When we get an STi, (may be 2nd year) I plan to auto cross, and do open track stuff @ qualcomm, willowsprings, buttonwillow, laguna seca would be nice (as would a road trip to road atlanta!). Also heard they open up the infield road course that goes up on part of the oval (US F1 G.P. style) at california speedway @ fontana (that grand am uses )from time to time. Still undecided if i will ever run at a drag strip, i probably will, just try to watch the launches. We'll be out with 2 cars, the new STi for me, and my wife will be racing our WRX wagon, when we end up w/an STi, we may be able to make our '91 MR2 hardtop into a dedicated race car. that'd be nice! Great family cars for a young family of four eh!?!
I'm sure I'll probably fall to temptation for the occasional impromptu street light battle, but I wouldn't go out looking for a big "F & F" style street race. Ortega hwy is a little too crowded for me, there are plenty of other mountain roads out there, you just need to know where to look!
More than likely I will do some road racing and I might try some rally crossing. Since the STi will be my daily driver I don't want to risk wrecking it or breaking something. I have another car for racing but it will be nice to not have to worry about the weather when I sign up and prepay for the events. I will prolly be visiting Gingerman in Michigan and I might drive down to Puttnam Park in Indiana. There is also a track here in Illinois called Blackhawk that I heard is not that great due to the track conditions. Maybe it will be more tollerable with an AWD rally car. If I really get motivated I might drive up to Road America. I also heard about a rallying school that sounds interesting. Don't know if I would need my own vehicle or not though. I am real interested in seeing how an AWD vehicle performs on a track since I have only experienced RWD vehicles on tracks.
I remember someone mentioning a while back about the possibility of an STi meet or something once we all get our STis and break them in. Maybe we could all meet at a track and have a track day while we are at it. Since most of us will have to drive a decent distance we will prolly want to stay a couple days instead of just one day. We could have a track day on one of those days.
There was an article in the Nov 02 issue of Grassroots motorsports comparing FWD, RWD and AWD. The AWD got faster times in every event.
As for racing my STI, starting out it's going to be my main car. I'll race it in a few years when I have a replacement for it. Right now I'm just looking for a AWD Plymouth Laser or Toyota Celica to do Club Rally. This winter I'm am going to a three day rally class at Team O'niell. I've heard that they are better than the one in florida.
I'll never rally my car(s), pay too much $ to go out and ruin them. (ok, bring on the hate mail) I'm no rich boy, these will be my family's primary transportation. I will do other stuff as previously posted. How about you Scoob? You started the thread and never said yourself!
I'm mostly interested in carving up the twisties in a civilized manner. For those in the S.D. area, I'm referring to the Alpine/Julian roads, maybe even the Otay Lakes Road headed towards Tecate. Anyone have more suggestions?
1) putting on make-up
2) reading maps
3) half asleep
4) shaving (I have actually witnessed this)
6) talking on the phone
7) scolding the kids
8 ) adjusting the radio
9) arguing with the passenger
10) and let's not forget the peds & bicyclists
In short people on the street are concentrating on everything but their driving. Therefore, it is safer to drive hard at the track. I am no rich boy, so I will have to take it easy. I may not be very competitive, but I will have fun and get plenty of adrenaline. I want to tear up the twisties at Willow Springs Raceway. I also like the idea of a meet & greet, I just don't like the idea of unsanctioned racing. Call me what you like; I am afraid of racing on the street. It is too dangerous.
Oh yea, I almost forgot. I plan on autocrossing at Qualcomm Stadium on weekends, just amateur stuff.
You'll like this then. Jay Leno has people send in ads every week on his headlines. He had one to attach your laptop to your steering wheel. I think our driver education is severly lacking and this kind of product stupidity doesn't help.
An old friend's brother invented one of those labtop conversion kits for an automobile. But it went over the center dash and it was made primarily for the police. Wow that was a while ago.... Thanks for the reminder!
You don't need to worry about screwing up your car because it will handle like a dream. I have a stock WRX now and i have taken it around normal turns at about 60mph. I have also drove down dirt roads with washouts at about 60mph and it handle's great. The only thing i worry about is chipping the paint but i haven't found a scratch yet.
I can only imagine how the STi is going to handle. I am gonna try and payoff a lot on my WRX and trade it in for an STi.
SnowmanFX, exactly. I have no problems "babying" the car, esp during the break-in period, but when some cocky kid driving an F&F wannabe civic with a spoiler that looks like it came out of high school machine shop, then I gotta educate the fool. I got my WRX for snowboarding reasons so you know it's gonna see harsh conditions. The same will go for the STi whenever I can get my hands on one.
Well, since this will be my primary driver I am gonna baby it. I do think I will take it to Nurburgring track here in Germany since it is only about 20-30 mins away!! I won't drag it. I will never rally it (even though that would be sweet), but looking at the budget you need to rally on a nice car like that is UNBELIEVABLE!!
On the streets I am gonna challenge people no doubt..but not to the point of being foolish. Basically..I'm gonna LOVE my STi