The Ridge Racing School 1-16-16

Posted on 19th January 2016 by admin in Uncategorized

So I got my low front end tubed thanks to SDMF also got the new intercooler installed that I got at Garage 808 and SDMF also made me a valve cover trim piece, so since the car was all ready to go i signed up for the ridge racing school track day event which was a lot of fun.
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so here is my ridge experience this is nearly a full session it was my last of the day started having issues with a boost leak when then allowed hot exhaust gasses onto my brake lines a boiled the fluid which caused braking issues near the end.

The Ridge 1-16-16 from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.

PARC 10/3/15

Posted on 5th October 2015 by admin in Uncategorized

So I’ve still been having some issues with my catch can filling up but i think i may have figured it out this time. so this last event i took my oil cooler off and that was definitely a mistake as oil temps were much higher. i still have a water temp issue though as i only can do about 2 consecutive laps before getting up around the 220 F mark. so the new motor definitely makes quite a bit of heat. but ive tweaked on the tune a little right before the event and got an accel enrichment issue solved and found a few lean spots in the lower throttle / rpm ranges which are also now solved so im getting close to having this new setup all dialed in.

it also awesome to have so many great media guys coming to the events thanks!!!
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i was playing around with some left foot braking to reall roast the tires and slow down the car on a few corners hence the brake lights being on
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also met some new drivers this guy in the red S13 coupe was doing awesome, had some great tandem runs never did ask his name though…. (sorry) these photos are thanks to Thomas Batzlaff Photography BTW
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this one is diffacult to see but thats me back there so close to that mustang that im almost completely hidden
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Thunder Hill GGD Round #4 event 9/20/15

Posted on 29th September 2015 by admin in Uncategorized

So Justin saw that golden gate drift was having an event at Thunder Hill west and i jumped on it. car was just barely ready and had some issues, but luckily it worked out and didnt cause me to loose any track time as its quite a journey from central Oregon to norther California. Met up with Chuck and Nathan and we all joined in on the Team Tandem comp and ended up winning it which was a great victory perhaps I should look into doing ProAm events would be fun to see how i stack up but living where I do its a massive undertaking as either way its either 6hrs north or 6 hrs south give or take and to actually compete for season points would take a lot but perhaps next year.

In the mean time check this out (I’m the balding old guy on the right):
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car is ready new engine swap is making power

Posted on 6th August 2015 by admin in Uncategorized

so I’ve been totally neglagent in my keeping this website up to date. so in the last 10 or so months a lot happened like this:

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its a Nissan SR20DET motor a red top with a Garrett GT2874R Ball bearing turbo, on a custom made by Gabe V. Exhaust manifold. fairly freshly built motor with improved bottom end and rocker arm stoppers running on AEM engine management. right now making 210hp at the wheels 200 ft/lb torque not much past my last motor at 190hp at the wheels but im on low boost and its about to get turnt up and i figured ide stop at 300HP to keep from having to do more drive train upgrades.

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The swap took longer then anticipated by a few months and i had a lot of little dumb mistakes i made and other random various difficulties, but now its back, annnnnnd its been to PARC.

and before that I also took it to medford for a shakedown.

and with each event its getting better, and ive been figuring it out little by little. in medford I had too restrictive of an oil catch can which was causing me crank case gasses to build up in the block and eject oil around the dip stick with the dip stick ziptied down even. fixed that with a breaker catch can that had 2 NPT fittings for hose connections and a large filter on the top. I also picked up a vacuum manifold to simplify my mess of harbor frieght vaccum line Tee’s but thats still in progress as i have been procrastinating on taking the intake manifold off yet again because I have to swap out the plug i put in on the manifold where the old brake booster vacuum line went to route it to the vacuum block main connection.

Also my injectors were maxxed out (stock 375cc/min) but I have some Tomei 740CC/min ones to install soon and then i should be ready after a quick dyno tune session.

Some old PIR footage

Posted on 26th September 2014 by admin in Uncategorized

So since Ill be driving at the NASA PIR event September 20-21 I got all motivated and made this video with my old footage. new footage will be on its way soon.

PIR Spring of 2014 from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.

ThunderHill West!

Posted on 26th August 2014 by admin in Uncategorized

So I dont have any media ready yet however I was there! and the track was amazing but my car was being less then stellar as I had all kinds of heat issues. anyway I have some on car footage and somewhere possibly with Justin there are some photos as as soon as I dig this stuff up i’ll post it I also even have some video from the NASA PIR drift event I did at the beginning of the season but I havent taken the time to do any editing yet sorry

in the mean time enjoy some content from lifeblasters unfortunately I didnt make it into any of the media on that writeup but they have some amazing pictures of the event and it give a good feel for what it was like

http://lifeblasters.com/2014/24044/opening-of-thunderhill-west/

As per usual Ive allowd the old website to get out of date again

Posted on 26th August 2014 by admin in Uncategorized

First off you gotta see this video by chris campbell its awesome and its from the event mentioned below

AE86 Attacking The Track from Chris Campbell on Vimeo.

then I went to FD which was awesome saw some friends from my old home town per the yearly now tradition
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then I tried to photobomb sam when I saw a great opportunity to make it look like he was picking my nose but he noticed what I was doing
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Then after FD I met up with NASA Northwest to drive in the HPDE class at Pacific Raceways which was awesome even if I did get meatballed several times for trivial things

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I even talked my dad into jumping in the car with me

me-dad-720p at pacific raceways with NASA northwest July 20 2014 from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.

Then I went and had some fun at PARC but I’m fiarly sure I dammaged my turbo at Pacific raceways it was backfireing alot on that track and its never made full boost again since but it still kinda works so game on

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2 Bash 2 Future

Posted on 14th June 2014 by admin in Uncategorized

So this just happened last weekend
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it was a really awesome event thought we may have lost this track as the Karters dont seem very happy with us but it looks like its back! hopefully we can keep this track going as it is an excellent drifting venue.

Go Pro Hero 3 Chase Cam of Drifting Corolla AE86 (2 bash 2 future) from Chris Campbell on Vimeo.

There was also a team tandem competition which had some seriously amazing driving going on!

like this Kyle and Derek’s 2nd place run during the finals
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I got to team up with Pro Formula Drift Driver Matt Moffman who is always fun to drive with! (this is his pro-am car) really keeps me pushing my self as hard as I can just to keep up!
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I also got to drive with Kyle and Austin
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I also was representing a new sponsor Team SDMF, who made my dual caliper brackets and had just finished up some custom wheel spacers just before I left Eugene
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Also a lot of the really awesome media I have access to is thanks to this guy Chris Campbell who was driving the chase car in the video above
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and of course this screen cap from the chase car video is really cool!
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also cant forget me and Matt got 3rd place in the team tandem competition!!!
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we actually had a really neat run worked out where we did a pass on a straightaway which really upped the difficulty level unfortunately I gave him a little tap the second time and spun him out the second time we tried it but luckily it was a meeting of bash bars so the dammage to both cars was minimal
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The car is complete and some events (3) have happened

Posted on 29th May 2014 by admin in Uncategorized

First off as promised here is my completed dash board and switch panel its all industrial because that’s what I do for my day job so I thought I would integrate that somehow

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so for events I did the Douglas County Speedway which was an unplanned last minute thing which happened after my dyno tune session where I finally got the car running correctly I ended up going back to the distributor after I had some difficulties with the EDIS which I later found out was probably due to a bad distributor. I really dont have much media from the douglas count speedway event since it was a small last minute event however after that I did the NASA PIR event which was really awesome. had some problems but all in all it was a good way to test out the car.

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Also some friends from my old home town showed up which was really awesome unfortunately I had some problems with the car durring Jeff’s ride along and it was a little bit of a wild ride to boot.

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Video from the event will be posted soon I have some raw footage but its not really edited or posted anywere other then on my hard drive but its some amazing footage thanks to Chris Campbell Photography!

Most recently I also made it to a PARC event where I was involved in some really epic tandems with both James Wiklund and Kyle Stryker which was especially awesome considering how bad the weather was which made it very difficult

Craig ae86 & James s14.5 Tandem Drift Raw from Chris Campbell on Vimeo.

Also new Sponsor decal revealed this event Team SDMF are the guys who made the dual caliper bracket I’m using which allows me to have dual Wilwood 4 piston calipers on my GTS rear end

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This is Kyle’s new Cadillac CTSV drift car and even though it was his first time at an event with it you wouldn’t have known it based on how he was driving it

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Also had some very close calls nearly donated some paint on Mike’s car (That’s Nathan in the passenger seat probably surprised he didn’t get to see some paint traded moments before)

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I also hot to tandem with Arial quite a bit too and his car is looking really awesome for this year saw him out at the PIR event too
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here is a great in car video thanks to chris campbell Photography as well

craig inside gopro 1 from Craig Alexander on Vimeo.

and this one which just came out from Chris Campbell

Winter Rebuild 3

Posted on 16th April 2014 by admin in Uncategorized

So whats left you ask? how about a new Dashboard! again with some help of Team SDMF and Dustin Comer who is really good at sheet metal work BTW (he does modified bodies so I’m sure he gets tons of practice)
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Looks almost like it was put their by the factory!, I also made some brackets to mount it all up which are thankfully obscured by the dash it self ( my welding is not very pretty but its functional)

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Installed some gauges

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I also made some head light mounts the head light buckets are a 6 x 4 and the brackets actually came from a Blazer but I made it work and it looks ok and installed some HID projectors

I also re-wired the entire car with a Keep it Clean Wiring harness I got from Johnny Law Motors in Portland. looks and works much better now I’ll need to add some pictures of that as well. its a great kit and I would highly suggest it as it makes the wiring very easy and simple each wire has its intended use printed on it which is a great way to label the wire

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I also gave the EDIS ignition system a try got it going and it seemed great then I had some problems with it as you can see from this mess

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Garage 808 discovered that the timing would jump to 10 Degrees which is the limp home mode sooooo back to VAST why? because it works! so now we are mostly caught up so I’ll add my finial wiring pictures and my new switch plate as well as my dyno results oh ya and I did some steel braded fuel lines thanks to my parents
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