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      10-02-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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[turb0mike] BMW CCA HPDE AAA Speedway 10/1/12

As all of you know, Fall is entering its prime and Winter is just around the corner. Track season is starting again, marking the beginning my second season of throwing my car around the twisties.

I saw Dan's (The Hack) post regarding the HPDE event around 2 months ago. I had heard good things and bad things about the event but I decided to get my foot in the door and give it a try.

Le me begin by saying that I believe each and every BMW enthusiast should take the time and money to partake in one of these events. I am not getting paid to promote them, lol. The instructors knew what they were talking with and were very helpful in their tips and guidance.

I was paired with Eddy, who has almost two decades of time racing behind the wheel. The first run I didn't bother adjusting the tire pressure, nor did I dial in my new AST 4250's, nor did I drive aggressive. I had heard (from sources) that you aren't supposed to drive fast or aggressive. I was driving a reserved 50% and was being passed by most everyone in the intermediate group (3rd out of 4 levels). Ended the session and had a great talk with Eddy and my head instructor Steve. I asked steve about the common stereotype and whether or not I should push the car. Steve said "Eddy goes balls to the wall." From that point, I knew this was going to be an amazing day.

Second session I dialed in my suspension to 9/10th stiffness, pushed my tire pressure down to 30/32, and went 100% in the second session. Eddy did not mention a word the entire 20 minutes. After the checkered flag, Eddy was clapping with a huge grin on his face. He asked me, "What the heck? What was with the switch?" I mentioned that I totally dialed in the car and I was driving pretty conservatively not to piss him off. Eddy then responded, "I am transferring you into the advanced plus group. You are far passed the learning curve in this group and you will be just as, if not more, advanced than most of the people in the A+ group. I have only moved one person up in 20 years of instructing."



I was then introduced to the advanced group and the advanced instructors, Blaine (m coupe) & Joe (996 GT3). They were so warm and were happy to take me in after seeing my performance. They are some of the best drivers I have ever seen. Their car control is immensely impressive and just sitting in a classroom talking about all the various corners and attack plans was mind-boggling. I would have paid just to sit in a classroom and listen to them talk.

Sorry, enough about the boasting and stupid details, I am just so impressed and excited from my first event. Temperatures where around 110 degrees on the track, so my RS3s became pretty greasy after 3-4 laps. I apologize for my somewhat inconsistent lines for the video was taken during the last session (25 minutes long including both intermediate & A+ groups).

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-10SPjVy3wg&feature=plcp

TURN TO 720P!!! And that rattling is my rebound adjustment metal knob hitting the metal under the rear window, lol.

The HPDEs are twice every year, but there are Porsche Club HPDEs every once and a while. As I said before, everyone should take part in these classes. Positively a great experience!!!

P.S. High rez pics are available if anyone wants one!
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Very cool man! Sounds like a hell of a time.
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great video. Can you give more details on your front diffusor? Who made it and how?
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damn dude! goin from intermediate 2 advanced in 1 session lyka baus! good shit
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such a sexy car

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Sick as fuhhhhhh bro. Your car looks crazy nice
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fucking AWESOME.

what wheel/tire sizes are you running btw? your rears are so fat that your fronts look a little "skinny" in comparison. probably just an optical illusion though lol
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gawdayuum...look at those rear tires...sick!
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Awesome driving and great pics dude! Good job getting into the advanced group so fast, if you're not (safely) pushing your skill level on the track you might as well be playing forza imo. Although I guess some people might just be there for fun but for at least for me fun is driving the car hard.
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Everything is just awesome! Thanks for sharing and keep it up!
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Very cool man! Sounds like a hell of a time.
It was, especially with all that heat, LOL.

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great video. Can you give more details on your front diffusor? Who made it and how?
It is a velocity motorsports diffuser and LTBMW combined it with the APR front splitter. It is pretty torn up from living in Santa Monica but it does the job, lol.

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damn dude! goin from intermediate 2 advanced in 1 session lyka baus! good shit
Thanks! It was an honor to be bumped up, lol.

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fucking AWESOME.

what wheel/tire sizes are you running btw? your rears are so fat that your fronts look a little "skinny" in comparison. probably just an optical illusion though lol
Fronts are 265/35-18 and rears are 285/35-18. I am going to try and fit 275 up front next time/ Hopefully it works lol.

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gawdayuum...look at those rear tires...sick!
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Awesome driving and great pics dude! Good job getting into the advanced group so fast, if you're not (safely) pushing your skill level on the track you might as well be playing forza imo. Although I guess some people might just be there for fun but for at least for me fun is driving the car hard.
For the most part people were very respectful. One guy went off track but it wasn't that big of a deal, he just didn't have ABS, lol. Overall, I thought they were going to be sticklers, but once they saw that I pushed my car safely they were all down for it!

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Thanks rem, she has come a LONG way, lol.
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Does that rear wing provide as much function as it implies?

And great driving skill man, you were nailing those corners. How is it you were blowing past every car though, whats under the hood?

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