I had some good reflections the other day, so I had to snap some pictures. The ceramic treatment makes the car shine all the time.
Can't squeeze anymore wheel and tire back there. 🙂
Here's an After/Before. Yes, I did it backwards. 🙂
Well... I don't think that turned out too bad for the first time out in three years. I haven't seen the final results yet, but the car felt really good and I wasn't as rusty as I thought I was going to be. 🙂
It was a great day for an autocross with partly cloudy skies and warm temperatures, but as the day went on the clouds filled in and the winds picked up, and we had a few sprinkles for the last heat but nothing to really slow anyone down. There were only 51 entries so everyone got
The wheels arrived this week... finally. I ordered the wheels on July 1 so it was a long wait but worth it. I took the car down to Gran Turismo East for the installation of all the new pieces (except for the already done engine tune).
Renick RP 556 Wheels Gloss Black
Front: 19x9.5” with 265/30-ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
Rear: 19x11” with 305/30-ZR19 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
Renick front and rear adjustable sway bars
Eibach Pro springs
Ordered July 1, arrived October 13. Whatever, they finally got here. All 19" with the fronts being 9.5" wide and the rear 11" wide.
I weighed the wheels and this is what I found. The fronts, despite being a 1/2" wider and an inch in diameter greater, weight less than the OEM wheels by 0.7 lbs. The rear wheel, while 1.5" wider and 1 in diameter great, only weigh 0.4 lbs heavier than the OEM rear. It's the new tires that are heavier.
So Thursday morning we'll be at Gr
Well.... my wife really needed a nicer car as hers was getting old and she has been a Cadillac girl since she had her 2001 Cadillac SLS in Obsession Red. So.... we found one a little newer in the color she likes. 🙂
This is the newest addition to the family... a 2016 ATS-V sedan. 🙂 Yes, another ATS-V.
This one is a little special though. It looks pretty unassuming doesn't it? Just your normal Cadillac if you didn't know any better. But if you thought you might like to hav
Just got the car back yesterday after taking it for a ceramic paint treatment. Since the car only has 13,000 miles on it and appears to be garage kept for its entire life and was in near perfect condition, I wanted to protect the surface and make it easier to clean. So after doing a little research, I took the car to a place that's about 1 minute away from the Road Atlanta entrance called ZeroDefects. Chris had the car for three days and went over every exterior square inch.
I went with t
Let the fun begin. 🙂
It is really hard for me to leave well enough alone, I've always wanted to tweak my cars and make them "mine", so obviously this one will be no different. 🙂
I have already installed the tune from Trifecta and I love it. Not only do I gain ~120 hp at the wheels, but the transmission is also recalibrated and that is awesome. So 18 lbs of boost gets me 500 rwhp. Would love to see what 20 or 22 gets me. 🙂
Today I ordered some Eibach springs for the car. These are
I would love to take the car to a drag strip/autocross for some runs to see how it is currently running before I make any changes to it, but the changes may come first. 🙂 I don't think I've ever owned a car that I haven't made changes to...
The changes I am going to be making to this one will consist of power upgrades, suspension/wheels/tires, and a few cosmetic items... just because. This section is about power... makes me what to make Tim Allen sounds.
From the factory, th
I'm a handling guy, always have been. I love the curvy roads and will go out of my way to take those every chance I get. I started autocrossing cars back in 1973 and have continued off and on for all these years, and the love of driving has only increased as I've gotten older. And it's not just turns, I also want a car that can stop much faster than it can accelerate. This one does it all.
In the stock form, this car will pull a steady 1.03 g's on a skidpad, and many people have never even
Most people that aren't car people have no clue about this car. When you first tell people you own a Cadillac most minds conjure up grandpa's finned Cadillac with a 20 foot hood, but this ain't grandpa's Cadillac anymore. In today's world, Cadillac's are known for innovative performance on par with the best the rest of the world can offer, and this car is no exception.
With the introduction of the V Series models, Cadillac stepped up to the world of serious high performance cars. The initi
I'll try to be quiet while you sleep.... it's 3:28 am here in Atlanta, do you know where your cars are? 🙂
There are some light showers moving into the Lincoln area right now and they may linger through the early morning hours, bu most of the day should be dry.
Here's the hour by hour
Here are the expected temperature anomalies (GFS) through the end of next week. Sun-Tue will be warm, but great after that.
I guess you heard the rain moving through during the overnight hours, it is now pushed southeast of Lincoln and today to should a relatively dry day to kick off the ProSolo!
This is a combined radar/water vapor loop, and the numbers are dewpoints. Much drier air is moving into southeast Nebraska and today should feel great. About 15 seconds into the loop I switch from dewpoint to temperatures.
Lincoln Friday AM.mp4
The NWS hour by hour forecast looks grea
Good morning fellow Solo people! 🙂 Sounds like aliens to me.
I know we have a lot of people onsite for tomorrow's ProSolo, so this section has to to with this afternoon and evening. There will be severe weather in the area, please make sure everything is secure, and the car is in a trailer if you have one.
So please stay weather aware later this afternoon and evening. I will be around and making updates on the FB page if necessary.
Soooo, for tomorrow and Saturday.
Well... the ProSolo is looking damp and cool, but things are looking for the first part of next week.
Official NWS Forecast for Lincoln http://www.daculaweather.com/4_track_lincoln.php
NWS Omaha Outlook
Meteogramm showing the hour by hour forecast
WPC Rainfall Forecast
24 hour period - 8 pm Thursday through 8 pm Friday
24 hour period - 8 pm Friday through 8 pm Saturday
Good morning! 🙂
Before we talk about Nebraska weather, just a little bit about Dorian. I know we have a lot of people from Florida that are going to be headed to Lincoln, and Dorian "may" have a significant impact on Florida. I know most Floridians have their go to people for tropical information as well as the obvious NHC, but I'm tracking Dorian as well with frequent updates throughout the day. So if you or someone you know has any interest near the east coast of Florida, you can follow m
A little rough weather moving through Lincoln this morning, so not a very good day to be outdoors. And that same scenario may hold true for Thursday as a cold front pushes through the state bringing showers and thunderstorms along with cooler temperatures.
The radar this morning isn't looking too good right now. I don't like the hook in the storm to the north of Lincoln, and the storm to the south certainly has some hail in it.
To the thinking for
Good afternoon to everyone!
Here's the first look at the forecast for the ProSolo, as we're now in the range of the actual National Weather Service forecast, and this is what it looks like.
Lo and behold... below normal temps and a chance for rain. Who woulda thought? 😜
Here are the thoughts from the Omaha NWS office.
Friday is looking a little wet and this is what the Weather Prediction Center 6 hour rainf
Today in Weather History for August 21 August 21, 1883 A tornado hit Rochester, MN, killing 31 persons and wrecking 1351 dwellings. (David Ludlum) August 21, 1888 A tornado swarm occurred in Maryland and Delaware. Many waterspouts were seen over Chesapeake Bay. (Sandra and TI Richard Sanders - 1987) August 21, 1918 A tornado struck Tyler, MN, killing 36 persons and destroying most of the business section of the town resulting in a million dollars damage. (David Ludlum) August 21, 1983
Hump Day! 🙂
I guess people that are running the ProSolo will start to arrive in Lincoln around the middle of next week, so we are now within the range to start looking ahead a little bit.
Both the major models and their ensembles point to cooler than normal temps and around normal for precip for the first part of the event. The central part of the country will be sandwiched between two ridges, and for Lincoln, that would generally mean cooler temperature
Today in Weather History for August 20 August 20, 1886 The town of Indianola, TX, was completely destroyed by a hurricane, and never rebuilt. (David Ludlum) August 20, 1910 The big blow up of forest fires finally came to an end in Idaho. A record dry August fueled 1736 fires which burned three million acres destroying six billion board feet of timber. The fires claimed the lives of 85 persons, 78 of which were fire fighters, and consumed the entire town of Wallace. The smoke spread a third
We are now getting within distance of the main deterministic models and it is looking like a relatively cool Nationals!
Both the major models (and their ensembles) are showing a trough in the central part of the country during that time frame, and for Lincoln, that generally means cooler temperatures.
Here's a look at the GEFS high/low temps
Notice a downward trend in the temps and moisture.
It appears the GFS is trying to bring a cold
Today in Weather History for August 19 August 19, 1788 A small but powerful hurricane inflicted great havoc upon forests along a narrow track from New Jersey to Maine. A similar storm track today would cause extreme disaster in the now populated area. (David Ludlum) August 19, 1969 'Never say die' Camille let loose a cloudburst in Virginia resulting in flash floods and landslides which killed 151 persons and cause 140 million dollars damage. Massies Hill VA received 27 inches of rain. (Dav
Today in Weather History for August 17 August 17, 1915 A hurricane hit Galveston, TX, with wind gusts to 120 mph and a twelve foot storm surge. The storm claimed 275 lives, including forty-two on Galveston Island, with most deaths due to drowning. Of 250 homes built outside the seawall (which was constructed after the catastrophic hurricane of 1900), just ten percent were left standing. (The Weather Channel) August 17, 1969 Camille, the second worst hurricane in U.S. history, smashed into