This was my last session from Tuesday, it’s the only full session video that was even slightly interesting to watch the whole way through. My Harry’s Lap Timer didnt record this session, not sure why, but Im not mad about it, my goal was to be in the mid 1.30’s and my fastest lap of the day was 1.33.26. Blackhawk is a blast, really hope to come back here soon.
Today, I drove probably the most convenient track day I’ve ever driven. This year, the SCCA started an event called Track Night in America, an affordable series of HPDE’s that take place on weeknights around the country. Today, there was event at Blackhawk Farms Raceway, the very first track I’ve ever driven, I haven’t been back there since 2013, and this experience was worlds away from my last one. I’m definitely a different driver than I was two years ago, and the skills I’ve developed made this event a blast!
This was the very first time I’ve ever driven an event with no one I knew was attending. I made new friends, but it was kind of refreshing, it’s like when I used to go to car meets alone so meeting new people was easy.
The event started with the gates opening at 3pm, this was nice because I got to spend the first part of my day getting the car packed, and spending time with my family. Once the event started, it went so smooth, and everything was so fast pace. Other than a couple black flags that put us only a few minutes behind schedule, the day was great. I got there, I signed in, self teched, did a super quick driver’s meeting, and we were on our merry way!
For it pretty much being organized by two representatives of the SCCA, I was really impressed by this event. Tracknight was definitely worth it, for it being on a weeknight, the run groups were relatively small because not a ton of people could really make it. 125 to get some driving in, on a random weeknight, small crowds, AND they give you dinner? I love it!
I got some cool footage, I’ll be sure to get it posted some time soon. Check the instagram @geekylurv and the youtube channel for updates on that!
I went shooting again. This time at one of my favorite local forest preserves. Didn’t go far off the trail this time around, I usually do when I go here. I was getting eaten alive so I decided to get back on the trail away from some of the standing water that was around. Same lens as last time, got to use more of it this time around.
I’ve decided that I should take more photos in order to fix the lack of creativity I addressed in my previous post. I visited my best friend today at his new apartment, and took some photos while he gave me a tour of his apartment complex. It was a cool day.
All pics show with my T2i and a 30ish year old Minolta Macro lens
For a long time I was feeling really bummed that I haven’t done anything creative, so last season, I decided it was time to change that. At the end of last season, I started to work on a new livery. I’ve made a ton of different variations, and asked for a ton of criticism from friends, and everything I’ve planned has finally come to fruition.
After about 22 hours of work over the past few weeks and a few hundred dollars, I repaired and repainted my bumper, and then I applied the new livery!
I had taken a few in progress pics, but I don’t really feel like sorting through them, so I’m just going to post this pictures of what I finished today. I have a few more stickers that need to be cut and applied, and then it will be 100% but I’m really happy with how it turned out. It’s not perfect, but I’m so proud of it. It’s been a long time coming, and it feels good to finally have finished it, well mostly haha.
Picked up some clothes today, some stuff that I really won’t be using till next winter, but I’m very very excited about anyway.
First is this Lucky Brand Flannel
It’s a standard button up flannel, but it’s got a bunch of little details that I like. Like the denim lined button placket, and the “Lucky You” tag at the bottom of it.
What I’m really stoked on is this Fjall Raven jacket.
This jacket is so cool, it’s pretty much exactly what I’ve been wanting for a dressed down winter jacket. Canvas like G-1000 outer shell is well suited to be waxed for extra water and wind protection, very well insulated with down, and has thick raw leather around the sleaves and hood areas to prevent wear. It’s just beautiful. And though I’m endlessly happy that the weather is warming up, I’m very excited to put this jacket to use!
Starting my 2015 season prep a little early.
Picked up a new Cam seal and a Vtec Solenoid Gasket to fix a couple of oil leaks my engine was having. Things were going smooth until I was replacing my cam cover haha. Snapped a 12mm bolt trying to torque it correctly, gonna take the car into the shop on Tuesday to get it fixed. Oh well, hopefully my oil leaks are done haha.
I made a video too!
Before I started filming, I wasn’t aware that my camera has a 4gb video file limit, so this is only 12 minutes condensed into 1 minute. I’ll be sure to stay on top of this next time I make a wrenching video.
Just made my very first video with my T2i!!!!
I’ve had a few people ask me to show them how I do my hair, so I did!
This news isn’t anywhere as important to next car season as the RAMBLERS news is. BUT, it is very important to me personally.
I finally got a DSLR! It’s not the most ridiculous rig, but It’s at the right level I need it to be seeing as it’s just going to be used to take pictures of leaves, my car, and candid photos of the people in my life.
Picked this T2i up from a homie for a steal with an aftermarket flash, and a tripod that he still has to find haha. But now that I have a camera I can dedicate to creating content for this site, I feel like I will actually be motivated to create content for this site. Not that my phone’s camera isn’t good enough for my needs, but I don’t like using my phone too much at car events that usually take all day. I like conserving my phone’s battery for actual smartphone related use haha. Going to start looking into Minolta to Cannon adapters so I don’t have to invest in new lenses just yet seeing as I have quite a few rad old Minolta lenses. But yeah, don’t expect any shots just yet. I have to wait for my memory cards to come in. But once that happens, I plan on doing a lot of shooting haha.
Last year, the only event I was able to drive was GRIDLIFE, but it was the most fun event I’ve ever taken part in. A full weekend of driving, hanging with friends, becoming a better driver, a party, and a competitive time attack event. Last year’s event was a real eye opener in showing me how much I need to improve as a driver. But with this next year’s event already having been announced, I’m already very ready for it mentally.
This year’s GRIDLIFE offers a new twist to their time attack event; a team battle. Before I found out about the team battle, I was going back and forth about competing in the time attack at all. But I decided it would be a good way to benchmark my progress as a driver at Gingerman. But then I saw how the team battle would work, and it really is right up my alley.
The team battle will be judged as followed: “The team title will be comprised of 2 parts. Collective time & Group theme and concourse. The timed portion will be based on the average of the finishing positions of each team member within their class. Concourse will be judged by a team of 2 Non competing staff members and 2 guest judges. We will be looking at consistency of team liveries, vehicular thematics & overall build and prep.” A perfect way to drive and show my style. But I didn’t have a team. So I started to look around at my friend lists. I have a lot of friends that understand car style really well, and I have a lot of friends that are very talented drivers, and I have a lot of friends that are good at both, but most of them are drifters haha. But my biggest problem was that most of my track friends that do understand style, I would assume are already part of teams, or wouldn’t be interested haha.
Luckily, two friends that I drove at GRIDLIFE with last year were totally down with my idea. And to add more to my luck, not only are they both better drivers than I am, but they definitely don’t come up short in style. The first person I asked was my old friend Mikey. We used to talk about stuff like this years ago, so he was the first person I even thought of when I saw the team battle existed. Our third member is our friend Chris. I’ve only really started talking to Chris this past year, but he’s one of a few folks that are truly like minded with me when it comes to cars locally; so we’ve become good friends since we’ve met.
So now we’ve got a team, and we’ve got a date to shoot for, but we needed a name. I had a few names lined up, but one that really resonated with me was RAMBLERS. Some might remember my RAMBLERS stickers from a year or two ago, nothing really came of that, I really only made it for the CREWS car show so we’d have a name to use, but I really liked the sticker, and kinda just put the concept away until now. Now that the name has a use, I redesigned it, and have a pretty big plan for it in the coming season. I’ll be posting updates about it all closer to the spring, but I’m very excited about it all.
But yeah, that’s us. We are the RAMBLERS Racing Team. I changed the GeekyLURV facebook page into our official page for now, and we’ll be updating that more often once we all start actually prepping for GRIDLIFE.
I have a little more news to tell you all, but that will have to wait until after a few things come into my possession. It’s not as big news as RAMBLERS is, but it’s still a big deal to me haha.