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Yet Another TWS blurb...
Well, this past weekend at TWS was certainly an "event". Everything
seemed to go very well and everyone was having a pretty good time.
Scott Dewitt was kind enough to swap two of his Fuchs alloys with
Todd Williamson (right name?), since Todd may not have been able to
run otherwise. He had bought those A4 5-spoke knockoffs with 35mm
offset from Tire Rack (or maybe DTD), and they were rubbing on both
rear fenders of his 5000tq.
Of course, at the end of the 4th run on Saturday, Scott's 5000tq
decided to show him how unhappy it was about swapping two of its
"feet" with Todd's car. Scott apexed turn 11 too early and came
out wide going into turn twelve, getting two wheels off the pavement.
Unfortunately when he got those two wheels back onto the pavement,
it was across the berm of turn 12, unsettling the car and sending
it off the other side of the track sideways. After digging two
nice ruts in the dirt, the wheels caught and the car went over.
It was sad to see the car in such a condition, but both occupants
(Scott and his instructor Oscar) were fortunately unharmed. So
if anyone wants an MC engine for a transplant, they might be able
to talk Scott into letting his go for a reasonable sum. ;-)
The second day didn't go quite as smoothly for me. I had an
alignment the prior Wednesday, and the tech had not sufficiently
tightened the right-side ball joint. It had slipped, and my
alignment was messed up. In the process of trying to fix it, I
stripped the nuts on the ball joint clamp and damaged the clamp's
studs (unless the tech had done the damage before me). So I
missed a session and spent the others with really screwed up
alignment. Otherwise the CGT ran like a champ (no tranny problems!)
and I had a good time getting passed by the other q-listers.
Jason Palmer was, as always, very fast in his chipped 1.8tq with
sway bars, high-perf brakes, and BFG R1's. Luis Marques turned
traitor and drove his wife's BMW 328 instead of his 4000q, and
the reason became apparent during nearly every session as I had
to let him pass me...that BMW is a fast car in the right hands.
Of course, the most fun of the entire event was bitching about who
was slowing people down in our run group. I think the woman in the
new yellow 911 (?) took top honors, with one of the BMW Z3 drivers coming
in 2nd place. The Corvettes were pretty darn slow for a little
while, but they began to pick up the pace after a few sessions.
All in all it was a great time. If things go well, I hope to have
the urquattro at the next event. That should be a lot of fun, and
I won't have to let any of those durn'ed silver A4s pass me. :-)
'85 CGT, '82 urq
Eric J. Fluhr Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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