If you’ve been following you’ll notice there has been a lot of racing lately. Hawkeye Downs is the closest location to our new digs, it’s always fun to do events close by. Going to numerous events and locations is crucial for a few reasons, including variation and exposure. Variation gives you the opportunity to experience different surfaces, course designers, and competition. Exposure means you get a chance to meet new people and they get to meet you, if you’ve got sponsors or contingencies the more exposure the better! Exposure also means the people running the show remember your face/car, this is important if you’re looking to do more activities within the region/club.
AutoX plays an important role in the amateur racing world, it’s a great place for people to get inexpensive exposure to safe competition. It’s also great for experienced drivers to hone and fine tune a separate set of skills that they rarely get to use. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, get out there and go autoxing. Find your region, find your local clubs and go racing.
Lets talk about the Hawkeye Downs event hosted by the Iowa Region SCCA and watch some videos.
Continue reading AutoX: Hawkeye Downs Iowa Region SCCA 2014-7-13
Iowa is a great state, it has great landscapes, there are these things called seasons (which I completely forgot about), a HUGE amount of America’s food is grown/raised here in Iowa, and there’s AutoX. LOTS of AUTOX. Plus it’s pretty close to Nebraska, I hear there is a big AutoX held somewhere in the expanses of Nebraska. This week on Autoxing in Iowa my Co-Driver and I went east towards the great Mississippi River. The Great River Region does events at the iWireless Center in Moline, IL. I drove over to Brian’s house bright and early to pick him up and then we were off towards the ole’muddy Mississippi.
People like to make fun of smaller states in the Midwest, but they really are missing out on some amazing landscapes, and AutoXs.
Continue reading AutoX: Moline, IL Great River Region SCCA 2014-7-6
As many of you know, T3hClap.com has moved from the sunny beaches and tourist traps of Florida to the wonderful corn and soybeans of Iowa!!
Once we moved in and got situated. The first thing on the agenda was to find an AutoX, lucky for me we moved in to the intersection of three great SCCA autox regions. Iowa Region, Des Moines Valley Region and Great River Region. With the right planning it’s possible to do multiple events a month between each region (well, between March and Sept).
Oskaloosa hosted my first Iowa Autox. It is a small town that isn’t exactly easy to get to, when you take the long way. The AutoX is held at a small airports east of town. I plugged the airport into the Waze app and headed towards the event. As many iPhone users know, your phone will die and it’ll die when you’re 10 minutes from where you need to go in the middle of nowhere Iowa. Luckily, there was a Focus ST scooting a long that looked determined to go racing, so I followed him in the rest of the way. (Thanks Nate)
Continue reading AutoX: Oskaloosa, IA Iowa Region SCCA 2014-6-22
Today is the day. RevWorks in Wintersprings, FL has their dyno up and running. It’s time to set their stock turbo STi record!! Yes, I’m the only stock turbo STi who has done a pull but that’s not the point. Still the record holder! At least until one of you steps up and beats it.
Continue reading RevWorks Dyno Pull. T3h_Clap STi and some shop cars
Everyone sits on the bench yelling back and forth about this, and that. Not enough power, needs AWD, shouldn’t have Prius tires, why does it need rear seats, needs a turbo, the arguments never seem to end. Yet, ultimately none of this bench racing matters, because guess what? The 86 twins are awesome. There was never a car produced that made everyone happy, not one. Except maybe the Dodge Omni GLH that thing was awesome. Anyway, back to the topic at hand, Ivan’s BRZ. Everyone who knows Ivan or has ever seen Ivan’s old STI knew the BRZ wasn’t going to stay stock for long. I’m pretty sure it was stock for all of 10 minutes.
Continue reading No Power != No Fun. Ivan’s Subaru BRZ is ready for anything
We’re back again with more Brembo clearance info. The Enkei RPF1 is a popular wheel choice, it comes in many different sizes. Unfortunately many of the popular sizes don’t clear the STI Brembo calipers. We’ve already gone over what’s needed to clear the 17×9 +35mm, 17×9.5 +38mm, and 18×10 +38mm. Next on the list is the Enkei RPF1 18×9.5 +38mm. For the 18×9.5 +38mm Enkei RPF1 to clear the STI Brembos you’ll need an 8mm spacer. Luckily for the Subaru owners not running Brembos no spacers are required.
Continue reading Brembo Clearance: Enkei RPF1 18×9.5 +38mm