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Topic: Miscellaneous

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Peter "Chico" Breschini
Posted by: edc on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 01:48 AM
Miscellaneous It is with great sadness that I report the passing, this past Thursday, of my friend, and friend of many here in SFR, "Chico" Breschini. He passed away of cancer at a hospice near San Luis Obispo. I believe Chico was at least 75 years of age and was truly a racer's racer.



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Molding a Custom Formula Car Seat using A+B Foam Kits
Posted by: jpalmer1 on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 07:29 PM
Miscellaneous

Instructions for Molding a Custom Formula Car Seat using A+B Foam Kits

  1. Build and place firm foam bolsters in all the large gaps aroundyourself in the cockpit . . . typically the wedge under yourthighs-to-knees and both sides of hips-to-knees. Don't use Styrofoamfor these - try to find the firm Polystyrene (often used to shipcomputers, printers, stereo's etc.). This does not melt in gasoline,and rebounds after compression. I've also tested the pinkOwens-Corning insulation sheets you can buy at Home Depot or Lowes. These don't melt in gas and you can buy them in 4'x8' sheets up to 1"thick (Polystyrene also, I think).

  2. Mock-up foam seat with 55-gal drum liner and packaging peanuts orbean-bag chair pellets, which "flow" better. The liner opening is atyour kneck and bottom under your knees.

  3. Mark-up the "topography" o要 the liner with a Sharpie (silver if youhave black bags), indicating where the foam is needed and wher it isnot. With A+B this is mainly just to identify where you shouldtape-down the liner properly before foaming. You can even mark yourtape-spots as well.

  4. Remove mock-up material and tape down the bottom edges o要ly (partsof liner that touch cockpit and bolster boundary when empty or full)of the liner. The liner must not be held from expanding out and up,but needs to be held firmly in place.

  5. Pre-measure half of each can of A+B into separate containers(roughly 20-24 oz's - more if you have minimal bolstering), with o要econtainer large enough to accept the other and provide room for athorough mixing and then pouring (dumping) into liner.

  6. Put driver in car with fire-suit. Driver should at first carefullysit o要 liner, place self in exact driving position, mentally note (andmaybe even jot down) some cues (maybe even meaures - example = 1" o要either side of hips, knees two inches from front hoop, shoulder evenwith top side tubes, etc.).

  7. Time to mold - this is where a friend comes in handy . . .
    1. driver should "hover" over liner, usually by holding self up o要side tubes like a gymnast o要 the parallel bars.

    2. Now the A+B should be quickly, but thoroughly mixed (about 5-9seconds, max). You'll be able to see the reaction when it begins andstill have a few to several seconds to dump it into the liner.

    3. It needs to be dumped to the very bottom of the liner, underthe drivers knees. This usally means the mixer must reach arm downinto the liner and dump and shake a few times, then pull out armwithin a few seconds, before it really starts to expand.

    4. The driver should now lower himself to just a few inches abovehis normal racing position. This helps the foam expand according tothe topology. You'll see the bag filling up quickly . . . be patient. . . wait until the foam has expanded to at least above your lowerback.

    5. o要ce the bag is mostly full, but before the expansion stops,the driver should carefully lower himself into normal driving position- hands o要 wheel, feet o要 pedals - and sit very still (opposite ofIndi-Seat methodology) for 10-20 minutes.

    6. When foam feels firm, the driver can very carefully extacthimself from mold.

  8. Wait at least an hour, preferably a couple though, then remove seatfrom car - this may require you to "split" the seat. The normal splitis right down the middle, vertically. If required, be sure to use avery shap knife and a straight edge, the best you can. You can scoreit, then break it - but you want it as straight as possible.

  9. Remove seat from liner (or liner from seat?) being careful not tobreak any of the thin spots. Use duct tape to "hinge" your split sothe seat folds inward for insertion and removal from cockpit. Thisshouldn't be difficult since the vertical center of the seat is usallyvery thin. It o要ly need to bend just enough for insertion andextraction from cockpit.

  10. Reinforce all the thin spots with duct tape, like under your butt,sides of hips, elbow rest areas, etc.

  11. Place seat back in car and mark all excess foam areas with theSharpie for trimming.

  12. Trim all excess/waste areas leaving just the required supportareas between driver and rollcage.

  13. Finish taping/reinforcing anywere required.

  14. Upholster with your choice of material using spray adhesive allaround (one section at a time to work-out wrinkles) and duct tape o要back to hold down all the edges. Common upholstery materials are:Nomex or fire-treated cotton (can be expensive), faux-suede (likealcantara - available at any fabric store, like Jo-Ann's and fireresistant), or terry cloth (the least fire-proof).

You should plan o要 a few to several hours and take your time and getthe mold right. Then plan o要 another few to several hours for thecareful removal/hinging, trimming, reinforcing, and upholstering. It's a little tidious and time consuming, but . . . there is NOTHING more important you could spend your time o要 to reduce lap-times more. And that's not to mention the greatly enhanced safety factors of agood seat along with plain ol' comfort.

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Former F500 Drive Andy Lally To Run 24 Hours of LeMans
Posted by: edc on Sunday, June 05, 2005 - 02:24 AM
Miscellaneous Andy Lally Joins Miracle Motorsports for Le Mans

Road racer Andy Lally will join Miracle Motorsports's driving lineup for the upcoming 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 18. He will join teammates John Macaluso and Ian James in the squad's Courage C65 AER turbo LMP2 car for the team's - and Lally's - first-ever trip to the 8.48-mile La Sarthe circuit.

"I'm thrilled," Lally said. "I had a chance to test the car at Road Atlanta as well as Sebring in the last month, and it is such a pleasure [to drive] and so fun."

Lally has been an ALMS and Grand-Am regular for many years, with a 2001 24 Hours of Daytona win in the SRPII class as his career highlight, alongside that class's overall title that same year.

"It's going to be a tough race," Lally said. "My class [LMP2] is the most competitive than it has ever been." There are 14 other LMP2 entries at Le Mans this year.

"We'll treat it like any other endurance race," he added. "There is a ton of preparation needed to be able to do this race right and there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work by the crew that is so important."

Miracle Motorsports won its class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2004 and 2005. Lally, Macaluso and James will test at Le Mans this Sunday, June 5.


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A RADICAL Day
Posted by: LouSchultz on Saturday, January 08, 2005 - 03:24 PM
Miscellaneous For Immediate Release
What is a Radical Day excuse me Tackday ? To answer that question a half dozen other people and I attended the November 23rd Radical Trackday at Summit Point Race Track, WVA. Hosted by the FunKtion Auto Group, Great Falls Va., we blasted around the famed road course first as a passenger and then as driver. The two beautifully prepared Radical SR3s didnt miss a beat all day. You might be asking yourself about now ; can I handle a 200 HP racecar? Well the most overheard expression from those who stepped from behind the wheel was, Its a hoot and so easy to drive. My Formula 500 has about 86HP. I had no problems with the Radicals power. Drivers with no racing experience quickly adapted to the easy to drive Radicals. After a thorough car introduction by Walid Achi, FunKtion Auto Group founder, the group was treated to a low key, no stress experience of putting the pair SR3s to the test. If you are into racing, or enjoy a high speed driving experience, or would like to treat your better-half to something a little more exciting then dinner and movie, then call FunKtion (703 981-6685) for their 2005 Trackday scheduleYeaaaa Baby.
Jim Schultz
Philadelphia Region
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For more information regarding this News Release. Please contact Jim Schultz at 215 244-1945 or speedyschultz @aol.com. Thank you. Jim Schultz


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SPEED Channel Coverage of SCCA and Grass Roots Motorsports
Posted by: P3-Racing on Friday, May 21, 2004 - 03:03 AM
Miscellaneous

There has been a forum started on the Speed Channel website about getting more coverage of SCCA and Grass Roots Motorsports type events. Solo 1 & 2, Road Racing, Auto Crossing, etc

If you would like to see more coverage of what we all know and love, check out this link to the Speed Channel and join in making our voice heard.

Thanks Bryan
P3-Racing
SEDiv, CCR


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