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Pat Murphy
36 years old
Arizona, out in the boonies closest to Kingman
Born Jan-24-1983
greasemonkeying, racing, medieval reenactment, CAS, experimental archaeology, muscle cars, pony cars, anything fast enough I can do something stupid in it, adrenaline
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6 Dec 2013
Hey everyone,

first off, I want to just say "hi" unsure.gif couldn't find where to put that.

so, I've been wanting to get into Autocross for a very long time. I like to think of myself as a "capable" recreational driver... I hit my fair share of cones, but listen, learn and when in doubt go slow lol. I've done quite a few different things in my time with track days, superlaps, etc but I haven't been able to get into Autocross until now. Long story short, there was a time when there were other things just going on and my track days were few and far between.

First time I actually saw or even knew Auotcross even existed, was up in Flagstaff at NAU a couple years back. I think Autocross is a great way to enjoy the driving enthusiasts hobby, safely, and not just go in a straight line biggrin.gif without a fortune in tires and fuel like I used to do.

second, on to my questions...

believe it or not, I don't even have the car I'm planning on autocrossing... yet wink.gif
I'm in the hunt for a third generation Pontiac Trans Am. I've gone over the rules and I'm a little disheartened. I figured if I bought a 5.0L 5spd manual, I'd be having pretty good fun with other cars in my "class." However if I'm seeing it right, the newer 320+hp let alone the LS2 Camaros and new Coyote Mod Mustangs are in the same class?! How does this work? I know power isn't everything, especially in a tight technical track like in autocross, and my car will be a couple hundred pounds lighter than those beasts, but still... torque hurts.

my goal right now, if it sounds good to you guys, is to have FUN. And I fell in love with the 5.0/5spd when a buddy let me drive his 1LEZ28 at Willow a couple years back. The combo is just sweet. And my plan is to just enjoy the car, get to know it, and have a good time.

but beyond that, looking towards the future, since I'm a competitive kind of guy... I'm pretty much looking at the "street prepared" or even "modified" class, however I don't want to strip my T/A down to 2500 lbs lol. I actually prefer a slightly heavier car.

I'm thinking "street prepared" would be a good class. But I'd like to ask everyone here.

basically, I've seen all over the web of people wanting to get into racing, and I know plenty personally that have, that have "over-built" their cars. I can build a 3rd generation 1990 Trans Am GTA to completely stomp on a new 2014 z28... it's all in the $$ and know-how. But then it really isn't a 1990 Trans Am GTA anymore is it?

Basically before I start building, I want something of a helpful guide in a way that would work, and make my car competitive. I have no problem being beat by a better driver... better car hurts my soul unsure.gif I completely blame all of this on the "sub-frame connectors" rule btw. That was literally "mod#1" after getting some nice BFG stickies and 18" wheels and Konis.

anyway, I'm really excited to be here. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone I can, and eventually becoming a valuable member of the club.

fair winds and following seas


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