Well, now that I have a few moments... what a weekend!!
Teh wife and I left later than I wanted to, since I had to stay at work VERY late the night before to finish up a project. We finally got everything packed up and got on the road at around 1:30. We hoped on the PA Turnpike and got about 7 mi., when the CEL came on. WTF?!??! Are you kidding me? I had my Cobb AP with me and the code came back as P0546. My EGT Probe just died. Luckily I had a spare one with me.
We got up to the Devens Airfield at about 8:15. The site was closing at 8:30, but I wanted to see the site and get a feel for the event and the locations of reg, tech, etc. We rolled out shortly after and headed to the campground to setup camp in the dark. Luckily I had some friends come over to help me and teh wife set things up. At approximately 10pm I started replacing the busted EGT probe. 45 min later the job was done and I could go to bed.
We woke up at the ass crack of dawn and made our way to the site and got there around 6:45. Reg and tech are open from 7-8am that morning for late arrival slackers such as myself. Seeing as how I had plenty of time to change my wheels before tech closed, I decided this was a good idea. I swapped the rear wheels out and then moved to the front. I had a few problems with a front wheels stud galling on a lugnut earlier in the week, but I bought a 12mm x 1.25 die to clean the threads and purchased new lugnuts. It didn't help much as the trouble wheel stud grabbed the lugnut and didn't let go. I seized a lugnut! Luckily again, I had spares.
I had ~45 min to chage the wheel stud, finish swapping wheels and get myself registered and teched. Again a friend helped me with registration and I managed to get the stud changed out. After all this was done, I headed out for my one course walk and got ready for competition.
If you've been keeping up, I did change my rear spring rates the week before this event. The change actually worked rather well. It also helped me as I went out on my early runs just trying to take things easy and focus on hitting my marks and not overdrive the car. This is EXACTLY what you need to do with the course Saturday. It was a very tight course where you HAD to stay early on all the gates and slaloms to maintain speed through the sections. I managed to do well enough at this to snag 3rd place on the first day. Cy Lee & Chris Shenefield in their little '89 Civic Si were flying around this tight course.
Some shots from Saturday:
The course was opened up a good bit on Sunday over the course on Saturday. I was hoping to have the room to let teh turboz & teh All Wheel Drivez run that little Civic down. On my first run I left so much out on the course! The course was VERY fast. I needed to drive like crazy on my next run, so I went out and really pushed the car to a 59.5, which was quite fast for the day. Cy finished his second run 0.3 slower than my time. I needed 0.7 on my last run to even have a shot of grabbing his second place, so I decided that with my 3rd place for the event pretty well in the bag to go out and shoot for the stars on the last run. I was flying through the first section and then immediately carried too much speed into the hard right. I got the car slowed and ripped it through the next section. I then plowed the car through the next hard right. Damn! I then had too much speed and got late on the gates after the corner. I had to throw the car around a hard transition where the rear end came out and I ended up doing a four wheel drift into the next gate, which caused me to carry too much speed and forced me off course. The overheated front tires didn't grip and I punted two cones in a cone wall into the grass. The run was trashed. I bee-lined it to the finish and called it a day. Cy ended up picking up 0.6 on his last run and got me by 0.3 for the day. Overall, not too bad.
Pics in Grid from Sunday: