Monday, July 3, 2017

I killed my Civic :(

I still can't really believe it, but, due to a driver error on my part, I destroyed my Civic by crashing into a Jersey barrier at the ICAR lapping night last Wednesday. I had just been passed by two BMW's and figured I could keep up with the second one through the high speed esses. I entered the left-hander a bit too fast and drifted a bit off the apex, which seemed like no big deal at the time. Just after I entered the steering input for the right hander, the rear of the car let go and I got back on the gas to catch it, but there was very little runoff area and I found myself headed straight for the aforementioned Jersey barriers. I managed to scrub off some speed but still impacted at 72 km/h. My airbags deployed, and the car is a write-off, as can be seen from this photo.

Physically, I was totally fine. However, I really feel quite stupid about the whole thing. I never realized how close that wall was to the fastest corners on the track, and I should have noticed this. I was gradually building up speed, as there were a few puddles on the track and I hadn't driven on track at all in five weeks. I let my competitive nature get hold of me after being passed by a BMW M2, and that was just foolish. I should have continued to build speed gradually and see how the car was behaving.

My season is over and my car is gone, and I have no one to blame but myself. I will now focus on selling as many parts as I can from the wreck so I can afford to buy another Honda next season. This sucks!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Car spotting in the last few weeks

We just got back from our family vacation to the South of France. It was a lovely family trip. There were no car activities and there are fewer cool cars to spot in that area than one would imagine. I will give a more detailed description of the trip in a future post.

These F430's are still nice
The LH Hotel had its Ferrari back out front
I don't love these old Nissan's, but this one was in remarkable condition

Not my favourite Porsche, but I like the simplicity of these late 924's
15CV Citroen
Nice CRX 
Subtle as ever: M5
There are still people who daily drive their 993's
I love this modified V70R
I would pick this over the M5...
Lovely 2002, with roll bar, bumper delete and Alpina wheels
One of the rare Renault Sport models I spotted in France
Some kind of Exige, looked amazing
I don't know that this was, but it looked awesome!
I've never seen a Civic EP3 used as a company car
Another 993 Targa
I still love the R35 GTR
The original Godzilla
I still love the Ur-S4/S6
A rarity: Nissan Figaro 
This is a case where the wheels make the car...
This owner used to have a V70R... now he has this Polestar
Super-tasteful 635csi
A rare photo of our two cars. I wish I could drive them more in a more stimulating context than city driving...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Spot of the year so far: Porsche 911R

Wow, I did not think I would ever see one of these in Montreal!

Friday, May 19, 2017

BMW HPDE at Tremblant... no laps for me

Monday I took a day off from my day job to instruct at a BMW club event at Tremblant. I loaded up the Civic and headed out at the crack of dawn. Just as I was about to head out on track for my first session, one of my brake hoses failed. It had clearly been rubbing on something, maybe the wheels I used to drive to and from Calabogie? I called around the parts stores and no one had a replacement (I had spares at home... DOH!). I ordered the part at the local Canadian Tire, but it would only arrive at 4:00 pm. At least I only had a single student to instruct. I drove maybe 5 laps in his Golf GTi, it was better than nothing. I installed the new brake line in the Canadian Tire parking lot and drove home. When changing the opposite brake hose(to have the same model on each side), I broke the bolt that holds the hose on the caliper. I ordered a replacement from the Honda dealer yesterday, but they screwed up my order and I won't get it until Tuesday. The car is parked for now, with no front brakes.

There were many cool cars on display, as usual, including all generations of M3. Here are a few pics:

Car spotting...

Aston Martin N430 (I think)
I really like the M2
Rare Cadillac Coupe
Becoming more common at the track: S2000
My group at the St-Eustache AISA school
The Civic, ready for action on track
Tastefully modded FRS
Still one of the most exotic looking cars on the road

Looks good from every angle
Scrape much?
I miss the 6.2 liter V8, but these are still nice
Beautiful luxury cars, I'll take the Jag
Super clean E30 with tasteful mods
Polestar in its signature colour
Increasingly rare: 944 Turbo
Increasingly common: Focus RS... cool colour!