Weekend Race Starts, Part One

Just putting this out there for everyone’s amusement… This is me starting the Saturday race and making up three positions in the first lap and a half. This camera mount was a bit ad-hoc, but it accurately conveys the low visibility I had during the race. In fact, it got much worse than that later on.

20 Replies to “Weekend Race Starts, Part One”

  1. ScottS

    That was some good driving. Just one word of advice: Rain-X. I’ve driven at VIR is similar conditions and with the windows properly treated the wipers are optional.

  2. JustPassinThru

    Why only one wiper? Seems to me that if there’s one place the added visibility through the right-side of the glass would REALLY count, would be in a competitive race.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I wish I knew. It was how the previous owner set up the car. I might have to take it back to stock.

      • JustPassinThru

        The second pivot and linkage arm should only weigh a pound or so.

        If you, or the PO, are/were worried about the aerodynamic interference of the second wiper…it’s a simple matter to remove it on race days that are dry. And it’s 90 seconds to bolt it back down, with a ratchet wrench. Quicker than changing a tire; less time than fueling.

  3. Danny

    Are you having just as much fun as you would have in a rwd car? I would find it very tempting to recreate the JACCS livery of the 5th gen Accord race car on yours..

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I put the camera on 10m before the race, on the only cage tube that was small enough for the mount.

        • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

          Normally I don’t run video in the car because I don’t want the stewards reviewing what I’m doing.

          Last weekend they told me I had to have video or I wouldn’t be allowed to run.

          So what you saw is the product of my GoPro 5 and the BMX handlebar mount that normally sits on my son’s bike.

          • Eric H

            I suppose that’s to quell the he said/she said arguments over contact.
            We run video so we can ridicule each other over bad driving.

  4. Mark D. Stroyer

    Rain-X for the exterior is also highly recommended by me, due to the period where the wiper on my car stopped working.

    Rain-X for the Interior fogging is something I’ve also used. There’s a chance I just don’t know how to use it right. But in my experience it’s a waste of time.

  5. -Nate

    (watches video with the sound on)


    I thought slamming down the ring road outside of Boston on bias ply tires in the rain was bad……

    That’s way too much fun/stress for me Jack .

    Once you get dialed in on Rain-X you’ll never be without it .



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