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Old January 27th, 2004, 11:53   #31
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Fairfield in August can be/is usually 100*F or more (wrenching temp? no thanks), fairfield is central, but if we decide to have it there we should go in late september or early october.

There is Thunderhill raceway north of Sacramento about 30 min(?), anybody know much about it? would be cheaper than Sears Point (1 1/2 hours north of candlestick park [img]/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]) and SP if booked anyway. Saturday in fairfield/sac and sunday at the track????

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Old January 28th, 2004, 09:50   #32
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Any town in California can have a "heat wave". Of course these are unpredictable as is the weather. Average August Fairfield temperatures are in the 80's. Fairfield is typically 10 degrees cooler than Sacramento though.

As I see it, the location of the GTG is going to be decided by: 1) a central location for the maximum number of people to attend, 2) good facilities for the GTG at a reasonable price, 3) and a core group of TDI owners living in that area who are willing to put the time in to organize the event.
Judging from the good turnout at Doyle's GTG a couple of weeks ago, Northern California seems to have quite a TDI following.

Thinking about the proposed GTG, I think it would be nice if we had some vendor booths selling VW stuff, and some lectures by vendors or Veteran members talking about different topics of interest to TDI owners.
These topics come to mind: Nozzles, Chips and tuner boxes, biodiesel, and fuel economy.

Perhaps we can hire some of those beautiful "Umbrella girls" to strut around our GTG and tease the guys and "ooh and ahh" over our cars. ha ha [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
check out the web site www.umbrellagirls.com
That gorgous blonde in the large picture lives in Fairfield! She used to work at the local Honda Motorcycle dealer until she decided to seek fame and riches starting a umbrella girls modeling business. [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Perhaps a good schedule would be Friday night at a local track for speed runs, Saturday for a barbecue, discussions, and wrenching, and Sunday for more wrenching and a fun drive.
Just my thoughts. [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old February 12th, 2004, 10:43   #33
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There is Willow Springs Raceway which we could rent...

http://www.willowspringsraceway.com

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http://www.willowspringsraceway.com/...directions.asp

This would be southern California near Mojave and Palmdale which are located an hour+ north of L.A.

GREAT track!!!
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Old February 12th, 2004, 18:08   #34
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If you want to do this it would probably be better to rent the Streets of Willow (small track). Less opportunity for a major accident.

I went for a one day event at the big track and several cars went off, two or three with at least moderate damage. This is a fast track with bad consequences for the stupid or inexperienced driver. I'd hate to see the same happen to a TDIer considering this is likely main transportation for them.
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Old February 14th, 2004, 10:15   #35
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Thunderhill raceway would also be affordable [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Old February 18th, 2004, 05:04   #36
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Based on what's been said so far I think SFBA sounds the best...plenty of things to do in the city and if that's only 40min from the areas that have been suggested than just send the family off for the day. On a personal note, I have some friends I can stay with up there, and I'd be willing to take up to a week off of work, so if we decide on SF than I'd be more than willing to help getting things together in the last couple of days (week) before the GTG. (and as much as I'd like to have it in my own backyard I think SoCal is too far to drive for PNWs).

August is a good time (weather up there is good then) but let's estabilsh a date early on so everybody has more than enough time to plan (no cop outs this time ).

Also if you guys want to get a track day we could all throw in $10 and assuming we have the numbers, rent the track for the day (sort of like getting in on a trackday with an organizer). Can somebody start a new thread with a poll so we can get a number on exactly how much interest there is?

Either way we go, fact is somebody local has to step up soon and start calling some shots or we're just going to talk this into the ground. I know it's easy to talk tough when I know I can't be that guy but I'm REALLY interested in this so hopefully it goes somewhere. I live in SoCal (South of LA but north of San Diego) and I'll check back on this thread every so often, but if somebody decides to step up and needs help please email me...I'm more than happy to take direction and I'd like to help.
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Old February 20th, 2004, 18:47   #37
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I like the PNW.. I am in the Portland Area.. and there are many TDI's up here. Anywhere PDX north to Seattle is good.
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Old February 25th, 2004, 18:23   #38
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There is Thunderhill raceway north of Sacramento about 30 min(?), anybody know much about it? would be cheaper than Sears Point (1 1/2 hours north of candlestick park [img]/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]) and SP if booked anyway. Saturday in fairfield/sac and sunday at the track????

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Thunder Hill is a fantastic track. Faster than Streets of Willow in SoCal, but safer and easier on cars IMHO. It DOES get hot, though. I go to the All-Datsun track day there every July and the temps are usually in the high 90s or over 100 that time of year.

Sacramento is only 40-50 minutes south of the track and has a world class railroad museum. Probably a couple of big-bore diesels there... If the tide flows this direction, I can put you in touch with Dennis and Peggy Hale. They run a lot of track day/driving clinics at Thunder Hill for a number of different cars clubs. They do it right.

'Course if you DO have a TDI track day, I'll be forced to leave the TDI at home and bring the Civic Track-car. Just say'n.
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Old February 25th, 2004, 19:49   #39
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Sure...and I'll bring my M7
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Old February 25th, 2004, 20:44   #40
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Might be a fair fight... I'm taking it to big Willow next month for the first time on coil-overs and RA-1s. What kind of laps times have you been turning at Willow?
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Old February 25th, 2004, 20:59   #41
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Hmmm, you two are tempting me to bring my Dinan 3 instead...
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Old February 25th, 2004, 21:50   #42
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Last I was timed I think it was 1.48. That was on Yoko A032Rs. That was last year.

I think the car can do better because I was chasing my friend around the track last month, he he has an E23 735i with full Dinan (including rear adjustable subframe) but street tires (wide 245x40x17) and it took me about 5-6 laps to catch him, I think he had a 1/3 straightaway head start. I thought I should have caught him faster since I have a hp advantage but he seemed to be slightly faster around the curves. My suspension needs some tweaks. I also just got a Recaro SRD off of E-bay. That might help too, no more bracing myself on the door!

I think the dinky cars can go faster than me since they just fly around those curves.
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Old February 26th, 2004, 00:15   #43
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You all ...... shall we do this summer a "My Other Car GTG"? So you all bring your beasts and I show you my four wheel floor jack, LOL [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old February 26th, 2004, 08:08   #44
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You all ...... shall we do this summer a "My Other Car GTG"? So you all bring your beasts and I show you my four wheel floor jack, LOL [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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A pretty good idea, actually...
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Old February 29th, 2004, 11:34   #45
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well, if we're gonna have an "other car" GTG, can I bring by bikes? [img]/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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