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Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #6 (2017)

Managed to take 1st place again today, which means I've still got a perfect record for this season with Chicago Region! (I missed event 5 entirely, but we get up to three drops for the season, so that doesn't matter.) Only managed 39th in PAX, which isn't that hot, but I never really managed to get a truly "satisfying" run in today. I'm trying to work on getting closer to the cones, as that is [...]

By | August 27th, 2017|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Our Run-In with a Mesocyclone

Here's a fun experience I had coming back from my most recent autocross this weekend. I was following my girlfriend in her STi, and my dad was in the passenger seat, and we ran straight into a very violent storm. Got a little over-excited, as you can tell in the audio. I'm not a storm expert, but I do enjoy watching them, and being in them! Afterwards, I reached out to my storm-chaser friend Jesse Walters, [...]

By | July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Random Adventures|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #4 (2017)

Lead photo by Andy Seipos. 4 for 4! We are well on our way to securing the Class win now! Not much to say about this event. Things went pretty well overall, I think. I continued to play around with 3rd gear at this event. I'm not sure it was really saving me any time, but I need the practice of downshifting quickly and smoothly from 3rd to 2nd under pressure, so the more I [...]

By | July 23rd, 2017|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

TSSCC: Autocross Event #5 (2017)

Well today definitely did not go according to plan! 4th of 6 is quite a dramatic departure from my usual results, and against all the same typical folks. Can't win 'em all I guess! So why the drastic change in standings? Well, first off, one of my opponents was an expert driver who I am typically not up against, who was co-driving Chris's excellently set-up car. So 1st place was going to be difficult to [...]

By | June 18th, 2017|Categories: Autocross, TSSCC|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #3 (2017)

With three of nine Chicago Region autocross events completed, I am halfway to securing the STX Class Champion trophy! I took 1st place this weekend by nearly 1.5 seconds, and managed to finish 27th in PAX out of 157 entries. I'm slowly making progress on that PAX list as it used to be rare for me to crack the Top 30, and I've done so twice in a row now! The course was a good [...]

By | June 11th, 2017|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Chicago SCCA: Autocross Event #2 (2017)

Lead photo courtesy of Austin Boynton. Autocross #2 is in the books! I think the most interesting thing about this event was the course layout, which was quite odd. There were the two long, sweeping turns towards the beginning that were difficult to get right, and then there were a lot of slaloms that led into sharp turns which I kept forgetting existed. Nothing like coming out of a slalom at full throttle only to [...]

By | May 28th, 2017|Categories: Autocross, Chicago Region SCCA|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

TSSCC: Autocross Event #3 (2017)

Lead photo courtesy of Brandon Wilk Photography. Ohhhh boy! Stiff competition! TSSCC's first event was won by myself in STX. The last event was won by a gentleman co-driving someone's BRZ. This event was won by a different driver in a white BMW 135i. This makes for a very interesting, and exciting STX battle this season! All of our times were very close to each other, and we were each clawing away at our times on each run. [...]

By | May 21st, 2017|Categories: Autocross, TSSCC|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

TSSCC: Autocross Event #2 (2017)

Autocross #2 for TSSCC is over, and it was definitely an interesting one. I got my butt handed to me by someone co-driving my nemesis Chris's BRZ (who was also called Chris!) 2nd place will have to do! I've learned to completely despise the Lake County Fairgrounds surface, because it brings out all of the weak points of my current suspension setup (street-oriented vs. autocross-oriented) which makes it difficult for me to be competitive. Of [...]

By | May 7th, 2017|Categories: Autocross, TSSCC|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

AP Racing 4-Piston Factory Big Brake Kit (Front)

Full Disclosure: Essex Parts Services offered me a friendly discount on this AP Racing Big Brake kit in exchange for the promise of a thorough review of my experience with the product. They wanted an unbiased review, and that's what this is. Big brakes. Everyone loves big brakes. Everyone wants big brakes. It seems even the OEMs are fascinated with big brakes these days. The horsepower wars have been raging for several years now, and cars [...]

TSSCC: Autocross Event #1 (2017)

Lead photo courtesy of Meghan A. Yay! Grissom Air Force Base! I'd always been told that this was a fun surface to run on, but never managed to make it down here the one time a year that TSSCC does so, as it is 3 hours south of Chicago and I always had schedule conflicts. Not that I picked the best weather to finally attend the event. It was basically raining most of the time, [...]

By | April 30th, 2017|Categories: Autocross, TSSCC|Tags: , , , |0 Comments