Thursday, July 31, 2008

We're More Than Famous: Libre in the News

I think that we have the first ever 4000s quattro to make it onto the front page of a major news paper.

Here's front page coverage of the Libre and the Dorifto Dogs (3xx BMW): News & Observer (Dying Cars' Day in the Sun)

We also made it onto the front page of my favorite source of news:

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Driver View Video: Spirited Driving

Ever wonder what it's like to drive a race car? Okay.... how about a $500 race car?

It turns out that the budget does not matter... it is still hardcore racing. Here's a 10 minute video from the cockpit of the Libre. The camera angles are a bit eratic but it does capture the sights and sounds of the race.

You'll notice a few great moments:
  • Exiting the pits;
  • Merging with traffic;
  • Getting passed by some fast cars (mostly german);
  • An AWESOME battle with the Tunachuckers ancient Volvo (which they drive off road at the end of the exchange);
  • Massive fishtailing after I let two wheels get into the grass.
Turn up the volume!

24 Hours of Lemons: Spirited Driving with the Quattro Libre from Greg Prospero on Vimeo.

Monday, July 28, 2008

We're Number 23!!!!

We finished the race 23rd overall and 9th in our division. (Our division was the most competitive. The "PW" class is the "Probably Will" finish.

Here are some of our stats:
Laps: 423 (0.96 miles per lap)
Best Lap Time: 1:14.58

And here's what we looked like at the end of the front straight. Nice lean!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Testing, testing!

Check out a few scenes from wednesday... finally taking it out on the track (err... road).

Go Fast Paint: Results

The car looks fantastic. I rolled on the white portions and sprayed (rattle can) the green and red and the numbers. Take a look:

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Go Fast Paint: Roller and Rattle Can Technique

Okay... don't have enough time for a complete write up. Basically we sanded off a few layers of crud on the car, masked it and then applied several coats of acrylic paint using both a roller (for the white sections) and rattle cans for the rest. I think it looks great!

Thanks Absolute Automotive!

Having owned a few German cars (VW, BMW) I've grown to appreciate the benefits of having a trustworthy shop that specializes in my car's make. In the past I've relied on Absolute Automotive to routine maintenance - so I guess I had a bit of an in when I asked (begged?) for their help with a little problem that we were having with our Quattro. You see, the previous owner left us with a trunk full of parts including new control arm bushings for all four corners. Well it was easy enough to pop out the old ones which were completely rotted out! Then we tried to install the new one but couldn't - it turns out that we would need a press.

I visited Evan at Absolute Auto and asked if he could help a brother (comrade?) out. I offered him a rare Team Quattro Libre t-shirt. And he did it! Thanks Evan! For that you are now officially a sponsor! (That's a good thing.)

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