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Friend just asked me out of the blue and I have nothing better to do tomorrow morning, so we are going to ride down early tomorrow morning from Harrisburg, PA area. He has a Camaro with a bunch of engine and suspension work done, and of course I will be bringing my R.

If anyone is interested in racing/attending, let me know!
http://www.cecilcountydragway.com/

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Re: Going to Cecil County Dragway in Maryland tomorrow, anyone else down? (FEO)

Anyone have advice for 6 speed launches?
 

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Re: Going to Cecil County Dragway in Maryland tomorrow, anyone else down? (GiRaff3)

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Anyone have advice for 6 speed launches?
Yep, DON'T, unless you want to fork over for a new clutch pretty soon!
 

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Re: Going to Cecil County Dragway in Maryland tomorrow, anyone else down? (JRL)

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Yep, DON'T, unless you want to fork over for a new clutch pretty soon!

What is the worst that can happen?
 

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Re: Going to Cecil County Dragway in Maryland tomorrow, anyone else down? (GiRaff3)

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Anyone have advice for 6 speed launches?

From what I've read here on SS, written by people who have succesfully dragged their cars, slipping the clutch works the best (or rather, is the only way to get a half-decent 60ft).

I think that's where JRL's response comes in. If you are overdoing it, you will be overpaying to re-do it
 

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Re: Going to Cecil County Dragway in Maryland tomorrow, anyone else down? (JoeLvo)

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From what I've read here on SS, written by people who have succesfully dragged their cars, slipping the clutch works the best (or rather, is the only way to get a half-decent 60ft).

I think that's where JRL's response comes in. If you are overdoing it, you will be overpaying to re-do it

I plan on taking it easy, I do not feel like driving two hours just to break the car. Hopefully we will get to meet up with Feo http://********************/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Going to Cecil County Dragway in Maryland tomorrow, anyone else down? (GiRaff3)

I think, in the name of documentation purposes of course, pictures and video are in order.

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We are going to show up around 8:30-9am
 

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Re: Going to Cecil County Dragway in Maryland tomorrow, anyone else down? (GiRaff3)

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Anyone have advice for 6 speed launches?

Inflate the hell out of your front tires. Seriously. Maybe give them a rub with some nice canola oil, lol. (I know that's illegal).

You want slip at the front, not bog.
 

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Re: Going to Cecil County Dragway in Maryland tomorrow, anyone else down? (Needsdecaf)

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Inflate the hell out of your front tires. Seriously. Maybe give them a rub with some nice canola oil, lol. (I know that's illegal).

You want slip at the front, not bog.

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Heading out in a few minutes, I will report back with my findings!
 

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Re: (GiRaff3)

Just some forewarning: I did the same, drag strip + R = $3K clutch job, no sh!t. Just take it easy, enjoy it, don't go gonzo, aight man?? Just warning you; I did this, been down this road, and paid the price!!

But that being said, have fun!!!
I read that once the clutch is let out, floor it, no biggies (other than damage to the collar gear, but adykes is on that one!!
) Wish I could be there, I grew up in Monty County... I just HAD to go to Germany, didn't I....lol

Cheers!!


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I ended up being a disappointing day, for a few different reasons, but I learned A LOT so it was not a waste at all. Feo showed up, which was awesome, I always love meeting other SS members! He was kind enough to hold the camera for one of my runs!

I ended up getting in 6 runs. The last one I was a bit shook for, but I will describe that in more detail later. Today was my FIRST time at the drag strip. I have done auto-x before, but never dragged on a track in a straight line. I learned a ton!

1. I suck at launching and need to figure it out. The combination of the muscle cars muffling out the sound of my engine, the sticky stuff they spray down, my lack of experience, and my fear of breaking the car turned into crappy launches.

2. Fast, efficient shifting is a big deal. If you aren't shifting at the most opportune time, you will feel the pain at the end of the strip.

3. Nerves, nerves, nerves. My adrenaline was going so hard that I couldn't ease the clutch the way I wanted to. Most of my launches consisted of revving to 5k rpms, easing for a split second, and then a drop with the consequent BOG. Hell, at one point, for some reason, I was so pumped up that I was shaking and my toes were cold!

Without further ado, the disappointing numbers, the cold hard truth:

#1
60: 2.220
1/4: 14.246
MPH: 100.93

#2
60: 2.243
1/4: 14.210
MPH: 103.66

#3
60: 2.092
1/4: 13.910
MPH: 100.69

#4
60: 2.123
1/4: 13.932
MPH: 102.20

#5
60: 2.075
1/4: 13.958
MPH: 101.29

#6
60: 2.191
1/4: 14.025
MPH: 101.37

So, the reason for my weird 6th run. I drove down with my long time friend. He has an early 2000s Z28. He had full suspension done, full exhaust, intake, and bought cams and a tune with his rebate money. He previously had a time in the 12s and was planning to get a feel for the new mods and potentially run in the 11s. Well, he was doing alright, got in 4-5 runs I believe. On the last run, I was recording him on the his digital video camera. His launch was kind of mushy, the run was uneventful until the end of the strip. Each of his runs he ends up topping out 3rd gear at 110, and has to shift into 4th to finish the last few hundred feet of the 1/4. Well, this last run, somehow, some way, his rear locked up, the car went sideways, and he hit the wall at 100mph. His front left wheel broke off, bounced off the wall, and when he eventually came to a stop, the wheel bounced up and slammed into the car on the undamaged side, adding insult to injury. He is okay, so far as we can tell. His car is completely totaled. It had to be towed back to his house in Harrisburg. The strip was shut down for a long time while they pulled his car off and cleaned the area up.

I was shook after that. I decided that I was not going to let his unfortunate situation ruin everything, so I made one more run. I actually tried a different way to launch, which ended up in me killing a Charger off the line by a mile, but towards the mid-end of 1st when I disengaged the clutch, the car bogged again and he raced past me


So, I want to practice! I know the car is capable of more, it just needs a driver to utilize it properly. With a downpipe and exhaust, I expected more, but it isn't always about the car and mods, it comes down to the person behind the wheel.
 

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You're crazy for expecting more...
 

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Hey GiRaff3,

I would not be so disappointed. Think about it this way, yours was one of the very few cars in there that could actually drive back home, rather than being trailered. And we have better seats and stereos that the rest.

Nerve was the theme of the day. I was not racing and I was shaking. Despite the big accident and all, we really felt out of our habitat there!!! everything else had slicks, no exhaust (or some sort of noise amplifier), no interior, etc etc etc.

It was great meeting you and your friend, and I am very sorry for the loss of his machine. Luckily he was able to walk out of this one. I have a "last moments" shot of his car, let me know if you want it.

It was an entertaining/scary/worrisome experience (especially when we had to race to the end of the track to see if he was ok).

We have to do it again!
(sans car totaling)
 
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