First Autocross After Too Long


As I write this, I’m sitting in a truck on the road to San Diego to compete in the 2013 SCCA Pacific Southwest National Tour autocross event in San Diego. You may recall that in my last post, I mentioned some nervousness about jumping into the deep end of competition. To ease my nerves, and get familiar with Sean Green’s new Miata, I entered last weekend’s Western Washington Sports Car Council autocross.

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Project Kyoko: Winter Cleaning

Enkei RPF-1s- They need to be cleaned, and new rubber mounted for the summer time

So yesterday, I mounted Kyoko’s winter wheels and loaded her summer shoes into the apartment.  They are Enkei RFP-1s with Toyo Proxes on them. However, since I bought the car in the winter time, I never really got the chance to feel what Proxes drove like in the proper operating temperature.

Regardless, I will take the time to properly clean the wheels now that they are off the car. Also, this gives me some time to figure out what summertime rubber that I will mount on them in the next few months. I’ve been super interested in the Falken RT615-K, so that is always an option. Also, if I know someone who has some used summer rubber, I may just use those depending on the budget when the time comes.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to take some more photos with Kyoko with something more than a cheap camera phone, but for the moment….*click!*

Project Kyoko: Getting dressed up for winter.

Making the change from summer to winter.

Not much going on: Just a brief update on Project Kyoko- So this afternoon, I spent some time mounting Kyoko’s winter shoes.

They are OEM 14’s with used Bridgestone RE-960 on them.  One thing I didn’t think about was because of the smaller tire size, they lower the car a bit, so now I have to be even more careful around large curbs and speed bumps. I also made sure to change her oil, while I had some time under the car.

I’ll spend some time this winter up at our local outdoor karting track on the winter tires, just getting more comfortable with the car on untimed runs around the track.  I’m sure other shinanigans will occur as well.

Kyoko: Winter Mode complete.



Has anyone seen the series ‘Ex-Driver?’ It’s an automotive anime from a few years back. The setting is based in the future, where the traffic system has been automated by artificial intelligence. (Wait, it does get interesting, I promise!)

People have been removed from the equation as the cars drive themselves. As the traffic system is regulated, occasionally the AI systems regulating the cars would fall off the grid, which will cause the cars go out of control.

Basically, the main characters of the series actually drive their own gasoline powered cars  around and attempt to stop the AI cars from going out of control. The characters drive mostly European cars, such as the Caterham 7, Lancia Stratos and Lotus Europa, and it’s the classic ‘kid driver saving the city from danger’ story.

The music is corny, the dialogue is a bit stiff, but the main character drives a Caterham, so I can’t not love this series. It’s only 6 episodes, so jump on Youtube and give it a watch.

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