My name is Will Pittenger. I have been making KMZ sets for Google Earth for a long time. After I starting making those, I wanted overlays for my sets. I was unsatisfied with the accuracy of the images available at Wikimedia Commons. So I started making my own with Inkscape and uploading them. Then I needed a place for anyone that liked my KMZ sets and/or maps to find others. For a while, a simple blog sufficed. But, once I started getting requests, I knew I needed something better. This site is the result. You are welcome to set up an account. Some activities are for registered users only. Take your time poking around and let me know what you think.
Personally, I suggest you use ChatZilla with XULRunner for your IRC client. This combination means that ChatZilla will run outside Firefox. When you restart your browser, ChatZilla will be unaffected. ChatZilla can also change its appearance with what are called motifs.
Now if you want to run CZ as part of any Gecko-powered browser (including SeaMonkey, Flock, Firefox, and more; but not Camino), you can install the extension. Those that would prefer the XUL Runner version, should go here and follow the instructions. It is a bit more work for now, but is worth it.
Next, the IRC links. You have two choices. If you chose to use ChatZilla for IRC, use this link: irc://freenode/##automotive-racing. Otherwise, use this link: irc://freenode/##automotive-racing. The first link lets ChatZilla choose which server on its server list to use. (CZ maintains a list of servers for each net and will try each until it succeeds at logging you in.)