Monday, July 13, 2015

Sponsor's Corner - Chadderton Services

Like I said, my blog has been fairly quiet.  What content I had been writing had been for my primary sponsor.  That said, I need to give a shout out to one of my other sponsors who recently came on board, Chadderton Services in Easton, MD.  In fact, he is so new to the sponsorship gig, he hasn't had a chance to get his logo printed out to put on the side of my car.  Since I can't market for him on track yet, this is the best I can do right now.

At New Jersey Motorsports Park, my clutch failed.  At first we thought it was just a slave cylinder that failed, but that wasn't a job I had the time to tackle, so I had to take it to a mechanic I could trust.  Fortunately, I had met a mechanic who used to race, and had gotten back into the HPDE scene!  This meant I had a mechanic who understood the importance of things being done right and surviving the rigors of on-track abuse.

When I dropped it off at his shop, I told him that we suspected a slave cylinder, but while he was in there, I was going to have him do the master cylinder, clutch pedal and clutch pedal bushings.  The next day, I got a text with a photo of a chunk of metal that was rattling around in my bell housing!  Well, crap, this isn't good.  He dropped the transmission and this is what he found:


That clutch was less than a year old, but the flywheel had not been replaced at the same time.  The wobble in the flywheel caused the clutch rivets to shear off and the clutch can see. So I ordered up a single mass flywheel and clutch to replace that old dual-mass setup.  Then came another surprise, the pivot pin, that I had ordered a replacement for LAST YEAR and gave to the shop installing that last clutch....was still the original plastic one.  So, I ordered another one of those.

All told, between my other two sponsors, and Rogue Engineering, I lost track of how many parts I had direct shipped to Kerry, and he had to order some on his own.  Then Kerry and I agreed on a date that the car needed to be done (In time for this weekend's SCCA PDX/Club Trial event) and he was left to do his work.

It is not often you find a mechanic you can trust, so when you do, you are willing to travel to have them do the work.  In my case, it is about 1 hour from my house to Kerry's shop, but it is well worth the gas in piece of mind that the work will be done right.  So if you are anywhere near  Easton, MD and need a mechanic, give Chadderton Services a call!

Chadderton Services
6410 Landing Neck Rd
Easton, MD
(410) 829-1572

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Track History/Bucket List

So, I figured it was a good time to write a blog post with my current list of driven tracks, plus a bucket list of tracks I want to do.  Some of those I have driven stateside were only done in the Rabbit and I would like to go back and do them in the BMW.  I will put those in bold on the historic list.

Tracks I have driven

Nürburgring Nordchliefe 
Hockenheimring GP Track 
Summit Point Main
Extended Jefferson at Summit Point
Shenandoah at Summit Point
Thunderbolt at New Jersey Motorsports Park
Lightning at New Jersey Motorsports Park
Pocono "Triple infield"
Pocono North
Pocono Southeast
Pocono Full Trioval
Pitt Race North Course
Watkins Glen
VIR Grand
Roebling Road
Road Atlanta
Whiskey Hill Raceway at Palmer Motorsports Park

Bucket List

(Only listing US/Canda tracks because those are the only ones I have a decent chance of getting to)
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Sonoma Raceway
Daytona 24 hour course (Had to cancel my trip there)
Autobahn Country Club
Mid Ohio
Montecellio (Just because I can't ;))
Barber Motorsports Park
Circuit of the Americas
Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Infield circuit and full track)
Road America
Gilles Villeneuve Circuit
Lime Rock
Sebring International Raceway

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Blogs been quiet...for a reason

I have been writing blog content, just not here.  I have two articles posted on my sponsor's website -  I have 2 more I have to write now when I get a chance.  I will quickly say that after my first run at Club Trials with Washington DC Region SCCA, I am currently in 5th of 16 participants in points.  I also took two random VW fans who just happened to stop by the track today rides in the Rabbit.  They had never been on track before, the guy owned an 09 Rabbit that he wants to mod so he had been asking me questions about mine.  I offered him a ride, and he took me up on did his girlfriend.  I didn't get to talk to either of them after their rides, but they both had fun and Chrissy said the guy was grinning ear to ear and excited after he got out.  If you guys stumble upon this post, I am glad you had fun!