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Old 11-06-2008, 02:44 PM   #31
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I so want to race, but my Foci is nowhere near race allowed.
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Old 11-06-2008, 08:19 PM   #32
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I so want to race, but my Foci is nowhere near race allowed. Ugh, I'm so envious of you for having that one moment. It's awesome that on top of that, it was with Ferrari drivers. I'll keep dreaming for now, and just pass the little kids racing Hondas in town for now.
New Jersey Motorsports Park has open track days. Check them out!
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Old 11-07-2008, 11:51 AM   #33
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I was just very lucky...

My wife teaches kindergarten in a VERY wealthy district.

One of the parents came in to help the class and noticed a picture of me on track and asked my wife about it.

He INSISTED that I come out to play. He even picked up the tab for track time. I protested ( I Really did ) and he wouldn't take no for an answer.

So, I drove and instructed 2 students - 550 Maranello and an older 512 TR. Great fun.

However, I refuse to drive other people's cars.

This past Friday, an instructor *ahem*...long story, balled up a $400K Lambo into a tire wall.

The car was COMPLETELY destroyed and hit the tire wall so hard that you could see tires flying over the tree line.

Then, today at a Cadillac event, an instuctor friend of mine lost it in turn 9 and went so far into the trees that you couldn't even see the car from the track.

Destroyed a BRAND NEW Corvette Z06 to the point where you couldn't even recognize what kind of car it was. He was transported to the local hospital with 4 broken ribs and internal bruising.

So, there is a downside to this hobby...

Hence the reason I drive a low budget track car, it may not be the fastest car out there but I know I can walk away and not cry if I total mine.

Iíll have to check out the videos tonight when I get home.
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Old 11-07-2008, 05:54 PM   #34
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:06 PM   #35
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hey wee, I know what you mean about driving others cars.....

My grandfather has a '77 308GTB (i have posted picts of it up here before) and I drove it ONCE....I never got past 45mph on a deserted strip of road. I was soooo scared I was gonna do something wrong I just cruised. Lame, but the car is part of my history and I am NOT gonna wreck that thing!

nice vids. the focus surprises a LOT of ppl!!!!
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I was soooo scared I was gonna do something wrong I just cruised. Lame, but the car is part of my history and I am NOT gonna wreck that thing!
When I was out at NHIS with BMWCCA, most of the newbs in BMWs went so conservatively. Why? Because they drove the cars like they owned it and were afraid to put a scratch on it. That will never get you around the track fast. It was really annoying because I would never know when somebody would early brake for a turn and so I could never get up on their ass into the braking zone.
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that ferrari is willed to me....not taking a chance

now my focus, DIFFERENT STORY....i drive that thing hard.
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I can understand the reluctance on the 308. They are classics now!

Never track a car you can't afford to fix or throw away...

As for the noobs. I would MUCH prefer they be conservative. At least they are predictably slow.
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IF there are any doubters as to if the car is stock, you'll see the car at FocusFest.

However, the little SVT is sick. Down on power after the last run and I need to do a complete brake overhaul.

I think I am losing compression in one of the cylinders causing excessive oil blow-by through the intake.

I'll find out more in the next 2 weeks as I make time to get into the problem...
Have you checked to see if you are getting oil into the intake through the valve cover breather? I co-drove my SVT with an instructor on VIR-Full, and the extended high RPM + 2 drivers caused nearly a quart to blow into the intake through the airbox. I thought I'd killed the car when it wouldn't pull to redline, and when I checked it in the pits, the whole inside of the airbox was dripping with oil.

I've since added a catch-can - I'll see if I have a pic.
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