Live thread: An insider look at a GRM track test

Colin
By Colin Wood
Jul 28, 2023 | FIRM, Track Test, Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park, V6 Miata

Photography Credit: Tom Suddard

Have any exciting Friday plans? Us? Oh we’re making the short trek out to the official test track Grassroots Motorsports, the Florida International Rally & Motorsport Park.

[How we track test cars and what the numbers mean]

We’ll be bringing our LFX V6-swapped Mazda Miata–as well as one or two other rides we don’t want to spoil just yet.

Follow this thread for live updates from our track test and feel free post any comments or questions you may have.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/27/23 4:55 p.m.

The M3 is pretty much ready: lugs torqued, oil and tire pressures checked. The car recently got an oil change, so the sump is full of fresh Red Line. 

I’ll wipe down the car this evening so it looks all pretty. 

While driving it earlier today, though, I thought I heard a rattle from the rear. 

Found it. (Found the missing wrench, too.)

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/27/23 4:57 p.m.

And more gear to prep: cameras.

I charge batteries whenever I return from a shoot, but still throw them on the charger before heading out again. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
7/27/23 5:02 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

And more gear to prep: cameras.

I charge batteries whenever I return from a shoot, but still throw them on the charger before heading out again. 

I feel neurotic sometimes about charging batteries. Even if the event isn't for another couple of weeks, I feel the need to start charging batteries.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
7/27/23 5:09 p.m.

I'm doing laundry because I accidentally left my balaclava in my gear bag for like six weeks and it smelled like hobo taint. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
7/27/23 10:35 p.m.

I just finished loading up the truck--data gear, stay alive in the sun gear, and keep the cars alive gear. No photos until morning, because it's dark out! I'll load the car tomorrow, too, since it's supposed to rain overnight.

The other car has been safely delivered to Chris, who will drive it over in the morning. Still haven't figured out how to drive two cars at once. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
7/28/23 7:27 a.m.


 

Time to make the donuts. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/28/23 7:28 a.m.

I forgot to live blog my breakfast–coconut yogurt with some granola–but time to walk out to the car and then head on out.

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
7/28/23 9:03 a.m.

Good morning from the track! Time to get camera gear unloaded and ready to shoot. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/28/23 9:34 a.m.

Made it. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
7/28/23 9:39 a.m.

Good to see that everyone made it.

Have fun storming the castle!

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