Thursday, June 23, 2011

Subaru Showdown: July 16-17 at CMP

Next weekend, we will be heading up to Toledo, OH for the SCCA Tire Rack Toledo National Tour.   A couple of weeks later, though, c'mon down to South Carolina to join us for the Subaru Showdown at Carolina Motorsports Park!

The Subaru Showdown is a two day autocross championship and Subaru owner’s appreciation event jointly hosted by Central Carolinas Region SCCA and South Carolina Region SCCA, consisting of the following events on July 16-17, 2011, at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC:

Autocross – a 2-day event for ALL CARS with two separate courses on the Carolina Motorsports Park West Course.

Car Show – Two separate 1-day events for Subarus only.

PDX – "Performance Driving Experience" – a 2-day HPDE/track day event on the Carolina Motorsports Park East Course for Subarus only.

Time Trial – a 2-day event for Subarus only, held under SCCA Club Trials rules.

Event information and online registration:

Sponsored By
Fairway Subaru - Greenville, SC
Folger Subaru - Charlotte, NC
Subaru of Charleston - Charleston, SC

Questions? Contact or call us at 803-386-7727. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blytheville National Tour Sunday

Day 2 started with lots of course walks, since the storm on Saturday night cleared out the site and blew the cones around on the course.  The event staff did a fantastic job getting everything squared away for day 2.  Thanks, guys!   

We were sitting in 2nd and 3rd place, 0.388 and 0.882 behind Jay Jackson.    Garrett put the pressure on Jay early by jumping into the lead with a class-best 63.871 on his first run.   I struggled with 3rd again and ran an embarrassingly slow 66.781.     Jay ran a 64.719, dropping him to second, but moved back into the lead on his second run with a 64.009.   Garrett missed a gate on course for a DNF, and I ran another slow time (65.993), and hit 5th gear on an attempted 3rd gear upshift again. On Jay's final run in the 914-6, he slowed down by 0.2, with a 64.264, leaving the door open for Garret to steal the win.  Unfortunately, Garrett only made up half of the 0.2s defect, by running a 63.764, and picked up a cone.    With first and second place settled, and my head not in the game, I was just hoping to hang on to third place.   I decided I would leave the car in 2nd gear and never even try for 3rd.  The result: I shaved only 0.6 seconds off and ran another slow time -- 65.302.    Rick McPherson leapfrogged into 3rd place on his last run with a 64.641.      So, Garrett finished 2nd (0.2s from first) and I wound up 4th (2.17s out of first).    Great job Garrett!!!     

In looking at the data on the ride home, I had identical times and speeds to Garrett in all but two places on course.  I lost 1.1 seconds to Garrett from the start through the opening offsets leading into the first slalom.   I lost another 0.7 seconds to Garrett in the final slalom before the finish.  

Garrett's first run on Sunday:

Bryan's 3rd run on Sunday:

I really need to figure out why I'm having such a hard time finding 3rd in this car.   I've never been able to hit it consistently.    I've changed transmissions, seats, seating position, shifters, and even put in a rail to guide the shifter into 3rd.   I'm just too ham-fisted, I guess.    Oh well, we still had still a fantastic weekend with a great competition with some really great FP guys.   Blytheville is such a great site, and has such great people, I'm shocked at the low turnout for this Tour.   Anyone that couldn't make it missed a great event.   We will definitely be back in October for another shot at Jay.   

Up next for us?   We've decided to run the Toledo, OH National Tour on July 2-3 to get more seat time on concrete.   

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Blytheville National Tour - Saturday

The course today was everything we expected:  fast, challenging, and one helluva lot of fun.   Competition was close from the first runs in our class, as Jay Jackson laid down 63.080 on his first run and Garrett followed that with a 63.2, but picked up 2 cones.   On my first run, I managed to mess up both shifts to 3rd gear: hitting 1st instead coming through the walloms, and 5th before the 3-cone slalom entering the big sweeper.  My time was a 64.462 +3 cones.     In second runs, Jay ran a 62.535 and extended his lead.   Garrett posted a class-best scratch time of 62.028, but hit the first cone after the staging line -- before the timing lights at the start.   That trick is something that I did last October to cone-away the first place run.    On my second run, I turned a respectable scratch time of 62.569, but picked up 2 cones being sloppy in a couple of slaloms.  That run would have put me into 2nd at the time.   As it stood after 2 runs, Jay Jackson was leading the class with his 62.5, Garrett was sitting 4th, and I was sitting 6th, both of us without a clean run.   On his 3rd run, Jay improved again, to a 62.426.   Garrett went out a few cars later and jumped into 2nd place with a 62.764, putting him within striking distance tomorrow, just 0.338 back.    I had problems finding third again on my final run, and hit 5th gear going into the 3-cone slalom again, and carried it through the big sweeper.   I did manage a clean, but slow, 63.308, which moved me up 3 places into 3rd.   I am 0.544 behind Garrett and 0.882 behind Jay.     We've got our work cut out for us tomorrow, but a Frankenstook 1-2 is still possible.  Keep your fingers crossed for us, and check out the live results at or the live audio at .  We start an hour earlier tomorrow, so expect our group to start around 11:15-11:30am.

Garrett's 62.7

Bryan's 63.3


Day 1 results.


Blytheville National Tour - Friday

We got on the road around 7:20 this morning and arrived safely in Blytheville, AR for the SCCA Southern States Championship National Tour about 10 hours later.   The tires are changed, the gadgets are setup, and the 0.83 mile course has been walked.  Yes, you read that right, the course for tomorrow is 0.83 miles long, and it's the fastest National course I've seen in 3 years.  I expect most of the course will be well into 3rd gear, with two spots to downshift into 2nd.      Times should be in the lower 60's.  It's going to be an absolutely awesome course to run.   Here's a link to a google maps plot:    be sure to click the satellite view.

  We are running in the 2nd run group, which will probably start up around 12:15-12:30ish eastern time.   Follow the live results over at or stream the live audio broadcast at

I'm off to dream about the course...   the firs step to a Team Frankenstook 1-2 result this weekend.