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Mar 8th 2016, 05:25 PM   #1
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
Ever been around the Ridge in a car?

I had the opportunity, though through unfortunate circumstances, to attend the Camp Goodtimes Fundraiser at the Ridge in October of 2015. Anyone is welcome, as long as they donate $100 or so to the cause of fighting cancer.

First car ride was this on street tires

2nd, was this on intermediate softer compound tires

The last one was this, with the instructor of the track day-Turn 2? Got to go out in the A group and were floating over the apex aprons, sliding hard through all the corners. Was a super cool experience.
My kids 13-17 got to go 160 indicated down the front straight-they were stoked!
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Mar 8th 2016, 05:34 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
The only time I've been around the track on four wheels was with Rod, in his truck. He did a couple hot laps with fire extinguishers bouncing around the bed. By the time we got to the carousel the second time the brakes were so overheated that the truck felt like an out of balance washing machine every time he hit them. He didn't slow down much and that really made entering T13 a bit of an experience.
Mar 8th 2016, 06:41 PM   #3
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  Feb 2016
  Gig Harbor

Been around it a bunch in cages, including last Saturday. Looking forward to my first laps on two wheels this year.
Mar 8th 2016, 07:06 PM   #4
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

Been around it lots of times in trucks, only one car. An Audi RS4 in 32 weather. We were doing 2:02s which was terrifying to me. Also a fuck of a lot of fun. I believe those stock cars are about the 1000hp mark if memory serves me correctly
Mar 8th 2016, 07:56 PM   #5
 
  Jan 2016
  Spokane, WA

  1299 Panigale Anniversario #81/500, 2006 GSX-R 1000
That McLaren though...
Mar 8th 2016, 09:01 PM   #6
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
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That McLaren though...
Yeah, I didn't get a chance in that one, figured it would be similar to the Lambos, but with twin turbos vs. normally aspirated. The acceleration and braking was very impressive.


The kids gots some laps in it and also the one in the back of this photo.


Wanted a ride in pre 70's Camaro, or one the Porsche, Vettes, or Mustangs that were there, but all the camp kids got first dibs. Some wealthy gent showed up in a helicopter and took the kids over the south sound too.

It was interesting going from the Italian exotics to the American full roll cage 4-point seat harness shell of a car. The thing shuddered and groaned pulling out of the pits, then got on song down the end of the straight. The Hoosier slick tires were dead cold as he slid all the way thru 2 and pretty much slid into the apron of 3 cresting the hill. He slowly picked up the pace, hunting for grip, each lap progressively faster.

The 5th or 6 lap we were passing everybody (car guys apparently stick their hand out a wave you by, with mirrors and all.) One lap we got into a huge slide, back all swapped out in 7A, he overcorrected slightly, got it back in line, looked over and just hooted. It was funny, he was clearly having as much fun as I was.

Dan, it seemed like Dominator wasn't as fast on the straight as the Italians cars, but could out manuver in the corners.
Mar 8th 2016, 09:12 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
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Been around it lots of times in trucks, only one car. An Audi RS4 in 32 weather. We were doing 2:02s which was terrifying to me. Also a fuck of a lot of fun. I believe those stock cars are about the 1000hp mark if memory serves me correctly

Was that the blue RS4? That has to be one of the best sounding cars out there.

And the stock-cars that Turn2 has aren't the big fire breathers. These guys are closer to being one step down from Xfinity cup cars, probably more like 5-600 hp. (Could be wrong though).


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Mar 8th 2016, 09:29 PM   #8
 
  Jan 2016
  Seattle

Ok, that makes sense. They had some there last year, the real big boy cars. Thought maybe that was one of em. Didn't get to see em run but you could tell they were special. And yes, the blue RS4. Turned out he was the SCCA west coast lead instructor. He knew how to handle that Audi, cause we passed everything that session. We were braking into 1 at 140+ in the wet. I barely fit in that car in full leathers and helmet. Then he forgot about turn 8... Audi brakes are strong, and that quattro system is fabulous. That Huracan is pretty sweet. The green definitely stands out, and I hear they're pretty quick too
Mar 13th 2016, 12:29 PM   #9
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  Feb 2016
  Tacoma

Testing of the timing loop, after the initial install; may or not, have been done with a 1/2t Chevy with Very hot brakes. *whistles innocently.

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Mar 13th 2016, 08:15 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  Bonney Lake

  '99 Baby KLR, '03 R6-track '05 FZ6, '07 Sprint ST
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Testing of the timing loop, after the initial install; may or not, have been done with a 1/2t Chevy with Very hot brakes. *whistles innocently.

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Mar 14th 2016, 04:17 PM   #11
 
  Mar 2016
  Seattle East Side

I've done 2 or 3 track days on four wheels at the ridge, all in my old M5. Bilstein suspension, F43 wheels, supercharger with methanol injection and a number of smaller performance upgrades meant it could get around just fine.

Cars are fun, but a lot safer. The fear of crashing / injury is greatly diminished, almost eliminated. It's still very challenging to go fast at the ridge in a car, but you look at each corner/complex totally differently.

It's fun, but the excitement (edit: and feeling of accomplishment) of going fast in a car doesn't hold a candle to going fast on a motorcycle. A car forgives you for your mistakes. A motorcycle prefers not to.


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Mar 14th 2016, 09:49 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, '99 Honda CBR600f4
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Originally Posted by Astair1299
I've done 2 or 3 track days on four wheels at the ridge, all in my old M5. Bilstein suspension, F43 wheels, supercharger with methanol injection and a number of smaller performance upgrades meant it could get around just fine.

Cars are fun, but a lot safer. The fear of crashing / injury is greatly diminished, almost eliminated. It's still very challenging to go fast at the ridge in a car, but you look at each corner/complex totally differently.

It's fun, but the excitement (edit: and feeling of accomplishment) of going fast in a car doesn't hold a candle to going fast on a motorcycle. A car forgives you for your mistakes. A motorcycle prefers not to.


Share because noise:


I recognize that car. Shot it a couple of times. Good sounding machine.


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