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2021 – Porsche Owner Club Autocross San Pedro

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Date: July 18, 2021, Total drivers: 93

Location: Port of Los Angeles. 3011 Miner St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Event: Porsche Owner Club Autocross

Final result, click here.

Photographer: Luis Vivar | IG:@_luvshots_

Author: Ting | IG:@981.GT4

Course Map | Course Designer: Michael Oest
2016 Porsche GT4 flying through corners on 3 wheels
Driver putting registration sticker on his car
POC novice students walking course with instructors
Multi-time national champion Tom Berry explaining to his student how to choose the fastest line
2006 Honda S2000 | Honda factory driver Bob Endicott double-checking his car
2017 BMW M2 | Jacob Abrams at the start line. 1st place in Class gt2, 6th overall, 35.787s

Now let’s see the competition results. Each driver had 4 runs.

We will start with the fastest raw time group, class gt3. Michael Oest, aka Michael Fast, the course designer, multi-time class winner, hopped into his own 2019 Mazda MX-5 in run one, locked down the best time of the day, 35.505s, while other drivers were still competing.

2019 Mazda MX-5 | Michael Oest

Oest might get bored from winning too quickly and then he started driving Guy Ankeny’s 2006 Mazda MX-5 and went 1s faster than his own car! 34.589s!Congratulations! The 2nd place in class gt3 and 4th place overall raw time of the day goes to Guy Ankeny, 35.670s. I think I overheard Guy jokingly said he’s not going to let Oest drive his car again in the future.

2006 Mazda MX-5 | Guy Ankeny

M2 Class showed the multi-time national champion Tom Berry taking first place with a 35.605 in Randy Gonzales’s 2017 Chevrolet C7 Z06 Corvette. He is definitely one of the fastest drivers to watch out on course! Randy did a 36.224s in his competition runs the same car. Awesome codriving results.

2017 Chevrolet C7 Z06 Corvette | Randy Gonzales, Tom Berry

Greg Noss with his brand new 2021 Porsche Boxster GTS is the untouchable class leader in S3, finished with a 37.268s.

2021 Porsche Boxster GTS | Greg Noss

In Class S4, Darren Loher set a 36.761s in the 2013 Porsche Boxster S, 20th out of 93 in raw time of the day. S5 class winner went right after Darren’s tail, finished with a 37.515 in the 2013 Porsche Boxster. Class S6 we have our instructor and return participant Tom Frecentese, didn’t know how but he managed to do a 37.045 in a stock 2021 Mazda MX-5! Driver mod there you go.

2021 Mazda MX-5 | Tom Frecentese

Class M3 is the most packed class of the day. Chris Weber put down a 35.834s in his 3rd run, within his gorgeous 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S.

Class M3 2nd place goes to our female driver Ting, 36.887s (@ting, yay that’s me!), in the carmine red 2016 Porsche GT4. Seems like the Bridgestone RE71R worked pretty well on the San Pedro Port surface. My codriver Dung Nguyen (@grip240sx) unfortunately coned his best run 36.809, finished with 3rd place in Class M3. I need to watch out for this codriver, very good competition in between us. Welcome back to autocross Mr. Nguyen!

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 | @grip240sx

Sebastian Rios took home 1st place in Class M4 with their beautiful white 2014 Porsche Cayman S. We can see that the newly installed JRZ RS2 dampers custom built by Guy Ankeny on stock OEM springs (legal for SCCA street class) performed flawlessly.

2014 Porsche Cayman S | Sebastian and Shauna Rios

Class M5 is also packed with 10 drivers. Our class leader Yon Visell did a 36.333s with some smokes following him. Love seeing you always pushing harder and harder! You made it! Congrats.

2003 Porsche Boxster S | Yon Visell

And that wraps up our POC July event at LA ports. Congratulations to all those who trophied! The next event will be on Aug 7th at Fontana, Auto Club Speedway.

Register at: POC Fontana Aug 7, 2021

1975 Porsche 911 | Dave Waddell | 38.578s, 1st in Class gt5

To view and download your car and drive photos, visit: POC San Pedro July 18 2021 Gallery

Big thanks to our photographer Luis, please say thank you to him when you see him at the events. Follow him on Instagram for amazing automotive and event images.

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2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S | Dennis Wolfe 36.408s | 3rd in Class M4, 15th overall

Pursuit Racing at Autocross

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Date: Sept 11, 2021

Location: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

Event: Cal Club SCCA Autocross Autocross

Photographer: Ellie Lee | IG: @huntoellie

Author: Ting | IG: @981.GT4

Pursuit racing is where two or more competitors are either chasing after each other or chasing after a lead competitor or team.

September 11, 2021, Cal Club SCCA Autocross hosted a pursuit racing during the practice runs for the first time and everyone loved it. Let’s see how it looked like.

From 8:30 AM to 12 PM, the club did a traditional practice 60s course, divided all drivers into 4 run groups and each driver got about 8 to 1.3 million runs.

From 12 PM to 2 PM, the event master Randy Gonzalez, course designer Sam Mayorga and club volunteers extended the lunch break, made 2 start/finish lines on the course, and offered us this heads up pro solo style racing/pursuit racing. Instead of driving against a clock, the drivers were up against another car. The winner takes… a “car” home!

Pursuit Racing Winner Prize, desktop art | Jessica Gonzalez

Big thanks to Sam for designing the course again! We had lots of fun both days! But seriously, someone please help this kid out…

video resource: Mike Parsons

Your go-to teacher is Dung Nguyen, the master of moving 2 tires together

Alright, back to cars. While Austin Kirk was busy breaking Maia Kirk‘s shift knob, Maia hopped into her red FR-S and did some fast laps. Good job girl!

Maia Kirk’s shift knobs. Austin, sir, you need to stop breaking the wife’s stuff, otherwise, Maia said it won’t be the last thing you need to fix in this car.
Austin Kirk and Maia Kirk | 2013 Scion FR-S

I did a couple of matchups with different cars in the GT4, including the new 911 Carrera S, STR MX-5 Miata ND and the Porsche Panamera Turbo. So much fun, and hope the club will host more events like this. Thank you so much starter and volunteers for running it for us. This is why we are a big lovely family and everyone helps each other out in Cal Club.

911 Carrera S
2016 Porsche GT4
Sean Fenstermacher | 2019 Mazda MX-5 | Thank you for letting us drive your car Sean! Tons of fun and we will do more GT4 vs Miata battle in the future

QV is driving his beautiful Panamera Turbo and giving our dear photographer Ellie a ride. Do you like his custom-built orange wheels?

QV | Porsche Panamera Turbo

Jessica Gonzalez did a few laps with her 2013 FR-S and won. The car looks so adorable. Look forward to more add-ons!

Jessica Gonzalez | 2013 Scion FR-S
The Yeoh family are getting ready at the start line | 1989 Honda CRX Si
The C8 looks mad, really mad

For more full-size car images, please visit SCCA Cal Club AutoX Sept Practice 2021.

Big thanks to Ellie for taking those photos for us on a 107F hot day. You can download your car images for free with code “ellie”. We would also appreciated it if you could purchase some of the photos for only $1.99 each. 100% profit will go to Ellie’s college fund, for her to become a professional photographer. She is an amazing young kid and just submitted her application to college. Good luck Ellie!

See you soon, drivers!

2021 Porsche Owner Club Autocross August @Auto Club Speedway

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Date: August 07, 2021, Total drivers: 45

Location: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

Event: Porsche Owner Club Autocross

Final result, click here

Photographer: Luis Vivar | IG:@_luvshots_

Author: Ting | IG:@981.GT4

What else can we do when it’s 96F out there? Autocross of course. Hot laps for real, and the heat will just keep your tires warm for more grip.

Our photographer Luis once again leads us to the hot course with his camera. Please visit Luis’s Gallery at the end of this article for more of your car’s full-size images. Let’s get it started!

Racing shoes and helmet on, POC instructor coming in style at the driver meeting.

Nic Sanchez laughs at Matt Davis when he tries to describe the width of Nic’s SSC FR-S “tires”

Your winner director, Michael Oest aka Mike Fast. Congratulations Mike for another win at autocross, he did a 35.473s. The red Miata’s transponder tells us that you also went on track the same day. What a champion!

Safety is important. Looks like the Mazda got not only the Sparco Belt 6 Points Harness Set, also a roll bar. See you on track more often.

What can we do without her?! Thank you so much Karen Guthorn! You always make our registration smooth and fast.

2013 Porsche Carrera S Cab | Karen Guthorn | S4L class, 39.389s

Sometimes you drive, sometimes you talk. Some people say: Autocross is about 20% driving and 80% social. Sounds legit to me –unless it’s SCCA autocross then it’s 5% driving and 95% chasing the cones ;).

Adam Levine look-alike showed up with his Tesla… They look like a fast couple!

2018 Tesla Model S | Austin Jones | M1 class, 42.146s

Wait a minute Luis, are we at the LA Auto Show?!

When QV even got the orange-ish zip ties, seat belt, sunglasses, jacket, helmet, collar… you know this driver is seriously powered by ORANGE.

Congrats on 1st place in GT3 class QV! Your 37.191s also is the 6th fastest raw time for the day.

1994 Nissan 240SX | QV Dang | GT3 class

Quynh Nguyen is racing in his 2013 Porsche Boxster S, S4 class. He finished with a 38.401s, which locked him into 2nd place in the S4 class.

Steve Bennett in M3 class, driving a 2020 white Porsche 992 Carrera S, 41.176s.

Most people don’t know, Apple not only makes iPhones, they also make Evo just for fun. Dulantha’s Apple-made Evo going hot on course. 39.436s.

2015 Mitsubishi Evo X | Dulantha Fernando | M5 class

How often do you see the Evo twins on course? #teamblue got 37.968s, 1.5s faster than #teamred

2015 Mitsubishi Evo X | Wolfgang Hoeck | M5 class
2018 Porsche 781 Cayman S | Kristopher Marciniak | S4 class, 38.057s

Colin Gressler knows exactly how to be the course worker’s favorite. Thank you for making the numbers so easy to read. In case some drivers do not know, you need to have at least 8” tall numbers on your car, BOTH sides.

2008 Porsche 911 Carerra | Colin Gressler | S4 class, 44.329s

Here we have a perfect example, the naughty Golf. Did you seriously put black numbers on a dark blue car?

2015 Volkswagen Golf R | Travis Brown | M4 class, 38.717s

Destiny is really taking advantage of this convertible. What a good reason to get a roadster. Looks fun!

1999 Mazda Miata | Destiny McGuire, Chris Richardson | S7L, 40.516s
2018 Porsche 991.2 GTS | Ian Beer | S3 class, 38.360s

Yon got very serious and focus. He got 2nd place in the M5 class and 4th place overall raw time for the day, with a 37.046s. Wish you and your car good luck in the September SCCA National event.

2003 Porsche Boxster S | Yon Visell | M5 class

Hey, noodle car, 38.553s! Matt, the Optima competitor, go fast at the SCCA Autocross National event this year with Hoosiers!

2003 Toyota Corolla | Matt Davis | M2 class
2008 BMW 328i | Spencer Asahi | S2 class, 44.376s

Tom Frecentese once again got 1st place in the M5 class with his Miata, and 5th fastest raw time for the day. 37.073s

2021 Mazda MX-5 | Tom Frecentese | S5 class
2016 Porsche 991 GT3RS | Tristan Zafra | M2 class, 37.380s, 7th fastest raw time for the day
2001 Porsche Boxster S LB | Bruce Powers | GT3 class, 37.563s

My favorite Cal Club Autocross event master, Randy Gonzalez, you look great in that red C7 Z06. Randy also got 2nd fastest raw time for the day and first place in the M2 class with a 36.482s. Great job!

2017 Chevrolet C7 Z06 Corvette | Randy Gonzalez |M2 class

Nice drive Dennis in the 718 Cayman S. He had a 36.971s and that puts him into 1st place in M4, and 3rd place raw time for the day.

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman S | Dennis Wolfe | M4 class

Steve Yellon adding air for his Mini GP3. the mini-fast-van finished with a 41.192s.

2021 Mini GP3 Hatchback | Steve Yellon | M4 class
2019 BMW 430i | Jin Oh | M1 class, 44.091s
2014 Porsche Cayman S | Brian Cooner | M4 class, 37.615s, 2nd place in M4 class

What a beautiful shot of the Mustang Shelby GT350R! Fulton got a 37.422s and that is the 8th fastest raw time for the day, and 1st place in M3 class.

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R | Fulton Haight | M3
2019 Mercedes-Benz | Armin Sarai | M1 class, 45.801s
2018 Porsche 911 GTS | David Guthrie | S3 class, 41.268s
2017 Cadillac ATS-V | Al Luck | S1 class, 39.390s
2008 Porsche Cayman S | Vincent Beggs | S5 class, 40.402s

That wraps up the August POC Autocross. Congratulations to all those who trophied! The next event will be on Sept 26th at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana CA, and BIG LOT 6!

Register at: POC Fontana Sept 26, 2021 (Early bird $20 discount)

To view and download your car and drive photos, visit: POC Fontana August Gallery

Big thanks to our photographer Luis, please say thank you to him when you see him at the events. Follow him on Instagram for amazing automotive and event images.

Please share this article if you like it and leave a comment to let me know what you would like to see in the future. See you again soon!

2021 August PCA Autocross Fontana

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Date: August 8, 2021, Total drivers: 72

Location: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

Event: PCA Riverside Autocross

Final result, click here.

Photographer: Ellie Lee | IG: @huntoellie

Author: Ting | IG: @981.GT4

Three autocross events, same weekend, same location, and the event organizers can never underestimate our drivers’ passion for motorsport. Ask the 1994 Nissan 240sx owner QV about it. How does it feel like to run 3 events on the same weekend? The car looks really happy out there.

1994 Nissan 240sx | QV Dang

1994 Nissan 240sx | QV Dang

Very unusual, but at the PCA riverside autocross, once in a while, you see SUVs come burn some tires. Austin Day, brought this Super Orange cone-color-matched 2020 Porsche Cayenne to the event and put down a 77.999s in competition runs. Watch out folks, you not only need to dodge cones, might also need to dodge Austin’s Cayenne.

2020 Porsche Cayenne | Austin Day

Next, we spotted the multi-time winner, Kathy Throp buckled up in James Cuba‘s rotary roadster. Check out this street-legal 400HP Mazda RX7-powered home-built Lotus 7 Replica beast. If you come to SCCA Cal Club Autocross in September, you might see Mr. Cuba and his car in person. And Kathy, sorry to see what happened to your tire, we missed you in the competition runs. Congrats on the 66.1s practice run in your 2000 Porsche Boxster. 1st place raw time in the morning!

2016 Caterham 7 Replica | James Cuba (69.111s, 6th place raw time overall), Kathy Throp

Let’s see some twins. Two GT3RS, 2019 and 2007, can you tell which one is which? Thank you, Aaron Beck and Quinton Richard, your cars made beautiful exhaust sounds on course. Never get tired of watching you guys autocross.

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS | Quinton Richard

2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS | Aaron Beck

Here comes the winner of this event, 2010 Porsche GT3, top time of the day, 67.432s. Multi-time National Champion James Yom showed us that you can still win with a coned run, if you drive fast enough.

2010 Porsche GT3 | James Yom

Sebastian Rios is the guy to watch out for. He has been doing better and better with their 2014 Porsche Cayman S. Rios took home 2nd place raw time of the day, 68.299! Congratulations!

And the GT4 twins. Did you notice the difference between this white 2020 718 GT4 and the carmine 2016 981 GT4? (Ting: One white, one red?)

2020 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 | Alex Matsuoka
2016 Porsche 981 Cayman GT4 | @ting, @grip240sx, 70.7s

Now, Super Street GT4 vs STX FRS (SCCA rulebook), which one is faster?

I did a 70.7s during practice runs in my GT4, and then drove my codriver Dung Nguyen’s newly built 2013 FRS (STX class SCCA), got a 69.9s. Codriver also did a 69.8s in the FRS. Apparently, Dung won our bet with his “GT4 Killer” FRS by 0.9s on a 70s course. Glad to see all his hard work paid off.

FRS Setup list:

Brake Pads: Porterfield R4

Brake Caliper: Wilwood

Brake rotors: Racingbrake, Drilled and Slotted

Wheels: Enkei RPF1

Alignment: Front Camber – 4.9, Rear Camber – 3.9. 0 toe.

Suspension: Blitz

Exhaust: HKS Catback

Another STX FRS driver, the dedicated course designer, brilliant instructor, fast new star, iracing competitor, and one of the youngest drivers on course, Sam Mayorga, finished with a 70.383s on dead tires. Excellent job Sam. Look forward to your performance at the next event on fresh rubber.

2013 Scion FR-S | Sam Mayorga

Autocrossers, did you know that you can pay only $10 to experience one of the best Porsche cars offered by Porsche Riverside? Check it out at the next event. I remember seeing a big power sliding with tire smokes during the experience runs. That looks like 50 bucks tire $$$ flying away. Thank you, dear sponsors, for bring us this amazing event and experience!

Porsche Riverside

Steve Wong, this time brought another one of his collections, the 1986 Porsche 911, and demonstrated what CLASSIC means. Great drive and thank you for bringing your neighbors, the Seol family. Kyungjin aka John did a 74.844s in his 2021 Mini Cooper S, and this is just his 2nd autocross.

1986 Porsche 911 | Steve Wong

Jim Storms kept Steve good company, competed in his 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, CC03 class. Who else is a big fan of those Carreras?

1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa | Jim Stroms

In the CC07 Class, driver AJ Halsey did very well on “looking ahead”. AJ, you look extra cool with the visor down.

2005 Porsche Boxster | AJ Halsey

Last but not least, let’s check out the Non-Porsche X group cars.

1st place we have Thomas Frecentese in his 2021 Mazda MX5, 68.299s. Tom, is that car still stock? Wayyyy too fast.

Sean Fenstermacher, who barely autocross in the past year, took home 2nd place with a 69.029s. Nicely Done. Sean TEDx talked with Ting, Chris and Dung during lunch break, and analyzed data. Knowledge is important and priceless. If we ever make a documentary for autocross, this footage will be shared with the public.

2019 Mazda MX-5 | Sean Fenstermacher

How green is too green? Jason Flaherty said never. Glad to see that Falken RT660 tires worked so well on your 2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. 3rd place in X class, 5th overall raw time of the day, 69.105s is your time.

2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE | Jason Flaherty

The Yeoh family coming in hot with their 1989 Honda CRX Si. Neelu the daughter (and our instructor) went faster than dad Stephen in the morning. Great Job Neelu! We just need to see this more often! In the competition runs, Neelu managed to do a few 69.2s and 69.3s but unfortunately coned. So, in the afternoon, the dad (69.203s) won and also taught Neelu (70.137s) and Bijan (70.494s) how to keep shaving times even when it’s 95F without AC.

What other cars do you want to see? How about a Supra? The new Toyota Supra already won SCCA prosolo national events (B Street) several times, seems like it’s proved faster than the BMW M2, M2 competition, and some Porsche Caymans. Will we see more Supra at autocross then? Let’s wait for the 2021 SCCA National Solo results in Sept.

Hi Ly | 2020 Toyota GR Supra 3.0L L6

Dmitry Vakhlis drove his project car, the 1994 Ford Mustang, even though he had some brake issues, still did a 71.269s. Hope the newly arrived Hawk brake pads work better at the next event.

1994 Ford Mustang | Dmitry Vakhlis

AND….Who said the panda is lazy? I saw one running nonstop at 95F degrees. Happy Motoring Panda 400!

2007 Toyota Yaris | Joseph Rassool

That wraps up our PCA August event at Fontana CA. Congratulations to all those who trophied! Thank you, Kraig Strom, our highly unpaid PCA autocross director for organizing such a wonderful event. The next one will be on October 24th at Fontana, Auto Club Speedway.

Register at: www.MSREG.com/RSRAutoX Paid course workers, Lunch and coffee included. It will sell out quickly. Sign up early to secure your spot. Registration is only $95.

To view and download your car and drive photos, visit: PCA Autocross August Fontana

Big thanks to our photographer Ellie, please say thank you to her when you see her again on course. Follow her on Instagram for amazing automotive and event images.

Please share this article if you like it and leave a comment to let me know what you would like to see in the future. See you again soon!

Limited Run Acura NSX Type S to Debut at Monterey Car Week, Celebrates Supercar’s Final Model Year

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Acura just announced today a version of the best performing road-legal NSX ever, the 2022 NSX Type S supercar. This special edition model brings the electrified supercar to new levels, delivering more power, quicker acceleration, and sharper handling for a better all around driving experience. There will be a limited run of 350 models with 300 of those being available in North America.

  • Limited to 350 units worldwide, NSX Type S raises the already impressive performance of Acura’s cutting-edge electrified supercar to new levels
  • With an even higher performance envelope and a more emotional driving experience, the 2022 NSX Type S will join highly collectable NSX variants like the 1999 NSX Zanardi
  • The 2022 NSX Type S will make its global debut at Monterey Car Week on August 12

2016 – SCCA Crows Landing Pro Solo – Gallery

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Location
: Crows Landing Air Facility

Event: 2016 SCCA Pro Solo – Crows Landing

Date: April 29, 2016 – May 1, 2016

Over 180 people brought their race cars for the Pro Solo at the Crows Landing Air facility. The high grip surface ensured that the drivers were able to push their machine to the limits. See the gallery below!

 


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