Autocross test and tune lessons: new tires good, toric contact lenses bad, ride alongs fun

Our first test and tune of the season was on Saturday, and I had two new things to try out: a set of Bridgestone S04s on the M3, and contact lenses so I could wear more useful sunglasses. The tires felt good, but I ended up taking out the contacts after the first run and going back to glasses.

For driving on normal roads the contacts have been no problem at all, and I quite like that I can wear whatever sunglasses I want. The problem with using them for autocross is this: I have astigmatism in my right eye, so that lens is toric - the orientation of the lens matters and it’s designed so that it turns itself the right way up. Under sustained lateral G load, it decided to reorient itself and left me with one slightly blurry eye. Fortunately, my left contact doesn’t care which way is up.

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Apart from that, the day went well. I didn’t manage to put together any runs I was really happy with but it was just a test and tune, and the car felt good. We had a quite a lot of new people show up, which was nice to see.

The best part was that I got to take my mother out for a ride along. I’m notoriously bad at remembering to take photos, but she got a few. Next time I’ll bring my GoPro and remember to turn it on. :)

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Here’s the M3, in all its overly-heavy roofless glory:

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And here we are queueing up for the start line:

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Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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