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Technical Talk / Re: E Modified Jeep article
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:32:13 AM »
I've been tossing around the idea of changing classes myself.  I find it tough to jump into the ring with something that someone else built as it may not comply with all the rules.  Seriously considering this guy though....

So 600$ for the tires?  Those are my size...

SASC Events / Re: Technical Analysis for September 17, 2017 event at YYC
« on: September 22, 2017, 10:03:58 AM »
I think that PAX isn't what needs explaining.  PAX is nothing more than a side effect, and what needs to be understood is preparing a car within the rules.  In other words, don't modify your car until you read the rules and really understand them.  Or if that horse has left the barn door, then read the rules to figure out your best (cheapest) path to being competitive within your chosen class.  Good PAX results just follow from there.

I agree with much of what you said with one tweak...

Most folks will get into the sport with the car they already have,  or one that has already been modified either by them or the previous owners. For that I see value in explaining the effects of the cars modifications on its PAX time. For me personally, I see it as more than just a side effect (PAX),  as the modifications have already been done in many of the cases of new entrants. This becomes their first look at the sport in some cases,  and the PAX may or may not weigh heavily on them depending on the person.

Again,  just personally, I believe that the majority of the times that a competitor considers the modifications carefully before either choosing or modifying a car,  they are already familiar with PAX and are working into a specific class.  Unless of course you're me,  and just buys the car he likes to drive,  and mods it to the best class he can (Just as you suggested).  :-\

SASC Events / Re: Technical Analysis for September 17, 2017 event at YYC
« on: September 20, 2017, 10:43:41 AM »
STS seems to be horrendously PAXd this year.....all local STS cars have struggled in the Street Touring Category...

I'd dream of qualifying for an ST class despite the PAX.  My wrong car skips the the whole ST class set (regardless of the significantly faster cars qualifying in that class),  and goes straight to SP.  Boooo!! 

Looks like two narrower wheels (front) will be in my future and I'll try out BS for a full season. ;) That change (assuming I could be as fast) would have bumped me 31 places in PAX form 49th to 18th in this last event.

Good discussion here team,  and I appreciate that it is all done with a dash of humor and in a jovial nature.  Sometimes discussions like these can get ugly on other forums,  and I am happy to read here that it hasn't.  Great community we have here.   :)

SASC Events / Re: Scores for September 17, 2017 event at YYC
« on: September 17, 2017, 06:33:16 PM »
Great Cthulhu!!  You got those score up quick Murray!!

Thanks to all for a great event!!

Sorry to the third run group for my disorganization. It was tough keeping up with the long line of cars and the amount of reruns needed. Thanks to Stephen for keeping it moving and sorting it out.

General Discussion / Re: Cardel Park and Polish
« on: September 07, 2017, 09:42:21 AM »
Is there a display or anything that is brought to these events? If not a full display,  is there an information package that we usually hand out at these events?

General Discussion / Re: Cardel Park and Polish
« on: September 06, 2017, 04:53:34 PM »
Think most of us will be racing. ;)

Where?  I don't see any races on any schedule.

General Discussion / Cardel Park and Polish
« on: September 06, 2017, 04:10:28 PM »
Was there any interest in setting up the SASC stand at the show this Saturday?

Automotive Marketplace / Re: FS: Brunton Stalker - Aka Lotus 7 Replica
« on: September 05, 2017, 02:07:46 PM »
I rode in this the weekend before last and can say that it is a well sorted,  and pretty car.  Oh how I want her. 

Anyone here interested in my Bianca...  It's on Kijiji...

SASC Events / Re: Aug 27 Fort Macleod Scores???
« on: September 05, 2017, 01:56:07 PM »
I just read this thread and am assuming there was a timing related incident on August 27. 

I'm just going to do a bit of spit balling here as I've never really looked at the radios themselves.  Just thinking of this in a way that may sprout some ideas as I actually break things professionally for my living. Realistically we can't prevent it from ever breaking,  but maybe we can increase the ability of it to survive.

If interested,  I'd love to take on a project like this.  I also mentor at a Junior Engineering Lab,  and have access to much of what's needed,  and a group of youth that need projects to keep them entertained. Smashing cones in testing situations could work off some of their energy before they settle into anything else.  lol Besides...  the Milk carton egg drop is sooooo 1986.

Driving forces, and considerations.
-If the unit gets hit and the whole device is together,  we have some major repairs on the line. 
-Units require three main components. Radio transmission,  battery, and some sort of IR sensor correct? Missing anything?
-The heavier the equipment is,  the more damage there is to the cars in an incident.
-The circuit boards have extremely limited survivability without some sort of housing.
-To minimize the cost,  using the current electronics is best.


Separate the components, minimize the repair?
-do the radio, battery and sensor all absolutely need to be co-located? What if the battery and the radio are in a separate safer place,  and the sensor is the only susceptible item?  It may reduce the cost when a repair is needed?

-The sensor would need a remote line,  and a very small housing (Or cone... See below).  The remaining equipment can be as far as the tether physically/electrically can be.

Hitting Cones anyway.
-What about using a cone as a vessel?  Some soft foam and a small flexible structure inside the cone may work.  Cut a hole in the cone for the sensor to shoot out of.  A couch foam could be cut to a cone shape and little cutouts in that foam could house the battery radio and sensor. Using strips of foam glued together gives a bit more structure to the whole foam piece,  that could be cut to fit in a cone. 
The cone withstands the brunt of it,  and the foam disperses as much of the force as it can.

This idea would be basically placing the circuit boards and the battery somewhere in the middle of the foam that would fill the cone.  A sensor pocket could be made and just needs to line up with the hole cut in the cone. Leave the foam as a separate piece for ease of removal from the cone. Maybe as two separate halves with the weight in the middle.

Pilon by Duane Jacka, on Flickr

-Maybe putting a remotely tethered sensor in a cone is best,  and the remaining hardware is elsewhere.

Maybe this post will spur on the best solution through further discussion....  Thoughts?

Automotive Marketplace / Re: FS 2009, BMW 135i
« on: August 22, 2017, 12:02:24 PM »
Fast and fun cars.  I loved mine, and found it very capable.  Begs to question though....  What arrives on the 28th?

SASC Events / Re: 27th August
« on: August 22, 2017, 11:36:23 AM »
I filled my required events for both RD and FM.  I'm just rolling in the YYC's for the rest of the season.

SASC Events / Re: Two day (3 set) Fat Kat scores for August 13, 2017
« on: August 16, 2017, 10:23:53 AM »
One of the most exciting afternoons I've had racing.  Thanks to everyone for the chance to run in an event like this.

Automotive Marketplace / Re: Re: Jame's "new" 1999 Corvette
« on: August 15, 2017, 11:29:52 AM »
Do it already James. You aren't going to find the one you want in the right color paint & interior and and and.

The only thing holding me back is the lack of garage.

Park at your dad's. just bring the corvette out to race day only lol

Haha I already live there, there's no room for any more vehicles. My mom told me I can buy one but it can't stay in front of the house, and I have a tenant renting out my own place including the garage so I can't store it there either...

There are always options for renting a garage space over the winter.

SASC Events / Re: Scores for Fat Kat (Saturday)
« on: August 12, 2017, 09:48:37 PM »
Same for Team 2. Our slowest time wasn't cut. The top raw team had their slowest time cut giving them a 176.686 where I count our team with our slowest time cut as a 172.532, not 180.967 putting us in fourth.   ???

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