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