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Old 03-20-04, 04:08 PM
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A friend of mine (very cool forum member and customer)hooked me up with some bandwidth so I now have some decent video

Go to: http://speedwurks.com/fritz

It takes a long time to down load so have patience. I'll continue to add fast laps (for me anyway) and mistakes and or accidents from me or others to keep it interesting

The video thats currently on there now is my fastest recorded lap on the VIR full course. Its about 2:13 starting from the bridge after I pass the Porsche.

If you take the time to check it out please give me your feedback both positive and negative.

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Old 03-20-04, 07:19 PM
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Looks great, Fritz! I guess my only suggestions would be to see if you can get the camera positioned any farther forward, as sometimes the difference in contrast between the car cabin and outside is too much for the camera, and the view outside gets blown out. Also, maybe find a way to get more of the engine sound into the vid, as it's difficult to hear over the wind noise and that annoying BOV (j/k ).

What engine and tire/wheel size setup are you running?
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great videos! i'm not a track person but i really enjoyed watching them, thanks

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Old 03-20-04, 10:37 PM
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Originally posted by Kento
Looks great, Fritz! I guess my only suggestions would be to see if you can get the camera positioned any farther forward, as sometimes the difference in contrast between the car cabin and outside is too much for the camera, and the view outside gets blown out. Also, maybe find a way to get more of the engine sound into the vid, as it's difficult to hear over the wind noise and that annoying BOV (j/k ).

What engine and tire/wheel size setup are you running?
Maybe I can get one of those bars that straddles the seats for a better cam pos. On the sound I might be able to add a mic and I could could place it down low and toward the engine to avoid the wind issue. I also might just try taping a piece of foam over the built in mic.

Setup: 275/40-17s victo racers that are on there last legs. I have some 285 30 18 hoosiers that will go on once I use these up. Probably just one more event. Street port with all the bolt ons running 11lbs of boost. Big brakes up front with pfc 93s, hp blues on stockers in the back. Key ingredient: jrz coilovers , sways etc...

Oh and a whistle to remind me when to shift Seriously can't stand that bov but its welded on so it will be staying for a while.

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Originally posted by Fritz Flynn
I also might just try taping a piece of foam over the built in mic.
That will probably help the most, as it's mostly at high speed that the wind noise becomes overpowering.

Setup: 275/40-17s victo racers that are on there last legs.
Yeah, once or twice it kind of seemed like you were struggling with the car in the slower turns...sure better than that Porsche or whatever it was getting squirrelly on the brakes...
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Originally posted by Kento
That will probably help the most, as it's mostly at high speed that the wind noise becomes overpowering.



Yeah, once or twice it kind of seemed like you were struggling with the car in the slower turns...sure better than that Porsche or whatever it was getting squirrelly on the brakes...
On the slower turns I'm closing and opening the wheel pretty quick to get some rotation so not fighting so much as just setting it up. See the Z06 video I just added. In that one in a turn 11a (they call it Oaktree) I am definitely fighting with a bit too much oversteer through that turn.

I'm going again to VIR's North course this coming weekend so hopefully I can get some interesting footage
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Originally posted by Fritz Flynn
On the slower turns I'm closing and opening the wheel pretty quick to get some rotation so not fighting so much as just setting it up. See the Z06 video I just added. In that one in a turn 11a (they call it Oaktree) I am definitely fighting with a bit too much oversteer through that turn.
Heh heh....uhhh...yeah, definitely some oversteer there...good recovery! edit: after looking at your first vid again, yes, I can see the oversteer getting a little out of hand in that turn. Although, as I said in the original part of this post, maybe a little intent on closing up on the Z06 before the little straight? j/k I was actually kinda bummed that the vid ended just as you were getting ready to joust with the Z06. Great vids, Fritz!)

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Heh heh....uhhh...yeah, definitely some oversteer there...good recovery! edit: after looking at your first vid again, yes, I can see the oversteer getting a little out of hand in that turn. Although, as I said in the original part of this post, maybe a little intent on closing up on the Z06 before the little straight? j/k I was actually kinda bummed that the vid ended just as you were getting ready to joust with the Z06. Great vids, Fritz!)

Yep, I was salivating and licking my chops I stopped the vid right after he pointed me by so you most have missed the ending on the download.

I'll put in a portion where I come across the z and porsche again after they gain some respect for the fd
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awsome!
I am new, and wanna race so bad(i have played GT3 on ps2 evry night since it came out), so im gonna save and find a first gen rx7 for a first time project car thing for in my s pare time! that gets me stoked. You blew the doors off that Z06 on that winding section! i wwatched it lotz.
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Originally posted by imark
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I am new, and wanna race so bad(i have played GT3 on ps2 evry night since it came out), so im gonna save and find a first gen rx7 for a first time project car thing for in my s pare time! that gets me stoked. You blew the doors off that Z06 on that winding section! i wwatched it lotz.
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Glad you enjoyed it

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Just found a section with a spec miata leaving the track going up the esses Video is called NASA 2-04 spec Actually happens quite a bit in that section but still freaks me out.
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I looked at the vid "NASA 2-04 spec", and I didn't see it...you sure that's the right vid?

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Originally posted by Kento
I looked at the vid "NASA 2-04 spec", and I didn't see it...you sure that's the right vid?
OOPS not leaving as in off but just coming of the ground going over a slight rise before the left hander.
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put a piece of electrical tape over the mic, it helps a BUNCH with wind noise.

looks good

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Originally posted by Fritz Flynn
OOPS not leaving as in off but just coming of the ground going over a slight rise before the left hander.
Ohhhh, OK...I was waiting for some dust and theatrics. Vid resolution isn't that great, so it's kinda difficult to see.
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Heh, I don't really care for that section of the forum, but it'd be funny to post something in the Kills section with the header "Z06, PORSCHE 914-6 (or whatever that was)-- GUN CAMERA FOOTAGE, CONFIRMED KILLS"
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Even better post it in the z06 forum I visit the race section some on those forums and they can be pretty cockey. z06's in the right hands though can be a handful but not to many running under 2:13s. At the last z club event during the time trial a slightly modded Z ran a 2:14 which ended up being 2nd place behind a radical that ran a 2:04 I was going to run but my fuel pump died.
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Not really following the thread but keep in mind that Fritz is a very experienced driver and it is He who is whopping some *** on the other drivers, not his RX-7 vs some other car.

It may not look it from the videos, but he is moving. Most people with modified FDs probably don't even get to 2:20 for VIR full (and that is a respectable time --I think).

Food for thought.

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Not really following the thread but keep in mind that Fritz is a very experienced driver and it is He who is whopping some *** on the other drivers, not his RX-7 vs some other car.

It may not look it from the videos, but he is moving. Most people with modified FDs probably don't even get to 2:20 for VIR full (and that is a respectable time --I think).

Food for thought.

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Thanks for the compliment Yep anything under 2:20 in any car is pretty damn good. The pro spec Miatas run 2:30s I think. Anyway down load some of the videos they are much better quality than the one I sent in the email. Just take a while to download.

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which spec miata, the black and green or the one i crew for, red and blue aka poppa smurf.

p.s. we were running 20 degrees timing because he is an idiot and should only be allowed to drive the car.
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which spec miata, the black and green or the one i crew for, red and blue aka poppa smurf.

p.s. we were running 20 degrees timing because he is an idiot and should only be allowed to drive the car.
Some folks are better off keeping there mechanical thoughts to themselves and I'm one of them thats why I need your help

I think in one of the vids I have a shot of the black and green spec catching some are going up the esses.
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Not really following the thread but keep in mind that Fritz is a very experienced driver and it is He who is whopping some *** on the other drivers, not his RX-7 vs some other car.
Which is why I prefer roadracing on a circuit to the "shift and stomp" of dragracing-- driver skill plays a huge role in how quick you go, and can make up for any power deficiencies you may have compared to the competition. I roadraced motorcycles for 15 years in regional (numerous championships) and national competition, so I know the value of pilot skill over hardware.

My comment about the "Kills section" was primarily meant as a joke, because I could really care less about that section of the forum. But it feels good to romp on others with "supposedly superior" equipment, which is why it's great to have "gun camera" footage.
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Which is why I prefer roadracing on a circuit to the "shift and stomp" of dragracing-- driver skill plays a huge role in how quick you go, and can make up for any power deficiencies you may have compared to the competition. I roadraced motorcycles for 15 years in regional (numerous championships) and national competition, so I know the value of pilot skill over hardware.

My comment about the "Kills section" was primarily meant as a joke, because I could really care less about that section of the forum. But it feels good to romp on others with "supposedly superior" equipment, which is why it's great to have "gun camera" footage.
Very true BUT there is serious skill involved in the competitive league of drag racing. For the avg guy going to the track its not nearly the thrill level or skill level when comparing it to taking your car to a road course track. Moderate skill and high hp and you blow the doors off most everyone. Moderate skill and high hp on a road course and your pointing a spec miata by.
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Very true BUT there is serious skill involved in the competitive league of drag racing. For the avg guy going to the track its not nearly the thrill level or skill level when comparing it to taking your car to a road course track. Moderate skill and high hp and you blow the doors off most everyone. Moderate skill and high hp on a road course and your pointing a spec miata by.
In competition dragracing arenas, yes, there is serious skill involved, but note that I emphasized huge with regards to the role skill plays in getting around a road course circuit quickly, which was meant in a comparative sense. Ramon's comment seemed to indicate that I wasn't taking your driving skill seriously when I mentioned the joke regarding the "gun camera footage".

I think a more apt description would be that at the dragstrip, moderate skill and big $$$, and you blow the doors off most everyone; moderate skill and big $$$ on a road course, and you're "pointing them by" Actually, that's what's fun about bikes; as long as you pass in a safe place, you don't really need to wait for them to point you by.
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