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- Date: 18 Jul 1995 16:31:54 -0400
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Well, ran my first (of the '95 season) autocross last Sunday
at Sam's Club in Concord NH, sponsored by SCCNH,
Sports Car Club of New Hampshire. Classing is radically
different from what I know with SCCA. The primary parameter
is tires, compound and size, not HP/Lbs and chassis/engine,
like in SCCA. The '84 4000Q moved from the "slowest" SCCA
class, H Stock, to the fastest SCCNH class, M1, based on the
fact that I had RSIIs in 205-55-14. All non-OEM-type compound
tired-cars go into Modified classes, 70s in M3, 60s in M2 and
50s, including 55s in M1. So I moved from the "slowest" class
into the "fastest" class, without the benefit of any modification
whatsoever! It was an interesting day to say the least!
I ended up competing against RX7s, MR2s and BMWs
instead of the usual overweight sedans and Celicas, etc.
Times were running in the 46-50 second range for most
cars on the small, tight, two-lap parking-lot course.
I improved steadily after my long absence from a high 45.x
on my first run down to a 45.07 on my third. Competition was
close when I finally checked my times for the first time after
my third run. I managed a 44.70 on my fourth and was VERY
pleased with the >0.3 sec improvement over my third run.
Oh, picked up two cones on that first run too.
I was shown-up by a BMW 325iX, only to find out that he
had a Dinan turbo kit worth 300HP to my measly 115HP.
This BMW was way cool! Not only was it AWD and
turbo-powered, it sported a 'glass M3 body kit as well.
Definitely the ur-Quattro wannahbee of BMWs!
Pretty sharp car and well driven. As it turns out, the guy
that beat me was not the owner, he was driving a
Formula open-wheel car and drove the bimmer as
a second car. He also took FTD in the bimmer, besting
his time the Formula car! So the guest BMW driver took
1st in M1 and FTD in the Dinan-turbo-M3-body-kitted-325iX,
I took second in M1 and the owner of the bimmer
took third. All in all a very rewarding and fun first event
of the non-season for me.
SCCA will be running an event at NH Voc Tech in Concord
on Sunday, July 30th. I'll be running this event as well,
though I might bring the Blue Dinosaur ('73 RA-IV 455HO T/A)
out of hibernation and give it a try, depends on the weather.....
JHFN (just havin' *FUN* now),