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Gwoody27
08-17-2015, 07:22 AM
Here we go

1. Waking up at 6 am is habit forming.
2. Heat, heat and more heat. Thr timing van is a cool place to spend the afternoon.
3. Great BBQ by SPDA. They do more than lead in points😊
4. Boy have Jeremy and Alan every stepped up their games well done.
5. Rob Hall had his 1st class win here last year and was very quick this year? Track specialist?
6. Thanks to our new and returning competitors Joe. Todd and Matt. Hope to see you again.
7. #174 who is that guy?
8. Was wise to wait for cooler last run. Very tight results in GT2. Thanks all.
9. Maybe it's only me, but are OTA folks good to hand with? I say yes, even Kyle☺
10. Free beer to the 1st one who can correctly name all of the tracks shown on my rear bumper; Sat at GBR. See you there.

matbriand
08-17-2015, 10:18 AM
1) How to classify a car with the PIP's
2) Some "free" mods may be more beneficial to a car than mods that cost PIP's
3) There are some really fast cars and drivers in OTA
4) I can be fairly competitive as a novice in the GT2 class with a fairly stock civic si, unfortunately for me there are some very fast cars and drivers in that class as well.
5) The OTA crew is a tight knit community

wparsons
08-17-2015, 11:15 AM
1) Organizing wasn't as hard as I thought it would be with all the amazing helpers along the way, and especially over the weekend. I couldn't imagine attempting it without the support though!

2TH PWR
08-17-2015, 11:33 AM
1) swinging for the fences isn't worth the repeated DQ's.
2) If DQ'd respect the Marshals. They are out there all day doing us a service.
3) Shannonville eats tires. Everyone asks when TDs run out. My new this season set is absolutely done. They were used for part of the day event 1,2,3,4,6. Maybe 20-25 cycles out on the track. But Shannonville TKO'd the driver's sides.

kmorris
08-17-2015, 12:31 PM
1. This track suits my car really well - high cornering speeds and good acceleration wins.

2. The Toyo R888s on my car are really pretty quick. Time on Pro about a second better than on mediocre slicks last year.

3. It only takes a very small error when designing a suspension part to put an end to your day. Will do it better next time.

4. Grateful for all the help in rescuing my car after the event on Saturday. Especially to whomever found the spring retainer collar that fell off the shock - a lifesaver, since these old shocks are really hard to find parts for! We have a great group of people in OTA.

5. Longer arms would be a big improvement - need to work on some ergonomics for next year.

Carguy
08-17-2015, 02:12 PM
1) Organizing wasn't as hard as I thought it would be with all the amazing helpers along the way, and especially over the weekend. I couldn't imagine attempting it without the support though!

Good job Will, you seem to have a knack for organizing. In fact I think those volunteers just couldn't say no to you! You must be a hit with the ladies! :)

Rob
08-17-2015, 03:18 PM
1) Pro is a great layout but not as Miata-friendly as Long
2) The best way to get a jump on the competition on Sunday is to run on Saturday evening with drivers with a diverse level of experience - and with a passenger taking her first ride on-track who shows no fear and laughs like a joyful maniac for thirty minutes
3) RA-1s may be an old design but they run forever and just keep getting more grip
4) Pushing deeper and deeper into the braking zone feels great - until you find yourself rolling backwards and hoping the next car isn't close behind....
4) One of the best parts of OTA is how many people are ready to help you - thanks for the gas Alex!

Big thanks to SPDA and to Will, Stephen and Gary!

wparsons
08-17-2015, 04:19 PM
Good job Will, you seem to have a knack for organizing. In fact I think those volunteers just couldn't say no to you! You must be a hit with the ladies! :)

Hahaha! I'll let my wife read that, she'll have a good laugh :D Thanks though, all the help and support was GREATLY appreciated.

2) The best way to get a jump on the competition on Sunday is to run on Saturday evening with drivers with a diverse level of experience - and with a passenger taking her first ride on-track who shows no fear and laughs like a joyful maniac for thirty minutes


Watching that was probably the most entertaining thing I've ever seen at a track!

iamthewheelman
08-17-2015, 05:06 PM
We all had an extremely good time watching Rob on Saturday night lapping!

Gwoody27
08-17-2015, 07:41 PM
We were all rooting for Rob on Saturday night, and he didn't let us down.

Gwoody27
08-17-2015, 07:42 PM
1) How to classify a car with the PIP's
2) Some "free" mods may be more beneficial to a car than mods that cost PIP's
3) There are some really fast cars and drivers in OTA
4) I can be fairly competitive as a novice in the GT2 class with a fairly stock civic si, unfortunately for me there are some very fast cars and drivers in that class as well.
5) The OTA crew is a tight knit community

Hopefully tight knit doesn't mean exclusive. We want everyone to feel part of the group.

10gt61
08-17-2015, 07:51 PM
Hopefully tight knit doesn't mean exclusive. We want everyone to feel part of the group.

Exactly!

Gary
08-17-2015, 09:10 PM
What a great day. WIL

1. Showing up on Sunday and hoping to run a good lap time on a track you've never driven doesn't work. For me, practice really matters.
2. The track is more challenging and enjoyable than I thought it would be, but Calabogie remains my favourite track so far, by a wide margin.
3. The heat was a real drain on my energy, despite spending every moment I wasn't in the car hiding under the grandstands in the shade and drinking lots of water. By the end of the third run, I was cooked. It took every ounce of my remaining energy to hitch up and load the car. As of right now, more than 24 hours later, the foam liner in my helmet is still damp.... Yuck!
4. My BFG Rivals, which have performed great and exhibited good tread wear so far are now showing signs of giving up. Still some tread left, though.
5. Yet another fantastic event, run by nice people. Every event I have been to I meet more and more people, all of whom are friendly and have interesting cars. OTA is a fantastic series, and I am telling everyone I know about it.

Slowpoke
08-18-2015, 10:32 AM
#1: I think every STi I've driven but mine has brake problems.
#2: I think every STi I've driven but mine has cooling problems.
#3: I think that every car I get in has turn in issues.
#4: I think my excuse generator is working just fine.
#5: Blend lines need to disappear during timed laps.
#6: CRCA and Shannonville's workers are a professional crew to work with!
#7: The air conditioner in Shannonville's tower works, but they unplug it due to lightning strikes.
#8: When we manage four timed sessions, most competitors have run out of gas, energy, tires or talent.
#9: I agree that the pavement transitions at Shannonville are brutal on tires.
#10: Everyone should learn the Sasha Shuffle. https://youtu.be/5v0hogSuYrg

Thanks everyone for keeping it shiny side up this weekend!

Carguy
08-18-2015, 10:41 AM
1. I picked the wrong day to try my race suit for the first time - having said that I don't think jeans and a long sleeved shirt would have been much cooler
2. Air conditioning helps make waiting on the grid less unpleasant in a race suit :cool:
3. I'll start watching for a cooler breeze in the late afternoon next time there is a fourth session
4. Jeremy is on fire this season - great driving - OTA needs instructors Jeremy ;)
5. Michael drives that Nissan either at its potential of very near its potential - I think you run with too much gas Michael :p
6. Kyle set his fastest and overall winning lap on the first lap of session one :eek:
7. Gary feeds me the best lines at drivers' meetings - remember, BBQ at 1 Sussex Drive for the Calabogie leg of Ontario 1500 - free beer too!

k.beaty
08-18-2015, 10:46 AM
6. Kyle set his fastest and overall winning lap on the first lap of session one :eek:


My car really, really does not like the heat. Having it cool off during the lunch break let me match my best time in practice. Couldn't come close for the rest of the timed runs as everything was just too hot.

Greg Campbell
08-18-2015, 11:07 AM
1. That I have the personal freedom, time, and resources to competitively race my second vehicle at a top notch racetrack less than 1 hour from my house and that I come back from that weekend feeling completely disappointed about the result is the very definition of 'first world problems'.
2. Shannonville is a car breaker. Of the ~ 10 times I have been there I have come home on the back of a tow truck twice, and two other times have had to nurse the car back home with either no brakes or (in the case of this past weekend) a cracked wheel.
3. I think Sims are the key to a technical track. Best to get one and practice, practice, practice.
4. My bump compliance is awful. Let this be a lesson to avoid cheap poly.
5. Next year: sphericals. Because RACECAR.
6. High heat kills street tire performance. Peak G at MIR was a consistent 1.4. Peak G at SMP was barely 1.1
7. On Sunday I was more than 2 seconds slower than last year at the Long track. However, see point #1.
8. One day soon I will learn to 'own' SMP. But that day is not today.
9. We should get a fund together in order to pay for track resurfacing. What does 4Km of paving cost, $1 Million?

For those of you that missed it, attached is a photo showing why you do not take liberties with the exit curbing off the Fabi straight. And in addition to the tortured tires, my brake pads crumbled.

matbriand
08-18-2015, 12:30 PM
Hopefully tight knit doesn't mean exclusive. We want everyone to feel part of the group.

That's not what I mean, I meant that everyone seems to know each other, get along well and are willing to help out one another. We did feel like we were included even if this was just our second event in OTA.

Thanks for putting it on, was definitely fun and lots of good competition.

matbriand
08-18-2015, 12:35 PM
1. I picked the wrong day to try my race suit for the first time - having said that I don't think jeans and a long sleeved shirt would have been much cooler
2. Air conditioning helps make waiting on the grid less unpleasant in a race suit :cool:
3. I'll start watching for a cooler breeze in the late afternoon next time there is a fourth session
4. Jeremy is on fire this season - great driving - OTA needs instructors Jeremy ;)
5. Michael drives that Nissan either at its potential of very near its potential - I think you run with too much gas Michael :p
6. Kyle set his fastest and overall winning lap on the first lap of session one :eek:
7. Gary feeds me the best lines at drivers' meetings - remember, BBQ at 1 Sussex Drive for the Calabogie leg of Ontario 1500 - free beer too!

No it wasn't any cooler, also a different coloured suit helps keep things cooler. Mine's silver.

10gt61
08-18-2015, 01:02 PM
That's not what I mean, I meant that everyone seems to know each other, get along well and are willing to help out one another. We did feel like we were included even if this was just our second event in OTA.

Thanks for putting it on, was definitely fun and lots of good competition.

Great to hear! Hope you come back for more....

Carguy
08-18-2015, 01:24 PM
No it wasn't any cooler, also a different colored suit helps keep things cooler. Mine's silver.

Yes a different color would have been slightly better. Unfortunately, for a guy of my size (wide and short) I'd have to buy a custom suit @ approx. $1500. Instead I opted for an off-the-rack suit available only in black @ $500 in my size.The suit is now only lightly modified (hemmed but still a bit too long in the leg) and I use elastics to keep the sleeves up and tidy at the cuff. Fits great otherwise and I'm sure there is only a 1 or 2 degrees temperature difference between 3-layer black and silver race suits anyway.

10gt61
08-18-2015, 01:57 PM
- I still really like SMP, even if I'm not competing!
- ...But, I really missed being out there competing with you guys :( (loved chasing that red #52 in GT2)
- Was it hot enough for ya?
- Thanks Perry for letting me take your car out for a "track check" on Saturday during lunch - oh the good feeling of being behind the wheel of an S197 Mustang ;)
- Thanks Gerry for the same on Sunday. I was surprized at how much I liked the Miata!
- Our OTA community gets closer and better as time marches on
- Had a few more volunteers and helpers this weekend - so good to see
- We have talented and competent clerks and timers, without whom everything would fail. Thanks Dave & Steve - we need more like you
- Great organizing by the new guy! Nice going Will and thanks Gary & Steve for assisting
- Outstanding competition - it's actually entertaining!
- Thanks to those who took the time during the competition to provide me with their ideas on how we can better promote our series, (Greg and Pouyan) - and more importantly - their offers to actually help do it. We have a lot of talented individuals at OTA in many areas besides track skills
- From my point of view as a "non-competing director" ("I'll be back" to use a famous quote), I'm feeling a good vibe about where we are headed. Hoping others feel the same and we can make the improvements happen.

chmod755
08-19-2015, 12:19 AM
1. I learned that I have a LOT to learn! I'm a novice with several track days over the last 2 years and event 6 was my 3rd ever competitive event! I figured competing will help me to improve more quickly. I hope I'll get a chance to learn from some of you veterans out there!

2. I'm in a very tough class.

3. I need to figure out how to use my PIPs to benefit me more.

4. Shannonville was the furthest I've gone to drive on a racetrack but it was worth it!

iamthewheelman
08-19-2015, 01:09 AM
1. Unoptimized cars do not compete as well on PAX.
2. I'm going to have to drop back down to GT3 somehow.
3. I was yet again reminded that PAX works, it was awesome watching Kyle and Mike battle it out.
4. While I really enjoyed camping for the first time ever, I need a proper tent. Hotel Dalla Riva, while spacious, isn't very good, I would give it a poor review and not recommend anyone use an easy up for sleeping.
5. As always, when I am away for a while, I miss OTA.
6. Shannonville and heat do not like street tires.

I had a great weekend as always, thank you to all the volunteers! I hope to see everyone at the shootout.