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Palm Bay Autocross Practice Report

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7 Cobras, one Bullitt, one chase car rockin' north on I-95 yesterday to Palm Bay for an autocross practice. Early morning, cool temps (that would change), droolers in all the cars we past.

Stopped for breakfast at the IHOP in Palm Bay. The car lot became an impromptu car show. A nice old gent asked where we were going and I told him (more on that later).

I had never been to one of these before. Sun got hot, but what a neat time. Sponsering group were super nice, laid on a nice lunch, drinks etc. Hell, even the Port-a-pottie was clean.

Happy to say that the best time of the day belonged to one of the Cobras.

Lots of passers-by came awatchin'. The old dude from the IHOP showed up with an album. Seems he went home to get it. Said he did not want to get into the "I had one once" stories without proof. Turns out he had owned two slab sides and a 500GT. There were old faded pictures. Neat! I guess somebody should have given him a ride but after spending about an hour watching, he dissapeared as quickly as he had come. Ghosts of 289's past.

Typically, S. Florida, after baking us all day, the rains cometh. My rider and I went through about 6 wash, rinse and dry cycles on the 100+ mile trip home.

Well, just thought I'd share.

Frank n Sons.
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Inman's rear setup uses adjustable uppers with a Heim joint at one end and factory bushings at the other, afermarket lowers with hard single durometer poly bushings and stock Mustang springs with custom valved shocks. 600lb coil-overs with the stock pro-shocks up front. No bars. He's got me convinced that he could beat me on a lawn mower.

I totally agree on the tires. R303s are much faster relative to Victoracers or A032Rs on my race setup than they ever were on the street setup. Almost makes the cost acceptable. Anyone tried a true slick out there? I've got a line on some Eagle scrubs, but I'm almost afraid to try them. With drugs, soft is supposed to lead to hard. Racing tires are the other way around, and damn near as expensive.
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