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  • Steve and Tracy Dillon 3:54pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Doesn’t seem to show up as much on… 

    The paint chip problem doesn’t seem to show up as much on our White ND. Looks like it chips the red off to show a white primer.

    On Miata.net people were quoting like $2,500 for front, hood and rockers, so I discounted the Idea.

    Andrew, how much of car is covered in the $900 you mentioned?

     

     
    • Mark Gilbert 4:07pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I found a place that does mostly exotics and went to see him. Had 2 Lambos, a Porsche and ZR1 in there being completely wrapped. Quoted me $800 to do the bumper and partial front of hood and fenders and mirrors. The name of the company is Auto Nuvo in Fort Lauderdale.

    • Andrew 8:20am on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The entire front bumper, about 12″ of the hood and fenders, the mirrors, door handle and inside door panel (above the arm rest. I did not do the headlights. That cost a little over $900 in 2016. For the entire hood and fender, the price would have gone over $1500. My last car (that had PPF) was a 2003 Infinity G35 where I applied the sames areas and that worked very well. Back then, only had one large rock penetrate the film on the hood and left a very small chip/ding. I believe the film prevented serious damage from that impact. The film held until I sold the car in 2010. I use Plexus to clean, polish and maintain the PPF (also applies to window tint).

      The company I used was Auto Supershield out of Boca.

  • Steve and Tracy Dillon 5:11pm on Thursday, February 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    My New 1993 Miata makes it’s track Debut. 


    I had my 1993 LE out on the track for the first time. I have autocrossed it a few times at GultCoast autocrossers near Ft Myers where you can usually find Doug Jr on a Saturday.

    It needed some basic work before heading to the track. In the last couple of months I’ve replaced most of the brake system: Master cylinder (leaking fluid down the vacuum booster), font calipers (not sliding so well, pistons crusty), Front brake lines (just because I was doing calipers), high temp brake fluid, and rotors and pads on all corners.
    Hard Dog Roll Bar because you can’t get an older Miata on the track without one, and Doug Sr scolded me 🙂

    After the safety upgrades, for fun I’ve added: Big sway bar up front, sticky 200TW Dunlop tires put on.
    Also the 25 year old rubber bits on the shocks were shot, so new TopHats and Bump Stops all around.

    After all of that, I have a car that doesn’t crash so hard on RR tracks, and will actually stop faster than my 1995 S-10 Pickup now.

    On Feb 13 I went to PBIR TrackNight in America, where I ran into Bruce Winter from the Club. There were lots of Miatae and a big contingency from Treasure Coast Miata.

    I was playing with a new app on the phone (Harry’s Lap Timer) and sorry that my big phone blocks the view of the track.
    So net result: I (just me, at my experience level) am 3 seconds a lap slower in the 1993 than in the 2016 Club. It feels as fast in the corners, and the sticky tires are probably a lot of that. The 1993 tops out at just under 100mph on the straight, whereas the 2016 i’m about 10-15mph faster. I save over a $100 a track day in the 1993, because I don’t need to buy track insurance for it.

     
  • Steve and Tracy Dillon 7:58am on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Last chance track day – Dec 5 

    The Track Night in America people were able to add an additional event day. We will get a Dec 5 play evening, extending this summer series all the way to the Holidays for us. Your last chance until next summer for this relatively cheap way to go play on the track. Come out and race under the lights.

    Track Night – Dec 5

     
    • Steve and Tracy Dillon 9:02am on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Also, not a miata, but for those interested in track time but don’t want to beat up your miata there is this option:
      https://www.groupon.com/deals/xtreme-xperience-15-115

      I did this in February and it’s what started my track problem. It’s great fun, and you really do get to go fast. Groupon puts these on sale every now and again, looks like there may be a Nov 20% code available right now. Be aware that after you pay there is an insurance policy for $40-60 that you need to buy, and the video costs extra too. It’s not a cheap day, but a lot of fun.

      I’m booked for Dec1.

  • Steve and Tracy Dillon 4:51pm on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Track Days 

    Sept 19 event cancelled due to Irma. Next track day Oct 17th.

    Track Day PBIR October 17th

    PS: We survived Irma, our trees not so much. The nail biter over weekend was that on Thursday when the storm was moving east we moved the 2016 Miata over to Cape Coral to be safer. When Irma went back west, the car ended up in a mandatory evacuation zone. All turned out fine thanks to Irma missing Cape Coral and hitting Naples.

     
    • Doug Quara 7:16pm on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      OK, Steve, I’m signed up. Any other SFM club members care to come out? Maybe sign up for the complimentary track touring laps? Or maybe even enter the event and drive your car on the track at full speed? Hmm?!?

  • Steve and Tracy Dillon 4:34pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Track Night August 15 Palm Beach International Raceway. 

    I’m having trouble posting an event, so just listing this here. I’m headed out again in two weeks if anybody else is interested. If you have questions, send me a message.

    I have a $25 off coupon code that can be used over and over and will share, it gets the entry down to $125. Track insurance for your car is based on agreed value. I pay about $125 in insurance per event for $22k in coverage. So $250 plus gas and tires. Then an added cost to take my wife Tracy out for dinner afterwards and thanking her profusely for letting me take her car to the track.

    https://www.tracknightinamerica.com/events/1987562-track-night-2017-palm-beach-august-15

     
    • Doug Quara 5:37pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Steve, are you just posting this or are you planning to attend? Mark Gilbert, you mentioned last week you’d be interested. Tell you what, if Steve and at least one other person goes, I’ll go too. C’mon. Confirm here and I’ll register for it and arrange 1/2 day off work.

    • Doug Quara 6:19pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      OK, so I must be hard of reading. Sorry, Steve, I just re-read your post. I see you ARE already planning to go. So, anyone else? Mark?!? Hmmm?

      • Steve and Tracy Dillon 6:38pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Be great for you to come out and give us all pointers. Rules are any registered driver can ride along with another registered driver. An Intermediate/Advanced can instruct a novice, and a novice can ride along with an Intermediate/Advanced. No “joy” rides where you invite a friend to ride along to give them a thrill. If requested SCCA will also find a coach for novice drivers.

        There are a ton of restaurants on PGA Blvd on the way back to turnpike/95 so we could all have a cold one and talk about the experience.

      • DJ 7:02pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        So, you’re planning a track day without me? Afraid I’ll be faster? Lol.

    • Doug Quara 8:51pm on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Who said I wouldn’t want you to be there? I first wanted to confirm I would go. I reviewed the schedule. Each of the three run groups (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced) get three 20-minute sessions. Obviously we’d be scrambling to change drivers with only 20-minute sessions; you know how long it takes to get belted in. So if we both drive we’d be in about 15-minute sessions for whomever follows the other. But no biggie; our participation would be more for the new club members. So, DJ, can you get off work early to do it? I was just figuring on driving the car on the race rubber but if you can go we can bring a support vehicle and drive up there on streets. I assume we both can sign up in two different run groups and both run in the same car.

      Steve, please let us know how we can share the coupon so we can register.

    • Doug Quara 8:36am on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      OK, Steve, I signed up. Anyone else?

  • Steve and Tracy Dillon 1:55pm on Thursday, July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Track Night in America July 18 report 

    At the beginning of the day Tuesday I was worried about the track day. It had thunder-stormed all day Monday, and the forecast called for a clear morning and afternoon rain. By 11am we had thunderstorms coming from the south and coming through. Just before I left for the track, another cell had just rolled through Palm Beach Gardens on its way north. I threw an umbrella in the trunk — which is not a good thing to pack for a track day.

    I arrived and it had just finished raining at the track. Luckily, that was the last heavy rain of the day. We had some small drizzle on the low speed practice lap. You get four sessions: the first is a pace car guided low speed 25 minutes on the track. It was drizzling for that, but that was the last of i. By the end of the afternoon, the track was dry.

    Here is an excellent write-up here about how the format works and what to expect.

    https://www.tracknightinamerica.com/forums/1963286/posts/2159258-scca-track-night-at-pbir-8-23-review-long

    I’m very new to this club and the website so I didn’t recognize anybody, but there were half a dozen Miatas there. Pictures from the Track Photographer: (I am Mazda/White) http://www.photosbyjuha.com/ALL-2017-EVENTS/ALL-TRACK-NIGHT-IN-AMERICA-EVENTS/SCCA-TRACK-NIGHT-AT-PBIR-JULY-18

     
    • Doug Quara 9:09pm on Thursday, July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice! Have you had much track experience? Was this your first time at PBIR? Because it sure didn’t look like it. 🙂

      May I be so bold as to offer a few suggestions?

      In general, if you use more of the track you’ll be able to exit faster. That goes for entry and exit. Also, again, in general, you can move your turn in points back a few feet. The Miata does not have a bunch of power, and changes direction well, so you don’t have to use such a late apex as you would in a heavier, high horsepower car. Miatas need to maintain momentum.

      I know most HPDE groups encourage late turn in and apexes since it reduces the chance of running out of room at the exits, but here are some suggestions.

      You can turn in sooner at T1. You were turning in at the last yellow cone. If I recall correctly, you can turn in half way between that cone and the previous cone, just use slow hands. That segues into the next comment: you can use more track out at T2. If you turn in sooner at 1, you’ll naturally use all of the track out at 2.

      The two times I ran PBIR I noticed there was more grip half-track entering T6, rather than going all the way wide from the left side of the track, at least that’s how the track was seasoned when I was there. I was actually able to have higher entry speed into T6 from mid-track than I was from the classic very wide entry into T6.

      I notice you didn’t get down to the apex at T7. Turn in sooner, get down to the apex, then accelerate and use all the track just touching the left curbing at T8.

      Ditto using all of track out at T11.

      Your lines were really good. These suggestions are tweaks.

      Couple of other ideas: If the tach in the display was accurate, you were shifting at 6k. You’re giving away plenty of ponies, After the first out lap every session, after the engine is all the way warm, wind that baby out to redline, what is it in the ND, 7K? You won’t hurt it.

      Do try to practice heel-toe on the street (not at the track!). Your clutch and synchros will thank you and you’ll be able to go in deeper under braking, and concentrate better on turn-in point without having to worry about how you are clutching.

      Anyways, thanks for the video! Hope to talk with you in person at a meeting or gathering soon.

      Doug Sr.

      • Steve and Tracy Dillon 4:14pm on Friday, July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I really appreciate all the feedback, I’m new at this and absorbing information like a sponge and appreciate all the advice I can get. I didn’t know HPDE events existed until my wife bought me 3 laps at PBIR in an Audi R8 V10 in February of this year. That was pretty fun and I turned around and bought 3 more laps in a Porsche 911 GT3 on the spot. That started the addiction, I then did just parade laps at a TNIA and have participated in 2 Track Nights since.

        I like the turn by turn advice. I was doing the late turn-ins cause that’s what a lot of the cars where doing, but a lot of them are very high horsepower heavy cars. I’ll try all the advice offered on each turn.

        My current two problem corners are the carousel’s T4 and T9. I’m fighting a lot of understeer getting to the apexes. Aside from the obvious like slowing down, keeping off the throttle until the apex and being a patient learner. I keep thinking I should change the car setup a bit. Googling said I should put more air in the tires for track day, so I went to 32 psi cold (door says 29). I think I’m going to stick to 29 all around next time, or at least leave the front at 29. I’m also on the factory alignment, which is reported as pretty variable by the people on miata.net, but I don’t want to blame the car yet.

        Intentionally shifting at 6k on advice of instructor who said not to bother red-lining for what we were doing. I think as I get better, I’ll probably get more aggressive. I only get out of 3rd on the straights now (almost running out of 3rd at T4).

        I’ve been playing with heel toe on the street for a couple of months, but the car is a DD for my wife, not me so it’s a slow learn. (And finding a corner to practice on is tough in s florida, I’ve been caught blipping the throttle slowing down for red lights).

        Thanks for all the advice, look forward to meeting you at one of the events.

        • Doug Quara 5:23pm on Friday, July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Oh, OK, sorry about contradicting your instructor. I get it.

          Regarding understeer, yes, do play with the tire pressures. I don’t know what tires you’re running, and I’m not too familiar with the ND. See if you can find recommended track tire pressures on roadster.net or Miata.net. Don’t be afraid to experiment, too. Try dropping pressures 1-2 PSI on either end of the car (start with the front), and if it gets better you’re heading in the right direction.

          Another way to reduce understeer is to brake deeper, easing off the brakes as you initiate turn-in. You probably know this is known as trail braking. BUT HUGE caveat: this is an advanced technique and if done wrong can VERY EASILY result in a spin because of the weight transfer from rear, which goes light under braking, to front, which will turn in harder if staying on the brakes while starting to turn. Keep this in your back pocket for later after you’ve got a bunch more track days behind you.

          (P.S. I think you meant T4 and T10, not T4 and T9. T10 USED to be called T9 when it was Moroso.)

          I taught myself heel-toe in regular traffic. (It doesn’t need to be done only approaching a turn.) Problem is normal traffic doesn’t require much pedal pressure for braking unless you want to get rear-ended. But if you can learn the dance when it’s hard to reach the gas pedal because the brake pedal is fairly high since you’re not standing on it as you would heavy braking on a track, it will be relatively easy on the track. When you do start trying it on the track, do it in low- to medium-speed turns and only where there is really good runoff, and without anyone else following you. A bad heel-toe downshift can result in missed brake point, an unbalanced weight transfer, and even a spin.

          Don’t worry, it WILL come. Based on your initial video posting, you’re well on your way. Welcome to the hobby!

  • Steve and Tracy Dillon 3:41pm on Friday, July 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Tues July 18 at Palm Beach International Raceway 

    I just found the South Florida Miata Club site yesterday, it’s pretty cool and amazing the growth you have had. This is very late notice, but I have this coming up and figured others might find it interesting.

    On the evening of Tues July 18 at Palm Beach International Raceway (AKA the rebuilt Moroso) SCCA is having a track night. This is not the last event of the summer, there is a fairly constant stream of events there.

    I’m registered for track time (just the novice class, not a pro here), but they have parade laps at 6pm for free. Just show up a half hour before and sign the waiver.

    A coworker (with an NA) and I are also doing the parade laps. There are usually half a dozen Miatas in various stages of modifications at the events.

    It’s free to get in the park and wander around, and the parade laps are free. There is grandstand seating, a very small concession stand (bring your own water and snacks).

    More Info
    https://www.tracknightinamerica.com/events/1987560-track-night-2017-palm-beach-july-18

    If you come out, I’m in a white 2016, the 50 something yr old bald guy with a ponytail.

     
    • Robert Burr 6:27pm on Friday, July 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the heads up. This is great. You can also add an event to the calendar yourself. Under the events menu, there is a sub-menu to submit an event.

    • Doug Quara 10:43am on Thursday, July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Need a report! So, how did it go? Also, pictures or it didn’t happen! LOL

  • Steve and Tracy Dillon 3:43pm on Thursday, July 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Video near The Gap and The Dragon 

    For those considering going to Miata’s at the Gap.  Cherohala Skyway is the Southern Edge of one of the recommended loops of driving “The Dragon.”

    We were going from Asheville, NC to Atlanta, GA.  We traveled the whole Cherohala Skyway and then did scenic Tennessee highway 68 to get to GA.

    Going this incredibly scenic route added just over an hour to the trip instead of doing it all in the interstate.

    Car is 2016 Club.

    I feel like it’s cheating, but I have one of the Garmin VIRB cameras. A lot like a gopro. It has GPS, Altimeter and G-Force sensors built in.

    I mostly just used the software that comes with it which allows you to position the various overlays. I did do some work with the audio in iMovie, but it’s not required.

    Not so simple is getting engine data (from a bluetooth dongle that plugs into your cars OBDII port) to reliably be transferred to the camera. Still working on that.

     
    • Robert Burr 5:29pm on Thursday, July 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Really nice video, Steve. How did you include the small route graphic and altimeter in the video?

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