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Old May 4th, 2019, 08:27 PM   #41
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Mic placement? In a sports car?
What am I missing?
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Old May 5th, 2019, 07:13 AM   #42
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Mic placement? In a sports car?
What am I missing?
the wind noise! you're missing the wind noise Watch the video with sound on.

I'm running an external mic with my gopro so I can get better audio that sounds more like what I hear while driving, without wind noise. This video was my inspiration. If you don't use a sheltered external microphone, all you get is wind noise/vibration/junk audio.

Link to original page on YouTube.

Backstory: I wanted to capture what the car actually sounds like to me in my videos so people can get a good feel for it; also so I can actually hear what I'm doing with the car and what the tires are doing so I can get more use out of videos as a learning tool for track time to improve my driving. I used an external mic with a long cord on my GoPro. I put the gopro on my roll bar, then ran the cord through the interior panels, into the trunk, and then dangled it down the inside of the bumper and attached it (with a furry wind blocker) to the trunk lock cylinder. Some people dangle it on the exterior of the car with painters tape, but I feel like my solution is more elegant, IMHO.

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Old May 11th, 2019, 10:03 AM   #43
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First 4-wheeled track experience is in the books! I'm slow, but the whole purpose is learning, right? The car did wonderfully.

@csmith12 got me hooked back in the day, I've just changed direction a little.

Link to original page on YouTube.

I was playing with braking and turn-in points to pitch the car on entry. I overdid it once. Looking at the video, I think my shift to 2nd was the issue; did that too late and it overlapped with turn-in and that sent me into a slide rather than a hot entry.

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Old May 11th, 2019, 10:10 AM   #44
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Old May 27th, 2019, 09:20 AM   #45
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Finally decompressing after being at the track all weekend for SCCA Time Trial National Tour at CMP. It was a hell of a time!! Baby racecar did great, no mechanical issues at all, even in 90+ temps.

I started out the weekend running about 2:19 laps, similar to where I was on my last track night. I worked on everything and got down to 2:06.365 according to the official times. I really suck at autocross though, so the track cross timed segments really killed my standings. I lost like 10 seconds to that... oh well. It was still a really fun time!! I went with several friends and made some new friends while I was at it.

Cars, go carts, grilling, a few beers after the track went cold, etc etc etc. If you ever want to dabble in car racing but driving circles in a parking lot isn't your thing and you don't want to drop $$$$ on repairs from wheel-to-wheel racing, you 100% should check out an SCCA Time Trial National event.

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The car also looks great in sticker form. I'm sure I'll buy 1 or 2 pictures from the photographer, but for now, this will have to do.

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Old May 27th, 2019, 09:52 PM   #46
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Nice! It's a beautiful thing when a baby racecar gets to run at speed.
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Old July 6th, 2019, 06:21 PM   #47
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The meotter and I got a performance award this weekend by a nice officer of the Blount County TN Sheriff's department.

This will be a fun one to deal with. I think I'm going to meet with a traffic attorney to try and figure out my options. Normally I'd just pay it and be on my way, but third gear got me a little further onto the naughty kids list than I want to admit to.

Anyway, got a good picture out of the deal.

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Old July 6th, 2019, 09:19 PM   #48
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Awwww!!! No more on the naughty list!
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Old July 25th, 2019, 07:51 PM   #49
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So a couple weeks ago I made it out to Atlanta Motorsports Park. That track is seriously a go kart track for full size cars. I believe it's the track that Randy Pobst calls home, and it's a very technical course. I need to learn it better next season. One afternoon was just a teaser!



I signed up for SCCA Time Trial Nationals at the National Corvette Museum track in Bowling Green, KY at the end of September. I have a few odds and ends to do to the car before then, but nothing too serious. I love that the car is mostly stock and is reliable as heck and pretty much all I have to do is work on the sack of meat connecting the steering wheel to the pedals. I'm hoping it makes me a better driver in the long run.

I also got a bikini top and am in the process of hunting down all the hardware for a clean install, so stay tuned there. Because who doesn't love a roadster with a bikini top! Very classic speedster style. It should look something like this, except black on black on black. Because black.
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Old July 26th, 2019, 09:33 AM   #50
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Very pretty and it's nice that you can race her, too. Nice that you can let her out to really run.
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Old September 30th, 2019, 07:32 PM   #51
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Last weekend was SCCA Time Trial Nationals! I was second to last in my class, nearly last overall, and IDGAF because I had a f***ing hoot doing it. I raced on a track I'd never seen, met new friends, and got to see drivers of all shapes and sizes all enjoying the same thing I do.

First off, anyone who hasn't been to National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, KY, go check it out! Unlike most racetracks I've been to so far, this one is only 5 minutes from actual civilization, which means even if you choose to camp onsite like I did, you can still get your Starbucks in the morning. It's also one hell of a track. 23 turns in 3.7 miles and it's probably the best fluid balance of a power track and a momentum track that I've had the pleasure of being on (I've been told that the grand course at VIR is similar in this respect).

It's 6+ hours from where I'm at in Western NC, so I borrowed my buddy's trailer and drove the truck there. Worth it.



This one was a huge learning experience for me. This is a highly technical track and it's been a minute since I've been on track. This was also the first time I have ever attempted to compete on a track that was brand new to me. I think I'll need to go try some new AutoX courses for getting better at being fast out of the gate... it took me entirely too long to figure out the line and get the speeds up everywhere. Oh well, enjoy my "fast" lap of 2:50.197, which felt pretty quick, but I guess isn't. Looking at my mistakes and the times of other drivers, I think I have an easy 5 seconds to drop without changing anything but my driving. Tires are easily another 5-10, and some suspension improvements would likely get me more confidence which will probably do more for my consistency than adding actual speed, but the added camber of some lowness would be appreciated as well.

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Also, for anyone who has a Miata and wants to keep their coolant temps in check, my 949 radiator and reroute seem to be doing the trick just fine. The intake temps on the other hand... here's a little OBD data I recorded. Ambient conditions were in the 90's and coolant temps were well controlled at 205 F, with only a couple spikes to 207 or so; and this is with Mazda coolant, not water+waterwetter!

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Old October 1st, 2019, 09:56 AM   #52
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Nice! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself!
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Old October 1st, 2019, 08:55 PM   #53
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Old October 5th, 2019, 10:49 AM   #54
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Shameless pictures. Needs moar cambers. Needs a stubby antenna so it doesn't look like an RC car


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Old October 5th, 2019, 10:59 AM   #55
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Nice!

I don't think she looks like a toy, antenna or no antenna.
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Old October 12th, 2019, 01:30 PM   #56
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You’re missing the nationals at VIR?
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Old October 12th, 2019, 01:58 PM   #57
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That's runoffs, not TT Nationals program. TT Nationals is what I was at in Kentucky.
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