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WD40 06-29-2007 01:58 PM

July 5-9: SVTOA/SAAC at Miller Motorsports Park
I keep forgetting to post this. [:(]
I know it's getting late, but there's still time to sign up, and you can also register at the event.

Main Discussion:

Is anyone else heading to Salt Lake for this?
Can't wait to see all the SVT vehicles and Shelbys next weekend!!

I've signed up for the "full track" (4.5 mile) event. [:D]
It'll be my first time on a real Road Course in the SVTF...or any car for that matter.
I can't really count the time I spent at Seattle International Raceway (now called Pacific Raceways) in my first car.
That'd be a 1967 Cougar GT and it was WAY back in 1975. [eek]

SpeedOften 06-29-2007 03:28 PM

I looked at it.. but only to drool... lol Sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun! Good luck puting the stangs and whatever else Cobra or maybe even a GT to shame on the twisties!

shlbygt 06-29-2007 06:22 PM

I will be there as an instructor Saturday, Sunday & Monday with my 04 SVT 5 door.

WD40 06-30-2007 12:21 AM

Right on!
I'll be looking for you.

I'm only doing the dinner on Sunday night, and open (full) track on Monday.
I'm bummed they cancelled the AutoCross. [:(]
Depending on when I roll into town on Sunday, I may head to the track just to see what's going on.

You're not bringing any of your SVOs or the Shelby?

Is it a good idea for me to bring along a roll of blue painters tape to cover my headlights and fogs?

shlbygt 06-30-2007 01:38 PM

The Shelby is a garage queen now that prices have skyrocketed. The track SVO is waiting for me to install the new motor and the other SVO only has 5800 miles so it doesn't see any long trips or road courses. Particularly since it has 21 year old Goodyear “Gator-rocks” on it, they weren’t very sticky when new.

Blue masking tape is good to bring for numbers and such. Taping headlights and fog lights isn't really necessary, but things can fly up at you. Some people tape and some don't.
It is too bad you aren't coming to run on Sunday. By missing the first day (or third day if running with SAAC) you will be behind everyone else on the track learning curve, especially since it will be your first time on a road course. That 4.5 mile course has a ton of turns to remember. We run into a similar situation when novices share a car and run group for the weekend. By the end of the first day most people are starting to “get it” while the run group sharers are back to where everyone else was at lunch time.
Just remember to not drive like you are autocrossing. Smoothness is the name of the game while on track.
Here are a couple of videos that show a decent line.
East Course
West Course
Full Course

See you there.

WD40 06-30-2007 02:13 PM

^^^I kind of suspected the comment on missing the road course on Sunday, though I would only be missing 1/2 the track.
The price took quite the jump this year (doubled),
and while I can afford it, I'd rather save the $200 and use it elsewhere...
Like for an upcoming Evolution Driving School. [;)]
(I've also got some rather new track tires I'll be breaking in on our road course here in Helena on Saturday)

Thanks for the videos!
I'll be studying them as much as I can before heading down.

BTW, I've got some rather stout magnetic numbers that have held fine to 90mph+ on our road course here in Helena.
Or, will they not allow the magnetic numbers at all?
I'm running these:

shlbygt 06-30-2007 04:14 PM

The only problem that might arise with your numbers is if they don't assign them to you. At a number of SVTOA events we assign numbers according to run groups and instructors. Ie: Run Group 1 is 101, Run Group 2 is 201 and the Instuctor for those students is 401 or 501 depending on the number of run groups. It makes it easier for students to remember their run group and be able to find their instructor's cars.
I don't blame you on the money issue. SVTOA was not allowed to set the price since it would have been less than what SAAC normally gets for its glorified parade laps.

WD40 06-30-2007 04:27 PM

Thanks for the info on the numbers.
When I signed up, there was a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice for car number.
Logically, I put in 38, 138, and 83 since those are all the numbers I have.
(SCCA adds a "1" for the 1st number in a 2 driver car.
Once my wife started running, we became 38 and 138. [;)]
But, she's not coming down for this event. I'm on my own.

I'll still consider running on Sunday, but that negates the ever important "break in" of my tires on Saturday.
I've only gotten one day in on the new track tires/wheels:
^^^I really want to get one more day in with the rears (from the last event) moved to the front. you think that's going to be that big of a deal?
I would assume you go relatively easy for the first session, then back to the classroom?
Actually, what is the agenda for novices?

BTW, thanks for the replies!
I appreciate it.

shlbygt 06-30-2007 04:49 PM

You are asking the wrong regarding the tires. I picked up my Focus with 90 miles on it from SVT and promptly drove it to Watkins Glen (2 days) Gingerman(1 day), Autobahn (1 day), Road America (1 day) and Putnam Park (2 days).
The edges were a little chewed but nothing that has affected them now at 21k miles.
The schedule will be:
1. Driver's Meeting
2. Orientation Laps. We call them station wagon rides.
3. Group 4 and Instructors on track. Groups 1 & 2 in class.
4. Group 3 on track. 1 & 2 still in class.
5. Group 2 on track.
6. Group 1 on track.
Rinse and Repeat lines 3 through 6.

WD40 06-30-2007 04:54 PM


Originally Posted by shlbygt (Post 1650347)
You are asking the wrong regarding the tires. I picked up my Focus with 90 miles on it from SVT and promptly drove it to Watkins Glen (2 days) Gingerman(1 day), Autobahn (1 day), Road America (1 day) and Putnam Park (2 days).
The edges were a little chewed but nothing that has affected them now at 21k miles.

LOL! Point taken.
And...I'm not that far off.
1st AutoCross was with only 848 miles showing on the odometer.
Heck, it took 350 miles to get home from the Dealer in Boise, ID where I bought it.
1 week later...and here we go. [;)]
90 miles though. [eek]
Nice break in!

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