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justimagine
02-21-2011, 05:05 PM
February 18, 2011 (Wauconda, Il) - Heidts Hot Rod & Muscle Car Parts is proud to present the Heidts Performance Car Challenge - Midwest, July 15 - 17 at the Autobahn Country Club located in Joliet, IL. The three-day event will provide enthusiast drivers the opportunity to hone their driving skills in the following elements:

Road Course
Autocross
Acceleration/Braking
Road Rally

The event will be open to domestic performance vehicles of all years. The experience will start Friday at Heidts Hot Rod & Muscle Car Parts headquarters, offering participants time to meet and socialize, followed by a 50 mile cruise to the host hotel in Joliet, IL.

On Saturday the road course element will be run on the Autobahn Country Club North Track. The 1.46-mile track is technical but forgiving and will challenge all levels of drivers from novice to experienced.
http://www.drivefastbesafe.com/PDFs/northmap.pdf. (http://www.drivefastbesafe.com/PDFs/northmap.pdf)

On Sunday, drivers will tackle one of the most unique autocross courses ever dreamed – created right on the 1.46-mile track. Rumble strips, slaloms, rotundas and other features will test set-up and driving skills. Simultaneously, the acceleration/braking challenge will be run on the front straight, demonstrating not only the vehicle’s braking prowess, but the driver’s abilities and skills as well.

This is a premium driving experience that you don’t want to miss. More details and sign-up information to follow – mark your calendars now!

The Heidts Performance Car Challenge will be an OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational qualifier.
www.optimainvitational.com (http://www.optimainvitational.com)

Van B
02-21-2011, 05:26 PM
Great news! If it couldn't be RA, Autobahn is next best thing under two hours from home.

66SuperSport
02-21-2011, 07:43 PM
Can't wait for this one. Sounds awesome !!! The autocross should be very interesting.

RomsMotors
02-22-2011, 06:20 AM
I'm in. Sounds fun

dontlifttoshift
02-22-2011, 06:54 AM
And whats the rule on convertibles (or roadsters)? Not trying to start a ruckus just want to know. Would it be possible to just autocross?

Toadman
02-22-2011, 09:09 AM
AWESOME!! :jump: I'm in! Already marked the calendar! Autobahn is a beautiful track!

Scott Parkhurst
02-22-2011, 10:15 AM
Pretty sure I'll make it to this one. Sounds like a good time!

tellyv
02-22-2011, 11:47 AM
Sounds great, what track layout will they run?

Van B
02-22-2011, 12:00 PM
Sounds great, what track layout will they run?

I believe it said they will run the north track.

tellyv
02-22-2011, 02:40 PM
Helps if you read the whole thing?

badbu68
02-22-2011, 03:05 PM
Do you need volunteers for this event? My car won't be able to make it but wouldn't mind helping out.

king427
02-22-2011, 03:54 PM
I'm in!

WallyFM3
02-22-2011, 03:57 PM
Do you need volunteers for this event? My car won't be able to make it but wouldn't mind helping out.
We are looking for volunteers for the event, thank you for offering. I will post more info. for volunteers soon.

WallyFM3
02-22-2011, 04:01 PM
And whats the rule on convertibles (or roadsters)? Not trying to start a ruckus just want to know. Would it be possible to just autocross?

The track requires all vehicles convertibles/roadster to have rollover protection for road course and autocross.

Van B
02-22-2011, 05:16 PM
When do you expect that registration will be open?

cmraman
02-22-2011, 05:21 PM
I am hoping to make it out with the Olds. May only autocross though.

WallyFM3
02-22-2011, 05:32 PM
When do you expect that registration will be open?
Registration will be open late March

RJ66
02-22-2011, 05:44 PM
I'm looking forward to driving at Autobahn, it's going to be a blast!

cmraman
02-22-2011, 06:23 PM
Hey Wally, will there be one fee only or are can you only pay for the events you run?

dontlifttoshift
02-23-2011, 06:46 AM
Thank you, Can I spectate or do I have to volunteer and wear a stupid yellow shirt? :D

WallyFM3
02-23-2011, 02:25 PM
Hey Wally, will there be one fee only or are can you only pay for the events you run?
There will be one fee, we cannot break out individual events, all are welcome participate in all the events or just the autocross, roadcourse, etc.

Bow Tie 67
02-23-2011, 02:26 PM
If my work schedule allows I'm in.

WallyFM3
02-23-2011, 02:28 PM
Thank you, Can I spectate or do I have to volunteer and wear a stupid yellow shirt? :D
Yellow shirts are cool! We appreciate all volunteers and invite any and all to wear the coveted yellow shirt, I will know more on Friday afternoon regarding spectators.

Van B
02-23-2011, 03:40 PM
If my work schedule allows I'm in.

C'mon, you can't miss this close to home.

Bow Tie 67
02-23-2011, 03:49 PM
C'mon, you can't miss this close to home.

Your right Jeff, I'll call in if I have to. :sick:

Derek69SS
02-23-2011, 04:01 PM
Sounds like fun... hope to make it in 2012. Unfortunately, I can't make it this year.

66SuperSport
02-23-2011, 06:16 PM
Thank you, Can I spectate or do I have to volunteer and wear a stupid yellow shirt? :D

Donny,

We have room for a couple of crew members, but we'll all be wearing our yellow shirts. Are you two in for team "staff" ???

Van B
02-23-2011, 08:16 PM
Donny,

We have room for a couple of crew members, but we'll all be wearing our yellow shirts. Are you two in for team "staff" ???

Is your car at the Roadster Shop? What are you having done?

dontlifttoshift
02-24-2011, 11:18 AM
Donny,

We have room for a couple of crew members, but we'll all be wearing our yellow shirts. Are you two in for team "staff" ???

I will stay home before wearing a yellow shirt again, now if they had black shirts we could make a deal. I may be driving the Erod chevelle for the weekend, good way to get some road course time.


Is your car at the Roadster Shop? What are you having done?

It's not Chris's car, its the one that was on the cover of that "how to make your musclecar handle" book, two different cars. ;-)

(Elmer Fudd voice) Be verwy, verwy, quiet.........

Jim Nilsen
02-24-2011, 04:36 PM
I am marking my calender for this.

I have wanted to get on the Autobahn track and this seems like the easy way!

protour73
02-25-2011, 05:26 AM
OMG!!! I am all over this one. Autobahn is a fantastic facility!!!. I attended a car show there last summer and got a couple laps on the North course. This place will make for a super spectacular event.......and it's 20 minutes from my house. The day off is already marked!!

The ultimate venue for the ultimate pro-touring.com get together!!!! :cool:

WallyFM3
03-02-2011, 05:56 AM
Yellow shirts are cool! We appreciate all volunteers and invite any and all to wear the coveted yellow shirt, I will know more on Friday afternoon regarding spectators.
All spectators are welcome at the event regardless of shirt color

WallyFM3
03-07-2011, 11:59 AM
The Heidts Performance Car Challenge team is excited to announce that the 2011 Heidts Performance Car Challenge, taking place at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL, will include a full-scale car show as an additional element to the event!

In today’s enthusiast market, the “show” is as important as the “go” and we want to make sure that everyone is represented. If you have a stunning showpiece or if you’d like to bring your ride and just spectate, you are welcome and invited to the Heidts Performance Car Challenge! We’ll judge the following classes:

Street Rod (pre 49)
Any domestic cars built prior to 1949.
Classic Custom (49-63)
Any domestic cars built between 1949 and 1963.
Muscle Car (64-74)
Any domestic cars built between 1964 and 1974.
Street Machine (75-95)
Any domestic cars built between 1975 and 1995.
Late Model (96-11)
Any domestic cars built between 1996 and present.
Classic Truck (pre 74)
Any domestic trucks built prior to 1974.
Muscle Truck (75-95)
Any domestic trucks built between 1975 and 1995.
Late Model truck (96-11)
Any domestic trucks built between 1996 and present.
Under Construction
Any unfinished project vehicle.
Best of Show
Winner takes home the “Big Trophy”and sponsor prize package

The HPCC Car Show is Saturday and Sunday, with judging both days. The Heidts Performance Car Challenge promises to be one of the biggest events of the summer – don’t miss it! Mark your calendar today for July 16-17, and visit www.heidtsperformancecarchallenge.com for more details.

wmhjr
03-09-2011, 08:42 AM
I've paid - just need to fill out the final forms!

Any word on what the host hotel is? I didn't notice anything on the registration site, etc.

Bow Tie 67
03-10-2011, 05:18 AM
Are there any meals included? Saturday Track time? Limit on number of cars? Contingency money? Spectator cost or free?

wmhjr
03-10-2011, 08:01 AM
Just talked to Rob at Heidts - there's more info coming.

And, at least there's one thing I can say I came in first at (the only thing). First entry!

clancj
03-11-2011, 08:54 PM
im going to make this one. the new trailer will see some travel this year. See you in July

tazzz25906112
03-11-2011, 10:31 PM
Your right Jeff, I'll call in if I have to. :sick:

You're Dam strait you'll call in LOL... ^5 I'll see you there pal....

protour73
03-13-2011, 06:48 AM
Here are the rules: http://www.heidts.com/heidts_performance_car_challenge_rules.html

Some Highlights -


Cost to enter the experience is $400. Entry includes one (1) vehicle, two (2) individuals, two (2) Friday BBQ tickets, two (2) Saturday dinner tickets and one (1) gift bag. The event will be limited to the first 80 registrations, after which a waiting list will be established.


Show-n-shine only entry fee is $25 and includes two (2) individuals and one (1) gift bag
:naughty:

Jim Nilsen
03-13-2011, 10:58 AM
I'll see everyone there, I wouldn't wait to enter because it will probably fill up fast.

Now I have the song from Kraftwerk in my head.

Auotobahn bahn bahn auto autobahn......

Mark -G-
03-15-2011, 04:47 PM
Hey Scott, Thanks for the quick reference for the event!

WallyFM3
03-29-2011, 06:46 AM
Registration is officially open for the Heidts Performance Car Challenge. This promises to be a great three day event July 15th - 17th. The schedule includes: Participant lunch, Road Rally, Road Course time trials, Autocross, Braking Challenge, Karting Enduro, Participant Awards Dinner, Car Show and Manufacturers Midway. This event is open to spectators! Any volunteers interested in helping with the event, please PM me.
Go to www.heidtsperformancecarchallenge.com to sign up!!!

RJ66
04-27-2011, 03:57 AM
Hi Everyone, I was just looking at the details of the Heidts event & I must say that in comparison to other events out there this is a great opportunity & deal! I have been to other events that have cost more than this & only had the track part, no lunch or dinner, no karting, etc. I haven't run at Autobahn but hear it's an awesome facility. I am also looking forward to some great compitition at the event from some great drivers & killer cars! I hope to see old friends & to meet new ones, so tell your buddies to get the cars uncovered, check those tire pressures, put on your driving shoes, & LET'S GO RACING!!!!! :6gears::revto9k:

SEE YA THERE!:cheers:

HeidtsSales
05-05-2011, 06:01 AM
We have many Great Sponsors for this event
Wilwood - Braking Challenge
Nitto - Autocross Sponsor
QA1 Motorsports - Road Rally Sponsor
Route 66 Motorsports - Car Show Sponsor
Carbon Kustoms - Karting Event Sponsor

This will be a great day for all people involved

mpozzi
05-09-2011, 05:10 PM
If I can get away from that pesky annoyance that pays the bills, i.e. work, I'm in. The Camaro will be at Columbus Good Guys the weekend before and if I can find a way to get it there and then home ... hmmm.

It's doable.

Cheers,
Mary Pozzi

WallyFM3
05-09-2011, 05:32 PM
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DISCOUNT
If you pre-register for the Heidts Performance Car Challenge before June 20th Heidts is offering a $40.00 discount off of the $395.00 entry fee. The entry fee for pre-registered participants is $355.00. If you plan on attending and would like to save $40.00 go to www.heidtsperformancecarchallenge.com and get signed up. If you have already registered, Heidts will be contacting you. We are looking forward to seeing you there!!!

Scott Parkhurst
05-11-2011, 07:53 AM
Took advantage of the early bird and we'll be there in the wagon. This is gonna be cool!

Mark -G-
06-01-2011, 02:16 PM
Ok, I orderd my roll bar and registered. Im in as long as I can get it all together! :smoke:
Anyone want to share how to change profile to show rides owned when posting, pics ect?

Cobra 498
06-11-2011, 10:44 AM
Watch out for the black #44 Corvette with the Boeing 747 wing running in exhibition with the all new Ridetech
3-way shocks. He will have the time to beat on the road course and autox if he runs the autox. HE will show what driver skill, downforce, and a great suspension can accomplish.

protour73
06-18-2011, 06:14 PM
OK......I couldn't wait any longer ............. I'M IN. Just ponied up the coin. I HAD TO!!!

mpozzi
06-18-2011, 07:41 PM
We are going to have fun, Scotty. Good to see you run with scissors ... Woo Hoo!!

Mary P.

Mark -G-
06-19-2011, 05:24 PM
More support for Scott!!! Way to go! Lots of fun in less than a month! :smoke:

Van B
06-19-2011, 06:15 PM
Finally got signed up. We'll see how last weekend's laps in the Spec Miata translate to the Camaro.

66SuperSport
06-19-2011, 06:36 PM
Watch out for the black #44 Corvette with the Boeing 747 wing running in exhibition with the all new Ridetech
3-way shocks. He will have the time to beat on the road course and autox if he runs the autox. HE will show what driver skill, downforce, and a great suspension can accomplish.

Jim was at the MotorState event and was running very well. Always good to have a rabbit to chase.

Van B
06-19-2011, 07:34 PM
How did the IRS work Chris?

Jim Nilsen
06-20-2011, 04:26 AM
Good to see you will be there Jeff. That Vette ran like stink!!!

There was a guy in a Miata who asked where the spectator parking was at and the 1st thing that came to mind was that he was a spec-Miata -tator,lol. You know you will have a lot more fun in the Camaro!!!!

bret
06-26-2011, 03:42 AM
Just signed up our second car. We're bringing the Mustang and the 48 Hour Camaro. Really looking forward to this one!

WallyFM3
06-26-2011, 06:40 AM
I am looking forward to seeing the 48hr Camaro run!!!

Mark -G-
06-28-2011, 06:44 PM
Ditto, shoot i'm looking forward to seeing it period! Missed it on HRPT 1st one missed in 11 years. Real hard driving it.....THE BEST!!! :smoke:

Bow Tie 67
06-29-2011, 03:46 AM
I'm in, representing the Street Fighters. :machine:

Van B
06-30-2011, 08:08 PM
Tried entering HPCC in the group code section as noted on the entry form on the online reservations site and it is not valid. Is there a special rate at the Holiday Inn?

WallyFM3
07-01-2011, 05:12 AM
If you call 815-729-2000 to make your reservation they will give you the group rate of $99 in the HPCC block of rooms.

WallyFM3
07-01-2011, 06:05 AM
The Heidts Performance Car Challenge is a five-element event open to all domestic vehicles. The event will be run on July 15th - 17th at Heidts Hot Rods and Muscle Car Parts and one of the Midwest’s premier road courses, Autobahn Country Club, in Joliet, IL. The five elements include road course, street driving, autocross, braking challenge and Karting Enduro. In addition to the driving events there will also be a car show July 16th and 17th.

July 15th 2011
Heidts Hot Rods and Muscle Car Parts
111 Kerry Lane
Wauconda, IL - 60084

3:00pm - Arrive at Heidts
4:00pm - 5:00pm Registration, facility tour, and participant lunch.
5:00pm - 5:30 pm Line up in front of Heidts for QA1 Cruise
6:00pm - 8:00pm QA1 Cruise from Heidts to Host Hotel - Joliet Holiday Inn and Conference Center
8:00pm - Holiday Inn parking lot - QA1 Trailer receive decal for completing Cruise

Joliet Holiday Inn Conference Center
411 South Larkin Ave.
Joliet, IL 60436

July 16th, 2011
Autobahn Country Club
3795 South Patterson Rd,
Joliet, IL 60436

7:00am - Arrive at track - gates open

7:00am - 9:00am - Registration and sign in

7:00am - 9:00am - Mandatory tech inspection (must register before tech)

8:00am - 8:20am - Drivers meeting

8:30am - 8:45am - Lead follow laps

9:00am - 12:00pm - Rt. 66 Car Show Registration

12:00pm - 4:00pm - Rt. 66 Car Show Judging


Session One
9:30am - 9:45am Heidts Road Course Challenge Group A
9:50am - 10:05am Heidts Road Course Challenge Group B
10:10am -10:25am Heidts Road Course Challenge Group C

Session Two
10:30am - 10:45am Heidts Road Course Challenge Group A
11:00am - 11:15am Heidts Road Course Challenge Group B
11:20am - 11:35am Heidts Road Course Challenge Group C

11:40am - 12:40pm Lunch break / Car Show Participant parade laps

Session Three
12:45pm - 1:00pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group A
1:05pm - 1:20pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group B
1:25pm - 1:40pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group C

Session Four
1:45pm - 2:00pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group A
2:05pm - 2:20pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group B
2:25pm - 2:40pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group C

2:45pm - 3:00pm Corner worker break

Session Five
3:05pm - 3:20pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group A
3:25pm - 3:40pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group B
3:45pm - 4:00pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group C



Session Six
4:05pm - 4:20pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group A
4:25pm - 4:40pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group B
4:45pm - 5:00pm Heidts Road Course Challenge Group C


5:15pm - 5:45pm Carbon Kustoms Karting Enduro drivers meeting and team selection
5:45pm - 6:45pm Carbon Kustoms Karting Enduro

7:15pm - Secure Track

July 17th, 2010
Autobahn Country Club
3795 South Patterson Rd,
Joliet, IL 60436

All participants arrive at track gates open 7:00am

7:00am - 9:00am - Registration and sign in and re-grouping
(Divide group C and add to groups A and B)

7:00am - 9:00am Mandatory tech inspection (must register before tech)

8:00am - 8:30am - Drivers meeting

8:30am - 8:45am - Autocross walk

9:00am - 12:00pm - Car Show Registration

12:00pm - 2:30pm - Car Show Judging


9:00am - 10:20am Wilwood Braking Challenge Group A
9:00am - 10:20am Nitto Autocross Challenge Group B
10:30am - 11:50am Nitto Autocross Challenge Group A
10:30am - 11:50am Wilwood Braking Challenge Group B

12:00 - 1:00pm Lunch break / Car Show Participant parade laps


1:00pm - 3:30pm Open track time on Nitto Autocross Challenge and Wilwood Braking Challenge

3:00pm Rt. 66 Car Show Awards Ceremony

3:40pm - 4:45 pm Strange Engineering Awards Banquet

5:00pm Secure track

Bow Tie 67
07-05-2011, 04:35 AM
Whats are the rules for passengers for each element of the event? age limits?

WallyFM3
07-05-2011, 06:33 AM
Whats are the rules for passengers for each element of the event? age limits?
Passengers must be at least 18 years of age, identified and registered before the competition begins and only one passenger may be in the vehicle during the event.

WallyFM3
07-05-2011, 06:34 AM
Passengers of all ages are allowed on the QA1 Cruise portion of the event

Chevrolaine
07-14-2011, 05:57 AM
Is the general public allowed to come and watch the autocross and mingle at the car show? Price??

WallyFM3
07-14-2011, 06:24 AM
The general public is welcome at the Heidts Performance Car Challenge both Saturday and Sunday, there is no charge to be a spectator.
Thank you,
Wally

RobLinke
07-14-2011, 04:53 PM
That's good to know, as it's been on my calendar to go and watch ever since I read about it. My car won't be finished for this one - but the Midwest Muscle Car Challenge in Sept. is a DEFINITE possibility!

I was thinking about starting a thread to see who was planning to go watch; I'm on my own on Sunday and would like to see the autocross event & tour the pits to see what I can learn that I can apply to my car as I am entering the final assembly phase of my '70 Chevelle project.

Rob

WallyFM3
07-14-2011, 05:06 PM
Rob,
I look forward to seeing you there, tell all of your friends to come out. Please start a thread, the more the merrier.
Thanks
Wally

Bow Tie 67
07-15-2011, 06:04 AM
Also bring a helmet. :)

WallyFM3
07-17-2011, 06:22 PM
Thank you to all of you who spent your weekend with us at the Heidts Performance Challenge!!!

protour73
07-18-2011, 06:07 AM
(I posted the the same comments on Lateral-G)

Thanks to Wally & Jimi for putting together a stellar event. FUN - SAFETY - PARTICPATION were the key words for the entire weekend. This was my first event of it's kind for me. I can say that it was very professionaly run by Jimi and Wally. Everything went off without a hitch. This was an innaugural event.....next year proves to be BIGGER & BETTER, you NEED to attend if you weren't there this year.

As Jim said above, if you didnt get enough track time it probably means you broke !!!

This event was way more than just track time. The Road Cruise from Heidt's facility in Wauconda back to the hotel in Joliet on Friday.

ALL DAY at the road course on Saturday......THEN, the 1 hour Karting enduro with random teams picked, which was a freaking riot!!!

The Start-Stop Challenge on Sunday, as well as an AWESOME autocross course, which had a crapload of tracktime available too!!!

Above all of the fun car stuff was the car PEOPLE, I met new friends like Scott & Scott from Minnesota ......... together we were Scott CUBED!! LOL
As well as many others ....... people I have talked to for years online and finally got to meet in person like Mary Pozzi. People you never met before in your life were ready to help you with your car, help you with your driving technique, or just generally shoot the sh*t.

A shout out to the "Buddah of the Bullhorn" - Chad!!!! This guy kept the whole show going with his track information announcements and humorous banter on the bullhorn.......quite the funny man!!!

Again, all in all an awesome freaking event, and for my first event of it's kind a weekend full of unforgettable moments.

Oh yea......my car proved it's worth to me, everything worked, NOTHING broke and I drove the snot out of it. A best Road Course time of 1:28 - compared to a best time of 1:09, and a best Autocross time of 37.5 - compared to a best time of 32.xx. I thought I did pretty good for a first track excursion for myself and the car.

Again thanks to Heidt's and all of the other many sponsors and Jimi and Wally ( and your whole team ) at FM3 Performance Marketing!!!!

James OLC
07-18-2011, 06:49 AM
Thanks to Wally, Jimi, Heidts, Autobahn Country Club, and the sponsors and volunteers who made this past weekend possible! The Heidts Performance Car Challenge was - by far - the best Pro-Touring event that I have had the pleasure of attending. The facility was second to none, the organization was excellent, and the execution was (as far as I could see) flawless. Everyone had a great time and it was really neat to see some of the people from the mid west who I hadn't met before.

Between the cruse(s), getting to the event, and the road course I think I put easily 350 miles on the car over the weekend - with almost 150 of those being on the track! (most of the rest were in generally crappy Chicago traffic and almost all of them were in 90+ degree heat but they were fun none the less). I think at the end of the day Sunday just about everybody had had their fill of the track and I am sure that nobody will look back on the weekend an think that they didn't have at the opportunity to run their car as much as they wanted.

The OLC worked great over the weekend - thanks in no small part to the new RideTech Triple Adjustable shocks (which I think we are getting very to having fully dialed in) and to our Baer 6R brakes (which saved my butt a couple of times). Stielow put on a clinic over the weekend on his way to the overall victory and it was great to see Mary win the invitation to the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational with her second place finish (you're welcome Mary :hand:). There were some great runs by everybody and (as always) it was really cool to see everybody beating on their cars despite the heat (and a touch of humidity).

Great job everybody - without a doubt see you next year!

Scott Parkhurst
07-18-2011, 07:31 AM
It was truly a great time. Amazing facility, and even better people made for a wonderful weekend. The wagon ran pretty good- we were sorting out some new stuff and amazingly, everything we did to make the car better actually worked! My wagon will never be an LS-powered F-body, but it's still a lot of fun. The people are the best and the combined power of Scott Cubed cannot be denied! LOL!

It was cool seeing old friends and making new ones, and it was great to finally get some hot laps in on a road course again (it's been a few years) but best of all to do so in the car I've been working on for so long.

Thanks to all who made this happen, and Protour73 Scott- look out for those pesky 1918 Dodges..

Toadman
07-18-2011, 07:32 AM
I'm pretty sure I overheard someone say, "It's the most fun I've had with my pants on!". HA! I totally agree! I loved all the dazed looks we got while crusing through downtown Wauconda! Huge thanks to everyone who organized the event!

...Is registration for next year open yet????

wmhjr
07-18-2011, 12:20 PM
For those that missed this event, you sure missed a great one. The organization was absolutely top notch! Things ran like a swiss watch (except for my car :) ) Jimi, Wally and the crew had everything down pat, the facilities were awesome, and there was more track time than you could handle. There was no waiting around, no confusion trying to figure out where you were supposed to go, no drama about anything that was going on. The only time there was even a hint of an issue was the rumor that the autox was for golf carts - but I gotta say, I'm sure not driving a golf cart and I thought it was a demanding but REALLY enjoyable course. The big red barge managed to get around it so all you guys driving those itty bitty little camaros should have NO reason to complain. :lmao: I think by the time we got a few laps everybody realized that the autox was great. The Kart racing was VERY cool - except for a few un-named individuals from a shop called RPM in Warrendale PA cheating the better teams out of what should have been an obvious win :)

Scott Parkhurst
07-18-2011, 01:17 PM
Are the results posted anywhere yet?

protour73
07-18-2011, 02:27 PM
Are the results posted anywhere yet?
yea......Wally? Jimi? Inquiring minds want to know!!
.
.
.Scott Cubed rules!!


...Is registration for next year open yet????
I'm second in line then!!

WallyFM3
07-18-2011, 03:46 PM
I'm pretty sure I overheard someone say, "It's the most fun I've had with my pants on!". HA! I totally agree! I loved all the dazed looks we got while crusing through downtown Wauconda! Huge thanks to everyone who organized the event!

...Is registration for next year open yet????

Thanks for being a part of the event Todd. We will post when registration opens for next year.

Jim Nilsen
07-18-2011, 03:48 PM
Wow what a weekend. I am still suffering from the adrenaline rush!

I had more time to put the Cormaro to the test and want to thank everyone who made the event the so smooth and the track time endless. The Cormaro actually ran out of brake pad on the right rear, never ever had rear pads go before fronts in my whole life which means the bias must be set as good as it gets because I never locked up a rear tire braking.

I want to thank everyone who came up and told me how good the car looked like it was handling, I never realized that it was as good as it is until Matt A went for a ride and made the comment that the lines I was able to take were way different because of the IRS. I was making the Kumho's cry for mercy by the end of the 3rd session in every corner and learned lines on the coarse that required no braking and speeds a lot faster than I put down in the 1st session.

The Parnelli Jones 2005 Mustang driven by Carl was the car I was chasing until he picked up the lines and his engine had the grunt to pull away from me, It is truly an amazing factory car and he should be proud of his driving skills too!

The autocross was tight and challenging and I am sure glad I had power steering or it would have been impossible without it compared to the Motorstate coarse. a 35.6 was a good time and the brake pad wear kept me from going out int he 2nd half, the steel on steel contact was getting louder. A new rotor may or may not be on my list, I have to look to see.

The stop challenge just wasn't in my hopes of trying compared to the cars with the bigger brakes but I went out and grond down the rotor for 3 runs at it. I am interested to see where I got babying it in the box.

All in all when you drive there and drive home it is a great weekend.

I still can't believe a model T can do so much carnage at such a slow speed and not hardly get a scratch, DAMN !!!

Thanks again to everyone.

WallyFM3
07-18-2011, 03:48 PM
Are the results posted anywhere yet?

Results will be posted this week at www.heidtsperformancecarchallenge.com I will post as soon as they are up

Toadman
07-18-2011, 04:07 PM
I still can't believe a model T can do so much carnage at such a slow speed and not hardly get a scratch, DAMN !!!

I wondered what happened to Scott's car! :hand: Where the heck did a Model T come from??? I didn't see one all weekend! (Although I did see more Corvettes than shoud be allowed to assemble in one place!)

Scott Parkhurst
07-18-2011, 05:26 PM
ohh

Scott LaPointe
07-18-2011, 06:44 PM
Awesome organization by Wally and Jimi, a first class facility,and great sponsors. I did not have a car there and I still had a crazy good time. As others have said, the PEOPLE really make these events fun. I am looking forward to next year already.

Bow Tie 67
07-19-2011, 03:36 AM
Smooth as silk, Wally and Jimmy Mucho Gracias. Thanks to all the event sponsors as well. I had a great time, meet some new friends, killed a few brain cells and a set of brake pads. I WILL be attending next year without a doubt. :)

Scott Parkhurst
07-19-2011, 05:41 AM
Results will be posted this week at www.heidtsperformancecarchallenge.com I will post as soon as they are up

FYI all- Results are up now! Thanks Jimi!

Bow Tie 67
07-19-2011, 06:52 AM
Are raw times available?

buickfunnycar.com
07-19-2011, 07:03 AM
Is your car OK Scottie...?

Van B
07-19-2011, 08:09 AM
Congrats to my buds Mark Greenisen and Matt Altamore for their outstanding 4th and 5th place overall finishes.

Scott Parkhurst
07-19-2011, 08:16 AM
Is your car OK Scottie...?

You're going to have to clarify which Scott you're talking to- there's a slew of us on here, and some of us even hang out together...LOL!

John Wright
07-19-2011, 08:47 AM
You're going to have to clarify which Scott you're talking to- there's a slew of us on here, and some of us even hang out together...LOL!

I think MCJ was asking about this
...."Protour73 Scott- look out for those pesky 1918 Dodges.."

Chevrolaine
07-19-2011, 09:42 AM
I think MCJ was asking about this

Yup, and from the pic I'm guessing no. :jawdrop::crying: That sucks.

HeidtsSales
07-19-2011, 01:33 PM
Racers and Participants:
Many thanks for participating in the inaugural Heidts Performance Car Challenge and for helping to make it the success it was. I trust a good time was had by all. On behalf of all of us at Heidts and our sponsors, we sincerely appreciate the positive feedback on the forums regarding the event. It was certainly fun watching all of you participate in all of the events that were planned for you.

Whether it was the great questions poised to our production team during plant tour, the shock and awe from the pedestrians as you passed through downtown Wauconda, watching many of you race 80+ miles over the two days and of course, Chad Reynolds keeping us informed, entertained and moving all weekend long, it was a pleasure to have you be part of our event. Other highlights included watching Randy Johnson working night and day, everyone surviving the go-carts, the Autobahn staff trying to clean the track after the WilStop event, letting an Autobahn member’s Porsche on the AutoCross course (which was an awakening for him) and the remarkable times and performances turned in by all of you, especially Mark and Mary.

Our plans are to make next year’s Heidts Performance Car Challenge at Autobahn even bigger and better. We are currently registering racers on the waiting list for next year’s event on the heidtsperformancecarchallenge.com website, as we confirm the date for the 2012 event (likely unchanged or September). Also, be SURE to invite your friends and fellow drivers to sign up for next year's event – judging from the number of first-time competitors at this year's event, there is plenty of interest in these types of events...but we need your help in spreading the word.

Again, we appreciate your support and are committed to grow this event to be one of the best driving experiences for our racers and participants. If you have any additional feedback about this event, or things you'd like have as part of the event in the future, please don't hesitate to let us know. See you next year!

Wal Leyshon
President/CEO
wallace@heidts.com (wallace@heidts.com)
Heidts Automotive
www.heidts.com (http://www.heidts.com/)

dunnjun
07-19-2011, 05:50 PM
Wow what an event! Thanks to all the sponsors, Jimi and Wally and their crew, and the guys from the Autobahn facility, for a great weekend! The road track was the most fun of any track I've run on. I would of love to have ridden with Steilow to see what 6 seconds a lap faster felt like. It was awesome to see some of the big names, Mary, Mark, and James, thundering around the tracks. They definitely haul a**. Matt, Jim, Vaughn, and I beat the crap out our cars in the B class. I don't think any of us had any brakes left at the end of the day. I know mine were smokin after a day on the big track, some serious autox, and about 10 speed stops. Anyway, thanks to all for a great time, and a extra thanks to Jim for helping me get some cone damage fixed, so I could get back to memphis. I'm definitely in for next year, but somebody has to tech those model Ts.:pat: Chad ur the man!

buickfunnycar.com
07-20-2011, 07:10 AM
I think MCJ was asking about this

Yes I was...why was a 1918 Dodge even on course????

Van B
07-20-2011, 07:15 AM
One of the members cruising around the access roads on the track property. Probably keeps it at one of the many shops at the track.

HeidtsSales
07-20-2011, 07:52 AM
Thanks again to everyone that ran last weekend.

Results are posted on the site www.heidtsperformancecarchallenge.com (http://www.heidtsperformancecarchallenge.com/2011_PerformanceCarChallenge/info.asp)
under the "Results" Tab. I have set up a download of the complete data also. If anyone needs anything else please feel free to contact me rob@heidts.com

Thanks to all for a great event
Rob

Stielow
07-20-2011, 08:04 AM
I would like to congratulate Mary Pozzi on her winning the invite to the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational. It was a fun weekend at the Heidts Performance Car Shootout. I had fun hanging out with old friends and meeting some new ones. I was impressed at this track event by the lack of drama. I’ve done a number of these track events and usually someone over does it and has a big off. I think our community has gotten much better at track events both as competitors and planners. This deal went seamless. It ran on time with no issues.

There were a number of cars that were running fast and getting quicker with each session. It appears the quality of the cars, preparation of the cars and driving skill are on the rise.

To Jimi and FM3 staff, it was a well run event thanks! To all the competitors I hope to see you at another event.

Now I need to go practice my AutoX skills if I’m going to get closer to Mary.

Stielow

Badger
07-28-2011, 01:10 PM
Sorry I'm a bit late to shoot some feedback, but I was in the middle of a two week vacation with the kids when I took time to come run the event. I'm certainly glad I did!! Many thanks to Heidts and FM3 for putting on one of the best events I've ever attended!! I will be looking forward to attending next year's event as well. Well run, well organized and what a facility to compete at!!

Great meeting everyone and congrats to Mary on her invite to the OUSCI!!

Dan

Van B
07-28-2011, 05:23 PM
It was good to meet you Dan! Now keep that GPS suctioned to your windshield. lol

Badger
07-29-2011, 08:37 AM
It was good to meet you Dan! Now keep that GPS suctioned to your windshield. lol

That was weird and funny!! Great meeting you!

Mark -G-
07-31-2011, 08:21 AM
Greetings Pro-Touring community.

Ill try to keep this one shorter. :seizure: . This event had all the laps you could handle, all the clutch you could burn, all the tire smoke you could make, all the brakes you could turn to dust which equals all the fun you can have in a vehicle with your clothes on.

The FM3 crew delivers on all accounts of an event. You can read this in others posts. The problem solving in motion impresses me. All of the participants already know this is an event we should keep running with all of the aspects, sponsors and organizers involved. Heidts, Wilwood, FM3...Be sure to check the site there are more.

Thanks again to all.

ps Reliving the push trying to get my fastest lap and spinning out in turn 6 at speed, (a learning curve), Challenger on my bumper, faster deeper, WOW. When is the next FM3 event...I need a smoke...lol. :smoke: