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Morgantown Autocross

Spring is near, that means two things are soon bound to happen. Warm weather is around the corner and race(and show season) is about to start. Luckily Pa wasn’t turned to a frozen tundra over the past couple of months so the winter wasn’t to bad but that doesn’t change the fact that the weekends are a little uneventful. But enough of that and on to the important items, to kick off the season and blow the dust out of the tail pipes the Blue Mountain Region Scca hosted a small (in size) autocross but even with the small lot at the old Morgantown Outlet Mall over 80 people turned up to attack the cones, the amazing weather didn’t help to turn people away either.
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There was a total of 3 run groups for the day and each group got 4 runs, luckily with all the action going on the Scca track workers were keeping things running smoothly of running and the cars were leaving the line as quickly as they lined up.Morgantown Auto-X-11
Everything was present from classic british sports cars such as thisTriumph Tr6 owned by Richard Good
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To some American Muscle piloted my good friend Jake Stoyer
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His dad, Joe Stoyer also brought out his Foxbody Mustang to have a go at the course.

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Cars were leaving the line hard all day long, with the rears spinning and stone’s flying Bill Hughes in his Chevy Camaro was in Attack mode.

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This Bmw was also hard off the line, foot to the floor and taking no cones as prisoners.

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Miata’s are always a popular favorite at an Autocross thanks to there lightweight and nimble handling, even with the nice weather this particular entrant decided to run with his top up all day but that didnt stop him from diving hard into the corners.

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This Miata however ran with his top down, maybe it was the full cage keeping him from putting it up.

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One of the requirements of any Scca autocross is if you run, you work. Each station was ready to go with a team of people to tackle duties of uprighting hit cones, flagging, and calling out cars that committed violations.

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Throughout the day people were lining up to check their times and see who was on top of their game for the event, friendly banter could be heard all day from friends to new acquaintances when a time was beat.

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Of course without the hard work of Bmr doing the timing and scoring, the competitors would never know who was ahead.

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Eventually the fastest time of the day was claimed by Richard Good, and he deserved it too. His Tr6 is blistering fast and one of the most impressive  ones I have seen to date, it doesn’t matter if it is at a Hillclimb or a parking lot this car is FAST!

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Local photographer Justin Jermacans was also on hand to get some fantastic shots of the day which can be seen here

——> http://photography.jjermacans.com/blog/bmr-scca-autocross-morgantown-pa-31013_20.html

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For the first event of the year it was a fantastic one, the weather great and the turnout was even better. Besides pulling my usual photographer duty I was also running my 92 Bmw 325i.

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After running the Duryea Hillclimb last year this is only the second time I have really been able to put it to the wood without having Johnny Law chase me down….and what a great time it was. Hearing the inline 6 underneath the hood bark and scream while navigating my way through the cones was an experience that  I won’t soon forget. Luckily I had my GoPro on hand to capture the action.

The day was success and I think everybody in attendance will agree with that, thankfully the next one is on April 21.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going Hillclimbing

Ok,so I haven’t posted much in the past few months and there is a very good explanation for that. At the beginning of the summer I decided to turn my my Bmw into something I can use at a few track events and hill climbs in my area, I still wanted to be able to use it on the street and take it to meets but I needed to add some safety items to be able to thrash it on the track….Did I mention the Duryea Hillclimb was only two months away( not much time to prep a car for track duty)At this point I phoned the fine folks and ordered up an Autopower Race Roll bar…

I also installed a Sparco Sprint V FIA approved seat, Schroth Harness and some Vac Floor Mounts, Thanks to Vac the installation of the seat was super easy….getting it in the right position was whole different story.

After spending many late nights in the garage going over brakes,changing fluids, and getting some race rubber ready it ended up looking like this

 

Some last minute thrashing and I made it to tech…passed and made it to my first Hillclimb, which happened to be our local one as well.

It was a whole different experience actually running the hill climb and being present with more of a purpose than just taking pictures, the smell of race fuel and race cars rolling in early in the morning is quite an event.

After the drivers meeting it was finally time to attack the hill!

Photo Credit:Shea Auman

 

 

After my first run I  was in a state of euphoria, Ive driven up Duryea Drive many times to visit our local Pagoda but never at such a pace!  The car felt awesome, the Hankook Ventus RS-3’s stuck to the road like glue and the suspension felt well balanced. At this point I realized all my late nights were worth it to experience this.

 

 

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Photo Credit: Jeff Hart

Throughout the weekend I continued to get faster and faster as I became more comfortable with the car, Overall I finished with a time of 146.023 seconds to the top which was some 20 seconds quicker than my first run of the weekend. In the end I had a great time and kept the car out of the weeds ( A major bonus) Im pretty excited to get out on the track more and do some more Solo events so stay tuned!

And just a reminder H2o in Ocean City Maryland is in just a few weeks….it is one of the premier Vw & Audi events in the world and a giant party!! So don’t miss it

 

 

 

 

Tri State Tuners Mega Meet

We came,We saw, we went home. Tri State Tuners Mega Meet, Warminster Community Park. It was a great day and a good cruise to the meet.,the bmw ran perfect(the best it ever has,dont ask why)and keeping 20+ cars together does get interesting especially when merging with other caravans. The meet was great, with over 2000+ cars showing up from super rad drifty machines to slammed and laid out euros, every scene present and accounted for. The choice to use the rain date was smart move because the weather was was perfect with great shooting conditions. Which brings me to this..boom,pictures( Thats really why you came here anyways)

Why I do it

Why do I do it? Why I am I so obsessed with cars? Why do I listen to the music I do? why do I love taking pictures all the time? And why do I seem so quiet?

Because….

I do it because I love it and have a passion for it, If there’s no passion then it’s not worth my time or energy….it’s not always making money that makes it worthwhile but the shear enjoyment of it is wealth all in it’s own.

I am obsessed with cars because well I don’t know where it came from but it might have had something to do with watching my now boss work on his Fiat 128 GT5 race car when I was younger or the plethora of matchbox cars I had and raced around the living room. It might have had something to do with my Dad and his 83 Toyota Celica GT that even today would fit in perfectly at a meet, could be, could be. In the end it doesn’t matter, because all I know is that I love cars, all makes and models from the past to the future. Every generation has something to offer from hand formed aluminum bodies to rows of webers between two beautiful red heads, Futuristic designs and ways of thinking to power we never thought was possible from a street car. I love the sounds and how every engine has its own song. I love the smells, Italian leather and beechwood trim; These are the things to truly make a car come alive and become more than just a disposable item, the things that make you feel alive. I could go on for quite awhile, probably enough to fill a book but just understand that this is something that will die with me and something I will never give up.

I listen to the music I do because there’s something about it that just grabs me. It doesn’t matter if its popular or not or if no one has ever listened to it because if it has a good rhythm or beat its worth play. There’s a lot out there that is off the beaten path you just have to take the time to find it because you never know what you will come upon.

And I take pictures all the time because there is always something awesome to capture, something simple from everyday life can be taken and given a new perspective. Not to mention a picture just captures the moment, whether its hanging with friends, at a car meet or race, the wilds or the city. Once that picture is taken it’s a moment in time forever saved.

Because Im a shy type of guy and I usually only start a conversation with somebody who seems like they want to talk. I also don’t usually know what to say so it comes off awkward and I end up keeping to myself. So if you see me and want to say hi go ahead, I wont bite…promise.

Shenanigans!

So this past weekend me and some friends of mine made the pilgrimage to the beach. To me it meant a few days off of work but more importantly it meant good times, cruising in my freshly lowered A4 and also the beginning of a great summer. The weather was pleasant, the ocean was cold……very cold but yet at the same time felt amazingly refreshing.  To top it all off there was plenty of beer, yep you cant go to the beach without it. There was plenty of shenanigans and one unlucky soul was shown the pleasant palace of the Fenwick Island PD, im sure it was an enjoyable stay tho. The only problem was it just wasnt long enough…O well theres plenty more time to enjoy the sun.

Sonic GTG

Since the weather was decent on Saturday, and I’im tired of being trapped in my house because of the cold, I decided to head to the local Sonic for a for a small GTG of local car enthusiast……although, it seemed like the only people around were dubbers.  I half expected it though seeing as Vw’s are like the new Civic in my area. There was also a few SRT 4’s (boring) and a Bmw with a terrible body kit and factory wheels. ( UGH ) But It was nice getting out and seeing everyone again and just hanging out and enjoying things. The food was alright for a Sonic but nothing to write home about. The fact I didnt have my Bmw with was kinda dissapointing ….its sitting in my garage with the interior torn out at the moment, not the greatest when warmer weather is around the corner.  Well heres some pics from the night ENJOY!