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balang_479
02-03-2009, 02:30 AM
There was a japanese car meet and track day at monza this weekend, and despite the terrible snow many people came... the scene here seems to be more into Scoobies and Evos, a few Supras and not that many Civics, some Integras... but i was impressed how many toyotas are in this racing scene... Many celicas and Yaris.... all track ready of course... i was amazed by some of the rims and tires... most people were running Toyo R888 and A046 Advans and stuff which was impressive... i had to settle with Dunlop SP Sport.

Anyway went on the track...my has limited mods, K&N replacement filter, Eibach springs and some weight loss with removed rear seats..

Breaks are stock (which were very worn after the long straights of monza), but didnt do too bad, the 3SGE had just right amount of power for these conditions, 2nd gear you had to modulate a bit but third was just right, and the car stayed level and composed, handles awesome, the Evos and Scoobies didnt totally kill me, i could hang on for half a lap until we reached a straight...

heres a photo (video coming soonish):

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g204/balang_479/ToyotaCelicaGTBSPST182BenComana93Mo.jpg

Trance4c
02-03-2009, 01:55 PM
Any other shots?

Sounds like it was a good time, car looks great!

METDeath
02-03-2009, 02:03 PM
Get a rear anti sway bar and then you can really hang.

goretro77
02-03-2009, 02:54 PM
I am very jealous of you. Monza is one of those tracks you hear of and images of Formula 1 racing comes to mind.

Awesome!

balang_479
02-03-2009, 10:08 PM
sorry didnt have my camera with me, just video camera.. as soon as i sought out this video youll see alot of the other cars and stuff.

I was so excited about going to monza... its the first track i ever been to or seen as a kid and it is my sorta home track, always dreamed of driving of it. Only 40 drive from home... i hope to return with better weather some time.

Cavanagh
02-04-2009, 03:24 AM
Your car is beautiful!

balang_479
02-12-2009, 08:19 PM
Made a video, here it is:

http://vimeo.com/3178969

balang_479
11-17-2009, 07:16 PM
Went back to Monza last weekend.

They have themes for each event and this one was Coupe & Cabriolet. Luckily my Celica, which is in fact a hatchback, qualified as a coupe, so 50% off the normal rates.

I got there nice and early at 9am. I was praying for dry weather but what I got was cold, wet and miserable. It had rained all night so it was pretty soaked.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk178/futuretec/Speedday%20CC/aIMG_3918.jpg

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk178/futuretec/Speedday%20CC/aIMG_3919.jpg

The track didn’t look so wet and I thought it might dry up, so I expected to go faster than last time. Here’s a video of a lap:

www.vimeo.com/7643890

As it happens the track didn’t dry and I ended up running with way too high tire pressure and couldn’t get heat into them, felt very slippery. I was definitely pushing harder and braking later than my last track day here, but in then end I managed a best time of 3:03.83, which is pretty much the same as last time. Despite this it was great fun, gained some experience and learned a lot.
I also discovered than the stock Celica brakes are rubbish. They’re fine on the street, but on the track they just didn’t have enough force and they felt like poo. I also had to do a cool down lap every 2 laps, as soon as the brakes got hot they would have large fade and the disks would warp slightly. You can hear it in the video, on the last corner (the Parabolica) you can hear a vibrating noise, makes it very hard to slow down.

I doubt this car could take a track session in the dry, the brakes would last 1 lap.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk178/futuretec/Speedday%20CC/aIMG_3943.jpg

Used and abused. The old track in the background with one of its epic banked turns.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk178/futuretec/Speedday%20CC/aIMG_3932.jpg

I was using some new filming equipment, but I realize I need to learn how to use this as well. You couldn’t see much of the road and the speaker was rattling on the door.

Okctrd
11-18-2009, 06:46 AM
wow, that looks like fun!

Love that pic of the celi in the middle of the road.

Terracar
11-18-2009, 06:58 PM
I am envious. Looks like quite an entertaining event. Loved the first video.

-Terracar

joe's gt
11-18-2009, 10:28 PM
Makes me wish I didn't have a blown stock suspension. Looks like a crapload of fun. I'm jealous.

balang_479
11-19-2009, 03:18 AM
Makes me wish I didn't have a blown stock suspension. Looks like a crapload of fun. I'm jealous.

Oh mine isnt any better, clunks in the back and brakes are so bad I had to press incredibly hard, doesnt look like it in the video but i was putting about half my weight on the brake pedal to slow down quickly... if it runs thats good enough lol