Sorry Locky but i let "The Barry Incident" slip to Craig and the SA boys. I'm sorry if it caused you any pain or confusion at the time but i had a go at him the next day. No one should have to go through that.
2013 Nissan Datsun Nationals
Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:40 PM
Posted 01 April 2013 - 06:57 PM
C'mon buddy it was sooooo funny, you wake up in the middle of the night, went to go to the little boys room. Couldn't help but tell the tale.
Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:22 PM
I would have done at least 20 walks up and down the show and shine, for me the highlight of the weekend.
And a big thanks to Peter Mc and Less for building me an engine that's bullet proof. Had a ball on the Track. Cheers Guys.
Posted 01 April 2013 - 07:43 PM
I will be at the next one.
Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:29 PM
Here's a photo of when #254 was being collected in January 2004, little did it know what the future held.
Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:38 PM
Three days of track based events, show and shine, Night Drags (1/8th mile) Country drive, dinners etc, all at Queenslands Morgan Park Raceway
( two hours closer to Melbourne than Brisbane city !)
What car to bring, mmmmm, oh yes, a 120Y, of course!
Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:51 PM
Well I can't get past the sound the Peter Mcs zed was making I could listen to that thing all day long!!! Had a sound of its own.
Thanks mate, but I dont think I did it justice.
I drove shiver all day - found out today why the rear aliment was out so far - I dont know how I messed it up so bad.
It felt like it was trying to kill me, lol.
It was the hardest I have ever tried to keep a car on a track.
Oh well, I will sort it out to try and catch Gordo lol - man he is fast...!
Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:36 AM
Jodie and I had a great time down at the Island. Was nice to catch up with friends far and wide and see some awesome Zeds. Poor old Gordo missed his goal of a 1.50 time by .03 of a second. Maybe next visit to the track.
Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:56 AM
First of all, sorry I didnt really get a chance to catch-up with any of the guys from these forums. By the time we travelled the 9 hours form Canberra, did doco, got the car off the trailer, got some food sorted, it was time to get some sleep. My only complaint was all the people standing around talking and therefore taking up space for people that had just arrived from interstate and needed somewhere to park their car/van/trailer/etc. at the Ramada.
Now I understand why people say Phillip Island is such a great track, having never raced there before I got a bit of a shock at just how FAST and smooth the track is! The familiarisation run was a real eye-opener (scared the sh*t out of myself and I wasnt even trying to go fast)! I had to try to work out the following for 12 turns in just three laps;
- Braking points
- Turn-in points
- Corner entry speeds
- Clipping points
- Exit points (especially for corners where there was an important braking area afterwards)
Had a ball though!! By the end of the day I managed a 2m04.5s lap which gave me 6th out of 21 in my class according to the Natsoft times (and in my view one or two of those probably should have been in the race classes). For my first ever visit to PI in a car with standard brakes (solid discs and drums), standard engine (~80kW atw), open diff, standard gearbox, etc., Im pretty happy with that.
I also learned about the Cape Barren geese on Phillip Island, apparently the sound of very loud race cars doesnt stop them wandering on to the track and standing on the apex of a high speed corner!! If I wasnt scaring myself enough, the geese were trying to help!
Pictue here with the inside rear almost in the air! http://www.sdpics.co....jpg&img=80&tt=
The organisers did a FANTASTIC job, however there are a few little areas for improvement IMO;
- Not once did my armband get checked and
- Not once, in pit lane, did the car get checked for the appropriate group coloured dot or scrutineering sticker So really, anyone with a Datsun/Nissan and a number on the side could have driven out onto the track.
Posted 02 April 2013 - 06:46 PM
Sucks to celebrate your first anniversary on the weekend of the NDSOC nationals, eh?
Anyway, it was great to finally meet a whole bunch of familiar names from the forum and drool over heaps of cars.
I was so inspired to get mine back on the road I spend the whole day today working on it. A least the car stops properly now!
Posted 02 April 2013 - 11:33 PM
Posted 03 April 2013 - 06:56 PM
But I do have an issue with the sprints where last time the newbies had a proper introduction to the circuit that was missing this time. The supposed intro session for NDN13 felt like a dodgem car event with all levels of experience out at once when what was really needed was a newbie group being given a chance to sort out directions, lines etc without getting in the way of anyone else. Also, the no passing in corners rule was ignored by some with no apparent penalty for what is I assume a safety breach.
PI is a track that requires more learning than most, if only for safety reasons. With AASA in Q newbs are run in their own group irrespective of their car and this seems to work well both from a safety and learning perspective.
Posted 03 April 2013 - 07:55 PM
Some instances may have broken that, shared cars for example.
Posted 04 April 2013 - 08:25 AM
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