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post #1 of 3 Old 11-10-2012, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Noob checking in

You folks can't imagine how delighted I am to find that this place exists. I haven't encountered any problems yet, but at 65K miles, I'm sure that something will come up one of these days. A look through several pages of threads shows that there are some guys here who really know their stuff.

About my WJ: 2004 Laredo, 4.7, factory towing, the usual stuff. Bought Mar 05 as a left-over, never-titled dealer demo with 2K miles. Originally Mrs. solomaniac's DD, but retired spring of 09 when gas spiked north of $4.00/gal. Now used primarily for towing our Coleman pop-up camper (like it isn't even there), foul weather (northern Ohio winters), and carrying big stuff. Never, ever off-road, but sometimes sees off-pavement when we vacation in northern Michigan. Tire upgraded to 245/7016 Bridgestone H/L Alenzas; otherwise as delivered. Addco sway bars and something better in the way of shocks probably in the foreseable future.

I drive in SCCA solo events, and if I can ever convince Mrs. solomaniac that I need a dedicated not-street-legal solo car (maybe an obsolete Formula Ford), I already have my tow vehicle.

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post #2 of 3 Old 11-10-2012, 10:51 PM
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I've worked on Formula Fords quite a bit. There's a lot of fun to be had there. Also check out D-sports racers if you are into an inexpensive vintage car with a lot of potential and not as slow as say, a Formula Vee. Of course there are faster vintage things to be had, Formula B, Atlantic, F5000... but I have found that there is a lot more car out there than there is talent for a lot of people.

Welcome to the forum!

Moving to General Discussion (non-tech).
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-11-2012, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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For solo, a small-bore formula car looks like fun--FV, FF, maybe FA, even F440. The bigger stuff is kind of wasted around the cones. For right now, though, my DD Mazda 3 with a set of Konis and some Hoosier A6s in H Stock will have to do. Some nationally competitive big dogs who have been kicking my butt the last couple of years are going to other classes, so maybe I'll be running for a regional championship next year.
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