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Old 06-12-2016, 12:54 PM   #351
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Keefs; you GOT TO MAKE IT UP HERE! It's free to spectate, we're bringing a tent and supplies to the next one in July so we don't need to carry too much cash for the trip too. Make it a family thing and bring the entire brood. Or don't, whatever.

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Old 06-12-2016, 01:06 PM   #352
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Old 06-12-2016, 02:57 PM   #353
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The big thing for the car season for me has become this airport auto cross that takes place on the tarmac of Cumberland Regional Airport. These grounds, considered hallowed by many, once hosted real racing competitions with some well-known drivers such as Roger Penske or Carroll Shelby. Massive crowds would gather and line the hilltops to watch the action take place. The local racers have National Road Autosport to help get racing back on the property and continue the history of racing at the airport.

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All kinds of history with this airport (CBE as it's known to pilots) including grassroots and major level racing events, this joint was also a frequent testing ground. Several of the most wild prototype Corvettes were tested here.
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Folks from across the Mid-Atlantic flipped out and sought any legal help they could to save it, and much lobbying and digging were done to get this airport event running again. The fact that the season is available at all is a blessing so I have a few club dates coming up where we're making a weekend out of this: It's an awesome way to keep up with you car family outside the major events!
All I can do is see if anyone else wants to go racing out here! There's a restaurant on-site and their staff as well as those of the National Road Autosport club that host the racing event are all super nice folks, too. The local hotels aren't too bad and if you jump on the schedule well-in-advance you can get better prices that once they catch on something is going on in town that weekend!

I used to drive up before dawn to race, but I just don't have the patience for that these days. I stay up in town so the heat-soak is less a factor and the mind is fresh. Here's a few of the spots around town to get into something NON-racing related.














I'm gathering some of the race footage to throw up so you can see what we get into up there... come on out and see what your car and you can do!




I've been coming up to this place since 2003 when I bought my car. The earliest picture I have of my car is from this spot, and you can only see the front of the thing!



It's come a long way from stock






A few buddies & I created a little car club (started by Focus Fanatic friends!). We range from Central PA, another from West Virginia, and another from Staten Island NY. We went on the Coal Country Cruise a number of years ago after the discovery of a crazy-awesome trip through the woods and mountains of central Pennsylvania... the sad fact that these airport events were shut down for a while due to politics was why we met and cruised through those old routes.

We have fantastic events like this one, and many more local and more serious events to distract us now! The mountain runs are still some seriously beautiful weekends of low-key hangouts and fun driving. PLENTY to do! Keefer... we need more Saab!
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Old 06-12-2016, 03:03 PM   #354
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Just caught up on this build. You did such an amazing and clean job. Love the rear diffuser and all the custom work you had to do for the turbo.

Great work!!
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Really cool!

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Thank you! It certainly does photograph well. If we were standing next to it you may sing a slightly different tune, though. I beat this thang up for fun, so the rushing through winter and spring are more evident the closer you look!

Just keeps me thinking about moving forward again.
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I would be worried if you didn't beat on that car. I never saw the point to having a perfect show car you can't smash around in, gotta have some character.
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Oh, it's smashed for sure. The power steering may have sustained some damage due to a failed v-band clamp directly over the heat shield.



I snagged a huge heat shield off a recalled (trash) gas tank to modify for when I get the replacement clamp & rack. I am going to be modifying the power steering lines as well to deal with the new position the cheapo-s-curved home betwixt the intercooler. It doesn't seem to like living in the shadows after being out front since day 1. I'm also debating whether or not to get a B-S-T rack, new, or if I should also pick up a new reservoir to avoid metal shavings in the new system. The fluid is super clean as it was only flushed this spring, but I did see a flake or two that made me question it.
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Cross fingers, looks like the shield had to do some work to deflect the exh. there.
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