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    Homo, but not mx5 flavour.

    Haven’t really posted about my 86 before as it wasn’t really worthy of pf as they are a dime a dozen but as per the SE qld skids n beers, shit happened. About 18 months or so ago I decided to learn to drive properly on the track. I’d done a few ‘advanced driver training ‘ days with SDT in my ‘66 mini and then the Clio RS and had a ball. Just after our first kid was born I found myself without a suitable car and a bunch of mates asking me to head out with them, so hired a 86 at Morgan Park and decided I needed one. Not too powerful as to get myself into trouble (yeah, how’d that work out for ya!) but quick enough in the right hands. Lightyear put up a compelling argument for the less is more and not going with heaps of low down grunt while starting out.

    So enter this. It had mismatching Chinese tyres so I organised to get them changed the saturday before the event. The tire place snapped a wheel stud but didn’t bother to tell me until I picked it up. Was a mad rush to find one and then get it fitted before the Sunday drive to Warwick

    first day at Morgan park at a Paul Stokell event and first time on the long circuit. It was terrifying and I kept all the nannies on the whole time.


    I then started slowly improving the car with new Yokohama advan sports and Koya rims and went to King of QR at Qld raceway. These guys were a whole new level. I was painfully slow, although I was driving to my limit. So slow that I got lapped by almost everyone in the 5 lap sprint and felt like I was a danger to myself and others. Almost packed it in that day but an enabling mate convinced me to keep trying. I joined the 86 club and started getting hints, coaching etc and the lap times started getting better.

    I tried lakeside and just loved it. First laps were 1:24 but improved to 1:14 over the day.


    "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you'll suck forever" Brian Wilson

    #2
    You know how the internet is full of people posting videos of their first lakeside laps and dipping into the 1:05-1:07’ses? And then there is a solid PF contingent circulating even quicker? There were many people in the 86 club around those times and they encouraged me to push a bit harder. I mean, I have a mate who was doing 1:05’s in a Skoda Fabia! So I bought mca reds, the anti droop mod and got it tuned to e85. Now the car felt awesome, the way it should’ve been from the start. Turn in and body control was perfect on the street. I pushed my times down to 1:10 and then a 1:08.4. I was starting to feel a bit more then confident, I didn’t have hundred so f laps out there, but I’d survived a wet and then damp lakeside, so I must be at least reasonable....
    "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you'll suck forever" Brian Wilson

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      #3
      This brings us to Saturday just gone at lakeside. I’d done three sessions, it was bumpy and the rear felt a bit loose but I put it down to tyre pressures too high. I’d been working on increasing corner speed on a couple of corners per lap and not trying to do a fast time up to then.That had got me down to the 1:08 - 1:09s pretty consistently. I decided to do the fourth session as the fuel was low, pushing a bit more to get that one magical lap. I did my warm up lap and slowly increased the speed. As I came from the bus stop down the little drop into hungry it went pear shaped.

      Photos coming..
      "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you'll suck forever" Brian Wilson

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        There’s probably a dozen excuses I could use but ultimately I cocked up.

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        "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you'll suck forever" Brian Wilson

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          #5
          Previous runs I’d aimed for the curb and then straight lined towards the right of the track as it dropped away. Somehow this time I ended up hugging the left, it wiggled, I tried to catch it but ended up heading for the barrier. I glanced off it and speared off in between the tyre barrier on the right at the end of the corner and the humps on the left, ending up 100m or so in the infield. I was always a bit of a 80% driver, until I got hooked up on turning in a good time. Having done a few laps there, I am also amazed at how fast some of you blokes are. I now have a much better appreciation for the skill level and driving ability. Everyone does a few PS4 gran turismo events and thinks they can drive like a pro. The reality is very different.

          I got the car towed home and pulled off the front guard and bar last night. Tow truck came this morning so will find out if the chassis is damaged or how much it’s gonna cost in the next few days. Not really sure where to go from here. Maybe time to go back a few steps to the kiddie pool...
          Last edited by Cliffordcliffs; 10-09-19, 06:41 PM.
          "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you'll suck forever" Brian Wilson

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            #6
            Shit hey.... that hurts mate. Nobody wants to see their pride and joy all smooshed.
            It is pretty humbling coming to terms with just how hard it is to drive a car proper fast. When I bought my E30 I had grand plans to prep up to do Targa Barrier Reef next year. I did some more research online and found some good articles from veterans that talks about how hard the event actually is, and how if you fuck up, you end up off a cliff / into a cliff / dead. That was a bit of a wakeup call for me to learn how to drive before doing that. On a similar note, my Uncle has been doing Targa Tassie for about the last 4 years. This year he binned his Ford Escort and wrote it off. Thats racing for you!

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              #7
              Not the only pf guy to whack their car over the weekend at the track.

              It happens, main thing is your ok.
              Originally posted by brasher
              TJ is 99% African American.

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                #8
                Backs been a bit sore where I clobbered the bolster. I think if I’m going to do those sorts of speeds again I need a proper seat, HANS device and harnesses. The seatbelt and seat were woefully inadequate and I moved around an awful lot.
                "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you'll suck forever" Brian Wilson

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                  #9
                  At least you have the balls to take a nice car out and push it to it's, and your limits. Nobody can disrespect you for that. Unfortunately shit happens.
                  All I see is an excuse for a suspension upgrade.....

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Cliffordcliffs View Post
                    Y So I bought mca reds, the anti droop mod and got it tuned to e85. Now the car felt awesome, the way it should’ve been from the start. Turn in and body control was perfect on the street.
                    missed this bit ? ^

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                      #11
                      No good mate, sorry to see.
                      Hey, at least the bags didn’t go off, that would really ruin your week.

                      Maybe it needs that $20 EVO wing screwed to the boot lid to settle it down? :p

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                        #12
                        If you don't bend them every now and then you're not trying hard enough. At least 3 cars were bent (including ours) on Saturday. The track was quite slippery with all that dust, don't feel bad. I've just been given the all clear on the MX5, so some replacement panels, a bit of bog and I'll be out again soon.
                        Rust is lighter than carbon fibre.

                        My Italian 510

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Marlin View Post
                          No good mate, sorry to see.
                          Hey, at least the bags didn’t go off, that would really ruin your week....p

                          Side curtain bag bag did go off. It’s $687 from Toyota but I think the hood lining and interior trim will add up quickly.

                          I got got a phone call from the panel beaters today. The bird on the phone sounded quite deflated once she found out it wasn’t an insurance quote. Gulp!
                          "Beware the lollipop of mediocrity: lick it once and you'll suck forever" Brian Wilson

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                            #14
                            You asked around on who to go to?
                            Anyone know an 86 race team who might have a bag and interior bits laying around?
                            86 racers replace these panels often..... who do they use?

                            ...... spoken to Camerons’s Bodyworks yet?

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                              #15
                              There's a place in Sydney that buys most of the wrecked 86's from auctions and supplies parts to the 86 series, I'm sure they'd have a surplus of airbags and interior parts: https://www.facebook.com/toyotaracingspares/
                              Last edited by jasonp1977; 12-09-19, 10:06 PM.

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