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Re: 4K Quattro in HS?

On Wed, 20 Sep 1995, Graydon D. Stuckey wrote:

> 	Was just thinking about other unlikely HSers recently.  A couple 
> years ago, Mal Kooiman from Saginaw region ran an old Cosworth Vega in HS 
> with 185/60-13 tires.  He WON at nationals in his second or third year of 

Something to add,
I have been getting *stomped* by a Cosworth Vega locally in DSP for the 
last couple of events.  The guy just walks away from me!  He drives up 
with his trailor, wipes the dust from the car, and proceeds to blast the 

I am getting closer though, as I was about .2 seconds from him last 
weekend, on my home turf in Akron, but kept hitting a cone.  Granted, he 
won fair and square, but I'm nipping at his heels now.  BTW, I haven't 
modified the car any further, I must just be getting little faster.  Not 
fast, but faster.

Since there has been a ragin debate and controversy about Steve the Mazda 
killer, I'll add my $.02

Steve is one hell of a driver.  I've never seen someone who is so new to 
the sport learn so quickly.  He was finishing towards the top in the 
Columbus area overall, which has quite a few "prepared to the limit of 
the rules" cars, such as the aforementioned Vega (Malfitano) and an 
extremely fast CSP Honda (Feher).  He's running with the "big boys" 
locally, and doing a fine job of it.

As far as the nationals go, I'm a little too new to know what to think.  
I've been autocrossing fro about 2 years, and haven't been to the 
nationals.  I'd like to see what happens.

As far as finding another car, I'm guilty too.  I'm hanging on to my 4K 
for a while.  You can learn to be a better driver in almost any car, and 
until I become (if ever) a great driver, it's been good to me.  If you 
really want a national championship, you need to have something really 
competitive, but a second to drivers with many more years of experience 
wouldn't be too shabby either.

Robert Phillips
The University of Akron Sociology Department-------Akron, Ohio
1987 Audi 4000S, 1.8L 4-cyl, FWD-----SOLO II D-Street Prepared