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    Get my car on track at VIR... FINALLY. I have a feeling that it's now or never.

    And since my current employer has foolishly decided to get on the path to self-destruction prior to my retirement date, decide what I'm going to do within the next 6-12 months. Move with them on the road to chaos and take as much of their money as I can and then jump off the sinking ship (hopefully before it sinks), or just leave and find something local that will allow me to lead a relatively sane life from here on out.

    Oh, and take my girlfriend on a train tour of the Grand Canyon in late summer. Traveling back & forth and spending time away from her for a year or two would bother me. First time in my life that I've experienced that emotion. Weird. What's happening to me???
    #1: Made it to VIR and took part in an SCCA HPDE. Finally did it. Had a good time, but learned that while my car is damn fast, I'm not. I now have an even greater appreciation and respect for professional drivers and their ability to hit lap times that are within a tenth or so over the course of many laps. On a technical track like VIR, I can certainly say, this s### ain't as easy as it looks on TV.

    #2: My company is run by people so incompetent that I turned down the "opportunity" to follow them through the gates of hell. It'll probably be another 4-6 months before they get to my department anyway. Economy is looking pretty good in my sector, so I'm not too pressed about what's next. What will be will be...

    #3: No go on the Grand Canyon train tour last year. I think we'll either do that, or maybe a cruise, this year (even though I'm not so keen on being trapped on the ocean with other humans). The ladyfriend is great and I actually enjoy traveling and spending time with her (a unique feeling for a self-professed hermit such as myself). Life is good. Now, I'll just work on making life even better in 2018. I hope & pray for the very same for all of my fellow posters here. God bless you all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jag_Warrior View Post
    #1: Made it to VIR and took part in an SCCA HPDE. Finally did it. Had a good time, but learned that while my car is damn fast, I'm not. I now have an even greater appreciation and respect for professional drivers and their ability to hit lap times that are within a tenth or so over the course of many laps. On a technical track like VIR, I can certainly say, this s### ain't as easy as it looks on TV.

    #2: My company is run by people so incompetent that I turned down the "opportunity" to follow them through the gates of hell. It'll probably be another 4-6 months before they get to my department anyway. Economy is looking pretty good in my sector, so I'm not too pressed about what's next. What will be will be...

    #3: No go on the Grand Canyon train tour last year. I think we'll either do that, or maybe a cruise, this year (even though I'm not so keen on being trapped on the ocean with other humans). The ladyfriend is great and I actually enjoy traveling and spending time with her (a unique feeling for a self-professed hermit such as myself). Life is good. Now, I'll just work on making life even better in 2018. I hope & pray for the very same for all of my fellow posters here. God bless you all.
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    It was the full course. Pretty sweet. The car did really well, but I only did one day and never built the lap time consistency that I wanted. That night, my mind raced through all the things my instructor had told me throughout the session, and I could/should have gone back for a second day (with another outfit). But we had to get back home.

    I'm sure that studying and knowing the track and the optimal lines is important anywhere. But it seems especially critical at VIR. I was lined up for an HPDE at Summit Point, but this one popped up at the last minute.

    I'll do this again. I was frustrated, but I loved the challenge to get better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jag_Warrior View Post
    It was the full course. Pretty sweet. The car did really well, but I only did one day and never built the lap time consistency that I wanted. That night, my mind raced through all the things my instructor had told me throughout the session, and I could/should have gone back for a second day (with another outfit). But we had to get back home.

    I'm sure that studying and knowing the track and the optimal lines is important anywhere. But it seems especially critical at VIR. I was lined up for an HPDE at Summit Point, but this one popped up at the last minute. I'll do this again. I was frustrated, but I loved the challenge to get better.
    What group did you run with at VIR? There are about ten different organizations that hold track days in the mid Atlantic area. If you decide to do another one then do Summit Point. The track (main) was completely repaved just this past October. If you do Summit be aware that there are three different and separate tracks in use there. The one you want to run on is Summit main. The Shenandoah and Jefferson circuits are fun but not as good. If you do one at Summit and it's one of the SCCA's events I'll make a point of stopping by to buy you an end of the day beer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starter View Post
    What group did you run with at VIR? There are about ten different organizations that hold track days in the mid Atlantic area. If you decide to do another one then do Summit Point. The track (main) was completely repaved just this past October. If you do Summit be aware that there are three different and separate tracks in use there. The one you want to run on is Summit main. The Shenandoah and Jefferson circuits are fun but not as good. If you do one at Summit and it's one of the SCCA's events I'll make a point of stopping by to buy you an end of the day beer.
    My event was run by the SCCA - North Carolina Region. The next day I think it was an outfit called Chin Track Days. If we hadn't had to get home, I would have gone back for another dose.

    I'll certainly keep that in mind. I'd most likely be doing an SCCA event where ever I go next. And I'd really like to try Summit Point.

    Thanks much.
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    Goals for 2018 have been two fold. I never set new years resolutions a such but since I stopped playing football(soccer) last year when I got injured despite working outside in a fairly physical job I have put on weight and the amount of physical exercise I was doing is down the pan.

    So for 2018 I have set 3 goals

    1. Walk or Cycle anywhere I can realistically. Exceptions being distant journey's, journeys with time restrictions and also if transporting stuff is required.

    2. As well as that I have joined a gym for the first time in my 31 years. I have been using it for swimming twice a week for 5 months now and have joined completely and had my first 1000 calories burned off on Friday. Very proud of myself. I will always use it because I hate wasting money. So if I pay I am going to use it Plus I actually enjoy exercise so that helps.

    3. Finally to continue to socialise more / travel. For years after my mother had a stroke and I cared for her my life fell apart. I didn't go out, I had no friends and was so shy to interact. I look back and realise what a sad life I was leading. One reason I spent so long on here at times. Anyway I met and became best friends with someone I met at work 4 years ago and despite being very different we get on fab. She has helped me move my life on and get it started albeit 10 years to late perhaps. I have made so many new friends now through various hobbies and being more social that from never going out with no friends I go out lots and have lots of friends. I am have learn't a new language (albeit not that great yet) and started social drinking.I have finally started traveling with a great singles holiday company and figure until I find a friend to travel with or partner I should see the world. Picos in Spain last year and maybe Italy this year. I am as happy as I have ever been and despite being too busy (ask Gadjo) to visit here as much now my third goal (finally) is to continue my new journey into the world and life.

    So thats my update on 2018
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    I'm looking at the NASA HPDE/HyperFest sessions in May. Hopefully I can pull it off. Thank a lot!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nealst10 View Post
    I'm looking at the NASA HPDE/HyperFest sessions in May. Hopefully I can pull it off. Thank a lot!!!
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    More road trips for this year with family.

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