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If you plan on going to a car meet in the future, read this list of 20 dos and don'ts. TX2K is a car gathering event held in Houston and has been there for the past one decade, TX2K13 Supercar Meet by Titan Motorsports. Texas' Premier Automotive Performance Event. 18 0 · FacebookTwitterGoogle+ PinterestLinkedinEmail. Old shot of an awesome car! #tx2k.
What I mean is, at most car meets, cars will usually back in, but that is a general rule, not a universal law. Therefore, it would be prudent to quickly determine what is the prevailing method of parking at this particular meet. When it actually comes to parking, just remember to be calm, and ask for help if necessary.
Parking between six-figure exotics is not the time to let your pride get a hold of you. So, do not be shy to ask any spectator around to help guide you in. Also, unless otherwise given explicit permission to do so, do not be the person that takes up multiple spaces.
It just looks bad on your part.
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Dress Comfortably Via Windy Farm Okay, this is definitely a too-often overlooked one, and objectively subjective. What I mean is, depending on where you live, comfortable can mean something very different. T-shirts and shorts would be a comfortable option for spoiled Californians, but sure death for poor Minnesotans. So the first step when preparing for a car meet, is to check the weather and dress accordingly.
This is already something you probably planned to do anyway, especially if you are a convertible owner. Those five minutes can be a life saver if you live in a region with a volatile weather pattern.
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As you may or may not know, car meets inevitably mean extended minutes of idle standing, brisk walking, and occasionally running under the right circumstances think Ferrari about to exit parking lot. Before you know it, all this activity has tested the limits of your shoes' arch support, and the strength of your deodorant. Add humidity to the situation, and things only continue to get worse. Therefore, it is crucial to bring the right gear that allows you flexibility and comfort.
Seriously, you are doing yourself a huge favor. So, be wise and keep those leather-studded chaps at home for this one. Via The Connection Newspapers This is the single most important thing you must keep in mind when planning your time at a car meet.
At the end of the day, this is the whole premise of your attending a car event in the first place. As is often in life, unfortunately, you could easily get bogged down in the mire of logistics and social nuances, completely forget the reason that brought you to the car meet world in the first place.
An open environment, where people congregate to enjoy themselves and their common passions. Remind yourself that cars are meant to be enjoyed, and more specifically as it relates to car meets, meant to be shared and experienced. Their cars being the points of pride for many gear heads, it is easy to take something as seemingly relaxed like a car meet too seriously. Few things ruin an otherwise fun experience faster than taking yourself too seriously. With all this being said, you are now equipped with a list of things to do when attending a car meet, now all that is left to do is to give you the run down on 10 things you absolutely should not do at a car meet.
Start A Rev-Off Via YouTube Full disclosure, at one point or another, you will, as a car enthusiast, feel the urge to do something pointedly stupid. One of those dumb things that are often the quickest to get a meet shut down, or at the very least, attract unwanted attention from the fuzz, is 2-stepping in the parking lot. This is an especially egregious party foul if you happen to have a straight piped car, which basically means you're treating the audience to the sounds of thunder.
This is about as bad as 2-stepping, although I personally slightly feel that rev-offs are particularly worse, given the nature of how they arise in the first place. Only one of these is actually quantifiable, neither, however, actually matter. Although, I have to admit, shooting flames is pretty cool. This bad idea, however, is often brought about by the instigation of members of public.
The throngs of camera wielding spectators are almost insatiable in their lust from increasingly sketchy behavior. Shouting and cheering for loud revving cars, and burnouts does not do anyone any favors, including those doing the shouting. The most salient example of crowds encouraging bad behavior has to be the crowding of car meet exits. You know exactly what I am talking about, if not, let me paint you a picture: You are mildly responsible so at first you are hesitant, but a few more cheers and the promise of Instagram fame seal the deal for you.
What happens next is something that has happened all too often, because I almost forgot to mention, you are driving a Mustang. We have all seen the infamous videos of wild behavior going terribly wrong, and I am not suggesting the crowds are at fault here.
But what I am saying, is that it is best to try to discourage such behavior, and the most effective way to do that is to ignore it, not reward it. Seriously Via Legendary Speed Like the loud revving and the 2-stepping, doing donuts, whether in the parking lot or an adjacent street, is a remarkably bad idea. In fact, it is a substantially worse idea than just revving loudly.
The only real danger from 2-stepping is from damaged ear drums, with donuts, however, we could be talking serious injuries to bystanders. Not only that, cops will absolutely not tolerate this, and will all but immediately shut down the car meet and may obstruct any future possibilities of holding car meets at that particular location.
If that is not enough of a deterrent for possible tire-slaying rogues, know that those same police officers can go as far as impounding your vehicle if they feel you pose a great enough harm to the bystanders around you. This is serious stuff, as it should be. Car meets are events designed to be enjoyable for people of all ages. One of the prerequisites of having a successful car meet, is to ensure the safety of all participants.
So, doing donuts is a strict no-no for those looking to go a local car meet. You have been warned, be safe and exercise sound judgement when showing off your pride and joy.
No one likes the person that goes around putting their dirty paws all over your shiny, clean paint. This is especially prevalent among the non-car enthusiasts that attend their occasional car meet. This is a function of both ignorance and ambivalence. I like to think that these are well intentioned people who simply let the exuberance of beautiful cars temporarily override sounder judgement.
Sometimes, however, these well intentioned people can lead to some serious damage. From scratches to dents, many car meet veterans have stories of wayward bystanders ruining into their car without the slightest shame. The six of us drivers were chatting and I said my outlap was going to be pretty quick since it was still warmed up. Great group of guys we all had a great visit about the track and the event.
Right before we were headed out, I heard Peter asking his son about the ride he had just taken on the track in a GTR. Peter is the organizer of the Tx2k event and his 15 year old son Justin has been in a lot of fast cars well…. I told him he was welcome to ride during the Time Attack and Justin quickly said he was ready to go. She expressed some concern, but knew he really wanted this ride. Anna takes time out from a calendar shoot to get a few snaps with Scratcher.
Justin seemed pretty calm and enjoying himself.
After I slid in the car and belted in, I looked over at him before we put our helmets on. He lightly squinted at me and seemed to be trying to mentally process the numbers to relate them to something, so I just smiled and put my helmet on. This would be fun. Finals note the add-on cameras with Justin experiencing serious lateral G for the first time.
Six vehicles, and by far and away the least expensive was on pole. When the six of us were chatting previously, one of them asked how much money I had in Scratcher and when I told him he said he had more than that in his transmission alone! Also, Dusty's gorgeous wide body Supra. Starter gets us going and off we go, I ease onto the track and take a nice easy outlap, working the brakes and tires to get everything nice and warm.
By the time we hit the esses Scratcher feels great and I open her up. As we come down the banking he regains forward vision again and seems ok until I again shed 30mph for T3. On the end of the first lap we nearly catch the last GTR and I drop back a bit to pass him cleanly during lap two. Justin braces for the brakes in the zones now and still gives me a thumbs-up when I do the same.
Anyway, with no in-car timer I just have to believe that we went fast enough to do well. We come down the hot pits and slot into formation as the grid person told us to. Justin was all smiles and asked questions about the transmission and brakes and shifter and tires. Brenda seemed pretty relieved. The six of us drivers chat a good bit as the crowd gathers and Peter brings the trophies and sponsors over for the presentation.
I fortunately ended up on the top step with a mid 1: We hung out a bit and chatted with the group more and shared stories. It was actually pretty funny in contrast because at the event everyone gets along great and we all talk about our cars and what we try and accomplish with them and chat about racing lines and brakes and tires and whatever.
However some of the online stuff got heated into race car vs street car or v8 vs boosted v6 or whatever. Those keyboard warriors need to step back from the monitor and attend an event to realize we are all just car junkies anyway. Too little time for haters!
Huge thanks to Travis tamu and Alex for the help! Once we got home, the first day was not quite over. We then wiped down ResQ and the silver car and loaded them for the next morning, which would come all too early. Day 2 — Friday - Dyno Day We left before the sun came up with a quick stop down the road to top off the tanks and grab some caffeine to clear our heads. Two supras scooting south speedily…what could go wrong?
We got to Hennessey before most of the rest of the crew and began to setup for the dyno day by getting vendors in their spots and organizing our materials. On our way to the dyno day! Guess which one of us sped up for the raised rail-road tracks? ResQ at the end of a line, drew a LOT of questions and got snapped a ton!
While we got the cars wrangled quickly enough, dyno issues struck both the 2wd dyno rotational pickup sensor board and the awd brake controller IIRC dyno early in the afternoon.
First panel of dyno day, and a really cool t-shirt.
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I know you are shocked, but the guy with the t-shirt didn't have a girl with him. Who would have guessed?? Interestingly, when the day started we could not get anyone to dyno. The big power cars all want to wait for a crowd and there is no crowd without a big power car.
So subrwhp cars get strapped down because nobody else is in line.
Then pics of the board get posted and folks complain "where are the big power cars?? Yeah, like we push away a big single supra to run a freaking honda civic.
Dyno'd strong as well. Still, lots of really cool cars, big dyno numbers, crazy setups and insane builds which is pretty much normal for Tx2K. It was early afternoon and we decided to pull Scratcher out of the trailer and put the silver car in and head to the track to test a bit. We needed to test because a LOT of things had changed. The rear springs and dampers were replaced with softer coils and a double adjustable custom valved JRI units.
There were other changes as well and track time is what we needed. Sadly, by the time we got there and ready, there was time for only one pass that afternoon but it went well.
All in all, a great day and Anna was mentally ready to attack Sunday just as soon as it could get here. It was early and we were in line for the qualifying for our group. Anna and Ros in the lanes for some testing. The pass on Saturday had the car completely squat in the back and hit the bump stops and unload the rear, Anna lifted for a moment and then got back in it. So I stiffened up the rear two sweeps and the first pass of Sunday it bottomed again.
I attributed more of it to Anna launching the car harder with more boost in hand so for the next pass another 4 sweeps of bump and as she launched this time it just barely kissed the stops and then came back up. The brake mod was allowing her to now launch at over rpm and she was only using the footbrake to hold the car, not having to time a handbrake release with the foot brake release as the tree went to green. This would ultimately be quicker as she got the hang of it, and much easier as well.
Not what you see everyday, but this is tx2k!!! First round we got a bye run, so we tested again. Second round was for real against a faster car and Anna game-faced the crowd-pleasing burnout and treed the guy who had a shifter or power issue as he laid down mid track, never having his bumper in front of hers.