By now you should know that The Colonel has an affinity for on/off ramps but especially off ramps, he has his occasional moments when everything lines up.
This morning The Colonel is having a coffee with us, lets get him to share his thoughts.
Q: What is it with on/off ramps.
A: The right car, the appropriate tires, strong brakes, the ramps are fun.
Q: We hear that every now and then you have your moments.
A: Absolutely, its more the occasional time when all the variables are in your favor.
Q: All the variables?
A: Yes, here is the ideal moment, occasionally one gets lucky, entering a favorite off ramp there are no other vehicles in the lanes, and not many vehicles waiting for the traffic light / stop which are usually at the end of the off ramp.
Q: If you get a clear ramp, you might get opportunistic.
Q: Now how do you generate a fun factor.
A: Simple 1- no other vehicles 2- calibrate your speed 3- brake in a straight line 4- hit the apex of the first turn 5- power out of the apex 6- precisely calibrate the next turn depending on the situation.
Q: The off ramps usually have guard rails, perhaps even gravel shoulders.
A: Told you it was fun when it all fits to generate a moment.
Q: The sticky tires augment the possible speed, and braking.
A: Yes...and the wear on the tires and brakes.
Q: What happens when there are other vehicles?
A: Its not an opportunity for a moment, just take the off ramp, that's it.
Q: You need to be keenly aware to immediately spot the moments, and familiar with the off ramps.
A: The best moments come to you, getting aggressive to generate a moment is dangerous.
Q: During a good moment it all happens very fast, only lasts a few seconds.
A: Its done in a few seconds.
Q: What happens when you miss the first apex.
A: Quickly scrub off speed, and thats it...never try to recoup on the second apex.
Q: You need to finess the car into the off ramp, brake in a straight line, hit the apex, power out, and then quickly scrub off speed since there is not enough room after the second apex.
A: Precisely...you guys are fast learners.
Q: You need to be familiar with the car, and its has to have enough power too, besides the tires and brakes.
A: Don't forget that to finesse the car you need more than less road, the reason that you want no other vehicles.
Q: How do you know that you are in deep yogurt?
A: You will know, usually you upset the car, the scenery is coming at you very fast, and if you ABS the car on dry pavement to scrub off speed usually after the first apex. You created the moment, you need to fully control the moment.
Q: Care to identify some ramps?
A: What a silly question...