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Buzz65
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Mesa, Arizona
Born Nov-1-1965
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Too many to list! To name a few, My family, Motorcycles, (not cruiser types), MOTOGP, Vintage F1, Vintage Can Am, Sim-Racing on PC's, PC gaming in general, Airplanes, travel, cooking, home remodeling, the list goes on...
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17 Aug 2010
I was playing around on Google maps today and noticed some strange marks on the GM Proving grounds skid pad..

Upon looking more closely I discovered they're digging up the track randomly in what looks like an attempt to keep anyone that might get in from running around the facility WFO. The large circle track has random digs, as do most of the other tracks in there...

I know we never had a chance to get in there as a place to run but it sort of makes me sad to see such a cool venue begin to be destroyed..

http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=33.241667,-...,+AZ+85242-8102
11 May 2010
Probably old stuff but I thought I'd post it to lighten up the 'moood' after all these heated discussions.





DEMOCRAT

You have two cows.

Your neighbor has none.

You feel guilty for being successful.

Barbara Streisand sings for you.

REPUBLICAN

You have two cows.

Your neighbor has none. So?

SOCIALIST

You have two cows.

The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.

You form a cooperative to tell him how to manage his cow.

COMMUNIST

You have two cows.

The government seizes both and provides you with milk.

You wait in line for hours to get it. It is expensive and sour.

CAPITALISM, AMERICAN STYLE

You have two cows.

You sell one, buy a bull, and build a herd of cows.

DEMOCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE

You have two cows.

The government taxes you to the point you have to sell both to support a man in a foreign country who has only one cow, which was a gift from your government.

BUREAUCRACY, AMERICAN STYLE

You have two cows.

The government takes them both, shoots one, milks the other, pays you for the milk, and then pours the milk down the drain.

AMERICAN CORPORATION

You have two cows.

You sell one, lease it back to yourself and do an IPO on the 2nd one. You force the two cows to produce the milk of four cows. You are surprised when one cow drops dead.

You spin an announcement to the analysts stating you have down sized and are reducing expenses.

Your stock goes up.

FRENCH CORPORATION

You have two cows.

You go on strike because you want three cows.

You go to lunch and drink wine.

Life is good.

JAPANESE CORPORATION

You have two cows.

You redesign them so they are one tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. They learn to travel on unbelievably crowded trains. Most are at the top of their class at cow school. Yea.

GERMAN CORPORATION

You have two cows.

You engineer them so they are all blond, drink lots of BEER, give excellent quality milk, and run a hundred miles an hour.

Unfortunately they also demand 13 weeks of vacation per year.

ITALIAN CORPORATION

You have two cows but you don't know where they are.

While ambling around, you see a beautiful woman.

You break for lunch.

Life is good.

RUSSIAN CORPORATION

You have two cows.

You have some vodka.

You count them and learn you have five cows.

You have some more vodka.

You count them again and learn you have 42 cows.

The Mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have.

TALIBAN CORPORATION

You have all the cows in Afghanistan, which are two.

You don't milk them because you cannot touch ANY creature's private parts. Then you kill them and claim a US bomb blew them up while they were in the hospital.

IRAQI CORPORATION

You have two cows.

They go into hiding. They send radio tapes of their mooing.

POLISH CORPORATION

You have two bulls.

Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.

FLORIDA CORPORATION

You have a black cow and a brown cow.

Everyone votes for the best looking one. Some of the people who like the brown one best, vote for the black one. Some people vote for both. Some people vote for neither. Some people can't figure out how to vote at all. Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which is the best looking cow.

NEW YORK CORPORATION

You have 15 million cows.

You have to choose which one will be the leader of the herd, so you pick some fat cow from Arkansas.

10 May 2010
THIS LINK is of the motor being developed for the 1967 BRM. Plus a few other sounds.

Put some headphones on, sit back and close your eyes. Imagine it's 1966 and you're trackside (or in the car for part of it). Great stuff.


This picture shows Jackie Stewart driving the BRM P83, fitted with the huge H-16 engine, at Spa. The long straights of Spa suited the car perfectly, and Stewart used that to take the BRM into the lead after Clark's Lotus had run into problems. However, Stewart himself got gearbox problems in the last few laps, and Dan Gurney passed him to take the win. At the tighter tracks, the terribly overweight 695 kg BRM P83 was uncompetitive - with a weight/power ratio of 1.72 kg/hp. BRM had spent a lot of money on developing the P83 and the H-16 engine, and its lack of performance was a severe blow for the team.


The mighty BRM H-16 engine, first built in 1966. This strange, complex, engine consists of two 1.5 liter 16 valve 180 degree V8's, placed on top of each other, forming the unique 'H-16' shape. It produced some 405 horsepower at 10500 revs, but it was terribly over-weight, and very unreliable. To top it all off, it was very difficult to drive, due to a lack of torque. Jackie Stewart is believed to have said "This piece of metal is better used as a ship's anchor, than as a power plant". The H-16 powered the BRM P83's and the single P115 in 1967.


From the German Grand Prix onwards, Jackie Stewart used a 70 kg lighter model (625 kg) of the BRM P83 - called the P115. But with a weight/power ratio of 1.54 kg/hp, it was still uncompetitive. This picture shows Stewart as he gets sideways over the jump at kilometer 12.8 of the Nürburgring. It took him over 100 meters to regain control over the car after this incident!
2 May 2010
I loved the course. The corner on loop 1 at the top should have been named Loop of the Lost... I saw more DNF's there!

The WIND was horrendous!! A few of the moments are captured below...

The WIND "Poster-Boy"


The trees tell the story...


Visibility 100ft...


In spite of it all, there was still some great autocrossing going on...





Unfortunately I have to work tonight so I had to do late registration (missed Groups A and B ) and I had to leave early (No G or H either)
I'll send the pics I DO have to Rob when I get a chance.

Also, this will probably be my last event for a while. Due to several different circumstances, autocross will have to go to the back-burner. I hope to be able to join up again someday but for the foreseeable future, it's not in the cards. I've met a lot of wonderful people here and plan on staying in touch. I will also try to come out and take pics when my schedule allows it.

Thanks to all who've been so helpful and encouraging.

Cheers,

John


A parting shot of the Cobalt checking out the grid...
21 Apr 2010
Doing my 1st shock replacement. Started with the rear as it seemed the easiest to get our feet wet. No issues at all removing old shocks/springs. However, when getting ready to assemble springs on new shocks I encountered a problem with the bumps stops. 1st, there are no boots. It seems they had disintegrated along the way.

The bumps stops which were at the top of the boots were like a separate piece but the center hole is substantially smaller than the OEM hole. The instructions included with the shocks are a series of puzzles with a few pictures included. NO WORDS. I attempted to drill out the center hole of the bump stop so it would at least fit over the new shaft. The metal portion of the bumpstop tore away from the rubber portion.

1. My bad for not knowing I would also need bumpstops
2. Where can I get decent bumpstops locally?

FYI, this is for our '94 Miata.

Thx ahead of time for any help.
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