(Last) Weekly Roundup: Blowing By The Bimmers Edition

Sorry for the lack of updates around here. I spent two days last week on a backroads trip with a former R&T colleague and then headed immediately to Mid-Ohio where I had two wins in Honda Challenge and set a new track record. Honestly compels me to admit that I had no proper Honda-powered competition in class; the five cars that challenged me last month at NCM were apparently discouraged by my 27-second margin of victory. Which led to the situation you see here, where I was placed at the back of several different BMW race groups and had to work my way up to some clear air. It was really fun. I have no complaints.

Last week was pretty light in terms of contributions. Here they are…

At TTAC, I answered a question posed by someone who, like me, takes Accords very seriously.

For R&T, I discussed the ZR1 Nurburgring times, which are apparently very disappointing.

That’s it — and this will be another relatively light week. Normal service should resume in seven or eight days, but in the meantime we will have some new and interesting content right here at Riverside Green. As always, thanks for reading!

20 Replies to “(Last) Weekly Roundup: Blowing By The Bimmers Edition”

  1. Danny

    Jack, I was at Mid-Ohio Saturday, I must have just missed you. I got to ride shotgun in the 4 rotor RX-7 for a 1:33 lap time, definitely the most excitement I’ve ever had in a passenger seat..

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      The yellow GT3 with whom he was competing is an old pal of mine from the street racing days. Those guys are pushing the limit… I had a 1:39 in the Accord on Saturday and that seemed rapid enough to me!

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      • Danny

        1:39 is really cooking in that Accord! The grip levels in the RX-7 were astonishing – my first experience in a car with down force.. that car is currently making 420 whp (limited due to a certain series he was racing last year) but has previously made 610 whp on the dyno, quite a car. Logan (the driver) has been pushing me to try road racing in my own RX-7, after last weekend I really feel motivated to give it a go..

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        • Danny

          Also Jack, can we hear some stories about the street racing days? I’ve heard some interesting tales about highway racing outside Columbus years ago..

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  2. stingray65

    Jack – your impressive moves through the field of BMWs in a “lowly” FWD Honda and your article about the “slow” N-Ring lap of the Corvette bring to mind a question for you. What portion of a fast time around the track (for a relatively street stock car) is based on the inherent design of the car versus the skill and resources of the crew is setting up the car within the rules of the class, versus the skill of the driver? In other words, if you had switched with one of the faster driven BMWs you passed on the track, would the other guy in your Honda be able to pass you driving in the BMW?

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Virtually all of those Bimmers passed me back later on in the race. In fact the white M4 LAPPED ME. He was running 7 or 8 seconds a lap faster.

      The NASA ladder creates a lot of very fast drivers in very fast cars who can’t battle wheel to wheel. So I pass everybody at the start and then they come back once the pack opens up and they can just drive around me on the back straight.

      I would say there is a 3-second gap between the average club racer and the best pros in World Challenge or Conti Tire.

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    • dejal

      Thanks for asking that question. I was wondering the same thing. At least at that point in time in the video Jack had a bunch of POed competitors.

      They must have been thinking “WTF? A Honda?”.

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  3. tyates

    Dear Jack, I live in Sunnydale, CA over a centuries-old gateway to Hell and have been offered anything in exchange for serving the forces of darkness for all eternity. Should I get the Accord Sport or the Accord Touring?

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  4. Eric H

    Well, we had our first race of the year.
    Saturday:
    Engine blew on the first lap of qualifying.
    Five or so hours later we were back on the track with a ‘fresh’ junkyard motor which was badly down on power.
    An hour later a front CV went. Swapped with a spare, back on track in 20 or so minutes.
    Took the checkered flag.

    Sunday:
    No mechanical issues whatsoever except the junkyard motor was leaking oil something fierce.
    Low power issues slowly fixed themselves as the motor’s rings freed up and the carbon was blown out.
    Took the checkered flag.

    We think the motor was done in by block damage by freezing over the winter.

    Looks like you had a much better weekend then we did.

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  5. DeadWeight

    Jack and I have had are past strong agreements and disputes, as we are both fiercely independent, IMO, but I believe it it beyond hilarious that he’s kicking added and taking names while besting Ultimate Driving Machines in his wrong-wheel-drive Accord V6 6MT.

    And I also contend that lesser men/people would never bother to throw down on a track on race day filled with mainly BMWs upgraded from stock spec, which speaks to the endearing and ballsy side of Jack.

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    • tyates

      Yep that was fun to watch. Well, the way I see it, while we all enjoy teasing a certain author about their affection for a certain car that used to come with shag carpeting, I have to admit I’ve actually been excited to read reviews of Honda’s latest since they seem to be getting their mojo back; maybe their situation will be comparable to Apple in 2001 or Intel in 2009.

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  6. safe as milk

    don’t know d*ck about racing but that was fun to watch. i enjoyed the back seat camera angle better than the usual dashcam view. if you raise the gopro about 6 inches, it would be even better.

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  7. scs

    Wait, you passed several cars that had Very Large Rear Wings. How is that even possible?

    BTW, thumbs out, dude.

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    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      Yeah… I know better but I’m taking a minute to adjust to the new wheel in the new car. I’ve sprained a thumb before too.

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