The fb page really did put a whoopin’ on this site, which isn’t all bad. The fb page is a good fit for us in the sense that most of us are a pretty social group so the fb page is a lot like hanging out together. The downside, of course, is that the fb page is a lousy place for content of permanent value. I try to steer those kinds of threads to here, but I’m not very successful. With everyone getting fb updates on their phones, the natural inclination is to use phones to respond on fb.
That said, there’s tons of great technical content here, just not a lot of new technical content.[/quote]
Totally agree with this. As an old guy myself, FB is an anathema to me from the perspective of trying to climb the learning curve with SpecE30. Historically, I am someone who dives into things with both feet, and is borderline obsessive about the new “thing” until I feel saturated and can back off. For example, I knew Barber Motorsports Park by heart, and could do a lap with my eyes closed, though I had never driven ANY car around ANY track before I got there for my first event. The same goes for NOLA, where I have now driven once for three sessions, and Road Atlanta, where I still haven’t had the chance to drive. In those instances, the track websites have layouts, and YouTube is my friend.
As far as DavidNJ is concerned, you really should talk to Joel Barber, in my opinion. He’s building my car now, but I chose him after going through some pains with others. Learn from my mistakes. As far as cages, he builds a basic cage for $2750, and you can frill it out if you want, but even with a few things I wanted, and triple NASCAR bars on both driver’s and passenger’s doors, I don’t think mine exceeded $3500 all in. Joel will even tell you that really the $2750 cage is all we need. To paraphrase a previous discussion, we don’t need a cage that will allow the SpecE30 to survive if “dropped from space”. Again, if you want a no-excuses car that will allow you to be competitive on track if your skills are up to the task, he’s got a race-winning car in his shop now, with one weekend on it. I don’t know that he’ll sell it, but it can’t hurt to ask.
I live in the Mid-South region, but some of the guys in the SE have befriended me, and even in my very first event as a lowly HPDE-1 rookie driver, invited me to go to dinner with them on Friday evening, though they did ditch me before they left :ohmy:, so…
David, I see that you’re serious about being competitive, which is great, but that doesn’t have to come at the exclusion of fraternity. You can whip a guy on track and still drink a beer with him at dinner that night. Don’t confuse sincere comraderie with a lack of competitive fire. Don’t ever think, for example, that guys like Sandro, and Brian Edmonds, and Rob Eskew and the Whitingers are going to pull over and let you by. That would be your miscalculation. Brian might shut the door hard on you on the track, but then happily feed you all the free cheese dip you’d ever want afterwards!