041016 – Import Drag Racing Circuit Recap

With rain looming for both the CMI Racing at Sacramento Raceway Park and the IDRC’s West Coast Nationals & InstaFame Car Show event at Auto Club Dragway it was a game time decision to make the trip down south once the event up north was canceled!

Going down south was preferred and mother nature made it so. Racing up north means running against the SFWD since the All Motor class was eliminated! There is always the chance of a full class down south too! Last time at IFO Bakersfield the AMP class was packed with a 16-car field!

Managed to qualify with the #1 spot but then then the rain prevented the finals for the class to be run.

Video of Tuk banging the gears 9.69@142.24

 

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Trying out the Show Car Circuit

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.

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Some Finishing Touches

The updates are slowing down a bit now that the car is more or less done, however, I’ll continue to provide periodic updates on any changes and track results.

Livery
While it’s far from a final result, I added a handful of stickers based upon the cars original sponsorship and series it completed in. Most notably, the car is now sporting number 38, the same number is ran under in the 24hrs of Spa (number 31 was only used for Speedvision/SPEED, or when Mark was the only driver). As for restoring the complete livery, I’ll likely make some other changes this Fall.

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Volk TE37s

We are a huge fan of the TE37 wheel. With its low spoke count and beefy construction they are both lightweight and easy to clean. They are a forged wheel providing a good balance of performance and looks.

We run the TE37 on the drag car, track car, daily driven car. It works so well for all the cars in terms of looks and performance.

Can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

TE37s for all uses

Drag Racing

Road Racing

Cruising

 

 

Houston we have touchdown

Oil leak
I replaced the oil pump seal and after inspecting everything (post heat cycle), I can now say it’s officially leak free. YES!!!!

Back on the ground
Now that everything is more or less wrapped up, I was able to finally get the car back on the ground. Nothing looks stranger then seeing the car on the ground after being on jack stands for eight months. Damn it looks good!

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022816 – Import Face-Off Bakersfield Recap

The first event of the year was a good one. After a long drive down south the team was able to bring home the win.

The 16-car field marks the greatest turnout for the class in many years. Cannot wait to see the great competition in the class this year. With 4 cars capable of running 9 second passes and 4 other cars on the cusp of breaking the 9 second barrier this season is bound to be full of tight competition!

Looking forward to the next event in Sacramento at CMI!

Quick weekend Recap Video.

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