Audra and Kathy have a conversation with Jason Hopkins, from Citrus Racer Lounge, and Roland Hahn, from Citrus Racer Lounge and Hot Mess Race Group. Jason is the admin and the creator of Citrus Racer Lounge in 2015 and it has grown to almost 5000 members. It is a hub for endurance racers to connect and share information. Roland has been racing competitively since 1984. He assists with Citrus Racer Lounge and is the co-owner and head mechanic for Hot Mess Race Group.
In this episode, we talked about:
Different types of endurance racing, with Lemons being the clear favorite as the entry-level event. They tell us that Lemons is safe and cheap with very friendly people and great camaraderie amongst the competitors.
The best way to start Lemons is to find a team. Alternatively, if you start with a car the base price has to be $500, prior to all the work to make it safe (rollcage, brakes and other safety equipment).
Most Lemons races are about 14.5 hours. They usually only have 1 or 2 24-hour endurance races per year.
A good endurance driver needs to be very consistent. Roland recommends that drivers drive at 75% and leave room to make mistakes.
Driver comfort is key, even if that results in a wet seat.
Jess, Audra and Kathy sit down with father and son team Don and Brian Kuehl (multiple time SCCA Solo National Champion) to talk about their love of building a project CRX together, discovering autocross, and the joys of tuning a daily driver.
Kathy, Jess and Audra chat with Mike Banas and Mark Joyce about, well, Corvettes. Mark and Mike provide some great information about various models and characteristics and we talk about our favorite topic, autocross. Mike, an experienced Novice Coach, lends valuable advice for novices and Mark regales us with tales of his first event nightmares. And, Kathy is still trying to figure out what car she rolled out of.
We tried something new, but that led to learning about how our brains do not like having a decision to make: it causes stress on the brain. We also decided that we are suffering from decision fatigue and talked about some car related stuff.
In this episode:
We talk a bit about front ends and general car design. Do people just hate the new designs because they are new? So along those lines, we found something that hasn’t changed.
We, yet again, contemplate what people are buying.
How do you Tai Chi yourself into the back of a MINI? Does it count as a workout?
Some cleaning tips, like spit and vacuum attachments. And while we were on that topic, we had some advice for car designers.
Shifting Points sponsors Southern New Hampshire Cars and Coffee. Audra and Kathy talk when to switch tires, and convertibles and New England winters.They also had a great conversation with Cecily and Nathan about all things cars and Jason Hopkins who moderates the Citrus Racer Lounge which is all about Lemons racing.
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!