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Track Dayz

26 Aug

I had an entirely different post written up for my first post, but it started getting a little too angry and a little too long, so I’ll save this post for later.

When you read any car related forum, you’re going to overwhelmed by the posts by people looking for best go-fast goodies for their cars; whether it be turbo kits, light weight/uber durable racing wheels, or big brakes kits with more pistons that I have fingers and toes.

The sad part is, only a small fraction of people are getting any real benefit from all of these go fast parts.  I can’t comprehend why anybody would spend all of that time and money to make their car faster, stop shorter, and handle better …. to drive around in stop and go traffic to and from work.  Why not take your car to the one place where you can take advantage of all of that time and money you spent … the race track. 

My first HPDE in a quite a long time was this past May at Homestead, and I forgot ALOT of shit.  So in preparation for my next event, I decided it would be a good idea to make a check list to go through before heading out.  Walking around the paddock area looking to bum tools and brake fluid is not fun.

This may not be everything you need, but I figured this would be a great starting place for the track day virgin looking to test out all of those go-fast parts for the first time.  Please leave comments if you think there are some important items I left off of my list.

Your basic track side needs: helmet, registration paperwork, tech inspection paperwork, a cooler filled with ice/snacks/water/gatorade, tire gauge, air pump, wrench/socket set, torque wrench, jack/jack stands, spare quart or two of oil, extra brake fluid, speed bleeder, glass cleaner, quick detailer (gotta keep the whip looking good for the track side photographers), race pads, spare set of rotors, track wheels/tires, extra set of lugs nuts, folding chair, portable fan, and finally zip ties and duct tape incase something breaks.

Here is a word file with these items.  It makes it easy to go down and check off what you’ve already packed TRACK CHECK LIST.

And just to jazz up the post a little – a picture of my track car as it sits now.  There are going to be some major changes coming up in the next few weeks that will be chronicled here – new aero, a full color change, a new dedicated set of track wheels, new brakes, a full roll cage, the list goes on.  I’m hoping for the car to make it’s new debut at Sebring in October. 

I reminisce for a spell, or shall I say think back…

26 Aug

Just came upon some pictures of back when our good friend Tommy’s EVO was still streetable.

This car has always been heavily modded but now with the help of AMS its just {insert synonym for insane here}…

Dang! You got shocks, pegs… lucky!

26 Aug

Old picture but still hot to def!

Front brake and suspension setup of the 2001 Xanavi Hiroto Nismo Skyline R34 GT-R. AP’s and Center locking hubs mmm!

5Zigen Proracer SP Exhaust – Nissan 350Z/Z33

26 Aug

Its nice to see that with the arrival of the 350Z’s big brother, the GTR, after market companies are still showing the Z33 platform love in the way of still bringing new products to the market. 5Zigen has just introduced their Proracer SP exhaust for the Z33.

I like what I see, I just wish the demo car wasn’t rocking those cheezy taillights. Oh well…

I love the smell of race gas in the morning!

26 Aug

Here on Long Island, Captree State Park is a little known park mostly visited by boaters.  However, on any given Sunday (while most people are still sleeping) you’ll find car enthusiasts representing nearly all makes and models gathering to peep the local eye candy.

Here are just a few of the more interesting pics from Z1’s outing on August 24th:

Finally, a few snaps of what we drove to the meet:

All Around the ‘Ring

26 Aug

Here’s a neat thing one of our UK customers linked me to – a live cam at the Nurburgring!  Open in a new page and Click F5 to keep refreshing (or just let it be and it will refresh every minute on its own according to the site)

http://www.nuerburgring.de/fileadmin/webcam/webcam.jpg

Cool thing to check out randomly when you’re bored at work – you never know what you’ll see!

This was earlier today!

You Sexy Thing

26 Aug

Just wanted to show you guys another customer car.  This sweet G35 Coupe is owned by our good customer Giovanni.  Awesome car and a great guy!  This car has more mods than we have room to type, so I’ll just show you a quick video.  This was shot this past weekend at E-Town.  Not bad – a clean, clean daily driver that can click off solid 12’s on pump gas and street tires (even with a crappy 60 ft – gotta work on that boss!), and get you back home in style!  He’s also an autocross freak too, and hopefully we’ll get him out to a track day this fall and see what she’ll really do!

The G rips it at 2:00 minute mark in the video, but before that you’ll see a few other nice cars from Englishtown this weekend.