Sam

About Sam

Freshman

Homeland Security

Hometown: Leesburg, Florida Campus Involvement: EcoCar, Formula SAE

FL2K18 AFTERMOVIE

 

Every October, the biggest and the baddest descend on Tampa, FL and Bradenton, FL for FL2K. This year FL2K returns to the “House of Hook” or better known as Bradenton Motorsports Park, for another thrilling weekend of racing. This is by far one of the most thrilling annual drag racing events that I attend. Bradenton is 3 hours one way from Daytona Beach, however, it is well worth the travel if you attend next year. This film took countless hours to film and produce, but I think that it truly captures the atmosphere of the event. I am very proud to share with you this month long production of the FL2K18 Aftermovie!

DeLand Auto Cross Solo Sunday Funday

This past weekend I had the pleasure of participating in my third solo Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) autocross competition, along with about 8 other Embry-Riddle students. “Solo” is the SCCA brand name for autocross competition. Solo events are driving skill competitions that emphasize the driver’s ability and the car’s handling capabilities. A driving a course is set up using traffic cones as a guide in a low hazard location, such as a parking lot or inactive airstrip. In our case we used a section of DeLand Municipal airport that is no longer used, due to the deterioration of the pavement.

Cars compete within classes grouped by similar performance capabilities.  All runs through the course are timed, and the car in each class with the fastest time through the course is the winner of that class. There is only one car on any part of the course at a time. In other words, you will never be “wheel-to-wheel” with another car. At each event, drivers will get about 4-5 runs through the course. While speeds are no greater than those normally encountered in legal highway driving, the combination of concentration and car feedback creates an adrenaline pumping experience. The SCCA annually publishes the Solo Rules to classify a full range of imported and domestic sports cars, sedans, and purpose-built race cars, as well as to layout the rules behind Solo competition. The SCCA also publishes the Stock Classifications to make it easy to determine the stock Solo Class for most unmodified cars.

Solo/Autocross is the safest and most inexpensive form of “racing” for both driver and car.  The majority of drivers bring out their daily drivers, though there are those who bring modified streetcar “toys” as well as purpose built race cars.  Almost any kind of car is welcome as long as it meets restrictions on high-center-of-gravity or rollover tendency. The courses are set up to mitigate most risks to car and driver, with the worst damage coming in the form of a rubber scuff from hitting a cone, which will come right off with a good car wash.

If you enjoy technical, skill based driving and think you have what it takes to drive in a SCCA Solo event; I highly recommend participating in an event. I will include a link below where you can sign up for future events. Come out and join your fellow students in some friendly, yet competitive, driving competition.

The ERAU 86/FRS/BRZ Club Official Video

I promised the ERAU 86/FRS/BRZ Club would get an official video and here it is! It took a ton of time to plan, film, and edit! However, it was well worth it. If you are an owner or enthusiast of the 86/FRS/BRZ, come join us! Leave a comment on this post and I will give you more info and get you connected with the club!

EcoCAR 3 Earth Day Celebration

On Wednesday, April 18th I had the pleasure of traveling with the ERAU EcoCAR 3 team to Kennedy Space Center for their Earth Day Expo trip. I was asked to photograph their trip and try and capture the experience of their day. We left the EcoCAR garage at 7:30 AM sharp arrived at KSC around 9:30 AM. We received our official visitor badges and got to setting up the booth. The goal of the setting up the booth at KSC was to attract NASA employees as possible consumers of this experimental car and inform them of the EcoCAR project and competition. Overall it was well received by the NASA employees and some even asked if they could buy one in the near future! If you are interested in learning more about the EcoEagles or the EcoCAR competition please feel free to follow these links to learn more:

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ERAU FRS/BRZ/86 Club

Introducing the ERAU FRS/BRZ/86 club! This is a club my friends and I have been trying to come up with for a few months now and we have finally gathered nearly all 86 owners on campus. Here is a preview video and photos of some of our members, I will have a full-length film coming for the club soon. If you are an ERAU student, and are an 86 owner or know of one please join us!

-Sam

A Car Show With Class – Festivals of Speed

The 6th Annual Mission Inn Festivals of Speed showcased both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models. The show field was diverse with vehicles placed into an exquisite setting. The perfectly manicured fairway of this magnificent property played host to some of the world’s most exotic supercars, American muscle, rare custom motorcycles, vintage boats and countless other unique and exciting vehicles.

THE DAYTONA 500 CELEBRATES ITS 60TH RUNNING!

Ocala Half Mile Shootout 2018

Wanna Go Fast Ocala 2018, held at the Jumbolair Airport (www.jumbolair.com) located in Ocala, Florida, nestled in the Horse Capital of the World. Participants were given a chance to take their vehicles top speed down Jumbolair’s private 7550 ft runway and race door-to-door against the competitor of their choice. Within this same event a project car challenge was going on between 10+ notable Youtube stars. More info on this challenge can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-KXPjBwbeA

A Classic Project in Motion

 

In this video we take a step back in time to appreciate the classic car that is the poster child for the American dream. Nothing screams America like a tire shredding ’68 Camaro with no mufflers. Steve’s classic ’68 Camaro is a work in progress. It was his first car at the age of 16 and he’s had it since. The next big step is to get the car painted gloss black, as you can see it has flat primer on it currently. Major props to builds like this that keep the culture moving forward. The heartbeat of America is alive and well, also it’s probably still faster than whatever you drive 50 years later.

Street Racing Made Safe

STREET RACING MADE SAFE IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT PROVIDES A SAFE AND LEGAL ALTERNATIVE TO ILLEGAL STREET RACING. Street Racing Made Safe offers the only solution to illegal street racing through education and simulation. At the events they simulate every option of street racing in a controlled environment. SRMS controls everything and give standards to that which street racing has never had. At SRMS events you have the option to do DIG racing and Roll Racing with different MPH options. I had a great time at SRMS and if you ever feel the need to street race, don’t! There is a safe and legal option at a track near you that simulates the street racing experience without the danger or legal consequences!