Episode 20 – COVID – Course Design and Corn Muffins

BMWCCA autocross co-chair Matt Cweika and autocrosser and course designer Justin Chen join the ladies this week to talk about what it’s like to autocross in a post-COVID world. Justin also talks a little bit about what kind of thought goes into designing a course. Spoiler alert: A lot!

Justin Chen. Photo by Douglas Levy

In this episode:

  • Autocrossing a Lexus station wagon
  • Becoming a course designer for autocross
  • Post-Covid autocross events
  • Socializing at events post-Covid
  • Worker assignments with less people
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Episode 19 – Car Woes

The four ladies (Audra, Jess, Kathy and Elizabeth) sit down to talk about Kathy’s car woes, Elizabeth’s Porsche update, and how the first post-COVID autocross event went.

In this episode:

  • Flat tires and Audi brakes.
  • Power washers on fire, convertible tops that won’t retract.
  • Products for removing decal and plastidip residue.
  • Is the paint washed off your license plates? Newer ones are cheaper than you think.
  • Why it’s a good idea to find out how much transmission oil you need ahead of time.
  • Race car update!
  • Finding the wheel torque settings for your car.
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Episode 18 – The Best Co-Chair Ever

In this episode Audra, Jess and Kathy talk to Matt Cwieka, Co-Chair of the Boston BMW CCA Autocross program, who takes us on his journey from novice to competing nationally, including the story of all of his cars along the way.

In this episode:

  • Novice car errors
  • The slippery slope of autocross addiction
  • Blowing up cars and learning how to replace an engine
  • Being a Co-Chair is lots of work
  • How Covid will change autocross
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Episode 17 – The Sisterhood of Don’t Wear Jeans

Audra and Elizabeth sit down with fellow autocrosser Lisa Burke and discuss all things Porsche, Miata, track, and autocross.

In this episode:

  • Catastrophic engine failure on an ‘01 Miata
  • How Lisa got into autocross
  • What’s a Ground School?
  • What coronavirus track events might look like
  • “Track Skittles”
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Episode 15 – Car Movies and Quarantine

In this quarantine edition of the Shifting Points Podcast, Audra, Jess and Kathy stay home and discuss motorsports movies, round-robin style. Well specifically – what Kathy likes, what Audra doesn’t like, and Jess’ favorite car chase scenes.

In this episode:

  • Audra’s number 1 hated car movie.. and why it’s pretty understandable.
  • Kathy spoils the ending of a very old movie.
  • The correlation between peas and the Fast and Furious franchise.
  • The ladies have some shifting points about the Transporter movies.
  • The bottom of the barrel is reached.
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Episode 14 – Tedward Drives

The Shifting Points ladies are joined by Tom Coletta, creator and writer of the Tedward YouTube channel with over 30k subscribers where he posts car-related videos on a regular basis.

In this episode:

  • Lack of participation in car club events among underrepresented groups.
  • Let’s get rid of labeling people!
  • Underrepresented groups have seen significant progress in 20 years!
  • You can be gay, and you can be a women, you just can’t be a jerk!
  • Why Tom thinks BMW drivers are the worst. Or does he?
  • Tom paints a compelling argument to hit the track.
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Show notes:

Tom’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/bmwfiend

Episode 13 – Jess’ Dilemma

The ladies gather and discuss Jess’ current dilemma of off-season tire buying. What DO you put on a retired autocross car but still want to have some fun? Lots of questions this week. We can’t wait for your thoughts. 

In this episode:

  • Recap of some of what the ladies are currently driving
  • What tires should Jess buy?
  • Would you rather swap a wheel/tire set or remount tires?
  • Tire reviews are subjective.
  • Is a 200k mile car ready to call it quits just yet?
  • To swap wheels before hobbies or not to swap?

Head over to the Shifting Points Podcast Facebook page to cast your vote on what YOU would do.

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Episode 12 – Howard Comes Out Of His Shell

In this episode, guest Howard Miller takes time out of his day to talk to Audra and Kathy about his experiences with his E46 M3 and driving. They also answer a listener email, which we love!

(PS – send one in any time to shiftingpoints@gmail.com)

In this episode:

  • Finding and fixing your dream car
  • Buying an old BMW and the repair costs/surprises
  • Being an introvert and new to events
  • It’s the driver, not the car
  • Time trials
  • Having an instructor versus not
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Short Shift 2 – Race Car Update With a Side Of Rice

A quick note after our holiday break so Elizabeth can tell about her 944 race car build status. Spoiler alert: Things don’t always go right. 

In this episode:

  • Elizabeth’s current 944 race car build status
  • Her quick Track Night America recap
  • A $1000 extra car
  • Lessons learned while using strong cleaning products.
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