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It was another fun day. The course was fast during the first stretch, but quite slow and tricky in the back stretch. I'll have some more pics posted up as i know others will share there's as well. I'd also like to thank Marlon and Lauri from Cleveland6Club.com for comming out and supporting us, their car cousins, and vice versa. We have a great group in this area [thumb]

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awww, no pics of me lighting them up in 1st coming out of the turn[:(] [:D]

The best spot for pics was up on that bridge, I hope I took enough for you[:D] Thank god you had a large memory card in that camera, cuz I was just snapping away.

Also we need to find a way to put up that video of my "off course" in there. Although the language is a little NWS rated[8D]
 

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Sweet pics!
 

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I'm going to upload some more today, but i did send some to your yahoo! account [thumb]
 

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Here's some of Tiresmoker, living up to his name. (I won't show pics showing you living up to the numerous other names we gave you that day [;)] )








AND THE INFAMOUS #!*% OFF COURSE!!!! SHOT!
 

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Whoa.... Somebody needs to say "Slow is Fast" 100 times while they are waiting in line for their next run! [:)]
 

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before anyone else says it.... Devon!

this is when i popped my shifter linkage... LOL
 

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Whoa.... Somebody needs to say "Slow is Fast" 100 times while they are waiting in line for their next run! [:)]

Yeah, that one turn was just sneaking up on me. While I was in grid I kept telling myself that, over and over and over[:D] But every time I'd come out of that slalom and into that corner I'd always go in too hot. I was having an off day[:)] You can see in the one shot though I finally did get it right[cool]

Devon, I think you snapped that pick of me going off course right as I was cursing and smacking my wheel[:p] I knew it too as soon as I missed the gate[?|] Alot of people missed that gate when I was working the course.
 

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^^^It's all about keeping your eyes up, man. If you are looking ahead like you should, then no corner has the ability to surprise you. Have faith in your peripheral vision and your body's ability to execute turns while you aren't looking right at them. If you have set yourself up correctly by the time you get to the turn, then you'll naturally do the right thing withought having to devote much thought to it.

It really is the hardest lesson to learn in racing, but by far the most effective.

Start training yourself in street driving. You already do it more than you realize, but are so much more comfortable on the street that you don't notice. But make a concious effort in the days before the next event to keep your eyes up, looking through and not at the turns you make.
This is especially easy to start on on-ramps, where you can know for sure that there aren't any surprises. Try to pick out the changes in surface, curve, and camber in the road far enough ahead that you can easily adjust yourself to best exploit them. Wherever you can, try to take the best racing, SIFO line. You can definitely do this AND be a safe/legal driver.

I certainly don't just show up at the AutoX and bust out a treasure chest of skillz (I know, just HAD to do the z there) and start driving totally differently. I drive on the street just like I do at the event, only with a much more conservative safety margin and (usually) a fair bit slower. But that doesn't make consiously picking my lines and looking ahead the least bit different. In fact, it actually makes me a safer driver as I have easily avoided a few things that could have been much more serious had I not identified them early and adjusted to compensate (deer a couple times...)
 

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I know that i was going a little hot in some of those turns, but it's a great way to vent some frustration from a bad week. In our little 'group' that we have, it's not about competition, it's just how well we can control our cars. And of course braggin rights. Like when i beat Brian like a red headed step-child [:p] [neener] HAHA! [thumb]
 

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Carrera26, thanks for the tips. I do see what you mean about unconciously taking the better lines and looking ahead on the street. I just sat here and thought about it for a few minutes and I do seem to do that while driving, it's just more of a natural act and I don't realize it, especially on on ramps[:D]

At autocrosses I do try to look through the turns to the next on, while I'm driving and while I walk the course, especially while I walk the course. I'll usually be plotting what I will be doing on the next turn at the turn before it as I'm walking the course. It'll just take some time untill I get better at doing it while driving the course. I know I always look through the slaloms and sweepers, but when it comes to the really tight turns, say like a 270 or something to that nature, I look at the turn, not through it. It's always those tight turns for me [8D]

I've actually be thinking about going to a couple performance driving schools to get better. I've heard the Evolution schools are good, but their website is only showing a few left for this year. Plus the locations aren't exactly close to me. Hopefully with the turn of the new year next year there will be a few that would be closer to Ohio.
 

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^^I couldn't speak more highly of my experience with the Evo schools. Definitely worth it!

The big key with the tight turns is to look back to the next gate after it and see what angle you will need comin out of the turn. If you can see the neccesary exit angle, the line through the turn will become self-apparent. It's not at all uncommon for me to be looking over my shoulder on my way into a sharp turn, and sometimes through it as well.
 

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Results!!!!

SM 77 BRIAN 00 FORD FOCUS 41.673 38.307 37.896 37.593 OC DNS

STS 11 DEVON 03 FORD FOCUS 37.99 37.787 37.184 37.506 36.938 36.418 36.418

STS 14 LEE 04 FOCUS FORD 39.306 39.041 OC 40.453 +1 42.038 OC


All were found here:
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yeah i sucked so bad that day... i actually got worse with each run lol
i think that popping that shifter cable got to me [:(]
 

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grrrrrr at my off course[mad] Although the video of the off course was pretty entertaining[:D] And f that damn kid in grid telling me I had to forfeit a run, when the pres. of the club told me I didn't have to, only after our run group was over. Oh well, I had fun, I definately had an off day, just glad I got my car running again.

Can you tell my first run was the one with the shots on the first page. [:eek:] [slow is fast, slow is fast slow...][8D] If only I would have taken that turn a little better I would have been wayyyy faster. There was over a 3 second decrease in time because I took that turn after the slalom slower from my first to second run. Imaginge if I wouldn't have went in so hot on the folloing two. Ahhhh memories[:D]

Brake check..Screeeeeeech!!!!! lol
 

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The DVD is done guys, now i just have to make everyone a copy. Lee, we need to meet up before you leave man [thumb]
 

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we can meet up somewhere tonight [:D] shit..shit...shit...offcourse...off...off...offcourse!
 

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The next event is in Lordstown, OH on October 8th 2006.

The one after that is in Eastlake, OH on October 15th, 2006.

It's never too late to start Auto-Xing [thumb]

Check out:
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we can meet up somewhere tonight [:D] shit..shit...shit...offcourse...off...off...offcourse!
it's more like F&*# off-course F&*# F&*# F&*# F&*# offcourse haha [thumb]
 

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I'll probably try the one on 10/15. $35, right? What class would I be in. 02 svt with rear sway bar and R compound tires.
 
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