SMokeys stadium

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Post by Party_kid » Sat Sep 03, 2005 9:52 am

I used to shit around up there by myself, but this would be a cool lot. Pleanty of parking, and a nice lot on the interstate side. Pretty cool IMO. What do you guys think?

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Post by John Brown » Sat Sep 03, 2005 10:26 am

Let me guess...your new to the club...right? :wink: :wink:

We have used the lot for about 3 years...but have not this year due to re paving and a mid course elevation drop....

We will be back up there next year maybe.
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Post by Party_kid » Sat Sep 03, 2005 10:18 pm

yea, I am, lol. The newbism to ETR shows. I used to auto x at SCr

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Post by gbwrx » Mon Oct 31, 2005 8:31 pm

I miss that lot the mostest.
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Post by Crash477 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:08 am

So you guys said we can get this lot again, just the surface isnt great?
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Post by MARKP » Wed Apr 02, 2008 10:57 am

Crash477 wrote:So you guys said we can get this lot again, just the surface isnt great?
Yes, you should go drive around on it.
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Post by Crash477 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:46 am

I will go test it out here shortly
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Post by Crash477 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:55 am

Can we use any lot there? The lower couple lots look great!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... 1&t=h&z=17
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Post by tscott » Wed Apr 02, 2008 11:57 am

Woot Party_Kid!!!
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Post by thrdeye » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:08 pm

The ones that look great are supposed to be the ones that are torn up.
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Post by Crash477 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:09 pm

hm ok. I will drive out there sometime soon and see
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Post by Wheelman_13 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:11 pm

The last Smokies event was my second autocross ever.

To elaborate on what John said: Half of the pavement was pretty nice, the other half was somewhat rough, texture-wise. The biggest issue was the transition between the two which was about a 1-in drop (or bump if you're going uphill).

If I'm honest, it didn't bother my car much at all, with stock ride height, and not the lowest profile tires. I actually enjoyed the course there quite a bit. We had a b-mod car that ran and had some issues bottoming out. I don't remember if Ted had his c-mod out there or not (My second event ever, so I didn't know anyone at the time), but the main thing was the _mod cars and a couple of the really lowered street cars scraping/bottoming on the transition.

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Post by Crash477 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:15 pm

So it wouldnt be an issue for mostly stock type vehicles. Sounds good.
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Post by scottgib » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:24 pm

Uh, it is so bad that the solo committee elected not to run there again until and if the bad section gets repaved. If I remember correctly 2-3 cars broke something the last time we used the site. The drop-off from the new to old pavement is bad for low cars, but a bigger issue is the bumps that are in the old pavement. Many folks have said they will not run there again.

Just using the good section is just too small to have much fun without doing a two lap course, and then we have a hard time handling a large number of drivers.

The last time I spoke to the fellow in charge, they wanted $1,000 per day. I got the feeling they would negotiate some, but most likely no lower than $600 if that.
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Post by 01badz28 » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:50 pm

scottgib wrote:Uh, it is so bad that the solo committee elected not to run there again until and if the bad section gets repaved. If I remember correctly 2-3 cars broke something the last time we used the site. The drop-off from the new to old pavement is bad for low cars, but a bigger issue is the bumps that are in the old pavement. Many folks have said they will not run there again.

Just using the good section is just too small to have much fun without doing a two lap course, and then we have a hard time handling a large number of drivers.

The last time I spoke to the fellow in charge, they wanted $1,000 per day. I got the feeling they would negotiate some, but most likely no lower than $600 if that.
We did run there last year on only the good portion with the Run Through the Hills guys:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XUpbwxyW1Q8

Before everyone thinks that it was a bunch of stockish muscle cars rolling around, it was mostly a bunch of fairly stiff pro touring cars.

We only ran the good pavement, got in five runs apiece, shoot out for the top ST guys, fun runs, burnout contest, and group picture all before leaving at 5:00. Participation was limited to 50 cars.

I'm sure the course may seem fairly simple, but I didn't hear any complaints, and it can be done.
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