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COTA this Weekend: Nov 15 and 16


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I'll be running the Storker at COTA this weekend (Nov 15/16) with Chin. If anyone is in the area, come out for a visit. According to the run group rosters, Mario (another Storker driver) and myself will be the only Seven type cars there. We'll be sharing a garage with an Elan Pro Formula Mazda so we'll have a good place to sit and swap lies. :cheers:

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Can't wait for full report. Not many tracks are the equal of them Storkers you and Mario drive. This is one of them. Be safe!

 

Kit,

 

We'll provide a full blown Storker-port afterward. :jester:

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Now I heard via a little Birdiegram that despite having a track 60 feet wide, a certain Storker found itself running off track. The level of feedback from the Mario Brothers is suspiciously quiet and that usually means your two year old is up to some form of mischief....

 

:hat:

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Now I heard via a little Birdiegram that despite having a track 60 feet wide, a certain Storker found itself running off track. The level of feedback from the Mario Brothers is suspiciously quiet and that usually means your two year old is up to some form of mischief....

 

:hat:

 

Well, here I am, back in Arkansas; cold, wet, tired . . . smiling. COTA was bitter sweet; had an absolute blast despite it having rained both days (yes, I ran in the rain . . . . on slicks).

 

Temps on Saturday never got above 45ᵒF. Sunday wasn't much better with temps topping out at around 50. Fog, mist, rain and cool temps kept the track damp and cold; getting heat in the tires never happened. We had one descent session where the wind picked up and the track began to dry. This lasted for about two good laps before the rain set in around mid-session. I did manage to break the 150mph barrier on the long straight; 152 (I guess the roll bar fairings helped a bit :bs:). My best time, as the track began to dry, was a 2:33.

 

There were plenty of Porkers to pick on, and yes, the Storker (and I) did go off track at turn twenty. However, it was a slow, intentional (controlled) run off as I simply ran out of track during the turn onto the straight and didn’t want to straddle the orange bread box; slicks plus wet track equal oops. This happened during an evaluation ride for a move to another run group. My instructor was apparently impressed (or maybe it was the hundred I slipped him :jester:) as Chin moved me from greenhorn solo to intermediate solo.

 

With the cold weather, rain and wind, the garage rental was more than well-worth the $600 we paid for it. Great place to :party:

 

I’ll post some COTA video by the weekend; something to do while I’m sitting in New Haven, CT Wednesday through Friday. In the meantime, here’s a few photos:

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Tom:

 

I think it is a Peugeot 908. If so, that model won 24 hrs of Le mans in '09. Mite even be as fast as a V8 Storker (in the rain:)).

 

Lots of amazing cars, and the "car hauler Grand Prix' in the parking lot/paddock was in full swing too (18 wheelers for a track day???).

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The red open wheel is actually an Élan Pro Formula Mazda owned by Michael Ellis out if Tampa. He and Mario came over together. Sitting in the garage, it does make the Storkers look good. :D

 

The white car is a Praga R1: http://www.pragasportscars.com/

 

Unfortunately, I only witnessed the Praga do one run and it spun on the first lap out. Afterward, it sat in that same spot for the rest of the weekend; looks fast even parked. :) There were quite a few spins over the weekend. One Porker tagged the barrier coming out of turn five in the esses (not a lot of run off there) and buggered up the nose pretty good. A couple of other cars gave it up at the top of turn one (both mechanical).

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Kitcat,

 

To give you an idea of what (who)showed up, Jack Baldwin and Buz McCall came out to play. Walking the paddock was a humbling experience; lots of high end eye candy. I was fascinated as much (if not more so) with the equipment used for transport as I was the cars.

 

Another couple of quick notes about running with Chin; unrestricted passing (point by required) and passengers could ride with any driver in any of the solo classes. In the photo above of me sitting in the car in pit lane, that's my neighbor in the right seat . . . He's a brave sole. :D

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Sitting in the garage, it does make the Storkers look good. :D

 

Yes they need all the help they can get, along with the drivers :jester:

 

 

One Porker tagged the barrier coming out of turn five in the esses (not a lot of run off there) and buggered up the nose pretty good.

 

Was it this guy?

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So let me get this right....Ferrari badges all over a Formula Mazda? No comment....I must resist! :D

 

You look like you are having fun in there? Nice and comfy? Go on take it for a spin....you know you want to! :cooldude:

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