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BMWGeoff
BMWGeoff Reader
9/13/21 10:01 a.m.

In reply to wvumtnbkr :

Previous owner ran it in Champcar, but he took the Multimatic suspension off in favour of some more basic coilovers. Either way, right now I need seat time more than I need to worry about being competitive.

BMWGeoff
BMWGeoff Reader
9/23/21 2:08 p.m.

This is why you inspect everything. I found all 5 spokes cracked on one of my wheels. Fortunately, the car came with 6, so I'm not stuck trying to get new wheels right now.

A little research led me to discover that the early FD RX-7 wheels were prone to cracking, and were updated during production to be stronger (and a bit heavier). It seems that I have 2 early and 4 late production wheels. Guess which 4 are on the car now...

BMWGeoff
BMWGeoff Reader
9/23/21 2:09 p.m.

Test fitting myself with my new Zamp RZ-36 helmet and Stand21 Club 3 FHR. Can't wait to hit the track next week :D

adam525i
adam525i Dork
9/23/21 2:41 p.m.

What track are you hitting and when? I know Shannonville has a cheap day on October 2 that is tempting but it's a long haul to there for me.

BMWGeoff
BMWGeoff Reader
9/23/21 2:51 p.m.

In reply to adam525i :

I'll be at Mosport (GP track) on the 30th.

adam525i
adam525i Dork
9/23/21 6:14 p.m.

Oh, so you're going all out for the first track day, nice! Extra glad you found the wheel cracks then.

BMWGeoff
BMWGeoff Reader
9/23/21 9:52 p.m.

In reply to adam525i :

Go big or go home, lol.

N7Prime
N7Prime Reader
9/25/21 12:26 a.m.

I like that under the heat shield it says CALLAWAY on the stock Exhaust manifold. 

BMWGeoff
BMWGeoff Reader
9/26/21 3:19 p.m.

In reply to N7Prime :

BMWGeoff
BMWGeoff Reader
9/26/21 3:36 p.m.

All cleaned up and ready to rock

Justjim75
Justjim75 SuperDork
9/26/21 4:01 p.m.

Can I ask what price range it was to get started this way?  Say increments of $5000.  More than 15, less than $20000?

Less than $15k?  This looks like a way better way to do it than have to learn all the rules to build to and I'm guessing it was cheaper by a good bit than starting from scratch.  TIA

BMWGeoff
BMWGeoff Reader
9/27/21 6:03 a.m.

In reply to Justjim75 :

I don't mind sharing the price I paid. I got the car, with spares and delivery from 180km (about 120 miles) away for all of CDN$6500 (a bit over US$5k). The car needed all regular maintenance (fluids, tires, etc.) and items with expiry dates (seat belts, etc.), but was otherwise track ready.

Justjim75
Justjim75 SuperDork
9/27/21 11:20 a.m.

So with patience and good car shopping skills (this is the home of the $2000 Challenge after all) its possible to have a "real racecar" for around $10k or less!  Now I have a goal, time to get to work.  Thanks

BMWGeoff
BMWGeoff Reader
10/1/21 7:33 a.m.

Thoughts on my first track day:

1. I am slow, lots of practice is required

2. I didn't find the limits of 9 year old Falken Azenis

3. I need a gym, or power steering

Lots of work to do over the winter.

adam525i
adam525i Dork
10/1/21 7:42 a.m.

In reply to BMWGeoff :

How was the group to run with? Was the day well organized? Other drivers courteous with passing and point by's? Lunch? It looked like pretty decent track time for the money but it's always good to hear first hand experience.

Also nice to see that it looks like the car ran well for you, I'm not sure there are a lot of $6500 cars that almost out of the box can head on track without any issues.

BMWGeoff
BMWGeoff Reader
10/1/21 8:03 a.m.

In reply to adam525i :

I ran in the beginner group, and it was reasonably well organized. No major issues with passing/point by's. Instructors are available at no extra charge, and the coaching helped a lot. Lunch was ok, but if you like to eat, bring snacks and extra water. There were 7 20 minute sessions per group (beginner, advanced and open), though I had to leave early due to prior commitments, I still got 5 sessions in. 

Overall, it was a good day for me and the car. I was able to exceed 175kph up the back straight, and was letting off well before the bridge, so I could've gone faster, but my balls aren't big enough yet... same applies to turn 1, 2 and 4 lol.

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