Tuesday, July 28, 2009

'09 Toledo ProSolo

By: Jake

After the 1st session for STU Ridgick and I broke out of the pack by 1.7 seconds and we were separated by 15 thousandths.

Going forward everyone improved, naturally. Unfortunately for me I finished up on the left with fast dirty runs. Woulda shoulda coulda not wobbled that last cone at the finish out of the box on my 27.1xx left side run for a 7 tenths pick up. On the last left side run I red lit with a 0.499 reaction time and decided to hold third much longer for experimental purposes. Plus one in the slalom and a 27.0XX. The important lesson learned, which should have been learned in DC, is that you can NOT rely on the announcer. Too bad. Congrats Cy, Corey, Greg, and everyone else. See runs on video and pictures below...

Results: http://scca.com/documents/resultfiles/13630_results%20rt.60ft1%5D.pdf

Monday, July 27, 2009

Pocono Grand Slam Aftermath - Brownbo's & Smoke

Subaru STi brakes magically change colors when you hamfist the car for 30 minutes...

This is what happens when a hamfist tries to catch another hamfist on an open track.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pocono Grand Slam 2009

At Pocono Grand Slam this year, one hamfist blew up his motor. More to come on that later. In the mean time check out the video from my one session on the east course. Due to technical difficulties I am driving on the bizzaro world East Course in my car, just right hand drive. Don't ask... Stay tuned for the last lap where I put one wheel off.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Video: RX-7 Autox Shoot Off @ Raceway Park

Jake's run: 54.293 sec
Best Run: 52.939 sec (in Subaru STi)

Elena's run: 55.9XX sec
Best Run: 54.904 sec

Sandro's run: 56.294 sec
Best Run: 54.761 sec

Click here to view final results
Click here to view pax results

Note: Due to the fact that NNJR drivers power through courses so hard that the asphalt rips out of the ground, several midday course changes were made. The event results are therefore no longer being counted towards season points... Too bad considering I ran top pax in the Subaru on what I thought was the slower of the course designs for the day.

Hamfist Racing Goes To Waterfest... Blowing Hot Air.

By: Jake

This weekend Hamfist Racing had a small presence at Waterfest at Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ. For those who aren't apprised of the German hot hatch culture in the US, Waterfest is a exhibition and motorsports festival for Audi and Volkswagen cars. A couple of us volunteered to work the autocross competition (the only competition that matters). We figured it best not to show up with a Japanese ride at such an event, so I called in a favor to a friend of mine who just came across a 1976 VW Beetle convertible, Bicentennial Edition.

Bug Butt (Photo By: Bob Macmillan)

Upon arriving at Raceway Park we quickly realized that there was something to the name Waterfest that us JDM lovers didn't quite understand. Air cooled cars were not welcome here and we had tomatoes thrown at us all day by water cooled Jetta's and Golf's (dramatic interpretation).

I paid no mind to the hate and drove the bug with pride flashing two-fingered peace signs palm facing out (as opposed to the knuckles-out peace sign used by gangsters and players) to all who dared glance at the blasphemous bug.

While the bug sat around looking pretty myself and the other instructors reeked havoc in other people's rides.

Three Wheel Stand in Stranger's Car (Photo By: Ciotti)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Holy Koni

This Koni/Ground Control coilover setup is poised for installation pending arrival of helper springs and torrington bearings. They are going to provide god-like handling for the black RX-7. Holy (or should I say, "holi") Koni's FTMFW.

*Disclaimer: References to spirituality do not reflect the religious views of Hamfist Racing, its drivers, and its affiliates (we worship the laws of physics)