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Slipstream - September 2008

The monthly newsletter of the Maverick Region of the Porsche Club of America

Anyone Can Drive Part II

Anyone Can Drive Part II By Bryan Bell Editor’s Note: Bryan’s Top 10 Puzzle Pieces is continued from last month ... Anyone can drive fast, right? You just jam the gas down and turn the wheel when needed! It is not that easy as it turns out. It is like a never ending puzzle of different pieces that once you fit one in there is another that needs worked on. That is the very reason I am forever hooked on driving. You can never do it right, perfect or flawless. Marilynn Moseley looking for that “perfect lap” 1. Have Vision 2. Be Smooth 3. Relax 4. Brake Hard 5. Push on the Gas 6. Use the Whole Track 7. Be Ready with the Gas 8. Grip with the Ground 9. Don’t Look Back 10. Put them All Together Easy right? Now, let’s talk about 6 through 10! 6. Use the whole track – Almost touch the turn in and almost touch the track out. Don’t leave an inch for the next driver to get that you didn’t. 7. Be ready with the gas – This is important! I think the long list of great Maverick drivers would also tell you there is no such thing as a prefect lap. I have learned the best thing to do is keep things simple and only work on one or two of them at a time. Here are my top ten puzzles pieces to work on: Adam Ussery thinking about his last run and using the whole track Get your braking & shifting done, clutch out and foot over the gas pedal before you turn in to a corner. Trail braking (dragging the brake into a corner to get the rear to slip around until the front is pointed the direction you want) is for the unskilled to overheat the rear tires or the very skilled to use rarely & wisely. Photos by Charlie Davis Here are the three ways “being ready with the gas” can go down: a. You do it just right - You drive into the corner covering the gas, looking ahead, smooth and confident with good grip. b. You are done early – You have to wait a second or two and then drive into the corner covering the gas, looking ahead, smooth and confident with good grip. c. You do it late – Your right foot is on the brake pedal, left is on the clutch, your eyes are on the cone your about to hit. Then sweat runs down your face as you slide nervously sideways into a corner slower than the person in either a or b above! As you can see it is always better to be early on the brakes than late. 8. Grip with the ground – This is the big trick to going fast. If you are slipping, sliding, spinning wheels or locking up brakes you may be having a lot of fun, but hmm ... an example of how not your lap time is paying for to “grip with the ground” your fun! Drifting is not a timed event due to it is “slow and for show”! If you are sitting there about to start your last run thinking “where can I knock off more time?” think about the areas where you are sliding. Look for a slower, shorter, tighter line. Did I just say slower? Yes, a slower, shorter line with grip takes less time than a faster, longer slipping line. Here is a secret for you: all those buzz word things like “heel-toe” & “left foot braking” were invented to keep grip with the ground. 9. Don’t look back – If you are looking or thinking behind you will do just that, “Don’t look back” Even if it WAS the checker! be behind more! At an autocross turn your mirrors so you can’t use them. At a DE only check the mirrors when you start going down a passing straight. Remember #1 – Look ahead! 10. All of the above work together – The first 9 on this list are like a team. Your lap time (compared to other like cars) reflects what level of skill you are at with all of these together. Now go out there and get some seat time! 10

Lost in a Rally by Ethan Bradley It was a hot, bright, sunny day as my dad and I drove up in his Boxster. We were the second car there. As we got out of the car to say hello, another Boxster drove up and so began the arrival of cars. Once the final car had arrived we gathered under the shade of a tree and listened to the instructions. The rally chairman said the rally should be easy, but then stopped short and said, “Well, not including that you have to look for directions, tiebreakers, and questions all at the same time, but besides that it should be easy.” After sitting in the car and trying to figure out the directions, we hit the road. The first couple of directions were easy to follow, but then came the dreaded “T”! The “T” was at the end of a couple of directions and my dad and I couldn’t figure out what it meant, causing us to go off course, way off course. We were so confused we drove probably about 2 1/2 to 3 miles in the wrong direction! Finally, we pulled over. While I re-read the directions, my dad searched where we were on his iPhone. After a couple minutes we pulled out and began to drive the opposite way we came. We drove around for a couple more minutes until we found the right road. During this time, occasionally I would say something Photos by Charlie Davis like “Great jumping jeepers, Auto Man, we’re lost!” Then my dad would say something like, “You’re right, Boxster Boy, but alas, what the heck does a ‘T’ mean!” Eventually we came to the meeting spot. When we arrived, the chairman gave us fifteen minutes to answer the rest of the tiebreakers and to find as many questions as we could around the park. Some answers were printed in the brick, some on the ground, and/or the statues. The questions were mostly about “cowboy wisdom” and such. After racing around trying to find the answers, we all sat down and listened to the chairman as she announced the winners. Unfortunately my dad and I didn’t get in the top three, but for all our troubles with the “T” and getting lost, it was worth it because I got to spend time with my dad doing what we love, and that is driving a Porsche! Linda Bambina and Angie Gaines after the rally 11

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