22nd Sep2017

Behind The Scenes with the NSX

by Michael Chandler

It wasn’t all video with Omar’s NSX.  We also grabbed some photos!  Let’s talk about a few of them really quick.

On the drive up Omar hit some “debris” in the road, which necessitated a quick cleaning of the TE37s.

Gavin, Omar, and myself were joined by Zoe Kuball (@zoekphotographs on Instagram) and her modified Evo 8.  She snapped some awesome photos as well, and you should go check her stuff out.

These kids were excited about the NSX.  They also offered a penny for it.  Damn kids…  Anyway, here’s a gallery!

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19th Sep2017

The Classics at NASA Utah Round 7

by Michael Chandler

We all know about the 944’s and older 911’s running around during a NASA weekend.  This past NASA round saw a host of modern classics hanging out, and running on track, but there were also some legitimate classics running.  Legitimate classics like this vintage 911

It was in the Lightning group on Sunday, along with Ed Mineau’s 911.  The car was in ST4, and came in dead last, but damn did it make coming in last look good.  

What do you when you find out that the car you bought for LeMons won’t pass tech because of the bolt in roll cage?  Well, you take it NASA racing of course!  That’s part of the history of this car.  It also spent some time kicking around the Rocky Mountain SCCA and NASA regions before being dusted off for a potential LeMons run.  When the team saw the bolt in cage, they immediately found something without one.  And the rest is history.

Literally next to the GTI was this BMW 2002, which has seen plenty of track time.  I can’t confirm this, but just looking at it tells tales of track days gone by.  It wasn’t ratty, just well worn.  Like an old baseball glove.  It was refreshing to see a 2002 put through the paces, instead of being treated like it’s made of glass.

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18th Sep2017

NASA Utah Round 7 Write-Up

by Michael Chandler

There was no way I was going to just let you have the gallery without any sort of context to the pictures.  You knew it, I knew it, that judgmental cat in your neighborhood knew it, everybody did.  So, in addition to telling you who won what, I’ll also tell you some fun stories from the weekend.  And we start with me, because my tales are short and one of them is humorous.  First, my phone died right after I posted the second Instagram video on Saturday.  That was fun.  Shortly thereafter I tripped over the concrete blocks in pit lane.  It wasn’t just a stumble, my legs flew out from under me and I taco’d myself on the block.  Saved the camera though!  All of this happened in front of Les Long, of Air Power Racing.  He didn’t come over to see if I was ok, or even ask.  No, after I gave a visual indication that I was alright, he said “SAFE” and gave me the safe sign.  I appreciate that he did that instead of asking if I was ok, because I guarantee you my fall looked hilarious.   Anyway, I have a new phone and I’m over the fall.  Now, on to race car things!

We had a new BOSS 302 Mustang out on track!  Not being one of the “slow school Mustangs”, this was a privateer effort.  Dane Jorgenson beat out David Bradshaw for the weekend sweep of ST1.  The car is sponsored by Bob Smith Ford, but I just started calling the car, Dane, and the rest of his team “Bob Smithford”.  Congratulations Bob Smithford!

ST2 was a battle of panda Evos.  Yes, two almost identical looking cars were competing in the same class: Brendon Stewart’s stalwart Evo 9 (or 8, whatever) duked it out with rookie Jason Harward.  Brendon, despite having a bent shock tube, established his dominance in the weird, and frankly scary, Evo subculture.  One of you needs to paint your car before next season, or else I’m gonna get rowdy with a few cans of Krylon.  

Speaking of Evos and weird subcultures: the Evo Bros were back in town!  They were here a few events ago, getting some time in with their Evo before they went to the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb.  They came back, after having the same kind of hill climb a lot of other people did: the kind where you sit and wait.  Anyway, here’s a gallery of their car in the paddock:

DXDT has a car for sale, for those interested.

Here are the Thunder group results from the weekend that have yet to be mentioned:

GTS4

Daren Jorgenson on Saturday, and Darrell Troester on Sunday

GTSU

 

Davis Warnock on Saturday, and David Lockwood (WHO HAS A LIVERY ON HIS NEW CAR!) on Sunday.

ST3

Us Against One Racing, featuring Todd Ainsworth and not Todd Ainsworth.

Super Unlimited

Greg Warnock.  And now on to something different, but similar.

Spec Z was interesting for many, many reasons.  Starting with Jan Gerday, who was mixing it up in the back of the pack on Saturday!  Yes, she was fighting with rookies Corey Brand and Sammer Kattan, and getting really spicy with it.  It was a lot of fun to watch!  Unfortunately she couldn’t keep them behind her, but I’ll be damned if she wasn’t giving it her all.

Arthur took home both wins, which puts him 42 points ahead of Tom Kaminski for the championship.  There are two races left, the Tresduro weekend, but I’m confident in giving Arthur another championship.  Anything could happen, but still.  And speaking of things that could happen, we’re down two Z’s now.  Here’s what happened:

At the beginning of Saturday’s race, there was some bumping.  Tom bumped into Chad Aalders going into turn 1.  No big deal, it happens.  Then he bumped into him again, which is where the problem started.  Chad’s car snapped sideways and was being pushed along by Tom.  Chad’s car gripped up, Tom leapt over him (literally.  One of Arthur’s GoPros caught the whole game of leap frog), and Chad’s car went shooting across the track.  Right into the path of Kirk Jellum, who was going to shoot a gap that had appeared in front of him.

There was nothing Kirk could do.  He broad sided Chad, sending both of them off track and out of the race.  Kirk’s car is down for the count, and his new tires are dead.  When it rains, it pours.  

Chad’s car is 1000% done for.  The cage did its job, and absorbed a lot of the impact, so much so that the passenger door bars cracked apart.  The whole chassis is also twisted now.  Thankfully, BOTH of them walked away from the weekend.  Hell, I talked to Kirk in the paddock.  It absolutely sucks to see something like this happen, but thankfully these cars are built to such high safety standards so we’ll be able to see our friends race again.  

BUT HOLD ON! That was just Saturday!  There was a whole ridiculous race happening on Sunday!  Richard Fitzgerald retired because power steering is for the weak.  Damn near everyone put tires off, in the case of Mike Kresser all of the tires, and Arthur won again.  It was all sorts of ridiculous, and fun to watch.  AND THERE’S ON MORE RACE WEEKEND ON THE CALENDAR!  

How do you make racing more ridiculous?  Make things smaller, and remove body panels.  That’s how Thunder Roadster does it, and it’s been ridiculous racing all season long.  This weekend saw Jihn Han doing his best to show JD Stull his rookie stripe.  Jihn was not going to let JD have an easy pass, especially at turn 5.  JD would have a good run, but Jihn would go all Leeroy Jenkins and just go into the turn with gun ablaze.  Jihn held off JD, earning a win and some hero points for the way he did it.

Rearden swept GTS3.  And none of the drivers repeated their finishing positions.  Saturday had Daren in first, seen here trying to eat his medal, Robert “Honeybear” Coneybear in second, and Steve “Zeppo” Marx in third.  On Sunday it was Daren in third, Steve in second, and Laura Tallman, the head of the Rearden beast, in first.

And here are the rest of the winners from the Lightning group:

GTS2

Ed Mineau

Spec Miata

Matt Williamson swept the weekend.

Super Touring 4

Tom Rodgers beat some Miatas, his arch-nemesis (Blake Troester), and a very old 911 for the weekend’s sweep.

944 Spec

Perry Needham and Ol’ Red (I’ll come up with a better nickname) were the best of all the other identically preparred Porsche 944s.

Before we dive into TT, we need to talk about Chris Karlin’s BMW.  As you can clearly see, it is spewing A LOT of black smoke.  No, I’m not mentioning him specifically because he ruined everybody’s day by driving a flaming wreck around the track.  Not at all.  I’m mentioning him because he brought his modified 335d out for some hot laps.  Yes, it is a diesel.  Yes, it was making enough torque to yank a few stumps or drag some Miatas around.  Yes, it belched black smoke several times during a lap.  It was AMAZING.  And now on to some people who are… WAIT!

Shout out to Scott Michael Chamberlain, friend of the program, has graduated from the HPDE program!  He’ll be running TT next month.  Ok, that sets up a better transition to the TT stuff.

David Curtis, aka Baby Driver, who was having an existential crisis while watching a replay of Formula Drift Pro 2’s final round (it was really bad.  The driving, not the crisis.  That was hilarious), got himself a win on the weekend!  Yup, he won TTD on Sunday.  

This guy won himself a gold medal for his TTU efforts on Saturday.  I don’t really have much for this, I just really wanted to use this photo of Mike.

And now your winners

TT1

Rhett Panter on Saturday, and David Bradshaw on Sunday.

TT2

Colton Cisneros and his big ass diffuser took both wins.

TT3

The reformer John Calvin on Saturday, and Geoffrey Crockett on Sunday.

TT4

Pithon Racing on Saturday, and slow ass Mike Bratsch on Sunday.

TTC

The one and only John Butcher!

TTD

Trever Pope on Saturday, and Baby Driver on Sunday

TTE

This fuckin wise-acre on both days.

TTU

Mike Kresser on Saturday, and the dad from Calvin and Hobbes (David Lockwood) on Sunday.

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15th Sep2017

NASA Utah Round 7 Gallery

by Michael Chandler

Here ya go, Allen.  Write up on Monday, buy photos here.  If you’re reading this on Friday the 15th, then come out to Vague Space and check out Mathusaworm, the band that provides the intro music for the CAMcast.  $5 at the door, they go on at 9pm.

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12th Sep2017

Modern Classics in the Paddock

by Michael Chandler

Most of my shots at a NASA Utah weekend come from things happening on the track, and this past weekend was much of the same.  However, there were a ton of awesome cars just hanging out in the paddock.  I mean, all of the cars are awesome, but you don’t usually run across a Ford GT just hanging out.  

That was the case here.  I was shooting two other cars (they’ll be in a later post, because they’re legit classics), when I saw a red and white Ford GT out in front of the DXDT garage.  Naturally, I finished what I was doing and then high tailed it over to the early 2000’s domestic supercar.  Al Tiley, driver of the Air Power 911 GT3R, came walking up as I was finishing my shooting.  We had a chat, expressed our enjoyment of Road America, then he hopped in the GT and drove off.  Can’t argue with the man’s taste in vehicles.

Who doesn’t love an early Lotus Elise?  People who have cold, dead hearts.  This adorable little guy was just hanging out, looking like an aggressive guppy.  

In addition to sporting some aggressive aero, it was also packing a Honda K-Series motor.  Oh, and it’s also from Idaho.  Pretty sweet.

There was an F30 generation 330i Xdrive WAGON out in one of the HPDE groups.  This made me excited, but not as excited as another 3 series in a different HPDE group.  We’ll get to that one later, but in the wagon’s group was this 911 GT3.  

Naturally, I snagged some photos of it.  Then I figured I’d never see it, but it appeared behind the grand stands as I was getting ready to head up into them.  Out hopped the driver, a guy who introduced himself as Knight, and his instructor: Integra hero Tyler Mikesell.  After the race, I came out of the grand stands and ran into Knight.  He said he threw the APR wing on the car because he felt he needed more down force in the rear.  

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11th Sep2017

The Driving Experience: Camaro ZL1

by Michael Chandler

On this episode of The Driving Experience: Gavin hops behind the wheel of a modified Camaro ZL1, and sees how far we’ve come since the Carrera GT and Enzo.

Car courtesy of Vincent Meyer.  Here’s a behind the scenes gallery!

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07th Sep2017

CAMcast: NSX’s and No Coast

by Michael Chandler

Hey everybody!  Welcome to this episode of the CAMcast!  Mike, Dave, and Gavin talk about what they did over the holiday weekend, and they also talk some news and read some mail.  News such as:

  • The BMW 8 Series will be getting a Gran Coupe variant
  • Ken Block hoons a CanAm side by side
  • LMP1 rules are changing… again…
  • Could Porsche get back into F1?
  • We try to give advice about a ridiculous engine swap

Thank you for joining us again, and we appreciate it.  We’re still raising funds for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, so head to the shop and grab the shirt!  Spread the word about that, the podcast, and all the other stuff we do!  We’ll be back with Nick Stucky next week to talk more No Coast Bash.

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31st Aug2017

CAMcast: No Coast Nick

by Michael Chandler

Welcome to another episode of the CAMcast!  Thank you for getting in on this badinage of revelry, and it is a good one.  We (Mike, Dave, and Gavin) are joined by Nicholas J. Stuckworth IV esq. to discuss many things.  Things including:

  • Esteban Ocon accusing Sergio Perez of trying to kill him
  • BMW hotted up the i3?
  • There’s a new Cayenne coming
  • Gavin drives a hot Ford that doesn’t try to kill him

We also talk a lot about No Coast Bash, which is happening this weekend down at Sandia Speedway in New Mexico.  If you can, you should go check it out because it always looks like a good time.  

You should also grab one of our new shirts, specifically this one.  Proceeds from the sales of that shirt are going to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.  All you gotta do is buy a shirt, and you’ve helped out a lot of people who could really use it right now.  Download the episode here, or subscribe via RSS

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25th Aug2017

The Driving Experience: Parker and the GTR

by Michael Chandler

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The Nissan GTR hit the US market when Gavin was fifteen years old, and he’s been a fan ever since. On this episode of The Driving Experience, Gavin takes fifteen year old GTR fan Parker up East Canyon, so Parker can meet his hero.

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24th Aug2017

CAMcast 50

by Michael Chandler

Hello everybody!  And welcome to the 50th episode of the CAMcast!  Yeah, we’ve done 50 of these.  To mark this special occasion we decided to have a very cathartic episode, and talk about our driving pet peeves!  Yes, the things that bother us the most are what this episode is about!  We also talk some news

  • Chinese manufacturer Great Wall might buy FCA?
  • The BMW Z4 is real and gorgeous
  • F1 doesn’t like Honda
  • Ferrari re-signs one driver
  • Ariel is building a ridiculous new car

Thank you for listening to us go on for all of these episodes! We sit in this basement and ramble for us, but we keep posting it because you guys and gals dig it.  Please subscribe to us wherever you find us (iTunes, Google Play, your favorite podcast app, or just via RSS), and leave us comments and a rating of some sort.  It helps us get seen, which helps us grow, which will allow us to do more crazy stuff.  We’ll be back next week with episode 51!

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