My plans for the year

After reading what Gabe posted, I figured what better way to start the new year than make my Motoring Resolutions!

My 2005 suffered in the motoring department due to the high price of gas and the distance required to drive to get any quality motoring in. Sure I’m pulling down the mad M.P.G., but when I’m already driving 500+ miles for work, it left little wiggle room for any extra motoring. So, my first mod for the year will be on the personal side; Find a job closer to the house. That way, even if gas prices go nuts again, I’ll still be able to handle some extra motoring.

Again because of high gas prices, I had zero (0) track days in 2005. And now that Roxy has 108+K miles on her, I’m a little leary about doing track days. Especially since she is my only vehicle. Of course I still want track time! So I will be trying to squeeze some days in, but instead of really going crazy on the track, I’ll go out with the beginner groups instead more often and focus on my smoothness and line. Oh sure, I’ll still run with the faster groups on occassion (I love having you S guys and gals seeing me in your rear view mirror through the twisties), I’m just really going to focus on my overall track skills.

As far as mods for Roxy, this year will be the year of suspension upgrades. I still have those Eibach springs in the garage that I will be getting installed. After that, an HR rear sway bar and possibly even the front bar as well.

I will be going to AMVIV this year for sure. We are even going to try to podcast a live show while we are there. No, you won’t be able to listen live, but if you’re in Vegas, you’ll be able to see us live. I’m really going to try to make the Dragon this year too. Of course, with it being over 2200 miles from SoCal, I’ll probably fly in since I don’t think I’ll be able to get 3 weeks off of work. I’m sure someone will let me ride with them, right? ;)

And, finally, I need to get a new camera so I can again start posting pics in the gallery. Sometime this year I managed to lose my camera. I think I set it down someplace and forgot to grab it. I was planning on upgrading this year anyway, so it’s not that big of a deal. I’m really liking the new mega-zoom camera that Sony, Cannon and Fujitsu are putting out. Of course, if I can swing the funds, I’d rather go SLR, but I don’t think I’ll have an extra $1k to shell out for that. I’d rather spend it on track days!

Those are my motoring resolutions for ’06. What about yours?

6 replies on “My plans for the year”

  1. I will be going to AMVIV this year for sure. We are even going to try to podcast a live show while we are there. No, you won’t be able to listen live, but if you’re in Vegas, you’ll be able to see us live.

    I’m picturing an OLN-esque booth like Phil and Paul use during their Tour de France coverage. Or perhaps the inside studio that Bob and Al use. But someone’s gonna have to make those funny hand movements. I nominate you, db. ;-)

    I’m really going to try to make the Dragon this year too. Of course, with it being over 2200 miles from SoCal, I’ll probably fly in since I don’t think I’ll be able to get 3 weeks off of work. I’m sure someone will let me ride with them, right? ;)

    You got it! I’ve got extra space in my cabin, too, if you’re looking for a room.

    I’d be interested in hearing about the track days you do and what organizations are hosting them. I’m planning on joining BMWCCA so I can start doing events with them, and I also want to try to get to instructor-level with the Phil Wicks school.

    My mod list for this year includes wheels, tires and brakes (by April); harness and an ’04 mirror (May); swaybar (July); pulley, intake and MTH software (August). I’m also hoping to get a dSLR camera rig in the first half of the year, too… I might have to rob a bank or get another job, however. ;-)

  2. Almost all of my track days are with Racer Factory. He runs events primarily at SoCal Tracks and does a really good job of it. He has actually run a Phil Wicks events here. Not cheap, but it’s more track time in a weekend than you know what to do with! Last time i went out with them I ended up getting close to 9 hours on the track!

    You’re list looks cool! I do the harness sooner, but that’s just me ;). Actually, the order you are planning looks awesome. What would be cool is if you had some track time after brakes and suspension mods, then again after the go fast stuff to see the difference.

  3. I’m planning on doing the tires (with wheels, of course) and harness before the next track session. The go-fast goodies are down on the list, but I would like to gain some improved throttle response and lose the throttle hold, both of which should happen with the MTH software. But that software’s aligned with your mods, so it makes sense to do the intake and pulley at the same time, so I don’t have to pay again to get the MTH software upgraded.

  4. My MINI does have laser beams. Doesn’t yours? Oh wait, of course not. It was an option only available for Velvet Red MC’s ;)

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