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Author Topic: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?  (Read 3287 times)

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I was on Autoblog today like I am everyday and I saw this. I was wondering if anyone here has done something similar?

http://www.autoblog.com/2011/07/17/cool-dad-introduces-son-to-autocross-in-corvette-z06/
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2011, 01:43:24 PM »
I like when he says, "Get me out of this thing!" :lol:

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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011, 01:45:14 PM »
Good thing that kid had that neck brace on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hell of a first ride ............ in a Vette no less. After he asked "are we almost done?" I thought he was going to either pass out or  :barf:
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2011, 01:48:04 PM »
Yeah I was waiting for him to hurl. After the first half of the video his expressions do a 180 and it doesn't look like he's having fun.
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2011, 01:56:56 PM »
He was getting MUGGED by a Z06 !!!!!!! How would you feel (at 7-8 years old)? I thought he was a trooper. "I wanna see the movie!!"" Priceless.
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2011, 02:20:00 PM »
Oh my goodness, did you see the poor little guy's neck springing back and forth? In truth that can be dangerous  for one so young as the seat belt and helmet were of course for protection and necessary but maybe the heavy helmet was hard for the young man to manage with the sharp turns?  I am just glad that the little guy did not experience a neck injury in the prosess of the short drive!!!
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2011, 03:15:26 PM »
Pore kid was getting sick becuase he can't see with banging around.  I thought he was going to pass out near the end. 

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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2011, 03:27:34 PM »
That's me driving.

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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2011, 04:13:11 PM »
That's me driving.


Seriously ?!?!?!
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2011, 04:35:01 PM »
Yep, seriously.

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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2011, 05:36:43 PM »
So .. when are you going to get him into Junior Kart class in SCCA Solo? BTW, that boy is a sport !!!!!!!!!!! And FUNNY, too.
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2011, 05:46:28 PM »
With the 500 lbs V8 between the front wheels just imagine similar tired Kappa with a measly 4-cylinder in the slalom. :)
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2011, 06:01:01 PM »
My wife took him to one of those gokart places and he did show a competitive spirit (shoved his kart between another and the wall about 3/4 of his kart's width since he had to be #1).  I want to wait for another year; he has not shown a consistent interest in 4-wheel racing.  This season is the time to take him to autoxes and see how he reacts when looking at the jr kart.

He is in Tae Kwon Do (an orange belt) so he's used to being smacked around/kicked at/punched at.  I'm not worried about him running into things on a jr kart; let's wait and see how his interest is.  Who knows, maybe before this season ends, I'd be shopping for a jr kart.
And he would need a one-size larger helmet; the one he wore was my wife's (his head is that big) and it was tight.

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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2011, 06:04:51 PM »
Norm - traction wouldn't be that much of a difference.  Larger or wider tire will provide more thermal capacity (i.e. tire doesn't get greasy as quickly) just like larger brakes.  In most autoxes, tire temperature doesn't go up much.  I'm actually considering using narrower tires on the Z06 so in an autox I can get higher temperature quicker.

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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2011, 06:10:12 PM »
My wife took him to one of those gokart places and he did show a competitive spirit (shoved his kart between another and the wall about 3/4 of his kart's width since he had to be #1).  I want to wait for another year; he has not shown a consistent interest in 4-wheel racing.  This season is the time to take him to autoxes and see how he reacts when looking at the jr kart.

He is in Tae Kwon Do (an orange belt) so he's used to being smacked around/kicked at/punched at.  I'm not worried about him running into things on a jr kart; let's wait and see how his interest is.  Who knows, maybe before this season ends, I'd be shopping for a jr kart.
And he would need a one-size larger helmet; the one he wore was my wife's (his head is that big) and it was tight.


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What did he think of the movie?

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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #15 on: July 18, 2011, 06:14:10 PM »
He was actually moving around in the seat and he thought it was fun to follow the forces around instead of sitting stiffly in place.  The seat belt reel was set at automatic lock.  The neck brace gave him substantial support for the helmet.

I'll keep you in mind about jr kart stuff.

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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #16 on: July 18, 2011, 07:05:36 PM »
Small world... Wish him well for us and maybe the next video he'll be driving.  :D  

What I meant when I said that he didn't look like he was having fun was that between the half way mark and the end of the video, he really looked as though he was anxious for the motion to stop. At the end when he said that he wanted to see the movie? Now that was priceless.  :thumbs:
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #17 on: July 18, 2011, 08:00:06 PM »
Great video! As much as I enjoy my Kappa I really wish I'd bought a used C5 Z06...afraid I can only dream about a C6 Z06 for the time being... :drool:
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #18 on: July 18, 2011, 09:32:01 PM »
My division would not allow someone of that age and size as a passenger due to the various safety issues.  I think our limit is 12 years old and up.
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #19 on: July 18, 2011, 10:02:06 PM »
Wow.  One of our members make the auto blog!  Nice work POS Vet.  Funny kid too.
What are you operating with your index finger on your right hand at the beginning?  Y look like you push a button a few times?
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #20 on: July 18, 2011, 10:12:46 PM »
It's the AC button before the start and after the finish.  In the middle of the race, I forgot to to turn off TC/AH !!!!  :banghead:
     

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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2011, 02:49:59 AM »
My fiancee's youngest brother (age 14 now) has been in jr kart for a long time and he has dusted me on the go kart track pretty easy...
it's a good thing for the kids to go racing in a safe enviroment, coz when they get on the road, they will probably not need to do crazy and dangerous things.
nice to see that Pos Vett took every precaution measure for his son in the track.  :thumbs: to me it is like taking him to a fast ride in Disneyland!! every kid gets excited and at some point they get dizzy..but then what stays is: "That was FUN" !

Pos Vett, we are waiting for your kid to grow a bit and dust Kelu on the track !!!  :yay: :poke:
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2011, 08:25:45 AM »
LOL!

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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2011, 09:04:50 AM »
I can't wait to see a movie after some years, with the dad in passenger seat and the boy driving :lol:
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Re: Has anyone introduced a family member to autocross like this?
« Reply #24 on: July 19, 2011, 09:06:19 AM »
Rule #1 - you beat me in my own car, you are not driving this car anymore !!!

 

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