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Old 06-11-2009, 02:30 AM   #1
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I want to leave work at noon to head to the track.
I don't get out until 12:30.

The trip should take 4 hours.
Half hour into the trip, just as I pass the BMW plant, traffic is stopped.
I sit there for at least 30 minutes. Accident.

Traffic resumes. Picking up speed.
Bam! WTF??

I look over and I have 3" diameter circle of smashed glass.
Car will never pass tech and it's just too unsafe to drive on a track with it.

I call my wife, she calls Nationwide and I continue to drive.
Ended up getting an appointment in Charlotte to have the window replaced.

Back on the road. Clean window but my rear view mirror wobbles.

I hope the next two days go better.
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how did your window get broken?
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:52 AM   #3
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Press on little soldier...press on.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:56 AM   #4
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how did your window get broken?
Probably a rock or from an overhead structure since I didn't see it coming.
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Old 06-11-2009, 03:18 PM   #5
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Well, hopefully once you get to the track you have a wonderful time with no issues, and then the little hiccups on the way there will seem like nothing... Enjoy, and be safe..
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what track do you go to? the only one i know near would be VIR, but if there is one in charolette i may have to check it out
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give me a shout next time you head to Charlotte, we should meet up.
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I hate when that happens...

Your not just fishing for donations.. are you?
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I hate when that happens...

Your not just fishing for donations.. are you?
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I hate when that happens...

Your not just fishing for donations.. are you?
I knew Steven was getting rich off this site when I saw him on MTV Cribs last week.
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3" hole?? Glad it didn't come through on your side of the car man
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what track do you go to? the only one i know near would be VIR, but if there is one in charolette i may have to check it out
VIR. I now discovered a new problem.
My gas pedal has been stiff since I bought the car in 2000.
I need to lube it and then adjust it.
A buddy looked at it and told me the throttle has been been opening all the way.


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give me a shout next time you head to Charlotte, we should meet up.
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I hate when that happens...

Your not just fishing for donations.. are you?
Nah. Insurance covered. 0 deductable.
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happened to my mom.. some kid dropped a brick onto her car from an overpass, hit the windsheild on the pasengerside right where it meets the roof.

Little F'er got a dozen cars before the cops got him. Thankfully nobody got hurt.

Good luck on your next track day.. just look at it this way, maybe something bad would have happened on the track and this was just the world's way of stopping you from going. Sometime Karma is NOT a bitch
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happened to my mom.. some kid dropped a brick onto her car from an overpass, hit the windsheild on the pasengerside right where it meets the roof.

Little F'er got a dozen cars before the cops got him. Thankfully nobody got hurt.

Good luck on your next track day.. just look at it this way, maybe something bad would have happened on the track and this was just the world's way of stopping you from going. Sometime Karma is NOT a bitch
Oh, that reminds me.

After my first session I check my oil. I'm down a little so I add 3/4 qt.
Start the car for my next session. I have a rough idle but it sometimes acts like it's missing from time to time. I think nothing of it. A couple laps and it's taking me a lot longer to stop. Brakes feel fine, plenty of pad. Frsh fluid. Can't figure it out.

Between sessions I ask someone to look at my gas pedal. I insist that it's stiff. I try a friend's M Coupe. His is easy to press. We pop open the hood.
Hey, you are missing your oil cap! Oh ****! I can't find it. Then someone tells me they found an oil cap at turn 6.

Thank goodness the cap didn't cause any damage.
I lost very little oil but that explained why my braking distance increased.
Next session braking was fine.

But back to the throttle cable. It seems that my butterfly is not opening all the way and it can't be adjusted any more. Plus it is stiff.

I need to lubricate the cable and see if I can lower the gas pedal stop.
I might find some more HP.
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Steven - I have a throttle cable from my M42 kicking around somewhere, need it? My buddy has it at his house in Charlotte.
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