(MARRS-RX7) there, i fixed it

Bill McCabe thebillmccabe
Mon Oct 19 22:01:13 CEST 2009


Kevin, I don't know what you are talking about mine always has that
conversation with me....right about mid way through the gravel pit in turn
3.  Oh and in turn 8/9 oh thats right that was Owens car as I was getting
T-boned by the F'ing Camaro. No I'm not bitter.

On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 3:54 PM, Kevin Hutchens <kevin at designed.com> wrote:

>  Yea, but it is a little different on the street at 40 vs turn 10 at 90 ;)
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> Once you a drifting, It DOESN?T then ask ?are you sure you want to go off
> the track??
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> Can?t wait to see you racing with us next year Danny!
>
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> *From:* spec7-bounces at specrx7.com [mailto:spec7-bounces at specrx7.com] *On
> Behalf Of *Theo Abramovich
> *Sent:* Monday, October 19, 2009 4:46 AM
>
> *To:* Spec RX-7
> *Subject:* Re: (MARRS-RX7) there, i fixed it
>
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>
> "They also like to be driven almost sideways through the corner, and that
> takes a little while to get comfortable with."
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> As I remember with my street FB back when I used to drive it around like a
> jackass when I was 19, it'd let you know when it was gonna let the rear go.
> It sorta asked, "Are you really sure you wanna do this?" Something about the
> feeling of the car...
>
> Once the rear was on it's way to visit the front end, be it either induced
> by e-brake, excess throttle in a low gear with enough steering angle, or
> hard braking (but not enough to lock up the front) with enough steering
> angle; if you reduced any of the inputs that was causing this, the rear
> would catch and you'd be on your way. If you didn't reduce any inputs,
> that's okay too, because you could easily keep control of it.... I think the
> only time I put it into a full 180 when I didn't want to was when I had bald
> rear tires in the wet or snow.
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>
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> This is something I miss in my 2nd gen.
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> On Oct 18, 2009, at 8:50 PM, Kevin Hutchens wrote:
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>   I didn?t really know much about the RX7 or the SRX7 class.  I probably
> would have ended up in a Miata (SSM) like a lot of other people.  I was just
> doing track days and got tired of my worn out 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse and
> was starting to scare myself so I decided I needed a cage or roll bar or
> something safer in general.  The plan was to get a street Miata and build it
> up over a year two until?  A friend had a good deal on his SRX7 and I jumped
> right into racing (after a lot encouragement and support from the MARRS SRX7
> guys).
>
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>
> So, the ?problems? with the car are pretty straightforward:
>
>
>
> 1.       It is not a rack-and-pinion, it?s a steering box, so there is a
> lot of slop (unless you replace it)
>
> 2.       The car has a straight rear axle (not independent suspension),
> which I didn?t even know until I got under it and looked.
>
> 3.       The front rotors have the wheel bearings in them so you have to
> redo the bearings when you replace the rotors (although you can reuse them,
> just more work)
>
>
>
> None of those are really ?deal breakers? and the rotary engine offsets them
> big time.  I LOVE racing a rotary since you can beat the crap out of it and
> it will keep running.  Since the cars are kind of old and worn, they all
> have their little quirks (that is what makes them hard to drive).  They also
> like to be driven almost sideways through the corner, and that takes a
> little while to get comfortable with.  Besides, the guys I race against are
> ABSOLUTELY INSANE, which makes it hard to keep up with them.  The guys who
> have moved onto Miata a few years ago are shocked by the lap times the SRX7
> guys are getting now.
>
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> In hindsight, I am very happy I got an SRX7, I just didn?t really know what
> I was getting into when I started (racing in general).  I doubt I would be
> any happier in a Miata (although the poor guy who is stuck working on my RX7
> might be happier since all of his other drivers have Miatas and I am the
> odd/ugly duckling of the bunch).
>
>
>
> Hope that helps (you get an RX7)
>
>
>
> -SRXKevin
>
>
>
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>
> *From:* spec7-bounces at specrx7.com [mailto:spec7-bounces at specrx7.com<spec7-bounces at specrx7.com>
> ] *On Behalf Of *Jerry Adair
> *Sent:* Sunday, October 18, 2009 8:29 PM
> *To:* Spec RX-7
> *Subject:* Re: (MARRS-RX7) there, i fixed it
>
>
>
> Hi Kevin,
>
>
>
> Ok thank you for the feedback.  I had a couple of questions: why wouldn't
> an RX7 have been your first choice for a race car?  And why do you say that
> it's difficult to drive?  What makes it that way?  What do you have to learn
> in order to be able to drive it fast?
>
> Thanks much,
>
> Jerry
>
> --- On *Tue, 10/13/09, Kevin Hutchens <kevin at designed.com>* wrote:
>
>
> From: Kevin Hutchens <kevin at designed.com>
> Subject: Re: (MARRS-RX7) there, i fixed it
> To: "'Spec RX-7'" <spec7 at specrx7.com>
> Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 9:12 PM
>
> Hey Jerry, welcome.
>
>
>
> It is true that 12a engines are not going to be easy to come by since Mazda
> stopped producing the rotor housings for them last year or so.  You can
> still find them now but the prices will start to go up as there are less and
> less of them around.
>
>
>
> That being said, SRX7 won?t be going anywhere until ALL of the housings are
> gone.  It is the least expensive form of wheel to wheel racing I know of.
> Admittedly, I would not have selected an RX7 as my first racecar but was
> given a good deal on one and am so happy that I have it.  They are RAW and
> fun/hard to drive, but after you learn how to drive this thing fast,
> anything will be easy to drive.
>
>
>
> The SRX7 guys in the DC area are the best and there isn?t all of the
> drama/bull$hit that come with the SM/SSM classes.
>
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> Oh, and this has been my first year racing but I have been mentored by our
> masters in the East: Kitty + F1!
>
>
>
> Feel free to drop us a line on here if you have any more questions (so we
> can get you in an RX7).
>
>
>
> -SRXkevin
>
>
>
> *From:* spec7-bounces at specrx7.com [mailto:spec7-bounces at specrx7.com<spec7-bounces at specrx7.com>
> ] *On Behalf Of *Jerry Adair
> *Sent:* Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6:41 PM
> *To:* Spec RX-7
> *Subject:* Re: (MARRS-RX7) there, i fixed it
>
>
>
> Hi Kevin,
>
>
>
> Funny videos!  My name is Jerry.  I just recently joined the SRX7 list.  I
> am considering getting into the wheel-to-wheel thing in a Spec7 myself,
> though in TEXAS.  I am curious though regarding the viability of the
> endeavor.....several have told me that the SRX7 as a class will die within a
> couple of years because of the creation of the Spec Miata class and the lack
> of 12a engines.....
>
>
>
> I presume you've been doing this a while now...any thoughts on those
> assertions?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Jerry
>
> --- On *Tue, 10/13/09, Kevin Hutchens <kevin at designed.com>* wrote:
>
>
> From: Kevin Hutchens <kevin at designed.com>
> Subject: (MARRS-RX7) there, i fixed it
> To: "'Spec RX-7'" <spec7 at specrx7.com>
> Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 2:27 PM
>
>   For those of you who weren?t there?  here is our attempt to fix F1?s car
> after I particularly nasty hit from behind at NJMP Thunderbolt.
>
>
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> Amusing, yes!
>
> Smart?  We race RX7s!  Do I need to answer that?
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> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEp73AGTUIU
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> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQZkxLkMk5w
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> -SRXKevin
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