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Old 06-22-2000, 10:07 AM   #1
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Post Has anybody tried driving these roads before?

The roads I'm talkin' about are Skyline Blvd in the West bay and Niles Canyon in the East Bay.

I've been on Niles Canyon Rd numerous times on my way to UC Davis, but never on Skyline..
Niles canyon is fun, but I've heard that Skyline is fun too!!

Any thoughts?

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Old 06-22-2000, 10:43 AM   #2
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You mean the Alum Rock??
That road can take you all the way to Hwy 5!

I drove it once at night time, got to Hwy 5 and took me 3 hrs to get home.
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Old 06-22-2000, 10:48 AM   #3
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Besides Niles there is Palmares, Calavaras, and Mines Rd (mines is on the backside of Mt Hamilton, up to the observatory)...lets go.
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Old 06-22-2000, 11:00 AM   #4
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Hey guy's, not to rain on your parade, but I just wanted to remind all of you about the incident with clubsi.com , where a similiar activity had a tragic and fatal ending. Please be careful!

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Old 06-22-2000, 11:03 AM   #5
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For a REAL challenge I suggest Canyon. It runs from Moraga to the Berkeley hills (turning right at the stop) or Hayward (turning left at the stop). Either way it is very challenging, tight, twisty, with no long straights. Gotta be damn careful driving it, there are several places for some nasty surprises.

Also, Bear Creek Road in Orinda. It runs out past Briones park. It is long with some great banked curves...55mph too!

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Old 06-22-2000, 01:14 PM   #6
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Skyline blvd between San Mateo and Woodside used to be a lot of fun ... until the bikers showed up. No I'm not talking about the leather-clad Harley riders who were there way before us, I'm talking about the stupid mountain bikers puffing away in a lactic acid frenzy and drifting into the lanes around blind curves. Add to that the horde of inexperienced superbike riders in their pristine leathers thinking they're in Le Mans, and you have a liability disaster.

I drove Page Mill road last weekend again and really enjoyed it. Most canyon runs are 40-60mph, but Page Mill is really tight, like an autocross, 20-40mph. Much much safer. Remember, we had our very first Bay Area meet there? Ok most of you were NOT there, but anyway. :>

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Old 06-22-2000, 01:34 PM   #7
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Mt. Hamilton is too twisty from Grant til JL observatory. But you get over the top to James Lick Observatory... and the back way into Livermore is pure heaven..... brucelee let me know when you want to get a group trip through there... i got a few friends who would be down. A golf and a alltrac celica, but they drive like maniacs, so they could hang with no problems.
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Old 06-22-2000, 01:35 PM   #8
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oh yeah.
Skyline: I've been seen doing 110 down certain streches of that road . I like it.
as for Niles, I've only done that road on my cruiser (motorcycle), which is a completely different experience.
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Old 06-22-2000, 01:39 PM   #9
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damn almost forgot:
If you drive Mt. Hamilton past grant. becareful I've seen motorist die in this area.

on another note, there is a PIG that runs that area by the name of Officer Brady... he's a c*cksucker.. watch out.
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Old 06-22-2000, 03:43 PM   #10
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I'm not saying, go through these places with our hair on fire!!

Just be smooth! Look way, far up ahead and don't take silly risks.

Try going through Niles canyon at 11:00pm. Nothing at all. No cars, people, anything. I say the maximum speed you should go through is 65. I think 70 is pushing it. You can do it, but that is just a bit overdoing it. The slowest should be ~35-40mph. (Blind 90 degree) The Sunol backroads are good too.

If you think we're crazy, try going to Japan where they do timed races down twisting hills. N/A could attest to that! Those guys are NUTS!! They drift so close to the cliff, you could probably put a finger in between the bumper and the guardrail! Try getting "Option video" at Kinokuniya sometime and you'll see..

Brucelee.. Where is that area you're talking about? Where in SJ? Is it Mission SJ? I went hiking up Mt Hamilton before but didn't know there was a road leading all the way up.

Tim

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Old 06-22-2000, 04:29 PM   #11
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Shameless plug:
Better yet, join us September 28, 2000 at Thunderhill. A great, safe place to drive at the limit for over 2 hours total, and cheaper than getting a speeding or reckless driving ticket!

I'm not raining on the parade, I just personally prefer to keep my "at the limit" driving somewhere under strict, safe control.

come on guys, sign up! www.hools.com/subaru.html

cheers,

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Old 06-22-2000, 04:45 PM   #12
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SFSube,

It looks like they don't provide helmets.. I'm guessing that you need a helmet to drive there.. I'd like to go but, I'm not buying a helmet just to use it only once.. If I do buy a helmet, I'm joining the NASA racing classes..

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Old 06-22-2000, 05:26 PM   #13
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Ask Delectron how driving exuberantly on open, public roads goes. Frankly, I think you're and idiot if you drive much beyond the speed limit on a lot of the 'backroads' around here - there's just too many freaking people and there's too much of a risk of involving someone ELSE. Hence, the idiocy of it.

Secondly, I'll see if I can find a spare helmet for the thunderhill event. Failing that, I'll loan anyone mine if they're not in my rungroup. But really, the expense for a helmet isn't much and the joy of driving at the track is well worth the relatively slight cost.

As for joining NASA, it's worth it if only for their HPDE's. I'm in the process of getting my competition license, I just need a racecar..

And I'm sorry, I feel pretty damn strong about this. If you're driving over fast (110!?!?!) on public roads, you are an idiot. Not only are you risking your car and your life, you're risking someone ELSES. Can you say 'blowout'? Can you say 'center diff failure'? Manslaughter is such a pleasant criminal charge..
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Old 06-22-2000, 05:39 PM   #14
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Center diff failure ... haha, yeah, gotta watch out for those MORONS out there who drive what they find in the junkyard.


Samurai, as long as you don't smell, I'll lend you my helmet. Now unless you are still waiting for insurance info like I am, SIGN UP FOR THE TRACK DAY!!

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Old 06-22-2000, 05:50 PM   #15
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I'd like to go if I can borrow a helmet, but I can't make it on thursdays.. I have Kendo practice (hence my name Samurai) on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 7:00pm.. (Sorry! I thought it was on a weekend!)

Otherwise, a nice "sane" drive through the scenic areas would be good enough for me.

Call me when you guys do something at Sears Point.

Tim

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Necromancer, I'll make sure I take a nice looooong shower before I borrow your helmet. j/k

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Old 06-22-2000, 10:10 PM   #16
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hey guys dont forget morgan territory road in livermore about 25 miles of hard twisty's.it goes from from livermore to claytom
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Old 06-23-2000, 12:36 AM   #17
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Hey I want in on the drive too!!!

but yea...be careful =P
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