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Trips / Re: Time attacks
September 01, 2016, 10:02:23 AM
I have found my new favorite road - Dunlap road, which connects the 180 and 245 east of Fresno. No cops what-so-ever and a dotted yellow line the whole way! Its a twisty beautiful mountain road with a few residential sections. I am planning to take this rather than the 99 down to visalia (adds 45 min and 30mi to go through badger, but more than worth it) once a week, so once I learn the road a bit more I will be adding markers and times.
Trips / Re: Time attacks
September 01, 2016, 09:58:44 AM
The road condition is fairly smooth and typical mountain road surface until it turns to dirt half way through. The dirt surface does not have any rocks bigger than a lug nut and would be a great road to practice gravel rally driving uphill/north (down hill the outside of every turn is a cliff with no barrier)
Trips / Re: Time attacks
March 28, 2016, 09:29:45 AM
I am mainly putting this down as a self reminder - Parkfield Grade would be another great spot, W HW 198.
Projects and Build-Ups / Re: The Rebirth
March 15, 2016, 02:32:18 PM
Did you blow by an S2K in your video? and what is where your dash should be?
Trips / Re: Time attacks
March 15, 2016, 02:24:53 PM
I ran this course uphill and set a good benchmark. There was a light sprinkle of rain at the end but road was dry, not a single car in my way with maybe 6 or 7 on-coming. This was on Sunday 3/13/16 at 3:00. (i met all the campers driving home) with a full tank of gas and a passenger. Bone stock N/A 88 MR2.,-119.0182482/36.6084433,-119.0136716/@36.5691528,-119.0661916,12z

My time was 10:19.47
Trips / Re: Time attacks
March 10, 2016, 02:20:22 PM
I am going to find a way to jimmyrig my phone mount (to cut vibration) and film my times. I forgot to post it, but that same road up to heartland has a lower 16 -- 8.1 mile section that is great because there are not that many hairpins and is perfect for momentum cars - with the added bonus of just a few blind corners.

I posted this wrong the first time, below is an updated link - Start from the first dirt section to the right of the road where the double yellow lines end, and stop the clock as you pass the stop sign at the fork.,-119.0182482/36.6084433,-119.0136716/@36.6084635,-119.0143047,286m/data=!3m1!1e3
N00b Check-In / Re: Hello
March 10, 2016, 02:03:55 PM
Brake mater cylinder started leaking, an easy fix but brake fluid peeled the paint off the bottom of my front trunk (toolbox). other than that - car has run like a champ. Only changes since i bought it (that were not run of the mill repairs) are the stock triangle rims now on it, and a small shift nob. now at almost 90k miles and loving it. I am thinking about selling the mister after toyotafest and getting a 70' Triumph Spitfire.
Trips / Re: Time attacks
December 17, 2015, 10:55:54 AM
I found these times in an old notebook - I will try and do another run of both of them by Christmas.
Trips / Re: Time attacks
December 16, 2015, 05:09:27 PM
There are some great rodes south-east of fresno, specifically near Heatland Christian camp. There is also a great long stretch east of P'ville. I recorded a few of my times. There is a 9 mile stretch to Heartland that i have never seen a cop on, and is empty a lot of the time (especially during non-farm or cattle seasons).,-119.0135274/36.6516734,-118.9572435/@36.6295637,-118.9868653,13.98z?hl=en

I start at the sign that says (Heartland 9 ->) and end at the camp office. I usually pull of in the dirt and start my timer (Ipod nano) i have Velcroed to the rear-view mirror then go when it hits 10 seconds, then subtract 10 at the end. I got 14:52 when i was 18 and just got my mr2. This time was at 1am, it was damp in the shade and there was snow at the end but with no traffic.

Then there is this one:,-118.5539197/36.1326002,-118.7774811/@36.1378065,-118.7804252,14.25z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e0?hl=en
I start in the dirt behind the California national forest sign with the same timer and race all the way up to a half dirt forest road that ends at another summer camp. when the camp is closed there is a green steel tube gate at the end of the forest road with just enough room to turn around. Its kind of like a road rally with a special stage - I got 39:19 uphill with my gutless stock mr2. I used to work at the camp this ends at - so i used to set times every time i went up, but i lost the book i kept them in. This road is littered with cops, so I made a rule for myself to never cross the yellow line when setting times. I have gotten a 350$ ticket twice for crossing yellow, but every time i have been pulled over just for going fast i get off with a warning.

google map any other roads you guys like.
Track / Future track events
March 24, 2015, 10:53:52 AM
I have not yet seen a topic to post track events you plan to be at in the future. On April 19th i will be at thunder hill raceway with NASA doing HPDE 3 in my MR2. If any of you guys can make it, i would be glad to see you there.
N00b Check-In / Re: Hello
February 18, 2015, 11:31:15 AM
Oh my goodness, there was so much wrong with this car, but all small things. TPS was out of wack, distributor cap and rotor were corroded p.o.s's, catalytic converter and exhaust were both a box of Legos, oil cap was cracked, and a small puddle of water found its way under the aftermarket wires to cut spark from piston 3 and 4 after heating up. Runs good now, lets see how long i can keep it that way.
N00b Check-In / Re: Hello
January 25, 2015, 02:27:42 PM
I raced the California High Speed Fail at button willow turrible. it has been a full time job keeping the car running, so we have not gotten a chance to really work on the cosmetics or the theme yet.

I have really been having trouble the last few weeks with my MR2. It started sputtering and i lost all acceleration a few weeks back. After a few hours of trial and error, i found that the honey comb in my catalytic converter had broken apart and a chunk of it was wedged sideways blocking my exhaust. the back pressure was popping hoses and screwing with my fuel injection. I took it off and cleaned it all out (i made 100% sure it was clear) and it ran fine for a week or so. but now the sputtering is back, im leaking oil, and i am getting hard jumps and jerks on acceleration. I think i may have something lodged in my exhaust from when the cat first broke, and i think my tps or egr is bad or on its way there quickly. i love these cars, and because of that my patience is more lasting than with our chevy POS, but for only 70k miles - i think i am just on a streak of bad luck.
N00b Check-In / Hello
December 16, 2014, 08:46:58 AM
Hello, my name is Colston and im from Visalia. i drive an 88' MR2 with 70k miles on it - NA Bone stock. it sat in some guys garage for close to 15 years with nothing but a broken starter. just to introduce myself I am 19 and part of a Lemons team called the California High Speed Fail, we only raced the button willow turrible in august for 8 and a half hours till we snapped a piston and it went off like a bomb. we are now on our third engine and it hasnt left the drive way since then  :willynilly: Nothing but bad luck with the 88 IRoc and used engines. I am in the middle of NASA's HPDE #3 and will be for a while because i am flat broke. i do have full equipment (suit, helmet, ect.).

The ol MR2 is my third car, i had an 85' celica GT-5 with 290k miles on it before i t-boned a 70s Lincoln (aka, a brick wall), and an NA 88' 13b fc RX-7 with 270k miles on it (rebuilt) that i tracked for HPDE 1 and 2, just sold it. I ran into this forum through a friend - john loveall- at a church event who gave me a link. nice to meet you guys!