25th Apr2014

Import Spring Showoff 2014

by Michael Chandler

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What once was the UtahHondas.net spring meet has bloomed into one of the, if not the biggest show of the year.  450 cars made it into the pay lot, and into the judging for the various awards, while hundreds more filled the parking lots surrounding the Davis County Fairgrounds.  I popped the top on the Supra, grabbed a camera, and made my way north.  I arrived, made my way to one of the lots, reapplied the top and got to shooting.

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I didn’t quite make it into the paid lot, I ran into Nick Long as he was walking out.  We chatted and saw this bright green Bricklin SV-1 affectionately named “Kermit”.  After staring at what Canada can do we parted ways and I made my way in.

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There was almost everything there: a very clean NA2 NSX, to a Yugo!  A freaking Yugo!  Look at how clean that little communist hatchback is!  The Yugo, for those who don’t know, is a Fiat 127 built by Communists for as little as humanly possible.  Then Malcom Bricklin, the guy behind Bricklin and responsible for introducing Subaru to America, started importing and selling the things as inexpensive transport.  Then some lady got blown off of a bridge in Michigan while driving one and the rest is history.  Now that you’ve had a history lesson, here’s a gallery for you to enjoy.

24th Apr2014

V8 Supercars Video

by Trent

Yes it’s almost been a year since we went to Circuit of the America’s for V8 Supercars. Yes we procrastinated to the point where we need a new word for what we’ve done. Nevertheless, a video using a less-than-ideal video camera has emerged and here is the fruit of our labor!

The photographic evidence is a bit more appealing, but the sound is lacking in still images. So feel free to read up on our past articles here and imagine the noises as you look over the pretty pictures.

V8 Supercars Austin 2013 Day 1

V8 Supercars Austin 2013 Day 2

V8 Supercars Austin 2013 Day 3

Trent’s Film from Austin

Words and Video by Trent Bray

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23rd Apr2014

Track Pirates Pit Walk

by Michael Chandler

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Here’s an idea, throw a meet at a proper track and let people park on pit lane!  Brilliant right?  That was the bright idea Zane, Brent and the rest of the Track Pirates cooked up for the first annual Pit Walk meet.  April 19 was a gorgeous day, and many people came out to enjoy the sun and sights.  And enjoy some tunes from DJ GType, aka Joey… or The Hair as one person calls him.  There was a wide breadth of vehicles: from RaceCo’s F1 car to a pair of old Datsun pickups, from Brent Cheney’s uber rare M3 to Rally Sport Direct’s 2015 WRX and STI.  And a couple of Rocket Bunny BRZs to boot.

 

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Enough words, time for a gallery!

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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22nd Apr2014

Catching up with the RBZ

by Michael Chandler

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When last we saw Clint Stoneham’s RB26DET powered 260Z, it was little more than an old Datsun shell wrapped around a new Datsun body.  But now things have changed.  It’s been tuned, had a cage built and certified, and it finally made a few passes.  After weeks of talking about it, I met up with Clint, Jason Kemp, and Melvin North.  What followed were four passes interrupted by some hunting.

By the time I got there (thanks for cutting me off twice Prius!) they already had the car unloaded and were getting her ready to make the first pass of the day.  After waiting in the staging lanes Clint pulled the orange sled into the burnout box and lit up the slicks.  And then he made his pass which, if I’m honest,  wasn’t exactly stellar.  I’ll spare you the time (i.e. I forgot to write it down), but it was slower than what the car was capable of.  While Clint was making the maiden pass, the rest of us heard something.  We met back in the pits, and the guys got to work.

 

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Out came the laptop, and the theories of what sounded like an ignition problem.  The data logs didn’t show anything, but we all heard it breaking up.  Thinking the spark plugs were amiss, Jason and Clint pulled them and Jason re-gapped them.  Fun Fact: the engine of a car gets hot while making a 1/4 mile pass, and it stays that way for a minute.  Guess who relearned that lesson?  No, not me.  I had my hands full of camera.  With the plugs re-installed and the coil packs back on, we piled onto the side by side and followed Clint to the staging lanes.

 

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Things were better, 10.87 compared to something much slower.  But the ignition was still breaking up.  Jason, who has a 900+whp 2JZ swapped Mk 3 Supra (!), posited that it might be weak coils.  The RB26 and 2JZ are made for a similar purpose, maybe they had similar problems.  Logs still showed nothing, plugs looked great, so it was back in the side by side for another pass.

 

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Clint lined up, burned out, and proceeded to go 10.50.  Still improving, and still breaking up.  Back in the pits I learned that the best time he could post was a 10.00, and the fastest he could go was 135mph.  Anything beyond that would require more safety equipment in the car.  So with that in the air, the guys again started taking the coil packs off the engine and pulling spark plugs.  The original plan was to swap in a set of HKS spark plugs, but Jason noticed something on the cylinder 3 coil pack.  There was carbon tracking, which meant electricity was arcing in the pack itself.  It wasn’t dead, but it was hurting.  Thinking a decrease in cylinder pressure would help, they switched places between the bad #3 pack and the known good #1 pack.  With the car buttoned up, we made our way back to the line.

 

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Before we left, Jason did some slight tweaking.  The boost was turned up ever so much and “a touch of fuel” was pulled out.  “This will exacerbate the problem” said Jason, knowing that some of us only heard that the boost was going up to around 24 or 25psi.  The 4th pass yielded a 10.33, which all things considered is not bad.  Plans were made for another pass and I would have stayed to watch him make a 10.2 pass, but a supercharged Charger SRT8 decided it wanted to break after doing a burnout… then repeat the the burnout/breakdown cycle again after a few cars were waved ahead of him.  Unfortunately I had a prior engagement and had to leave, BUT FEAR NOT! There is another chance for us all to see this thing go for the gusto!  This Friday night, or April 25th if you’re reading this after the event, is the first Midnight Drags at RMR and Clint will be making some passes in the brisk evening air.  I encourage you all to come out and watch.

Clint wasn’t the only fellow running at the Test N Tune.  I snapped some photos of those characters, and included them and all of the RBZ photos in a gallery below!

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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18th Apr2014

Sorry we’ve been MIA

by Michael Chandler

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You know how it goes, things start moving along then life just gets in the way and BAM! suddenly it feels like you’ve been stuck on an island for years.  Well, mercifully it hasn’t been years, but it’s been too long.

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It’s not like we haven’t been doing ANYTHING. I took Big Rhonda out to Cars and Coffee, and had Ziptie Dynowerks throw a boost controller in her.  There’s more to the boost controller story than “They put it in, we set it, all is well.”  We talked to Cole from RaceCo about winning a couple of Global Time Attack events and a bunch of other things. We even caught up with Clint and his orange RB26 powered 260Z as it made it’s way down the strip for the first time.

We’re also going to be out at Pit Walk tomorrow, and ISS on Sunday. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.

Basically, stuff is coming. And we missed you too.

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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03rd Apr2014

NASA Utah 2014 Round 1 Photo Gallery

by Michael Chandler

As with most events, we took a ton of pictures at the NASA Utah season opener.  Unfortunately we could only stick so many in the actual reports; however, instead of letting these photos hang out on our hard drives we made some galleries so you can see what didn’t make the cut.  It’s broken down like the coverage posts were, (Thunder and Lightning combined groups, open wheel, and then TT) so you don’t have to scroll through a few hundred photos to find the one you want.

Thunder and Lightning:

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Open Wheel:

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TT:

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Words by Michael Chandler.  Photos by Michael Chandler and Michael Wells

 

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02nd Apr2014

Salt City Drift Round 1

by Michael Chandler

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It was a busy, busy day at Miller Motorsports Park on March 22.  It was the opening of the NASA Utah season, the Radical Cup made a stop, and in the West Paddock some degenerates excited youth were sliding around like one is want to do when given the opportunity.  I wasn’t around to see any sort of competition, but I did pop in long enough to snap some photos and see people whip 360s through the exit gate of the course.  Someone even punted a cone while doing so!

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See?!

Anyway, the next round is all the way out on June 14 in (wait for it) Downtown Salt Lake City!  Exciting right??  See you then, and in the meantime enjoy the photos.

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