I was asked by a local import and track day enthusiast if I’d be willing to display my car at the 2016 CARS Expo – California Automotive Racing & Specialty Expo, held at the Santa Clara Convention center next to Levi’s stadium. It’s basically a very small version of SEMA (think Zoolander – Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good small). A national parts distributor puts on the event each year which is part SEMA’ish vendor booths and part car show. Most, err 99.99% of the car show is America muscle, however, Wix Racing filters had a large display with Nelson Piquet Jr’s WRC car and a small handful of respectfully clean import street cars. Interestingly enough, aside from my car matching the yellow and black color theme perfectly, I also happen to have a very large Wix Racing filter installed. It was 100% a coincident, but wow the Wix people loved it. Anyhow, the race car isn’t a show car IMO, however, it was a great opportunity to meet a few people and also talk to the great guys at Wix (I’ve always loved their filters and it was cool taking shop with them).
The car got quite a bit of attention, especially when put on the air jacks, and in the end it ended up getting an award . Pretty cool idea placing a cam gear on the plaque. Like I said, because it isn’t a show car, but it’s cool to see people outside the ITR community enjoy the history and engineering behind it.
Back on track
Literally and figuratively, I just signed up for the Friday, May 6th NCRC event at Laguna Seca. For those that are local you should come check out the car and/or sign up for the event. We’ll likely reserve a garage and Lawrencebuilt (formerly Dynospot Racing) will be in attendance for track support and tuning Q&A. We’ll be spending a majority of time dialing-in the suspension, brakes and tires.