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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:48 pm 
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So lately Ive been talking to a couple of aspiring drifters (such as myself) and we all agreed that we all feel unprepared for our first event. I myself am looking to compile a sort of "survival guide for your first event". Any advice from you well seasoned drift veterans would be awesome! for reference some of the questions I found myself asking were things like:
>what automotive fluids should I bring?
>how many spare tires should I have?
>where is registry and/or Pre-regestry?
>can I camp on the track overnight if Im staying for both days?
>should I consider bringing a trailer if available?
>what miscellaneous Items should I bring?
>what things should I do to prep my car for maximum endurance?
Again any advice or help is greatly appreciated!
Hope to see you all out on the track soon!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:18 am 
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280zx wrote:
>what automotive fluids should I bring?
>how many spare tires should I have?
>where is registry and/or Pre-regestry?
>can I camp on the track overnight if Im staying for both days?
>should I consider bringing a trailer if available?
>what miscellaneous Items should I bring?
>what things should I do to prep my car for maximum endurance?
Again any advice or help is greatly appreciated!
Hope to see you all out on the track soon!


- Coolant, oil, brake fluid, and maybe gear oil / trans oil
- A stock 240sx / Miata will typically be ok with 2-4 pair of new tires or 8-10 pair of used tires under half tread (per day). Adjust from there. Heavier cars or more powerful setups will need more.
- Pre-reg will be up for the July event tomorrow
- Camping available at the track Saturday night.
- Trailer is most entirely up to you and your car. If it's available, it's never a bad idea.
- Snacks, water, change, hand tools, tire pressure gauge, good attitude
- Change fluids ahead of the event. Get a good alignment. Make sure your cooling system works - functional thermostat and fans, correct coolant mixture etc.

I'll let other drivers chime in with their advice also. Our event info sticky is definitely due for an update.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:24 am 
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^thanks for the seriously quick response! Im not exactly sure how im going to fit 8 tires in my 280zx? some kind of black magic!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:26 am 
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280zx wrote:
Im not exactly sure how im going to fit 8 tires in my 280zx?


Trailer. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 11:32 am 
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Cheap way to haul stuff, Miatas have major storage problems.
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Or get a support vehicle. And a big trailer.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:21 pm 
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Dont forget to bring beer


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:23 pm 
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Don't get halfway to Topeka and realize that you forgot your helmet!

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:00 am 
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ahhh i need to find my helmet


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 11:44 pm 
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This is a guide from my experience from the first event here is a detailed list of things you NEED to bring/do
> SUNSCREEN- I figured id be fine since I would be in a helmet and in a car all day, I could not have been more wrong. I became lobster man for that mistake.
> a metric crap ton of water bottles- you will be surprised how fast the water bottles go oh on the track. I feel like I was constantly reaching for one and its hard work driving so you WILL break a sweat!
> pack a huge lunch- its a lot better when you are drifting on a full stomach and are still as mentaly sharp as you were when you showed up.
> fluids for the car- I would highly reccomend that you bring oil, coolant, powersteering fluid, and brake fluid. Its a lot more fun to drive on the track than it is to the auto parts store.
> tie a rag around your power steering reservoir- it will save you a massive mess from cleaning up boiling power steering fluid!
> dont forget a jack and jack stands- I forgot mine and I was stuck using my lovely scissor jack provided by Nissan 34 years ago!
> Wheel lock- if your lugs require one be sure to pack it!
> HELMET- MAKE SURE IT IS THE FIRST THING YOU PACK, AND PACK IT THE NIGHT BEFORE TO BE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE IT IS! it sucks making it halfway to topeka to have to turn around for your brain bucket!
> tires- I was absolutely convinced I was going to go through WAY more than 6 tires all day. But to my surprise I only went trough 4 tires the entire day and I probably made at least 75 runs on the course! So for a first time out I would reccomend bringing 4-6 tires
> a little cash- a little cash is usually a no brainer unless you are super stressed about your first event coming up. Bring about 50-60 bucks with you for tire mounting, stickers, dinner, and a rad t-shirt.
Im sure there are some things I missed so if you have questions feel free to ask but this is your general first event survival guide!
Good luck and stay crusty!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:17 am 
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Thanks for the update!

Tire wear depends a lot on track layout, driving style, and the specific car. You're always better to bring too many than too few.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:57 am 
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Very true! Ill probably just continuously update this thread with each event I go to so expect updates fate round four!


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