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Jim Arnett
06-10-2009, 04:18 AM
I am fortunate to have a choice two (old) cars to bring/take to the Autocross, and I have to decide which.

One is small but is fairly softly sprung, and does not have a limited slip. It does not like 180 degree sharp turns; it just spins the inside wheel.

The other is much bigger with more power, and does have a limited slip.

So which car do the autocrosses in Sykesville favor? Are they first and second gear, very twisty, courses, or are they more open and allow the use of higher gears?

Thanks very much for your input!

PS. I did not see my name on the entrant spreadsheet, but I believe it has been added to since I sent in the registration. Right? :-)

///MARINE
06-10-2009, 06:24 AM
Jim,

We can assist you better if you tell us the year, make and model of each car.

woodym3
06-10-2009, 07:46 AM
I picture an '80 320i and a '67 Ford 427 LTD.

mcoupemindy
06-10-2009, 08:36 AM
Choose the car which is more nimble.

Reach
06-10-2009, 09:57 AM
...first and second gear, very twisty, courses, or are they more open and allow the use of higher gears...

Pretty much all auto-x (at least in this region) falls into the first bucket. That said, I haven't been to one at MSPTC yet so I cannot speak from direct experience there.

mcoupemindy
06-10-2009, 10:00 AM
Pretty much all auto-x (at least in this region) falls into the first bucket. That said, I haven't been to one at MSPTC yet so I cannot speak from direct experience there.

There's a line between autocross and time trials. We need to make sure that we are autocrossing ...

That being said, MSP is a smaller lot, so third and above will not be necessary.

Jim Arnett
06-10-2009, 11:25 AM
The choices are a 300ZX TT or a 62 Mini Cooper. Neither is stock, but the Mini's suspension is soft (for a Mini) so it spins the inside tire on hard corners.
Thanks for the input folks.

Luda
06-10-2009, 12:28 PM
i personally woudl go with the 300zx TT, but the mini's run damn good times at autox's

AG
06-10-2009, 12:40 PM
It would be pretty cool to see a 62 Mini out there.

Reach
06-10-2009, 01:58 PM
That 300 TT sounds like fun tho... :) Not too bad of a choice to have.

Jim Arnett
06-10-2009, 03:09 PM
Either way I go with this, there will be a classic Mini there.

My pal Don will be there with his ex-race '74.

Bob
06-11-2009, 07:39 AM
Thats easy, put the 300z drivetrain in the Mini!

ldsbeaker
06-11-2009, 02:27 PM
Man, wish I could bring our mini out. "76" Austin Mini, auto, RHD, BRG.

///MARINE
06-11-2009, 02:50 PM
I would take the 300ZX TT.

bmw_matt
06-13-2009, 07:14 PM
It would be pretty cool to see a 62 Mini out there.

At the PM session there was a really old Mini. Coulda been around 60's