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Old 6th October 2004
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Default Ultimate Saab Day, Nov 28th Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds

See www.ultimatesaabday.com for details of this exciting new event.

Happy Saabing!
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Looks like it might be fun!
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Old 29th October 2004
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The USD website has now been updated with the itinerary and groupings and the Forum is now on-line, hopefully this will give everyone a quicker and easier way to share information and discuss details about the USD.

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Old 29th October 2004
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wow.... nice event.

I look forward to seeing some results and pictures.
This truly is an event that makes me want to tune my SAAB up more.
Very intrigued to find out how the traction and handling of an 'improved' c900 compares to the newer floorpan designs.

and, Richards 99T with its factory fresh suspension components.
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Love to go to this, looks great but my sprog will be being dropped about this date :-?
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Old 28th November 2004
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Lookig forward to a great day. See you all later folks 8)
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Full report please!

I was supposed to be going, but a combination of things has conspired against me (working last night, working tomorrow morning, this is my first day off that coincides with Mrs.FTB for weeks, lack of money (50 quid in petrol), and the fact I collected some points for my license last night )

Hope there are some good pics & vids from the day...

Anybody got some work for a good freelance horn player who also knows a bit about cars & IT? ops:
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Full report: my arms hurt!

Havn't seen my logs yet, but I think the max speed was ~111 for me. I'm 99% certain it has the wrong gearbox on as redline in top is supposed to be 123ish. But then is the rev counter accurate?

My car is now absolutely filthy, almost out of petrol (after using over a tank and a half for 375 round trip including at least 12 laps. But what fun!

Sadly a couple of car casualties. I was really looking forward to seeing the F900 in cation, but alas it wasn;t to be And something's a bit amiss with Danny's NG900 (or was it a 9-3? I never actually saw the badges and I'm not too savvy with these new-fangled cars!). A swallowed lump of spark plug appears to have posibly damaged a valve. Hopefully not too serious though! And a shame Zars didn't make it as well.

A few of us were worried about the noise our cars were making, but then they fired up the Comet they have there (although a few of us thought Ylee had hit some special button or something!) and that eclipsed anything we were making!
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Old 28th November 2004
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Alas the almost new turbo on F900 lunched itself - for no reason at all, one second I had 1.4bar at somewhere near 6000rpm storming down the straigh a treat, the next nothing, no boost at all No nasty noises or smoke before hand - just stopped. Compressor wheel totaly jammed in the housing

Should have the logs up and ready for viewing by end of play tomorrow.

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A great day, despite the cold and relentless rain I'm still wringing the rain water out of my socks Unfortunately my camera stayed in pocket for much of the day, and I've not got any sufficiently interesting pictures to post!

Already looking forward to next year's event Many thanks to Matt and all the other organisers 8)

Thanks to Mark for inviting me to drive his 9000 Carlsson on the track, and humble apologies for spinning it due to my crap driving ops: ops:

Also thanks to Richard for a few manic laps as passenger in his 99T 8)
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I've got some good vid of "off the clock" in a 99 Turbo and Ylee's 9000 It'll be up shortly, along with the data logs.

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Did my spin come out? I'd love to actually see what happened!

I have two humble offerings to start things off. My hands were too cold to take any more!

Two rubbish ones to get things going



And Ylee's patented bonnet retention mechanism. Soon to be miniaturised so suitable for wipers?

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Matt,

Humble apologies for my non-attendance - bad weekend, it was all too much in the end!

Martin. (NiceCupOfTea / Fliptopbin)
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Horrendous trip back up North with badly airlocked brakes but made it okay and lo and behold brakes are a lot better.
Big thanks to Matt for organising it, no thanks to the weather man though!!
Constantly saw 145+ on the back staight, couldn't see much out of the windscreen as the wipers didn't have the power to go back down at 145!! Guess the braking point from flat out to the sharp right hander, the marker was submerged!
Big kudos the the new Toyo Proxy T1R's even crossing over rivers on the back straight flat out they didn't lose grip, 4 wheel drifts on some of the fast bends with WOT all very controllable...and I thought when Matthew had the back end step out it nearly came back in but the spin was quite spectacular all credit and balls to Matthew who kept the pedal constantly to the floor and hit over 140 in a car he had never driven before, never mind in anger and in torrentual conditions....and then he asks me to tell him when to brake at the end of the back straight, as if I could see the end of the straight better than him
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Old 28th November 2004
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Maybe I should stock up for next year?

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Old 29th November 2004
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Bargain!
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Eric, I attempted to read your post on the Saabnet Performance BB and it was removed before I could read it. There was also a post about the 79-80 dual vent hoods for the classic 900s that disappeared.

Any idea what made Scott P. delete these posts?

Anyways, Eric, please re-post here.

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Old 3rd December 2004
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No idea mate...

Anyways, here go the preliminary results of the day:

Eric Van Spelde- Max Speed=142.3, Max Lateral G- 0.87 (Moist Track)
Dave Reynolds- Max Speed=144.52, Max Lateral G- 0.75 (Very Wet Track)
Ylee Coyote - Max Speed = 153.2, Max Lateral G - 0.47 (Very Wet Track)
Andy Aero - Max Speed = 151.54, Max Lateral G - 0.54 (Wet Track)
Ian Billet - Max Speed = 137.55, Max Lateral G - 0.51 (Wet Track)
Nutcase - Max Speed = 113.01, Max Lateral G - 0.61 (Wet Track)

Please note, that my car was driven by Noble works driver Dave Basely, who sadly had to leave early which meant he couldn't play 'Stig' for other entrants would they have wished so. Also, Dave Reynolds is a TVR Tasmin Challenge contestant, which might indicate he's a bit handy at the wheel too .

Conditions ranged from wet ('moist' is a bit of an understatement) in the morning to heavy rain showers with big puddles of standing water early afternoon.

In the meantime Nutcase found higher lateral g peaks for several cars on the datalogs that are online so far (although not as high as Saabine's or Dave Reynolds' 9000 Aero's scores). So we'll have to wait a bit more for definite results.

Eric

PS Anyone thinking of entering their car c.q. spectating at next year's event, please see our forum at www.ultimatesaabday.com (hope this is OK with the moderators). We're discussing plans for 2005 and the more input, the better.
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Old 4th December 2004
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The video of the day is up. 35Mb download.

http://www.mfaulks.f2s.com/USD.wmv

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