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  • 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 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.


    • 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?

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