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Leslie
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« on: November 17, 2010, 04:01:40 PM »

Very impressive Steve, aka "007"!  I have been fortunate enough to get a passenger ride with you, and you can FLY!



From NARRA/Viper Days....

Newly crowned 2010 Viper Racing League Competition Coupe Champion Steve Loudin ("SCLCC007" on Viper Garage!) has attributed most of his championship winning success to his coach, Australian sports car star Tom Drewer.
Upon receiving his Championship trophy Loudin called Drewer up to the podium to share the award.
“I couldn’t have done it without my coach Tom Drewer, who has pushed me and my driving to a new level
throughout the season”, said Loudin.

“I have the utmost respect for Tom, and he is wise beyond his years. He is an amazing instructor, and
anyone who is lucky enough to utilize him will see great results. I look forward to next year. I just hope he
isn’t snatched up by one of the big guys!”

The Tricel Honeycomb Racing driver clinched the championship in a climatic and drama-filled final round of
the Viper Racing League at Nevada’s Spring Mountain circuit, in which he had to endure downpours and
desert heat.

Set to the backdrop of Nevada’s Death Valley and the Spring Mountain Range, from which the circuit takes
its name, the VRL race coincided with the final round of the Dodge Viper Cup and NARRA’s Viper Days
Performance Driving School.

Drewer, who has won sports car championships both in America and Australia was equally thrilled with
Loudin’s win.

“It’s almost as good as winning from the drivers’ seat! I’m extremely proud of Steve. He’s had a fantastic
season and he thoroughly deserves this Championship. And he did it in real style this weekend, gaining
class pole position and race win.”

The championship had come down to the wire, with only a few points separating Steve, his arch rival Tom
Antonelli and Cathy Stout leading into the final round. With all the competitors feeling the pressure, Drewer
put an equal amount of effort into managing Loudin’s mental focus as well as extracting the speed and
performance required to win.

“I had set out a stringent program to maximize the five sessions leading up to qualifying, to keep Steve’s
mind on his own progression and not that of his competitors.”

However that strategy changed with the onset of heavy rain.

“It was then about managing risk versus reward, but I felt it was very important for Steve to go out and
continue to explore the circuit, which was new to him, in the changing conditions– especially as rain looked a
possibility all weekend. We were not leaving anything to chance and to preserve our allocated rain tires for
the more important sessions, we grooved slicks to give us extra track time.”

Unfortunately the difficult conditions caught fellow championship contender Tom Antonelli by surprise when
he ventured out on to drying circuit. His championship hopes came to an abrupt end when he came unstuck
navigating standing water leading onto the pit straight. Antonelli’s Competition Coupe hit the inside wall and
the damage sustained was severe enough to end his weekend.

“The rivalry between Tom and Steve is only matched by their camaraderie. Steve was so devastated the
Championship had in-effect been decided by a cruel blow, rather than a straight fight, that he was actually in
tears for Tom. The respect and friendship these two guys have is amazing considering how hard they battle it
out on the track. It’s what NARRA’s Viper Racing League is all about.

The pressure on both of them was immense and when it comes down to the wire its about who remains calm
and collected. Continuing to head out in the wet had its element of risk but I thought we may also gain a
mental edge over Tom, who sat most of the sessions out. It was a shame as I was looking forward to a ‘battle
royal’ on the racetrack, just as it’s been all year. But hat’s off to Steve who has produced the results all year.
I have coached Steve at numerous events this year and each time we’ve won the majority of the races and
the weekend, all at circuits I’d never driven around which is certainly makes it more of a challenge from a
coaching stand-point, but something I thrive at.

It’s been particularly rewarding to extract the most out of him. For me his drive at Pocono, earlier in the year,
was the standout of the season. I was pushing him so hard from the sidelines and he responded, keeping his
focus and delivering lap after lap within a tenth or two. And let’s not forget that amazing reverse grid start,
coming off the back to pass all but one of the entire field into the first corner. But it’s just one of the many
examples of why he deserves this championship so much.

It’s been fantastic to see Steve become a stronger driver throughout the year and I’m very proud to have
been involved in his personal development and his Championship win.”

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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2010, 11:51:51 PM »

Congratulations Steve!!!  :2thumbsup: :goodjob:  I saw/met you at VOI.  Glad you did so well.  Ready for Ralph and an ACRX now? 

Being a celebrity could qualify you?   :headscratch:

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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2010, 08:06:49 AM »

Actually, Ralph and his wife Doris spent the weekend at our house a few months ago and while sitting at the dinner table with Ralph, Doris and another good friend of mine Aaron Vannassche and his wife Karen.  Ralph was really putting on the HARD SELL :P to try to get me to but an ACRX.  After about twenty minutes of listening to Ralph tell me about the car(which I already knew) my mild mannered wife (Kit) said something to Ralph.  These are words we do not allow in our household.  Ralph "SHUT UP" :o :o :o he is not buying an ACRX :mad:.  We all laughed that my wife just told the president :bow: and CEO :bow: of Dodge to shut up.  So no I will not be buying an ACRX.  In fact I really like the Comp Coupe.

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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2010, 09:02:15 PM »

So, would buying an ACRX be upgrading compared to a Comp coupe, or downgrading?  Sorry, but I never heard any comparisons between them so I have no idea.

I know that Joel Seigel said he'd like to sell his Compe Coupe and outfit.  If I had Joel's money I'd be interested.

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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 03:47:46 PM »

The ACRX in my opinion is going backwards.  Personally I think the CC is a better car.  It was designed and built as a RACE CAR.  The X is a street car with some modifications to make it into a race car.  The CC would survive a BAD crash better in my opinion.  And beleive me I have tested the structure of a CC, by hitting the wall at turn ten at Sebring doing about 80 MPH.  The car was totaled and I walked (RAN)away from the car.  I am in NO WAY DISSING the ACRX, everyone that has driven one says it is a fabulous car.  It is faster than a CC, but some of that speed is beacuse the X has an extra 150 HP and the Michelin tires have more grip than our Hozzier tires do.  But the Michelin tires don't last as long as the Hozziers.

I might have a different opinion of the ACRX if I drove one, but no one has ever offered me their car to drive.  I doubt any one ever will, not to mention it is never a good idea to drive someone else's car at 10/10's to see what you can get out of it.

So for now I am VERY HAPPY with my GOLD MEMBER #007
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2010, 10:37:50 PM »

I understand that most of the extra power comes from the Gen 4 heads - presto/chango??? 

Still congrats and I suppose that you've earned the 'Gold' now.

Thanks for your educated opinion as many of us find it interesting, I'm sure.

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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2010, 04:59:07 PM »



This is the shot I took at the panorama camera shooting Friday morning. 

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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2010, 07:21:07 PM »

ACRSteve who is more than just a good driver, has spent a decent amount of time in a CC on a track and owns an ACR. he said the ACR is close but the CC is better. that said, id like to hear how much better the X is over the regular ACR

my guess is right between the 2
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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2010, 07:59:28 PM »

The ACRX in my opinion is going backwards.  Personally I think the CC is a better car.  It was designed and built as a RACE CAR.  The X is a street car with some modifications to make it into a race car.  The CC would survive a BAD crash better in my opinion.  And beleive me I have tested the structure of a CC, by hitting the wall at turn ten at Sebring doing about 80 MPH.  The car was totaled and I walked (RAN)away from the car.  I am in NO WAY DISSING the ACRX, everyone that has driven one says it is a fabulous car.  It is faster than a CC, but some of that speed is beacuse the X has an extra 150 HP and the Michelin tires have more grip than our Hozzier tires do.  But the Michelin tires don't last as long as the Hozziers.

I might have a different opinion of the ACRX if I drove one, but no one has ever offered me their car to drive.  I doubt any one ever will, not to mention it is never a good idea to drive someone else's car at 10/10's to see what you can get out of it.

So for now I am VERY HAPPY with my GOLD MEMBER #007

You read this Phil?
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