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Old 12-01-2011, 12:42 PM
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Track and Autocross guys/gals

I would like to get/share info with locals who actually Track or autocross.

Maybe get a group FS/WTB/WTT thread as well?

I have a 2004 MCS and it is "almost ready" for Track use. Currently ready to tackle a HPDE or 3 but i am itching to get back on track after over a year without.

Looking to go further!

So how about a Who/What/Where/When... and how-to?
 
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:05 PM
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You might consider looking into "Hooked on Driving" first. I've done courses with them (and still do) and have expanded into NASA HPDE. I think HoD coaches and staff will help a lot -- but I'm biased since I started there. I'm in NorCal or I'd join.
 
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:15 PM
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Great idea for NOOBS but I am actually NASA D3 (HPDE) and was about to move into DE4/Time Trial when i left Arizona in August 2010.

I am not as familiar with the groups here in the MidWest so wondering who is all running with what groups and which classes. Then we can get into preferred setups and such.

Thinking BMWCCA, NASA or SCCA for spring.
 
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:40 AM
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Hooked on Driving has courses for those up through HPDE 4 equivelent. Personal choice, but I still do both sides. The HoD is a less competitive environment to help get you back on your feet. Just a thought.
 
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Autocross is less risky, damned challenging, and will allow you to learn one heck of a lot about driving at the limit in a nice safe environment.

Doesn't cost as much in brakes and tires too!

Now I'm not slamming folks that love the track - me too!

Just sayin'

Sounds like you are already a track junky though huh?

Anyway - look HERE.

Kind regards,

Charlie
 
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I join the Windy City BMW club every April for their performance driving school at the Autobahn Country Club. It's a very well run program and they're very welcoming to MINI owners. I'll have my R53 there this spring.. hope to see you there! Check out their website... www.windycitybmw.com
 
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:33 PM
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I join the Windy City BMW club every April for their performance driving school at the Autobahn Country Club. It's a very well run program and they're very welcoming to MINI owners. I'll have my R53 there this spring.. hope to see you there! Check out their website... www.windycitybmw.com

 
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We're trying to set up a track day for 2012 at Gingerman. Are there enough MINI owners out there that would sign up for a track day there?
 
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We're trying to set up a track day for 2012 at Gingerman. Are there enough MINI owners out there that would sign up for a track day there?
I would be interested. Depending on cost, dates, rules, instructors/non-instructed, other makes allowed to sign up, etc.

Anxiously awaiting the details... thanks.
 
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Old 12-05-2011, 02:31 PM
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Charlie and 312griso8v... NICE PICS!!!

Yeah, i do have a love for track but may just have to get in on an autocross or 3 this year too!

So MINIofChicago... there is 3 guys already!
 
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Love the big track but at a buck twenty a mistake can be costly.
 
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Old 12-06-2011, 06:58 AM
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Island maser... your sig says NT-01... pic looks like SDrives or Contis?

Love that color scheme though!

Thinking about sway bars?
 
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Old 12-06-2011, 07:04 AM
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Love the big track but at a buck twenty a mistake can be costly.
Amen to that brother.

My last on track excursion was with BMWCCA up at Hew Hampshire International Speedway. I reckon the BMW folks do a really nice job with the program, and take great pains to keep the risks low.

Regrettably on this day a new BMW sedan hit the wall when exiting the road course section and returning to the front straight. Driver was fine, but was out at least 10k of repairs. I believe he had a RF tire issue which left him with terminal understeer at 70 mph and pointed in the wrong direction.

I just cannot gamble what I cannot afford to lose.

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Old 12-06-2011, 10:46 AM
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BMW also offers track day insurance for like $99 ;-)
 
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I do agree that the potential damage at a track is greater, there is usually less likely-hood of it happening. Most tracks have exceptional runoff room and tech inspections before entry.

No matter what... i can't wait to autocross as well as get back on the track!!!

Thinking i may need two sets of wheels though, lightweight track set with Azenis or EcstaXS and a SILLY-STICKY-WIDE set for AutoX.
 
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SimTech:

Welcome to the area! I've been a Windy City BMW member for years doing autox and Driver's Schools and now instruct for them. I also instruct for Lotus Corp and LAPS, Inc. For HPDE there are several groups that do events at Autobahn Country Club including Windy City BMW, Chicago Audi club, LAPS, NASA, and others which I think also includes Hooked on Driving. Lotus Corp does an event each May at Blackhawk. Badger BIMMER and Chicago Audi club do events there too. Several of these groups also do Gingerman, Putnam Park, Road America, and Grattan events.
For Autox Windy City BMW does an annual AutoX school and six events, including a two day charity event at The Tire Rack. Chicago Miata Club, Audi, VW, Salt Creek Sports Car, SCCA and others do events in the area. The Miata club has in past years done a class for MINI's, but didn't get very many entries. But you get a lot of runs at their events and they attract many cars of other makes to thier autox events.

I'm sure I'll see you at an event next year.

Jim
 
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Sounds like we need to get a local schedule up and plan the caravans!

Ohh forgot to mention and put in my sig... BMWCCA member 444936 :-)
 
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so 225/45-15 on 15x7
or
215/45-16 on 16x7

for track? autocross? etc...

and discuss!
 
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Old 12-11-2011, 01:28 PM
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so 225/45-15 on 15x7
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215/45-16 on 16x7

for track? autocross? etc...

and discuss!
I would not recommend 225 on a 7" rim based on my own experiences. At least 7.5, and 8" would be perfect.

I've tried RS3 and R1R at 225 with poor results in comparison to a good 205.

This is forcing me into wider rims after three years of patient denial.

So I'd suggest the 215...

Please note however that I am running -2.5 camber up front, without which I suspect the 225s would have been even worse.

Cheers,

Charlie
 
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:19 AM
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I used to run a 235/40 on a 17x8 perfectly. 225 is technically perfect on 7.5" wheel but has worked perfectly on 7" as well.

the real question is 15" or 16" for the track wheels.
 
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http://www.windycitymiataclub.com/joomla/

~$30 per event, and up to 16 (!) runs per day. Schaumburg is a GREAT venue. Maywood, not so much. I used to autocross with SCCA back in the day, and you only get 6 runs MAX per day.

These guys run the most efficient autocross events I've ever seen. Everyone is super nice as long as you're not an ******, too. I went a full season with them last year and it was great.
 
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OHHH... sounds like a good idea!
 
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Originally Posted by 312griso8v View Post
I join the Windy City BMW club every April for their performance driving school at the Autobahn Country Club. It's a very well run program and they're very welcoming to MINI owners. I'll have my R53 there this spring.. hope to see you there! Check out their website... www.windycitybmw.com

I am a member as well
 
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Originally Posted by LTLMCPE View Post
SimTech:

Welcome to the area! I've been a Windy City BMW member for years doing autox and Driver's Schools and now instruct for them. I also instruct for Lotus Corp and LAPS, Inc. For HPDE there are several groups that do events at Autobahn Country Club including Windy City BMW, Chicago Audi club, LAPS, NASA, and others which I think also includes Hooked on Driving. Lotus Corp does an event each May at Blackhawk. Badger BIMMER and Chicago Audi club do events there too. Several of these groups also do Gingerman, Putnam Park, Road America, and Grattan events.
For Autox Windy City BMW does an annual AutoX school and six events, including a two day charity event at The Tire Rack. Chicago Miata Club, Audi, VW, Salt Creek Sports Car, SCCA and others do events in the area. The Miata club has in past years done a class for MINI's, but didn't get very many entries. But you get a lot of runs at their events and they attract many cars of other makes to thier autox events.

I'm sure I'll see you at an event next year.

Jim
Hey Jim, you took my wife (Lisa) in her Red S 2 years back, I'm trying to talk to her into going again in the spring (now an S topless) and I sold my M3 and bought a JCW I'm planning on coming around more this year. So, I'll see you there (I have a picture of the two of you somewhere) btw....she had a blast with you....
Dan
 
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Originally Posted by jibber11 View Post
Hey Jim, you took my wife (Lisa) in her Red S 2 years back, I'm trying to talk to her into going again in the spring (now an S topless) and I sold my M3 and bought a JCW I'm planning on coming around more this year. So, I'll see you there (I have a picture of the two of you somewhere) btw....she had a blast with you....
Dan
Just FYI... Windy City doesn't allow convertibles (unless theyre fully caged) at the Performance Driving Schools... only autocross for the topless (cars).

If you'll each be in different skill level groups, you can use the same car for two drivers!! See you there this spring!

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