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Archive for the year 2009

Permanent link to archive for 02/07/09.Thu, 02 July 2009

VIR with Napleton Masters and Chin Motorsports

A trip to VIR with the Chicago boyz from Napleton Masters with a track event hosted by Chin Motorsports.

VIR - Jack with his drivers   

The second revision of the Interseries Cayman being tested successfully at VIR, driven by Steve Hammond and Jack Baldwin.

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VIR_Coaching2

The Chicago boyz taking time to take a picture of their hotrods under the bridge at VIR, see the first picture in this post.

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Napleton Express at VIR from Jim Bacus on Vimeo.

 

 

Permanent link to archive for 25/05/09.Mon, 25 May 2009

Road America with LAPS

Here's several pictures from driving with my LAPS buddies at Road America. 

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Permanent link to archive for 15/05/09.Fri, 15 May 2009

Watkins Glen

I had the opportunity to drive at Watkins Glen for two days with Napleton Porsche Masters and Chin Motorsports.  What a beautiful area of the country, I have never been to upstate New York before. 

Masters

I have never driven a track with a flow like this, a lot of elevation changes and late apexes, and the "blue bushes" closely bordering the track all the way around.  Tends to keep you very focused.

Napleton Express

GT3 Train

In my GT3

Watkins Glen with Napleton Westmont Porsche from Neil Gehani on Vimeo.

 

Permanent link to archive for 07/05/09.Thu, 07 May 2009

A Lap of the 'Bahn with Buey

Started off the LAPS, Inc. season in style this year with several track sessions with my old friend Ron, otherwise known as "Buey".  For years we always would seem to find each other on the track during a session and have some fun...  it is now to the point we just meet in the pits and go out together on the track.  We are driving the full circuit Autobahn CC course, he'll be using the horsepower of his Corvette to his advantage, I'll be using the outstanding brakes in my Porsche...  so much fun.

A Lap of the Bahn with Buey from Jim Bacus on Vimeo.

 

Permanent link to archive for 03/05/09.Sun, 03 May 2009

Viper vs Porsche GT3 RS Cup on Nurburgring Nordschleife

 

Permanent link to archive for 02/05/09.Sat, 02 May 2009

Napleton Porsche Masters at Sebring

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Permanent link to archive for 01/05/09.Fri, 01 May 2009

A beautiful panoramic view of a Cobra at Sebring

Good instincts from Jack in the right seat as well.


Panoramic view of a Cobra at Sebring from Jim Bacus on Vimeo.

 

Permanent link to archive for 30/04/09.Thu, 30 April 2009

A Lap of Sebring

The last race track of my winter tour, Sebring.  So much history here, what a fantastic course to drive.



A Lap of Sebring from Jim Bacus on Vimeo.

 

Permanent link to archive for 14/04/09.Tue, 14 April 2009

Roebling Road four years later...

I got a chance to go back and drive Roebling Road race course in Savannah, Georgia.  This was the very first race course I drove, where I took my driving school with Z06's.  This time I was driving my GT3, what a fun track.  Not really the way I remembered it, but I know a bit more about driving then I did back then.  Every corner there is late apex, you just have to get into a "southern' rhythm" and be patient on corner entry.  The track has a nice flow turn 2 through 7, some really fast sweepers in there.  And then there is that 160 mph straight to collect yourself, get some passing done, and row through some gears.

I struck a similar pose on the podium...

2009

JVB at Roebling Road

2005

 

 

Permanent link to archive for 02/04/09.Thu, 02 April 2009

iMovie '09 is fixed

I blogged March 25th about the de interlacing being broken in the H.264 compression in iMovie '09, it seems to be fixed with the 8.0.1 upgrade that just automatically downloaded.  Thanks Apple, that was quick!

 

Permanent link to archive for 29/03/09.Sun, 29 March 2009

TWO LAPS | Roebling Road

Driving with my buds from Napleton Porsche Masters.

Two clean laps around Roebling Road.  First following a highly modified GT3 with a wide body kit, then watch Ron R. scream by in his orange RSR.


TWO LAPS | Roebling Road from Jim Bacus on Vimeo.

 

Permanent link to archive for 25/03/09.Wed, 25 March 2009

iMovie '08 vs iMovie '09

I upgraded to iLife '09 last week, primarily to get the iMovie '09 upgrade.  I have upgraded my iLife software since '05 and it usually is a great experience, new versions of the software I use.  iMovie has always received solid improvements, so I didn't even think about it much...  I installed it and went on vacation last weekend, looking forward to using it when I returned with vacation footage on my video camera.

So I start getting busy on a new project and all is well, actually, I am impressed with the software.  I am enjoying the new features such as the additional transitions, title options, and the precision editing mode.  In very little time, I have my first video with '09 finished, so the next step is to share it and this is where it gets frustrating.

After much trial and error on my part, and then searching the Internet for what might be the problem I think I figured out what the problem is.  The de interlace video option is broken in the H.264 video compression, and since I was shooting in HD 1080i and compressing to 720p for sharing the video online, the resulting video output looked like crap.  This all worked fine in iMovie '08.

I found this web page and it contains the solution.  I am now post processing my raw 1080i video from iMovie '09 with JES Deinterlacer.  It takes extra time, an extra step and temporarily takes a lot of disk space to share my movies now.  I hope Apple fixes this soon...

 

Permanent link to archive for 11/03/09.Wed, 11 March 2009

CIR Late Night Racing episode 4
LAPS Hillbillies - 3/6/2009  Race 2

Skiff Frey, driver/camera man wearing a GOPRO helmet cam pointed backwards.

An appearance by Shawn Young in Kart #37 in the middle of the video. And Shawn appears again towards the end of the video, along with myself in Kart #20.

If you listen closely Skiff makes some disturbing noises while driving!


CIR Late Night Racing episode 4 from Jim Bacus on Vimeo.  

 

Permanent link to archive for 10/03/09.Tue, 10 March 2009

Cactus bloomed

I have a small cactus that blooms annually, which typically lasts only several days.  I took the opportunity to snap a few photos today.

Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower

 

Permanent link to archive for 05/03/09.Thu, 05 March 2009

What was the number 1 song on the day you were born?

http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/birthdayno1

For me, in the USA it was "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

 

In the UK it was "Return to Sender" by Elvis Presley.  Great Elvis performance in this video...

 

Permanent link to archive for 04/03/09.Wed, 04 March 2009

Homestead Miami Speedway

Here are some shots I took around the speedway a couple of weeks ago.  I really like this facility, very clean and modern, just a fun track to drive.

 

Homestead Miami Speedway 

 

Homestead Miami Speedway 

 

Homestead Miami Speedway 

 

Homestead Miami Speedway 

 

Homestead Miami Speedway 

 

Homestead Miami Speedway 

 

Permanent link to archive for 02/03/09.Mon, 02 March 2009

CIR Late Night Racing episode 2
LAPS Hillbillies - 2/27/2009  Race 2

Skiff Frey, driver/camera man wearing a GOPRO helmet cam pointed backwards.

I'm driving kart #5 towards the end of the video.
 

 

Permanent link to archive for 27/02/09.Fri, 27 February 2009

Homestead Speedway fun!

A track session at Homestead - Miami Speedway, my first time driving on this track.

Camera is a Sony HDR-CX12 with a Sony 0.7x wide angle lens.  The camera is mounted on an I/O Port racing supplies camera mount attached to the roll cage between the two front seats.  I was using an 8gb chip and one battery charge per day.  This is by far the best video camera setup I have used in a car yet.


Homestead Speedway track session from Jim Bacus on Vimeo.

 

Permanent link to archive for 25/02/09.Wed, 25 February 2009

Shawn and Jonny, a couple of friends from LAPS that I drive with

Shawn and Jonny 

 

Permanent link to archive for 14/02/09.Sat, 14 February 2009

Porsche Leipzig: Co-Pilot 911 GT3 Cup

 

 

Permanent link to archive for 11/02/09.Wed, 11 February 2009

New 2009 F1 Rulebook as described by Red Bull


 

Permanent link to archive for 17/01/09.Sat, 17 January 2009

New Porsche GT3 RS


 


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