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Have you ever gone to a track day? What was your experience like?
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Yes. I sat on a hill and watched cars go by. It's fun when you get close to the venue because of all the other people turning up in their outlandish charabancs. And then the smell of petrol and milling about. There might be a titty competition as well if you're lucky.
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I took my 328i to a local 'track night in America ' event recently. It was amazing. The driving wasn't meant to be competitive, but you bet I felt like a loser when I had to let a (mostly stock) miata pass. Two laps later when I saw him spun out in the grass I felt better.

If I got a good line out of the carousel onto the back straight I could clip 110, which isn't bad for my little sheissboxen. Watched some z06s zip by a couple times per session. Overall cost was like $200, plus most of a tank of gas and however much tire/brake I used. On the whole, I would recommend it to any enthusiast and definitely plan to attend more in the future.
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Yea. I have a local road course track really close. Walked around asked a ton of questions, even helped when I could. Everyone, cept for one guy(there is always that one guy), I talked to were super nice and cool in there own ways. Most the instructors work high level engineering position at big company around here an drive Corvettes, vipers, and even built there own custom monsters. Friend who I meet that works there got me in the pits for free the first 2 times I went, and the first time I BS'd my way (totally didn't plan) onto driving the track on my first time there for free (admission $10, track time $150, I payed nothing and got free lunch) The main instructor let me ride with him and G.D. he's fast in that stripped down Dodge Neon. I even got unsolicited, GOOD driving tips from another instructor who I didn't know was watching me. The vw crew of drivers took me in as a mate almost immediately. It's like a huge camp grounds festival for ~3 days. When all the driving is done, main instructors and staff all sit around, crank good music, BS, drink, and play cornhole; sometimes even walk the track after. The third time I went with my girl, she liked it alot. So many cool cars. 100/10, It's my second home. Also making this thread a dump of my track day pics; enjoy.
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Like a decade ago.
Absolutely demolished my mates S13 180sx with my Turbo Mopar and the next day with my manual swapped E32 750i
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>>25461314
I'd like to go, but can't afford to.
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>>25461314
>gt-r can't even pass a 500
No wonder it couldn't break the 8m barrier at the 'ring.
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>>25461314
yeah it's a lot of fun
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>>25462193
Cheeky MR-S in the back
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>>25462236
It's no GTR, probably a GTT
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I was running around track a lot, and it was nothing but a pleasure every single time.
>used to have a small local track in eastern europe, dirt cheap
>sometimes it was hosting ordinary track drive, sometimes special events with cones, wonky layouts, and time measuring hardware (it was "training session for amateur rally" and it was mimicking event style of those, but everyone's invited)
>was pretty much a regular
>at some point perfected the track (to my abilities), my laptimes were varying very little, still been coming over, also to measure every bigger change in my car using laptimes
>oh nice, fixing suspension geometry = one second faster
>oh what, swapping an engine from 1.6 to 1.8 is barely any gains
>damn, new car is so much faster in laptimes
>fellow track people were real cool, car talks, suggestions, recommendations, or even just ordinary drive around. this track would be my first in-depth contact with proper car culture and i was so surprised they're not all behaving like razor from nfs most wanted
>met lots of amateur rally guys, actually been planning to buy a shitbox and join but then life changes happened and now i'm living in first world where rally is serious-class only
>recently hit Nurburgring for my first time, i can't even put into words how insanely fun this track is, was also kinda abstract because i felt very confident and right-at-home despite only playing it in racing sims before.

Tracks are great. Aside of the basic fact that you get to go fast over cool and safe racey-road, you learn driving, you learn how changes in car translate to handling, you can even have a baseline to compare your car modifications if you're blessed with a small cheap local track. And that's just driving, then you also have great people, great atmosphere, it's insane how even tiniest bit of commitment into buying a ticket can filter off all of the lowlifes away. Anyone with interest in cars should be hitting tracks if it's doable in one's area.
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I did one lap on the Nürburgring.

>need to work on my car
>basic maintenance needed

After fixing it I want to do more.
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>>25462406
You're right, i missed the standard rear fenders.
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>>25462227
>>25462310
This thing was allowed on track at the same time as those other shitboxes? On Zandvoort they have different timeslots for different classes, so all cars on track are similar in performance, to avoid dangerous situations
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Here's me at Zandvoort, first time really opening the car up. Of course I've driven fast on highways and some B-roads but turning in at 130 km/h is really something else that you can only do on track
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>>25462511
Ya, trackdays by driving fun are usually just open pit lane. I just go on in quiet periods and enter behind the pack
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>>25462164
It sounds very rapey.
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>>25461314
I have. Went with my dad's shitbox Logan and even if the thing was slow as sin, it was a blast to drive fast. I honestly recommend the experience even if you drive the dullest econobox imaginable.
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>>25462244
>I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're refering to as car, is in fact, GNU/car, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus car
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>>25462539
Cool to hear someone here was in Zandvoort. You know I was actually planning to go there 2 weeks ago but literally 3 days before the track day I got a flat tire and fell ill. I'm planning to go soon though, or to Assen. Do you have any tips for someone who has never driven on a track before?
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Yes. It’s good fun. you should do it and realise how shit you are at driving.
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>>25462840
>miata, mr-s, mg f
it's basically same miata weight class, so nice to see those three together
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>>25462822
>any tips
Pump up your tyres to the maximum allowed pressure, check/fill your oil. Drive carefully for the first few laps and increase driving aggression to avoid crashing. If you send it into the first corner for the first time with your car you have no idea what to expect. If you can, learn the track on a sim, which would now be difficult because the track was overhauled for F1 last year, but the general layout is the same
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>>25462847
Does FWD/RWD make a big difference in how careful you have to be for a beginner? I have a TS Celica
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>>25462908
Probably the most important thing more than anything else as a beginner is to learn the braking points and stay out of traffic/faster drivers. Rwd/fwd doesn't matter until you're pushing the limit, and you'll know when you start over/understeering.
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>>25462908
Obviously FWD or RWD makes a total difference to how the car behaves, but the approach to learning your car is the same. I guess FWD is less likely to spin you round in the middle of the track, instead you will just understeer into the gravel/wall
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>>25462908
many FWDs (sporty ones, but also short hatchbacks like old clio) tend to spin during braking, especially trail braking (if you brake gently while turning, your car will - kinda against common sense - turn better to some degree, until you go in too hard and then it turns way more than you wanted it to turn). FWDs are also suseptible to lift-off oversteer, meaning that if you'll get into corner hard, turn abruptly, and instantly lift off the throttle, it'll spin around. Fortunately, celica is quite a long boy, so i'd assume it most likely won't be too extreme on any of those characteristics.

But I think you shouldn't focus too hard on dry facts like that. What you want to do is be able to estimate risk, take your lack of knowledge into the equation, and in result not go too hard unless you're feeling confident that you can do it. Drivetrain is just drivetrain, not being a retard is an universal skill that you really want to polish once you're out there. If you're not too hot-headed, then i'm sure you'll be fine, so enjoy your drives.
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>>25462775
>I honestly recommend the experience even if you drive the dullest econobox imaginable
wouldn't be surprised, being able to just let it rip and give everything it's got would be damn fun in of itself.
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>>25462845
It’s a neat photo isn’t it. It’s a shame there wasn’t an mx5 there that could hang with us as that would’ve been epic. Me and the mgtf were pretty much running the same lap times. So much fun.
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>>25462943
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>>25463052
Thanks for the advice, I'll likely be going 20 May
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>>25463068
Btw I don’t know why anon said to max your tyre pressure. Only do that if you want zero grip and for your tyres to end up like this at the end of the day. Take a pressure gauge with you, do a few laps then come in after tyres are hot and adjust pressures down to normal level. Obviously need to add air again for the drive home.
Also take oil and check oil level as your car may use more than usual.
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>>25461314
currently signed up for 16 track days in 2022

trying to find some stuff in July and push that to 20
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>>25462177
>Turbo Mopar
You mean like an srt4? Shelby charger?stealth?
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>>25462847
>Pump up your tyres to the maximum allowed pressure
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>>25461314
Lots of fun. A medium sized track with sweeping turns like Willow springs is my favorite
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>>25461314
Yeah, started going last year and they're a lot of fun. I try to go as often as I can now.
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>>25462847
>Pump up your tyres to the maximum allowed
>pressure,
You do know,Anon,that tyres,when worked hard,or moderately hard,increase in pressure due to the expansion of the air within them,due to heat,caused by high speed and cornering forces?
>check/fill your oil.
Fair enough,but would seriously consider adding an extra litre of oil on top of the Maximum.
Why?
Road cars aren’t designed for tracks,and the forces/centrifugal forces which this causes,and therefore don’t have baffled sumps,nor deepened sumps.
Cue oil surge and thus oil starvation.
The outcome of this won’t be pretty,nor cheap.
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>>25462943
True.
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>>25463068
Ref >>25463034 remember with RWD you turn into the slide,and control the car with the throttle at the same time.
FWD if understeer is experienced,lift off the throttle,slightly,and reduce the steering angle.
That should nullify most impending issues leading to a visit into the Kitty Litter.
Ref FWD >>25463052 is referring to sudden weight transfer,hence FWD cars tend to oversteer on throttle lift off,which can be counteracted,with practice and accruing the skill to do so.
Above all,remember; take your time,concentrate,and RELAX!
Enjoy;-)
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yeah

>>25463122
more likely you will need to air your tires up a little over your normal level to keep from rolling over the sidewall

>>25468307
a beginner is not going to be pushing their car hard enough for that to matter, just need to make sure it's full
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>>25462822
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqE7pgl6pl8
Assen looks like a riot.
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>>25461314
Nissan owners(s15, 240, 350z) still drive like absolute niggers. Like dive bombing a subaru legacy because they have no straight line speed and then they spin out the moment anyone is behind them.
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>>25468464
another lesson for OP, if someone is fast but very slow on the straights (miatas, brz's), you will have to let off the gas and let them by, you can't just point them by and keep your foot planted because they won't make it

and just because you gap them on the straights doesn't mean you're faster than them
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I use the street as my track. Nearly ran into cars at an intersection by dumping clutch in 2nd to drift the corner. Almost shit myself and guarantee you people sitting in their cars did as well
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>>25462310
bro you arent supposed to post pics of anyone but yoruself on a track because the insurance companies may find it and fuck some guy over.
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I track pic related with the PCA. Apparently it pisses of someone really bad but they all dig it.
Anyone else run in the advanced run group ? I'm sure there are some others but there arent actually many that run higher than myself that i've seen on here.
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>>25468479
t. pic related

(fwd shit boxes and less than 10 lbs/hp are never never fast)
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>>25462803
kek
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>>25462164

Is it safe for LGBTQP+ to go? I've always wanted to track my civic sport but I've heard that it's extremely homophobic with globs of toxic masculinity.
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>>25469940
It is extremely unsafe for lgbtq+, women and BiPOC members of the community. I recommend cars and coffee events or Doug demuro videos to get your car fix safely!
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>>25469940
people don’t like dealing with other people who have a mental illness
saw a faggot with a hole at cars and coffee once. everyone was laughing at it. lomoa
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>Go to a track
>Only car even near in HP to my stock-ish Z34 is a GT4 gayman
>Everything else is a 675+ HP special edition muscle car
>Gap the hell out of me on the straights
>Hold me up in the corners
shit was amazing. Had some slav guy try and flex on me "I outbreak you! My brake cost more than your entire car!" and i'm like "I'd imagine it does, you have a ZR1". he didn't really know what to say to a friendly response. Had summit racing testing out some data aquisition systems on a minty fresh C8 vette too. Super super cool car.
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>>25470380
Lol yeah right faggot
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>>25471724
is there anything in the slightest even far fetched about my story?
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>>25470380
the track days i go to are mostly regular tier cars, maybe one or two unicorn cars

next track day i'm registered for the most interesting cars are a c7 z06 and a 991.2 turbo, everything else is miatas, brz's, civics, 350z's, mustangs, non-M BMW's, WRX's and such, and this is a pretty normal composition
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>>25471879
Mine was a special case. it was the first track day after the covid lockdowns, and it was the only one for 2020. AND it was after a 3 day school. So they took all the 1-day school people's spots and sold them to regulars. Alot of people were pretty salty they only got 1 trackday a year and only got a couple hours instead of whatever they were promised.

Got to drive an S2000 too. Kinda cool but i wouldn't blow 30K on it.
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>>25471919
Here's some more pictures of some of the people who showed up. the 911 i don't remember running. The abarth was some lady who got a class as a birthday gift from her husband, and was having a blast until someone in a school car ran her off the track. She was nice too so things like that shouldn't happen to someone like her.
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>>25471945
I absolutely positively did NOT out corner or accelerate the foxbody race car. Guy was a bit of a jackass because he made it a point to pass the school cars extra-close. Didn't razz me any though so i got no problem with him.
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>>25469940
>Actually giving a fuck
You may not be ready for this world
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>>25463410
For me it's how he said "Turbo Mopar" yet was specific enough to mention the generation and trim of his 7 series but
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>>25472025
please do not bite the bait
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>>25471836
Yeah a slow bottom tier sports car aimed at the young lease market isn’t set up to corner
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>>25471956
Hey that’s my track… was that this year ?
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Bump
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>>25463410
>>25472037
Chrysler GS Turbo II in 5 speed manual, so a Dodge Daytona Shelby Z for you Americans.
We never got SRT4 Neons here in Europe sadly, some calibers and turbo pt cruisers and a couple of imported stealths.
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>>25471836
Your car is as pigfat as those American cars while having even skinnier rubber and being on an ancient platform.
See >>25469250, but replace it with a Nissan.
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>>25462177
anon can we get little information on your E32 manual swapped 750i. Which gearbox, what parts did you use, etc.
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>>25461314
Passed every car like they’re standing still. Too easy for me.
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>>25470380
Sir thats a GTS, not a GT4. Thank you.
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>>25472065
You right tho. Thank yoo
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>>25462761
It sounds like you have a mental problem.
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>>25469940
This is clearly bait but on the off chance it might help someone:

The road racing crowd is typically a lot more educated and intelligent (see engineers) than the straight line and circle jerk crowd and therefore, more tolerant. Tolerant being the key word. They will probably politely tolerate you like most people do. If you do end up going just remember people are there to drive and talk about cars and are not at all interested in identity politics or what you do with your genitals. People don't typically dislike gay people, they dislike constantly being reminded of it.
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>>25462164
Wow, content. Real, actual content. Thanks for writing this up. I wish I had a road course near me. All we have is dirt circles, drag strips and Bristol Motor Speedway is like, 2 hours away. Redneck hell for motorsports.
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>>25473663
If you're within 2 hours of Bristol you're probably somewhat near VIR, Charlotte Motor Speedway, or Road Atlanta
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>>25463052
>not being a retard
Well, that's me done in.
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>LE PIGFAT!!!! ANCIENT PLATFORM!!!!!
every time. My car has 285 series tires in back. the GT350 and the camaros both has 305s. It's a tad wider, but not too much.
>>25472442
I'm sorry you got cut off by someone in an altima but that's no reason to take it out on me and my car. The 370z is a great car and a great platform whether you like it or not.

Last time i weighed my car, it was 3095lbs give or take for a not-full tank. Probably weighs more due to the supercharger now.
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>>25462178
>racing tires
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>>25473689
That image is shit. The people who usually complain about weight are praising the Miata, BRZ, Type R or Porsche 718. Also some of the lineup on the bottom has AWD which adds weight while the 370z does not.
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>>25473722
>Well, some of them have AWD!!
>No! You have to compare them to these fwd and 4cyl cars!
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>>25461314
Goat'd thread.

Was thinking about going to the track day but how many econoboxes show up? My track seperated people by class and I know I'm definitely not going to be fast by a long shot I just want to know I'll race against similar cars rather than get lapped and be a hazard on the road.
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>>25473980
track days separate by experience level not car class.....
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>>25473990
Most I've seen have been by experience but I know of 1 in Sydney that does it on class to minimise the amount of overtaking that needs to be done.
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>>25473980
>race against
it's not racing, it's not a competition

usually they'll have an entry list for events that you can look at or dedicated photographers that sell pictures and they'll show watermarked pictures on their website or whatever so you can see the composition of past events
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>>25468397
>more likely you will need to air your tires up a little over your normal level to keep from rolling over the sidewall
Opposite is definitely true for me due to heat generation in the tires and wheels raising pressure on track. Target track pressure is 32-34 PSI and I need to air down to 27-28 cold to hit that. For street I run ~35 PSI and that would put me in the 40's on track if I didn't air down before.
I drive a 1LE Camaro with pretty big low profile tires, so maybe it's different on something with narrower tread or higher section sidewalls, not sure.
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>>25473689
>spending time to make that image
Imagine seething this much. Common advice at my local track is if you're considering a 350/370z go ahead and buy something else because they handle like shit. Majority of drivers here are on corvettes and Camaros because Nissans are gapped considerably despite being a really tight track.
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>>25473679
Road Atlanta is abot 4 hours away and I go to Pitet le Mans some times but it is a bit far for a track day, or more specifically I am a bit too poor.
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>>25474594
They are huh? Thank you for informing me on how my car that you've never driven, or even seen IRL handles. I'll keep it in mind when it does none of what you just said.

Hey tell you what, Show me some pictures of your car at the track.



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