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Here’s The Damage from Last Month’s Braking Incident at VIR

“On our way home that afternoon, we stopped at my mechanic’s shop to hand over the #404. I rolled the car out of my trailer and pulled the Aerocatch hood latches open. Kevin quickly assessed the damage and felt confident he could repair it prior to my next race in mid-September.” I ended last month’s weekend of …

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I Bought a Manual-Transmission Volvo S70 T5M for the ‘Old Lady Rallycross Challenge’

By the time this piece gets published, I’ll be headed a bit south and west of home in a 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, with a cheap old Volvo strapped to a trailer behind me. Last year, Out Motorsports hosted a Top Gear-style challenge, in which we took $1,500 all-wheel-drive vehicles off-roading. This year, we’re hosting …

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Summer Racing at VIR: Peaks and Valleys Back-to-Back

Though our 2020 racing season has been cut short due to COVID-19, NASA Mid-Atlantic has been able to host events in recent months. Our first event this year, at Summit Point, was an exceptionally fun time even with COVID-related restrictions in place. Two weeks ago, we made it to Virginia International Raceway for the first …

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Subaru rallycross

Go Granny Go: We’re Taking Grandma’s Favorite $1,500 Sedans Rallycrossing

Last year, I gathered a handful of friends in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for two days of off-roading. We’d all shown up with freshly-purchased all-wheel-drive machines, the makes and models unknown until each person’s arrival. In the end, we took a BMW X5, Chrysler Town & Country, Volvo XC90, and two Subaru wagons through …

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BMW E36 M3 racing Summit Point

Seven Month Slumber: Racing at Summit Point in a COVID-19 World

Our 2020 racing season with NASA Mid-Atlantic was supposed to begin in mid-March. Right around that time, the ‘novel coronavirus’ also known as COVID-19 made its way to the United States. Think what you will of how things have been mishandled, but regardless, we couldn’t have any gatherings until recently. And so, that’s how I …

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Toyota Camry TRD racetrack

2020 Toyota Camry TRD Review: Impressive Race Track Manners

The Toyota Camry has never been a sporty choice for sedan buyers. Even when Toyota added a V6 engine several decades ago, the focus was on comfort and reliability over anything else. New for 2020, Toyota has released a legitimately hotted-up Camry, the Camry TRD. Toyota claims the Camry TRD has “greater handling, performance and …

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“Fall Finish Line” at Summit Point and Year-End Results

As the seasons (and clocks) changed in early November, those of us vying for one final race weekend met up at Summit Point Motorsports Park. NASA Mid-Atlantic hosts their final “finish line” event of every season at Summit Point. Weather was cold but the racing was still hot, as multiple race classes had season championships …

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Maintenance Matters: Acura Vigor Wheel Bearing Replacement, and Lessons Learned

“It’s such a good vibration! It’s such a sweeeeeet sensation!” sang Loletta Holloway with thrill. Not as enthused as she was about my steering wheel vibration that began around fifty miles an hour and went away above eighty, I decided an inspection was due. After all, it has started to get worse since my outing …

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Consistent Speed: Oktoberfast at VIR with NASA Mid-Atlantic

NASA Mid-Atlantic recently took over the north paddock at Virginia International Raceway for one of our most anticipated events of the season – Oktoberfast. It always seems to be “horsepower weather” at VIR in October, and we get drivers joining us from regions north and south as a result. This time last year, I wrote about …

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