Swift DB1 vs Swift FB 91

At the last autocross I attended with the SCCA, I met a fellow CM competitor who normally road races his Swift DB1 in the regional SCCA club races showed up at the event to run a few laps.  While in the pits we had the opportunity to compare cars. It’s really interesting to compare these…

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Race car winter maintenance

So, here we are in January in the middle of my winter refresh and maintenance.  This project is taking a bit longer than anticipated.  But I guess that is to be expected from a 21 year old race car. At the end of last season, I managed to break a wheel stud.  While fixing the…

FF damage inspected

I got a call from Porter racing.  Looks like the car had an accident at some point and the initial repairs were a hack.  The impact from the accident killed the clutch slave cylinder and it was dented, that is why it was leaking.  The original attempts to repair the transmission included re-welding the top…

the first drive

I raced my Swift today at the last round of the San Francisco regions autocross.  This event was held down in Marina at marina airport.  This is one of my favorite places to run because we use a large concrete paddock to set up the courses.  The surface has a very consistent grip, and the…

Mercedes: F-Duct Front Wing operated by the Rear Wing DRS

Scarabsf1 blog is a really good blog about the technical developments in Formula 1.  His depth and detail into the technical aspects of the new designs coming out from all the teams is impressive. This is the latest development from Mercedes.  They have figured out how to stall the front wings by using the rear…

AAS round one

This past weekend I race at the first round of the American Autocross series down at Marina airport.  Marina is an awesome place to race with its large concrete paddock.  The grip is consistent, the weather is predictable for the south bay, windy, sunny and cold for this time of year. AAS courses are always…

The Boondoggle!

Yesterday I went to round 1 of the San Francisco regions SCCA autocross.  The event was held up at oakland coliseum.  Oakland coliseum has a sealed asphalt surface.  It was resealed about 3 years ago and the grip is consistent, but the course can get dirty as the day continues.  It’s not bad, and it…

Autocross isn’t real racing

sigh..    you hear that far too much when you try to talk about this sport.  I’ll be the first to admit that it really isn’t much in the way of motorsports, but the competition is fierce.  People often assume that you need high speeds to get that “sweaty palm” sensation when racing.  What I…