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Here are the pics (I'm at the end):
http://www.imagestation.com/album/pictures.html?id=4292033987&show_all=1&start=1

And the track:

Top section is the start/finish, right side was the front straight, right after that is the uphill essess, the lower hairpin is Oak Tree, and next is back straight, and then the rollercoaster.

Well I went down for the High Performance Driving School (HPDS) Friday morning. Left here at 8am and got into booming Danville at 2pm. Rested up and headed down to get my car teched around 5pm. I arrived 2 hours early and there was already a line of cars to be teched. Got to meet some people from my region who I didn't know were going to be there. Also met my instructor, who at the time didn't know was going to be my instructor.

Went to bed 10pm. Saturday was our first classroom session at 8am (bright ass early). Half of us if not all of us were asleep :) Our classroom instructor went over the basics of the track. Where to take lines, where to brake, gas, etc... Very nice guy.



Around 10am we all went out for a warm up lap with our assigned instructor. After the green flag dropped it was a free for all. Passing was only allowed on the straights with a hand signal from the car going to be passed. Getting the lines wasn't that bad but I was still trying to master them. My instructor would tell me to turn 2-3 seconds later than I felt comfortable with - so late that I would see grass and dirt when he wanted me to turn :eek:

I was prolly going 6/10th on sessions 1 and 2. I was really nervous my 1st time out - figuring that my car was my daily driver and my baby.

On session 3 I went about 8/10ths and actually made my instructor grab the "Oh $HIT" handle :) We came over the uphill esses and forgot to put the gas pedal in and we floated for about 1-2 seconds. My instructor leaned over and mention that I should keep the throttle on when going through those since I was in the triple digits going into them and we would eat grass :)

Got to meet Roger Foo, Grant Lockwood, and another person. Took lots of pictures :) Roger Foo is really short in real life but really friendly. I caught him at a bad time since he was about to go out on track for the Enduro race time trials.

Also got to meet alot of people from **********.com. Integra GSR, CRX Si, Civic H/B with a B18C1 and JRSC, Camero SS, and a guy with an Accord. Saturday night was a little social party and a GT3 tournament. But I was way exhausted to stick around.

Sunday was our next three sessions. And this time I was prolly goin 8/10ths to 9/10ths. I was finally getting my lines through the essess and hit 130mph on the back straight. What was really scary the whole weekend was the Ford Lightning coming up in your rear view mirror. I found out later that the driver is a gokart driver. His truck look like a 18 wheeler in my mirror. Also the Silver Audi S4 and 2002 Black BMW M3 blowing by you like I was standing still was crazy.

The whole weekend is still sitting in my head. Just in awe :)

 

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cool

man, that sounds like an awsome weekend. i want to go to a driving school sometime this spring before this season starts. am i the only one that thinks that was a cool story? where are all the autocrossers at?!
 

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94tegman said:
man, that sounds like an awsome weekend. i want to go to a driving school sometime this spring before this season starts. am i the only one that thinks that was a cool story? where are all the autocrossers at?!
I could prolly use a bit more help in grammar :)
 

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cloud7 said:
You got to meet Roger Foo? I wanna meet Roger!
Yup Roger, Grant, and Sam. Grant drives a Prelude. Roger and the crew are working on a new car for this year. :)
 

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Nice story. Hopefully I will get to feel the joys of autocrossing in the future.

The story would have been more entertaining if it had more drama, like I spun-out at like a 100mph went over the grass almost hitting the Lambo head on. J/K lol.
 

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Racin-Type said:
Nice story. Hopefully I will get to feel the joys of autocrossing in the future.

The story would have been more entertaining if it had more drama, like I spun-out at like a 100mph went over the grass almost hitting the Lambo head on. J/K lol.
Well other people did that. A Doge Viper went into the wall at around 100mph :p

 

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ajn said:
I can't wait until I go to FATT at Summit Point.

There might be a slim chance though that I might be driving a CRX.

I have decided to sell my car!

drive safe,

aj :)
Why are you selling the Civic? I'll tell you one thing about the CRX since I had one. They can get tail happy - really fast. 2000 winter when I had my CRX Si I'd try to drive it instead of my show car and the rear would also kick around. Finally stuck some of my racing gear in the back (about 200lbs) and it was fine after that.

You may want to install a front sway bar to stop that from happening :) Especially on track.
 

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Why are you selling the Civic?
I just think that it's finished. I have done everything that I have wanted to do to it. I just wish I had a better car to start with. I want to upgrade the suspension and do a lot of track and autocross events on a car that is a little bit cheaper to buy. I wouldn't mind a CRX Si, or a 4th or 5th gen hatchback. The only concern I have is with rust. I can't have any rust on the body.

I am just trying to spread the word that I am selling my car.

drive safe,

aj =)
 

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ajn said:


I just think that it's finished. I have done everything that I have wanted to do to it. I just wish I had a better car to start with. I want to upgrade the suspension and do a lot of track and autocross events on a car that is a little bit cheaper to buy. I wouldn't mind a CRX Si, or a 4th or 5th gen hatchback. The only concern I have is with rust. I can't have any rust on the body.

I am just trying to spread the word that I am selling my car.

drive safe,

aj =)
Rust is easy to fix. As long as it's not the whole 1/4 panel or something like that. I bought a 1988 CRX Si with the usual rear 1/4 panel rust. I buffed it out and repainted it for about $50.
 
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