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Nov 19th, 2017, 11:58am

1  General Category / Classification questions / Re: 1993 Miata 1.6 for STS
 on: Nov 5th, 2017, 7:53pm 
Started by Graham Brockley | Post by Graham Brockley
Thanks Karl.  I finally got around to doing a compression test today and it was surprisingly good so I think I will just do the timing belt for now.  I found a drip which is explaining the oil consumption,  I do have 7.5 inch wide 15 inch Konig Hypergram wheels (have yet to buy tires).  The shocks seem to be in pretty good order too so I may take your advice and fend off the modification impulses for a bit.  Thanks for your feedback!

2  General Category / Classification questions / Re: 1993 Miata 1.6 for STS
 on: Nov 5th, 2017, 10:19am 
Started by Graham Brockley | Post by KarlR
Hi Graham and welcome to the club.  We'll be looking forward to having you join us for the 2018 season starting on January 14.  The Miata is a great car and with the right mods will do well in STS.

1. The sub frame connectors are not allowed in STS and would move the car to CSP.  
2. I would investigate further to find what the maximum factory overbore allowed would be. If you exceed it you will again move to CSP.  
3. Again, we are seeing a trend here, you can mill the head to factory rebuild specs and not beyond.
4. I would have to know more about the bracket you are talking about adding.  You can add larger sway bars in STS but cannot modify the mounting points.  This mod may actually move the car to SSM.  
5. You can add coilovers and such for STS but again, I do not know all of the components you would be replacing with the Fox suspension.  This could move you out of STS as well.  

I usually caution new drivers about making too many mods all at once.  If you have never done slalom before, the car, even in it's current state will be better than you are.  I would recommend coming out, even to watch and learn from others before going crazy on the mods which may not benefit the car.

The one mod you have not mentioned and is the best dollar value is tires.  Having a good slalom tire will equal all of the mods you have mentioned above.  See you in January!

3  General Category / Classification questions / 1993 Miata 1.6 for STS
 on: Nov 3rd, 2017, 7:40pm 
Started by Graham Brockley | Post by Graham Brockley
Hi there!  i just joined your club online. I live in Duncan and hope to come down for some Solo II fun this year!

I have a 1993 Miata that is stock and in need of some attention - close to 300,000 km and overdue for a timing belt.  I want to prepare it for STS and have a few questions:

1) Flyiin Miata sells subframe connectors that stiffen the chassis up by 30% they claim.  According to the rules apparently these can only be attached with 3 bolting areas - front, middle and back.  Would that be two bolts per area so a total of 6 bolts per subframe connector?  The FM comes with (as far as I can make out) an intended 12 bolts per subframe connector so 24 total.  

2) The engine needs rebuilding but the smallest OEM oversize piston according to our local Mazda dealer is 0.025” over whereas the rules state 0.020 is the maximum overbore…is it ok to use 0.025” if that's all that's available?

3) How much can be ground off the head?  The rules in Street (but not STS or STR) state the head can be milled but don’t specify an amount.  Milling the head 0.020” would increase the compression from 9.4:1 to about 10:1.

4) Flying Miata also sells braces that strengthen where the sway bars attach to the chassis since this area tends to fail.  I’m not sure if these would be legal.

5)  I am planning to use the Flying Miata Fox suspension.  Do you see anything illegal here before I order it?

I tried to post links to the products mentioned above but I guess I'm only allowed to do that after 5 non-annoying posts.

Thanks!  I’m sure I’ll have more questions as I order parts and hopefully get things ready before January!

4  General Category / General Board / VMSC 2018 Membership
 on: Oct 16th, 2017, 7:58pm 
Started by Jason Gunn | Post by Jason Gunn

5  General Category / General Board / Executive Board 2017 & 2018
 on: Oct 5th, 2017, 9:21am 
Started by Jason Gunn | Post by Jason Gunn
Thanks to the outgoing VMSC Executive for all their hard work this year! We did an amazing 23 events in 2017! The Awards Banquet is still to come on the 28th of October at the Cedar Hill Golf Course - tickets are available from Andrew Britney and Glenda J Wyatt. Please welcome the new VMSC Executive Board: President - myself, Vice President - Andrew Britney, Treasurer - Jason Cobham, Correspondence - Christian Proch-McMechan, Competition Directors - Bart Gilmour and Rob Keur, Social Director - Alastair James Denovan Beaumont, and Membership Director Glenda J Wyatt.

6  General Category / General Board / Monthly Meeting
 on: Oct 3rd, 2017, 2:18pm 
Started by ChrisZ | Post by ChrisZ
Clear your schedules for tomorrow night!  We will be voting in a new Executive.  Your vote matters!  Wednesday October 4th, 7PM at Cedar Hill Rec Centre. #makevmscgreatagain

7  General Category / Event Feedback & Comments / VMSC Summer Series #4 - October 1, 2017
 on: Oct 1st, 2017, 8:21pm 
Started by KarlR | Post by KarlR
Preliminary results are up on our website from today's event, the last event in our 2017 calendar. Let me know if you see anything untoward.  Thanks to a fine season and all the volunteers that make this club run so well.

8  General Category / Event Information / Fundraiser/Summer series #4 (Sunday Oct 1st)
 on: Sep 29th, 2017, 4:36pm 
Started by Kevin Buckham | Post by Kevin Buckham
Well it's the last event of the year. Summer 4 and the yearly fundraiser. All proceeds from the day get donated so bring a little extra. Rides in other people's car's are by donation and they can't refuse. Think there might be a chilli contest between myself (Bart), Jason and Andrew. Bring your chilli if you think it measures up. Might be a BBQ a well.
See you Sunday


For now we are running under 2015 CACC and SCCA rules until the new sets are published later in the year.

Please have your tech sheet ready and properly filled out before the event. All entrants are responsible for the correct classification of their car. Consult the CACC rule book for classification.

9:00 - 10:00 Registration and Technical Inspection
10:00 - 10:20 Novice Drivers Meeting - Mandatory for Novices
10:00 - 10:20 Course open for walking
10:20 - 10:30 Driver's Meeting
10:30 First run group to grid
10:45 First car on track.
4:30 Last run group on track. Actual time may vary.

Members $35
Guests $45
Helmet Rental $20. Free for novices.

If you've been to several events it's reccomened that you get a helmet of your own. Action Cycle and JB Auto both have the correct helmet.

Membership applications/renewals are available for purchase at the event.
Membership is $35 for 2016. A CACC License is not required for club events.
We're going to cap this event at 55 cars.

All participants and spectators must sign the insurance waiver located at the registration desk prior to entering the track.
All drivers must present a valid license.
Minors (under 19) must have a parent/guardian sign the standard release form. This must be signed by guardian in person.
Helmets must bear a Snell 2005 or 2010 or 2015 (M or SA) certification label.
Wheels/tires to be used during the event must be installed on the vehicle prior to inspection.
Please keep noise levels to a minimum and observe posted speed limits when traveling near the track.
Western Speedway Regulations limit noise levels on all cars to 95 dB A. We may bring a sound level meter to this event to observe limits.
Current supplemental regulation are posted here: https://goo.gl/4YwSr7

VMSC is a volunteer organization. We organize these events so that we may participate as well. As an entrant please offer your assistance, from technical inspection to track set up to take down. The easier the work is for the organizer the higher the likelihood of more events!

If you have a specific interest in any of the following positions please email competition@victoriamotorsports.ca

Tech inspection
Track Setup
Trailer towing
Newbie Course Walk
Newbie Buddy - Be a guide to help show a first timer how to get through a day.

9  General Category / Event Information / Porsche Club Year End Autocross and Chili Cook-off
 on: Sep 22nd, 2017, 12:18pm 
Started by Conrad Peden | Post by Conrad Peden
PCA Autocross and Chili Cook Off
Sunday Oct 15th
Western Speedway

There will be a volunteers meeting at 7:30 am on Sunday the 15th. Anybody wishing to volunteer or do a particular job just let me know by email. competition@virpca.org

Volunteer Positions to fill:
Timer x 2
Vehicle inspectors x 3
Course set-up x 4

ALL volunteers are guaranteed a driving spot. Field may be limited to 50 drivers.

Tech starts at                                                     8 am and goes till 9am.
Course walk                                                       As soon as course is set.
Drivers meeting                                               10am
First car out by 10:30 or sooner.

Group A                                                               10:30 – 11:30
Group B                                                                11:30 – 12:30

About 12:30 pm Chili lunch provided      donations gladly accepted proceeds to the Westshore Food Bank with voting for your favorite Chili Chef.

Then more driving in the afternoon.

10  General Category / General Board / Presidents Message
 on: Sep 20th, 2017, 10:44am 
Started by Jason Gunn | Post by Jason Gunn
Hello VMSCer’s

It has been a while since the last President’s message. Apologies all around for that one! It has been a busy season for sure. Twenty-three events for the 2017 season including the Friday Night Series co- sponsored with Western Speedway to remember our friend Curtis Wrobel.

All of our dates are set for next year:

•      Winter Series I                  January 14, 2018
•      Winter Series II                  February 18, 2018
•      Winter Series III            March 11, 2018
•      Driver Training                  March 25, 2018
•      Spring Series I                  May 5, 2018
•      Time Attack I                  May 20, 2018
•      Elements Autocross school      June 17, 2018
•      Spring Series II                  June 24, 2018
•      Spring Series III            July 15, 2018
•      Summer Series I            July 22,2018
•      Summer Series II            August 12, 2018
•      Team Enduro & BBQ            August 26, 2018
•      Time Attack II                  September 8, 2018
•      Summer Series III            September 16, 2018
•      Summer Series IV Fundraiser      October 7, 2018

Next General Meeting will be the Elections for the Executive Board. I would like thank the executive for their work this year, and all of our members who come out to volunteer at the events. From doing tech in the parking lot to tossing cones around the track and staying late to clean up, it all helps.

Thank you.

I propose to make some changes to the Executive Board this year. These will need to be voted on of course, and if passed eventually amended into our club bylaws. I would like to see the Club Competition and Region Competition Director’s positions be changed to read as Club Competition Directors. If my motion passes, there will be two bodies filling this role. Of the 14 events above, each co-Director will handle 7 events. The task of Club Competition Director is a huge role in our organization. It is my hope that spreading the work load will keep the energy level up, and not place a huge burden on any one member. Now that burden will be on two members! As far as voting on the Executive Board (the Regional Competition Director currently has a vote if there is no Past President position) – the senior member of the two Co-Competition Directors will have the vote. Senior being years with the club, not age.

I also plan on presenting a motion to change the name of our FTD trophy to remember our friend Curtis Wrobel who passed away earlier this year. The trophy would simply be known as the Curtis Wrobel Memorial Award for Speed.

I hope you’ll come out to the General Meeting on October 4th at Cedar Hill Rec Center 7pm, support your club and those who volunteer to make it better. This weekend we have a double header! Time Attack Saturday am and Autocross Sunday afternoon!! See you there!

Jason Gunn