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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ferrari Test Day @ WSIR

On January 21 we had our first day at the track for 2009!

Glenn, Stephan, Joe, Jeff (car owner) and myself were at Willow Springs Raceway ( http://www.willowspringsraceway.com/ ) in Rosamond, CA for testing of the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB4.

Glenn had just finished up working on fixing/updating some suspension and A.I.M. data issues and we were all anxious to see how it worked!

There were a couple minor issues, that just took some small adjustments at the track. There was a little bit of sway bar interference, basically a clearance issue.

All Stephan had to do was grind a small area on the suspension arm.

Glenn was tasked with trying to fix some of the A.I.M. data system malfunctions. He checked the data system info on the computer after each session, but determined that there was too big a mess in the wiring, and configuration ( he even called the A.I.M. tech from the track) to actually be able to do a shake-down with data.

There was a small problem with the throttle pedal, but Stephan was able to take it apart and clean it, then reinstall to fix the problem. A small adjustment, and Jeff was ready for the next session.

Jeff had a great time at the track, and got to run ALL 5 SESSIONS! His times were 13 seconds a lap faster than the last time he had been at this track, and they were consistent all day.

So, with a mildly successful test day at the track, Glenn and Stephan had a list of things to "tweak" before the next test day. Glenn says they had a home run on the suspension, but only a base hit on the data system.

After a long day at the track, there's nothing much better than good mexican food! We all went to eat at a little restaurant down the road from WSIR called The Golden Cantina. (4001 Knox Ave. Rosamond, CA 93560 Tel:661-256-6737) They have tasty food, good margaritas, and have fun and lovely view of a small airstrip. If you're lucky, you'll get to see a small plane takeoff or land. The staff are friendly, and you will definitely leave with your tummy full!