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fastoldman
10-28-2002, 04:20 PM
Wow,what a great group of guys/gals that showed up at Mid America Motorplex,Pacific Junction , Iowa
( just south of Omaha,Nebraska ).I was privileged to instruct 3 of your members , including crazy Tony! With participants from S. Carolina, New Jersey, Iowa,Nebraska, Georgia, and Canada ( to name a few ) , it was a extremely congenial group.
Everyone had a blast, as this is arguably the safest track in the country ---- and a few checked it out with some exciting agricultural racing. There were a few drivers sporting the Cobra M version ( M for mud ), but I was impressed with the level of driver skill and courtesy. My three students did a great job, and improved tremendously. This is a very technical track, though it is flat, with speeds almost identical to Mid Ohio. Some of the Cobra R winged wonders were reportedly hitting close to 140mph down the main straight and ripping around the increasing radius ( turn 5 ) at 80+. Next year should be really fun, as the turnout will be high with an earlier date, and with reports of the track safety spreading through the Cobra community. With an earlier date , hopefully we can get Peter & company to bring down more Canadians. Check out the website,www.midamericamotorplex.com, and view the track layout. I recommend this group to anyone who wants to do some safe Open Track time, as you won't find a more helpful group in the US.

Sincerely,
Bill Pemberton
Viper Days Instructor
and former Cobra Owner ( 97 & 99 )

PS - Tony is no longer tooling around , as the boy got major fast. I am expecting him to be on Hoosiers next year and the Founder will be a serious racing honcho!!! He is doubly bitten , now!

97whitevert
10-28-2002, 04:23 PM
Are you saying we can't call Tony ( aka GPB) slow anymore?? can a girl still outrun him?? :D

fastoldman
10-28-2002, 05:31 PM
Well, let's say that he passed more than a 4 cars on Sunday and after being pulled in by some Hoosier shod Snakes, he starting reeling them back in towards the end of the session. I think you may have a monster on your hands!!

Remember Tony..........1 degree negative camber, move the K member for 6 degrees caster, get the trick rotors and fluid, and set the tire pressure at..............whoops, somebody might be listening?!

redsnake99
10-28-2002, 11:43 PM
Bill, thanks or your excellent instruction. Peter and I did learn a lot and had a great time.

Next time!

:D

NJ2000R
10-29-2002, 12:16 AM
Originally posted by redsnake99
Bill, thanks or your excellent instruction. Peter and I did learn a lot and had a great time.

Next time!

:D hey Dave, that last session was a blast with us running together....that baby really pulls!!!! :thumbsup:

Dean95CobraR
10-29-2002, 06:48 AM
Originally posted by fastoldman
Wow,what a great group of guys/gals that showed up at Mid America Motorplex,Pacific Junction , Iowa
( just south of Omaha,Nebraska ).I was privileged to instruct 3 of your members , including crazy Tony! With participants from S. Carolina, New Jersey, Iowa,Nebraska, Georgia, and Canada ( to name a few ) , it was a extremely congenial group.
Everyone had a blast, as this is arguably the safest track in the country ---- and a few checked it out with some exciting agricultural racing. There were a few drivers sporting the Cobra M version ( M for mud ), but I was impressed with the level of driver skill and courtesy. My three students did a great job, and improved tremendously. This is a very technical track, though it is flat, with speeds almost identical to Mid Ohio. Some of the Cobra R winged wonders were reportedly hitting close to 140mph down the main straight and ripping around the increasing radius ( turn 5 ) at 80+. Next year should be really fun, as the turnout will be high with an earlier date, and with reports of the track safety spreading through the Cobra community. With an earlier date , hopefully we can get Peter & company to bring down more Canadians. Check out the website,www.midamericamotorplex.com, and view the track layout. I recommend this group to anyone who wants to do some safe Open Track time, as you won't find a more helpful group in the US.

Sincerely,
Bill Pemberton
Viper Days Instructor
and former Cobra Owner ( 97 & 99 )

PS - Tony is no longer tooling around , as the boy got major fast. I am expecting him to be on Hoosiers next year and the Founder will be a serious racing honcho!!! He is doubly bitten , now!

Hi Bill,
It was great meeting you. Thanks so much for coming and being a part of our event. You are truley one class act and I enjoyed watching your Miata eat a few snakes. Us foreign car guys have to stick together. ;) :rotf: :rotf: :rotf:

BTW - Just because Tony is the club president, you don't have to suck up to him. We don't. :D

fastoldman
10-29-2002, 08:02 AM
Thanks Dave, as you and Peter were excellent students and easily coached --- plus you both drove within your limits and kept increasing them as your confidence built. It was fun to see the big improvements in speed and handling you guys achieved. I expect you will both be getting even faster very soon.

I don't really have to butter Tony up much, as I don't have a Cobra anymore, but next time I will bring my other Snake ( Viper ) out to play. I sincerely think you will see a faster Tony from now on, if he makes just a few adjustments. He might even leak the secret factory seat belt tip for faster track times --- or he may keep that to himself,ha!

cobrabitn
10-29-2002, 10:56 PM
Dean..... :lurk: What you talkin about Willis?

Bill, thanks for the great weekend. It was well worth the 2690 miles. ;)