill Martin
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Tentative new "trackcross" event planned for Feb
Replies: 7
Views: 226

Re: Tentative new "trackcross" event planned for Feb

I went to the October event -- looking forward to going back.
by Bill Martin
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: Testing E85
Replies: 8
Views: 208

Re: Testing E85

Thanks Marshall. Since the content test is water-absorption based, then I would think significant water contamination should show up in the test results. I assume driving the "clear space" at the top down. Which I'm not seeing. But I still can't explain why mine seems to test at E90. Most people com...
by Bill Martin
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: Testing E85
Replies: 8
Views: 208

Testing E85

Ran content tests on my early 2019 jugs to see if I wanted to use or discard. Used the Holley calibrated E85 test tube and all my results came out about 90%. Of course I was expecting 85%. Is this test considered accurate? Is there a generally agreed upon shelf life on pump E85, properly stored away...
by Bill Martin
Sat Jan 04, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: 2020 Helmet Rules
Replies: 0
Views: 145

2020 Helmet Rules

A close reading of the enclosed indicates Snell 2005 is valid until 12/31/2020.

https://www.scca.com/downloads/48190-20 ... 8/download

If you have trouble with that link, see Helmet Certification Chart here:

https://www.scca.com/pages/solo-cars-and-rules
by Bill Martin
Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: Lightweight wheels
Replies: 9
Views: 260

Re: Lightweight wheels

Wheel weight vs actual lap time data is hard to find. Most everyone just talks about rotational inertia, unsprung weight and lotsa good sounding techy stuff. I once found a track-based study from a very sharp Japanese road racing team that gave surprising results. My recollection (highly undependabl...
by Bill Martin
Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:33 am
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: Pit Jacks
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Re: Pit Jacks

What's the use case Bill? If it's just jacking up to put jack stands underneath or to change a wheel, what about a short ramp (aka "2x6") for a little more jack clearance and stick with the racing jack? Mike I do a certain amount of tire changing and even suspension adjustment on the trailer. Somet...
by Bill Martin
Fri Dec 06, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: Pit Jacks
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Re: Pit Jacks

Build a better scissor jack? What is failing that can’t be made thicker? I looked at that. The two arms are pivoted close to each other at the center. They interact at the bottom through gear teeth. Those are made of thin sheet metal, punched to give a hollow 3D tooth. The hollow gear teeth simply ...
by Bill Martin
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: Pit Jacks
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Pit Jacks

What innovative pit jacks have you guys found lately? Something very compact, light, functional. I've been in love with motorized electric scissor jacks and converted one to a lithium battery weighing only a few ounces. But I've now had my second structural failure which result from no obvious exces...
by Bill Martin
Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: 2020 Helmet Certification
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: 2020 Helmet Certification

IIRC, SCCA has previously extended the life of the old helmets until they judge that the new issue is actually in substantial retail supply. Don't recall exactly how they communicated that -- Fastrack maybe?
by Bill Martin
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: 2020 PAX factors released
Replies: 11
Views: 493

Re: 2020 PAX factors released

I don't know the practicalities involved, but it boggles my mind how fast these cars can go with a thousand pounds worth of batteries. And how light that battery could be if you sized a custom for an autox instead of a multi-hundred mile road trip. Do you suppose it would be legal for Kiesel to conv...
by Bill Martin
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Buttonwillow AutoX Oct 20
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Buttonwillow AutoX Oct 20

Never heard of Omega Motorsports. Are their Buttonwillow autocrosses just time-only or do they have classes and such? Buttonwillow is great venue. I towed in the night before and got free camping in the grass & trees paddock. It was a race weekend so the place was crawling with serious race cars...m...
by Bill Martin
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: New to Autocross/New to the Forum
Topic: New to AutoX
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: New to AutoX

What mods on the FiST, Brandon? I have one myself, but am autoxing something else currently.
by Bill Martin
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: New to Autocross/New to the Forum
Topic: Post Car Classing Help Questions Here!
Replies: 1108
Views: 389296

Re: Post Car Classing Help Questions Here!

Maybe I missed it but I don't see an Ecoboost Performance Package Mustang listed. The base car is DS, but in Mustang and Camaro lines, the "track" option cars are typically classed higher than base model. An exception is the 1LE Turbo4 Camaro, but that exception is specifically listed in the rules. ...
by Bill Martin
Thu Oct 17, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: New to Autocross/New to the Forum
Topic: Post Car Classing Help Questions Here!
Replies: 1108
Views: 389296

Re: Post Car Classing Help Questions Here!

You sure about that?
by Bill Martin
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Buttonwillow AutoX Oct 20
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Buttonwillow AutoX Oct 20

Fresno region is dropping south hosting an AX at Buttonwillow Raceway. If interested, info below: Flyer: https://mail.yahoo.com/b/folders/1/messages/AG4Y1CAZaAXNXZ0puACMoF9yr74/AG4Y1CAZaAXNXZ0puACMoF9yr74:2?.src=ym&reason=myc&action=previewAttachment Registration: https://www.motorsportreg.com/event...
by Bill Martin
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: Tire pumps tested. Harbor freight is a winner
Replies: 3
Views: 306

Re: Tire pumps tested. Harbor freight is a winner

That guy is a testing fool -- check his video collection...I can spend hours watching that site. That selection of electric pumps is what you'd call cheapies. The medium-price pumps cost $60 to $100 but are MUCH more capable. Search for terms like Q-Industries, SuperFlow, and MasterFlow. Those pumps...
by Bill Martin
Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: Minter Airfield with Fresno SCCA
Replies: 21
Views: 2637

Re: Minter Airfield with Fresno SCCA

Odd...I don't remember that. Bakersfield is relatively close and I went to nearly all their events back when they were active. I only remember racing at the city college and Fomosa Drag Raceway.

But there's lotsa things I don't remember so well anymore. :)
by Bill Martin
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: For Sale/Wanted
Topic: WTB NA Miata Rear Swaybar
Replies: 0
Views: 169

WTB NA Miata Rear Swaybar

For now just a stocker with all the hardware. Since I don't know yet what I need, it doesn't matter much where I start. :)

But a lot of people end up at 14mm, so that would be good.
by Bill Martin
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: Potential CoDrive Request, for a friend
Replies: 13
Views: 852

Re: Potential CoDrive Request, for a friend

Eric, if it turns out you need more water than you brought, I'll have a tank full in the camper. And I'm running last, so I'll be there. -- Bill
by Bill Martin
Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Solo Talk
Topic: Potential CoDrive Request, for a friend
Replies: 13
Views: 852

Re: Potential CoDrive Request, for a friend

Way back when we used to have a club car which we used for class winner run-offs, seniors and similar.

Maybe now we need a club car for those curbed by the sound meter. :)
by Bill Martin
Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Aug. 3-4, 2019 Santa Anita Park Event
Replies: 62
Views: 2864

Re: Aug. 3-4, 2019 Santa Anita Park Event

Sounds good. Thanks Randy
by Bill Martin
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Aug. 3-4, 2019 Santa Anita Park Event
Replies: 62
Views: 2864

Re: Aug. 3-4, 2019 Santa Anita Park Event

Bill- I'm assuming we will enter from Huntington Drive and Holly Ave. Not official, but seems obvious. I think the region is looking for somebody to camp overnight next to the timing vehicle. Our street doesn't have much room after I fill it up. Great -- hereby applying for job as night security gu...
by Bill Martin
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Aug. 3-4, 2019 Santa Anita Park Event
Replies: 62
Views: 2864

Re: Aug. 3-4, 2019 Santa Anita Park Event

In todays, driving lesson for teen Robert we drove all around Santa Anita and parked for a bit to look out over the lot. It's going to be so sweet! And 7 minutes to my house. But damn that church and convalescence home and houses are close! Is there a certain way we need to enter or are all the gat...
by Bill Martin
Thu Jul 25, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Events
Topic: Aug. 3-4, 2019 Santa Anita Park Event
Replies: 62
Views: 2864

Re: Aug. 3-4, 2019 Santa Anita Park Event

I hope member focus is not just on how to "pass sound" on our sound meter, it should how to help us secure this new site by not pissing off folks in the neighborhood (especially in morning when they might be trying to sleep in) That's a good point. IIRC San Diego ran stockers early and mods late fo...