[200q20v] Mid OH QCLUB Event report
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Fri Jul 13 09:42:24 EDT 2001
Sure doesn't seem like 2 weeks has already passed... Here's the highlights
as I remember them.
Location: Mid-OH Road Course Mansfield OH
Dates: June 26,27,28
Eventmaster: Craig Liechty
* Left with fellow Listers Bob D (LT1Q), Dave Hackl ('75 911S) and 11/10RESQ
(My 4Runner, Duey tandem mit 83 Amazon Urq)
* The first day was instructor only at the Mid OH school. Summary: Wow!
Under chief instructor Calvin Fish, were Pikes peak winner Dahlenbach, John
Rutherford and some other pretty impressive champion drivers, some first
class instruction abounded. A track walk in the morning followed by lapping
, with the instructors "grading" and giving feedback to all. Great
experience. Without question the highlight of my 3 days here, I would have
come just for this (Hint: Do this again Craig!:).
* The invasion of the rest of the 100 or so folks came Wednesday night.
Some familiar faces, many not so. Only a handful of urq's, my amazon 83,
Charlie Day's concours RS2URQ 83 black, Greg Kellenberger (sp) eurospec
(including Lehmann fuel injection) and beautifully restored mars '83,
Anderson's beast (man it gets wilder every time), and Eric R's gray 85).
Lots of A4 chassis, and a few more TT's joined the fray. Even an S8 with
big(ger) brakes from Alcon.
Here's my recent list report modus "Best of":
Best looking urq:
Tie this year IMO. Greg K's mars red 83 was almost showroom. So much so,
that it really took the best of from even Charlie Day's beautiful RS2
conversion and gorgeous black paint.
Johnny Rutherford (IV), "I'd guess those quattros would understeer some when
pushed to the limit".
Best ride (passenger's seat): Tie again. Really enjoyed pushing Eric R in
his newoldstock 85 Urq. When he got 8,9 &10 (a string of turns that setup a
right hand up hill 11) right on one of the last lapping sessions, I calmly
pointed out that he's gonna blow 11, cuz he really was hot. He didn't go
off, but got a handful of quattro. Great work Eric! But there's still
always the rawness of that LT1Q of Bob D, man when he got turn 7 at WOT
coming up on 8, you got all torque then Big Reds in about 100yards. Nice!
Best Ride (driving): During the instructor day, I'd say my Blue Urq, laying
that (stock suspension, bilsteins only) car out on turn 1 even impressed
veteran MOS instructor Tony Kester. During the Qclub event, I'd say my most
fun ride was piloting fellow lister David Hackl's 75 911S. He got R1's for
this track event, put on some monster brake ducts (which he really didn't
need, how bout *hot* caliper temps of under 300F?) A truly fine classic auto
that raised the driver skill level pretty high adding just the R1's. I did
get a ride in Bob's LT1Q, but after a couple days of my 83's turbo lag, I
just didn't have enough coffee to tame the LT1 beast the 3rd day, I was over
my head trying to push it, so instead I just rolled the windows down for the
tunnel dolby effect (turn 12-13). yeeha!
Best watch from behind:
Still the keyhole (turns 2-3), chasing down some really big dogs with a
proper line. Eric R, Hackl and Bob all got it a couple times. When you gain
hundreds of feet in a matter of seconds in a series of turns, everyone in the
chase car feels good.
Best watch from ahead (a flashback moment):
Looking in the rear view mirror, then immediately getting a well timed pass
in the back straight by both Charlie Day (pristine RS2URQ) and in hot pursuit
was Keith Anderson in all his audisport colors. Chased them both hard into 6
and 7 in my Amazon... Cool! What year is this?
Best weather: Ever. 3days, perfect. 'nuff said, don't want to jinx next
Best Sound: I don't know what Mike Fisher did to the exhaust on his v8, but
man did that sound good. I would have liked a recording of his and Bob D's
car on the track, v8's of 2 different continents, but a common tune of power.
Mexican Restaurant in Van Wert Ohio, a bit of the riogrande (with roudy
patrons, and rattling spanish in the kitchen).
Best Blink and Miss: Getting passed by the 911 turbo, I think it was blue.
Best Host on/off track: Fred Baker Audi. Hustling mechanics, hustling
parts, cool Allroad service vehicle, great sponsor of the marque.
Best new word for Websters: Eric R, learning to left foot brake his tqc, had
a couple of mis-hits with his left foot locking the brakes during an
attempted upshift, yours truly so dubbed hitting the "overboot" mode.
Best Carbon Fiber look: Keith Anderson's "minimalist" dash on his TQC,
audisport would have been proud.
Best organization: When you come into the hot pits, Craig greets you with a
huge grin under his Croc Dundee hat. All is well, as usual. Great show
Best off track betting: Watching Fred Bakers daughter almost lap S car
lister John Peterson in the quattro go cart championship (at the barbeque
funland thurs). Another lap, we would have had to confiscate John's S car
Best aftermath of getting turn 11 right: The LT1Q skidpan on the ground in
the paddock. "Er, Bob?"
Best 110/10: Oh that would be the 10x110 rear control arm bolt that Larry
Boyer donated to the groundskeepers. Not sure that excuses the late turn in
on 1, Larry, but we were wowed on the secrets to quattro oversteer. Seeing
his acute 4kq advantage over the 911t, Larry exercised great sportsmanship by
replacing said bolt.
Best stares: Still belongs to those that want to see what they thought they
heard. Yup, LT1 into a quattro.
Best black flag: The weak valve seals on my Amazon finally sent too much
smoke out for the corner workers. After gassing the starting line with James
Bond like fog, took it easy around the track as to not gag the workers. Made
it all the way to 11, then got the flag. C'est la vie!
Best mismatch: 4 of us in a Honda Civic during the instructor/instructor
school, with 800hp Porsche GT3 Champion driver Ian at the wheel. Tires
screaming for mercy.
Best Pucker: First day instructor debriefing. Tony Kester, king of turn 1:
"Ok, who's got that black 4kq?" Larry Boyer sheepishly admits his ownership.
Kester: "Oh, you?!?! Well, I take back my bet, you can turn too late into
Best taming of the shrew: TT owner Dallas Smith, celebrating in the pits.
Figuring out how to hustle a drive by wire (no left foot braking allowed by
definition) appears to bring massive celebrations to the owners. Great job
Another great event. Thanks to Craig for the usual and standard setting QC
event. Thanks to the boys at MOS for the great kibitzing, who says you can't
teach old dogs new tricks? Thanks to fellow lister Bob Dupree and Dave Hackl
for the unselfish handing of the reigns to their cars, having 3 different
rides, comfort, classic and raw was a great experience for me. To Fred Baker
and his Audi-force for the support, sponsorship and great t-shirts. Eric R,
overboot aside, a quick study of LFB technique, which made me feel like I did
something really good as an instructor at this event. And as always, my wife
Carole for allowing me to escape the shop/home/HDlists for some good quattro
End of Report
'87 4Runner turbo
'88 Duey Tandem
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