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May recap

Monday, May 19th, 2008

NRAS @ Cumberland Airport, May 3

The Cumberland Airport autoxes held by National Road Autosports are always good times. The courses aren’t what one might call “technical” (i.e. painful for momentum cars) but they are well run and very relaxed. The sweet tea at the airport cafe is also rather awesome.

You don’t mess with the MR2 mafia.

Slava and Mei finished 1-2 in STS2 in their new-ish hardtop MR2.  Alski finished 2nd in STU, with his carefully prepped WRX against a pair of STi’s. John finished 1st in STX, PAX’d 6th out of 98 and had the fastest time on street tires.

WDCR/SCCA @ Fedex, May 4

With the first event having been tornadoed before STS, STX or STU could run, this was the first points event for most of BDR. Kevin would miss the event though, something about some massive party in Amsterdam. Some people think there’s more to life than autocross. Sad, but true :(

STS2 was deep as usual. Slava finished 7th and Mei finished 9th in a class won by kart junkie Brian Garfield. In the four-seater STS, Travis finished 2nd, only three tenths out of first. This was the first BDR trophy of the year.

As for the b00sted pig classes, Ben finished 8th in STU. John finished 3rd in STX, struggling to make his Subaru turn, at all. Apparently four degrees of negative camber in the front was not enough.

 I’ve got a fever and the only cure is… more front bar.

CDC @ Frederick, May 10

This event started out wet, but didn’t finish that way. Al and John ran early in the morning while the rain was coming down. Despite running respectable times for their heat, John and Al would only finish with 68 and 50 points respectively, being surpassed by many afternoon drivers on a dry course.

Travis had another strong event, finishing with 79 points. Ed, switching back to the Miata, finished with 56.

This would also be the last hurrah for John’s Cobb front swaybar. 23.5mm just isn’t getting it done. Kevin, parting out his oil-burning 05 STi to replace it with an oil-burning 08 STi, had some Whiteline 27mm mojo available. Oh yes.

That’s it for May. The yearly trip to the Outer Banks consumed the two following weekends.

April recap: showers bring cancelled events

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

CDC @ Bowie, March 30

The cherry blossoms (or something like them) were in full bloom for the season kickoff at Bowie Baysox Stadium.

Dan brought his brother Alex, who was fresh from Japan, and now sporting a new JDM haircut. Ben was ready for the season, but his wheel studs were not. John was not ready for the season either, so he chose to take out his frustration on Al’s clutch instead of his own. New project:BDR member Travis showed up to represent the plastic. Mei and Slava were in one of their newly-bred MR2′s after another offseason of breeding. The event went well, and the PAX results are were added to the project:BDR CDC PAX results page (it’s on your right).

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WDCR/SCCA @ Fedex, April 6

The first Fedex event of the year brought rain – a sign of things to come. Travis finished 2nd in STS on his new Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1′s. Ben and Kevin matched their numbers, finishing #4 and #5 in STU. Mei narrowly defeated Slava in the completely insane STS2 class. Despite the beauty of all wheel drive, John only managed 4th in STX, finishing behind three front wheel drive cars. His hero run was not meant to be, ending in a spectacular spin. Hey, at least it’s not for points.

CDC @ Bowie, April 12

Cancelled. Rain. :(

WDCR/SCCA @ Fedex (TnT), April 13

Slava learned a valuable lesson: it’s much easier to autocross with a functional shifter. John also learned a valuable lesson: Civics should be banned from STX because they are too fast :(

WDCR/SCCA @ Fedex, April 20

This was the first points event. Or at least, it was for half of the competitors. A tornado (yes, really, a tornado) shut down the event shortly after the start of the 4th heat. Slava snagged the 4th place spot in STS2 before the mayhem, pulling ahead of Mei in Spouse War 2008. John, Kevin, Ben and Travis did not get to run, and with good cause. I would like to blame this all on Chike, for his purchase of an RX8 to replace his WRX. If you’re reading this Chike, it is all your fault.

CDC @ Bowie, April 26

Travis and John had pretty normal days, both finishing in the top 15. Ed did not have quite as good a day

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“We can rebuild it… we have the technology”

That covers it for April!