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Old 09-28-2004, 04:55 PM   #31
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kev, why does your E30 pic say RIP?
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Old 09-28-2004, 05:12 PM   #32
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kev, why does your E30 pic say RIP?
It met its end at Mosport.
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Old 09-28-2004, 05:16 PM   #33
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It met its end at Mosport.

What???!!! He crashed it???
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Old 09-28-2004, 05:19 PM   #34
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WHAT? when did this happen?
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Old 09-28-2004, 06:57 PM   #35
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Well, it happened on Sunday September 12th and the story goes like this...

I spent Friday and Saturday lapping Mosport about as fast as can be done in my M3. My instructor was extremely pleased and I spent most of the time lapping solo.

On Saturday afternoon my heater core blew up and dumped coolant in the glovebox and all over the passenger floor. Luckily I was alone at the time and nobody got hurt. So I scrambled, and used a piece of pipe to by-pass the heater core.

I returned to the track Sunday morning, double checked everything and bled the cooling system. Everything was looking good.

The instructor and I went out again. I usually take 3 laps or so to make sure that the tires, oil and brakes are warm. This day was no exception. So on the third lap after braking for corner 8 and entering at around 140km/h (on hot laps the entry speed is ~170km/h), the rear end broke loose. With 2 corrections I was able to save the car and get back on line. At this point the instructor was complementing the save and we were begining to make the assumption that the tires must still be cold which is really odd for lap 3.

So I decided to take it a little easier and braked a little harder for corner 9. Just as I started my turn-in while feathering the throttle, the rear end came around 135deg. and we shot off the track. The passenger side front hit the wall at 80-100km/h and the passenger side rear came around and hit the wall too.

The conclusion that we came to was that the heater core still had some coolant in it and upon some heavier braking, it dumped coolant which ended up spraying all over the rear tires.

My instructor said that it definitely wasn't a driving error and based on the way that the rear end snapped around, there was nothing we could do but enjoy the ride.
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Old 09-28-2004, 08:02 PM   #36
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hey Kev, you're Mini is incredible! Now if only Randy can learn to avoid cones
Thanks. I'm guessing you rode shotgun with Randy driving?
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Old 09-28-2004, 08:11 PM   #37
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wow, sorry to hear about your car. It was definitly a nice ride.

What did you do with btw? No insurance coverage for track I assume?
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Old 09-28-2004, 09:44 PM   #38
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wow, sorry to hear about your car. It was definitly a nice ride.

What did you do with btw? No insurance coverage for track I assume?
I could try to go through insurance but I don't think its going to be worth the aggrevation even though I have insurance based on a $40k value. Its one of those things, why use it now and end up paying for it forever in cancelled policies or unaffordable policies.

So the plan is fairly simple now...
  1. Strip the shell down
  2. Catalog and inspect the parts
  3. Decide whether to fix this shell or get another one
  4. Save up some cash
  5. Strip this or another shell
  6. Acid dip
  7. DTM spec Cage
  8. Seam weld
  9. Paint
  10. Save up some cash
  11. Reassemble with only the absolutely necessary parts
  12. Hope that the final product is stiff and weighs less than 2250lbs.
  13. Save up some cash
  14. Go lapping and/or race in a vintage series
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