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    Default Save the Date - 2020 Annual Sevens HPDE Event at NJMP - October 8-10, 2020

    This is a 2020 Save The Date notice for the Annual Sevens HPDE Event at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

    Subject to final confirmation we have landed on Friday October 9 and Saturday October 10, 2020.

    It is later than previous years as the traditional June/July dates are no longer offered by NJMP Drivers Club. Looking at the options available to us:
    • March and April are too cold with a chance of snow still out there
    • May is traditionally unsettled according to our resident weather expert, Yellowss7. Like all weather forecasters he is always certain and frequently wrong...
    • June/July - no suitable dates available
    • August - too stinking hot and humid
    • September/October - best options available to choose from and weather is more temperate.


    As in prior years, NJMP Drivers Club will be in full command of operating the day. They have generously allocated HPDE sessions to participants that will be seven-only. This is desirable as you do not have to be out on track with big heavy cars around you and your momentum will not be impeded by some big heavy car slowing you up through corners. The NJMP Drivers Club rules and regulations apply for registration, technical inspection, driver qualifications and all aspects of safety in compliance with New Jersey laws. They will offer the registration site and collect all fees for this event. Tom and I are responsible for the restaurant reservations.


    The preliminary 2020 schedule looks like:

    Thursday October 8: Arrive in the PM and set up. Karting event. Casual dinner at clubhouse
    Friday October 9: Thunderbolt HPDE. Dinner at Andreas in Millville.
    Saturday October 10: Thunderbolt HPDE. Awards dinner at NJMP Clubhouse or other suitable venue.

    The good news from this is we have 2 whole days on the Thunderbolt circuit. This is something we have never managed to do before given it is the most popular circuit at NJMP. So this will be a good opportunity to get some quality track time on a fresh track for many of you. It also has a good infrastructure of garages and an observation tower to take in the entire track.




    While the Lightning Circuit is a good fun momentum circuit, the Thunderbolt circuit is very different by being more technical in nature. The first half of the circuit is fast, long straights, fast sweepers where the key is to carry as much speed as possible. The second half of the circuit is tight, technical and quite slow in average speed. This part contains the Jersey Devil section comprised of the most radical decreasing radius corner of any race track in North America, then a heavily off camber slow left corner which rewards experimenting with different entry points, apex points and exit lines.

    For those who have never participated in this event then two videos of the event by Glen S, forum member, Lotus Enthusiast and all round good guy, will help you appreciate it.

    2018



    2017




    For an instructional look at the circuit, below is a 360 degree video. For those who have not used one before then:

    1) Click through this video into youtube itself.
    2) Play the video
    3) move the camera around by (a) the arrows top left, or (b) clicking your mouse on the video playing and dragging to look behind, up, sides or down

    If you move the camera to point down slightly you will see I overlaid a track map on the passenger seat below the speed. You may have to move the view slightly right to read the various captions anyway as the youtube screen size is narrower than my video edit app. Sorry no sound as this camera does not have an external mic.

    Time:
    0:00 Leaving the pits - where to line up to await going out on circuit
    0:23 Pit lane and the turn onto the circuit
    0:40 Leaving the pits and the blend line you should follow merging onto track
    0:52 For the next two warm up laps I have added text commentary on some of the more tricky corners and what you should not do.
    5:35 Some clean laps at a good moderate pace. There was too much traffic to be really quick but this will show the various lines. I deliberately tried lots of different lines in the Devil to show you what happens - the speed is relatively low. Experimentation will teach you a lot about your car in this corner. Just watch the entry speed on the decreasing radius right hand corner on entry into the Devil - it will catch you out first time.
    10:38 I lap a Stalker.
    19:19 I follow Tom so you can see the track lines from a different perspective.
    23:50 Returning to the pits and back of pits





    This will above all be a social event. We do it to enjoy our sevens' unique handling and performance capabilities in a facility that allows safety compared with doing the same on road (which would be illegal too). There will be no racing or timing of events. We want the atmosphere to be relaxed and social and above all enjoying our cars as they were designed to be used,
    in a mutually respectful and safe manner.

    Final details will be posted as they come together. Final confirmation pending from NJMP Drivers Club. Registration will probably not open until July 2020 - NJMP will advise when open. In advance, feel free to PM Tom (Yellowss7) or me on this forum if you have questions. Alternatively you can email sevensarefun AT G mail DOT com

    Tom and I are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2020 event!

    Mike
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    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
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    Another great video by Glen....

    https://youtu.be/rQovHdd2kBE
    Stalker V8, chassis #85

    Stalker Chassis #85 Build Gallery
    Stalker Chassis #85 Owner Thread

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    Have a youtube video display on me!

    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (will repaint to original color in 2020)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
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    Never can get mine to display....what am I doing g wrong?
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    It lives!!!
    Good work Tom and Croc! Things weren't looking so good for this event continuing last summer.
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    Bravo! You’re on my calendar- hopefully This gives all of us time to have our cars in top top shape (and repair/break them a few times beforehand)
    Last edited by wemtd; 11-13-2019 at 01:33 AM.

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    Vacation booked

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    Penciled in.

    This time I'm not driving it for sanity's sake. I've joined all you fancy enclosed trailer folks.
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    This event prompted my decision to buy an enclosed trailer 8 years ago. The thought of the typical rush-hour take-no-prisoners traffic on I-95 pushed me into it.For the previous 4 years I had driven to all events, far and wide, and always somehow made it home. It makes life easier, tho trailer ownership its not without its own trials and tribulations.
    Kitcat:AKA, Sir Spinsalot
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitcat View Post
    This event prompted my decision to buy an enclosed trailer 8 years ago. The thought of the typical rush-hour take-no-prisoners traffic on I-95 pushed me into it.For the previous 4 years I had driven to all events, far and wide, and always somehow made it home. It makes life easier, tho trailer ownership its not without its own trials and tribulations.
    Yeah I'm happy I did it but I'm well aware of the consequences of having another trailer. It's just like having another project car in a way. This makes it my third trailer. I have an open 6x10 for misc jobs, enclosed 6x10 for my race bike and other misc jobs/storage and now a 7.5x18 aluminum for the Caterham.

    Right now engineering a way to have my XC70 to be comfortable towing upto 5000lbs. Rated for 3300lbs but with proper upgrades it should be fine for 5k and thats where I draw the line. (Brake control, weight distribution, class III, R brembo brakes, R motor, other misc etc). After looking into it for a long while the math checks out. We shall see if practice does (car is still relatively light and aerodynamic profile is different than regular tow rigs). Really can't/won't justify having another vehicle for the ~10 times a year I need to tow things. It won't be ideal but it should do the job.
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