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    Default different of stages of a track junkie, what stage are you at ?

    At bookstore yesterday, saw this on this month's Excellence Magazine (for Porsche):

    Stage 1:
    you drive your street-legal car to the track. It remains close to stock, and you think of it as primarily a street car.
    your spouse think you are cool because you drive on race tracks, and tells friends about it
    your spouse goes to track events with you
    you will spend $200 to take a second off your lap time.
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    Stage 1A:

    you drive your car less and less on the street
    your still drive it to the track, but it's been so heavily modified for track use that it rides like a stage coach. You don't care because it is 5 seconds a lap aster
    your spouse no longer goes to track events with you
    you have dedicated track wheels and tires
    you will spend $500 to take a second off your lap time.
    Supermiata S1, SuperMiata S2, Supermiata S3
    13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
    17 GT350 !!
    08 M3 - Carmax warranty !!
    96 NSX
    06 EVO MR
    15 Mini Cooper S

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    Stage 2:

    your car is now a dedicated track car, but you still drive it to the track
    you've decided to optimize it for the track, or you've bought a dedicated track car
    The message on your voicemail has engine sounds and say "I cant's come to the phone now... because I am at the race track"
    you will spend $2,000 to take a second off your lap time
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    Supermiata S1, SuperMiata S2, Supermiata S3
    13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
    17 GT350 !!
    08 M3 - Carmax warranty !!
    96 NSX
    06 EVO MR
    15 Mini Cooper S

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    Stage 3:

    you've decided to club race
    you own an enclosed (you can clear see this is a Porsche thing) trailer, which you could live in if need be.
    you have car parts delivered to your office
    you have 3 sets of wheels and tire
    your race car cost more than your street car
    race dates are the priority in your calendar, everything else is flexible
    you view your job primarily as a sway to support your racing habit
    you show in-car racing video to friends when they come over, which you find engrossing and they ind interminable.
    you will spend $3,000 to take a second off your lap time.
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    Supermiata S1, SuperMiata S2, Supermiata S3
    13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
    17 GT350 !!
    08 M3 - Carmax warranty !!
    96 NSX
    06 EVO MR
    15 Mini Cooper S

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    Stage 3A:

    you realize the cost of divorce will make it impossible for you to continue racing.
    you develop an annual racing budget, which reduces spousal tension
    you say things like "well, sweetheart, real people always have some sort of habit. Some drink too much, some chase women, and some race cars. Pick one" (btw, this line really works).
    you start postponing sex with your spouse because you have to work on the race car
    without the specter of looming divorce
    you will spend $4,000 to take a second off your lap time
    Last edited by bellwilliam; 01-22-2012 at 11:24 PM.
    Supermiata S1, SuperMiata S2, Supermiata S3
    13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
    17 GT350 !!
    08 M3 - Carmax warranty !!
    96 NSX
    06 EVO MR
    15 Mini Cooper S

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    Stage 4:

    you can't remember what you had for lunch, but you know the size of every bolt in your car
    all of your friends are gearheads
    pictures of race cars hang in your living room and your coffee table is made from a wheel. you see crash-damaged parts as sculpture.
    you will consider taking a 2nd mortgage on your house to lose a second per lap.
    Supermiata S1, SuperMiata S2, Supermiata S3
    13 Tesla, ma: no engine !!
    17 GT350 !!
    08 M3 - Carmax warranty !!
    96 NSX
    06 EVO MR
    15 Mini Cooper S

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    I'd say I'm the Miata version of 3A but with an open trailer.
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    what stage are u in William? id say that im in between 1A and 2
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    I'm stage at 0.5 ... I have a stock S2000, which is primarily a street car. My spouse doesn't think it's cool, I don't even tell my own friends about it. My spouse rarely comes to track events with me. Though $200 to take a second off my lap time sounds like a bargain, I'd rather focus on driver improvement.

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    3A
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    But obviously I just dont get it. -fatbillybob

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    yeah 3a, does anyone know what others spouses look like?

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    Went all the way to Stage 3 but on the cheap (ITB VW and tow dolly).....now back to Stage 1

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    For good or ill, 3A.

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    Easy 3A, constantly flirting with 4

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    Stage 5:
    you get bored with tracking/racing modified street cars
    you haven't lived with your spouse for years but still don't want to spend any racing budget on a divorce
    you sell your last track day car with blown motor for cheap
    you buy an open wheel race car, store it at the track, and pay for trackside support and storage in advance
    you can't run open track days anymore because its dangerous to be on a racetrack in a formula car with all those modified street cars
    you plan to race with organizations of racers that have been driving open wheel cars for years and will have you for lunch
    you don't say a word about your addiction to the woman you are dating, because that would end it

    That's me, stage 5
    The deposed former Sheriff of trackHQ . . .

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    1992 Honda (Acura) NSX 5-MT - classic investment I couldn't resist and occasionally drive
    2004 Honda S2000 AP2 6-MT - track day car
    2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR 6-MT - when I need a backseat, 4-doors, or a real trunk, and still want to haul ass . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard EVO View Post
    Stage 5:
    you get bored with tracking/racing modified street cars
    you haven't lived with your spouse for years but still don't want to spend any racing budget on a divorce
    you sell your last track day car with blown motor for cheap
    you buy an open wheel race car, store it at the track, and pay for trackside support and storage in advance
    you can't run open track days anymore because its dangerous to be on a racetrack in a formula car with all those modified street cars
    you plan to race with organizations of racers that have been driving open wheel cars for years and will have you for lunch
    you don't say a word about your addiction to the woman you are dating, because that would end it

    That's me, stage 5
    I think all of us here at TrackHQ have earned the opportunity over the years to now add to this list for you:
    • "You become the defacto law enforcement on the leading track-addict forum"
    • "That role earns you the title of The Sheriff"
    • "You have so many opinions about everything, tracks, cars, driving styles, etc. that you become a curmudgeonly old track fart."
    • "You want to live your metro-sexual lifestyle in the city so half your posts are whining about not having a place to store all your track toys, trucks and trailers."
    • "You can drive a race car just fine, but whine about having to drive a truck and trailer."
    • "You forsake the SoCal lifestyle of buying a nice truck and trailer and look for a beater truck to tow with, "Because do you know how many tires that will buy if I tow with a $5000 beater instead of a nice $55,000 diesel Chevy LTZ?"
    • While you will forsake air-conditioning in the truck you drive to the track, you will cry like a little baby if you don't have your Cool Suit system."
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    To the right of The Sheriff. Isn't everyone?

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    Oli: Stage 3A
    "Why watch racing on TV when I can watch it instead through the wreckage of my hood frame?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Oli: Stage 3A
    "Why watch racing on TV when I can watch it instead through the wreckage of my hood frame?"
    That is classic. And a very nice frame it is.

    Video to follow....
    To the right of The Sheriff. Isn't everyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robburgoon View Post
    Oli: Stage 3A
    "Why watch racing on TV when I can watch it instead through the wreckage of my hood frame?"

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    •"You forsake the SoCal lifestyle of buying a nice truck and trailer and look for a beater truck to tow with, "Because do you know how many tires that will buy if I tow with a $5000 beater instead of a nice $55,000 diesel Chevy LTZ?"
    I agree with this completely and believe you did not mean it as a joke. Except that it's not just tires I'd be saving money for, its trackside support, race car maintenance, professional coaching, semi-exclusive trackdays for practice, race event fees, hotels and meals. $50,000 pays for a lot of that.
    The deposed former Sheriff of trackHQ . . .

    2006 Porsche 997 Carerra Coupe 6-MT - daily driver
    1992 Honda (Acura) NSX 5-MT - classic investment I couldn't resist and occasionally drive
    2004 Honda S2000 AP2 6-MT - track day car
    2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR 6-MT - when I need a backseat, 4-doors, or a real trunk, and still want to haul ass . . .

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