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  1. Thanks Hung, kind words indeed. It's all about the brakes isn't it. You don't realise how much corner speed you can carry until you run out of brakes! Thanks Cozza, but we had to do the "Harold Holt" to get back to Brizzy so we were on the trailer as soon as Saturday's race was run. It was a cracking weekend and the GT cars were awesome. Great result for young Warwick lad Matty Campbell. He's there purely on talent. Bumped into his mum who was staying in the campsite!
  2. Thanks, sorry I missed saying hello. It was never ending fiddling with brakes. Trying to get the rears to do their fair share but wanted to creep up on it and not go full crank on the bias valve and end up with rears locking up first. I think we are pretty close. Now have to find a better front pad compound.
  3. Yes, Mr and Mrs Siddins were there spectating and came and said hello in the pits
  4. If you are interested, here is the coverage of the final Group S – Historic Production Sports Car race on Saturday. I’m in the Orange (with blue stripe) Datsun 260 Z #48 and came 11th. Steve Smith is in the Blue (with white stripe) 280Z came a very commendable 5th in this race! And Gavan Dearie from Vic come in 18th in the Yellow 260Z. Group S were one of the four support categories to Liquimoly Bathurst 12 Hour race at Mount Panorama. We had practice (20 mins.), qualifying (20 mins.) and Race 1 (30 mins or 10 laps) on Thursday and then Race 2 and Race 3 (both 30 mins or 10 laps) on Friday and Saturday respectively. This is the first Group S event for my car after a five year build. I bought it as a rusty stripped shell (1974) with all the unrestored bits in boxes and some boxes missing. We were chasing brakes all weekend and I’m still learning to drive this car which is very different to the webered tarmac rally Z. Was 27th in practice, qualified 17th, came 16th in Race 1, 13th in Race 2 and finished 11th in Race 3 (Final) The Group S race starts at 0.51 mins. Into the telecast. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCGbCXVIbVY&t=2s
  5. Dave, check the standing regulations for regularity regarding who sets minimum a and maximum times, but it's a moot point. Agree with all you have said and all that you do. It is all about common sense and common racing courtesy. Agree lowering the minimum time would not be beneficial. It's about ensuring everyone plays in the sandpit nicely. The crux of the issue is that both needs can be accommodated, however, it is a regularity event and those participants who are trying to compete in regularity, in some respects, should have their needs given priority over those out there for a fang. Ensuring your nominated starting position reflects your track pace is a good start and prevents faster cars back in the pack tripping over competitors early in the round. And if you are quick enough to be catching people, ensure your nominated lap time reflects some contingency to allow passing of slower cars safely, as Dave suggests. Also pick your place to pass. It is such a fantastic event at such a great venue, it just needs all competitors to be on the same page. I repeat, common sense and courtesy. CB19 and GroupZ and Festival of Zed will be awesome and not to be missed.
  6. The CAMS standing regulations for Regularity Events state that the purpose "is to set consistent lap times at less than the full potential of the driver or the vehicle. It is not a race." One of the issues we have is speed/time difference between the front runners and the back markers. This is managed in Groups A to D by ceding by similar time brackets fastest to slowest. In Group E we have everyone in together. We already have the front runners catching and passing the tail end in a 20 minute run. Allowing the front runners to go even faster kind of defeats the" purpose". There are clearly two camps here. Those who want to enjoy a thrash; and those who want to compete in modern or traditional regularity. It's not really fair on the regularity competitors to have to be constantly mindful of fast passing traffic. It is also incumbent on all competitors to continuously re-nominate their times to ensure they remain correctly positioned in the pack. This appears not to have occurred in all instances last year resulting in one faster competitor punting off a marginally slower competitor on the opening lap. That just should never have happened. No one wants to see a fellow competitor end up in hospital with spinal injuries and a totalled car. Just ludicrous in a regularity. Similarly having virtually an entire sessions being red flagged cos someone speared off into the gravel trap on the opening lap is not ideal. It is my understanding the minimum time is set at the discretion of the event organisers and given last year's adverse incidents I would imagine " our history with the event" will count for something but perhaps not in a positive light. The Sprint format is there if you want to go faster than 2.36 and set times at the full potential of the driver and the car. Those guys up the front have potential in spades full.
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    Bilstein Shock Inserts

    We have been running the Koni yellows in our Tarmac rally 260Z since 2007 with no issues. Rebound adjustment on top and bump on the bottom. Correct you can't get to the bottom adjusters once installed but we drilled an access hole in the bottom of the rear struts and its not that difficult to undo the two bolts and drop the steering knuckles on the front to adjust. To be honest they are a bit " set and forget" and we have settled on wet and dry settings for rally and race. We pulled them out after 10 years and had Ken Graham give them the once-over and all still good with no perceptible performance drop off.
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    Bilstein Shock Inserts

    Agree with Bonkers. Ken Graham at Accurate Suspension did the Bilsteins setup in my Group S Zed, although I know there are more insert options available to you if you go to the later, larger diameter 260z strut.
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    Adelaide Rally

    Great work Roger and Annie. That's a fantastic result!
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    51Mm Tubes V 55Mm Tubes

    There are more damper options available in the 55mm dia. than the 51mm.
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    Ambitious but rubbish in Brisbane

    Welcome, sounds like an achievable goal and a sound plan to get there. The rotisserie approach is the only way to go really if you want a rust-free shell to start with. A sub-tonne weight is also achievable but more difficult to attain if you put a cage in it. Good luck with the project! Mike
  12. Have a set of Superlite GTR 15x7 shod with half-life Yokahama AO50s medium compound. We've migrated to 16"s. Off set is 12p. Should be OK with standard struts. Can Anyone confirm. Came off our Tarmac Rally Car with coil-overs.
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    Factory Thickness Of An E88 Head

    107.9mm I think is the original dimension.
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    Hello

    Welcome.
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    New Melbourne 260 Owner

    Welcome Mike260. Good user name!
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