Friday, March 9, 2007, 10:28 PM - GeneralI attended the Jim Russell advanced karting school today. I never expected I would try this again in such a short time after the technique class, but they called me with a special discount package and I just went for it. I would say this one is much better than last one. It had timed session, rolling start practice, passing practice (although I did it 100% wrong) and the young instructor was really paying attention of all 5 students in our group and pointed out the mistake in a very frank manner.
My first kart #43 was pretty bad and it kept breaking down and it's abit too small for me. Quite a bit of track practice time was lost due to the mechanical failure. Then they replaced me a #45 kart in last 2 sessions and it was much more comfortable to drive with better leg room. My lap time was horribly slow My best lap time was only 57.93s, while my 2 other classmates in same group were almost 2s faster than me. There were another group of seasoned karters and their best time were almost 4-5s faster.. Going fast with this kart is not easy at all.. Maybe it's time to lose some of my 30 lbs fat before I try next time.
Here are 2 video links from youtube.
Me lapping around the track.
Race start.. I was on 3rd and then spun off.. but the time I finished 1st lap, it was more than 10s behind the leader already.
Here are some pics, enjoys
1) Me lapping around the track
2) Rolling start practice (#43 3rd karter is me.)
3) Rolling start practice (#43 3rd karter is me.)
Monday, February 5, 2007, 08:38 PM - Modeling Related
Today I bought a 1/12 Tamiya Texaco Marlboro M23 from Kevin at GMPA.org. Special thanks to Kevin for selling his favorite kit to me. I had wanted to get this kit for long long time and I am happy that I can finally "afford" and get one now. This kit is in really good shape given that it is a 30+ yrs old kit. Even the orignal decal is still in very fine shape. Kevin includes a S27 decal and it is a big bonus too. I don't know when I will build this, but I am so excited to add this kit into my Tamiya F1 collection.
Sunday, February 4, 2007, 08:33 PM - Modeling RelatedWhile my Minardi project is set aside and waiting for gloss white paint. I continue to do some other fun stuff. I built a F1 tire stand with styrene sheets, wires and a resin tool wheel casted by my good friend Mario. This idea is 100% inspired by AJ's super Ferrari workshop diorama. This is my 1st try to build tools myself.. Hopefully I will be able to build a F1 garage scene one day too
Sunday, January 28, 2007, 12:39 PM - Minardi M193Alright, finally make some progress here. I have put 3rd coat of Tamiya white primer on. It now has consistent white base to receive gloss white paint. I will sand the white primer smooth and use Tamiya TS26 pure white to do the job. I will probably de-can it and use my Tamiya HG airbrush to put 3 layers on. Here are some pic and you can see the difference between Lotus 107B and this mod-version of Minardi. You can see the major mod is on the cowling backbone and the nose cone. Actually I feel Lotus shape looks more distinctive
Saturday, January 13, 2007, 11:39 PM - GeneralToday is one exciting day for me. I finally attended the karting school at Jim Russell Racing School in Sonoma, CA. I had wanted to do this real karting stuff since 1997 and never got my act together. The overall experience is incredible and I am really happy about it. Embrassingly, I am the only adult in the class of 8 and the oldest kid there was only 16. LOL.. Believe it or not, the fastest and smoothest driver in the class was the ~12-13 yrs old boy who drove so smoothly and I have hard time to stay with him.
The kart I drove was a sprint kart. Instructor mentoned that this kind of kart can go to max of 80-100 mph. Driving this kart is no joke.. It accelerates so fast and the brake pedal travel distance is only 1 - 2 inch or so.. very difficult to adjust after so many years of road car driving. The throttle is so responsive that just a little harder on gas while exiting the corner can easily swing your rear around.
After full day of class (around 6 drills), I still couldn't brake consistently on the right braking spot and kept the correct race line when entering corner (maybe braking too late or carry too much brake into apex while instructor taught not to carry the brake into apex.) I guess it does take a lot of practice to get it right
During my last run, the kart just died. Mechanics said the drive shaft broke and he gave me ride back to the pit. LOL It is like F1 with mechanical failure and I got a DNF... LOL So instructor gave me a few laps of bonus run to make up the lost track time and I really appreciated that.
Overall, I had a lot of fun and I finally get the real race kart driving experience.. After I got back in my road car to drive home, suddenly I felt everything was going in slow motion. If I have chance, I will try out their advanced course, but will definitely try to attend a class with few more adults to be less embrassing
Here are some photos taken by a friendly mechanics there in my last bonus run and I was all by myself at the track. Enjoys my report.
This is silly me wearing helmet after final bonus run