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CG-Lock Review: Sit Tighter – Go Faster!

CG-Lock installed

A Reintroduction to the CG-Lock

I used my CG-Lock in my Big White Whale when I autocrossed with it last Fall.  Now, I have already installed it on my “new” 1999 Mazda Miata, Karlino.  It really works to keep you in place, using your feet to work the pedals & not to brace yourself!

But beyond my words & experience, see what the folks at the Evolution Performance Driving School have to say about the CG-Lock:

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Proven To Make Fast Drivers Faster

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The Evolution Performance Driving School, “Official School of the SCCA’s National Solo Program” for 2009, endorses the CG-Lock and confirms it makes fast drivers faster!

The nationally recognized Evolution Performance Driving School has adopted the CG-Lock as an official sponsor of the School and as the official sponsor of the School’s Phase One Program.  Evolution has endorsed the CG-Lock to help drivers drive better and faster and will promote the CG-Lock at its events, schools and seminars.  The under $50 CG-Lock attaches to most factory installed seatbelts to provide about 80% of the control benefit of a racing harness that results in better car control, less driver fatigue and faster laps.    Evolution teaches all levels of drivers how to autocross and drive better and faster.  The motorsport of autocrossing is performed mainly with daily driver cars that have the original factory installed seatbelts.

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Having the proper tool will always help – for autocross (as well as for HPDEs & road racing), the GC-Lock is one of those few tools.  Doing autocross well (as in any learned activity) is an ongoing, lifelong pursuit.  Like the Evolution Performance Driving School‘s tagline says, it’s about “educating autocrossers, one second at a time“!  They offer a thorough program…check them out to really improve your driving.

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Miata Optimizes Form & Function at Autocross

Seeing an older model car that has been well taken care of is always a pleasant experience & also an inspiration.  On top of that, if it is driven in occasional competition events, that’s even better!

Autocross events tend to feature many Miata models in varying states of performance & condition. At the SPOKES 2009 Autocross #5, Chanh-Duy brought his well maintained 1994 B-package model Mazda Miata.  What I first noticed was the paint – it still had its showroom luster.  This car has 137K miles…

The next noticeable things were the real carbon fiber hood & trunk, along with the slick more modern looking low-profile, dual headlights (with integrated NACA ducts on the carbon fiber light covers).  Very striking and makes the car newer & more up to date looking.  I really DO like those headlights!

Chanh-Duy has added some aesthetic & functional enhancements that look & work well – they do not detract form the form or function of his Miata.  The Garage Vary Urethane Front Lip Spoiler & the rear trunk spoiler also make the car more distinct & aggressive looking.

I asked Chanh-Duy about the LEDs mounted to the rear of his Boss Frog roll bar.  Since the carbon fiber trunk lid does not have a third brake light (like the OEM lid), he positioned them to be easily visible out the back window when the top is up.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a shot of the engine bay.  I’m sure it would have been good, based on what I saw of this Miata’s outside condition.  Here’s what Chanh-Duy told me about his car’s upgrades & modifications:

  • Moss Motors MP62 supercharger
  • Jackson Racing headers
  • Racing Beat Power Pulse exhaust
  • Tein Flex coil overs (7kg/mm front, 6kg/mm rear)
  • Racing Beat 1-1/8″ front sway
  • No rear sway
  • TR Motorsports 15″x7.5″ ET42 wheels

In addition to all of this, Chanh-Duy is an active member of the Tejas Miata Club, based in Austin, TX.

This whole Miata package fit so well.  It was not at all over the top – very attractive.  I like!

Racing Ready likes well-integrated packages…my time will come!


Dragon Racer Lashes Out At Autocross

What takes 3 people to manage, is fluorescent orange/yellow in color, & is ferociously loud…?  Some very special “cars” show up at autocross events.  Here’s a case in point from the recent SPOKES 2009 Autocross #5.

It’s the Dragon! This unique racing vehicle has seen serious autocross & SCCA Solo II Nationals competition.   It’s not streetable, but a dedicated racing competition machine.  This purpose built race car sports a RX1100 Yamaha Super Bike engine putting out upwards of 175HP.  With such little weight, it sure scoots!

The Dragon is co-driven by Brianne Corn (featured here previously), Tommy Saunders (Tommy’s a 5 time National Champion) & Jason.  These guys are all serious, but it seems like they have time to make it fun, too.  Here’s a video of one of Jason’s runs.

Here’s a another video of the Dragon & Brianne’s current autocross ride, a 2005 Subaru WRX STi.  This sure shows how “on the edge” driving the Dragon can be.

As usual Brianne put in an awesome effort…here’s her video proof:

Here’s what she had to say about this run:

This is my second fastest run of the day. I DNFed the good one!  Driving this car is a really amazing experience.  I started wearing a neck collar because I am getting mild whiplash from driving it…

Toward the end of the day Brianne shared with me that her most recent run garnered top time of day & top PAX.  Then Tommy went out and just beat her time & announced that it was time to pack up the car & put it in the trailer.  She was upset, to say the least, as she had one more run to go!

Racing Ready is braced for future neck snapping updates!


FullSolo – Competition At Speed

At last, it’s here – FullSolo !

I started a dialogue in earnest with both Truong & Steven last December 2008 about this social networking, autocross community project.

Finally it has come to fruition!  And here is what I posted as a blog entry on the FullSolo site & why I believe in this!!!

Supporting FullSolo Through Racing Ready

I have been in conversation about this project since the end of last year with both Truong & Steven. This community will establish a foundation of interest & growth in the amateur sport of autocross (Solo). This has been something lacking in the past, and although physically based in South/Central Texas, will move across the country fast. I know this will grow virally & soon!

I see this as a win-win for the local autocrosser to get some well-deserved recognition, as well as increase the popularity and awareness of this sport we all enjoy. All will benefit!

I support the shared vision & initiative of FullSolo & pledge to help it to grow though my blog, RacingReady.com.

We’ll see you out there (& also, in here!) … 😉

Racing Ready Dan

Steven Johnson will be officially launching the site at the upcoming Divisional style 2009 SASCA Autocross #5.  He will not only be recording videos of autocross runs, but plans to video interview participants, as well.  It will be good to see more of the human element in this sport!

Racing Ready supports this community & will continue to promote it!


SPOKES President Enjoys New 350Z Ride

The President of the SPOKES club (Rick) brought his new (to him) 2007 Nissan 350Z to the SPOKES 2009 Autocross #5.

You may recall earlier this year, the elements conspired to dump some major hail on Rick’s previous autocross driver, a 1989 BMW M3.  He succeeded in selling his car & was able to shop around & find this car, which is his current pride & joy.

Rick stated that his Nissan is bone stock.  Knowing how he likes to tinker & tweak, I wonder how long before some items get upgraded…

When you are the President of an autocross club, you need to show up very early to get things set up.  Here’s a picture he took with the San Marcos sunrise as the background.  It’s a nice “dawning on autocross” shot from Rick’s Facebook page – sweet & sultry!

Later in the day, Rick’s throttling through a slalom on the way to completing a clean & fast run.

Racing Ready appreciates those who appreciate these rides for their performance value, as well as for their aesthetic value.


Yellow Honda S2000 Autocrosses For Fun

Hisham has been autocrossing with SASCA since last fall.  This time he was at the SPOKES 2009 Autocross #5 (his first w/SPOKES) where I got a chance to briefly visit with him & discuss his car.

The car he drives daily and autocrosses is a 2005 Honda S2000.  He bought this car last October & has been enjoying it ever since.

Hisham bought the car with the cold air intake already installed.  He has since replaced & upgraded the header & the full exhaust system.  Now everything is breathing better, engine performance-wise.

The car looked & sounded the go fast part & Hisham had a great time on course.

Racing Ready likes the ability to navigate your daily driver at speed in safe, controlled, competition settings!


Triumph Autocrosser Debuts Other Spitfire

Robert, a big time vintage Triumph Spitfire autocrossing enthusiast, brought out another of his Triumph Spitfires to the SPOKES 2009 Autocross #5.

This dark blue model is from 1978.  It’s a relatively stock 1500 model.  The exceptions to that configuration are as follows:

  • Wheels & tires
  • Dual SU carbs
  • headers
  • lowered springs

Autocross Videocam Footage

As usual, Robert had fun.  He was trying a variety of Motorsports HERO Wide placement options, even trying shooting video from his helmet.  The following video is from his “helmetcam” mounting:

Although the camera was at an odd angle, it really gives you a good illustration as to how you need to be looking toward the next set of cones that you’ll be going through.  Anticipation is one of the keys to successful autocrossing – our brains tend to to tell our arms to steer toward what we are looking at.  Thanks Robert!

Racing Ready offers these tidbits of competition advice.