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June 24, 2008

JCNA Slalom in Vancouver BC

Filed under: Cars — chuck goolsbee @ 9:39 pm

Above: Bruce Cox’s freshly painted S2 on the slalom course.

This past weekend I attended the Canadian XK Register’s first Slalom of the season in Surrey. Had a blast and turned a personal best time around the course.

Earlier last week I received a phone call out of the blue while I was at work. It was a reader of this very website who lives in the UK by the name of Nimal Jayaratna. He owns a 1961 E-type OTS and found my website via some Jaguar links. He was visiting Seattle on business and figured he’d try to contact me to chat about Jaguars. I went one better and said “come on up to my house this weekend and we’ll do something fun!”

I dragged him up to Vancouver in the 65E to see the JCNA slalom event. I think Nimal had a good time. 🙂

Bruce Cox from Burnaby was there. He recently completed a DIY paint job on his Series 2 E-type, and it looks fantastic. Awesome job Bruce! (Are you available for hire?) 😉

I didn’t have my son Nick there to help me out on the course (Nick reminds me of the course layout while we’re underway… very helpful!) but I still did pretty good. I did my first run at a lope just to get the feel for the course… and somehow managed to clip a cone. I didn’t even note my time. The subsequent runs were better as the day went on. Here are the results in seconds:

47.041, 46.740, 46.788, 46.399

My previous personal best was 47.4 so I’m very happy with the results.

Practice makes perfect, and after the official timed runs I told Nimal to grab a helmet and climb in. We took two more runs and of course, since the pressure was off we ran it in 46.182 & 46.035! Whoo hoo!

Here are some pics from the fun runs:

The car was a tad “understeery” in its feel, which I found odd. I’ll have to look into that and report back.

4 Comments

  1. way to go Chuck – so how is that time compared to fastest E-types on that course round country then?

    Jerome

    Comment by gondwana — June 24, 2008 @ 10:44 pm

  2. Thanks. You can see the results for all of North America here. I used to be in Class D, but now they’ve moved me into SPL. The season just began, so not a lot of results up there yet.

    Comment by chuck goolsbee — June 24, 2008 @ 11:08 pm

  3. Re: understeer. Tires, or tire pressure?

    Comment by Dan O'Donnell — June 25, 2008 @ 5:38 am

  4. Yes Dan, I think so.

    I borrowed a tank of compressed air (with a broken gauge) and a very wonky pocket gauge on-site. I’m going to set aside some time soon to play with the car in a parking lot at various (known!) tire pressures. I’ll report what I learn.

    The car USUALLY has a nice, controllable, very slight oversteer. E-type drivers always loving refer to the “throttle steering” of the car – you can generally do the “slow in/fast out” in a tight corner with just throttle application. I had the “slow in” part working fine, but as I applied throttle on the exit it just plowed and understeered more. Mind you I’m talking very small amounts at relatively slow speeds here (10-15-MPH.) It is even a tad apparent in that last photo.

    –chuck

    Comment by chuck goolsbee — June 25, 2008 @ 6:31 am

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