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Old 05-25-2017, 06:50 PM   #5061
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Here are a couple of videos. One is for a project I did for my kids' school -- a 'pit' for a dodgeball type game which kids seem to really love, and I had never heard about.



https://youtu.be/43mlcMWFy5A

The other was made by an Australian who came to visit Los Angeles and came along with me for a track day at Willow Springs.



https://youtu.be/qdPrLzG64r0

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Old 05-25-2017, 07:02 PM   #5062
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That's got to be the nicest gaga pit I've seen yet. I like how the panel ends are hidden to prevent splinters. If it weren't for the fact that gaga is one of my kids favorite sports, I too would know nothing about it.
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Old 05-25-2017, 11:35 PM   #5063
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They just come up as pictures for me, not videos. And I like to see your videos.

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Old 05-25-2017, 11:37 PM   #5064
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That's odd. They work for me. But now I've added a straightforward link underneath each one.
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Old 05-26-2017, 12:46 AM   #5065
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Thanks Jack. The links worked. Maybe a phone thing versus a computer.

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Old 05-26-2017, 04:18 PM   #5066
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I love the gaga pit/fight club arena!
I thought the halcyon days of dodgeball were gone, so many schools have outlawed any kind of physical fun.
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Old 05-26-2017, 04:50 PM   #5067
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Jack of All Trades, putting those two videos next to each other is a good idea.

I've seen your car as art before, but it was fun to see it as a go-fast tool in action.
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Old 05-27-2017, 03:08 AM   #5068
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That's odd. They work for me. But now I've added a straightforward link underneath each one.
Thanks Jack , enjoyed the Porsche being taken for a "walk" ! Thanks also for taking a fellow Aussie on the track. I could tell you were embarrassed in the final moments of the video , but , hey , it's true you are awesome ! ( err... too much ? ) .... nah !

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Old 06-16-2017, 05:15 AM   #5069
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Old 06-16-2017, 07:26 AM   #5070
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Great videos, and thanks for taking a fellow Aussie out on the track. Nice work as always Jack.
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Old 06-16-2017, 11:07 AM   #5071
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[QUOTE=Jack Olsen;6524872]Here are a couple of videos. One is for a project I did for my kids' school -- a 'pit' for a dodgeball type game which kids seem to really love, and I had never heard about.



https://youtu.be/43mlcMWFy5A


The first rule about fight club is WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT FIGHT CLUB!

I had no idea this was a thing. They still have regular old dodge ball here with the soft foam balls not the rubber kind.

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Old 06-17-2017, 03:35 PM   #5072
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:19 PM   #5073
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In front of me, there's a sea of brightly-colored Porsches – all the latest 2017 models – about 80 in total. The majority are 911s and Caymans. And I don't think they keep any of the base models here at all -- so the most mild 911 in the group is the 420-hp Carrera S. And it goes up from there, to the Turbo S and GT3RS models. There are Boxsters and Caymans from the S models up to the GT4.

And at this point, I've been driving them for HOURS. And it's not parading around city streets – I've been on the seven ‘modules' of the Porsche Experience Center all day today and for the better part of five days. I came in thinking that learning this stuff would be pretty simple, since I've been driving and racing on road courses for 17 years. But this isn't like any race track. There's a high-speed 'handling circuit,' sure, but then there are also several low-friction modules where the car's tires break away from the pavement at much lower speeds than even on wet asphalt. In fact, they've got the most-slippery friction circle I've ever been on (polished concrete, smooth epoxy, and then a layer of water), there's an 'ice hill' where the same smooth surface is set on a 7-degree incline (with a hairpin turn at the end!), and there's also one of just two 'kick plate modules' in North America, where a hydraulically-activated plate sends you into a spin the instant you drive over it – and it's up to you (again on the wet, epoxy-coated concrete) to countersteer quickly enough to recover as you slide along on the what could also be described as a huge slip-and-slide for cars.

There's a low-friction handling circuit which is like one of those powdered slick-tracks for go-karts – except this one is for cars. As you get more comfortable on it, you can connect the corners with the rear end out and the tires spinning.

Driving as long as I have, I never imagined I had so much to learn. But the first thing I came face to face with here was the fact that I had done all of my driving education in a fairly narrow groove. I'm pretty good on a road course, especially Willow Springs. But I was an absolute neophyte when it came to drifting an all-wheel-drive 911 in a circle (with the wheels pointed right to the center of that circle? What?).

How did I get here? It was an odd series of events that led up to it, but the short answer is that it's a new, part-time job. No, I'm not leaving writing. But one or two days a week you might find me here -- instructing, coaching – guiding people around the handling circuit, through insane, launch-controlled attacks on the 3/4-mile straight, and learning to manage oversteer like Vin Diesel's stunt double.

The training part of it was an incredible amount of fun. Being back at the keyboard now, it kind of feels like a dream. But it's a real place – and the activity there just never stops. It's awesome.

(I may get in trouble for editing together a video to show you the facility, so this might disappear if Porsche or the music's copyright owner tells me to take it down. Lettuce Creative shot many of the cool overhead drone shots.)



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Old 07-01-2017, 06:31 PM   #5074
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:37 PM   #5075
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I was retired, but then they opened this road course real close to home. It has the steepest vertical grade of any road course in North America. There is 510' of overall elevation change. It is like a roller coaster. I'm now on staff as a consultant. Palmer Motorsports Park, Palmer MA.

It is my new home away from home. And yes, I became a member as well.

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Old 07-01-2017, 06:42 PM   #5076
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I think this qualifies for a "you suck."
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:55 PM   #5077
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You DO know that it's illegal to have a job that you actually like, don't you?
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Old 07-01-2017, 07:48 PM   #5078
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In front of me, there's a sea of brightly-colored Porsches all the latest 2017 models about 80 in total. The majority are 911s and Caymans. And I don't think they keep any of the base models here at all -- so the most mild 911 in the group is the 420-hp Carrera S. And it goes up from there, to the Turbo S and GT3RS models. There are Boxsters and Caymans from the S models up to the GT4.
Very cool. I don't suppose they'll let you take a spin in any of those historic race cars, will they? It would be fun to try out that 917.
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:08 PM   #5079
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It seems you're working yourself too hard.
I know you're just doing it for your family with no regard for yourself.

Just don't overdo it.
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Old 07-01-2017, 08:09 PM   #5080
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That's awesome If Porsche gives you static have them call me i'll fix that
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