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    Packwood National Tour & Pro Solo 2012

    Packwood National Tour Dates
    June 29 to July 1 (Fri to Sun)

    Packwood Pro Solo Dates
    July 6 to 8 (Fri to Sun)

    For those don't know much about Packwood, here is a link to Google Map
    You have to drive around 4.5 hours after you crossed the border.



    The venue is slightly gripper and slightly bigger than our double pad, and all the top drivers in the whole Northwest Region will be there. Last year almost 300 drivers competed there, and we brought 16 trophies back to BC & 18 trophies brought back to Canada. Packwood is a magical land that the more you go the faster you are!



    Who is planning to go this year?

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    Re: Packwood National Tour & Pro Solo 2012

    Will attend NT again this year.

    Word of advice if you are planning on going book your accommodation as soon as you can



    More pics from last year NT

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    Will be there with Andre's miata!~ cant wait!!

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    Katrina and I will be there at NT with fresh Hoosiers to exercise the EP civic

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    Last edited by Derek128; May 4, 2012 at 21:57.
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    Re: Packwood National Tour & Pro Solo 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Sead View Post
    Cool video, thanks Sead! I have added it to Introduction to Autocross post.

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    Robert and Arnold will be there in the HS 2011 Mini Cooper.

    Tom and Marcus will be there in the ESP 2010 Camaro SS.

    Our cabin has been booked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnold68 View Post
    Robert and Arnold will be there in the HS 2011 Mini Cooper.

    Tom and Marcus will be there in the ESP 2010 Camaro SS.

    Our cabin has been booked!
    So I guess Marcus next car will be a V8 ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek128 View Post
    So I guess Marcus next car will be a V8 ?
    Like a certain ZR1 in dad's garage?

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    Team Swift will be there in CM and CML.

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    I'll be there in SSM this year. If anyone is renting one of those cabins and has a bed available let me know and a price. It's either that or I'll be tenting on site.

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    Re: Packwood National Tour & Pro Solo 2012

    Anyone got some awesome Packwood video to share?
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    Here is my Packwood tour run during my Novice year, first year of AutoX ! Although I didn't get good results, but it was still fun ! the atmosphere there is great ! So yeah, it is a great event for novices to attend, and understand how the big/national level events out there are like

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    Re: Packwood National Tour & Pro Solo 2012

    Anyone looking for a codrive for NT?

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    Nevermind convinced Zach
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    Re: Packwood National Tour & Pro Solo 2012

    I will finally be making my first appearance at NT this year, thanks to Fab's incessant nagging :P thanks Fab!

    any prep/packing/other suggestions for an uber noob?

    Cheers!
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    Re: Packwood National Tour & Pro Solo 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Lego Maniac View Post
    I will finally be making my first appearance at NT this year, thanks to Fab's incessant nagging :P thanks Fab!

    any prep/packing/other suggestions for an uber noob?

    Cheers!
    Zach
    Get there early. Best is thursday night and get a good night's sleep. No Packwood casino.
    Get some practice runs in on friday morning to get use to the grip levels at Packwood.
    Try to get the car teched and ready friday night and walk the course if you have time.
    Here comes the most important part.
    Friday night get a good nights sleep and get to the pad early on saturday. The pad is going to be huge. Each course walk will take a bit of time. Do not think you can get away with 2 course walks and don't think you can get 4 walks in the time allotted. It goes by very quickly.
    Saturday night same thing. SLEEP.
    Sunday is even more hectic.

    And remember to breath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SumAznGuy View Post
    And remember to breath.
    Aaaaaa... Who needs to breathe?

    Like Edwen said, course walks are key. I try and walk at least 5-6 per side (Saturday/Sunday). Sometimes that means checking out early from the social Saturday night. The courses are long. If memory serves me right, it takes upwards of 20 minutes to complete one walk without stopping for corner analysis.

    And make sure either your room mate does not snore, or you bring earplugs. Otherwise sleep will be difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chun~ View Post
    Here is my Packwood tour run during my Novice year, first year of AutoX ! Although I didn't get good results, but it was still fun ! the atmosphere there is great ! So yeah, it is a great event for novices to attend, and understand how the big/national level events out there are like


    For drivers who have never been to U.S. events; please note the two white lines on the edges of the course. Almost impossible to DNF compare to courses locally. However, only three runs to get it right. Championship driving at its best.

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    Lots of good advice here so far. It's the little things that you'll find helpful too:
    Don't forget your passport/travel documents!
    Make plans to drive down with others; it's more fun, safer, and you have immediate assistance for roadside emergencies.
    Have your SCCA membership paid up and card available.
    Have any contingency programs registered for and stickers before you head down (Purple crack stickers become like hen's teeth. DON'T count on them being available trackside)
    Find a pit spot near your fellow VCMCers; problems that come up are often assisted by many hands (I heart my club!!!)
    Be prepared for a more tightly controlled event. From numbered and assigned grid positions, to pre-assigned work duties. As well, Every car is recorded at each station, including car number, class, cones or dnf, and the number identifying each cone struck (yes, they are ALL numbered!).
    With the advent of double-pad events, we are getting a taste of higher speeds locally, but you may still find it spooky to be doing some serious manoeuvring at the speeds you'll see.
    Be prepared for any kind of weather. Fronts can sweep up the valley quickly, and with moist marine air pushed up to Packwood's 1057' elevation, that can mean some pretty intense rain. Katiabatic winds sweeping down the valley from Mount Ranier can cool things off quickly too.
    Bug spray. Bring it!
    Cell and data coverage can be iffy/non-existent. If you need Internet access, the coffee shop has a hotspot, and many available accomodations offer connectivity as well.
    The Packwood community is very pro-Motorsport. It's a great feeling to be there
    I thank Matt for this tip: make sure you don't squander the opportunity to learn who the fast guys are, and really pay attention to their runs, ie braking points, lines, etc. Balance that against not worrying about them, let them worry about you!
    Last tip, bask in the experience of being part of some the most highly skilled drivers and competition you'll see short of Lincoln!

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