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Today, nugget and I went out to Harris Hill Road in his Carrera. It was an absolute blast.

First things first: Carrera on the track: Wow. Oh, man, that's a fun car. We left PSM on the entire time, but in sport mode, which meant it let me have a little fun and only interfered when I was risking a spin. Unlike DSC (at least in my MX-5), which seems like the nun with the yardstick waiting to slap a stray hand, PSM feels more like a guiding teacher, pulling you back a bit when you try to let the back hang out a bit too much. And the car itself was a real joy. Feedback is great, it's responsive to all my inputs, the understeer I experience in autocross is entirely gone, and I can really control the amount of oversteer I get with the throttle. The Carrera on the track gives me the same grin my MX-5 does at autocross.

So, the day: We drive up and Bo and Eric are just finishing talking with another couple. The other couple leave and we introduce ourselves. Right away, it's, "Let's get out on the track!" Eric was driving a Mini S, and Nugget was driving the Carrera. I suggest Bo ride with Nugget and I with Eric, so each of us could have an "experienced" person in the car with us. So Nugget drove off with Bo and I hopped in the Mini. Eric and I talked about Minis and autocross and my Miata and... I realized I might want to hear about, ya know, the track, so coming around corner 4 I asked him to talk through the track with me. We got through corner 5, and were back on another subject already. Oh well. Nugget pitted, Eric followed him, and we swapped spots. Now it was me driving the Carrera with Nugget for a passenger, and Eric driving the Mini with Bo riding. We go out on track and I do about half a lap "slow" before I give into temptation and play a bit. I certainly wasn't trying to go as fast as I can, but I was trying to go at a fun pace, rather than a slow, "have a look around" pace. I did a few laps and found myself letting the car slide a bit through some of the corners. I definitely found myself wanting to push harder than I should on a "get to know things" run, so I pitted. Bo was grinning at me. Apparently, Nugget hadn't mentioned my enthusiasm for driving or my experience autocrossing to him, so he wasn't expecting the girlfriend to go play with the car that much. We went for a few more laps, with video running now, and then came back up. They asked if we'd gone around counterclockwise yet... We hadn't. They suggested we go, and gave some advice about going up the hill. As we walked back to the Carrera, Bo yelled to Nugget, "Don't listen to a thing Monica says until she's driven it!" Oh, THANKS! :-P

So we went around it clockwise a few times. I found I really felt familiar with corners 2 and 3 somehow, CW and CCW (I'm not re-numbering the corners for CCW). I also felt really comfortable with 6 and 7 CW. The hairpin (10) was great in the Carrera, as well, while corner 1 and I didn't seem to get along at all. Corner 4 seems like a very interesting, entertaining corner, both CW and CCW, presenting a different set of challenges each way. Bo and Eric were great to chat with, too.

Hopefully Nugget got some good video of the track.
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nugget From: nugget Date: April 17th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Video is up on da yootoob.
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: April 17th, 2008 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh fuck me...
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: April 17th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, someone else currently has a monopoly on that.
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: April 17th, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, fuck you.

equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: April 18th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, someone else currently has a monopoly on that.
busychild424 From: busychild424 Date: April 18th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I enjoyed reading this post.
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