Friday, July 10, 2015

Coilovers vs. Tires on Mighty Car Mods

Mighty Car Mods did a test on lap time gain from swapping on some high-performance tires vs. a set of coilovers. Obviously it depends on which parts/tires you choose spring rates, car setup, the dirver etc....but it's still an interesting comparison for the trackday fanboys.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Taking the F150 up Pikes Peak

Our turbo-charged Pikes Peak hill climber......complete with pit bike in the bed

After the Colorado Championship Tour two weeks ago, I took the opportunity to drive up Pikes Peak. Being a Monday morning, the traffic was low and I didn't really get held up going up or down. As you can see from the photos below, the view was well worth it.

Crossing the finish line
Heading back down

Rain storm trying to move in

And as soon as we got down the mountain, the storm moved in and the peak disappeared

Give the topic and the hill climb going on last weekend, check out the TV Coverage of the 1995 Hill Climb. It's almost worth it just for the retro commercials:

Monday, June 22, 2015


Based on the 1967 Ferrari 312 Formula 1 car. No price listed. If you have to ask......


SpeedHunters Article:

Photo credit: Mike Garrett,

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Colorado Championship Tour Autocross with a view of Pikes Peak

Good result this past weekend in my final National SCCA event before Solo Nationals in September. After a very late arrival Friday night, I ran first heat on Saturday and wrapped the weekend with a win on Sunday. Ali and I took a short vacation after the race and went hiking in the Garden of the Gods and then I drove up the famed Pikes Peak highway. With the hill climb coming in two weeks, it was very cool (/terrifying...) to drive to the 14K foot summit. More photos from the event to follow.

Here is my onboard video:

Thanks to my partners:

Friday, June 12, 2015

Colorado Championship Tour this Weekend at PPIR

We are headed to CO this afternoon for my first Colorado Championship Tour in the FR-S. Slight setup change (different front bar) from Mineral Wells to try something new, but the main purpose is to have some fun and practice for Solo Nats. As usual, C-Street is one of the biggest classes. Here is the entry list for this weekend:

CS Runs first heat and the format will be same as Solo Nationals - 3 runs Saturday and 3 runs on Sunday. 

Live timing:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Shreddin' Tires at the Mineral Wells ProSolo

It was a hot one this past weekend in Mineral Wells for the ProSolo, but the entry count was up over 200 and the courses were fun compared to the normal too-tight-too-slow ProSolo courses. I was able to pick up my second win of the season which gives me maximum points going into September's ProSolo Finale in Lincoln. I led after each Heat but couldn't find any time more time on Sunday morning in Heat 3. I sweated it out while my competitors time started to drop, but I was able to hang on for the 0.37s victory. 

See below for photos and onboard video:

Thanks to the Rutherfords and their large cameras for the great photos from Saturday!

Hot Day - spraying the tires during the driver change
Dad out on track

My onboard video:

Next up, Ali, the dog and I are off to the Colorado Championship Tour the following weekend. I'm looking forward to my first event at PPIR and the chance to practice the "Solo Nats" format one more time before the big show in September.

Thanks to Ali, my family and my partners for the support this weekend:

Another trip to Lincoln - Another Spring Nats in the books

I'm a bit behind and I need to get ready for the Colorado Tour this weekend so I'll cut to the chase...


I finished P3 in the ProSolo behind both Chris's in the MX-5. I red-lit a faster run in Heat 3 but it would would have still left me hundredths behind Harvey and with a good gap to Fenter. I left a lot of time at the lights and with my 60/200ft times. That little MX-5 is killing me off the line - I'll need to improve here before the Finale. 

Championship Tour

I finished P2 in the Champ Tour in a large 21 car field. We had wet weather on Day 1 and Fenter stretched out a 0.8s lead going into Day 2. On Day 2, I made some damping changes and the car felt the best it had all weekend in Lincoln. I was able to match the MX-5 on Day 2 but had no chance over overcoming the Day 1 gap.

Here is onboard video from Lincoln:

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Registered for the Colorado Championship Tour

I like Colorado so it's hard to pass up a National SCCA event at PPIR if I have room in the schedule. Ali and I will be heading to Fountain, CO the weekend after the Mineral Wells ProSolo making it three out of four weekend running the C-Street FR-S. We have 10 entries in the class so far and we are looking forward for our trip to mountains.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Autocross Drift in the FR-S

I took a little break from testing back in April at Mineral Wells to punish the set of tires that was slowest...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Blytheville ProSolo Recap

Two weeks ago (a bit delayed on this post....), we kicked off our 2015 ProSolo season in the C-Street Scion FR-S. I had some new suspension bits to try out for this race as I installed the newly-discovered TRD springs and ARBs that are port-installed options for the FR-S. It would also be my first time driving the FR-S to an event...and I picked a 1,600mi round-trip journey to try it out....

New TRD Springs and ARBs for the FR-S
Got decent MPGs on the way to Bville....

We had consistent dry weather throughout the weekend so it was a clean battle in the 12-car C-Street class. I started off the first heat in 2nd place with a not-so-great 0.7s margin to Chris Harvey and his 2009 MX-5. The tire sizes that we tested and decided on at the practice course the day before did not translate to the transitions-heavy ProSolo course. The car was very out-of-phase and imbalanced in slaloms especially. I decided to go back to the tire size I ran in College Station and go up in overall damping to account for the stiffer roll rates from the TRD parts. It was instantly much much better and I moved into 1st place after the 2nd heat. On Sunday, I had my work cut out for me as Chris Harvey immediately chopped off large chunks of time to take the lead by about 0.5s before the final runs. I dropped in a 45.8s on my last left side run which brought me to within one tenth of the lead but still in 2nd. On the last run, I need to improve on my 46.082 right-side run to win. I came in with a 45.846 and was able to take the win by 0.161s! It was a very tight battle that I fully expect will continue throughout the year.

On to the Challenges and the highlight of the weekend which was my Dad getting picked for the Bonus Challenge and then marching through to take the win! He drove great and the extra seat time I think really helped to "seal" the improvements he made over the weekend. My attempt at the Super Challenge ended in the first round unfortunately. On to the Spring Nationals in Lincoln over Memorial Day!

Dad staged for his runs on Sunday
Our FR-S in impound at my class win

Thanks to Yaw Moment Racing's partners:

- Evolution Performance Driving Schools:  "Building Champions since 1993"