2009 Smoky Mountain Jaguar Club Slalom Event
By Gary Cobble
Our Smoky Mountain Jaguar Club its Fall Slalom at Karns High School on Saturday, September 19, 2009, with a very enthusiastic turnout. Despite ominous warnings from Mr. Weatherman, the asphalt was dry and fast. Gary and Johnny began the timed runs a bit earlier than advertised because they were afraid the forecast rainy weather might set in at any time.
Johnny Jessie running his 1985 Green XJS Couple in Class SPH had a best time of 47.081 seconds; Cyrus Taft running his 1994 Oyster XJ12 in Class F had a best time of 49.465 seconds; Morgan Rhodes running her 2004 Ford Mustang in Class Z had a best time of 49.717; and Gary Cobble running his 1990 Black XJS in Class SPH had a best time of 43.873 seconds.
Gail and AW Amanns helped out with starting the cars and recording the timed runs. They drove their Lincoln, but despite encouragement from everyone, just wouldn't put it on the Course.
Wayne and Joann Manges came to view the action and enjoy the good time. Wayne and Joann had these really up to date "i-phones", and when Wayne discovered that he could record “g-forces” with a 99 cent download on his, he challenged Gary and Cyrus to a "g-force" match in their Jags. Gary's XJS recorded a high "g-force" of 2.78! Cyrus recorded a best "g-force" of 1.5. It seems the highest "g-force" was being recorded at the very end of the run during the hard stop required at the end in the "Chicago Box". Joann was able to email the data to Cyrus who produced the graph below. The graph shows the acceleration data in all three directions recorded during one of Cyrus' runs. Having a way to record acceleration in real time certainly adds an interesting twist to running a slalom. Hopefully at our next event we will be able to experiment further with this technology and get even better data. Thanks Wayne and Joann.
John and Barbara Rigby came tooling in after the action was complete in their maroon Series III XJ6. They had been to Townsend to view the Austin Healeys that were in town that same day. John and Barbara reported that 80 Austin-Healeys were on display.