Track Day: Extreme Speed Track Events (Streets of Willow)

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Road Racing' started by McRib 1s Back, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    http://www.extremespeedtrackevents.com/

    Is anyone here familiar with this group? I found them in a generic search, but they give the impression of being organized. The site is pretty tidy, the rates are fair, and they have a current schedule!

    I was hoping a group track day would pop up, but since nothing has recently, I'll give it a go with this post. I have no interest in renting the track and hiring a crew -- I just want to show up and drive! :)

    I'm interested in trying out Streets of Willow in my new FiST, and other tracks later, of course. It has been many years since I've run at SoW, so I thought this would be a good way to ease back into it.

    There are events later this month and next month (JAN/FEB).

    Upcoming Track days:
    http://www.extremespeedtrackevents.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37&Itemid=189

    What do you guys think? Most every track day would work for me. I prefer to run it clockwise and on a Saturday (but I think most clockwise days are Sundays).
     
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  3. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    I'm registered for 2/2/2014 -- Super Bowl Sunday! I have used this day for road trips in the past, and it has been wonderfully quiet and low traffic. :)

    Reply here or send me a PM if you want to go. Even if you don't want to run the event, you can go to watch and hang out (though you need to plan for it being cold and very little in the way of food/drink accommodations).

    Register here for $120:
    https://www.extremespeedtrackevents...=155&controller=event&task=individualRegister
     
  4. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    I don't think I will be able to make this but I will try,
    The problem is that the SoW eats tires, so I would need to buy another set.
    I also need a new helmet so I don't know if I can afford a $2,000.00 weekend.

    Sent with my retro keyboard and mouse.

    Dave
     
  5. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    No sweat, Dave. I'm really just looking to scout SoW so that I can report back on conditions, the organizers, and whether we should aim to take our cars there for a group run. I'm also shaking off some rust and sorting out my gear. I hope they don't cancel the event! There were only six others signed up, and I think they want something close to 20 to break-even (I think we'll get there).

    SoW is hard on tires. I like SoW because I believe it's a better course for our cars, compared to the high horsepower necessary at the big track; we'll show better versus the "faster" cars at SoW. :)
     
  6. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Small cars can be just as competitive on the big track as well.
    I use to run my Mini with the big boys and had no problems with them.
    Yes they could beat me down the straight but were no contest in the corners.
    I even had Cobras blue flagged to let me by.

    [​IMG]

    I know the FiST will do just as well.

    Sent with my retro keyboard and mouse.

    Dave
     
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  7. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    Big tracks with small cars is big fun, but that isn't the same thing as being competitive overall. A fast car will be many many seconds faster on the big track, assuming equal driving ability, We're talking about the car here.

    That's an awesome photo, and I have experience with the Porsche Owners Club doing that very thing with my old 200SX SE-R, only to have my doors blown off on every straight. That nearly one mile straight (on the big track) is a whole lot of tarmac to fend people off. :)

    It's fun to say you diced with expensive cars and beat them in the turns, but I'm just saying that SoW suits a small, relatively low HP car like ours, better.

    They made SoW a little better sometime back (fixed a couple funky turns). Run it in the last several years? I have not, and hope it's fun. Let's go find out! :)
     
  8. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Actually I was 1 second faster in the '04 Mini with 220 WHP (yes mods were done) than with my '65 Mustang with 550 WHP.

    Sent with my retro keyboard and mouse.

    Dave
     
  9. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    Don't be scared and drive that thing! :p

    Seriously, just look at lap times in, ahem, *modern* big HP cars. I ran with Vipers and kept it sporting in the tight stuff, but talk about a car that's scary fast on the big track! There are many faster, yet.

    I'm betting you're a pretty good driver, and I like your enthusiasm. Let's get the FiST runs together!
     
  10. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    I am just an armature but I have had a lot of experience.

    [​IMG]

    I will get the FiST up there.
    It is just that money just isn't the same.

    Sent with my retro keyboard and mouse.

    Dave
     
  11. late apex

    late apex New Member

    Hey guys, (meet you at Cars and Donuts in Dec) depending on work, I'll try and make it to SoW in Feb. Will let you know
     
  12. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    Right! You have a Tuxedo Black FiST too. It would be great to see you there.

    What do you think about this car versus your STi at Streets? ;)
     
  13. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Great to see you found your keyboard. :)

    I do hope to join you as well.
    The only thing stopping me now is tires.

    Sent with my retro keyboard and mouse.

    Dave
     
  14. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

  15. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Yes, but that would be expensive.

    Sent with my retro keyboard and mouse.

    Dave
     
  16. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    I just spoke to Joel at Extreme Speed.
    ANYONE that signs up for this day from this group, enter discount code "SOW49"
    The price will be $90.00 not $120.00.

    Sent with my retro keyboard and mouse.

    Dave
     
  17. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    If anyone has already registered, they will be compensated.

    Sent with my retro keyboard and mouse.

    Dave
     
  18. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    You're a good man, Dave.

    We should make sure everyone knows the fine print here, too. If you sign up with the discounted price, you cannot get a refund if you cancel. Ordinarily you can do that if you are two weeks out. This is about the only negative thing that came up when researching this group. There was, apparently, a bit of a disagreement on this point from a guy from another forum. I'm neutral on that issue and have no need to rehash it here.
     
  19. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    I don't want my refund in t-shirts. ;)

    Okay, all two of us so far! I think we're close to having enough that the event won't be canceled from under us. They didn't say, officially, but I know the track is about $2500/day to rent. Factor in the flag/safety crew and the ambulance, and they're in at least 2x that.

    Let's make this "Fiesta @ SoW". I can see that on a t-shirt. :)
     
  20. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Joel said,
    In all the time they have been doing this, they only canceled a Willow event once.
    That was because it snowed.

    Sent with my retro keyboard and mouse.

    Dave
     
  21. D1JL

    D1JL Well-Known Member

    Let's hope "late apex" can make it as well.

    Sent with my retro keyboard and mouse.

    Dave
     

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