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!