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Old 10-25-05, 04:31 PM
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My video - How NOT to take the "Bus Stop" at Watkins Glen

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Old 10-25-05, 04:41 PM
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Looks like the curb upset the car, he over corrected and the rest was gardening
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Old 10-25-05, 05:14 PM
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Oops... not so bad though! I've done similar things before
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Hard to tell, almost looks like some oversteer started when he first turned in under braking. The curbing sure didn't help his situation for sure. Then off to the litter box!
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Originally Posted by DamonB
Looks like the curb upset the car, he over corrected and the rest was gardening
No, the slide had already started when the curbs came! Also, the Glen got rid of the curbs more or less for the IRL cars. You can drive right over them now without upsetting the car.

That's me driving by the way!
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That sucks.

What's the damage?

Brake in, Accel out.
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Originally Posted by 3RotorRocket
That sucks.

What's the damage?

Brake in, Accel out.
No damage...except my standing in the race! I did have to let the air out of the passenger side tires and pry all the gravel out from between the tire and rim!
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And a new pair of underware...
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Originally Posted by Ben 84 RX-7
That's me driving by the way!
Now you tell us! Vids make it hard to tell but you certainly look like you scoot along pretty quickly!
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Ben, you got away pretty lucky

sounds like the motor is on its last legs....

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Originally Posted by NasaPro7
Ben, you got away pretty lucky

sounds like the motor is on its last legs....

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Uh-oh...what makes you say that? Some of the noise you hear in the video is the wind...it doesn't sound bad in person. But then again, I have never had a rotary go south on me so I really don't know what it would sound like!
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It sounds great when it is running! I think he means that when you restarted it, it sounds like it is getting low on compression. That spinning that it took to build up enough compression to fire gets worse and worse until it won't pump up enough to fire without a bit of atf down the old carb. This is the same fun trick that makes your neighbors call the fire department becasue they are sure your garage is on fire. Ahhhh, the joys of rotaries!
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Old 10-27-05, 12:32 AM
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All in a day's racing huh? I put myself into the gravel trap in the festival curves at Portland once. I was going for 1st gear and got hung up between 1st and reverse ('66 Dodge with Hurst shifter). When I finally got 1st gear I was turning left and I let out the clutch and gave it too much throttle. The back end came out and my front tires ended up in the gravel. With the back tires on the grass I was stuck.
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Bos- you got it. The sounds when starting is it building compression... it may run another couple years like that
It does sounds good when running though!
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Originally Posted by Ben 84 RX-7
Feel for you. After watching the video I noticed the dejected head movement and eye expression after you tried to pull out of the gravel pit. Priceless!!

I raced a Grand Am Cup race there 3 years ago, had a great time there, you guys are fortunate to be able to race on great tracks for club days!
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That was awesome. It starts just like mine! LOL... I've known for quite some time that mine was going, it drinks more water than I do. Some more vids would be awesome!
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Originally Posted by cagedruss
Feel for you. After watching the video I noticed the dejected head movement and eye expression after you tried to pull out of the gravel pit. Priceless!!

I raced a Grand Am Cup race there 3 years ago, had a great time there, you guys are fortunate to be able to race on great tracks for club days!
lol...I laughed when I noticed that too! I do agree with you about having great tracks nearby. My two closest are Watkins Glen and Lime Rock!
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I did basically the same thing when I was there in July.

It's funny...everyone knows that once you're that deep in the gravel and have stopped there's basically no hope of getting out again on your own....but everyone spins the tires in a dejected attempt to drive out of it anyway.
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