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Old 07-19-2006, 11:50 PM
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forgive me if I overlooked this but what are the specs on this car; I read about the suspension mods, brakes, cage, etc but how about the engine, etc... what class does this car race in?
I'm not sure that Bob is ready to reveal much, but I can tell you that the engine would be perfectly streetable. There are lots of street MINIs that have more engine work than this beast!

The car will race in the US Touring Car Championship, which provides specs for each vehicle, instead of splitting it up into classes. Check it out at http://www.ustcc.com.
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:53 PM
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Is that California Speedway?
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How did the car run (lap times, etc.)?
A few little quirks to be worked out, but all in all, it was a very successful test day. We got a lot of suspension-related stuff sorted out, so it should be able to shave off a few seconds on the next test.

I learned a lot of good stuff, too! I now know how to fully align a car for toe using some flat plates, two tape measures, and some string.
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Old 07-20-2006, 03:03 AM
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I guess that answers my question.........LOL

What is the santioning body for these races? I would like to notify the 2 folks who were told they couldn't use that tow hook because the tech folks at the track said it wasn't "good enough".
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Old 07-20-2006, 10:14 PM
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I guess that answers my question.........LOL

What is the santioning body for these races? I would like to notify the 2 folks who were told they couldn't use that tow hook because the tech folks at the track said it wasn't "good enough".
NASA is the sanctioning body, but as it has not yet entered competition, it hasn't been subjected to any scrutineering by an official NASA scrutineer.

The rulebook can be found here: http://www.ustcc.com/ustcc_rulebook.html
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:06 AM
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Sorry I couldn't post till now. Just got back from vacation, we left early the next morning after the race.
I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to help support the race Minis first shake down race!
We gathered allot of valuable test data for tuning. We did have to load the car back on the trailer before the main flag race on Sunday. It seems parts of the motor are not yet "Bob rated". Tomorrow Steve will have a final diagnosis, but preliminary evidence points to a blower/supercharger failure. Special thanks to Ivan & Hollis, Ivan was the guy who made it out to the track & helped out both days! Hollis gets the long distance award for coming all the way from S.D. & his mad photo skills! Max Mini, Steve, Bruiser & (Hawg, nice shutter work too) you guys are all so cool to come out to watch a race in 110 degree+ heat. It was great seeing everyone!
Cheers, Bob
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:22 AM
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Welcome back, Bob!
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Old 07-27-2006, 02:50 PM
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Thanks Ivan. It's great to be home. I hate living out of a suitcase & hotels. Seattle, B.C. & the Washington/Oregon coast is worth the hassle though. We saw it ALL, over 1600 miles on the rental car. By the way,who left the heater on while I was gone? It's Africa hot here!
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Old 07-27-2006, 04:44 PM
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Thanks Ivan. It's great to be home. I hate living out of a suitcase & hotels. Seattle, B.C. & the Washington/Oregon coast is worth the hassle though. We saw it ALL, over 1600 miles on the rental car. By the way,who left the heater on while I was gone? It's Africa hot here!
Naw Africa is a dry heat, what we're experiancing is more South American!!! But no matter what it is friggin' HOT!!!!! welcome back Bob!!!!
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Thanks Ivan. It's great to be home. I hate living out of a suitcase & hotels. Seattle, B.C. & the Washington/Oregon coast is worth the hassle though. We saw it ALL, over 1600 miles on the rental car.
I kind'a like hotels. You can make a mess, leave, and when you get back, it's magically clean again.

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By the way,who left the heater on while I was gone? It's Africa hot here!
Hahahah, man... you missed the worst of it! It was 110+ F in the valleys last weekend, and now we're actually cooling down. After 113F in Ontario, suddenly 95F feels downright cool.
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