When my daughter and I joined our local competitive karting league, AMKA (www.amka.ca), I discovered that a frequent off-track activity in this sport is lifting the kart on and off the stand for service and transport. I happen to suffer from a herniated lumbar disc where tweaking my back could mean being bed-ridden for 7 days with extreme pain. Naturally I looked for way to minimize this risk and discovered a simple solution and it has to do with squatting technique.
In order to be eligible for performance driving, which includes non-competitive lapping, Time Attack and Road Racing, the regulations require all participants to have a Regional High Performance Drivers License. In this post I share my experience of going through the process to get one, and also what I’ve observed with others, who followed a different path to licensing.
For those who live in the Maritimes, our local track is Atlantic Motorsport Park. It is an excellent place to hone-in the driver skills. But a lot of people who have a dream to race do not know how to get started. I was one such person and thought it was too hard/impossible for about 10 years. I’ve made many dumb car mistakes on the street thinking the racetrack was too far of a reach. In this blog, I’ll share my tips on how to get started in racing in the Maritimes.Continue reading “10 Tips on how to get started with racing in the Maritimes”
In this post, I’ll share the details of my 2014 Scion FRS build. It’s a pretty fast car, with the word “fast” quantified by some good results in time attack and autoslalom. As far as results, it all kind of came together this year. In autocross, I got my first FTD (fastest time of day) at a club autocross event with really strong competitors. In time attack, it is officially the fastest FRS in the region (there could be faster street 86/BRZ/FRS’ in the underground scene, but I’ve not seen them). It also holds the official street tire (200 UTQG rated tire) record at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Nova Scotia. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcj0eCB-CVE
Every 2 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first, is when the JRSC oil needs to be changed, according to the manual. It’s a dry sump system and the procedure is pretty straight forward. Here are the details.
To be a better safer everyday driver on the streets – that’s why. Many people autocross and/or rallycross because of the thrill of driving a car at the limit. Some do it for the thrill of competition. However, we also do it to be better everyday drivers on the street.
- GoPro Quik
- GoPro Studio
GoPro Quik enables rudimentary video editing to create quick short clips. It also provides the ability to overlay GPS data into your video such as geographic location, speedometer, g force meter and other telemetry data. Studio, on the other hand, allows advanced editing of videos, but doesn’t provide the facility to overlay GPS telemetry data. Nor is it straight forward to export from Quik into Studio with it overlaid. In this article we’ll explain how to do it.
With the popularity of the Maxxis RC1 in US SUPER Miata Cup we decided to give these tires a try at our local Atlantic Motorsports Park in Shubienacadie, Nova Scotia. Read on to hear our opinion of these tires in comparison to Nitto NT01.
A bit of misfortune caught up to us at the racing weekend. We didn’t get to race due to mechanical failure. So we packed it up and headed home – not a great feeling by any means. I guess this is the other side of racing. This shit happens to everyone at some point. The best we can do is reflect, learn a lesson (which I’m about to share) to avoid or prevent future recurrences, and think positive.