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  1. #1
    We wanted to congratulate the University of Washington on a fantastic
    autocross this weekend in Everett. We had a ton of fun. Thank you
    very much for all of your patience and help as we worked out the bugs
    in an old car. You were more than accommodating. We are already
    looking forward to your event next year. It was a very well run event,
    especially for having so many cars there. We were through our runs
    faster than at events with half as many entrants.

    Thanks again for a great event.

    James Waltman
    Western Washington University
    Formula SAE
    waltmaj@cc.wwu.edu

  2. #2
    We wanted to congratulate the University of Washington on a fantastic
    autocross this weekend in Everett. We had a ton of fun. Thank you
    very much for all of your patience and help as we worked out the bugs
    in an old car. You were more than accommodating. We are already
    looking forward to your event next year. It was a very well run event,
    especially for having so many cars there. We were through our runs
    faster than at events with half as many entrants.

    Thanks again for a great event.

    James Waltman
    Western Washington University
    Formula SAE
    waltmaj@cc.wwu.edu
    James Waltman
    VRI at WWU Alumn
    FSAE 01 to 05
    http://dot.etec.wwu.edu/fsae/

  3. #3
    Yeah my thanks as well to the University of Washington guys. I've never been to an autocross that was run as well as this one.

    Even though we crashed our car (oh, the humanity!) we'll definately be back again. Thanks for the hospitality and it was great meeting you guys.

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    UVIC Formula SAE Team

    http://www.engr.uvic.ca/~fsae
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    UVIC Formula SAE Team
    http://members.shaw.ca/drax77/Formula%20UVic%20Sig.jpg
    http://uvic.fsae.ca

  4. #4
    Was there any frame damage to the car? Any damage that wasn't visually obvious?
    I'd also like to thank the UW for putting on an awesome, well run event.

    Western Washington University FSAE
    dot.etec.wwu.edu/fsae
    -Mike Waggoner

    The older I get, the faster/harder working I was...

  5. #5
    No frame damage. The car really didn't hit very hard.

    2 bent wheels
    3 bent a-arms
    1 bent pullrod
    1 warped rear hub
    1 cracked sidepod
    1 broken halfshaft (just the bearing cage)

    Quite a list for what appeared to be a crash at about 5km/h.

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    UVIC Formula SAE Team

    http://fsae.uvic.ca

    [This message was edited by Richard Lewis on October 17, 2002 at 05:47 PM.]
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    UVIC Formula SAE Team
    http://members.shaw.ca/drax77/Formula%20UVic%20Sig.jpg
    http://uvic.fsae.ca

  6. #6
    James and Richard and Mike, thanks for your praise and thanks for coming down to the event. This was a great fundraiser for us, much more motivating to the team members than parking cars at football games. We are arranging some winter practice events and looking into events in the coming "season".

    How are the repairs going on the UVic car? We're currently rebuilding engines and a diff [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]

    Hope to see you all out there next time! We'll post the next event info once it's known.
    Alumni, University of Washington
    Structural / Mechanical Engineer, Blue Origin

  7. #7
    What did you guys crash into, and how'd it happen?

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    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Formula SAE '00 - '04
    Team Leader '01 - '03
    www.formularpi.com

  8. #8
    We're not 100% sure how the crash happened... it was in a straight, suddenly the car spun, did a half turn, started sliding backwards and hit the curb.

    Considering it was in a straight, we don't think it's a driver mistake. The cv joint cage was broken and our first idea is that the broken part caused one wheel to lock, making the car spin. But then we don't know how that part would break without hitting anything... It's still a bit of a mystery for us [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

  9. #9
    Ouch. Back in 99, we were doing an expo for accepted students day or something like that, and the brake pedal broke on the car. So the driver was going like 45 mph into a 180 turn-around with no way to stop. He hit the 10" curb full on, and it did some nasty damage to the car.

    Crashes are never fun. Luckily we haven't had one since (a fire once, but no crashes).

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    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Formula SAE '00 - '04
    Team Leader '01 - '03
    www.formularpi.com

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