@nickhasanexocet Approximately 6500 federal pardons, first and second offense possession under federal law is a misdemeanor, third offense may be a felony. Misdemeanor does not disqualify you from voting in any state that I am aware of. That is a pretty small subset of potential voters.
They may have timed it to go with the elections, but if they did I don't think too smart a move. Just another rallying cry for the opposition.
2 Russians Entering Alaska
4 Million Illegal Southern Border Crossings
If we were to convert southern border crossings into milligrams of coffee and Russians into poop, you would need 2204 more Russians to meet the FDA limit on poop allowed in coffee.
Why such a weird analogy? A few bug parts in the peanut butter and you can say "it adds protein!" but at a certain point, you're eating a weird ass blend of cricket butter. The general consensus on immigration is that it needs to be metered, especially if there are subsidies up for grabs.
@davesaddiction Economics is part of it, people also want to drive what is perceived as mainstream or even fashionable or desirable. When I was young lots of people drove little two seat sports cars, first generation RX7s, Fieros, MR2s, Z cars, that had no interest in handling limits or driving dynamics, just as now many people drive large 4 x 4 vehicles with no interest in off roading or towing large things.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, the size and height arms race is going to be hard to stop because of the already mentioned visibility and perceived and real safety issues.
What I am trying to say is that the market is driven by fashion in addition to actual needs. A deep recession could have an influence on car fashion, as could changes in popular sentiment on environmental concerns. To some extent things change just because manufacturers revise the product to attract buyers to something new and different.
I have this crazy dream about somebody building a full size truck 18-24" shorter (height) than the current products that sells based on better MPG, ease of loading and entry and exit, and maybe looks, but there is probably about as good a chance of me winning the lottery or flying cars going mainstream.
The collector market frowns upon any reproduction/repaired cars. If I sold this with the new engine cover it would probably be worth less than if I sold it without. Since I didnt modify the car at all (only the engine cover) I could take the cover off and it would be worth just as much as I paid for it.
Fully restored cars are kind if in their own league. Some restored cars go for nearly as much as unrestored one, while others wont sell for $5. The general consensus on fully restored cars as that they're fine so long as: 1. They are well executed, no sloppy paint jobs or low quality repo parts. 2. The car you rested wasn't a rare variation/color. Once a car is restored, what ever variation it once had is essentially null as any car can be modified. 3. If sold, the buyer knows that the car is not original.
@pip-bip interesting, so is it preferred to just buy from an importers' inventory? as it seems the JDM scene is rather large there even with more ordinary motors. Can you import cars that were once sold new there but have now gone extinct?
@ike808 I’d do that if it had a clutch pedal and I was worried about goosing a hill start. Two feet in is quicker for me. I’ll go two feet in when I’m off-road with my Tacoma. (It’s an automatic and yes you can shame me for it.)
Yeah, "the Plant" Mall is my poster child (and, regrettably I have a bunch) of how screwed up the planning is in LA. City of LA had first crack at re-developing that site, even as they were placing the new Flyaway Lot less than two miles away?!??
The old GM site was larger, sat right on Van Nuys Blvd... and directly adjacent to the AMTRAK and Metrolink line (and VNY Amtrak station).
Oh, BTW, that site will be on the (eventual) Metro West Side Line from LAX, over the pass and on up Van Nuys Blvd to Santa Clarita and HSR.
So, why the hell couldn't LA actually make some modes of transit actually "connect"... That GM plant location would have been an ideal multi-modal transit center. Fast rides downtown. Huge Parking Garage. Direct service to LAX. Direct service to multiple Metrolink lines. Plus, AMtrak service.
Thank all of you who commented and gave advice in this thread. I figured you would all be interested to know how the event went.
Firstly due to lack of time to work on the car and general stinginess I did not upgrade my brake pads or fluid. Through the miracle of being really slow I managed to make it through the event with out boiling the fluid or melting my pads. I did notice that my brakes feel quite different after the event than before. I am no expert, but I think I may have chewed through a good portion of my pads life in my short time on the track.
Now on with the story.
I arrived at the event after a foggy, but uneventful drive from the Milwaukee area to the track in South Beloit. Tech took only a few minutes where they noted that my brake fluid was not completely clear and told me to be careful. Up next was the drivers meeting where they went though all of the normal track stuff including the meaning of the flags and again to be very careful of brakes in general as black hawk raceway is notorious for being hard on them. I also met up with my instructor and 2 other novice drivers in my group. We were going to do a lead follow style where the instructor drives the racing line and everyone else tries their best to keep up (More on this later) and stay on the line. Our group was 1 S2000 and 3 Miatas. Our instructor had a nicely prepped S2000 and my new novice friends had a ND1 Miata and a Mazdaspeed Miata like mine. With that out of the way we had a short delay until the fog lifted from the track. I used this time to get my Bluetooth obd2 sensor and the race chrono app setup to monitor my coolant temps and lap times. The race chrono ended up being a super cool tool that allowed me to see where i went fast and not. About 40 minutes later I heard the call for the novice class to get ready to go.
I found myself at the back of our lead follow line and we were off for our first session where we were to set a "spirited" pace and figure out where the flag stations were. Now being that I had never driven on a track before nor pushed the limit of my tires on the street I had difficulty keeping up with even this "slow" lap. Thanks to the race chrono I know we were running 2 minute laps. By the end of the day I believed this was slow, but at the time it was all I could do to keep up in the twisty part of the track. I learned a lot in that first session like how much grip I thought my tires had (I was wrong) and how hard I could stomp on the brakes. I came out of the session a bit stunned by these "slow" laps.
In the second session we picked up the pace a bit and practiced point bys and passing on the straights. Our pace had picked up to about 1:45 per lap. I was once again falling behind, but by the end of the session I felt good at this pace and could keep up mostly. After this session I mentioned to my instructor that I felt my tires were not as grippy as the other students. He informed me that I was right, but that I had not hit the limit yet.
During the 3rd session my instructor had the 2 other students run in front of him and me directly behind him. This was very helpful because I did not need to look a few cars ahead to try and follow his line. My only job was to try and follow the line and not let him lose me. This session went very well with my best time of the day at 1:33.9. I finally felt like I was driving to my cars potential until my instructor took me for a ride along in his S2000.
That ride was eye opening! The amount of grip he showed me was moderately mind blowing not to mention how late he waited to brake. By the end he had managed to do a 1:22 with some traffic. I now knew my car was capable of much faster times if I was willing to push myself a little. Unfortunately my instructor crashed in the very next session. He was just fine and his car had only minor damage, but his day was done. He released the 2 other drivers to finish out the day alone and got me a fill in instructor.
Session 4 was my first session with the fill in. He drove slowly compared to my other instructor, but did a great job of showing the racing line. We set down some easy and repeatable 1:40's. When we came back in he said he wanted to drive my car to get a feel for what I was working with and to show me where I could make up some time. I did not time these laps, but he was easy on the gas and brakes so I would guess somewhere in the 1:40s. The real interesting part of this ride along was where he started to get back on the power coming out of turns. He was on the gas so much earlier than I was and just kept it down where I dared not. It was incredibly helpful to have this session as it showed me the gap between my abilities and those of the cars.
In the final session of the day I asked my instructor to pick up the pace a bit and I worked on getting on power earlier and using the entire width of the track. We set some very consistent 1:35 laps for the entire session with me playing with applying more and more power earlier and earlier. This was the first session where I actually felt like I had a handle on everything that was going on and I could relax a little. In the end I never did beat the 1:32.9 lap I had with my first instructor, but I had a blast none the less. Crucially both me and my car came back in one piece.
Once again to all who commented thank you for your collective wisdom on how to prepare and do my first track day.
Woah, this is the first time a racing game reveal trailer made me feel truly feel like an old.
There's a bunch of hype in the comments but I think it's just naivety and probably cherry picking.
EA is just a monolithic cash grabber so you better hold on to your butts to make sure your wallet is still there. I wouldn't be surprised if they did some NFT shit with the customization, that would be right up their alley.
@MUSASHI66 I recently painted a set of caliper brackets with the rustoleum brand caliper paint, and the calipers themselves with VHT caliper paint. Why? Because those are the two partial cans I had on the shelf. I found the VHT to lay out a lot nicer and was much less prone to fisheye from my questionable prep. Neither have seen heat or weather yet so I'll have to get back to you on how they hold up over time.
The fact that I have both on hand tells me I've used them both in the past, but I couldn't tell you what on. I've painted quite a few calipers (and drums) and have no idea which was used on what.
@Wrong-Wheel-Drive I keep the phone in an otterbox that covers both the headphone jack and USB-C port when not in use. That keeps the ports nice and clear of lint although the bottom cover is about to fall off the case as I used it as a fidget point.
@DSM_OR_DIE Sure, that's great for home owners, but it does fuck-all for the millions of people who rent or live in multi unit housing. Government and industry keep trying to push an all EV future on us, but until we stop ignoring this huge swath of the population, it's not going to work.
The same goes for long trips with households who can only afford one car. Yeah, I could buy my wife an EV, charge it exclusively at my home, and use my gas powered truck for trips. No problem. The only thing that stops me from that, is my wife already has a perfectly good paid off CX-5 that we won't be replacing for at least a decade.
What about our friends with five kids, who can only afford one minivan? How the fuck are they supposed to go EV with the infrastructure like it is? They just aren't. The infrastructure isn't there yet, and I see no evidence that it will be in a decade either. It's going to take a massive coordinated effort, that nobody has the will or political capital to make happen.
@ash78 Taormina and Noto were both beautiful cities filled with far too many tourists. The place we had lunch in Taormina was way overpriced too. I wish we could have seen Etna though. I've been to Sicily twice and both times Etna was completely obscured by clouds.
@drVanTraveler I worked at a bike shop back then. One of the managers had the carbon fiber version, possibly on a Trek OCLV. Thinking back, even with that fork the weight is probably the same as a modern Specialized carbon fiber Stumpjumper with full suspension. This isn't a picture of his bike, and I'm not sure how they attach the disc brake. Back then I remember people finding Welders and machine shop fabricators to make custom brackets before they came more mainstream in the late '90s.