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Willow Springs track day with Photos AND VIDEO

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5:30 am , my 71 02 is ready , all checked over yesterday, Miata wheels & race tires on , ready for the 110 mile trip to the Willow Springs Big Track. I am taking my son James this time with the intention of getting him a ride in one of the instructor's cars (hopefully a new Vette) I'll report back later , hopefully with video but with photos at least. The track is 2.5 miles, so far my best has been 2.01 , target to obviously beat that (hopefully not too much traffic like last time )

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Have a great time, Steve (the best days at Willow Springs are the ones which aren't windy). -KB

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Ken,its great out here,clear skies ,no wind yet & cold, should be fun.

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Can't wait till the next track day! Hopefully I can get enough miles on my new engine and get satisfied with the tune..;-)

We want pics Steve! Video would be best, though..:-)

Stephen

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good luck hope your new body/straps along with the tires get you around qwik. thanks again for your help, and KEN thank you t0002. James is going to get hooked,and might force you to hand the keys over.

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Well I knocked 3.8 seconds off my previous time,posted a best time of 1.58 minutes.well pleased,photos & video post tomorrow.James went out in a Lotus exzige ,excuse spelling!! He's hooked now.

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Well I knocked 3.8 seconds off my previous time,posted a best time of 1.58 minutes.well pleased,photos & video post tomorrow.James went out in a Lotus exzige ,excuse spelling!! He's hooked now.

OhO!!!!! Your shop will now slowly turn into a race team support building...:)

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Very funny Nate, we have no room !!!

Here are some shot's , Andrew is going to edit James' video so I'll get that tomorrow hopefully.

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My best time of the day "Stephen Dennish " well happy.

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It's a dangerous track if you don't know what you are doing ,Shelby Mustang OUCH, luckily driver not hurt.

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WoW that just plain looks like fun, love your car. Now did u say Miata wheels? Is that what I am lookin at the is a spittin of Panasports? Educate me I am a 10 year newbie

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It was the best time out there I got pole or 2nd for my sessions so had a few clear laps. The Miata wheels are great , cheap & look like a poor mans Minilites, 1/4 spacer needed on the front, I ruined 1 front tire before I put on the spacers, tie rod rubs tire , resulting in a bulge the size of a golf ball. The front tires are Yokohama Advan 032R (185 60 14 ) rear are Yokohama ES100 (205 60 14 ) The rear I use 1" spacer/adapters I had to roll the pass fender but the back is bad anyway so no problem, nothing rubs now. I am taking the back stretch between turn 8 & 9 at 95mph so I am well pleased with the tire grip.

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congrats on taking 4 sec off your time!

wow..a soft r-comp tire in the front and a hard semi-performance street tire in the rear? sounds like a formula for massive oversteer! :-)

with all the track time, the rolled mudstain pic, knowing how flimsy the roof on an 02 is and from what i have seen of 02's rolled at the track, i would be putting at least a roll bar in your car. just a thought.

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Hi Marshall , I was not too bothered by the tire discrepancy but now my car is running better I just found & bought a matching NOS Advan tire off ebay for $40 !!!! I am also going to be building a proper short block, the engine in my car is the original 1971 numbers matching block ,it must have a gazillion miles on it (flat top pistons) with a modified 121 head so I am planning on raising the compression, & balancing a spare block I have to take advantage of all my mods. A bolt in cage will be on my list then.

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