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Changes afoot for me...

Jun. 30th, 2007 | 04:25 am
location: Bed
mood: sicksick
music: Faithless - Music Matters (Axwell Remix)
posted by: tuscan in track_junkies

Big news in my life, is that I've sold my beloved Lotus :( Well, it's not actually sold, but a sale has been agreed on and it'll be leaving in the next month or two. The reason for this is because my hand has been forced.

Ever since I've been into Lotus Elises, I've LUSTED after an Exige S1. I'd planned on having one as well as an Elise and was hoping to be in a position to buy one in 2 years or so. BUT, the NZ Government is introducing new importing emissions laws on Jan 1 2008 that will prevent me from importing one (there's no Exiges here at present, so I can't buy one locally) so I either have to make the move now, or give up on the dream altogether.... so I'm making my move.

While I COULD keep both, realistically, it doesn't make that much sense to have over $150,000 invested in the contents of my garage at the moment, especially since I can't use them both at once and don't really have the space to garage more than one car. Good news is that the Elise is going home to her original owner, so she'll be in the best hands possible and I look upon my time with her as a caregiver and a custodian. I'll still have visitation rights, of course and I'll still see her often, so that eases the pain... as does the excitement and anticipation of having a very exciting and new toy arriving!

As for buying the new car, I almost had the deal sealed on one, but the seller decided not to sell... AT THE LAST MINUTE! which was a pain because I was all geared up to buy. No big loss though, because I'm now chasing another. I'm having it inspected on Wednesday, and if it gets a clean bill of health, then I'll be negotiating a deal. All going well, I'll have her on the boat by mid-July, and scheduled for Arrival sometime early in the Spring :) It's basically an ideal spec for me (I won't go into that here) but she's in my favourite colour; "Titanium" Silver. It's a silver, but it's got a slightly darker pearl than my current "New Aluminium" Silver, with a slight bronzey tinge in some lights. Depending on which light it's in, it can be a Silver or it can be a Gunmetal Grey.

But anyway, here's the car I hope to buy... in all her glory... and please, please, PLEASE don't ask me how much it's going to cost me because adding it all up would make me cry myself to sleep! :(

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EMRA races at BeaveRun, June 9-10

Jun. 13th, 2007 | 10:41 am
posted by: babkinracing in track_junkies

EMRA had another great event, see http://babkinracing.livejournal.com/10580.html

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my stories from EMRA at Shenandoah and Pocono South

May. 10th, 2007 | 01:59 pm
posted by: babkinracing in track_junkies

http://babkinracing.livejournal.com/8838.html
http://babkinracing.livejournal.com/9073.html
http://babkinracing.livejournal.com/9305.html

(and if you wonder about EMRA schedule, look at http://www.emraracing.org )

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Feb. 6th, 2007 | 04:07 pm
posted by: babkinracing in track_junkies

Hi guys, I've just found this community. To start with, I can share a Guide How to Make Cheap Brake Ducting:

http://babkinracing.livejournal.com/2257.html

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Rarrrrrrrrrrrrr!

Sep. 1st, 2006 | 01:10 pm
mood: rushedrushed
posted by: thx_723 in track_junkies

Most of you will find the following video awe inspiring.

vehicle: Norma M20 race car
location: Gemenos La Baume (France)


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More pix from California Speedway

Jul. 26th, 2006 | 12:37 pm
posted by: thx_723 in track_junkies

Got more pictures from Michael.  They are just as breath taking as the first batch and have been appended to the tail end of my gallery.

Here are some highlight ...




         

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Pix from California Speedway

Jul. 25th, 2006 | 02:11 pm
posted by: thx_723 in track_junkies

Pics are in from California Speedway (Fontana, CA).  My buddy Michael did a tremendous job capturing them gorgeous shots.

Have a looksie!  :]




         


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Wakefield Park

Jul. 24th, 2006 | 10:36 am
posted by: deathisfreedom in track_junkies

Waiting for Nov to come up..

Going back to Wakefield park in Nov need to improve on some handling before it hits the track again and i want some semis.

I need to improve my time by 5-7 secs for me to be happy..




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California Speedway

Jul. 11th, 2006 | 06:41 pm
location: work
mood: mischievousmischievous
posted by: thx_723 in track_junkies

I'll be tackling California Speedway (in Fontana, CA) in a couple of weeks.  The same Rolex GT Sportscar ROVAL configuration will be used.  Many of you will also recognize the oval section is used by ChampCar, IRL, and NASCAR.  Will report back with more pics and videos. ;)




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Videos from Laguna Seca

Jul. 11th, 2006 | 01:35 am
location: home
mood: workingworking
posted by: thx_723 in track_junkies

Here are some in-car videos that compliments the previous entry (from Laguna Seca) ...



Pucker Factor 10


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Laguna Seca 2006

Jul. 6th, 2006 | 05:58 pm
location: home
mood: calmcalm
posted by: thx_723 in track_junkies

A few pics from Laguna Seca @ Monterey (CA) earlier this year.








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Birth of track_junkies

Jul. 6th, 2006 | 05:31 pm
location: home
mood: bouncybouncy
posted by: thx_723 in track_junkies

What's up yall!

Bare with me here, since I’m still quite new to LiveJournal. ;) For starters, here’s a cut ‘n paste from track_junkies profile:
 

Welcome!
This a lounnge for fellow track junkies to share their stories, pictures, and videos from tracks around the world.
This place also serves as a knowledge base for tracking cars. Got a question? Ask away. We’re here to help.
All we ask is the subject sticks to tracks/autoX.

 
Pretty self explanatory wouldn’t you say?
 
In any case, here’s a quick bio from yours truly:
 
I’m a track junkie, that is I’m absolutely addicted to speed - hussling cars around various tracks in the country.  It is one of my many passions.  My background is of engineering and I currently work in the Aerospace field.  I have been involved in racecar developments in the past as well.  I'm also a race instructor for various sporting car clubs, and high performance driving venues.
 
Mastering the art of car control takes time, skills, and lots of practice.  Having the understanding of fundamental physics also goes a long way here.  Tracking is the ultimate roller coaster. 
 
Hope to run into some of you at one of the tracks.
 

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