My son got a new helmet. While he got a great deal, it would have been helpful to have the HANS anchors installed at the same time (now his dad may have to do it). When I bought the HANS (see first post) I watched them install the anchors, and the instructions seem very clear (esp. the part about “measure twice, drill once!”). Just need to get the anchors, a little time…with Mid-Ohio coming up very soon. I might just try to convince the wife how much fun a drive up to OG would be (hey, bring the helmet and HANS while you’re at it–and can you wait while they install it?). We’re going to share the HANS at first, esp. because few student cars will have harnesses so it won’t be as helpful.
After a minor fender-bender 12 years ago (8 days after I bought the car!), I had the headlights changed to H5’s, as on the 87-89 Carreras. The original sugar scoops used sealed-beams and weren’t very bright, but the newer ones were only marginally better. I got a lead on a lightly-used pair of H1’s (European lights, separate bulbs for low/high beams) and received them this week. Since I still drive to the track and will be driving to Mid-Ohio in a couple of weeks (much of the driving in the dark), I’ll be installing them. Considerations include female connectors (H5’s take special connectors which must be replaced with H4 connectors–H1 and H4 use same connector), and also installing a headlight relay to minimize voltage loss through extra wiring and the headlight switches. Total cost for project will be $75 as I got lucky with the headlight purchase. The only other purchase needed prior to the event will e a Chatterbox Communicator. While these are now available in a bluetooth configuration, my understanding is that the older wired version is superior for DE instruction, and OG has them in stock. I’ll also be renting a helmet for my son–we’ve been sharing to date, but as we may be driving at the same time now, he’ll need his own. Since he’s away in college (in Ohio – picking him up on the way to M-O), I’ll rent a helmet that at least fits me. so we can both have out own. Then purchase one for him when we return. The car has Toyo 888s on it now and plan to drive to the track on them unless it’s raining, in which case I’ll be mounting the RA-1’s. If I can find someone to drive one of those sets to the track for me, I’ll switch to street tires and save my R-compound tires from the 6+ hour drive.
Well, here it is, my first blog post. Others have been after me to create a blog for 2 years (I work in medicine and also in e-Prescribing, and I assume e-Prescribing will be next), but it took OG Racing (www.ogracing.com) to convince me of the value of a blog. I’m a typical middle-aged guy who works 50-70 hours/week, and relaxes during the summer by working on my car and driving on the track, and during the winter by working on my car and skiing. I bought a 12-year-old 911 Carrera Targa 13 years ago, and first got out to the track about 2 years later. Doing only 6-9 track days/year, I spent years in the green and blue run groups, finally making white (uninstructed) just before my son turned 18. Once he began driving on the track too, it qualified as “family time” so my track days went up significantly. I did about 16 days his first year, and 20 days last year, moving into the black run group. Last weekend I became an instructor for PCA.
- Do I want to race. I’m middle-aged and not getting younger, and I’m not particularly fast (some of that is the car… 😀 )?
- Should I increase stiffness of my suspension?
- Should I bag my Targa and get a coupe – and if I get a coupe, stay with SC/Carrera which I know and can work on, or go to 996 for more power, more advanced handling, but less raw “sports car” feel?