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project: BDR is a motorsports team and group of friends in the Washington, DC area. Our primary focus is autocross, but many of us also do track events. And all of us love cars.

2010 midseason update!

posted June 7th, 2010 by john

The 2010 season is in full swing. Some highlights:

  • At the 4-11 AI event, no BDR member lost to anyone who wasn’t also a BDR member: Dan 1st in AS; John/Travis 1st/2nd in STX; Slava/Mei/Ben 1st/2nd/3rd in STS.
  • John and Travis split the first two WDCR points events. Travis won the “need to be careful and patient” event, with John taking the “need to be loud and crazy” event.
  • Ed, Ben and Mark have all had excellent CDC finishes including Mark picking up 98 index points at the 5-29 event.
  • John had the 4th fastest time overall and top time on street tires at the 4-17 BMWCCA event.
  • PAX results have been very solid this year for everyone.

To keep up to date with project:BDR goings on, you can:

  • Subscribe to the RSS feed for this blog
  • Keep an eye on John’s Youtube channel for video from events (featuring data acquisition by our wicked MaxQData Veqtr system)
  • Watch John’s 2003 WRX build thread
  • Watch Kevin’s 2008 STi build thread
  • Watch Slava’s 1987 MR2 build thread (registration required)
  • It seems pointless, but there may be a Twitter feed / Facebook page at some point since that’s where all this “new media” jazz seems to be headed.

    2009 Season kickoff weekend!

    posted March 29th, 2009 by john

    The autocross offseason is long and painful. Unlike those jerks on the West Coast, we only get to autocross for eight months a year. The four months where we can’t are filled with car acquisitions, talking about setup changes, research about setup changes, actual setup changes (including ill-advised arbitrary non-math based spring rate changes, buying clown car wheels with wide tires and, contrary to popular “import tuning” trends, actually *removing* large spoilers from turbo AWD cars) and a lot of Max’s on Broadway. This year was no exception – some updates:

    • John and Travis will be codriving in STX this year while Travis gets his NB Miata ready for C-stock. (No, Miata is not a strange slang word for “15 year old Saturn”.
    • Slava and Mei will again be representing the (literally) antique MKI MR2 in STS (formerly known as “STS2″). Slava put his “2″ magnets up for sale:Anyway….anyone want to buy two Orange “2″ magnets? Used one season, magnetic properties still like new!!!1 Did I mention that they are ORANGE? John’s response: Only driven slowly by an old man on Sundays?
    • Ben will be back in his STU Evo, but with 95% less spoiler. Technically it’s still a wing, because air passes underneath it. Take that, rulebook.
    • Kevin will be putting some shiny parts on his 2008 STi after abandoning his 05 STi. He’s been in touch with the nice folks from Vorshlag about a new suspension setup from AST that should be quite nice once dialed in.
    • Ed is officially the first BDR member that has to juggle having a child (congrats) and racing (and coincidentally, the first BDR member to own a minivan).

    Time for some events!

    Event #1: 3-28: CDC @ Harry Grove

    Slava, Mei, Ben, Dan, Ed and Alski started the season off with a wet/cold event at Harry Grove. Results are not up yet, but people were pretty fast. E-man was displeased. John was getting his car ProTuned and could not attend.

    Event #2: 3-29 CDC @ Harry Grove (Test n’ Tune)

    Alski went back to try to get a crack at the same course, but in the dry. He knocked quite a bit off his time. His triumphant text message to Slava indicated “great success”. Say it with a Borat accent for full effect.

    Event #3: 3-29 WDCR/SCCA @ Fedex (Test n’ Tune)

    As is becoming DC tradition, the season greeted some with crummy weather. After a rainy Saturday and light mist Sunday morning, the course was pretty damp. Not quite this damp, … but not dry, either. (pic from the 4-20-2008 event, which ironically used the same course)

    Kevin and Ben, both on new RE01Rs, got the blessing of running in the wettest heat. Josh put on a show, taking the fastest time in the heat and winning the class by almost nine tenths. Ben ended up in 3rd (a trophy position) with a 63.2. Kevin, still in a stock 08 STi (except for the tires) ended up in 10th.

    John and Travis, both on last year’s RE01Rs in John’s WRX, got the slightly better but somewhat random “drying” conditions. John wasted four cones on his first run, feeling out the available grip. Travis, seeing an opportunity, took out four cones on the first sweeper (with the wrong side of the car), and picked up another few on the way to the finish. The second runs were less eventful, with both improving. John’s 3rd run netted a safe 63.5, but with drying conditions knew it was not going to be enough. Travis’s 3rd run was a second faster – 62.596 – but collective neglect of the tire pressures (now at 39/35 from a start of 36/32) had left the car, shall we say, spin-prone. Travis ended up taking out four cones after the lights, negating what was otherwise a great run. Both dropped time on their last run, but not enough to catch Larry (62.2) or Craig (62.558 !!!!!), leaving John 3rd and Travis 4th. That set up this exchange, later in the day:

    Craig: John, where is your last name from?

    John: I dunno, I think it’s French or something.

    Craig: No it’s not.

    John (as usual, not looking ahead): No, I think it is, when I was in France, I saw it in the phonebook…

    Craig: It can’t be – I already know that “Obadia” is the French word for “slow”.

    John: …

    You cut me deep, Craig.

    In STS (formerly STS2) Mei and Slava were eager to see how the car would work with a freshly reSlava’d engine and the new 225-width Toyos on 7.5″ wheels. The answer: really well. Slava’s first run was a dirty 60.4, which would have put him in 3rd (the last trophy slot) were it clean. Slava’s orange facemask seemed to pick up a few though, with Slava ending on a 61.6 and Mei taking round 1 of intraspouse battle with a 61.3. Applebottom jeans, perhaps the key?

    The season winds down… Part 1: The Subaru Challenge

    posted November 21st, 2008 by john

    We were all very sad when it was announced that Subaru of America would not be backing any Subaru Challenge events in 2008. It had been a great event for the last five years, even though it always rained (Mother Nature’s way of reminding us why we have Subarus, I guess). After several sad and emo months weeping for the loss of the challenge, Folger Subaru in Charlotte stepped up to host one! The Central Carolina SCCA region handled the sanctioning and the autocross part. I can’t say that any of us were thinking rationally. Combining the Challenge with a Sunday event in Virginia Beach (hosted by the Tidewater Sports Car Club) it would mean driving about 1200 miles for something like ten minutes of seat time. But, well, the math for autocross has never been that great anyway…

    Since you have to run a Subaru, Slava co-drove with John, and Ed co-drive with fellow MAIC’er Ian. Travis drove his “I hate this car” 2.5RS. We started down on Friday. After rendez-vousing at Sheetz, we headed down 81-S. Gas was down to 1.99 a gallon for 93 octane in the sticks – bonus. As we crossed the border to North Carolina, we were greeted with this:



    Welcome to North… something.

    We made it to the dealer in time to catch the social event at the dealership. At the raffle, Travis won $50 in Subaru parts, and Ed won $100 – good omen. After a last minute hotel change (“You’re going to the Comfort Inn, right?” “Yeah, the Comfort Suites.” “Comfort Inn?” “Comfort Suites.” “F***”) we had a Yuengling enhanced MAIC gathering and finally let road trip fatigue kick in.

    We awoke to… rain.

    All of ST* ran in the first heat, so John, Slava and Travis all got to dry the course for the folks with the hugest race tires. The course was a drift-fest with everyone fighting to find grip. After the dust had settled, John ended up winning STX by about a half second over last year’s South Central Subaru Challenge winner, Chris Harp. Slava was another four tenths back in 3rd place. Travis finished 3rd in STS, behind two well-prepped old-school 2.5RS’s.

    In the afternoon, Ed ran with Ian (who gotanSTI) on Ed’s old 235 width RA1′s. They were a bit outgunned in a class won by a 2006 STi on remote-reservoir Ohlins with 315-width Hoosier A6′s. Ed ended up 5th in SM.

    The Challenge round was next. Ed, in a fairly crappy PAX situation (Ian’s car is basically an STU car with more boost and the RA1s) did not make the challenge. Slava’s times qualified him, but he was ineligible because he did not own a Subaru. That left John and Travis reppin’ the BDR. In the dry, John got down to a 51.9, finishing 7th, a mere nineteen thousandths of a second behind Chris. Travis finished 10th, dropping 1.2 seconds off his wet time. The overall trophy went to fellow MAIC’er Karen Kraus in her “I actually own one now” 2006 “Cool, automatic” WRX.

    In the end, project:BDR took home three trophies, and MAIC represented itself very well.

    Time to get to work in the video lab…