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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ckpepper02 wrote:


Ahh, ok. Well that sounds cool.


There are two EXCELLENT clubs you can start out with here locally...

Tarheel BMW and of course, the club I organize events for:

Triangle Z Club / Tarheel Sports Car Club

With VIR so close (within 2 hours depending on traffic) there are so many ways to get any type of car on track its scary (sometimes literally).

At the risk of rubbing some clubs wrong... I fell like us and BMW provide the easiest way to get on track for the first time with our low-pressure, high safety, reasonable cost, and wide range of venues.

Hope you decide to join us soon Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stack wrote:


There are two EXCELLENT clubs you can start out with here locally...

Tarheel BMW and of course, the club I organize events for:

Triangle Z Club / Tarheel Sports Car Club

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At the risk of rubbing some clubs wrong... I fell like us and BMW provide the easiest way to get on track for the first time with our low-pressure, high safety, reasonable cost, and wide range of venues.



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed reading this thread!!! Great communal experience, I have fond memories of getting into DEs the first few times.

BMW/Porsche are uniquely suited to DE events from the factory. Other than tires, brake fluid, and pads, there are no changes needed to run on track. There is a great deal that can be learned by driving a nearly stock car. TOO many people get in too deep with the mods and never learn to drive a well sorted car.

You guys have hit the main points with tires, brakes, and safety equipment. Hold off with the mods until you know where the weak points are and can feel them yourself. There is a lot that can be done with minimal mods, proper alignment, ride height, and weight distribution. Don't get sidetracked with all the 5-way, ultra-adjustable bling. Spend your money on seats and seat belts instead.

BTW I run factory brake lines on my M3 because the pedal is at the right height for good heel-toe under hard braking. My only mods are sport springs and shocks, unrethane bushings and mounts, Hawk Blue pads, Kosie wheels with DOT R-comp 245-40-17 all around.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My only mods are sport springs and shocks, unrethane bushings and mounts, Hawk Blue pads, Kosie wheels with DOT R-comp 245-40-17 all around.


Now you just need a roll bar to go with those R-comps Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So.... Do people track convertibles?

I know they dont have as good of a chassis, but I want to know from you track people how often you see noobs in convertibles?

I want to bring my wife out in the E46 M3 vert.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some people do, obviously miata's, etc.

The biggest issue is that most clubs (and common sense) have some requirements for convertibles that most don't meet stock. Look up the rules for each club you might want to run with, but they usually need an aftermarket roll bar.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 6:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EvanM5 wrote:
Some people do, obviously miata's, etc.

The biggest issue is that most clubs (and common sense) have some requirements for convertibles that most don't meet stock. Look up the rules for each club you might want to run with, but they usually need an aftermarket roll bar.


thanks for the info
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know if https://www.trackdaze.com/ lets verts in?

All it says is "All convertibles must meet roll bar requirements"

I assume that I am SOL

I emailed them, but havent received a response.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

raleigh29 wrote:
Anyone know if https://www.trackdaze.com/ lets verts in?

All it says is "All convertibles must meet roll bar requirements"


seems like you answered your own question...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David W wrote:
raleigh29 wrote:
Anyone know if https://www.trackdaze.com/ lets verts in?

All it says is "All convertibles must meet roll bar requirements"


seems like you answered your own question...


Yeah I figured. E46's have that built in crash protection thingy but I was sure that didnt count. Oh well
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