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Old 06-02-07, 11:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bonneville Salt Flats: G2 Coupe

As many of you will remember, I'm going to be competing in a road race in the Legend. The event, called the Bonneville 100, is slated for next Saturday. In it, I will race against other drivers in a time trial of sorts. My speed class is the 100 mph class, but there are classes up to unlimited. The winner is whoever completes the 100-mile course (50 down and 50 back) with the closest average speed to his or her target speed. Here is a thread I made about it before I got registered.

The race is on Nevada Highway 93A, which will be completely closed for the event. I drove from Phoenix to Salt Lake City last night (11 hours) and went to check out the course firsthand today. It is located in the barren Nevada desert, about 2 hours west of Salt Lake, and near the famed Bonneville Salt Flats -- where land speed records have been made and broken throughout decades. The landscape is so interesting: flat as far as the eye can see, except for mountains in the distance. You can literally just drive onto the salt. I stopped by for some pictures this afternoon.

One of the straightaways on the course. There are a couple of these, but there are also some very technical curves where I am definitely going to pray that my stock 289k-mile suspension holds up. I was running the curves at around 85-90 mph today in my trial run (the road is still open to the public and I don't need a ticket), and it was challenging at times. The beauty of it is that I can make up time on the straightaways and not have to blast through the tightest corners, hopefully.

I wasn't 100% well behaved on today's trial run as far as speed's concerned. If you look in my photobucket album you'll see an example of why.

Random shot from the road, there is literally nothing out there for miles and miles.

This is the truck stop/gas station at the junction of Hwy 93 and Hwy 93A where the halfway point of the race is, before turning back for the second leg.

Race Prep

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been making a lot of preparations for the race. I picked up a Garmin GPS III unit that monitors and displays actual speed, average speed, and distance traveled. It will come in handy for the race, as I will need to be accurate to the tenth of a mile per hour. I also was required to mount a 2.5 pound fire extinguisher in the coupe. Not wanting to do anything permanent, I removed the backseat, and found a perfect location on a raised portion toward the front of the metal underneath. Four small screws did the trick nicely.

As can be expected, I have to have good tires with the correct speed rating, operational seat belts, and lots of driver and passenger equipment (helmets, shoes, gloves, long-sleeved shirts). One observation about the GPS: I have discovered that my speedometer is off by 1-2 mph on the higher end of the speedo. If it says I'm going 90 mph, I'm really only doing 88. I am running stock size wheels and tires. I verified that the GPS is accurate on another car, so I find it interesting that the Legend speedometer is so off. Glad I found that out so I can make up for it during the race.

I am going to attempt to see if the tech inspectors will let me mount the Sticky Pod on the inside of the back window for the event. The angle is perfect; I tried it earlier this week.

Test vid:

Other randomness

Interesting motel in Wendover, NV -- near where the race starts.

Last night's sunset in Arizona, northbound Highway 89

T-minus 1 week to race day.

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Old 06-02-07, 11:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Awesome Pics!!!!

You'll do great in the race. I'm sure of it!!!!

The salt flats look like a blast to drive on. A Corvette forum member started a thread a few days ago about taking his Vette to 120 there before dropping his camera in the passanger seat and going a bit faster.

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love that first pic tyson, im sure you'll kick ass at the race!

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Old 06-03-07, 12:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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nniice pics!! i also have a garmin nuvi300 in my coupe and at 70mph (on the speedo) i'm actually going 66mph, however on 225/50zr16's.

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sweet pics, but lame video....mine are more "spirited". hope you do great on the race!
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Loves the pix like always; cant wait to see ya down in Texas this summer. Know youll do amazing in the race, good luck
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man tyson, im so jealous, ive ALWAYS wanted to go there.
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Cool Ty.
It's nice to see some pics of that area, now I know I didn't miss much going through there. You should be fine on those curves, just do what you said you're gonna do.
The speedo being off is very normal, not just on Legends either.

Good luck.
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Good luck Tyson! +1 for putting the GS wheels back on. What is that plastic cover in the back seat and how do I get one for my car?
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So that stuff is... salt? not sand? Weird. Nice pictures, make us proud next weekend!
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