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  • Laguna Seca

    Now that a bunch of our cars are at their peak performance after the dyno day, why not use them the way they were meant to be used:

    Cost $370 for the both track days, Garage $175. Camping $80.

    This is a FRIDAY and SATURDAY event.

    NOTE: AROSC Says Laguna sells out fast. Since I posted this last night they have 13 entries for race and one for HPDE, my mistake I misread it.

    I'm a maybe because of the time of year. Anyone know what the weather is like in December? I assume cold and maybe rain.

    AROSC HPDE/Time Trials/Races
    Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, CA
    Dec 30-31, 2011

    All makes and models welcome!
    Join us at Laguna Seca Raceway on Dec 30-31, 2011 for our Time Trial/Time Attack, High Performance Driving Education, and Racing! Laguna Seca is a world class track and a great driving experience, with excellent food and RV facilities, so bring the family for for a fun weekend of driving and spectating! This is your chance to drive the famous "Corkscrew".

    NEW RUN GROUPS! - We have changed our run groups and vehicle safety requirements to provide more fun, and to allow cars in street trim to experience the thrill of getting your car out on the track!
    • DE/Solo: For relatively new drivers, passing with point-by only in certain straight sections of track. Stock seat belts OK.
    • Point-By: For drivers with more experience, passing anywhere on the track with a point-by. Stock seat belts OK for 2000 & newer cars unless engine mods or race tires.
    • Open Passing: For very experienced drivers & faster cars, passing anywhere on the track with no point-by required. 5 or 6 point harnesses
    • Race Group: Wheel to wheel racing, typical racing equipment required

    NOTE!
    Laguna Seca has a very strict decibel level restriction. 92 db MAX. They employ 2 technicians checking daily. 1st time over limit is a warning, 2nd time and your car is off the track for the weekend!
    Online Registration through MotorsportReg.com
    Can't make it, but know someone who might be interested? Forward this message to a friend
    NEW! - TECH YOUR CAR YOURSELF!

    AROSC has now gone to a “Self Tech” process. You may tech your car yourself, or can have a professional do it if you do not feel qualified. You must bring your completed & signed tech form to the track and turn it in at Registration.
    Click here to download the Self Tech form
    Questions? Phone Terry Watson at 443-462-7834 (cell), or email [email protected]
    Additional information can be found at www.aroschpd.org or at http://www.motorsportreg.com/index.c...892C9BFC9BA6CD
    Last edited by Doug Liedblad; July 22, 2011, 10:31 PM.

  • #2
    Hi Doug,

    This sounds great. If I'm back from our Christmas trip by then, I'll be there.

    Tom
    Tom "ELV15" Jones
    http://PIErats.com

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    • #3
      AROSC tells me they generally sell out Laguna Seca quickly.

      So far only one entry in HPDE, the rest are in the race group. I misread it the other day. The Race entries look to be mostly AROSC members.

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      • #4
        I signed up for the point by passing group. I'm still not sure if I'll take the Caterham though. We'll see. I'll need a better roll bar, 5-point harness (mine's 4-point), and I'm not sure it'll pass the 90db test. Plenty of time I guess but the crossflow is STILL not put back together.

        I don't fancy running the Boxster again so I'm considering renting something interesting instead. Anyone have any info on track car rental up there?
        Nigel

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        • #5
          I think I am going to have to work that weekend, but I will try to trade with someone. I love Laguna Seca. Last time I was there I had to have a new muffler made to pass the sound test, and even then I couldn't use full throttle up the back stretch.

          Justin

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          • #6
            I just signed up for the Race Group for both days, which I believe is now full. Should be plenty of room in the other groups.

            Justin

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            • #7
              I am in Europe that week.

              Not exactly cheap but I would really go there sometimes.

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              • #8
                It's a hell of a long pull for (very possibly) bad weather & (definitely) getting thrown off of the track because of the noise Nazis looking after the wishes of the trust fund class.

                No thanks.
                Chris
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                A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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                • #9
                  I did have to have a modified exhaust made last time I went to Laguna Seca, but my car is relatively loud. I fortunately found a shop close by, so I was able to be back on track by early afternoon after failing sound.

                  I bet someone could make a good living just having a muffler shop outside the entrance!

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                  • #10
                    Would love to go, but I'll be out of town. :(
                    Tom "ELV15" Jones
                    http://PIErats.com

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                    • #11
                      Had a fun time this weekend. It was good to see Nigel and meet Marcell (?). The weather was a bit chilly, and the track damp early in the day, but the afternoons were just right!

                      I was thrown out mid-afternoon on the second day for being loud and obnoxious, so I wasn't allowed to run in the final race. I got the best time in the qualifying race, though. There was a Viper who was driving way past his limits that just about T-boned me a few times. I'd pass him, and then he'd dive bomb the inside of the next corner, tires smoking and sliding, so I'd back off and let him through. After the third time he did this, I was able to put some distance between us and left him a safe distance back. Until I got the pumpkin a lap before the finish!

                      Overall a very fun weekend, but I will have to work on a different exhaust if I go again.

                      Justin

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sdcat View Post
                        I was thrown out mid-afternoon on the second day for being loud and obnoxious, so I wasn't allowed to run in the final race.
                        Yeah, well. There it is. I'm sure it's a wonderful track.

                        Originally posted by sdcat View Post
                        There was a Viper who was driving way past his limits that just about T-boned me a few times.
                        Realizing everybody knows this, I'll remind everyone that 7 drivers do *not* want to get hit by a Viper (or any car for that matter). The Viper is a big heavy car, ones whose brakes are no match for its engine. And this can be said for their drivers, as evidenced by your (and my) experience. Generally their ego and aggressiveness vastly exceeds their judgment and talent.

                        Sounds like you ran into (figuratively speaking) a king sized, stinking turd. This is one of the reasons I like NASA. If some dickhead engages in that kind of shit they get thrown right out after being chastised in front of the entire group. Did you say anything to the asshole?
                        Chris
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                        A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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                        • #13
                          I didn't get a chance to say anything, since they were still towing him out of the gravel at turn 11 when I left! :)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by sdcat View Post
                            I didn't get a chance to say anything, since they were still towing him out of the gravel at turn 11 when I left! :)
                            I remember watching a race on TV where a Viper was doing just about exactly what you experienced. It would blow by other cars in a straight line but then have to brake waaay before the others in order to get around a given corner. Not surprisingly, over the course of the race the brakes got worse and worse until it went in deep and never came out. :-P

                            All power (it uses a truck engine) and tire contact patch and nothing else, a crude car preferred by crude people by and large. I'd like to drive one! :D
                            Chris
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                            A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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                            • #15
                              Another thing to watch for with the faster straight line cars is for them to squeak past just before the turn and then spin right in front of you.

                              Not too bad if they just go off track but sometimes they end up coming into your line giving you an opptunity to T bone them back. Caterham still loses.

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