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SASC Events / Re: Help Setting Up on Saturday (Oct. 14th)
« on: October 13, 2017, 07:12:29 PM »
Thought so, thanks.

SASC Events / Re: Help Setting Up on Saturday (Oct. 14th)
« on: October 13, 2017, 05:34:25 PM »
I have the keys.
3:00 pm Saturday so we're down in decent time.

So 3:00pm at the lot, or do we need to meet at the self storage place?

Thanks, John

SASC Events / Re: Help Setting Up on Saturday (Oct. 14th)
« on: October 11, 2017, 11:28:04 AM »
I can help, let me know what time and where and I'll be there.


SASC Events / Free Entry coupons from winter school
« on: October 10, 2017, 07:56:43 AM »
I have a couple of these that I received from one of the winter schools this year that I haven't used yet, am I able to give these to friends to use on the 15th - it says members only on them.



SASC Events / Re: Sunday, October 1 - Champioinship #13
« on: October 01, 2017, 05:20:31 PM »
Allright, going with Reijo's forecast and bringing the Miata:).

And that was totally worth the effort - cold and windy, but turned into a nice fall day at the end, now my summer tires are parked back into the garage for tonight's storm.  Great course, I enjoyed it a lot after my daughter helped me figure out the cone I kept missing (and nope, not the one at work station #6, I watched too many cars DNF there this morning to mess that one up).


SASC Events / Re: Sunday, October 1 - Champioinship #13
« on: October 01, 2017, 06:42:50 AM »
Allright, going with Reijo's forecast and bringing the Miata:).

SASC Events / Re: Sunday, October 1 - Champioinship #13
« on: September 30, 2017, 09:07:45 PM »

Thats a very different forecast than what is on Environment Canada's site (20-50 mm, mixed rain and snow in the afternoon).  I guess I'll decide in the morning.  John

SASC Events / Re: Sunday, October 1 - Champioinship #13
« on: September 30, 2017, 12:49:32 PM »
well, so much for a dry event

Yeah, now I don't know whether to bring the Miata on summer tires and take a chance on getting back home or bring our wagon out to hoon around on its all seasons.

SASC Events / Re: Sunday, October 1 - Champioinship #13
« on: September 29, 2017, 09:32:57 PM »
Please make sure the small helmet makes it into the load from the locker this week, looks like I'll have one of my daughters along again for Sunday's event.

Thanks, John

SASC Events / Re: Technical Analysis for September 17, 2017 event at YYC
« on: September 22, 2017, 11:52:01 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.

Just to build on this, I too think its not the PAX that is the problem, but by extension (and especially for us newbies to autocross), its actually figuring out what your real goal is with the sport - I can guarantee that my goals (for this year, lots of seat time and no additional preparation costs while getting to hoon our cars at speed while figuring out their limits) are very different from someone like Murray or Cam or Ryan.  Lee and I just had this discussion last week when we were trying to figure out whether it made sense for us to look for a set of 15x5.5 wheels (much harder to find on the cheap) so we could drop from STS (which we're in just because of the wheels on our particular car) in to ES, or do we prep the car the way we want for general highway/backroad touring and general summer driving, while still being able to have fun at autocross.  I think we've landed on the second for our short term goal until we both get better, then we'll look at picking the class we want to build towards or even the car/class at that point.

While I have definitely met my goals this year, its hard not to get carried away with the competitive side of the sport and wonder why my times have not gotten better against the rest of the field (I know exactly why, in order of impact - driver experience, tires, alignment, shocks, and lastly PAX/course design - but in terms of this season's resources, the first is the only one I can actually influence right now).

Last thought on this offshoot from the original topic - I bet someone with time and desire could actually crunch all this season's results to come up with a YYC, or even an SASC/CSCC PAX for the various classes to see if there is a bias in course design towards the higher horsepower cars.  The problem would be the assumptions you'd have to make on which cars (i.e. level of prep) and drivers (i.e. driver consistency) to use in the analysis.  While I definitely have the time, I'd have to admit I lean towards lacking the desire (or experience) to even start crunching something like this through and be able to back up the results with any kind of confidence.

Back to the original discussion - as rookies, both Lee and I were taking the wide exit from the last slalom cone carrying maximum speed for our tires, braked into the last corner, then tried to hug the right side of the timing lights with the idea that neither of us could maximize speed through the last corner with braking (i.e. inadequate brake vs. traction experience on this type of corner), so shortest distance seemed the obvious way around that corner once braking started. 


SASC Events / Re: Sun, Sept 17 Championship registration is open!
« on: September 16, 2017, 05:52:06 PM »
Next events:  There are RDSCC events coming up next (Sept. 5 and 17) and CSCC (SASC) championship #11 in Red Deer (Westerner) on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Registration for CSCC/Red Deer on Sept. 16 is here:

Man was it brisk today in Red Deer - I swear that with Cam running the show on behalf of CSCC he brought along the Ft. McLeod winds to make it feel like a normal SASC event:).  With fall temperatures boy did that wind feel cold.

I didn't feel very fast today but really enjoyed the kink in the morning around the manhole cover.


I collected up everything I could find in the grass after the hit in the finish area (including a few bits from the car I handed back to the driver), interesting pile left at the end.

Sounds good, PM me with details of what you'd like me to take and I'll swing by on Thursday to pick it up.  I'm free all day so can come when its convenient.


Will it fit in the passenger seat of a first gen Miata?  We'll be heading down Friday to camp near Lethbridge so getting it in the area is easy enough, just need to know if I have enough room to haul it over on Saturday morning from the campsite.


SASC Events / Re: Next events! Aug. 26/27 in Fort Macleod!
« on: August 13, 2017, 07:56:43 PM »
I'm interested in the novice/intermediate school - let me know the format and what we'll be working on.

Thanks, John

P.S.  if you could throw the small loaner helmet in for Sunday, I'll probably bring my middle daughter along to do some ride alongs

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